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Organic Immortelle

Immortelle is a flower that never fades, even when picked. Its Latin name, Helichrysum, means "golden sun" – like its magnificent golden flowers. For Corsicans, it is a flower symbolic of the maquis (the fragrant scrubland of Corsica), with a captivating scent.   
The Balagne region is also known as "the garden of Corsica". In 2001, at the heart of this fragrant region, L'OCCITANE discovered this extraordinary wild plant.  The immortelle has medicinal properties known in Mediterranean traditions: anti-bruising, anti-inflammatory (more effective than arnica), and healing.

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Traceability

Ever since the remarkable anti-aging properties of the immortelle plant were discovered, the picking of wild immortelle has become increasingly common. When the flowers are picked in accordance with sustainable guidelines, this actually "cleans up" the maquis and indirectly helps to prevent fires. However, the volumes harvested do not allow for a sustainable supply of immortelle. This is why, in 2004, L’OCCITANE launched a large-scale immortelle plantation, covering 50 hectares, in Corsica, using organic farming methods. In 2011, six growers/distillers cultivated and distilled organic immortelle in the Balagne region and eastern Corsica. Quality and traceability can be guaranteed, from the harvesting to the distillation of the flower. All our partners are committed to working with L’OCCITANE over the long term.

Stephan Francisci was the first to start this new adventure. He now cultivates 10 hectares for L’OCCITANE between Bastia and Porto-Vecchio. “Each flower cultivated saves a wild plant of the maquis.”  Pascale Chérubin, based in Ghisonaccia, is a biologist professor and owns 5 hectares. “This flower has done well for me. I always felt that the whole of Corsica was concentrated in the immortelle, with its spicy smell.”

Did You Know?

• The flowers are picked in the morning and distilled the same day, in the evening, to extract all their constituents. 
• 1 hectare provides enough land to produce 4 tons of flowers, which yield 8 kilos of essential oil.

Patented Effectiveness

L’OCCITANE has registered four patents, which attest to the innovative nature of our research into cell regeneration and the remarkable effectiveness of our skincare products made with immortelle from Corsica.
• Patent 1: Anti-aging with the Precious Cream: radiance-enhancing action (multiplies collagen production), smoothing (boosts skin microcirculation) and firming (protects the skin against free radicals).
• Patent 2: Anti-aging night care with the Very Precious Cream: patent 1 enhanced by repairing and anti-dark spot action.
• Patent 3: Complete anti-aging action and action on cellular youth with the Divine Cream: stimulates the production of SIRT-1 by fibroblasts.
• Patent 4: The synergy of new immortelle cell extracts and immortelle essential oil, with the new Precious Cream: strengthens the skin's support network and stimulates the natural exfoliation of deep cells.

Organic Myrtle

A symbol of life, myrtle can live for up to 300 years and is able to grow back after a fire.   On Corsica, the "Island of Beauty," wild myrtle is distilled to produce "Angel Water" (the distillate of the leaves and fruits). This aromatic water is prized by Corsican women, who use it to enhance their beauty. It reveals an incredible softness on the skin and leaves it delicately perfumed – as if caressed by the breath of an angel.

Traceability

We source our myrtle from Corsican distillers. Myrtle grows wild in Corsica and is harvested from August to October. The green stems of the myrtle bushes are distilled to produce both the essential oil and the floral water – known as Angel Water. Myrtle berries, meanwhile, are used to make the famous myrtle liqueur.

Effectiveness

Myrtle and immortelle come together in a divine combination. Thanks to the extraordinary powers of longevity of myrtle, L'OCCITANE has been able to create a new Immortelle range for all women who insist on the very best for their skin.  L’OCCITANE tested the effectiveness of its essential oil by in vitro tests on mature fibroblast cell cultures and showed that it was able to stimulate production of the longevity protein (SIRT-1), increasing production by 26%.

PDO Lavender Essential Oil

P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin Lavender Essential Oil from Haute-Provence distilled from fine lavender flowers, offers a natural solution to help you unwind and drift off to sleep. To enjoy all its benefits, simply mix five drops with a small amount of neutral bath and massage oil.
Lavender was one of the first flowers distilled by Olivier Baussan, the founder of L'OCCITANE. Known in Provence as "blue gold," this plant is an aromatic tribute to the south of France and is the fragrant soul of the region. L'OCCITANE uses lavender that is sourced from farmers’ cooperatives in Haute-Provence.

Almond

The almond flower, which typically blooms between February and March, is one of the earliest of the year. Fields are covered with pink and white blossoms, creating a beautiful sight.

