About French Lavender

L’OCCITANE sources its supplies from cooperatives in Provence and the Bleu Provence distillery, and has established a multi-year partnership with a local supply chain to guarantee minimum prices and volumes. In 2016, L’OCCITANE renewed its contracts for an additional four-year period, helping to maintain the cultivation of fine lavender on the plateau of Haute-Provence. 
French lavender thrives in the region's hot, dry climate and is appreciated for its soothing and healing properties. Growing lavender has also became an essential element of the Provençal landscape and economy. Renowned for its beautiful lavender scent and numerous benefits, this plant has been used for therapeutic purposes for centuries.
Lavender is part of our DNA

Lavender is part of our DNA

Lavender has been part of the L’Occitane DNA for decades. We've been harnessing its benefits, using only fine lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, that produces the very best essential oil. This lavender oil is protected by the PDO label – a guarantee of quality and traceability.

Lavender Uses

Lavender Uses

We use lavender for its relaxing properties and exquisite scent in our body care products, which includes our much-loved Foaming Bath and Eau de Cologne. As part of a complex of different essential oils, lavender is also used as a key ingredient in some of our Aromachologie products.

Key facts

Many Lavender flowers for few essential oil

Lavender distillation

Distillation is carried out just after harvesting. 1 ton of lavender flowers yields 8 kg of essential oil.

A L'Occitane heritage

A L'Occitane heritage

The first lavender harvest reserved for L'OCCITANE took place in 1977.

Lavender growing conditions

Lavender growing conditions

Fine lavender grows at an altitude of anything from 600 to 1,700 metres.

What's Blue Gold week?

Blue Gold Week
The Blue Gold Week celebrates the harvest week of lavender sourced from local cooperatives in the south of France.

Lavender harvest starts in late July and continues into August when the lavender is at its peak of flowering.

Let's celebrate the harvest time together!

Our Commitment To Protect Lavender

Our Commitment To Protect Lavender
Provence lavender is under threat from climate change and directly exposed to its impacts. Lavender decline is very real and alarming phenomenon. Since 2012, L'Occitane has been supporting French research institues with the objective of finding ecological solutions to save lavender in the face of challenges posed by climate change. In addition, L'OCCITANE is commited to sourcing its lavender exclusively from local cooperatives in the south of France. 
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“Our farm specialises in the production of fine PDO lavender (Protected Designation of Origin - ‘AOC’ in French). This type of lavender is grown from seeds, and we order certified seeds from the French institute for perfume, medicinal and aromatic plants (iteipmai). We therefore grow our own seedlings, unlike hybrid and clonal lavender, which is grown from cuttings.
We start the seeds in our greenhouses, before planting the seedlings in our fields. We really know where our lavender comes from! "

"We refuse to use chemicals when the lavender is in full bloom: they are harmful to bees and they would pollute our lavender. Local beekeepers install their hives in our fields."


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