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What exactly is an organic ingredient?
An organic ingredient is one that is derived from organic agriculture and which, under European legislation that took effect in 1991, must comply with certain basis rules, including:
What exactly is an organic beauty product?
An organic beauty product must comply with more stringent standards than the conventional regulations on cosmetic products. These standards guarantee respect for the environment throughout the production chain, respect for the consumer, and a positive emphasis on the natural substances of superior ecological quality. Our organic cosmetic products comply with the specifications of Ecocert, which has produced a list of authorized ingredients and insists on:
Why doesnt L'Occitane make all of its beauty products organic?
Our approach to organic beauty products is a realistic one. We would like to develop this offering in collaboration with Ecocert, while also taking into account existing constraints; the availability of resources from organic agriculture, the ability to maintain a products cosmetic and sensory qualities, and obtaining the most effective formula. Suffice it to say, our entire product range will always live up to the highest standards in terms of quality and naturalness.
Are L'Occitane products safe for the skin?
Yes. The rules that govern our products on a European and international level are very strict and continually updated to reflect the latest scientific developments. Moreover, for every new product launched, we provide a very complete safety file. We systematically conduct tests to ensure that our products are gentle on the skin: skin irritation tests for our skincare or hygiene products; eye irritation tests for products aimed at the eye area; use tests lasting several weeks under the supervision of dermatologists and/or op ophthalmologists for face care products. All tests are carried out by independent laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health.
Are your products effective on the skin?
Yes. Before active ingredients are used in a product, we test their effectiveness, and the results of our research are patented. Once a formula has been developed, we evaluate is effectiveness through in vitro tests or tests for face care formulas.
Do you use recyclable packaging?
Our concern for the environment has lad to the use of environmentally friendly packaging and a minimum amount of unnecessary packing material. We also encourage our customers to recycle their packaging in order to:
Inspired by his ancestors' traditions, Olivier Baussan founded L'Occitane, an extraordinary line of fragrance and skin care, over 30 years ago in the vital and vibrant region of France known as Haute-Provence. Utilizing essential oils and natural ingredients indigenous to the area like lavender, lemon verbena, and olive oil, L'Occitane creates unique products with the fresh bounties of each season's harvest and the soothing, moisturizing properties of rich shea butter. The word "L'Occitane" means "the woman from Occitania," the ancient name for the region known today as Provence. All L'Occitane products for bath, body, skin, and home are passionately created to preserve the authentic ingredients and traditions of the Mediterranean land and people.
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