One of the reasons that we urged me to make a grand tour of Southern France was the L’Occitane factory – It is located in Provence, but more or less in the middle area between Nice-Grasse and Avignon. I just thought it would be so cool to see the factory where most of my hand cream and lotion is made. The only available…English tour that we could go on was at 9:30 in the morning. So we woke up around 7 in Marseille and made our way to Manosque, a place about an hour something drive away.
We got there early so we were left to explore the L’Occitane museum beside the shop.
It was pretty much a L’Occitane “brand museum” with all the different series of scented products and brands that the company introduced throughout the years and their key milestones.
L’Occitane’s products use ingredients linked to the lands of Provennce (lavender, olive, immortalle, essential oil, almond. & Sustainable development program in Africa with shea butter.
The museum is free for visitors. Same for the guided tour of the factory, but you have to reserve quite well in advance because it’s by reservation only.
The mold for “engraving” on soap.
The last room in the museum before we start our factory tour. Photography was not allowed in the lobby of the factory and basically the whole factory so you will just have to see it and hear the facts (or secrets?!) of the brand when you get there.
The factory tour lasted about an hour and the guide took us through the factory’s various main parts from raw material preparation, production, R&D laboratory, quality assurance/control, assembly and packaging, and warehousing. It was definitely quite a compelling example of turning a factory into a brand-propelling tool. At the end of the tour, we got to try a few of their new products and then we headed to the shop!
We bought quite a bit here… But note: although you get 10% off the list price at the store and tax-refund (if you’re non-EU), it may still be cheaper to get these at some other place (eg. Bicester Village’s L’Occitane store in UK offered some products at higher discount than here). But you get to buy the newest products or products not yet available in other places here at discounted price. That’s the good part I suppose.
L’Occitane Factory Tour
A: Autoroute A51, ZI Saint Maurice, Manosque.
After our morning excursion to the L’Occitane factory, we were enroute north-eastward to a red mountain village.
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