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PRODUCT SAFETY

PRODUCT SAFETY

The L'OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

Around 30 people dedicate their work every day to ensure that our products are safe and conform to regulation. The safety controls start at the design stage and continue throughout the entire product marketing lifecycle.

The ingredients we use are subject to rigorous selection and quality control and our internal agronomists regularly audit suppliers to make sure they comply with our strict internal guidelines. A team of experts (toxicologists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, doctors...) carry out strict evaluation procedures before products are launched to market.

The final product safety is confirmed by clinical tests (more than 1,200 per year), which are carried out by independent institutes.

L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE

L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE INGREDIENTS

When manufacturing products for our L'OCCITANE en Provence brand, we prefer to use the following ingredients:

  • INGREDIENTS FROM PROVENCE AND THE MEDITERRANEAN
  • MORE THAN 40 ESSENTIAL OILS including immortelle, lavender, cade, myrtle, rosemary and angelica
  • FLORAL WATERS including verbena, rose, lavender and immortelle
  • PLANT MACERATES
  • MORE THAN 20 PLANT OILS including sweet almond, evening primrose and borage
  • PLANT BUTTERS including shea, coconut and almond
  • PLANT EXTRACTS including oily or aqueous extracts
  • NATURAL EXFOLIERS including sugar, salt and almond hulls
  • NATURAL ANTIOXIDANTS such as rosemary extract
  • NATURAL GELIFIANTS
  • MINERAL COLORANTS
  • GMO-FREE ingredients
  • GLUTEN FREE ingredients
  • BIODEGRADABLE ingredients
  • PURIFIED & SKIN-FRIENDLY WATER obtained using a triple filtration technique

The ingredients listed below are NOT used in L'OCCITANE en Provence products:

  • ANIMAL MATTER or any by-product of animal origin, except for bee products such as honey, propolis (bee glue) and royal jelly
  • PARABENS (used as a preservative) as these are suspected to be endocrine disruptors
  • TRICLOSAN (used as a preservative) as it is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor
  • DMDM HYDANTOIN (used as a preservative) as it generates formaldehyde and is classified CMR (Carcinogenic Mutagenic and Reprotoxic)
  • BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) (used as an antioxidant) as it is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor
  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) (used as an antioxidant) as it is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor
  • BENZOPHENONES 1 AND 3 (used as an anti-UV sunscreen) as these are suspected to be endocrine disruptors, as well as proven to be harmful for the environment, notably corals
  • CYCLOTETRASILOXANE (D4) (a silicone that is used to improve product texture) as it is suspected of to be an endocrine disruptor, as well as harmful for the environment
  • PHTHALATES (used as fixing agents) as they are suspected to be endocrine disruptors
  • MICROBEADS (solid plastic particles that are used in exfoliating and cleaning products) as these are particularly harmful for aquatic environments

We endeavour to create high quality products that are safe, efficient and pleasurable for our customers to use. To do so, we use certain ingredients because they provide specific properties that enhance our products.

We are constantly looking for more natural and "green" alternatives to the ingredients below, and reassure you that all L’OCCITANE en Provence products are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world:

  • ALLERGENS (found in perfumes or natural plant extracts, listing is compulsory, even if the concentration is very low)
  • DISODIUM EDTA (used as a stabiliser as, when combined with other ingredients, it contributes to the stability of the formula over time)
  • ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE (used as an anti-UV sunscreen that protects the skin and the product from harmful sunrays)
  • FRAGRANCES (our perfumes are mostly built around a core of natural essences and all satisfy a stringent components charter, respecting the ban on phthalates, polycyclic musks or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons PAHs)
  • MINERAL OIL DERIVATIVES (fatty substances used to improve sensoriality and maintain the quality of the formula over time)
  • PEGS (used as emulsifiers that provide a pleasant texture and maintain the quality of the formula over time, or as cleaning or foaming agents that help enhance foam formation when the product is being applied)
  • PHENOXYETHANOL (used as a preservative to maintain the quality of the formula over time)
  • PHMB Polyhexamethylene Biguanide (used as a preservative to maintain the quality of the formula over time)
  • SILICONES (used to provide a silky texture and a soft non-sticky finish, facilitating product application)
  • SULFATES (used are emulsifiers or foaming agents to provide a pleasant texture, contribute to the uniform distribution of the product, and maintain the quality and stability of the formula over time)

To further reassure you, more information about the above ingredients can be found in this section of the website.

