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Clémence Monot, illustrator: When a Passion Becomes a Profession

Clémence Monot, illustrator: When a Passion Becomes a Profession

After completing her studies in London, Clémence Monot now makes a living from her passion. A talented and creative illustrator, she is quick to share the secrets of her success and talk about her creative world, that she likes to define as “realist.”
7/15/2014
Christine Millerin, Textile Designer in Arles

Christine Millerin, Textile Designer in Arles

Passionate about textiles since the age of 16, Christine Millerin today runs a textile studio in Arles, where she revives damaged and exotic fabrics. A world of foreign accents is waiting for you to discover.
7/2/2014
Exhibition « Secrets of the Rosa Centifolia »

Exhibition « Secrets of the Rosa Centifolia »

Get out your diaries! The Rosa Centifolia, the ultimate scented flower, is on display until 5 July at L’Occitane en Provence Museum located in Manosque. Discover the true story of this sublimely Provencal flower.
6/10/2014
The Okhra Cooperative Turns 20

The Okhra Cooperative Turns 20

Located in Roussillon, Ôkhra – the Applied Pigment and Ochre Conservatory – is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this month. An opportunity for this cooperative to celebrate its success and cast an eye back over its achievements... See you on June 14!
6/2/2014
Philogène Ravel: Creating French Linen since 1865

Philogène Ravel: Creating French Linen since 1865

Famous for the manufacture of ceramics, the Manufacture Ravel, based in Aubagne for over 170 years, today is also celebrated in a completely different field. Relaunched in 2011, Philogène Ravel is dedicated to the creation of fine French household linen.
5/27/2014
zChocolat:  A Gourmet Gift for Mother’s Day

zChocolat: A Gourmet Gift for Mother’s Day

Looking for an original and tasty Mother’s Day gift idea? The online chocolate shop zChocolat offers a range of elegant, creative and fully customizable gift boxes; something to please moms around the world.
4/18/2014
Mother’s Day Flowers with Victoire Gerez

Mother’s Day Flowers with Victoire Gerez

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Victoire Gerez, a talented florist based for the last two years in Aix-en-Provence, gives us the idea of a pretty bouquet of flowers, and lets us in on some trade secrets. It’s an ideal Mother’s Day gift, a symbol of love and tenderness.
4/18/2014
The L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory

The L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory

At L'OCCITANE, everything starts with nature. Our Plant Expertise Laboratory, that develops new plant extracts each year, perfectly embodies this commitment. Follow our guided tour behind the scenes of natural cosmetics.
4/14/2014
Orchids & Neroli: White & Feminine Flowers

Orchids & Neroli: White & Feminine Flowers

Precious and much sought after, Orchid and Neroli have a hint of extreme refinement, and are also both precious symbols of femininity. These are just two reasons to unite them in a new fragrance.
4/9/2014
Brazil Pays a Visit to L'Occitane!

Brazil Pays a Visit to L'Occitane!

L'Occitane launches “L'Occitane au Brésil,” a new collection designed in Brazil, using local ingredients and whose packaging was created by Brazilian artists, for a guaranteed change of scenery!
4/3/2014
Secrets of Enfleurage

Secrets of Enfleurage

Developed in the seventeenth century, enfleurage is a traditional method of extracting perfume from flowers. Because it permits the faithful reproduction of the fragrance of fresh flowers, L’Occitane is revisiting it today, with the registration of a new patent.
3/14/2014
Picking Roses in Provence

Picking Roses in Provence

In Roumoules on the Valensole Plateau, Emmanuelle Ravel cultivates roses, but not just any rose! Centifolia, the variety so well known to perfumers, is her rose of choice. With the help of her flower pickers, she harvests this wonderful scented flower in June. We joined them.
3/9/2014
Danielle Jacqui: A Unique Ceramic Artist

Danielle Jacqui: A Unique Ceramic Artist

In Pont de l’Etoile, a small village located in the town of Roquevaire in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, the self-taught painter and potter Danielle Jacqui creates singular and monumental works, each more amazing than the last. A unique world to discover without delay!
2/25/2014
Domaine de Régusse: Wines For All Palates!

Domaine de Régusse: Wines For All Palates!

