Tour of the L'Occitane production facility: a behind-the-scenes look at beauty...

L’Occitane is opening the doors to its production facility in Manosque, and offering the chance to find out about the manufacturing processes for its cosmetic products. Furthermore, its museum will shed light on the history of the brand before you have the opportunity to go on a shopping spree in the bargain price boutique...
By Angélique Jurquet

Delve into the world of L’Occitane

Exfoliation, masks, creams, you've no doubt wondered before how the beauty products you use every day are made. L’Occitane has decided to reveal the secrets of how its products are manufactured by opening the doors of its production facility in Manosque. A production facility that is accessible to everyone, for a one-hour immersive experience to bring you as close as possible to the creation of your favourite beauty products!

Guided throughout your visit by L'Occitane's favourite scents: rose, lavander or even peony, you will discover the manufacturing processes used in the factory, as well as visiting a fun-packed sensory area to discover the history of fragrance. Weighing workshops, emulsifiers, logistics warehouses, development laboratories, right up to the stage of packaging products in tubes, bottles or pots. It is a 48,000 m2 factory that brings together tradition and modernity, local products and innovation, but above all, a place where quality and high standards are the watchwords.

Delve into the world of L’Occitane
© L'Occitane en Provence

A look back at the history of the brand

As well as the factory, you can also visit the L'Occitane museum, which is on the same site. It’s a great way to learn a little more about the history of this brand which has its roots in Provence, but now enjoys a global presence. You will learn that L'Occitane was founded in 1976 by Olivier Baussan, a young 23-year-old man with a passion for nature and more specifically the gems that could be found in his own region. The first factory opened its doors four years later in the little town of Volx in Haute-Provence.

Since then, the brand has gone on a long and impressive journey, all the while developing its international presence. Today it is ranked among the leaders in natural beauty, and its values have also become its unique strength. Renowned both for the quality of its products and its ethical commitments, L’Occitane has been able to appeal to a large section of the public throughout the world. There is no better evidence of that than the many visitors who head to the site each year, especially in spring and summer. In 2014 alone, 23,500 curious visitors came through its doors!

A look back at the history of the brand
© L'Occitane en Provence

An invitation to visit privileged areas

Finally, after visiting the factory and the museum, you won't be able to resist discovering the on-site L'Occitane boutique, the largest in France. Here, you can find your favourite products at discounted prices! It's a chance to discover new collections or rediscover the brand's bestsellers, as 300 unique formulas are perfected each year in its development centre.

There are so many products inspired by Provence's iconic plants - with the exception of immortelle from Corsica and shea butter from Burkina Faso - for you to enjoy in the Mediterranean Garden, which is dedicated to the various typical species. A sensory invitation that provides the perfect accompaniment to this behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of beauty as envisaged by L'Occitane: as close to nature as possible!

An invitation to visit privileged areas
© L'Occitane en Provence

Practical information
> Factory: open Monday to Friday (booking required on 04 92 70 32 08 or at reservations.visites@loccitane.com)
> Museum and Mediterranean Garden: free entry, open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm in June/July/August
> Boutique: open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm in June/July/August

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