Wherever you look in Bobo Dioulasso, your eyes fall on majestic shea trees that have always supplied the precious butter used in this part of West Africa. Shea butter protects the skin against the sun as well as the hot winds carrying dust and fine sand that dry the skin. Thanks to precious shea butter, the women of this region protect, nourish and moisturize* their skin. The women of Burkina Faso harvest the shea fruit, extract and dry the nuts, grind them to make a fine paste and transform the paste into shea butter. L'Occitane's Shea Butter range brings these same benefits to the face, hair and body in products that contain a high percentage of shea butter, which is particularly recommended for dry and very dry skin. 
Immortelle is also known as "everlasting" because the flowers retain their form and color when dried. L'Occitane found a specific variety of immortelle on Corsica, the "Island of Beauty." This small yellow flower with enviable properties is said to hold the secret to eternal youth. 
According to a Greek legend, Ulysses was shipwrecked on the island of Pheacia. There he met the king's daughter, who was renowned for her goddess-like beauty. The people claimed that to preserve this beauty she anointed herself with a precious golden oil extracted from immortelle flowers, said to have considerable regenerative properties. To help Ulysses recover, she gave him a vial of this famous immortelle essential oil. After applying it to his body, Ulysses regained the strength and beauty of a demigod and was able to resume his fabulous voyage. 
In ancient times, honey was considered a food for the sages, and Provençal beekeepers still believe it to be so. It is a unique ingredient that makes products perfectly suited to sensitive skin and for use by the whole family. 
L'Occitane has developed a blend composed of propolis, honey and royal jelly. Propolis is a resinous substance produced by bees to reinforce their hive. It has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey has moisturizing*, softening and stimulating properties. Royal jelly is made by nurse bees. It is the only food queen bees eat, and queens live fifty times longer than other bees. Royal jelly has nourishing and energizing properties. 
Picture fields with row after row of silvery-leafed bushes in midsummer, radiating lovely purple flowers on long, leggy stems. As you brush by them, you release a scent that encapsulates the very soul of Provence—a heady yet fresh fragrance, as warm as the summer sun. 
Lavender is renowned for its purifying, relaxing and antiseptic properties. The lavender grown on the plateau of Provence is the exclusive source of the A.O.C. lavender essential oil reserved for the L'Occitane collection. Lavender Harvest offers a range of purifying skincare products that are particularly suited to oily and combination skin, as well as products for the bath, shower and home. 
In the Mediterranean, the olive tree symbolizes peace, strength, fertility and longevity. Each year, L'Occitane celebrates the new olive harvest and the pressing of fine A.O.C. olive oil from Chateau d'Estoublon in the Baux Valley of Provence. 
For centuries, olive oil has been recognized for its natural moisturizing*, regenerating and softening properties. It has long been a beauty secret of the Mediterranean region. After days of working in the sun, men and women would spread olive oil onto their skin to hydrate and soften. Olive oil has antioxidant and softening benefits and helps combat premature aging of the skin. 
Verbena, also known as the "enchantment," "witch's" or "cure-all" herb, has an irresistible lemony fragrance. The Romans attributed it to Venus, believing it had the power to rekindle the passion of a dying love.  L'Occitane's Verbena Harvest comes in a delightful, sparklingly fragrant range of products. 
Verbena is harvested from May to July, just before the plants flower. To produce the extract, the leaves are removed and dried away from the light. They are then soaked in an alcohol mixture to obtain natural verbena extract, which is known for its soothing properties. 
The colorful outdoor markets of Provence bring together extraordinary aromas of fruit and spices. This marriage of scents illustrates the bounty of the region's markets and their unique place in the local lifestyle. L'Occitane captures these evocative fragrances in a range of perfumed products for the home. A bowl of sun-ripened blackberries with a touch of lemon. A pot of fresh-scented green tea. A bouquet of lavender, neroli rose or orange flower. A bowl of clementines sparkling in a ray of sunlight—choose from a host of wonderful scents that give your home a personal touch. 
The benefits of aromachologie have taught us an important lesson: plants have fabulous powers to convey. With a selection of the noblest essential oils for your well-being, L'Occitane invites you to partake of a garden with a thousand virtues. 
Essential oil is extracted from plants through steam distillation, or in the case of citrus fruits, expression. In steam distillation, the plant material is heated by steam and the oils are extracted, drop by drop, as the liquid cools. In expression, the rind or zest of citrus fruit is scratched and pressed. The resulting liquid is left to separate so that the essential oil can be collected. Easily modified by heat, light and humidity, essential oil is always stored in dark glass bottles. 
Discover products that revitalize, purify and relax, including special shampoos and conditioners for dry, damaged, normal, fine or oily hair and to treat dandruff. Natural bases and essential oils let you create your own blends. 
One really has to be the son of a shepherd to be familiar with transhumance, or seasonal migration, a tradition that older generations have handed down, and one that forms a close connection to nature. 
Of all the shepherd's activities, the extraction of juniper oil is perhaps one of the simplest and natural traditions. Long used to treat animal wounds during the great seasonal migration, juniper oil's healing and fortifying properties were also used to protect the shepherd's hands and face, which were frequently ravaged by the wind and sun. 
Today, the traditional distillation of wild juniper—or cade as it's known in Provence—has practically died out. But its long history, as something handed down from generation to generation, has kept the magic alive. The olfactory power of this dark, woody oil, nips your nostrils like an entire resinous forest!
*The upper layers of the epidermis