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Organic Immortelle

Corsican Immortelle is a golden flower that never fades, even once it's picked. Its organic essential oil is rich in active molecules with unique anti-aging properties and used in our Divine Collection.

THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE INGREDIENT
Over ten years ago L'OCCITANE discovered the everlasting flower in the heart of Corsica. Its brilliant yellow petals resembled the Golden Hour back in Provence. With its spicy fragrant scent, immortelle is also known for its anti-bruising, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. The flowers are picked in the morning and distilled the same day, to extract all their active ingredients.

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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
L'OCCITANE sources 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 premium 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%.

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Shea Butter

Shea butter is widely known for its incredible moisturising qualities. It's harvested from karite trees in Burkina Faso where the women protect their skin and hair by applying shea butter daily.

THE SECRETS OF PURE SHEA BUTTER
L'OCCITANE purchase the butter directly from the women of Burkina Faso. Since the '80s we have worked with them increasing the number of women producing shea butter from 100 to 15,000. 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 that nourishes and protects.

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Almond

Between February and March, Provençal fields are covered in pink and white blossoms. Emblematic of Provence's history, almond oild is perfect to moisturise and nourish skin.

THE HISTORY OF THE ALMOND TREES
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. L'OCCITANE supports the almond-growing businesses of the south of France by using their almonds. Thanks to their deep roots and leaves they are highly resistant to drought. Almond oil moisturises and nourishes skin.

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Verdon

In 2010, for its new men’s range, L’OCCITANE drew on a completely new source of inspiration: an extraordinary valley, with a rare and protected natural environment that is home to over 2,200 plant species: the Verdon valley. A spectacular sight in Haute-Provence, the Verdon river has carved out an exceptional natural environment, offering a unique setting for outdoor activities.  Sea-buckthorn, genepi, mint and spring water are brought together in ultra-fresh formulas for men, to capture the invigorating sensations of outdoor water sports!

Traceability
“It was important for me to respect the plant’s purity and authenticity, so I chose to grow it organically!,” said Eric François, genepi grower in Vars, in the Hautes-Alpes region.  L'OCCITANE has combined three organic ingredientsfrom Haute-Provence in this range:
• The peppermint comes from organic cultivations set up in 2011 in the Verdon region, in Allemagne-en-Provence, by Christian Gaudemard.
• The sea-buckthorn is harvested in the Drac Valley by Mr. and Mrs. Reynier, who have been sea-buckthorn growers for 30 years.
• The genepi is grown by Eric François, a man with a passion for plants, in Vars, at an altitude of over 2,000 meters.

Did You Know?
The new Verdon range was created in accordance with L’OCCITANE’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy.
• Both the plastic and glass bottles are made from 100% recycled bottles (and there are no boxes).
• They have screw-on caps and pumps, which can be removed from the bottles before recycling.
• The labels are made from the same material as the bottles (PET), so as not to hinder the recycling process.

Patented Effectiveness
L’OCCITANE has developed a patented complex of active ingredients that work together in synergy. Organic ingredients from Haute-Provence provide the perfect response to the specific needs of men’s skin.
• Thirst-quenching: sea-buckthorn water leaves skin feeling incredibly comfortable.
• Energizing: sea-buckthorn oil gives the skin an invigorating boost and a healthy glow.
• Protective: genepi extract strengthens the skin’s resistance to harsh environmental conditions, to protect its youth.
• Purifying: peppermint essential oil, combined with zinc, leaves skin matt and perfectly clear.

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Organic Cade

Cade, or wild juniper, grows wild in the Provençal scrubland, where it is harvested and distilled into an essential oil. In the past, shepherds used the oil to protect their faces.

THE HEART OF THE WOOD
L'OCCITANE uses cade from near the village of Le Chaffaut. The wood is cut into small chips which are distilled to produce the essential oil. The harvesting of cade helps to protect the Provençal scrubland. It is a shrub, and its rapid growth can cause harm to other plant species in the area. Cade-picker Jean-Louis Delfour says the wood reminds him of his childhood, and the smell of his father's workshop in Thiers.

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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.

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."  Seventy 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?
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.

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Rose

Rose is at the heart of Grasse's perfume industry in Provence. A long time ago Mediterranean women would make their own rose oil using flowers, and use that to perfume their skin.

THE ROSE GARDEN
In Grasse, the perfume capital of the south of France, roses are treated like Gods. They are romantic, sensuous and delicate, just like the women who wear our feminine eaux de toilette. There are three forms of rose that we use Rose Centifolia absolute from Grasse, Rose Damascena concrete from Morocco and Rose Damascena essential oil from Turkey and Bulgaria.

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P.D.O Lavender

The fields of lavender are surrounding Provence. Each year, our gorgeous land is carpeted in the fragrant crop of blue gold. During the summer, villagers hike in the open air harvesting the relaxing flower.

THE QUIET OF LAVENDER
There are many ways to create a lavender scent, but L'OCCITANE make sure they do it the best way possible, for a purer, more luxurious product. Our lavender is sourced exclusively from Provençal farmers. We only use lavender, not lavandin, for a supreme quality product that relaxes, quiets and calms all those who smell it.

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Verbena

In June, the markets of Provence are filled with the invigorating lemony scent of verbena leaves. We are sure: if freshness was a scent, it would be the one of Verbena.

THE REFRESHING VERBENA
The delicate aroma of verbena is one that fills you with a new jolt of life. We use it in our Eau de Toilette, which often reminds us of walking down the Provence paths and the rich, refreshing scent of the leaves growing at the sides. It revives both the heart, soul and mind.

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Cherry Blossom

There's nothing like Provençal cherry blossoms floating past in a breeze. Red in summer, green in autumn and white for just a few days in early spring, it's known for inspiring artists.

THE FEMININITY OF CHERRY BLOSSOM
At L'OCCITANE we harvest the delicate cherry blossoms from Luberon in central Provence. We celebrate the fleeting white blossom, which lasts for just a few days in early spring. We have distilled that rarefied scent into a feminine Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette. When you wear it you can feel the breeze of the blossoms and their soft petals on your skin.

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Peony

Peonies grow all throughout the Mediterranean lands, and were once used as an ornamental flower. It encapsulates beauty that requires devotion - some plants can take up to 7 years to first bloom.

THE LONGEVITY OF PEONY
Ah, the peony. We fell head over heels in love for peonies a long time ago, and have been researching and investigating them ever since. So much so, in fact, we created the Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette to celebrate the flower. We use a special natural extract of the flower in our products. Smell that deliciousness! 

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Botanist's Glossary

The ingredients used in our products are the inspiration behind the true stories of L’OCCITANE.  Our glossary includes some 150 plants used in our formulas, each marked by its scientific name and an illustration.  Additionally you will find a description of each plant and information about its properties and related Mediterranean traditions.

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