RECYCLING

RECYCLING

L’OCCITANE has always been very conscious of the impact of packaging and the fundamental importance of eco-design and recycling. It is for this reason that for more than 10 years we have been launching initiatives such as eco-refill products, in-store recycling and launching our first bottle made out of 100% recycled plastic. We continue to make this a priority and to increase and improve these efforts.

We are committed to achieving a circular economy where every material used can have a second life. To do so, we are constantly working to make recycling more accessible, whilst also exploring innovative solutions to recycling all types of packaging, including those not currently accepted by standard recycling facilities. 

We first introduced eco-refills in 2008 and currently propose 15 L’OCCITANE eco-refill products. In addition to using up to 90% less material than the original containers (representing a saving of 121 tons in 2018!), eco-refills lower CO2 emissions thanks to the reduced product transport.

L’OCCITANE has been partnering with TerraCycle® since 2014 to provide in-store recycling facilities for empty cosmetics containers. We now offer in-store recycling at all of our owned stores in France, Australia, the UK and Ireland, as well as almost all stores in the US and Canada, and several stores throughout Brazil. Altogether, this represents 30% of our owned stores across the world and we are continuing to expand this to include additional countries, with the objective of reaching 100% by 2025.

We have been working to increase the percentage of recycled plastic in our bottles for many years and are currently at 30%, with the objective of reaching 100% by 2025. We have also set a target of increasing from our current 84% to reach 100% technically recyclable plastic by 2025, whilst continuing to work with specialised suppliers to design lighter packaging that prioritise recycled materials in general.

L’OCCITANE cares deeply about our planet and we are committed to protecting biodiversity and nature. Recycling is a priority and we act responsibly to ensure minimal impact on the environment at every stage of the product lifecycle.

ALLERGENS

ALLERGENS

The L’OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

Allergens are substances that the human body does not recognise and cause it to go on the defensive. They may be natural or synthetic and are mostly harmless. Cosmetic products may occasionally cause allergic reactions, mainly contact allergies. The reactions are rare and totally reversible, and are normally localised to the area where the product has been applied.

The European Regulation (EC) N° 1223/2009 published a list of 26 allergenic substances that can be identified in perfumes or essential oils and requires that customers are informed about the presence of these in the product’s list of ingredients. For leave-on products, substance presence must be clearly indicated when the concentration exceeds 0.001%. For rinse-off products, when the concentration exceeds 0.01%. 

L’OCCITANE en Provence has always been deeply committed to consumer safety and to protecting the environment and has therefore developed its own strict charter. This charter limits the use of allergens in L'OCCITANE en Provence products and ensures that sufficient information is made available for consumers. We have also identified a number of authorised substances as particularly controversial and have decided to prohibit these from our products. These include lyral (hydroxyisohexyl-3-cyclohexane carboxaldehyde) and  lilial (butylphenyl methyl propional).

European regulation is amongst the strictest in the world and L’OCCITANE fully complies with the necessary regulations. We try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly to guarantee their safety. We are always looking for more natural and ecological alternatives and replace with these substances where possible.

DISODIUM EDTA

DISODIUM EDTA

The L’OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

Disodium EDTA is a chelating agent whose molecules can form several bonds to a single metal ion, preventing them from adhering to a surface such as the skin or hair. It is used in certain cosmetic products because, when combined with other substances, it can act as a stabiliser. This enables products to maintain their ability to stimulate the senses.

The use of disodium EDTA causes concern as it is not considered as environmentally friendly.

In Europe, under the EC 1223/2009, there is currently no regulation that restricts the use of disodium EDTA, nor is it considered to be dangerous or harmful. However, the French National Agency of Medicines & Health Products (ANSM) produced a study that looks into the impact of this substance on children and a maximum safe level has yet to defined.

Outside of Europe, in the US the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) carried out an evaluation in 2002 and disodium EDTA can now be used safely in cosmetics products where the concentration does not exceed 1%.

Disodium EDTA is also classified 21CFR172.135 by the Food Additives Permitted for Direct Addition Food for Human Consumption.

