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How To PronounceL'OCCITANE

We hit the streets of New York City to ask our customers, "How do you pronounce the name of our store?" These are some of their responses. To clear up any confusion, Olivier Baussan, our founder, tells us how to properly pronounce L'OCCITANE. Just say LOX-EE-TAHN!

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Precious Immortelle

Discover precious immortelle, the everlasting flower, from the island of Corsica. The essential oil of immortelle has extraordinary anti-aging properties, and is used in our Divine, Precious and Brightening skin care lines.

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Customer Favorites

Each of our customers' favorite products are filled with the spirit of Provence, from the outdoor markets and into your home. Almond, lavender, shea butter... which one is your favorite?

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Shea Intensive Hand BalmShea Intensive Hand Balm

An ultra- rich version of the iconic Shea Hand Cream with 25% shea butter, specially adapted for very dry skin.
Benefits
- Intensely nourishes very dry hands.
- Immediately soothes very dry hands.
- Protects the skin from environmental aggressions and dehydration.

Comforting Shea Foaming Cleanser

A foaming cleanser with a creamy and silky texture that glides over the skin and leaves it perfectly clean, fresh and soft.

- Skin is perfectly clean.
- Skin feels soft.
- Skin feels fresh.

Shea Intensive Hand Balm

An ultra- rich version of the iconic Shea Hand Cream with 25% shea butter, specially adapted for very dry skin.
Benefits
- Intensely nourishes very dry hands.
- Immediately soothes very dry hands.
- Protects the skin from environmental aggressions and dehydration.

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.

Thanks to the EFT label, the women’s groups can now provide a guarantee for international clients. It also provides a sustainable basis for their emancipation.  L’OCCITANE has also taken part in an "industrial accompaniment" program, which involves training a man or woman from Burkina Faso in our techniques and expertise at the L'OCCITANE site in Manosque.  This year we had a record shea butter order: over 500 tons! 

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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. 

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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.

Fantastic ProvenceRiederer Patisserie in Aix

Recipient of the title "Meilleur Ouvrier de France," or "Best Worker in France," the pastry and confectionary chef Philippe Segond welcomes us to his patisserie, the Maison Riederer, an essential Aix-en-Provence address since 1780.

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L'OCCITANE FoundationA View of Tomorrow

The L'OCCITANE Foundation was founded in 2006, and now supports various NGOs and charities related to its two main missions: the economic emancipation of women and the support of the visually impaired.

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