Discover what's behind our Beauty products : More than 40 years of sustainability, natural ingredients, Made in France and commitment towards Children.


Provence is our inspiration

Provence is a rich land, with its breathtaking, diverse landscapes, its untouched natural beauty, and its ancestral skills and traditions. Through various local initiatives, L’OCCITANE supports and highlights the men and women who breathe life into this region, with the desire to preserve and pass on their expertise and knowledge of nature. In return, this land offers us ingredients of the finest quality, which we use in our products made in Provence, to delight and stir your senses. 


Ingredients true stories

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.  



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 minimize 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%.   


Children are the building blocks of the future

80% of what a child learns comes from visual learning, so access to eye care is fundamental. L’OCCITANE is determined to make universal access to eye care a reality. Since 2000, it has supported actions worldwide to fight childhood blindness, and it is involved in projects to provide eye screening, glasses and medical treatments. It continues to strengthen its commitment thanks to an international partnership with UNICEF, signed in 2017. 


 Animal Testing
The L’OCCITANE Group has been against animal testing for more than 40 years and we have never tested our products, active ingredients or raw materials on animals at any point in the product development or manufacturing process. 
The Group is fundamentally against animal testing of beauty products on a worldwide basis. In China, where our products are retailed, the local Chinese authorities request that some cosmetic products sold on the Chinese market are tested. They view it as the best way to safeguard consumer safety in China.
We do not conduct these tests. They are done by Chinese laboratories that have been approved by local authorities on a limited animal panel. 
To move things forward, the cosmetics industry is developing its relationship with the Chinese authorities with the clear objective of bringing animal testing for beauty products to a definitive end. The industry has engaged with the relevant authorities and animal rights NGOs so as to highlight alternative techniques that are being used in Europe, where animal testing has now been banned.
This constructive dialogue has led to a series of advances in Chinese regulation, including a decision in June 2014 to end this type of testing on so-called “ordinary cosmetics” that are manufactured and packaged locally (shampoo, perfume etc.). Another major milestone was made in November 2016 when the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) approved the use of a non-animal test for safety assessment of certain cosmetic ingredients. Currently the NIFDC (National Institute for Food and Drug Control) is considering acceptance of other alternatives to animal testing (AAT).
To further demonstrate our commitment to ending animal testing, the L’OCCITANE Group has partnered with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS). The IIVS has an active program in China dedicated to promoting the use and regulatory acceptance of AAT. More information about this program can be found on the IIVS website.
We remain convinced that this open dialogue with Chinese organisations will further influence Chinese regulation and put an end to animal testing once and for all.
Thank you for your interest and we hope this statement has clarified our position.