L’OCCITANE en Provence has always been deeply committed to consumer safety and to protecting the environment and has therefore developed its own strict charter. As such, we only use disodium EDTA in quantities where the concentration is 10 times lower than the maximum CIR recommended level.

In general, we avoid using disodium EDTA and, where possible, try to replace it with another chelant: sodium gluconate. This is the case for almost all of our white products (creams and milks).

The organic cosmetic charter Ecocert Standard prohibits the use of disodium EDTA in all organic cosmetics products. Our brand Melvita is an organic cosmetics brands and therefore do not use disodium EDTA in any Melvita products.

European regulation is amongst the strictest in the world and L’OCCITANE fully complies with the necessary regulations. We try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly to guarantee their safety. We are always looking for more natural and ecological alternatives and replace with these substances where possible.


 

ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE

ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE 

L’OCCITANE is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate is a sunscreen that is authorised for use in cosmetics products across the world, so long as the levels used correspond to the authorised concentration that has been defined by scientific evaluations.

When used in concentrations above the authorised limit, it is thought that ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate may have a potential disrupting effect on endocrines, and studies are currently underway to further examine this. Investigations are also being conducted to determine the impact of chemical sunscreens on the environment, notably coral. 

In Europe, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate is authorised if used in concentrations that do not exceed 10%. 

For L’OCCITANE en Provence products, we use ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate in certain solar products, but only at concentrations that are 15% lower than the maximum authorised level. It can also be added as a UV filter to certain shower gels and shampoos in very small quantities to protect the formula from UV rays.

European regulation is amongst the strictest in the world and L’OCCITANE fully complies with the necessary regulations. We try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly to guarantee their safety. We are always looking for more natural and ecological alternatives and replace with these substances where possible.

FRAGRANCES

FRAGRANCES

The L’OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

The compositions of fragrance ingredients, otherwise known as perfumes or parfum, are the olfactory constituents in perfumes and eaux de toilette. They are used in cosmetics products to provide a pleasant smell. 

Fragrances may occasionally cause allergic reactions, mainly contact allergies. The reactions are rare and totally reversible, and are normally localised to the area where the product has been applied. 

For privacy concerns, perfumers keep compositions confidential, so the presence of perfume in cosmetics product is indicated simply by “parfum/fragrance” in the list of ingredients. The presence of any allergens is also listed.

The European Regulation (EC) N° 1223/2009 published a list of 26 allergenic substances and requires that customers are informed about the presence of these in the product’s list of ingredients. For leave-on products, substance presence must be clearly indicated when the concentration exceeds 0.001%. For rinse-off products, when the concentration exceeds 0.01%. 

L’OCCITANE en Provence has always been deeply committed to consumer safety and to protecting the environment and has therefore developed its own strict charter. This charter prohibits certain substances and limits the use of others and we ensure that sufficient information is made available for our consumers. We have also identified a number of authorised substances as particularly controversial and have decided to prohibit these from our L'OCCITANE en Provence products. These include polycyclic musks, polycyclic hydrocarbons, phthalates, BHA and BHT, as well as certain allergens such as lyral and lilial. We prohibit the use of perfumes in eye contour and diaper area products and have specific restrictions for baby, intimate hygiene and sensitive skin products.

The fragrance compositions that L’OCCITANE en Provence use are compliant with the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) standards. We ensure that our suppliers meet the specified fragrance safety requirements and our internal teams check the regulatory conformity of our fragrances according to strict internal specifications. We also ensure the safety of our perfumed product through clinical tests. Through this double checking procedure, L’OCCITANE en Provence is able to guarantee the safety of its perfumed products.

European regulation is amongst the strictest in the world and L’OCCITANE fully complies with the necessary regulations. We try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly to guarantee their safety. We are always looking for more natural and ecological alternatives and replace with these substances where possible.
 

MINERAL OILS

MINERAL OILS

The L’OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

Mineral oils are hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum, such as paraffinum liquidum, mineral oil, paraffin and hydrogenated mineral oil. They may be used in cosmetic products for their solvent, skin protecting, antistatic, emollient or viscosity controlling properties. 

The use of mineral oils causes concern as they are not considered environmentally friendly. 

