LACOTE was founded in 1986 after its founder Egidio Siena, an expert in beauty treatments and a great lover of the sea, visited the port of Brest in Brittany. He was immediately struck by two things: the imposing lighthouse that dominates the landscape and an incredible line-up of boats, similar to common fishing boats, full of seaweed. He discovered that local fishermen consider seaweed as precious as fishes and mollusks; that is why every year since 1600, at the beginning of the summer, they collect seaweed from the seabed with a tool called “scoubidou” as well as farmers harvest wheat every year
Then seaweed is taken ashore and naturally dried in the sun and wind.
After a few days, they become a dry and thick soil that is milled until it turns into flour: a real pure concentrate of seaweed, rich in olygo-elements, minerals, and vitamins.
Seaweed processed in this way was used to cure obesity and rheumatism and as the ingredients for traditional recipes for wellness, beauty, and care of the skin.
Egidio Siena returned to Italy anxious to personally test the benefits of the seaweed. Exploiting his experience in the field of natural products, he elaborates a mud mixing together seaweed, clay and natural extracts.
He gives a sample of this preparation to a research laboratory in order to scientifically determine the benefits; a study was carried out with the collaboration of women volunteers who applied the product to thighs and buttocks.