Immortelle

The Immortelle Flower

If you don’t know about the Immortelle flower from Corsica, let us tell you about her.

This strong and resilient plant grows in extremely harsh conditions in the Corsican Maquis. Swept by salty winds from the Mediterranean sea and drenched in intense sunlight, she bears the name of Immortelle because she doesn’t wither, even after being picked. She offers endless possibilities in terms of beauty care such as: the Immortelle Essential Oil, the Immortelle Oil Extract and the Immortelle Aqueous Extract. However, unrevealed extracts were still hiding in plain sight up until very recently.

20 years of research, and yet the flower still doesn't cease to amaze us!
 
Our relationship with our producers is precious, and built on trust and mutual respect. They're the ones who grow the locally sourced, traceable ingredients that lie at the heart of our products. We have long-term, non-exclusive contracts with our producers, pay them a fair price, and provide them with technical and financial support. But we want to go even further…

Our aim: to have a Fair Trade relationship with all our direct producers by 2025.

Pascale Chérubin

Pascale grew up in Marne county and later moved to Corsica where she initially taught agriculture. Pascale was always in touch with existing or future farmers either through the advice or the technical support she was giving them. As she was keen to practise what she preached, Pascale started looking for farm land as she wanted it to become a real life project for her and her family. L’OCCITANE was looking for Immortelle growers and a previous company Pascale had worked for put us in touch. Thanks to them, we partnered and it was perfect timing: she found farm land at the same time and started planting. L’OCCITANE helped Pascale technically and financially and as a result she now have 7 productive hectares!
 “Life is made of opportunities and those opportunities pave your way! I have the chance today to grow 7 hectares of Immortelle flowers. My family and I live in the middle of our fields, even if I’m not there every day. It defines the rhythm of our lives and it is an integral part of our daily life.”

Stephan Francisci

Stephan was born in Corsica and always dreamt of working the land. His family did not have land and it took him 20 years to achieve his dream! Stephan believes that patience and perseverance is important, but passion is the key! In 2003, L’OCCITANE were looking for farmers who would grow Immortelle flowers to partner with and Stephan took up the challenge and became the first Immortelle grower in Corsica. Later down the line, L’OCCITANE encouraged Stephan to open his own distillery in 2011. As the partnership grew, we helped to set up the distillery by supporting him technically and financially. Today Stephan is in complete control of the whole process, from growing to distilling.
“I was the first to grow immortelle flowers in Corsica – although it was a complete unknown to me. You do this job because you are passionate about the flower, not for financial gain. And then, one day, without realising it, you manage to earn a living! Some people never live out their passion and I am proud to do so.”

Catherine Sanci

Catherine was born in Corscia and originally followed her passion as a horse riding instructor. Catherine discovered the island on a horseback and was interested in learning about aromatic plants. She started alongside another producer of Immortelle who taught her how to harvest and eventually became a wild Immortelle picker in 2008. We were introduced to Catherine, through Stephan and the relationship grew from there. Built on trust, a genuine partnership and the human aspect is at the heart of it. The team at L’OCCITANE work with Catherine to help find solutions when technical problems arise.
“I had to learn about the plant from the ground up. There were very hard years and I learned everything on the job. My father always said: if something is worth doing, it’s worth well. I learned about distillation through the immortelle plant and thanks to this outstanding flower, I started to fall in love with my job. You can climb mountains when you are passionate about what you do. Now I’ve mastered distillation but I still have the desire to discover plants I don’t know. It has been an enduring adventure beyond my wildest dreams!”

100% Organic Essential Oil

The Immortelle flower - a natural treasure that lives an exceptionally long life. Made with 100% organic essential oil, it is rich in active molecules, with unique anti-ageing properties. For over 18 years, L'OCCITANE has been working on its anti-ageing properties and has already six patents registered in France. Our award winning Immortelle collection is infused with this luscious oil, offering complete solutions that bring instant suppleness and comfort to the skin. It is 100% Traceable and 100% Made in Corsica.
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100% Traceable

We currently work with a dozen producers and distillers in Corsica to grow, harvest and distil the precious immortelle flowers. Immortelle grows wild in Corsica, but it would be risky (and unsustainable!) to harvest and use the wild plant. So, in 2004, we launched our immortelle plantation programme. 50 hectares were planted! We work with several producers in Corsica. They grow immortelle organically, and their contracts with L'OCCITANE cover several years.
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The Benefits Of Immortelle

Derived from the immortelle plant, this natural ingredient is often referred to as the ‘flower of beauty and youth’. Used primarily as an oil, Immortelle is renowned for both its restorative properties and its effectiveness on scarred or damaged skin, therefore it’s often used in the treatment of acne scars and inflamed blemishes. Immortelle oil is also known for reducing redness while restoring the healthy skin glow by correcting underlying complexities and renewing the skin through detoxification and collagen production.

As well as these practical uses, the immortelle flower is also said to contain natural moisturising properties that help to fight the signs of ageing; evening the appearance and texture of the skin, reducing the appearance of age spots and combating the development of fine lines and under-eye wrinkles.

Our Immortelle Range

IMMORTELLE RESET SERUM

Helps to smooth fine lines, even skin tone, brighten and provide protection against UV rays and external aggressors.

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IMMORTELLE PRECIOUS

Smooths out fine lines, protects against oxidative stress and external aggressors, moisturises and comforts skin day and night.

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IMMORTELLE DIVINE

Deeply nourishes, promotes micro circulation, diminishes crow's feet, reduces puffiness whilst restoring skins balance.

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IMMORTELLE DIVINE HARMONY

The Divine Harmony range combines two advanced anti-ageing ingredients, Immortelle Essential Oil and Jania Rubens alge.

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