Our Formulation Philosophy
"OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU AND THE WORLD"
LEVEL 1: Global Regulation
LEVEL 2: Formulation Charter
We test our products on different hair and skin types, including sensitive ones, using dermatological and ophthalmological controls 100% of all our products are put through rigoruos testing, that's more than 800 applications per product. We manufacture and control the quality of our products before launching them and apply the strictest international quality and regulatory standards. Consumer safety has always, and will always, be a top priority.
The effectiveness of our ingredients is proven through in-vitro laboratory tests to predict their clinical efficacy. However, we always complement this with additional consumer tests and in-vivo clinical studies on the finished product. We run around 600 efficacy tests per year. Our clinical studies are carried out by independent doctors (dermatologists, ophtalmologists and paediacians). They use clinical evaluation methods in real life conditions, or instrumental measurements on a panel of volunteers.
We are also widely known for our exceptional sensorial experiences thanks to our textures, fragrances and gestures, and we'll continue to research the most innovative sensorial products
Around 200 sensory experts are trained to evaluate the fragrance, texture and visual aspect of our new formulas, helping us reach the sensory characteristics expected by our consumers.
Our first choice of ingredients has always been, and will always remain, ingredients of natural origin, such as our floral waters, plant extracts and essential oils. Within our preferred ingredients, we prioritize those with a high biogdegradability. Thanks to our vast expertize with them, we tighten our link with our Provencal heritage.
MODERATELY USED INGREDIENTS
Stabilizing or improving natural formulas' efficacy and sensoriality is a big challenge in our industry. So while we are constantly looking for natural and ecological alternatives we can replace these products with, we still need to keep them in moderation in some of our formulas and only after thorough evaluation methods by our toxicological experts and via tolerance tests.
Controversial ingredients, such as parabens, phthalates and annimal matter, although regulatory permitted, are banned from our formulas because of their potential impact on the environment, health, or for ethical reasons
LEVEL 3: Clean Charter
95% NATURAL ORIGIN INGREDIENTS
For leave-on products, we prioritise the percentage of natural origin ingredients as a threshold for our Clean Charter.
95% READILY BIODEGRADABLE INGREDIENTS
For rinse-off products, we prioritise the percentage of readily biodegradable pingredients as a threshold for our Clean Charter.
NATURALITY & BIODEGRADABILITY
All our clean charter formulas contain at least 95% natural origin ingredients for leave-on products and at least 95% readily biodegradable ingredients for rinse-off products.
LIMITATION ON MODERATELY USED
In our Clean Charter formulas you won't find more than one moderately used ingredient*, at just the right amount to guarantee your safety and the planet's, and thoroughly checked by our toxicological experts and via tolerance tests.
* Except fragrance and allergens that are strongly associated with the sensoriality of our products: all our fragrances are introduced in our formulas at the right dose and allergens are naturally present in them or in our plant extracts.
ADDITIONALLY BANNED INGREDIENTS
In addition to the 14 dubious ingredients we ban for all products at L'Occitane, our Clean Charter highlights our formulas where we already managed to replace specific moderately used ingredients with natural and ecological alternatives:
PRESERVATIVES: Phenoxyethanol and Polyaminopropyl biguanide - also called PHMB.
SENSORY AGENTS: Cyclosilicones
UV FILTER: Ethylexyl Methoxycinnamate
FOAMING AGENTS: Sodium Lauryl sulfate - also called SLS.