Wine lovers, this place is for you! Located at more than 400 meters altitude in a small village in the Luberon region near Manosque, Domaine de Régusse owes its reputation to the quality and variety of wines that are produced there. Red, rosé, white... There's something for everyone!
2/17/2014
The Grasse Perfume Museum Exhibits the Region’s Savoir-Faire

The Grasse Perfume Museum Exhibits the Region’s Savoir-Faire

Part of Grasse’s application for intangible cultural heritage status, in France and for all humanity, the International Perfume Museum in Grasse offers visitors a unique exhibition dedicated to the skills related to perfume, and runs until March 31, 2014.
2/14/2014
René Bérard’s Hostellerie Berard & Spa Hotel

René Bérard’s Hostellerie Berard & Spa Hotel

At the Hostellerie Bérard & Spa hotel, located in La Cadière d'Azur, a charming little village in the Var, the restaurant is headed by the Michelin-starred chef René Bérard and his son Jean-François, and aims to be traditional, Provencal and elegant all at once! Located in a sumptuous setting, the establishment offers gourmet meals and cooking classes.
1/29/2014
Christmas in Provence: The Tradition of The Cacho-Fio

Christmas in Provence: The Tradition of The Cacho-Fio

This very old tradition is still perpetuated by certain families in the villages of Provence. The Cacho-Fio consists of burning a log by both the oldest and the youngest at the gathering in a ritual meant to evoke the forthcoming transition to the new year.
12/15/2013
Ten Provençal Christmas Markets That Can’t be Missed!

Ten Provençal Christmas Markets That Can’t be Missed!

Gourmet food, gift ideas… Christmas markets are a must during this festive period. Here’s our quick guide to the ones that can’t be missed!
12/14/2013
Emmanuelle Wiramus : this Self-taught Ceramist is Really Worth a Visit !

Emmanuelle Wiramus : this Self-taught Ceramist is Really Worth a Visit !

Expect to find talent in ceramist Emmanuelle Wiramus’s Aix-en-Provence workshop. This self-taught woman, who changed profession after pregnancy, exhibits her works from November 21-24 at the Le Ruban Vert gallery.
11/19/2013
Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier

Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier

In his studio located 3 kilometers from the village of Forcalquier, the ceramist Guillaume Common toils at an art that only a handful of specialists master around the world: crystalline glazes. A discipline that requires both art and science !
9/17/2013
The Puyricard Chocolate Factory : Provençale Style Cocoa

The Puyricard Chocolate Factory : Provençale Style Cocoa

Belgium doesn’t have the monopoly on chocolate! In Puyricard, near Aix-en-Provence, the Roelandts family has managed to give it the distinction it deserves, despite it being a delicacy that is not so popular in Provence.
9/5/2013
Organic Verbena Farming in Provence

Organic Verbena Farming in Provence

Last September, an assignment led us to Visan to share in a very special moment: the first distillation of organic verbena from Provence cultivated by Rémi Margiela for L’Occitane. A real moment of emotion!
8/14/2013
L’Occitube, The Little Yellow Well-Being Truck

L’Occitube, The Little Yellow Well-Being Truck

It’s a little yellow van filled with L’Occitane products that crisscrosses the roads of Provence. So no need to move: your favorite products – creams, perfumes or soaps – now come to you, with, as a bonus, a soothing hand massage.
8/1/2013
Lavender, a Natural Heritage to Protect

Lavender, a Natural Heritage to Protect

Provence cannot be dissociated from lavender, which dresses with its blue-violet tones the hills and mountains of the region. It’s a precious natural, cultural and economic gem that could well disappear. Here’s why.
7/31/2013
Jean-Marie Massaud & the Ravel Pottery in Aubagne

Jean-Marie Massaud & the Ravel Pottery in Aubagne

The French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, a visionary and precise artist, was invited to design a collection by the Ravel Pottery. The result is a perfect fusion of two visions.
6/7/2013
Feeling Good at the Moulin de Vernègues

Feeling Good at the Moulin de Vernègues

Halfway between Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, the Moulin de Vernègues is a little haven of peace nestled in the heart of the Pont Royal Golf Course and Estate. More than just a hotel, the place provides a genuine experience focused around wellbeing since the opening last December of a L’Occitane spa.
2/15/2013
Gérard Jourdan, beekeeper in Marseille

Gérard Jourdan, beekeeper in Marseille

Gérard Jourdan lives among his hives in Auriol and three times a week treats locals to his honey. You can find him on the markets of Marseille, selling his nougat, gingerbread and honey and sharing his passion and know-how with his customers. Let’s meet him !
1/21/2013
The Atelier Soleil Pottery in Moustiers

