It all began in the markets of Provence. With nothing but an alembic, a small truck and a solid knowledge of plants, a 23-year-old named Olivier Baussan began distilling rosemary essential oil to sell locally. He expanded his production from oils to soaps to creams, taking inspiration from the land he grew up on to bring natural beauty to homes across the world.
The observation of nature guides our research, which is key for developing effective natural cosmetics. L'OCCITANE invests heavily in research - we have our own state-of-the-art research lab in the heart of Haute-Provence, in Manosque. A team of 100 researchers works in 11 laboratories, focused on topics from molecular biology to plant extraction to analytical chemistry so we can keep raising the bar.
Our global community is King, and we try to give back through our L'OCCITANE Foundation, created in 2006. Our two main initiatives support visual impairment around the world and economic emancipation for women in Burkina Faso. On top of that, our employees participate in Foundation projects, from post-tsunami reconstruction in Japan to natural heritage in Provence.
The Spa is a natural extension of L’OCCITANE brand: Thriving for authenticity, we always prefer hand-performed massages over technologies, and combine our emblematic ingredients from the Mediterranean with traditional massage therapies from all over the world. Today, our international network encompasses over 90 properties, from flagship Spas to “Petit Spas” connected to our stores, and iconic “Spa by L’OCCITANE” in exclusive 5* hotels with a soul. Each offers a distinctive brand experience for holistic well-being.