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WHAT WE STAND FOR

At L'OCCITANE, we show off the very best Provence has to offer, for glowing beauty that's unique. Every day, we commit to preserving the breathtaking natural environment that never ceases to amaze.

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L'OCCITANE, A JOURNEY THAT STARTS IN PROVENCE

It all began in the markets of Provence. With nothing but an alembic, a small truck and a solid knowledge of plants, a 23-year-old named Olivier Baussan began distilling rosemary essential oil to sell locally. He expanded his production from oils to soaps to creams, taking inspiration from the land he grew up on to bring natural beauty to homes across the world.
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Sustainable Sourcing

L'OCCITANE works directly with over 130 French farmers and 10.000 pickers - from the immortelle fields of Corsica to the lavender fields of Provence - to ensure that the ingredients we use are of the highest quality and sourced as sustainably as possible.
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Research & Innovation

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PUSHING OUR BOUNDARIES THROUGH RESEARCH

The observation of nature guides our research, which is key for developing effective natural cosmetics. L'OCCITANE invests heavily in research - we have our own state-of-the-art research lab in the heart of Haute-Provence, in Manosque. A team of 100 researchers works in 11 laboratories, focused on topics from molecular biology to plant extraction to analytical chemistry so we can keep raising the bar.

Our Commitments

L'Occitane Commitments

TOUCHING LIVES AROUND THE WORLD

Our global community is King, and we try to give back through our L'OCCITANE Foundation, created in 2006. Our two main initiatives support visual impairment around the world and economic emancipation for women in Burkina Faso. On top of that, our employees participate in Foundation projects, from post-tsunami reconstruction in Japan to natural heritage in Provence.

Spa L’OCCITANE

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Experience for your senses

The Spa is a natural extension of L’OCCITANE brand: Thriving for authenticity, we always prefer hand-performed massages over technologies, and combine our emblematic ingredients from the Mediterranean with traditional massage therapies from all over the world. Today, our international network encompasses over 90 properties, from flagship Spas to “Petit Spas” connected to our stores, and iconic “Spa by L’OCCITANE” in exclusive 5* hotels with a soul. Each offers a distinctive brand experience for holistic well-being.
DISCOVER

Animal Testing

The L’OCCITANE Group has been against animal testing for more than 40 years and we have never tested our products, active ingredients or raw materials on animals at any point in the product development or manufacturing process.
 
The Group is fundamentally against animal testing of beauty products on a worldwide basis. In China, where our products are retailed, the local Chinese authorities request that some cosmetic products sold on the Chinese market are tested. They view it as the best way to safeguard consumer safety in China.
 
We do not conduct these tests. They are done by Chinese laboratories that have been approved by local authorities on a limited animal panel. 
 
To move things forward, the cosmetics industry is developing its relationship with the Chinese authorities with the clear objective of bringing animal testing for beauty products to a definitive end. The industry has engaged with the relevant authorities and animal rights NGOs so as to highlight alternative techniques that are being used in Europe, where animal testing has now been banned.
 
This constructive dialogue has led to a series of advances in Chinese regulation, including a decision in June 2014 to end this type of testing on so-called “ordinary cosmetics” that are manufactured and packaged locally (shampoo, perfume etc.). Another major milestone was made in November 2016 when the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) approved the use of a non-animal test for safety assessment of certain cosmetic ingredients. Currently the NIFDC (National Institute for Food and Drug Control) is considering acceptance of other alternatives to animal testing (AAT).
 
To further demonstrate our commitment to ending animal testing, the L’OCCITANE Group has partnered with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS). The IIVS has an active program in China dedicated to promoting the use and regulatory acceptance of AAT. More information about this program can be found on the IIVS website.
 
We remain convinced that this open dialogue with Chinese organisations will further influence Chinese regulation and put an end to animal testing once and for all.
 
Thank you for your interest and we hope this statement has clarified our position.