The Atelier Soleil Pottery in Moustiers

Considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of France, Moustiers Sainte-Marie is famous for its artisanal earthenware and ceramic makers. It’s an exceptional place, as much for the charm of its alleyways as its inhabitants, of which Franck Scherer is a fine example.
12/6/2012
Christmas Table in Provence

Christmas Table in Provence

In Provence, Christmas dinner is known as the “gros souper,” or big supper. To enhance this traditional family feast, locals decorate their table in a very special way. Joyce Borgmann, owner of the guesthouse L'Oustaou de l'Oulivie in Oraison and Provencal cuisine specialist, introduces us to this ritual.
11/10/2012
The Nyons Scourtinerie

The Nyons Scourtinerie

The Fert family has been making “scourtins,” filters used in the traditional production of olive oil, for over three generations. A Provençal adventure made up of innovation and expertise that continues thanks to Arnaud and Frédérique Fert’s passion. But what is a “scourtin”? Watch this video and find out.
10/10/2012
Interior Design in Provence with Alexandre Lafourcade

Interior Design in Provence with Alexandre Lafourcade

In Provence, certain highbrows dedicate their time to preserving the region’s heritage. It’s the case for the interior designer Alexandre Lafourcade, based in Saint-Rémy de Provence. Let’s meet him.
10/2/2012
La Baroquante A Workshop & Store in Haute-Provence

La Baroquante A Workshop & Store in Haute-Provence

Founded by Marie-Hélène and Xavier Giusti, La Baroquante is a paradise for vintage lovers and bargain-hunters. Let’s visit!
9/14/2012
The Lavender Harvest with Marguerite Blanc

The Lavender Harvest with Marguerite Blanc

In Ferrassières, right near Sault, Marguerite Blanc maintains a family tradition that has been handed down from father to son (and from mother to daughter): the lavender harvest.
8/27/2012
The Art of Distillation in Provence

The Art of Distillation in Provence

In Nyons, the Bleu Provence Distillery extracts the nectar from herbs and flowers, delicately collecting their essential oils, the necessary ingredients for producing perfumes and cosmetics. We met with Philippe Soguel, an expert distiller, educator and a lover of Provence, to learn about his passion.
8/22/2012
Provençal Fabrics with Les Olivades

Provençal Fabrics with Les Olivades

At Les Olivades, the flowers and the colors of Provence adorn fabrics, creating patterns as contemporary as they are traditional.
5/25/2012
Incredible Banon !

Incredible Banon !

Between a delicatessen that exports its specialties throughout the whole world and a bookshop that could compete with the biggest names, Banon is quite simply extraordinary.
5/5/2012
Grasse the Perfume Capital

Grasse the Perfume Capital

A city of “art and history”, but especially of perfume and flowers, Grasse invites us to visit its streets, museums and gardens…
1/29/2012
Design and Ceramics in Dieulefit

Design and Ceramics in Dieulefit

The designer Guillaume Bardet came up with a crazy project: to design an object every day from September 21, 2009 to September 20, 2010. He produced them in collaboration with the potters of Dieulefit, the Provencal center for ceramic production.
1/27/2012
TSS TSS TSS TSS TSS

TSS TSS TSS TSS TSS

Many questions remain forever without answer. What is the meaning of life ? Are we responsible for things we don't know we've done ? What is beauty ? And especially, why does everyone own a terra-cotta cicada ?
1/12/2012
Aubagne, Where the Land Sings of its Love for Provence

Aubagne, Where the Land Sings of its Love for Provence

Tucked between Marseille and Cassis, at the foot of the Massif du Garbalan so dear to Marcel Pagnol, Aubagne embodies the soul of a sincere and authentic Provence. And, it’s the capital of "santon" figurines.
12/20/2011
The Madeleine Pottery

The Madeleine Pottery

In the town of Anduze, at the gateway to the Cévennes National Park, potters perpetuate the tradition of the Anduze garden pot, appreciated throughout the world. The Madeleine Pottery maintains these traditions, while bringing its crockery into the contemporary sphere.
10/2/2011
Guinea Fowl from Lussan

Guinea Fowl from Lussan

A few miles from Uzès, the village of Lussan has quite an original specialty – one that has become a ubiquitous decorative object in Provence and around the world.
7/30/2011
Authentic Soap from Marseille

Authentic Soap from Marseille

Everybody knows it - this multipurpose soap will just as easily clean domestic stains as disinfect daily scratches. But what’s so special about it ?
7/26/2011