In Europe, under the Regulation (EC) N°1223/2009 there is currently no restriction for using mineral oils in cosmetics products, provided that the manufacturer knows the full refining history of the selected substance so as to comply with the Copila (The European Cosmetic and Perfumery Association). For oral and lipcare products, however, it is recommended that manufacturers use only those mineral hydrocarbons for which an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) has been identified.

Outside of Europe, in the US the Proposition 65 states that paraffinum liquidum can only be used if it is highly refined.

L’OCCITANE en Provence has always been deeply committed to consumer safety and to protecting the environment and has therefore developed its own strict charter. This charter prohibits the use of mineral oils as a raw ingredient in the majority of our L’OCCITANE en Provence products. In certain lipcare products and solid perfumes, however, we allow the presence of certain carefully selected mineral oils, providing the ADI level has been identified, and only in concentrations inferior to this level. 

European regulation is amongst the strictest in the world and L’OCCITANE fully complies with the necessary regulations. We try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly to guarantee their safety. We are always looking for more natural and ecological alternatives and replace with these substances where possible.


 

PEGS

PEGS

The L’OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

PEGs belong to a family of ethoxylated compounds. They are used in cosmetics products for their emulsifying, thickening and foaming properties. However, the process of ethoxylation is not considered to be environmentally friendly

There are currently no regulatory restrictions to using PEGs in cosmetics products. In the US, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR)* evaluated the safety of these compounds in 2010 and concluded that PEGs are safe for use in cosmetic products, with a recommended concentration for each product category.

L’OCCITANE en Provence has always been deeply committed to consumer safety and to protecting the environment and has therefore developed its own strict charter. This charter limits the use of PEGs in our L'OCCITANE en Provence products. 

European regulation is amongst the strictest in the world and L’OCCITANE fully complies with the necessary regulations. We try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly to guarantee their safety. We are always looking for more natural and ecological alternatives and replace with these substances where possible.

*The CIR studies individual chemical compounds as they are used in cosmetic products and reviews and assesses the safety of cosmetics ingredients in an open, unbiased and open manner, publishing its results in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

PHENOXYETHANOL

PHENOXYETHANOL   

The L’OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is used in cosmetic products to limit bacterial growth, in particular for its capacity to fight against bacteria, yeast and mould. It is considered easy to use as it compatible with several formula textures and has little effect on the formula’s stability and smell

The use of phenoxyethanol causes concern as it could provoke an allergic reaction on the skin if used in too high concentrations. It is also thought to be a potential endocrine disruptor, although the most recent scientific opinion declared that it was safe if used at a specified concentration.  

The EU Cosmetics Regulation (EC 1223/2009) authorises the use of phenoxyethanol as a preservative in cosmetic formula at a maximum concentration of 1.0%. In October 2016*, the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety** also confirmed that phenoxyethanol was safe for use as preservative, so long as the concentration does not exceed 1.0%.

L’OCCITANE en Provence has always been deeply committed to consumer safety and to protecting the environment and has therefore developed its own strict charter. As such, we only use phenoxyethanol in L'OCCITANE en Provence products at concentrations that are significantly lower (between 10% and 80% lower) than the maximum authorised level. 

To verify that the product is safe for our consumers, we perform clinical tests to confirm the final products safety.

European regulation is amongst the strictest in the world and L’OCCITANE fully complies with the necessary regulations. We try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly to guarantee their safety. We are always looking for more natural and ecological alternatives and replace with these substances where possible.
 

POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE

POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE    

The L’OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

Polyaminopropyl biguanide (PHMB) is used in cosmetics products as a preservative to protect againt microbiological contamination, such as bacteria and fungi. The European authorities responsible for chemical substances believe that this substance might present risks for human health.

In Europe, according to the EC Regulation 1223/2009, PHMB is authorised for use as a preservative as long as the concentration is equivalent of inferior to 0.3%. The Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) takes a more cautious approach, however, and recommends that preservatives are used in cosmetics products only at concentrations equivalent or inferior to 0.1%.

Outside of Europe, in South East Asia, China, Taiwan, Australia and Brazil, the same restrictions apply as in Europe. That is, PHMB can be used as a preservative so long as the concentration does not exceed 0.3%. In Korea, however, the maximum safe concentration is 0.05% and sprays are not included. In Japan, the maximum authorised concentration is 0.09%.

