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For Caudalie, The Grass Is Always Ruddy

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JAPANESE BLOOD GRASS (jap-on-eez blud-gras) / n. / 1. Also called Imperata cylindrical, this perennial is found predominantly in southeast Asia, Australia, and parts of Africa, especially in coastal areas; / 2./ Long, flat-leafed, reddish blades used for paper-making, weaving, and to thatch traditional huts in Papua New Guinea; / 3. / A common fever reducer prescribed in Chinese medicine to treat flu and coughs; / 4. / A plant the roots and flowers of which can be brewed into a tea to decrease body temperature; / 5. / Possessing a superior ability to retain water and commonly used in skincare products as a moisturizing agent, e.g., “Cool down and treat dehydrated complexions with Japanese blood grass.”


Try it: Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream with Japanese Blood Grass, $95, www.sephora.com.

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