Bonne Mère

Oh Bonne Mère! exclaimed the master soap makers when they developed the original Marseille soap recipe under the watchful eye of the "Bonne Mère" herself – the statue of the Virgin Mary standing above the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica in Marseille.


L’OCCITANE has always been dedicated to preserving "savoir-faire". For the past 20 years, it has kept this Provençal heritage alive by creating new takes on the emblematic Marseille cube soap.


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The Provencal Mother, Source of All Inspiration!

The Provencal Mother, Source of All Inspiration!

As protector, moral support, and example to follow, the maternal figure has a special place in the hearts of the people of Provence. A boundless source of inspiration, she has been paid tribute from the four corners of the region since time immemorial.
Fall 2014: L'Occitane Wish List!

Fall 2014: L'Occitane Wish List!

Vacation soon over? Schoolbag, folders, pencil case, soaps, hand cream... L'Occitane has thought of everything to pamper you! The proof, here are some ideas for a stylish return to school for every member of the family.
Bonne Mère, The Marseille Soap in All Its Forms

Bonne Mère, The Marseille Soap in All Its Forms

Bonne Mère! This is the affectionate name that the master soap-makers of Marseille once gave to the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, protector of the city. L'OCCITANE has chosen this name to make a colorful tribute to this Provençal know-how.