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The Bouches-du-Rhône: Discover a Unique Heritage!

The Bouches-du-Rhône: Discover a Unique Heritage!

Climbing, paragliding, the sea, beaches and wild landscapes in their natural state... From Marseille to the Camargue via Arles, Saint-Rémy de Provence or Sainte-Victoire, the Bouches-du-Rhône departments offers visitors a real taste of paradise...
2/24/2014
A Walk In the Heart of the Cherry Blossoms

A Walk In the Heart of the Cherry Blossoms

Not far from the village of Venasque, a few kilometers from Pernes-les-Fontaines and L’Isle sur la Sorgue, we took a walk through the heart of the cherry orchards. It’s a wonderful experience to enjoy in Provence in April.
2/3/2014
Frédéric Hawecker A Master Chocolatier in Provence

Frédéric Hawecker A Master Chocolatier in Provence

In Châteaurenard, between Saint Remy de Provence and Avignon, lies a true creator of sweet delights. Frédéric Hawecker, an award-winning chocolatier, was kind enough to welcome us through his doors. Chocolate addicts beware!
11/25/2013
The Story of the Fragrance Merchant

The Story of the Fragrance Merchant

In the heart of L'Occitane en Provence’s design studio in Manosque, the history of the Fragrance Merchant continues to be drawn. Each Christmas, this mythic Provençal character comes to life under the brushstrokes of Nadette Baussan.
11/6/2013
The Golden Mimosa, A Tree that Flowers in the Middle of Winter

The Golden Mimosa, A Tree that Flowers in the Middle of Winter

Each winter, around the month of February, the same ritual takes place. The inhabitants of Cannes, Grasse and Bormes les Mimosas come together for a very special walk. A promenade in the warm shadows of the Golden Mimosa tree…
10/8/2013
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
Mr. Oh Immortalizes Lavender for L’Occitane

Mr. Oh Immortalizes Lavender for L’Occitane

A master of the art of combining still and moving images, past and present, this Korean artist has worked in collaboration with L’Occitane on the creation of artworks dedicated to the lavender fields of Provence.
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
Paulo Nozolino at the Rencontres d'Arles Festival

Paulo Nozolino at the Rencontres d'Arles Festival

At the Palais de Luppé, just opposite the Arles Amphitheatre, L'Occitane is presenting work by Paulo Nozolino around the decline of lavender: a powerful and disturbing series, a high-impact oeuvre part of the 2013 edition of the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival, this year with the theme of the black and white image.
7/17/2013
The Iris of Provence, une beautiful story

The Iris of Provence, une beautiful story

In Provence, an elegant flower with white, yellow and purple petals dots gardens in May. The iris, with its majestic bearing and its powerful colors, handsomely heralds the spring. In Hyères, the Anffoso family has been cultivating it for over two generations.
5/29/2013
The Verdon Gorge, Nature in its Purest Form

The Verdon Gorge, Nature in its Purest Form

Oh, the Verdon Gorge! A unique experience to try in a kayak or a canoe. A visit to the heart of the gorge is a return to nature that will delight young and old alike. Come with us on our Provençale adventure!
5/23/2013
Why Grasse is the World Capital of Perfume

Why Grasse is the World Capital of Perfume

The town of Grasse, in the Cannes hinterland, is famous throughout the world for its perfume. Jasmine, roses, mimosa are just as many marvelous ingredients at the heart of the French perfume tradition. The International Perfume Museum in Grasse preserves this heritage via a collection as moving as it is surprising. Let’s visit!
4/15/2013
A walk amongst the almond trees

A walk amongst the almond trees

It’s in the midst of winter that Provençale almond trees come to life… Buds discreetly appear from the end of February with their pink hearts edged with pale green, allowing the first flower petals to break through. Nature awakens slowly but surely.
3/26/2013
The Sweetness of Honey

