Ingredients Galangal (Alpinia Galanga)

The Galangal plant is very effective against dandruff and known for its purifying, cleansing and antibacterial properties.

Everything you need to know about Galangal

Inspired by Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, Klorane laboratories have selected Galangal (Alpinia Galanga), a herbaceous plant from South-East Asia, for its unique anti-dandruff action. Galangal has purifying, cleansing and antibacterial properties that allow all types of flakes to be managed and removed 4 times faster*.

NAME Galangal

UPPER PART   Rhizome

BOTANICAL NAME   Alpinia Galanga

GALENIC FORM    Ethanolic extract

INCI NAME Alpinia galanga rhizome extract

ORIGIN   Indonesia

HARVEST from March to August

SECTOR Undergoing organic conversion


What does it look like?

Galangal is a herbaceous plant native to Southeast Asia and belongs to the large family Zingiberaceae, which includes other medicinal plants and spices such as turmeric, ginger and cardamom.
The plant is now widely grown in Asia for the culinary and medicinal properties of its rhizome. Ramified and tube-like, it has a spicy scent that is characteristic of Zingiberaceae.
The upper parts of Galangal can grow up to 2 metres in height. Its flowers are white to pale green and fragrant, while the fruit is a brown or red oval or elliptical capsule containing 3 to 6 seeds.


Why is it so effective against visible flakes?

The appearance of flakes is the result of an abnormal shedding of epidermal cells on the scalp. Cells multiply too quickly and do not allow time for dead cells to be eliminated as they grow. This phenomenon is reinforced by an imbalance in the microbiome of the scalp and by the proliferation of Malassezia fungi. 

This is where Galangal (Alpinia Galangal) comes in: used in traditional Chinese medicine, its cleansing properties, purifying and soothing action is particularly effective against visible flakes. This natural extract will rebalance and purify the scalp while instantly removing visible flakes with a long-lasting effect. Your hair will be free of flakes.

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A few words from our expert

With Galangal, we have discovered a 100% natural and 4 times faster alternative to Zinc Pyrithione, which has been used until now to manage all types of dandruff, and we are very happy about it!

Alexandre Panel
Alexandre PanelKlorane botanist


Our commitments


Societal commitment

Through its Klorane Botanical Foundation, Klorane has developed a sustainable and equitable partnership with six local communities that includes the harvesting and replanting of galangal plants as part of an agroforestry approach, as well as biodiversity awareness programmes for children.

Respect for the environment

In order not to endanger the plant resources of the island of Java, the harvesting of galangal is undertaken as part of an agroforestry approach that encourages reforestation. The programme set up by Klorane Botanical Foundation in collaboration with the NGO Coeur de Forêt aims to reforest the community with 3,000 trees distributed according to the beneficial and endangered species listed by the NGO, with the objective of 10,000 trees in 3 years.


Did you know?

During Marco Polo’s travels in Asia in the 13th century, he reported the cultivation of Galangal in South China and Java. At that time, Galangal was already well-known in Western Europe and the German Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen advocated its medicinal virtues.”


Due to the cleansing power of its natural active ingredient, our Galangal care range offers an effective response to immediately remove visible flakes and lastingly rebalance the scalp. Healthy, clean and soothed, it will soon be back to its best.

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*comparative in vitro test vs. reference active ingredient on Malassezia under usual concentration conditions

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