L’Occitane: Behind the scenes of beauty

Since 1976, L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE has become world-renowned for its beauty products made from essential oils and natural perfumes. Inspired by tradition, nature and fragrances from Provence, a region famous for its flowers, so important in the fabrication of perfumes.

We asometimes wonder how such products are manufactured and it’s for this reason that L’Occitane has opened the doors of its production factory in Manosque. A visit is a fantastic experience – discovering and understanding, step by step, the manufacturing processes of their cosmetics as well as the history of the brand through the L’Occitane Museum.

The guided tour is a true immersion on the backstage beauty from A to Z – including the Factory, the Museum and Gardens – the tour lasts about 1:30 hours, but you do not even notice the time passing, with such interesting discoveries!

Factory Tour

A free tour, behind the scenes at L’Occitane factory where secretive techniques are explained and revealed: the different stages of cosmetics manufacturing, their environmental commitments and their secret and sustainable ingredients, such as the rose, lavender, peony …

The museum- The world of L’OCCITANE is filled with true stories. The museum is an interactive and sensorial space that traces the milestones in the history of the brand. You quickly appreciate the importance of using your senses that are so important in the elaboration of great beauty products. The museum is also home to temporary exhibitions, which change with the seasons.

The Mediterranean Garden

Delight your senses as you stroll through a garden filled with both wild and cultivated species of plants and flowers and discover the typical Mediterranean aromatic and medicinal plants that form the core of L’Occitane skincare products and fragrances. Certain times of the year L’Occitane proposes visits of Provence region and its fantastic lavender gardens from the top of a balloon. You can find more details on their website.

Finally, you can have access to all the brand’s flagship products! Yes, this is France’s largest boutique, where you can find all of the brand’s products, special exclusive offers as well as precious advice from brand experts. You also can discover the skincare experience in this store, enjoy a nourishing and repairing hand massage or a complete skin diagnosis followed by a facial treatment.

A sensory journey of sheer pleasure to schedule without hesitation!

Practical information: Tours organized in French or English.


  • L’Occitane en Provence – Site of Production
  • Zone industrielle Saint-Maurice, Chemin Saint-Maurice
  • 04100 Manosque
  • www.loccitane.fr
  • Factory: open Monday to Friday, as well as Sunday in July and August (registration mandatory on 04 92 70 32 08 or on reservations.visites@loccitane.com)
  • Mediterranean Museum and Garden: free admission, open from Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm from June to September.
  • Shop: open from Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm from June to September.

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