Photographie Gilbert Garcin

A lavender field in Marseille!

In Marseille, the Old Port seems submerged by the sweet and refined perfume of the ‘blue-gold,’ allowing the maritime odors to recede in favor of those of the hills of Provence...

Lavender under threat

What if Provence came to lose its lavender? The plant is indeed in danger from climate change, as well as from a tiny insect. With the help of the L’Occitane Foundation a scientific organization from Manosque is looking for solutions.

A In search of

the secrets of lavender

A trail that took place on the Lavender Road of Provence in 2012, shows the deep interest of the people of Provence for the blue gold...

It’s form and perfume are emblems of Provence. In order to protect and promote lavender today, L’OCCITANE reinforces its engagements by supporting research, public awareness, and cultural partnerships...

Discover the operations in place to protect this exceptional natural heritage.


Flying above the Lavender Fields of Upper Provence !

In Nyons, the Bleu Provence Distillery extracts the nectar from herbs and flowers, delicately collecting their essential oils. We met with Philippe Soguel, an expert distiller, educator and a lover of Provence, to learn about his passion.

The art of distillation

Lavender, the plant that symbolizes Provence, has an intimate relationship with the region. Ever-present to the eye from June to September when it flowers, the little blue spikes possess a strong emotional charge.

Into the wide blue yonder

The blue gold of Provence

This year Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival is devoted to black-and-white images. It’s a desire to rediscover the subtleties of a format and an aesthetic that blend technical know-how with vintage images, all...

Arles in black

The lavender harvest

with Marguerite Blanc

In Ferrassières, right near Sault, Marguerite Blanc maintains a family tradition that has been handed down from father to son (and from mother to daughter): the lavender harvest.