L'OCCITANE Supports The Women Of Burkina Faso

Empowering Women And Women's Leadership

Since the 1980s, L'OCCITANE has been promoting sustainable partnerships with women producers of shea butter. To further extend this commitment, the L'OCCITANE Foundation empowers women in Burkina Faso. Since its creation in 2006, more than 26,000 women have received support in developing and strengthening their activities in Burkina Faso.

Shea Orange Blossom Solidarity Balm

100% of profits* from the sale of this balm will go towards the L’OCCITANE Foundation to support women’s economic independence in the African region of Burkina Faso, the home of our much loved shea butter.



We are thinking big, partnering with UN Women. Ever since its creation in 2006, the L'OCCITANE Foundation has been committed to projects that promote women’s leadership in Burkina Faso and throughout the world. Photo credit: Photo by RCN Rwanda, Justice & Democratie FGE Grantee Partner


In the 1980s, the women who make shea butter in Burkina Faso made a convincing impression on Olivier Baussan, through their savoir-faire and their multiple uses of the exceptional ingredient. Intrigued by its properties, Olivier Baussan decided to develop a range of L'OCCITANE products based on shea butter, which was an immediate success among consumers. To meet the growing demand, L'OCCITANE created a co-development program with the local women. Today, more than 10,000 women in Burkina Faso work in this industry, while several hundred tons of this ingredient travel each year between Burkina Faso and L'OCCITANE's factory in Manosque, France. The L'OCCITANE Foundation chose to expand this partnership, focusing its action on women's leadership worldwide.


More than 17,000 beneficiaries in 10 years.The L'OCCITANE Foundation acts on the 3 Pillars below...

Making Women Shine...

1 - Writing a better future

L’OCCITANE has helped more than 10.000 women to learn how to read and write since 2008. It also supports the education of 450 girls for four years at secondary school.

2 - Boosting ambitions

L’OCCITANE has allowed 8000 women to benefit from micro-credit since 2009.

3- Revealing leadership

L’OCCITANE launched in 2016 the “L’OCCITANE pour Elles” program to boost entrepreneurs women’s actions and scale up their business.