In Provence, the almond tree was a strong symbol of the regional landscape until the early 20th century. But from the 1930's onwards, the cultivation of almond trees was abandoned, threatened by the mechanization of agriculture and the introduction of new and more profitable crops. The almond tree became scarce in the region. L’OCCITANE wants to put this emblematic tree back where it deserves to be on the Provencal landscape, and so it purchases its almonds from producers in Provence.  

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Traceability

By using almonds grown in the south of France, L'OCCITANE supports the almond-growing business and the families it employs, such as the family farm of Mr. Jaubert, an almond grower on the Valensole plateau, in the Alps of Haute-Provence. 

"To this day, I have planted 10,000 almond trees – my contribution to helping the planet. The trees teach us wisdom and respect. If you look after them well, they will thank you and give good yields." – Mr. Jaubert

Did You Know?

Thanks to its deep roots and its leaves, from which very little moisture evaporates, the almond tree is highly resistant to drought. It is adapted to our region and gives excellent yields.

Patented Effectiveness

L’OCCITANE developed an exclusive complex with almond proteins to firm and smooth the body. It contains almond proteins (smoothing), silicium (firming) and essential oils of immortelle, palmarosa and peppermint (invigorating). The stimulation of fat breakdown is multiplied by 7 (in vitro test).

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 Delfour, 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.

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. The Angelica range is ideal for women who want to restore their skin's radiance.

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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.

Angelica Face Toner

This alcohol-free Angelica Face Toner, enriched with angelica essential oil and water, moisturizes, refreshes and rids the skin of impurities. After use, skin is soft, radiant and ready to absorb all the benefits of your daily skin care regimen.

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.

Rose

In ancient times, Mediterranean women would use oils in which rose petals had been steeped, to perfume their skin and keep it fresh and beautiful. Both legendary and timeless, the rose has become the "queen of flowers" and an endless source of creativity for perfumers. Its many facets inspired a collection of three Eaux de Toilette, in every shade of femininity, from the most romantic to the most mysterious and captivating.

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Traceability

Our perfumers use Rose Centifolia absolute from Grasse, Rose Damascena concrete from Morocco, and Rose Damascena essential oil from Turkey and Bulgaria.

Did You Know?

The difference between the absolute, the concrete and the essential oil: 
• The essential oil is the volatile aromatic substance extracted from a botanical source. It is a true concentrate and, in the case of rose essential oil, is obtained through steam distillation of the freshly picked flowers. 
• The concrete is obtained through extraction using volatile solvents. It takes 300 to 400 kg of flowers to produce 1 kg of rose concrete, and 4 to 5 tons to produce 1 kg of essential oil! 
• The absolute is the essence prepared from the concrete by extraction with alcohol.

Eau de Toilette, Floral Rose

The delicate freshness of a bouquet of roses, the velvety softness of dew-kissed petals.  In Provence, a legend tells of how the daughters of the Count of Forcalquier were as beautiful as the roses they cherished – the Grasse rose, the Bulgarian rose, the Moroccan rose and the Turkish rose. Each one of these daughters married a king, and so it was that Marguerite, Eléonore, Sancie and Béatrix became the four Queens of Forcalquier. Their favorite roses are blended together in the Eau des 4 Reines – a beautifully fresh, delicate and velvety scent.

PDO Lavender Essential Oil

P.D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin Lavender Essential Oil from Haute-Provence distilled from fine lavender flowers, offers a natural solution to help you unwind and drift off to sleep. To enjoy all its benefits, simply mix five drops with a small amount of neutral bath and massage oil.
Lavender was one of the first flowers distilled by Olivier Baussan, the founder of L'OCCITANE. Known in Provence as "blue gold," this plant is an aromatic tribute to the south of France and is the fragrant soul of the region. L'OCCITANE uses lavender that is sourced from farmers’ cooperatives in Haute-Provence.

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.

Cherry Blossom

"Flying in the first breeze of spring, Cherry Blossom is so rare and precious." - Olivier Baussan
 
The cherry tree is part of the Provencal landscape. It is widespread in the Apt region, in Luberon, and changes colors with the seasons – making it a source of inspiration for artists. Pure white in spring, bright red in summer, soft green in autumn.  L'OCCITANE celebrates the poetic beauty of the beautiful white, fleeting cherry blossoms, which last for just a few days in early spring. 

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Traceability

The cherry extract that L’OCCITANE uses in its Cherry Blossom products comes from Luberon. Cherries are traditionally harvested in this region to make candied fruits. 

