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Ashley Tinker, a Canadian in Provence

Ashley Tinker, a Canadian in Provence

Originally from Montreal, Ashley Tinker came to settle in the Alpilles with her partner, Robin. In her blog, "Curious Provence", she lists her top choices, recommended places to visit and local products, all unearthed during her outings. This curious foodie had no hesitation in knocking on our door and sharing her vision of the region with us. From Provence with love, have a read!
15/08/2016 4:12:00 PM
Elodie Van Zele, blogger for Chut Mon Secret

Elodie Van Zele, blogger for Chut Mon Secret

Filled with dreams of new possibilities, Elodie Van Zele left Paris to settle in the heart of Marseille. Six years later, this professional journalist who heads up the successful Chut mon Secret blog, is still making those dreams a reality and dreaming new ones, always tuned in to the city's heartbeat. Focus on this unique resident of Marseille.
13/07/2016 11:07:00 PM
Corinne Vezzoni, architect from Marseilles

Corinne Vezzoni, architect from Marseilles

Elected Female Architect of the Year in 2015, Corinne Vezzoni invited us into her office, located on the 6th floor of Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse. Refreshingly open, and calling herself "a chameleon architect," she tells her own story through her buildings. Meeting.
09/06/2016 11:56:00 AM
Julie Massé, L'Occitane perfumer

Julie Massé, L'Occitane perfumer

From her first steps in the garden of the family home in Grasse, Julie has loved beautiful fragrances, particularly those of the Mediterranean. This love has led her to blend intoxicating and precious essences for some of the best-known companies, including L'Occitane en Provence. Meeting.
16/05/2016 3:14:00 PM
Reine and Nadia Sammut, the two chefs at the Auberge La Fenière

Reine and Nadia Sammut, the two chefs at the Auberge La Fenière

One has been a well-known chef for over 40 years. She was awarded a Michelin star in 1995. The other is a culinary instructor and creator of the Free Cuisine Institute Mother and daughter make a happy pair running the kitchen at the Auberge La Fenière, which has recently become the first 100% gluten-free gourmet restaurant. Meeting.
11/04/2016 11:05:00 AM
Secrets of a Provençal Picnic

Secrets of a Provençal Picnic

Looking for a gourmet getaway? Why not enjoy the simple pleasures in life? L'Occitane shows you how to prepare a flawless Provençal picnic, bringing you the flavours of the South of France!
07/04/2016 11:00:00 AM
Inspirations: World Poetry Day

Inspirations: World Poetry Day

Created by UNESCO in 1999, 21st March has become World Poetry Day. To mark the occasion, L'Occitane has compiled some of its favourite lines of poetry to inspire you. Pens at the ready!
24/03/2016 3:58:00 PM
Provence Touch: bringing spring into your home

Provence Touch: bringing spring into your home

Spring has sprung! It's the perfect time to breathe some lightness and freshness into the heart of your home. Discover L'Occitane's decoration ideas to get your home feeling summery.
17/03/2016 3:39:00 PM
Meeting with Clara Cohen-Solal, creator of the blog 'Les Marseillaises'

Meeting with Clara Cohen-Solal, creator of the blog 'Les Marseillaises'

In less than two years, 'Les Marseillaises' by Clara Cohen-Solal has earned itself a place under the Provençal sun. No doubt thanks to the young Marseille native's ability to impart her joie de vivre, and present a modern view of the region through her blog. Meeting.
07/03/2016 2:50:00 PM
From mother to daughter: beauty secrets

From mother to daughter: beauty secrets

Mothers and daughters share a lot of secrets. They are passed down or inherited, and beauty tips have always had a special place among them. L'Occitane meets four Provençal mothers and daughters to discuss their beauty rituals and what beauty means to them. Is it like mother, like daughter?
01/03/2016 10:40:00 AM
We talk to Soledad Bravi, L’Occitane's illustrator

