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We talk to Soledad Bravi, L’Occitane's illustrator

We talk to Soledad Bravi, L’Occitane's illustrator

Her bold style combined with her incisive, yet always generous touch has adorned a number of L'Occitane products this winter… Soledad Bravi, the iconic illustrator for Elle France, tells us about her artistic inspiration and gives us some beauty tips over a coffee. "Thanks to art, I can express myself and tell my story. For me, it's a real language". Meeting.
04-02-2016 14:14:00
5 good resolutions for 2016

5 good resolutions for 2016

Between small promises and big changes, L'Occitane reveals its aspirations for a beautiful beginning to 2016.
31-12-2015 17:17:00
L’Occitane is committed to promoting the Fountain of Réotier

L’Occitane is committed to promoting the Fountain of Réotier

Known as the 'petrifying fountain', this natural wonder has recently become the subject of much wider attention. And with good reason as well. The site in the Hautes-Alpes region, where warm water springs up from a fault in the Durance, is about to be showcased with help from L’Occitane.
29-12-2015 14:57:00
2015: a look back at the highlights of the L’Occitane year

2015: a look back at the highlights of the L’Occitane year

New ranges of care products, exclusive collaborations and the continuation of socially responsible initiatives… every day of every year in the life of the Provence-based brand is marked by a host of events. Focus on the must-have items of 2015.
17-12-2015 12:20:00
Infographic: understanding the ritual of Christmas gifts

Infographic: understanding the ritual of Christmas gifts

Year after year, Christmas traditionally means people rushing around buying presents to go under the tree. From buying presents to opening them, L'Occitane brings you an infographic analysing the 3 key moments in this quintessentially festive event.
04-12-2015 10:05:00
Olivier Baussan & Pierre Hermé: A Sensational Collaboration

Olivier Baussan & Pierre Hermé: A Sensational Collaboration

Old friends, Olivier Baussan and the pastry chef Pierre Hermé found themselves together on the island of Corsica one summer evening, and there dreamed up a collection of gourmet perfumes. Combining the typical scents and flavors of Corsica, this unexpected collection highlights the unique world of this passionate duo.
22-10-2015 14:43:00
L’Immortelle, The Sunshine of the Corsican Maquis

L’Immortelle, The Sunshine of the Corsican Maquis

The floral emblem of Corsica, the Immortelle flower is one of L'Occitane’s favorite ingredients. This enduring affection is transcribed through a new exhibition about the famous "golden sun."
05-10-2015 11:19:00
Immortelle: Inside the L'Occitane Research Laboratory

Immortelle: Inside the L'Occitane Research Laboratory

Over an interview, two L'Occitane experts explain their research work around the Corsican Immortelle flower. A key ingredient of the Divine range, it is endowed with amazing anti-aging properties.
24-08-2015 18:32:00
The Rencontres d'Arles gets a Revamp for its 46th Edition

The Rencontres d'Arles gets a Revamp for its 46th Edition

Dedicated to innovation, the Rencontres d'Arles festival prepares, for this 46th edition, to pay tribute to one of its founding fathers Lucien Clergue, through the prism of a completely redesigned festival, and with The l’Occitane Foundation as patron.
02-07-2015 11:22:00

"Femme Lavande" an Intoxicating Exhibition by Jean-François Mutzig

Fascinated by life’s rare moments, the photographer Jean-François Mutzig has immortalized the many tourists strolling on the Valensole plateau during the summer season, with an exhibition entitled "Femme Lavande” or “Lavender Woman”.
22-05-2015 16:52:00
L'OCCITANE Continues its Support of Japanese Craftsmen

L'OCCITANE Continues its Support of Japanese Craftsmen

Four years after the tsunami that rocked Fukushima, L'OCCITANE continues to give aid to the inhabitants of the Japanese archipelago. An initiative that today sees three artisans from the Tohoku region, particularly affected by the disaster, invited to discover the art of Provencal markets.
23-04-2015 16:58:00
Grasse & the Art of Perfumery on Display at L'OCCITANE Museum