A minimal trace of PHMB has been detected in three L’OCCITANE en Provence products, although in each case the level is significantly below the European authorised level (ALMOND – Milk Concentrate; SHEA – Ultra Rich Hand & Body Wash; SHEA – Foot Cream Dry Skin). We have therefore decided to replace with alternative substances and thus definitively reformulate these three products.

L’OCCITANE en Provence has always been deeply committed to consumer safety and to protecting the environment and has therefore developed its own strict charter. We have prohibited PHMB from this charter.

European regulation is amongst the strictest in the world and L’OCCITANE fully complies with the necessary regulations. We try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly to guarantee their safety. We are always looking for more natural and ecological alternatives and replace with these substances where possible.

SILICONES

SILICONES

The L’OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

Silicones are a family of liquid mixture hydrocarbons manufactured from pure silicon. They may be used in cosmetic products for their anti-static, emollient, moisturiser, solvent, viscosity controlling and hair conditioning properties. 

Certain silicones are considered to be potentially harmful for the environment. Some are also suspected of being occlusive, and others may present potential human health risks.

There are several families of silicone that can be easily recognised by their INCI names that almost always end in “cone” or “siloxane”:

1. Cyclotetrasiloxane is classified as CMR2* so is not authorised in Europe, except as a technically unavoidable impurity. Outside of Europe, there are currently no restrictions regarding the use of cyclotetrasiloxane in cosmetics products. 

2. Cyclomethicone refers to cyclohexasiloxane and cyclopentasiloxane. There are no industry regulations regarding the use of cyclohexasiloxane. For cyclopentasiloxane, the Revised Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety** Opinion and European Cosmetic Regulation both conclude that it is safe to use cyclopentasiloxane, except in aerosol hair products and spray solar products. Outside of Europe, there are currently no restrictions regarding the use of cyclopentasiloxane in cosmetics products. 

3. Dimethicone is not restricted for use in cosmetics products. 

L’OCCITANE en Provence has always been deeply committed to consumer safety and to protecting the environment and has therefore developed its own strict charter. Our charter prohibits the use of cyclotétrasiloxane in our L'OCCITANE en Provence products; and restricts the level of cyclopentasiloxane in our leave-on products and prohibits it from being used in our aerosol, spray and powder products. We use cyclomethicone and dimethicone in some of our products to improve product texture, but our internal charter restricts the levels we use so as to ensure consumer safety and protect the environment.

We take great care to respect industry regulations and limit our use of silicones to well below the authorised levels.

European regulation is amongst the strictest in the world and the L’OCCITANE Group fully complies with the necessary regulations. We try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly to guarantee their safety. We are always looking for more natural and ecological alternatives and replace with these substances where possible.

*The EU Cosmetics legislation contains provisions on the use of substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic for reproduction (CMR substances) in cosmetic products. In general, the use of CMR substances is prohibited, apart from in exceptional cases. As a general principle, substances classified as CMR substances of category 1A, 1B, or 2 are banned for use in cosmetic products.

**SCCS Opinion 1549/15 
 

SULFATES

SULFATES

The L’OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

Sulfates such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS) are surfactants that help when mixing a number of ingredients. They are used in certain cosmetics products for their cleaning and foaming properties.

The use of sulfates causes concern as they may provoke irritation to the eyes or skin. SLES is also part of the ethoxylated compounds family.

In Europe, under the Regulation (EC) N°1223/2009, the use of these substances is not restricted. For SLS and SLES, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) approved the safety of these substances outside of Europe in 1983, so long as they are used in rinse-off products. In the US, for leave-on products the authorised concentration should not exceed 1%. The CIR has since re-confirmed these regulations in 2002, following additional studies.

L’OCCITANE en Provence has always been deeply committed to consumer safety and to protecting the environment and has therefore developed its own strict charter. This charter prohibits the use of SLS in our L'OCCITANE en Provence products, we limit the use of SLES and only a very small number of our formula still contain ALS. Where possible, we try to use surfactants that come from a natural origin and do not belong to the ethoxylated compounds family.

The organic cosmetic charter Ecocert Standard prohibits the use of SLES in all organic cosmetics products. Our brand Melvita is an organic cosmetics brands so SLES is not used in any Melvita products.

