In times gone by, the sorbier tree was considered sacred and believed to chase away evil spirits and bring happiness to lovers. Its pear-shaped fruit has a pungent, acid flavour and is commonly used in a decoction for its fortifying and veinotonic properties. Its very dense wood is popular with both carpenters and cabinet makers. However, it is the buds of the sorbier tree which are most sought after. In these embryonic tissues, Clarins Laboratories discovered active principles with incredible properties: they improve the quality of the circulatory system, stimulate the microcirculation and ensure lasting protection of blood capillaries.