Grape is the generic name given to the berry of a grape vine plant. There are several species that make up the genus Vitis (family Vitaceae) and it is one of the oldest cultivated plants. Some of the earliest records of the plant's cultivation exist in Egypt, dated around 4000 BC.
One of the most praised health foods, grapes are a good source of vitamins and minerals, containing magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, C and B. Varieties of grape are eaten as fruit, dried to produce raisins, currants and sultanas, or crushed to make juice and wine.
'The queen of fruits', as grape is sometimes known, has excellent properties as a medicinal plant. When eaten, they are anti-viral, rich in antioxidants and are recommended for those recovering from illness. Grapes are a natural source of malic acid, an important alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) ingredient in cosmetics. Ancient uses go back as far as Cleopatra bathing in asses' milk, which would have been rich in lactic acid.
We blend the grapes whole and add them straight into our skincare products. Fresh green grapes help to degrease the skin and give a thorough cleanse without stripping moisture from the skin.