Grasse & the Art of Perfumery on Display at L'OCCITANE Museum

After paying tribute to women in business in Burkina Faso, the L'OCCITANE Museum unveils a new temporary exhibition related to the craft of perfume. So much ancestral knowledge at the heart of the Grasse region’s identity, on show until May 30, 2015.
09-04-2015 14:35:00
L’Occitane Makes the Top 15

L’Occitane Makes the Top 15 "Life-Changing" Spa Treatments

Since 2001, L'OCCITANE has been committed to creating spas in its image. According to Yahoo Travel’s latest ranking, these sensual rituals devised around a journey to Provence rank among those beauty treatments that could "change your life".
16-03-2015 16:52:00
L'OCCITANE Supports Women in Business in Burkina Faso

L'OCCITANE Supports Women in Business in Burkina Faso

Supporting women's leadership in Burkina Faso since 2006, the L'OCCITANE Foundation details its commitment with an exhibition running until 31 March.
10-02-2015 16:45:00
Charlotte Gastaut: Inside the Imagination of an Illustrator from Provence

Charlotte Gastaut: Inside the Imagination of an Illustrator from Provence

Originating from Marseille, the illustrator Charlotte Gastaut lent her talent to the decoration of L'Occitane’s Cherry Blossom collection. Between Provencal influence and Japanese inspiration, she invites us in to her dream world.
16-01-2015 12:04:00
L'OCCITANE Fights Avoidable Blindness on World Braille Day

L'OCCITANE Fights Avoidable Blindness on World Braille Day

L'OCCITANE has been supporting the visually impaired since 1997. And since 2006, the brand is engaged in projects around the world to fight preventable blindness. Here’s how.
29-12-2014 15:14:00
The Story of Shea: A Magic Ingredient at the Service of Women

The Story of Shea: A Magic Ingredient at the Service of Women

Since the early 1980s, L'Occitane has been committed to a fair-trade partnership with the women of Burkina Faso who make Shea butter. This exceptional ingredient takes care of women’s skin, and contributes to their empowerment.
12-12-2014 10:04:00
Manufactured in Provence

Manufactured in Provence

Nestled inside their pretty yellow boutiques, L'Occitane products can be found in every corner of the planet. Yet they are indeed Manufactured in Provence! Come behind the scenes of your favorite cosmetics company, inspired by this sublime region.
10-12-2014 14:48:00
L'OCCITANE Supports Wellbeing Practitioner Training

L'OCCITANE Supports Wellbeing Practitioner Training

Supported by the L'Occitane Foundation since the year of its creation in 2008, the Wellbeing Practitioner certificate has just been recognized by the state! A major turning point after many years of investigation.
27-11-2014 19:08:00
Jean-Claude Carbonne On Show at the L'OCCITANE Museum

Jean-Claude Carbonne On Show at the L'OCCITANE Museum

After showcasing the work of Catherine Gardone, the L'OCCITANE Museum closes its annual program with a new temporary exhibition of photographs by Jean-Claude Carbonne, running until 31 December 2014.
25-11-2014 14:43:00
L'OCCITANE Supports Female Entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso

L'OCCITANE Supports Female Entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso

Committed to supporting female entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso since 2006, the L'OCCITANE Foundation presents the Pepite Award for the fourth consecutive year.
21-11-2014 11:54:00
L’OCCITANE Supports People with Disabilities

L’OCCITANE Supports People with Disabilities

For several years, the L’OCCITANE Group has been committed to employing people with disabilities.
05-11-2014 9:11:00
L'OCCITANE’s Commitment to Diversity

L'OCCITANE’s Commitment to Diversity

Committed for a number of years to the diversity of its employees, L'OCCITANE formalized its engagement of responsibility by signing the French Diversity Charter at UNESCO, on Thursday October 23.
26-10-2014 10:53:00
L’OCCITANE Presents Arlesienne, its New Fragrance

L’OCCITANE Presents Arlesienne, its New Fragrance

The Arlesienne, this muse of Southern lands, has inspired L’Occitane for its signature fragrance. Composed of delicate floral notes, Arlesienne is a fragrance that mixes temperament, grace and mystery, like the beauty ideal that has inspired so many artists.
02-10-2014 9:03:00
L’OCCITANE Cares About Sight!

L’OCCITANE Cares About Sight!