We talk to Soledad Bravi, L’Occitane's illustrator

Her bold style combined with her incisive, yet always generous touch has adorned a number of L'Occitane products this winter… Soledad Bravi, the iconic illustrator for Elle France, tells us about her artistic inspiration and gives us some beauty tips over a coffee. "Thanks to art, I can express myself and tell my story. For me, it's a real language". Meeting.
04/02/2016 2:14:00 PM
Three faces that personify Provence

Three faces that personify Provence

The extraordinary region of Provence has been marked by the artists which it inspired. L'Occitane presents three great figures who symbolise the region.
01/02/2016 10:35:00 AM
Valentine's Day: 5 tips to personalise your gift

Valentine's Day: 5 tips to personalise your gift

Want to be extra imaginative to impress your other half on the day of love? L'Occitane shares some romantic tips to help you create an unforgettable Valentine's Day!
24/01/2016 10:47:00 AM
Women of Provence: Marion Ravel, an extraordinary potter

Women of Provence: Marion Ravel, an extraordinary potter

As manager of a pottery studio alongside her sister Julie, Marion Ravel has the all-consuming passion of those who embody a family business. From her workshop in the heart of a magnificent farmhouse in Aubagne, she discusses her life story and her vision of the world. Discovery.
13/01/2016 5:41:00 PM
Marina Kaye, the self-taught singer from Marseille

Marina Kaye, the self-taught singer from Marseille

Hailing from a small town a stone's throw from the city of Marseille, Marina Dalmas, alias Marina Kaye, is now firmly established as one of the French-speaking revelations of 2015. Aged 17, the singer-songwriter continues to win the hearts of fans with her first pop-rock influenced album, 'Fearless'.
22/12/2015 2:30:00 PM
Christmas in Provence: the traditional Christmas dinner

Christmas in Provence: the traditional Christmas dinner

Nicknamed "lou gros soupa" (big supper), the symbolic meal eaten on Christmas Eve has all the makings of an elaborate ceremony, reflecting its influence at the heart of Provençal culture. Let's take a look at the different stages of this key moment in Advent.
07/12/2015 10:17:00 AM
5 Provençal proverbs to inspire you

5 Provençal proverbs to inspire you

Provençal proverbs are the true marks of an authentic and unique culture. L’Occitane shares a few of these sayings with a very Southern flavour with you.
01/12/2015 9:59:00 AM
Muriel Gelato, the Santon as a modern fable

Muriel Gelato, the Santon as a modern fable

Marseille's Atelier Gelato has held the coveted title of maître artisan since 1992 and is a point of reference for santon art. The eldest daughter of the couple who founded the workshop, Muriel expresses herself through her passion for these small clay figurines from Provence.
18/11/2015 10:34:00 AM
The production of olive oil, step by step

The production of olive oil, step by step

From picking the ripe fruit to bottling the precious elixir, making olive oil is a lengthy process. At the end of each year, a community of olive growers in the centre of Provence engages in this time-honoured pursuit centred around the tree that is the symbol of the region.
13/11/2015 2:09:00 PM
5 things to do in Provence in winter

5 things to do in Provence in winter

Although a favoured summer holiday destination, Provence loses nothing of its lustre with the arrival of the cold season. Here we focus on some essential ways to savour your winter stay in Provence.
02/11/2015 1:42:00 PM
Brigitte de Fabry, The Secret Paradise of Patina Finishes

Brigitte de Fabry, The Secret Paradise of Patina Finishes

Originally from Paris, but today with her heart in Aix-en-Provence, Brigitte Fabry has a passion for others. From teaching eighteenth-century patina finishes on wood, to welcoming students to her charming farmhouse in the village Puyricard, this generous artist likes to reveal everyone’s true colors.
15/10/2015 11:49:00 AM
Three Historical Facts You Might Not Know About Provence

Three Historical Facts You Might Not Know About Provence

Here L'Occitane shares some anecdotes with you surrounding Provence. Let’s look at a few highlights that have marked the history of the region over the centuries.
01/10/2015 9:49:00 AM
Three Fashion Essentials, Made in Provence

