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Verbena

Verbena is a shrub that is typical of the Mediterranean basin. People from the south of France are very familiar with this plant.
In June, as baskets are filled with the freshly harvested green leaves, the markets in the Mediterranean area are heavy with the scent of Verbena.
Its fresh, lemony fragrance is carried for miles around.  When summer arrives and the weather gets hotter, verbena leaves are used for herbal iced teas or tangy sorbets. 
This refreshing sensation is at the heart of the Verbena collection – a vibrant, radiant range to revive both the body and mind! 
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Traceability

Rémy Margiella, an organic farmer with much experience in medicinal plants, planted a hectare of organic verbena in Tulette, in the Drôme Provençale region. The floral waters and macerated oils are made from the dried leaves and are used in the products in the L'OCCITANE Verbena range.   "We harvest verbena twice every year: first in early summer, and then again in early autumn."

Did you know?

Verbena, also known as "the enchanter's plant", was a favorite plant with magicians – who used it to make love potions. Verbena is considered a universal remedy, hence why it is also called the "cure-all" herb.

Eau de toilette, Hesperide Vert

A refreshing lemony scent, loved by everyone!   Verbena Eau de Toilette draws its inspiration from Mediterranean markets, where the refreshing scent of freshly picked green verbena leaves fills the air. This delicate and subtle fragrance revives both the body and mind.

Shea Butter

The landscape of Burkina Faso is interspersed with majestic karite trees – the source of shea butter. In this region, the hot winds carry dust and fine sand, which can be very drying for the skin.
The women of Burkina Faso traditionally protect their skin, and that of their children, against harsh environmental elements by applying shea butter daily.
Organized into cooperatives, they use traditional methods to harvest the fruit of this sacred tree.
They extract and dry the nuts, grind them to make a fine paste, and transform the paste into shea butter – a universal and irreplaceable beauty product.
This explains why their skin remains so beautiful, supple and elastic.
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Traceability

In the early 1980's, 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 an initial group of less than 100 (20 years ago) to over 15,000 today!" Olivier Baussan, founder of L’OCCITANE.

Did You Know?

L’OCCITANE wants to go further than a trade business. It ensures that the women of Burkina Faso reap the full benefits of their work by purchasing the butter directly from them in situ. A fair price is paid, which covers the production costs – including environmental and social costs – and leaves a margin for investment. L’OCCITANE prefinances each harvest by up to 80% and helps the women’s groups with production, export and finding new outlets.  In 2003, we set up the organic network, which is more lucrative for the producers.

Foundation

Created in 2006, the L’OCCITANE Foundation supports projects that give women greater autonomy and promote their economic emancipation, creating literacy centers, providing access to micro credits, or bearing the cost of medicines and treatments.  In 2009, we decided to "professionalize" the women’s groups by obtaining the “Fair Trade” label for their shea butter.

ECOCERT

The European control and certification body ECOCERT SA has developed the EFT “Ecocert Fair Trade” label, with four main objectives:
• Social responsibility
• Economic solidarity
• Environmental responsibility
• Transparency of information and respect for the consumer
*Standards available at www.ecocert.com

Effectiveness

Shea butter is a beauty balm ideal for dry to very dry skin.  It restores hydrolipid film for skin that is softer, more supple and more comfortable.

Organic Angelica

Angelica is a surprising plant. This age-old umbelliferous plant is known for its remarkable vitality: it grows incredibly fast and can reach a height of two meters in May, when it comes into flower. Its secret lies in its thick, deep roots, which act like water channels, drawing up all the water it needs to grow.
L‘OCCITANE was particularly interested in the moisturizing and revitalizing properties of angelica.This ingredients is used in our Aromachology products.
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Traceability

L’OCCITANE sources its angelica from Frédéric Nivon’s farm in Lapeyrouse Mornay, in the Drôme region. "Angelica is a surprising plant that never ceases to amaze me, even after growing it for 12 years."

