Transporting you to the beauty and culture of Southern France, L’Occitane en Provence creates natural beauty rituals infused with the essence of Provence. For over 40 years, L’Occitane has drawn inspiration from the Mediterranean region to craft indulgent, sensorially rich products.
L’Occitane’s story begins in 1976 when entrepreneur Olivier Baussan purchased an abandoned soap factory in the Provence village of Manosque. His ambition was to produce traditional Marseille soaps with local lavender and time-honored techniques.
This first product captured Provence’s essence and launched the L’Occitane business. Lavender, with its relaxing fragrance and soothing properties, remains at the heart of many L’Occitane skincare and body care products today.
Beyond lavender, L’Occitane showcases other quintessential plants of Provence. Ingredients like almond, olive, honey and Immortelle flowers get spotlight treatment through entire product collections. L’Occitane sources many natural ingredients from the Mediterranean region through fair trade partnerships.
This ingredient-powered product philosophy gives L’Occitane its distinct sensory identity. Scents evoke picturesque fields of lavender or almond trees. Textures reflect the lush, full feel of olive oil or shea butter nourishing skin.
Combining tradition with innovation, L’Occitane works with scientists to create efficacious formulas that incorporate natural extracts. The brand holds several patents for encapsulation techniques that preserve key active ingredients.
From scents to textures, each product feels like an authentic taste of Southern France. Packaging too reflects Provence’s beauty, with sunny colors and botanical graphics. Unique textures like braille patterns make products tactile and giftable.
Signature items like the Shea Butter Hand Cream, enriched with 20% shea from Burkina Faso, have devoted followings worldwide. Cleansers, serums and moisturizers abound for bath, body and skincare routines.
Pivoine Flora line of peony-infused makeup, perfume and body care provides a delicate, romantic twist. Home fragrance diffusers and candles spread L’Occitane sensations throughout living spaces.
New products constantly reinterpret Provence’s treasures in innovative ways. L’Occitane prioritizes renewable or recyclable packaging and eco-friendly formulas. Limited editions celebrate the seasons and special collaborations, like the Pierre Hermé parfums.
From a lone soap factory, L’Occitane has blossomed into a global lifestyle brand with over 3,000 retail stores. Flagship locations recreate a taste of Provence, from mosaic tile floors to decorative wrought iron and soft golden lighting.
Online shops and ubiquitous retail presence ensure L’Occitane’s sensory delights are never far away. The brand now reaches customers in 90 countries across five continents.
By stirring the senses and celebrating local flavors, L’Occitane transfers the essence of Provence worldwide. Natural ingredients, rich textures and transportive scents evoke an authentic experience that resonates across cultures.
L’Occitane continues to nurture its roots in Provence while branching out globally. Staying true to its core values around nature, tradition, and sensorial pleasure, L’Occitane shares the beauty traditions of southern France with the world.