L'occitane Commitments

L'OCCITANE was born in 1976, when its founder, Olivier Baussan, began distilling essential oils and selling them in his much-loved land of Provence. Built on strong principles and true stories, the brand has grown (a lot!), but its philosophy has always remained the same. Nature matters. People matter. That is why L'OCCITANE has 6 clear commitments, focused on protecting our precious planet and treating people with respect.



We love Provence and the South of France.
After all, that's where our roots lie. So it's only natural that we should want to protect and promote the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Basin. This "biodiversity hotspot" is one of the richest ecosystems in the world. We intend to do our bit to protect this precious environment.
Supporting producers


Our ingredients – and therefore our producers – are the lifeblood of L'OCCITANE. Were it not for their hard work, dedication and skills, we wouldn't be able to create such unique, authentic products. Dialogue, respect and transparency lie at the heart of our relationships with our producers.
Some of our partnerships have lasted for over 30 years!



The story of L'OCCITANE and the women shea butter producers of Burkina Faso began in the 1980s. Since then, we've built up a joint development partnership and a close, supportive relationship.
There were about a dozen women at first. Now there are over 10,000! And since 2009, our shea butter supply chain has been 100% Fair Trade (Fair Trade certified according to the Fair for Life standard available at www.fairforlife.org).


Artisanal skills are disappearing, and yet they're so important! When you think of L'OCCITANE, you think of authenticity, expertise, traditions and, of course, Provence. L'OCCITANE has always been passionate about craftsmanship and creativity, so it makes perfect sense for the brand to work with local artisans. We'll be showcasing their talents and know-how in our stores and working with them to develop exclusive creations and products so that you, too, can appreciate all the beauty of their traditional, artisanal skills.


In today's world, any responsible company has a duty to do all it can to reduce waste and prevent pollution. The future of our planet depends on our actions today! At L'OCCITANE, we've been focusing on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle for many years, but there's still more we can do. And we're working on it!

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