The Sweetness of Honey

Mmmm, honey! This tasty treasure comforts us during the long months of winter. The beekeeper Laurence Roche, who produces and transforms her honey at the Hameau du Pichovet in Vachères, shares with us her love for bees and one of her favorite recipes, for gingerbread.
1/11/2013
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
Almond paste, the recipe

Almond paste, the recipe

Tashka Sofer, essential oil specialist and Provençal grandmother, prepares homemade almond paste for Fantastic Provence with L’Occitane. A moment to share with all the family and an easy recipe for a Christmas in Provence.
11/15/2012
Christmas Dinner in Provence

Christmas Dinner in Provence

Raspberries, hazelnuts, verbena: original ingredients for a Christmas dinner. Here, the chef David Arcos of the restaurant Bonheur Fou in Manosque shares four recipes that will surprise your nearest and dearest. Dinner is served!
10/30/2012
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
Antiquing in L'Isle sur Sorgue

Antiquing in L'Isle sur Sorgue

The second destination for French antique dealers after Saint-Ouen, L’Isle is a sure bet for vintage addicts. It’s also a city worth discovering, with its canals and charming little alleyways. Let’s visit !
10/1/2012
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
La Bonne Mère, The Rest is History

La Bonne Mère, The Rest is History

The Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, the mythical monument that watches over the city of Marseille, is a place of worship but also a symbol of protection throughout the ages. It’s also the inspiration for the line of soaps created by L’OCCITANE and called Bonne Mère. Let’s find out why.
8/7/2012
The Secret of Provence Ochres

The Secret of Provence Ochres

In the Luberon, red earth comes and adorns the landscape. And around the village of Roussillon, which prettily parades the color, the ochres give up all their secrets. Let’s go visit !
7/30/2012
Ballet Preljocaj and The Pavillon Noir

Ballet Preljocaj and The Pavillon Noir

In Aix-en-Provence, contemporary architecture and dance merge as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Since 2006, the Ballet Preljocaj has taken up residence in a building created specially by the architect Rudy Ricciotti. Let’s take a visit.
7/8/2012
Le Quillé, Ice Cream Maker in Miramas-Le-Vieux

Le Quillé, Ice Cream Maker in Miramas-Le-Vieux

About forty kilometers from Aix-en-Provence, the little medieval town of Miramas-Le-Vieux is a destination not to miss, for its beauty, but especially for its ice cream shop Le Quillé.
7/3/2012
Verbena, The Sacred Herb

Verbena, The Sacred Herb

Heralding sunny days, refreshing swims and summer evenings, lemon verbena exhales its delicate lemony fragrance : the promise of an invigorating midsummer voyage.
7/3/2012
The Flower Market in Aix-en-Provence

The Flower Market in Aix-en-Provence

Three times a week, the plaza in front of the Hôtel de Ville in Aix is adorned with flowers. The people of Aix make a point of not missing out on this pleasure.
6/27/2012
The Fountains of Provence

The Fountains of Provence

The true heart of Provence villages, fountains are everywhere in the south of France. Landmarks, sources of water and coolness, but also meeting places, today they are preserved and restored like monuments.
5/24/2012
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
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
The Olive Harvest in Volx

The Olive Harvest in Volx

At the end of each year in Provence, the olives are harvested to produce the nectar of the Mediterranean. Olivier Chertier, olive oil producer, welcomes us to his mill in the Luberon for the harvest.
1/23/2012
An Encounter with Philippe Segond

An Encounter with Philippe Segond

Recipient of the title “Meilleur Ouvrier de France,” the pastry and confectionary chef Philippe Segond welcomes us to his patisserie, the Maison Riederer, an essential Aix-en-Provence address since 1780.
12/21/2011
A Day in the Couvent des Minimes

A Day in the Couvent des Minimes

Between its cultural heritage and its sensorial pleasures, our worries are washed away when we arrive in this peaceful haven in Mane en Provence.
12/16/2011

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