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Our Values

Ever since it was founded in 1976, L'OCCITANE has nurtured simple values: authenticity, respect and sensoriality. This is more than a philosophy; it is a commitment that, over the years, has influenced many important decisions. All of our actions and choices are guided by a twofold desire: to preserve and to pass on. It is this that gives our brand its life force, its meaning and its purpose.
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Authenticity

Behind any good product, there is always a true story. Behind every L’OCCITANE bottle is a traceable origin and land, producers with exacting standards, and techniques inherited from the traditions of Provence – or elsewhere. Our mission is to pass on beauty traditions and "savoir-faire" from the south of France, via products that can be appreciated by everyone in the modern world. Learn more about this beautiful land from which we source our ingredients, by visiting our online magazine:

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Respect

At L’OCCITANE, we are committed to limiting the environmental impact of our actions and products, to improving the well-being of both our customers and employees, and to supporting the causes close to our heart whenever possible. Through braille labelling, we strive to make our products accessible to visually impaired people. Through both the company and the L'OCCITANE Foundation we continue our efforts so that we can build on these commitments even further.

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Sensoriality

Our effective beauty products are the result of bringing together tradition, nature and research. But our researchers also focuses on pleasure. From its texture to its fragrance, a L’OCCITANE product always offers a delicious moment of well-being and sensory delight. From scents to colors, from interior lighting to welcoming staff, we design our stores so that every minute spent with us is rich in enjoyment and discovery. Finally, to prolong the journey and further delight the senses, L'OCCITANE has developed spas that reflect the soul of the brand, inspired by the wetlands and dunes of the Camargue region in Provence.

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Philanthropy

Since its creation in 1976, L’OCCITANE has been involved in the community. In 2006, L’OCCITANE created its Foundation to better carry out these initiatives. With an annual budget of about 1 million Euros, the L’OCCITANE Foundation has two main fields of action: the support of visually impaired people worldwide and the economic emancipation of women in Burkina Faso.

L’OCCITANE employees are also involved in Foundation projects, as well as a special initiative to support reconstruction in Japan following the 2011 tsunami.

Economic Emancipation

For more than 25 years, L’OCCITANE has used shea butter from Burkina Faso in its products. To reinforce this partnership, the L’OCCITANE Foundation supports the economic emancipation of local women with literacy programs and the promotion of entrepreneurial projects. More than 7,000 Burkinabe women have gained autonomy thanks to these programs.

Every year for Women’s Day in March, L’OCCITANE offers a special soap made in Burkina Faso, donating 100%* of the proceeds towards the construction and functioning of literacy centers for local women. In 2012, more than € 153,000 was raised.

*Price of sale in stores, excluding tax, transportation fees and production

Support of the Blind

As a sensorial brand, L’OCCITANE choses to support the visually impaired by offering braille on most of its packaging. The Foundation goes farther by facilitating the professional integration of the visually impaired and fighting preventable blindness in developing countries. More than 500,000 people have received ophthalmologic care thanks to this program.

Every year for World Sight Day in October, L’OCCITANE offers a solidarity product, donating 100%* of the proceeds to support projects to fight preventable blindness in developing countries.

*Excluding tax, transportation costs and production

L'OCCITANE Employees

Since its creation, the L’OCCITANE Foundation has involved L’OCCITANE employees in its projects. In France, the Foundation supports groups of employees who help train Burkinabe women how to make soap.

L’OCCITANE employees worldwide also support local initiatives to support the visually impaired, to increase the reach of the Foundation’s missions. A network of 12 international correspondents helps the Foundation to better communicate with its employees around the world.

Examples of Local Projects
• Regional L’OCCITANE offices have collected more than € 80,000 to support associations that fight preventable blindness. Some 6,900 people have benefited from these efforts through, for example, the development of audio books as well as equipment that improves daily life for the blind.
• In Malaysia, employees work with the Malaysian Association for the Blind.
• In the US, the New York corporate team has supported Helen Keller International for three years.
• In Russia, teams have collected € 18,000 to finance braille books for the Blind Youth Foundation.
• In Canada, employees have come together to support ORBIS Canada and the organization’s “Flying Eye” airplane hospital.

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L'OCCITANE Supports Japan
After the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, L’OCCITANE resolved to facilitate reconstruction in Japan, a country which is very dear to the brand. After initially donating 50,000 products, L’OCCITANE participated in the reconstruction of a community center in Kamaishi, inaugurated in April 2012 in collaboration with Children Without Borders.

Local Projects

Based in the Alpes of Haute-Provence, anchored in its territory, L'OCCITANE is a brand very involved in its community. We support and value the men and women who make