Eau de Toilette, Fruity Floral

This feminine, harmonious Eau de Toilette evokes all the softness and freshness of a breeze of flowers in the springtime.

Peony Perfecting Toner

This perfecting toner without alcohol completes the cleansing process, moisturizes and refreshes the skin. Enriched with a skin-perfecting peony extract, it softens, smoothes and tones the skin texture to reveal a radiant and perfect-looking complexion.

Pivoine Flora Shower Gel

This shower gel transforms into a light foam that gently cleanses the body. It leaves behind a green floral scent inspired by a blooming peony.

Pivoine Flora Hand Cream

This hand cream helps to soften the skin and nourish it thanks to shea butter, just like a caress of a peony petal. It envelops the hands with a green floral scent inspired by a blooming peony.

Peony Perfecting Toner

This perfecting toner without alcohol completes the cleansing process, moisturizes and refreshes the skin. Enriched with a skin-perfecting peony extract, it softens, smoothes and tones the skin texture to reveal a radiant and perfect-looking complexion.

Peony Perfecting Cream

Helps hydrate and beautify skin. With the PIVOINE SUBLIME complex - 1 patent

Peony Perfecting Essence

A second skin-like texture that helps visibly improve skin quality. With PIVOINE SUBLIME complex - 1 patent

Peony Perfecting Mist

This multi-purpose, easy to carry beauty mist refreshes and helps beautify the skin, any time of the day. Delicately scent and ultra-fine, it tones, hydrates, helps to refines skin texture and fixes make-up. The skin is refreshed, beautified.

Pivoine Flora Body Milk

A light and fresh texture that easily penetrates to nourish and moisturize your body. The skin is delicately scented with a fresh and green floral inspired by a peony in bloom.

Pivoine Flora Gentle Body Oil

This soft and light oil easily penetrates to nourish and beautify your body. Apply generously on a clean and dry skin for a smooth and lighty finish. Your skin is delicately scented with a fresh and green floral inspired by a peony in bloom.

Peony 2 in 1 Perfecting Scrub

This innovative gel formula transforms into oil to effectively clean and gently exfoliate the skin. Enriched with a perfecting peony extract, a micro-exfoliating agent and scrubing micro-granules, the gel rids of the skin from impurities and dead cells to reveal a perfect-looking skin. Gel 2 in 1, its formula can be used as a mask for a more intense exfoliation.

Peony Perfecting Make Up Remover

This make-up remover with a glide-on and fresh gel texture removes impurities and make-up from the face, the eyes and the lips. Enriched with a skin-perfecting extract, it leaves the skin clean, supple and velvety.

Peony Tinted Lip Balm Rose Amber

This creamy beauty balm nourishes, smooothes, protects (SPF25) and sublimateds the lips, while giving them an elegant amber shade. Lips feel comfortable, with an 8h-hydratation* and look evenly colored.

Peony Tinted Lip Balm Rose Plum

This creamy beauty balm nourishes, smooothes, protects (SPF25) and sublimates the lips, while giving them an explosive plum shade. Lips feel comfortable, with an 8h-hydratation* and look evenly colored.

Peony Tinted Lip Balm Rose Nude

This creamy beauty balm nourishes, smooothes, protects (SPF25) and sublimates the lips, while giving them a fresh and natural rose shade. Lips feel comfortable, with an 8h-hydratation* and look evenly colored.

Peony Lip Balm Transparent

This creamy beauty balm nourishes, smooothes, protects (SPF25) and sublimateds the lips, while giving them a natural shine. Lips feel comfortable, with an 8h-hydratation* and look evenly colored.

Peony Flora Fresh Body Lotion

A feeling of freshness! An easy-to-use lotion that leaves your skin soft and radiant. A light and fresh texture that easily penetrates to nourish and moisturize your body. The skin is delicately scented with a fresh and green floral inspired by a peony in bloom. To sublime the experience, combine freshness with lightness by discovering Pivoine Flora Gentle Body Oil. Contains a peony extract from Drôme

Pivoine Flora Shower Gel

This shower gel transforms into a light foam that gently cleanses the body. It leaves behind a green floral scent inspired by a blooming peony.

Pivoine Flora Hand Cream

This hand cream helps to soften the skin and nourish it thanks to shea butter, just like a caress of a peony petal. It envelops the hands with a green floral scent inspired by a blooming peony.

Pivoine Flora Petal Soap

This soap gently cleanses hands and body. It leaves behind a green floral scent inspired by a blooming peony.