Three Fashion Essentials, Made in Provence

If Paris figures prominently among the fashion capitals, where tomorrow's trends are on display during Fashion Week, it cannot however claim a complete monopoly over French creation! Let’s focus on those fashion must-haves that have emerged under the Mediterranean sun.
29/09/2015 5:17:00 PM
Claudie Gallay, Sincerity on the Page

Claudie Gallay, Sincerity on the Page

A teacher by profession, Claudie Gallay conquered the literary scene in 2008 with the success of her novel ‘The Breakers.’ Since then, the author continues to scrutinize souls and places, through modern fables taking shape under the Provencal sun.
14/09/2015 2:19:00 PM
At the Heart of the Harvest Season

At the Heart of the Harvest Season

From south of Avignon to the Nice coast, the vineyards of Provence have been renowned for millennia due to an exceptionally rich terroir. At harvest time, pride in this terroir comes alive under the expert hands of the region’s producers.
10/09/2015 3:12:00 PM
The Art of Boules

The Art of Boules

Coming from the Provençal "Ped-tanca" meaning the game of planted feet, Pétanque, or Boules, is more than a sport, it’s a veritable French tradition. Inseparable from the singing accent of Southerners who play with passion throughout the year, this ancient practice is an important part of a genuine Provençal lifestyle.
04/09/2015 2:45:00 PM
Three Great Literary Classics About Provence

Three Great Literary Classics About Provence

L'Occitane presents essential reading for exploring Provence in literature. Let’s discover these books published throughout the world, where the region is represented in an inspiring and poetic way.
01/09/2015 2:29:00 PM
Noëlle Irolla, At the Heart of the Distillation of Essential Oil of Immortelle

Noëlle Irolla, At the Heart of the Distillation of Essential Oil of Immortelle

Facing the bay of Calvi, Noëlle Irolla has been running her small family business specializing in the aromatic plants of Corsica since 1993. Between organic production and family harvests, this enthusiast masters the art of making a very precious nectar: essential oil of Immortelle.
18/08/2015 6:00:00 PM
A Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Dyes in the Tinctorial Plant Conservatory Garden

A Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Dyes in the Tinctorial Plant Conservatory Garden

Amongst the terraced gardens of the Château de Lauris, the botanical garden belonging to the association Couleur Garance is dedicated to plants used for dying. A site both of discovery and conservation, this Eden of natural dyes permits everyone to understand one of the region’s secular traditions.
10/08/2015 5:25:00 PM
Le Stockholmsyndrome, Opposites Attract

Le Stockholmsyndrome, Opposites Attract

Between modern freshness and sweet simplicity, the Franco-Scandinavian label Le Stockholmsyndrome is the result of the successful conjunction of its multiple influences, just like its pretty designers Louise and Rosina.
06/08/2015 5:02:00 PM
Gordes Gets In Tune with the Soirées d’Été Festival

Gordes Gets In Tune with the Soirées d’Été Festival

Perched on a hillside in the heart of the village of Gordes, the Terrasses Theater hosts the annual summer festival Soirées d’Été. The event comprises six performances, a mix of theater, dance and music and punctuated with a subtle touch of humor, making for a real success story!
01/08/2015 6:10:00 PM
Christina Sfez, the Delicate Art of Designing Wedding Dresses

Christina Sfez, the Delicate Art of Designing Wedding Dresses

Originally from Paris, and today resident of Marseille, fashion designer Christina Sfez has been creating, since 2011, sublime wedding dresses with a bohemian spirit. Designs that she carefully makes in her workshop on the Cours Julien, to the delight of future wives with a retro style.
16/07/2015 2:50:00 PM
American Icons Invade the Granet Museum

American Icons Invade the Granet Museum

After winning over crowds in Paris, the exhibition American Icons retires peacefully to the Granet Museum in Aix-en-Provence. It’s an opportunity to understand the work of twentieth-century American masters of contemporary art, on loan from the San Francisco MOMA during its renovation.
10/07/2015 12:31:00 PM
Meet Michel Patrizio, Mosaic Artist