On the occasion of World Sight Day, which takes place on October 9, L’OCCITANE sells a special soap to help raise funds to support the fight against avoidable blindness in developing countries.
30-09-2014 11:11:00
Aromachologie by L’OCCITANE

Aromachologie by L’OCCITANE

L'OCCITANE presents its new Aromachologie collection and reissues for the occasion its first ever bottle, designed by Olivier Baussan in 1976. Authenticity and effectiveness are guaranteed!
27-09-2014 10:46:00
L'OCCITANE Fights Blindness!

L'OCCITANE Fights Blindness!

For the second year in a row, the L’OCCITANE Foundation has partnered with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), an international organization promoting eye health.
23-09-2014 14:34:00
L'OCCITANE Celebrates International Literacy Day

L'OCCITANE Celebrates International Literacy Day

Committed to women’s literacy in Burkina Faso, the L'OCCITANE Foundation continues today more than ever its engagements. Here’s an overview of the different initiatives underway, on the occasion of International Literacy Day, celebrated each year on September 8.
07-09-2014 12:49:00
Bonne Mère, The Marseille Soap in All Its Forms

Bonne Mère, The Marseille Soap in All Its Forms

Bonne Mère! This is the affectionate name that the master soap-makers of Marseille once gave to the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, protector of the city. L'OCCITANE has chosen this name to make a colorful tribute to this Provençal know-how.
03-08-2014 17:57:00
Secrets for Surviving the Heat

Secrets for Surviving the Heat

The temperature is slowly approaching 95°F and with it the stress of a sweltering heat wave. Don’t panic, this year you’ll be equipped to survive with confidence. Between practical advice and favorite products, we share our most valuable secrets with you to minimize the effects of the heat.
28-07-2014 18:30:00
Ten Beauty Essentials to Slip in to Your Suitcase

Ten Beauty Essentials to Slip in to Your Suitcase

This year, the focus is on traveling light. We’re over luggage weighing more than we do in beauty products. On vacation, we’re investing in travel size formats. Practical for flying without getting half of your vanity confiscated, L’Occitane mini formats will save your summer. And your beauty routine! Here’s the proof in 10 essentials.
25-07-2014 18:58:00
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.
10-06-2014 10:33:00
Research Advances on Protecting Lavender!

Research Advances on Protecting Lavender!

Threatened by leafhoppers, lavender is experimenting with new forms of combat against these small insects responsible for its decline.
05-06-2014 10:12:00
L'Occitane Sets up on the Port of Saint-Tropez

L'Occitane Sets up on the Port of Saint-Tropez

L’Occitane takes the beach road and settles in to the port of Saint Tropez. The store offers visitors a unique design directly inspired by the world of the sea. All aboard for a voyage fragrant with the scents of Provence!
14-05-2014 9:33:00
L’Occitane Shea Butter : A Fair-Trade Supply Chain

L’Occitane Shea Butter : A Fair-Trade Supply Chain

L’OCCITANE has been developing a truly equitable supply chain of shea butter with the women of Burkina Faso since 1980. Today, this lasting partnership, built on the long term, is certified “Fair Trade.”
12-05-2014 17:17:00
The First Essential Oil

The First Essential Oil

Everyone thinks it must be lavender, emblem of Provence, that Olivier Baussan, the founder of L’Occitane, distilled first. In fact it’s rosemary. Let’s look back on this crucial moment.
17-04-2014 17:49:00
L’OCCITANE committed to Protecting the Environment

L’OCCITANE committed to Protecting the Environment

Since its creation in 1976, L’OCCITANE has been committed to environmental protection. Combining respect, authenticity and pleasure, here’s a glimpse of our social and environmental responsibility policy.
17-04-2014 14:11:00
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.
14-04-2014 9:31:00
L’OCCITANE Sight Award 2014

L’OCCITANE Sight Award 2014

Awarded every two years by the L’OCCITANE Foundation, L’OCCITANE Sight Award – with a value of 50,000 Euros - is designed to reward the work of an ophthalmologist against avoidable blindness in developing countries. So who is the lucky winner this year?
11-04-2014 12:32:00
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!
03-04-2014 14:56:00
L’Occitane Gets Behind Japan

