The group Charlois, including the family saga, which is now in its sixth generation, dates back to 1928 with Eugene Charlois, merrandier, is specialized in the selection of oaks, the slot and the natural breeding of the stave. He became the first forester in the volume of oak from France and the undisputed leader on the market of the stave French. This is its core business.
Since 2000, this is Sylvain Charlois, who led the development of the activities of the group, always around the oak tree and entering the family business in his era. This development has gained even more force from 2006 with complementary activities related to the oak, ” the king of the forest “, as he likes to say. The number of these activities, there is the creation and marketing of a range of cosmetics, from the own laboratory of the group, Murlin, near La Charité-sur-Loire.
Sylvain Charlois was only 23 years old when he took control of the group, it has developed. Photo Christophe Deschanel
“We proceed from the infinitely large to go to the infinitely small, namely, the molecules that act on the body. “With these words, Erik Nastorg, head of the department of research and development, summarized the activities of the group Charlois, namely, that of his laboratory Exact. “The research and development manages much of the wine than the cosmetics,” he continues. “We start from the same body biological that is the oak and this activity cosmetics is enhanced by the notoriety and the recognition of the group Charlois, which dominates its raw material, which is the tree. “
Acquired in 2010 by the group Charlois, this laboratory Exact, Michel Dumoulin is the scientific director, was located in Mâcon, in Saône-et-Loire. All activity has been moved to Murlin in 2016. Since 1998, the laboratory exercises its competences in the areas of the characterization of aromas, the research of the defects in organoleptic and food security. A privileged relationship with the sectors of the agri-food sector, it is at the service of the winegrowers, winemakers, coopers, merrandiers, cork stopper makers, traders and growers, and producers of wood for the oenology, in particular.
Now, he is also working on the extraction of active principles, which then become the components of a range of cosmetics sold under the name of Oak grove. And all of this is, of course, from the iconic tree of the group, the oak, whether it be the bark, the soft wood, or leaves.
For the time being, the group is the only group in the marketing of cosmetics, exclusively from this tree. Organically very pure, the oak has exceptional chemical elements, of the antioxidant in the stimulus passing through the regenerating. Through its research, the group Charlois has even found out an extract unprecedented that it has filed the patent, the concentrated Quercus Petraea. Its exceptional anti-aging properties have been scientifically proven, in vitro.
Cosmetics The Oak wood are sold in pharmacies and parapharmacies, in particular, to Nevers.
From these extracts of oak, it is the company is based in Angers, Inter Cosmetics, which is in charge of manufacturing products, from the formulas defined by the laboratory group Charlois. Cosmetics which, at nearly 100 %, are natural. It is as well an anti-aging serum supreme, cream of the day or night, care skin and wrinkle smoothing for the eyes, or lift instant sparkle. New products are put on the market very regularly. The next will be in early may.
The timber sector. In the Nièvre, the forest covers approximately 225,000 hectares, of which 180,000 hardwood, and 45,000 of softwood. It consists of 1,600 employees in more than 500 companies.