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.
By Justine Fiordelli

In the constant quest for innovation, each year the L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory develops new plant extracts corresponding to a strict and rigorous set of specifications. Respectful of nature and the environment, it favors the use of natural extraction solvents, and works using innovative and ecological processes such as microwave, ultrasound or flash distillation.

To ensure the traceability, safety and efficacy of its herbal extracts, the Plant Expertise Laboratory profiles their phytochemical composition using a cutting-edge analytical platform. The objectives? To understand the impact of soil and climate on plant species, verify the absence of contaminants or undesirable compounds, find the link between the composition of a sample and the associated biological activity, but also optimize the manufacturing process of an extract.

Through the teams’ work and the many partnerships forged with research centers, new innovations have been developed recently. Among the newest is the discovery of cellular extracts of the Immortelle, of rose buds and of Angelica seeds. Not to mention enfleurage, an ancestral cold absorption technique renewed by the development of an eco-process that enables L'OCCITANE to capture the delicate scent of fresh flowers. The innovation of these discoveries is evidenced by the fact that they are now patented.

The L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory
The L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory
The main mission is to develop new plant extracts each year.
DR, Daniel Intartaglia
The L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory
The L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory
Research and innovation are the main objectives.
DR, Daniel Intartaglia

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