Meet Michel Patrizio, Mosaic Artist

At 67 years old, the renowned mosaic artist Michel Patrizio shares, in all simplicity, the fruit of his 40 years of experience in Marseille's oldest workshop. Let’s look back on the singular career of this local boy, today one the profession’s most iconic figures.
05/06/2015 12:20:00 PM

"Femme Lavande" an Intoxicating Exhibition by Jean-François Mutzig

Fascinated by life’s rare moments, the photographer Jean-François Mutzig has immortalized the many tourists strolling on the Valensole plateau during the summer season, with an exhibition entitled "Femme Lavande” or “Lavender Woman”.
22/05/2015 4:52:00 PM
Men from Provence of their Times

Men from Provence of their Times

Often possessing a taste for boules and pastis, the Provençal male cannot, however, be reduced to these charming clichés. Winemaker, fashion designer, chef or sculptor, here are four unique personalities that reflect the many facets of this man from the South.
12/05/2015 4:04:00 PM
L'OCCITANE Continues its Support of Japanese Craftsmen

L'OCCITANE Continues its Support of Japanese Craftsmen

Four years after the tsunami that rocked Fukushima, L'OCCITANE continues to give aid to the inhabitants of the Japanese archipelago. An initiative that today sees three artisans from the Tohoku region, particularly affected by the disaster, invited to discover the art of Provencal markets.
23/04/2015 4:58:00 PM
The Art of Wood Carving with Matthias Malet

The Art of Wood Carving with Matthias Malet

Native to the Luberon region, Matthias Malet carves green wood from the Mediterranean basin. From his workshop in Lourmarin, the artist follows his inspirations, working his craft with dexterity and poetry.
09/03/2015 6:24:00 PM
Jean-Luc Rivière, The Peony Farmer

Jean-Luc Rivière, The Peony Farmer

Jean-Luc Rivière is the sixth generation to run his renowned peony farm. Established in the town of Crest, the farm is not just an example of expert agriculture, it’s a great family story.
23/02/2015 6:02:00 PM
Discovering the First Organic Bread School

Discovering the First Organic Bread School

In the Jabron Valley, the Thomas Teffri-Chambelland international baking school provides future bakers with a program between tradition and innovation.
18/02/2015 10:54:00 AM
The Revival of the Apothecary

The Revival of the Apothecary

This bygone profession is making a comeback today in response to the public’s growing enthusiasm for nature’s many virtues, especially those of plants.
24/01/2015 10:43:00 AM
Provencal Craftsmanship at the Verrerie de Biot Glass Factory

Provencal Craftsmanship at the Verrerie de Biot Glass Factory

Established in 1956, the Verrerie de Biot glass factory hasn’t lost its luster. Famous throughout the world, it continues to pay tribute to local craftsmanship.
20/01/2015 11:19:00 AM
Artisans Run in the Family at the Confiserie Lilamand

Artisans Run in the Family at the Confiserie Lilamand

For five generations, the Confiserie Lilamand has been manufacturing candied fruit in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. A local tradition with a bright future.
15/12/2014 5:06:00 PM
The Story of Shea: A Magic Ingredient at the Service of Women

The Story of Shea: A Magic Ingredient at the Service of Women

Since the early 1980s, L'Occitane has been committed to a fair-trade partnership with the women of Burkina Faso who make Shea butter. This exceptional ingredient takes care of women’s skin, and contributes to their empowerment.
12/12/2014 10:04:00 AM
Manufactured in Provence

Manufactured in Provence

Nestled inside their pretty yellow boutiques, L'Occitane products can be found in every corner of the planet. Yet they are indeed Manufactured in Provence! Come behind the scenes of your favorite cosmetics company, inspired by this sublime region.
10/12/2014 2:48:00 PM
La Biscuiterie de Forcalquier Has a Taste for Tradition

La Biscuiterie de Forcalquier Has a Taste for Tradition

Olivier Baussan, founder of L'Occitane en Provence, has established his Provencal cookie factory on the outskirts of the village of Forcalquier. Yet another way to showcase his region.
05/12/2014 12:10:00 PM
Jacquemus: Under the

Jacquemus: Under the "Parasols of Marseille!"

