L'Occitane en Provence Ingredients Glossary

L'Occitane en Provence Ingredients Glossary

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L'OCCITANE strive to use high-quality, traceable, natural ingredients. Over 200 botanical ingredients are used, a quarter of them organic certified, which are carefully selected for their effectiveness and their ability to give your skin the elements it needs to be beautiful. These ingredients are used at an ideal concentration in our formulas. L'OCCITANE systematically give priority to natural ingredients whenever possible. For example, L'OCCITANE  use vegetable oils in place of oils derived from petrochemicals, as they have a better affinity with the skin. Discover the key natural ingredients that make L'OCCITANE products so unique. Provençal Almond, Burkina Faso Shea butter… all ethically sourced!

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. A truly remarkable product is made with love and expertise, so we have forged long-term partnerships with local growers, built on trust, to make the most of Nature’s bounty while developing practices that are gentle on the planet.  

Sustainability

L’OCCITANE develops products that are increasingly respectful of both mankind and the world we live in.  We produce eco-refills and much of our packaging is made with recycled materials or uses resources that are renewable or from sustainably managed forests.  We strive to minimise our carbon footprint by limiting the use of air transport, promoting the use of renewable energies and, wherever possible, transporting our goods by sea, rail or road.  We promote biodiversity through sustainable growing practices and increasingly natural formulas: 92% of the products launched in 2016 contain at least 90% natural ingredients, while 57% contain over 95%.   

ALMOND

ALMOND

 A fruit with a velvety-soft skin and a tender heart, the almond has the distinctive ability to become firmer with time. Regardless of the way it is transformed, the Almond unveils precious beauty secrets: a nourishing oil, a softening milk… 

By using almonds grown in the south of France, L'OCCITANE supports the almond-growing business and the families it employs, such as the family farm of Mr. Jaubert, an almond grower on the Valensole plateau, in the Alps of Haute-Provence.

 CADE

CADE

Healing Oils of Haute-Provence

In the past, the cade tree’s precious oil was used as an antimicrobial, helping shepherds protect their hands and faces as they worked in the highlands of Haute-Provence. L’OCCITANE’s Cade Collection protects men’s skin from daily aggressions like shaving and sun.

L'OCCITANE uses cade from one of many picking areas in the Alps of Haute-Provence, near the village of Le Chaffaut. The trunks are cut up into small chips and then distilled to produce cade essential oil, which is certified organic by ECOCERT.

 CEDRAT

CEDRAT

It’s spicy and tangy at the same time, a scent so unpredictable that it will make you do a double-take. To compliment these two energy-boosting ingredients, the L’OCCITANE Laboratory has added other active ingredients with excellent hydrating and sebum-neutralising properties.

The stunning lands of Corsica nurture the growth of Cedrat, also called citron. The giant citrus fruit can weigh up to 4 kilos, with a thick rind that smells sweet and sour at the same time.

 CHERRY BLOSSOM

CHERRY BLOSSOM

 The moment of bloom for a cherry blossom is so brief if you’re not present in the moment you could miss it. Each year, the pure white flowers mark the start of spring, a clean slate for a new harvest.

The cherry tree is part of the Provençal landscape. The cherry extract that L’OCCITANE uses in its Cherry Blossom products comes is local sourced from Luberon in Provence.

 IMMORTELLE

IMMORTELLE

 Immortelle is a flower that never fades, even when picked. Its Latin name, Helichrysum, means "golden sun," like its magnificent golden flowers. This powerful ingredient fights visible signs of ageing, giving skin the youthful, radiant glow you've always wanted.

In 2011, six growers/distillers cultivated and distilled organic immortelle in the Balagne region and eastern Corsica and in 2004, L’OCCITANE launched a large-scale immortelle plantation in Corsica, using organic farming methods. Quality and traceability can be guaranteed, from the harvesting to the distillation of the flower.

LAVENDER

LAVENDER

Fields of blue gold lavender grow around Provence, their relaxing scent bursts into the air as you walk through them. One of the first flowers distilled by Olivier Baussan, the founder of L’OCCITANE, the L’OCCITANE range gives you many ways of bringing lavender into the home.  

L'OCCITANE sources the essential oil of P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) fine lavender from Haute-Provence directly from farmers' cooperatives in Sault and the surrounding area. The P.D.O. label guarantees a very high-quality product, since the relevant criteria are very strict. To obtain the P.D.O. label, the essential oil must be produced by steam distillation (not with solvents) using only the flowering tops of Lavandula.

 REINE BLANCHE

REINE BLANCHE

Meadowsweet - Queen of the Meadows

Reine des Près means Queen of the Meadows in French. It was given that name for its delicate, dominating beauty that spreads across the meadows of Provence. Traditionally used in European medicine for its anti-inflammatory powers, it is still found in herbal remedies.

Drawing on its extensive botanical research, L'Occitane has discovered a plant with the power to spectacularly illuminate the skin. Meadowsweet is grown in Lus la Croix Haute, in the Drôme region of France, where L'OCCITANE has a relationship with local producers.

 PEONY

PEONY

 The peony flower used in our Pivoine face care range can take 5 to 7 years from planting to see its very first flower in bloom. But once it gets going, it goes all out. This symbol of beauty brightens every spring with its dazzling show of colours and scents.

To understand the fragrant secrets of this flower, L’OCCITANE established an exclusive partnership with a nurseryman, Jean-Luc Rivière – a man with a passion for peonies, whose family has devoted itself to breeding and cultivating them for 160 years. Following Mr. Rivière’s advice, L’OCCITANE developed a natural extract of peony root, which perfumes all the products in the collection.

 ROSE

ROSE

The Queen of Flowers

In ancient times, Mediterranean women would steep rose petals in oils to perfume their skin with, as a way to radiate beauty and femininity. Now, the scent has become a symbol of beauty and love - an endless source of creativity for perfumers.

Roses are so beautiful, blooming in the landscape of Provence. They are central to Grasse, the perfume capital of southern France, as well as being key to traditions and folklore. L'OCCITANE perfumers use Rose Centifolia absolute from Grasse, Rose Damascena concrete from Morocco, and Rose Damascena essential oil from Turkey and Bulgaria.

 SHEA BUTTER

SHEA BUTTER

Protection from the Elements

Shea trees dot the landscape in Burkina Faso, where hot winds blow sand and dust daily across the Savannah. To protect their skin from the harsh conditions, women have used shea butter for generations. Organized into cooperatives, they use traditional methods to harvest and extract the butter.

L’OCCITANE set up a joint-development program with the women of Burkina Faso. "Thanks to the incredible success of our Shea Butter range, which is known and loved throughout the world, the number of women producing shea butter for L'OCCITANE has gone from less than 100 to over 15,000 today!" Olivier Baussan, founder of L’OCCITANE.

 VERBENA

VERBENA

An enchanting essence

L’OCCITANE’s Verbena Collection honours the long history of the herb, transferring its cooling properties to a line of fragrances, body care and hair care that will give your body and mind a little added boost to get you ready to take on the day.

Among all the aromatic herbs that grow along the paths of Provence, there is one whose lemony freshness helps revive the body and mind. Its name is Verbena. When baskets are piled high with freshly harvested green verbena leaves, its distinctive fragrance fills the air around the markets of Provence.

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