It is within the research and development department (R&D) that plants and molecules with high potential are identified, the image of gnidia, various plants are cultured and studied. The products extracted from it will then be offered to the agri-business, perfumery, aromatherapy or cosmetics manufacturers.
Floribis’ ambition is to remain a pioneer in offering innovative products.
The department is equipped with a devoted team of 30 people, a greenhouse area of 2,700m, an analysis laboratory and a supercritical CO2 extraction system that enable to obtain the best solvent-free extracts from Gnidiadaphnifolia. It is part of the thymelaeaceae family and is found in sandy and rocky areas. It consists of about 140 species, mainly distributed in tropical Africa, with 20 endemic species to Madagascar.
This plant produces a yellow flower with orange tonality giving off a fragrance reminiscent of the mango. One species in particular is endemic to the Vohémar region and its surroundings. The plant blooms all along the year with a peak in September and February.
The fruit of the research: In collaboration with his client V Mane&Fils, Floribis has carried out agronomic and laboratory studies to identify and extract the active ingredients for perfumery.
Picking: Floribis has formed a partnership with two women’s associations AFAMA and VAMI to pick this delicate flower. Together, they collect up to 400 kg of flowers per week.
Extraction: The method of extracting gnidia is done by a solvent. A large amount of flowers is required to get the final product in the form of a concrete, making it a valuable product.