Originally from Mallemort, a small town between Marseille and Avignon, Simon Porte Jacquemus caused a sensation last Paris Fashion Week when he presented a collection directly inspired by the city of Marseille. Summer, here we come!
14/10/2014 2:09:00 PM
Elisabeth Ferriol’s Passion for Fabric

Elisabeth Ferriol’s Passion for Fabric

Passionate about fabric, and an ex Arles beauty queen from the 1970s, Elizabeth Ferriol practices “pinceautage,” a technique of painting on fabric dating from the seventeenth century.
10/10/2014 11:13:00 AM
Organic Wines from the Sainte Marie de Pierredon Abbey

Organic Wines from the Sainte Marie de Pierredon Abbey

Located in the heart of the Alpilles in St. Remy de Provence, the Sainte Marie de Pierredon Abbey produces certified organic wines. Red, rosé, white, the choice is yours!
25/09/2014 8:03:00 AM
The Truffle in all its Forms at La Beaugravière!

The Truffle in all its Forms at La Beaugravière!

Specialized in truffles, La Beaugravière is one of the finest restaurants of the Vaucluse region! Based in Mondragon, this establishment led by Guy Jullien is definitely worth a visit.
22/09/2014 9:07:00 AM
Refuge d’Art: In the Footsteps of Andy Goldsworthy

Refuge d’Art: In the Footsteps of Andy Goldsworthy

Want to live an unforgettable experience and discover the beauty of the Digne region? Refuge d'Art is an innovative project that combines contemporary art, hiking and rural heritage.
20/09/2014 8:49:00 AM
Clémence Monot, illustrator: When a Passion Becomes a Profession

Clémence Monot, illustrator: When a Passion Becomes a Profession

After completing her studies in London, Clémence Monot now makes a living from her passion. A talented and creative illustrator, she is quick to share the secrets of her success and talk about her creative world, that she likes to define as “realist.”
15/07/2014 2:46:00 PM
Christine Millerin, Textile Designer in Arles

Christine Millerin, Textile Designer in Arles

Passionate about textiles since the age of 16, Christine Millerin today runs a textile studio in Arles, where she revives damaged and exotic fabrics. A world of foreign accents is waiting for you to discover.
02/07/2014 10:35:00 AM
Exhibition « Secrets of the Rosa Centifolia »

Exhibition « Secrets of the Rosa Centifolia »

Get out your diaries! The Rosa Centifolia, the ultimate scented flower, is on display until 5 July at L’Occitane en Provence Museum located in Manosque. Discover the true story of this sublimely Provencal flower.
10/06/2014 10:33:00 AM
The Okhra Cooperative Turns 20

The Okhra Cooperative Turns 20

Located in Roussillon, Ôkhra – the Applied Pigment and Ochre Conservatory – is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this month. An opportunity for this cooperative to celebrate its success and cast an eye back over its achievements... See you on June 14!
02/06/2014 2:05:00 PM
Philogène Ravel: Creating French Linen since 1865

Philogène Ravel: Creating French Linen since 1865

Famous for the manufacture of ceramics, the Manufacture Ravel, based in Aubagne for over 170 years, today is also celebrated in a completely different field. Relaunched in 2011, Philogène Ravel is dedicated to the creation of fine French household linen.
27/05/2014 9:40:00 AM
zChocolat:  A Gourmet Gift for Mother’s Day

zChocolat: A Gourmet Gift for Mother’s Day

Looking for an original and tasty Mother’s Day gift idea? The online chocolate shop zChocolat offers a range of elegant, creative and fully customizable gift boxes; something to please moms around the world.
18/04/2014 2:23:00 PM
Mother’s Day Flowers with Victoire Gerez

