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Is L’Occitane an ethical brand?

L’Occitane, a beauty, skincare and fragrance brand appears on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Skincare Ratings Table, and has been independently researched for its consideration of the Environment, Animals and People. The brand receives a poor Good Shopping Guide ethical score in our Ethical Skincare Ratings Table and, therefore, does not pass our benchmark.

L’Occitane is owned by L’Occitane International SA and is based in France. Its full company name is L’Occitane en Provence and was founded in 1976.

Is L’Occitane Cruelty-Free?

Unfortunately, L’Occitane is not entirely Cruelty-Free, as the brand does allow its products to be tested on animals by a third party in countries where this is required by law, such as in-store in mainland China.

Is L’Occitane vegan?

L’Occitane also does not create or sell any certified-Vegan products, and honey or bee-derived products are often used in its skincare ranges.

Does L’Occitane use palm oil?

L’Occitane admits that traces of palm oil are present in its “soap noodles and certain derivatives”. Palm oil is one of the ‘dirtiest’ crops in the world, causing mass deforestation and damage to forest ecosystems and wildlife. Palm-oil farms often have poor working conditions. Though L’Occitane is part of some sustainable palm-oil initiatives, it is most ethical to avoid this ingredient altogether.

Is L’Occitane a sustainable brand?

The L’Occitane Sustainability Report 2021 includes goals for carbon reduction, biodiversity, and renewable electricity along with a wealth of proof of success.

Other sustainability queries are answered on L’Occitane’s FAQ page.

Are L’Occitane skincare products organic?

Yes, L’Occitane creates and sells lots of certified-Organic skincare products. These products adhere to ECOCERT organic specifications.

What can L’Occitane do to improve its ethical rating?

L’Occitane should look to completely eradicate its use of palm oil, and formulate certified-Vegan products. L’Occitane should also consider whether it really needs to sell in countries like mainland China, where animal testing is required by law.

If L’Occitane can achieve these ethical standards, then it would be able to apply for Ethical Accreditation by The Good Shopping Guide.

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