L’Occitane Gets Behind Japan

Three years after the tsunami, Japan is just starting to recover. Invested since 2011 in rebuilding Tohoku, one of the regions most affected by the catastrophe, L'OCCITANE continues its commitment to the country by inviting two Japanese artisans to the markets of Provence.
24-03-2014 16:32:00
Almond Trees Return to Provence

Almond Trees Return to Provence

If almond trees have always grown in Provence, since the 1930s their cultivation has been decreasing, to the point of disappearing, in favor of wheat and lavender. But since 2002, thanks to a project led by the Jaubert brothers on the Valensole Plateau and with support from L'OCCITANE, the fruit tree can begin to hope for a brighter future.
18-03-2014 14:36:00
L’Occitane Eco–Refills: Something for the Environment!

L’Occitane Eco–Refills: Something for the Environment!

Conscious of the environmental impact of its activities, today L’Occitane continues its commitment to the environment with a selection of thirteen eco-friendly refills. The goal? To act for the preservation of the environment and give bottles a second life.
17-03-2014 14:14:00
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.
14-03-2014 12:56:00
L'Occitane Continues its Commitment to Provence!

L'Occitane Continues its Commitment to Provence!

Implicated in the Upper Provence Alps region since 1976, when Olivier Baussan set up the company, L’OCCITANE continues its commitment to the transmission of natural and cultural heritage with le Mécénat Provence, a project that continues developing year after year.
22-02-2014 11:10:00
After the Tsunami, Let’s Build the Japan of Tomorrow

After the Tsunami, Let’s Build the Japan of Tomorrow

From March 4 to 15, 2014, the Japanese cultural center in Paris is hosting the exhibition “After the Tsunami, Let’s Build the Japan of Tomorrow” which recounts L'OCCITANE’s commitments to reconstructing one of the regions the most affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, Tohoku.
21-02-2014 11:53:00
Cerisier Rouge : An Intense & Delicate New Fragrance From L'Occitane

Cerisier Rouge : An Intense & Delicate New Fragrance From L'Occitane

Notice to all women eager to see the return of spring. L’Occitane, has just created Cerisier Rouge. The new fragrance from the Cherry Blossom range is an ‘intense’ fragrance, both feminine and romantic.
06-02-2014 9:56:00
Ten Years Already For The Immortelle Flower Planting Program

Ten Years Already For The Immortelle Flower Planting Program

Established by L'Occitane in 2004 in accordance with organic farming principles, the Immortelle flower planting program in Corsica celebrates its tenth anniversary this year! An authentic journey today rewarded with a jury prize from Business Awards for the Environment in favor of biodiversity.
31-01-2014 18:50:00
Ochre Pays a Visit to the L’Occitane en Provence Museum

Ochre Pays a Visit to the L’Occitane en Provence Museum

Until March 31 2014, the L’Occitane en Provence Museum in Manosque is hosting the exhibition “Ochre Sensations - A Familiar Exoticism," a series of photographs by Catherine Gardone honoring the ocher landscapes of the Luberon region.
21-01-2014 16:34:00
Shea Butter Hand Cream Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Shea Butter Hand Cream Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

You must have already had it in your hands... Developed by L'Occitane for the past 20 years with the help of women in Burkina Faso, the hand cream containing 20% shea butter is the Manosque based brand’s bestseller. A simple and true story.
01-01-2014 14:02:00
L’OCCITANE Gets Behind Visual Impairment

L’OCCITANE Gets Behind Visual Impairment

World Braille Day takes place on January 4. An important moment for L’OCCITANE who, for the last 16 years, has used this tactile alphabet on its packaging and is committed to people with sight problems.
20-12-2013 8:30:00
Shea Butter : A Sustainable Partnership with the Women of Burkina Faso

Shea Butter : A Sustainable Partnership with the Women of Burkina Faso

L’OCCITANE is now the largest buyer of processed shea butter from the women of Burkina Faso. This equitable partnership dates back to the 80s, and its future remains bright.
18-12-2013 18:38:00
L’OCCITANE Commits to the Employment of People with Disabilities