Mother’s Day Flowers with Victoire Gerez

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Victoire Gerez, a talented florist based for the last two years in Aix-en-Provence, gives us the idea of a pretty bouquet of flowers, and lets us in on some trade secrets. It’s an ideal Mother’s Day gift, a symbol of love and tenderness.
18/04/2014 2:12:00 PM
The L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory

The L’OCCITANE Plant Expertise Laboratory

At L'OCCITANE, everything starts with nature. Our Plant Expertise Laboratory, that develops new plant extracts each year, perfectly embodies this commitment. Follow our guided tour behind the scenes of natural cosmetics.
14/04/2014 9:31:00 AM
Orchids & Neroli: White & Feminine Flowers

Orchids & Neroli: White & Feminine Flowers

Precious and much sought after, Orchid and Neroli have a hint of extreme refinement, and are also both precious symbols of femininity. These are just two reasons to unite them in a new fragrance.
09/04/2014 12:15:00 PM
Brazil Pays a Visit to L'Occitane!

Brazil Pays a Visit to L'Occitane!

L'Occitane launches “L'Occitane au Brésil,” a new collection designed in Brazil, using local ingredients and whose packaging was created by Brazilian artists, for a guaranteed change of scenery!
03/04/2014 2:56:00 PM
Secrets of Enfleurage

Secrets of Enfleurage

Developed in the seventeenth century, enfleurage is a traditional method of extracting perfume from flowers. Because it permits the faithful reproduction of the fragrance of fresh flowers, L’Occitane is revisiting it today, with the registration of a new patent.
14/03/2014 12:56:00 PM
Picking Roses in Provence

Picking Roses in Provence

In Roumoules on the Valensole Plateau, Emmanuelle Ravel cultivates roses, but not just any rose! Centifolia, the variety so well known to perfumers, is her rose of choice. With the help of her flower pickers, she harvests this wonderful scented flower in June. We joined them.
09/03/2014 12:27:00 PM
Danielle Jacqui: A Unique Ceramic Artist

Danielle Jacqui: A Unique Ceramic Artist

In Pont de l’Etoile, a small village located in the town of Roquevaire in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, the self-taught painter and potter Danielle Jacqui creates singular and monumental works, each more amazing than the last. A unique world to discover without delay!
25/02/2014 8:55:00 AM
Domaine de Régusse: Wines For All Palates!

Domaine de Régusse: Wines For All Palates!

Wine lovers, this place is for you! Located at more than 400 meters altitude in a small village in the Luberon region near Manosque, Domaine de Régusse owes its reputation to the quality and variety of wines that are produced there. Red, rosé, white... There's something for everyone!
17/02/2014 10:05:00 AM
The Grasse Perfume Museum Exhibits the Region’s Savoir-Faire

The Grasse Perfume Museum Exhibits the Region’s Savoir-Faire

Part of Grasse’s application for intangible cultural heritage status, in France and for all humanity, the International Perfume Museum in Grasse offers visitors a unique exhibition dedicated to the skills related to perfume, and runs until March 31, 2014.
14/02/2014 9:52:00 AM
René Bérard’s Hostellerie Berard & Spa Hotel

René Bérard’s Hostellerie Berard & Spa Hotel

At the Hostellerie Bérard & Spa hotel, located in La Cadière d'Azur, a charming little village in the Var, the restaurant is headed by the Michelin-starred chef René Bérard and his son Jean-François, and aims to be traditional, Provencal and elegant all at once! Located in a sumptuous setting, the establishment offers gourmet meals and cooking classes.
29/01/2014 10:20:00 AM
Christmas in Provence: The Tradition of The Cacho-Fio

Christmas in Provence: The Tradition of The Cacho-Fio

This very old tradition is still perpetuated by certain families in the villages of Provence. The Cacho-Fio consists of burning a log by both the oldest and the youngest at the gathering in a ritual meant to evoke the forthcoming transition to the new year.
15/12/2013 11:15:00 AM
Ten Provençal Christmas Markets That Can’t be Missed!

Ten Provençal Christmas Markets That Can’t be Missed!

