from the L'Occitane website :
The sun smiles on Provence
With its roots in Provence, L’OCCITANE shares the colors, scents and traditions of the south of France with the world. As the company continues to grow, L’OCCITANE remains committed to its core values of Sensorality, Authenticity and Respect.
The generous Provençale climate and soil yield an exceptional variety of fragrant plants with unique properties. Olivier’s objective was to revive their use, preserve local customs and update traditional products. Stimlulated by local folklore and history, Olivier developed products that represent the Provençale land and people. Behind each of L’OCCITANE’s inspirations is “A True Story.”
Reviving traditions is only part of the L’OCCITANE philosophy. Respect for the environment, consumers, suppliers and employees is ingrained in every aspect of the company. This respect has led to L’OCCITANE’s partnership with local producers all over the Mediterranean Region - these farmers families and cooperatives harvest precious ingredients, such as lavender, honey, neroli flowers and organic verbena.