L’OCCITANE Commits to the Employment of People with Disabilities

With an employment rate of people with disabilities superior to the average in France, L'Occitane supports access to work for all.
17-11-2013 21:10:00
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.
06-11-2013 16:11:00
The L’OCCITANE Gift Set Workshop

The L’OCCITANE Gift Set Workshop

They are pretty gifts that we are thrilled to discover under the Christmas tree. In addition to being beautiful and generously filled, L'OCCITANE gift sets contribute to the occupational integration of handicapped people.
16-10-2013 17:00:00
Shea Butter by L’OCCITANE, An Exemplary Product

Shea Butter by L’OCCITANE, An Exemplary Product

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has distinguished L’OCCITANE as an exemplary business for its activities in favor of the women producers of shea butter in Burkina Faso.
07-10-2013 9:41:00
The L’OCCITANE Foundation Supports Literacy and Access to Credit for the Women of Burkina Faso

The L’OCCITANE Foundation Supports Literacy and Access to Credit for the Women of Burkina Faso

Since 2010, the l’OCCITANE foundation, created 4 years earlier with the goal of supporting women in business in Burkino Faso, has been supporting two NGOs: “Aide et Action” for its literacy program, and “Entrepreneurs du monde”, for its action in favor of access to micro-credits. Three years later, it’s time for the results !
05-10-2013 20:00:00
L’OCCITANE Employees Get Behind the Women of Burkina Faso

L’OCCITANE Employees Get Behind the Women of Burkina Faso

Since 2008, two associations created by L'OCCITANE employees have committed to supporting female entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso. The programs “Nord et Sud” and “Projets de Femmes” have allowed, once again this year, many local women to develop their own business.
27-09-2013 7:00:00
Welcome to the L’OCCITANE Laboratory

Welcome to the L’OCCITANE Laboratory

Concerned with always producing quality cosmetics that are the most innovative, L’Occitane has its own research laboratory in Provence. About one hundred scientists work there to develop the best formulas based on natural active ingredients.
08-09-2013 12:00:00
Behind the Scenes of the Immortelle Harvest in Corsica...

Behind the Scenes of the Immortelle Harvest in Corsica...

Twelve years ago, the Immortelle flower, this “golden sun” that grows in the Corsican scrubland, charmed L’OCCITANE to such a degree that the Provençale company created the first large-scale organic farming program of the plant in Corsica. This summer it was time to harvest !
06-09-2013 12:00:00
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.
01-08-2013 14:00:00
WorldRiderZ at the Tour de France: a Father’s Combat

WorldRiderZ at the Tour de France: a Father’s Combat

Stéphane Etienne created the association WorldRiderZ for his son, suffering from chronic kidney disease since birth. With the goal of preventing this disease, he takes on endless sporting challenges, and this July, he’s participating in the Tour de France bicycle race wearing a jersey in the L’Occitane colors.
18-07-2013 17:06:00
L'OCCITANE Makes a Commitment to the Environment

L'OCCITANE Makes a Commitment to the Environment

Since its creation in 1976 by Olivier Baussan, L'OCCITANE en Provence has had at its heart a respect for the environment. Today more than ever, these questions are at the center of the Manosque based brand’s commitments. An exhibition at the L’Occitane Museum attests to this approach.
17-04-2013 12:33:00
L'Occitane Follows its Nose

L'Occitane Follows its Nose

To smell a L’Occitane scent is to journey to Provence. As these delicate perfumes of Mediterranean plants and flowers are freed, your imagination is seized by images, words and sensations. More than a perfume, it’s a scented story.
05-07-2012 12:02:00
Olivier Baussan, a true lover of Provence

Olivier Baussan, a true lover of Provence

The founder of L'Occitane en Provence is a very different man... At times close to the image that it portrayed of him, he can also surprise with a truly modern outlook. Meeting.
03-06-2012 7:00:00
Tour of the L'Occitane production facility: a behind-the-scenes look at beauty...

Tour of the L'Occitane production facility: a behind-the-scenes look at beauty...

L’Occitane is opening the doors to its production facility in Manosque, and offering the chance to find out about the manufacturing processes for its cosmetic products. Furthermore, its museum will shed light on the history of the brand before you have the opportunity to go on a shopping spree in the bargain price boutique...
03-04-2012 12:00:00