70 years ago, his grandfather set up a farm near the village of Lapeyrouse Mornay, in the Drôme region. Mr. Nivon carried on the family business, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. For 12 years, he has grown Angelica, and the remarkable vitality of this plant continues to amaze him. In 2005, the angelica that he grows for L’OCCITANE obtained organic certification. In accordance with organic requirements, no fertilizers or chemical pesticides are used.  Organic angelica essential oil and angelica water are extracted from these roots.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Also called "Angel Grass" or "Holy Spirit Root", angelica roots were worn as a protective amulet to avert evil spells and bewitch sorcerers with their pleasant smell.

Patented Effectiveness

For the first time in cosmetics, the L’OCCITANE laboratory patented the combination of two extracts taken from the heart of angelica roots for their effectiveness on both skin hydration and vitality.
• By improving water circulation in the skin, angelica water boosts the skin's natural hydration.
• By protecting the skin against free radicals, angelica essential oil improves skin vitality, so that skin stays beautiful, longer.

Immediately and lastingly moisturized and revitalized, skin is plump, smoothed and radiant.

A.O.P. Lavender

Also known as "blue gold," lavender is an aromatic tribute to Provence. It is the fragrant soul of the region, the fruit of respectful labor. In accordance with tradition, every summer, young Provencal villagers go hiking on the sunny hills to pick wild lavender at high altitudes. During the harvest period, they set out for several days in the open air, and at night, they get together to share the secrets of this summer flower with relaxing and purifying properties. 
In Provence, it is fine lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, which yields the purest essential oil, renowned for its delicate perfume. It is very different from the lavandin perfume, with its camphor smell.
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Traceability

We source our essential oil of P.D.O. fine lavender from Haute-Provence directly from farmers' cooperatives in Sault and the surrounding area.
 The P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) 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 angustifolia P. Miller, or Fine Lavender.
• Production is geographically limited to a few French départements.
• Plantations must be in this area, at a minimum altitude of 800 m above sea level.
• The essential oil must be virgin: no substances or products can be added to it.

In Lagarde d’Apt, at an altitude of over 1,000 meters, Martine Rayne, who was born into the world of lavender, continues the work of her ancestors.
"On our land in Lagarde d’Apt, there has always been wild lavender. Every year, we harvest it to keep the seeds and maintain the diversity of this fine lavender. Each young plant is different – and this is one of the secrets of its exceptional characteristics." 

Did You Know?

• The A.O.C. label (now the P.D.O. label) was created in 1981 to protect French products in the face of competition from foreign sources. It guarantees a very high-quality product. 
• It is important not to confuse fine lavender with lavandin, which is a hybrid made by crossing  lavandula officinalis with spike lavender, and which yields an essence used mainly for products that are mass produced on an industrial scale (e.g. cleaning products, washing powder, mass-produced beauty products).

Eau de Cologne, Fresh Aromatic

Lavender Eau de Cologne
Brightened by the radiant freshness of citrus fruits, the Lavender Eau de Cologne is a fresh and light fragrance with a lingering, captivating, woody musky trail.  This sunny cologne is a celebration of summer that captures all the luminosity of Haute-Provence.

Organic Cade

Cade, or wild juniper, grows wild in the scrubland of Provence.
In the past, shepherds who held the secret to distilling cade wood used its precious oil to protect their faces and hands from the wind and sun.
They cut branches of wild juniper and a large fire was lit, which caused the wood to exude a thick oil with protective and fortifying properties. It was also used to treat animal wounds. This distillation of cade wood traditionally accompanied sheep and goat breeding. 
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Traceability

The cade that we use comes 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.

Fascinated by plants and a connoisseur of cade wood, Jean-Louis, cade pick for L'OCCITANE, walks through the Alps of Haute-Provence, looking out for cade bushes hidden in the scrubland. With his trained eye, he finds it easily and picks it for L’OCCITANE.  "Cade reminds me of my childhood and the smell of this very particular wood, which my father used  in his workshop, in Thiers."

Did You Know?

The harvesting of cade wood contributes to the upkeep and protection of the scrubland in Provence. Cade is a shrub whose rapid growth can be detrimental to other plant species and can also increase the risk of forest fires.

Patented Effectiveness

L’OCCITANE has developed a patented complex that meets the specific needs of men’s skin. In addition to its purifying and invigorating properties, it also helps to strengthen, regenerate and protect the skin.