Gourmet food, gift ideas… Christmas markets are a must during this festive period. Here’s our quick guide to the ones that can’t be missed!
14/12/2013 7:07:00 PM
Emmanuelle Wiramus : this Self-taught Ceramist is Really Worth a Visit !

Emmanuelle Wiramus : this Self-taught Ceramist is Really Worth a Visit !

Expect to find talent in ceramist Emmanuelle Wiramus’s Aix-en-Provence workshop. This self-taught woman, who changed profession after pregnancy, exhibits her works from November 21-24 at the Le Ruban Vert gallery.
19/11/2013 7:13:00 PM
Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier

Guillaume Common Ceramics in Forcalquier

In his studio located 3 kilometers from the village of Forcalquier, the ceramist Guillaume Common toils at an art that only a handful of specialists master around the world: crystalline glazes. A discipline that requires both art and science !
17/09/2013 9:00:00 AM
The Puyricard Chocolate Factory : Provençale Style Cocoa

The Puyricard Chocolate Factory : Provençale Style Cocoa

Belgium doesn’t have the monopoly on chocolate! In Puyricard, near Aix-en-Provence, the Roelandts family has managed to give it the distinction it deserves, despite it being a delicacy that is not so popular in Provence.
05/09/2013 11:00:00 AM
Organic Verbena Farming in Provence

Organic Verbena Farming in Provence

It's in Visan that the first distillation of organic Verbena took place. Return to this incredible moment in Provence with Rémi Margiela, cultivator for L'Occitane.
14/08/2013 11:35:00 AM
L’Occitube, The Little Yellow Well-Being Truck

L’Occitube, The Little Yellow Well-Being Truck

It’s a little yellow van filled with L’Occitane products that crisscrosses the roads of Provence. So no need to move: your favorite products – creams, perfumes or soaps – now come to you, with, as a bonus, a soothing hand massage.
01/08/2013 5:40:00 PM
Lavender, a Natural Heritage to Protect

Lavender, a Natural Heritage to Protect

Provence cannot be dissociated from lavender, which dresses with its blue-violet tones the hills and mountains of the region. It’s a precious natural, cultural and economic gem that could well disappear. Here’s why.
31/07/2013 4:31:00 PM
Jean-Marie Massaud & the Ravel Pottery in Aubagne

Jean-Marie Massaud & the Ravel Pottery in Aubagne

The French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, a visionary and precise artist, was invited to design a collection by the Ravel Pottery. The result is a perfect fusion of two visions.
07/06/2013 12:00:00 PM
Feeling Good at the Moulin de Vernègues

Feeling Good at the Moulin de Vernègues

Halfway between Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, the Moulin de Vernègues is a little haven of peace nestled in the heart of the Pont Royal Golf Course and Estate. More than just a hotel, the place provides a genuine experience focused around wellbeing since the opening last December of a L’Occitane spa.
15/02/2013 11:21:00 AM
Gérard Jourdan, beekeeper in Marseille

Gérard Jourdan, beekeeper in Marseille

Gérard Jourdan lives among his hives in Auriol and three times a week treats locals to his honey. You can find him on the markets of Marseille, selling his nougat, gingerbread and honey and sharing his passion and know-how with his customers. Let’s meet him !
21/01/2013 11:36:00 AM
The Atelier Soleil Pottery in Moustiers

The Atelier Soleil Pottery in Moustiers

Considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of France, Moustiers Sainte-Marie is famous for its artisanal earthenware and ceramic makers. It’s an exceptional place, as much for the charm of its alleyways as its inhabitants, of which Franck Scherer is a fine example.
06/12/2012 10:56:00 AM
Christmas Table in Provence

Christmas Table in Provence

In Provence, Christmas dinner is known as the “gros souper,” or big supper. To enhance this traditional family feast, locals decorate their table in a very special way. Joyce Borgmann, owner of the guesthouse L'Oustaou de l'Oulivie in Oraison and Provencal cuisine specialist, introduces us to this ritual.
10/11/2012 1:11:00 PM
The Nyons Scourtinerie