European regulation is amongst the strictest in the world and the L’OCCITANE Group fully complies with the necessary regulations. We try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly to guarantee their safety. We are always looking for more natural and ecological alternatives and replace with these substances where possible.

ANIMAL TESTING

ANIMAL TESTING

The L’OCCITANE Group has been against animal testing for more than 40 years and we have never tested our products, active ingredients or raw materials on animals at any point in the product development or manufacturing process.  

The Group is fundamentally against animal testing of beauty products on a worldwide basis. In China, where our products are retailed, the local Chinese authorities request that some cosmetic products sold on the Chinese market are tested. They view it as the best way to safeguard consumer safety in China. 

We do not conduct these tests. They are done by Chinese laboratories that have been approved by local authorities on a limited animal panel. 

To move things forward, the cosmetics industry is developing its relationship with the Chinese authorities with the clear objective of bringing animal testing for beauty products to a definitive end. The industry has engaged with the relevant authorities and animal rights NGOs so as to highlight alternative techniques that are being used in Europe, where animal testing has now been banned.

This constructive dialogue has led to a series of advances in Chinese regulation, including a decision in June 2014 to end this type of testing on so-called “ordinary cosmetics” that are manufactured and packaged locally (shampoo, perfume etc.). Another major milestone was made in November 2016 when the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) approved the use of a non-animal test for safety assessment of certain cosmetic ingredients. Currently the NIFDC (National Institute for Food and Drug Control) is considering acceptance of other alternatives to animal testing (AAT). 

To further demonstrate our commitment to ending animal testing, the L’OCCITANE Group has partnered with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS). The IIVS has an active program in China dedicated to promoting the use and regulatory acceptance of AAT. More information about this program can be found on the IIVS website.

We remain convinced that this open dialogue with Chinese organisations will further influence Chinese regulation and put an end to animal testing once and for all. 

PALM OIL

PALM OIL

L’OCCITANE en Provence and Melvita (Laboratoires M&L) do not directly purchase or use palm oil in their formulae.

Palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree. It is used mainly in food products, but can be found in certain cosmetics and personal care products. Its good saponification index and high concentration of lauric acid are used to make soap hard and provide cleansing and foaming properties. 

The intensive cultivation of oil palm trees can have major consequences on the environment and biodiversity. 

Whilst L’OCCITANE en Provence and Melvita (Laboratoires M&L) do not directly purchase or use palm oil in their formulae, our soap noodles and certain derivatives (such as surfactants, which give a formula its foaming properties) may contain palm oil. However, the volumes used are very low compared to worldwide consumption across all sectors.
 
We are committed to withholding our strong company values when sourcing ingredients. We ensure the quality, traceability and sustainability of our plant ingredient supply chain and have launched several initiatives to ensure that palm oil is used responsibly in our products. 

Since 2011, L’OCCITANE en Provence and Melvita (Laboratoires M&L) have been a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a not-for-profit organisation that unites all stakeholders across the palm oil industry. The RSPO’s goal is to develop and implement global standards for certified sustainable palm oil.   

In 2014, we launched a procedure that makes it possible to identify the presence of palm oil derivatives in all of our raw materials. Between now and 2020, we will be implementing an action plan so that 100% of these raw materials can be awarded RSPO certification from physical supply chains. 

Since the end of 2015, 100% of our soaps (excluding shaving soap and special sizes dedicated to professionals) are formulated with traceable and sustainable palm oil, in accordance with one of the highest levels of traceability defined by the RSPO (Segregated). 

SOLID MICROPLASTICS

SOLID MICROPLASTICS

The L’OCCITANE Group is committed to the safety and efficiency of its products and manufactures products that are fully compliant with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, one of the strictest regulations in the world.

We have stopped using solid microplastics in our formulae. As such, none of our products contain plastic microbeads. 

As a matter of principal, we give priority to natural ingredients and use natural materials such as crushed almond shells or apricot kernel powder as alternatives, when necessary.

European regulations are among the strictest in the world and we fully comply with these regulations. Where possible, we try to anticipate regulatory changes and adapt our products accordingly. It is our responsibility to keep ahead of scientific developments so that we can guarantee that our products are both safe and effective. 

 

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