Lavender

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

An inspirational producer of Lavender

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

BLUE GOLD WEEK

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

Harvesting takes place from late July to August, when the intense heat causes the essential oil content in the lavender flowers to rise. Most harvesting is done mechanically. The lavender sprigs should be picked just before the flowers open, when they're at their most fragrant.

Did you know?

Many Lavender flowers for few essential oil

Lavender for essential oil

Many Lavender flowers are used for essential oils. Distillation is carried out just after harvesting. 1 ton of Lavender flowers yields produce 8kg of essential oil.

A L'Occitane heritage

L'OCCITANE heritage

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

Lavender growing conditions

Lavender conditions

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

OUR COMMITMENT

Under threat from drought-like conditions and disease-carrying insects, lavender is in decline. Since 2012, L'OCCITANE has been supporting French research institutes in their efforts to find ecological solutions to save lavender. To contribute to the local economy, we source all our lavender exclusively from cooperatives in the south of France. L'OCCITANE have also been trying to reduce waste as much as possible by selling eco-refills onsite to support lavender protection. Lastly, we want to ensure the welfare of our producers, we pride their expertise and craftsmanship.

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NEW Relaxing Exfoliating Lavender Body Soap

Our new L’Occitane Lavender Body soap offers a full routine with relaxing properties. Contains fine lavender flower inclusions & almond shell powder and cleanses & gently exfoliates. Leaves skin soft and smooth. 

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£8.00

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Reducing Waste - Our Lavender Eco-Refills

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