The Nyons Scourtinerie

The Fert family has been making “scourtins,” filters used in the traditional production of olive oil, for over three generations. A Provençal adventure made up of innovation and expertise that continues thanks to Arnaud and Frédérique Fert’s passion. But what is a “scourtin”? Watch this video and find out.
10/10/2012 12:19:00 PM
Interior Design in Provence with Alexandre Lafourcade

Interior Design in Provence with Alexandre Lafourcade

In Provence, certain highbrows dedicate their time to preserving the region’s heritage. It’s the case for the interior designer Alexandre Lafourcade, based in Saint-Rémy de Provence. Let’s meet him.
02/10/2012 12:08:00 PM
La Baroquante A Workshop & Store in Haute-Provence

La Baroquante A Workshop & Store in Haute-Provence

Founded by Marie-Hélène and Xavier Giusti, La Baroquante is a paradise for vintage lovers and bargain-hunters. Let’s visit!
14/09/2012 11:40:00 AM
The Lavender Harvest with Marguerite Blanc

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.
27/08/2012 12:14:00 PM
The Art of Distillation in Provence

The Art of Distillation in Provence

In Nyons, the Bleu Provence Distillery extracts the nectar from herbs and flowers, delicately collecting their essential oils, the necessary ingredients for producing perfumes and cosmetics. We met with Philippe Soguel, an expert distiller, educator and a lover of Provence, to learn about his passion.
22/08/2012 10:36:00 AM
Provençal Fabrics with Les Olivades

Provençal Fabrics with Les Olivades

At Les Olivades, the flowers and the colors of Provence adorn fabrics, creating patterns as contemporary as they are traditional.
25/05/2012 2:45:00 PM
Incredible Banon !

Incredible Banon !

Between a delicatessen that exports its specialties throughout the whole world and a bookshop that could compete with the biggest names, Banon is quite simply extraordinary.
05/05/2012 6:00:00 AM
Grasse the Perfume Capital

Grasse the Perfume Capital

A city of “art and history”, but especially of perfume and flowers, Grasse invites us to visit its streets, museums and gardens…
29/01/2012 10:00:00 AM
Design and Ceramics in Dieulefit

Design and Ceramics in Dieulefit

The designer Guillaume Bardet came up with a crazy project: to design an object every day from September 21, 2009 to September 20, 2010. He produced them in collaboration with the potters of Dieulefit, the Provencal center for ceramic production.
27/01/2012 11:10:00 AM
TSS TSS TSS TSS TSS

TSS TSS TSS TSS TSS

Many questions remain forever without answer. What is the meaning of life ? Are we responsible for things we don't know we've done ? What is beauty ? And especially, why does everyone own a terra-cotta cicada ?
12/01/2012 10:10:00 AM
Aubagne, Where the Land Sings of its Love for Provence

Aubagne, Where the Land Sings of its Love for Provence

Tucked between Marseille and Cassis, at the foot of the Massif du Garbalan so dear to Marcel Pagnol, Aubagne embodies the soul of a sincere and authentic Provence. And, it’s the capital of "santon" figurines.
20/12/2011 2:00:00 PM
The Madeleine Pottery

The Madeleine Pottery

In the town of Anduze, at the gateway to the Cévennes National Park, potters perpetuate the tradition of the Anduze garden pot, appreciated throughout the world. The Madeleine Pottery maintains these traditions, while bringing its crockery into the contemporary sphere.
02/10/2011 9:00:00 AM
Guinea Fowl from Lussan

Guinea Fowl from Lussan

A few miles from Uzès, the village of Lussan has quite an original specialty – one that has become a ubiquitous decorative object in Provence and around the world.
30/07/2011 2:00:00 PM
Authentic Soap from Marseille

Authentic Soap from Marseille

Everybody knows it - this multipurpose soap will just as easily clean domestic stains as disinfect daily scratches. But what’s so special about it ?
26/07/2011 11:51:00 AM