Sustainable Beauty Sustainable Beauty

Sustainable Beauty



L'OCCITANE works directly with over 130 French farmers and 10,000 pickers - from the immortelle fields of Corsica to the lavender fields of Provence - to ensure that the ingredients we use are of the highest quality and sourced as sustainably as possible.

Our Commitments

Supporting Producers

We strive to purchase regional produce when possible, in order to reduce our carbon footprint and support local business. We give priority and fair compensation to small, integrated networks, who have complete control over traceability from seed to final product. By 2025, we aim to be 100% fair-trade certified.
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Respecting Biodiversity

We cultivate our ingredients with the upmost respect to natural ecosystems and passionately protect over 1,000 varieties of plant species. We do not patent ways of using ingredients that are based on traditions (no biopiracy), but carry out effectiveness tests and work on combinations of ingredients for top quality.

Reducing Waste

A commitment to recycling has been in our DNA since 1976, when we launched with a return system for glass bottles. Today, around 200 tons of plastic is saved globally each year with our beauty refills. By 2025 we aim to have 100% of bottles made from 100% recycled plastic.
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Empowering Women

Shea butter is purchase from 100% Fair-Trade Certified1 women-run cooperatives in Burkina Faso & Ghana, giving economic independence to over 10,000 women.


1Fair-trade certified according to the Fair for Life standard available at
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30 Traceable ingredient supply chains with 50% organic certificated
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80   Partnerships with farmers
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10,000   Pickers working for L'Occitane
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We Reveal Nature's Breakthroughs

L'OCCITANE Clean Charter highlights our commitment to creating innovative formulas enriched with high-quality ingredients of natural origin that minimize our environmental impact.

Our Clean Charter Formulas

Animal Testing

At our core lies a deep respect for the world around us. That is why we are committed to honoring, promoting, and protecting nature both near and far.

Since the L’OCCITANE en Provence brand was founded in 1976, L’OCCITANE has been against the use of animals to test beauty products. The L’OCCITANE Group does not test its products, active ingredients or raw materials on animals at any point in the product development or manufacturing process, and it requires all its suppliers to adhere to a strict charter and prove that they fully respect the same rigorous standards.

What’s more, the L’OCCITANE Group’s number one priority is the health and safety of its consumers. All its product formulations have therefore been tested extensively over time through alternative methods, including product safety tests and user/clinical trials.

In China, where the Group’s brands are also sold, imported beauty products must be submitted for compulsory testing on a limited animal panel in government laboratories before they can be approved for sale in the country. Specifically, the Chinese authorities require a regulatory dossier including results from one-off tests (which vary based on product category) in order to issue a Hygiene Permit for each new imported cosmetic product. The authorities also stipulate that cosmetics may be subject to random, post-market sampling tests for auditing purposes.

These regulatory requirements apply to all cosmetic products not manufactured locally.

The L’OCCITANE Group is deeply committed to ending animal testing for beauty products globally, and it is active in a number of collaborative industry-wide efforts to achieve this goal.

The cosmetics industry, via Cosmetics Europe, which the L’OCCITANE Group actively supports as a corporate member, is engaging with the relevant Chinese authorities and animal rights NGOs to introduce alternative testing techniques, such as those used in Europe, where animal testing – including tests on finished products, active ingredients or raw materials – has been banned in full since 2013.

This constructive dialogue has already led to a series of advances in Chinese regulations, including the decision in June 2014 to end animal testing on so-called ‘ordinary cosmetics’ (shampoo, perfume etc.) that are manufactured and packaged locally. Another major milestone was achieved in November 2016 when the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) approved the use of a non-animal test for the safety assessment of certain cosmetic ingredients. The National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) are currently evaluating other alternatives to animal testing.

The L’OCCITANE Group provides funding to support alternative methods of testing. For example, it partners with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a non-profit research and testing laboratory dedicated to advancing in vitro (non-animal) testing methods worldwide. The IIVS has an active programme in China, which is dedicated to promoting the use and regulatory acceptance of non-animal testing methods for assessing the safety of cosmetics. Progress was noted in 2018 with IIVS’s appointment to China’s Alternatives Working Group for Cosmetics and, in April 2019, with the acceptance of certain non-animal (alternative) testing methods for the regulation of cosmetics.   More detailed information can be found on the IIVS website.

We trust that this consultative approach with the Chinese regulators and industry bodies will help bring an end to animal testing once and for all.