Regular readers may know that I’m becoming quite the skin care aficionado these days. It sort of happened by accident. Before starting Pretty Opinionated, I did a lot of freelance articles on skin care, but never really spent much time actually trying different products. Then I did a review on some skin care products, then another, and another, until I’ve basically become somewhat of a skincare product junkie. I just love trying different things and discovering new gems. One company that I really want to check out soon is L’Occitane en Provence.

L’Occitane, a French beauty care product company, offers so much more than just another lotion or face wash. They provide a full sensory experience, complete with beautiful packaging and ingredients of the highest quality. Take their Immortelle anti aging skincare products, for example. Not only is the name gorgeous, but the blue cobalt packaging would look stunning on my bathroom vanity. Yes, I know, it’s more about what’s inside the package than the package itself, but when you have limited cabinet space and have to display all your skincare products, pretty containers really do make a difference. The Immortelle Cream Mask has time-release microcapsules that deliver the titular essential oil where it’s most needed, and Shea butter to provide deep moisturizing.

Of course, the contents of the package are just as awesome as the package itself! I love how the company makes every effort possible to ensure that only the most natural, sustainable ingredients are used in their beauty care products. In fact, just about every active ingredient comes from a natural source, and many products are 100% organic. However, if harvesting the ingredient from its natural source will jeopardize the preservation of local cultures, L’Occitane will harvest from cultivated land.

As much as all of this impresses me, it’s L’Occitane’s commitment to helping others that really makes me want to spend my hard-earned money at their store. For example, after the devastating earthquake in Japan, the company not only donated 50,000 products to those who were forced to evacuate and leave behind everything, they’re also helping to restore a Kamaishi community center. L’Occitane also worked with the women of Burkina Faso to create a special soap that donates 100% of its proceeds to promoting literacy in the area.

A company that goes out of its way to create amazing products, wrap it all up in appealing packages, respects the environment, and helps others throughout the world definitely has my attention.