The L’Occitane Group Supports Healthcare Workers Fighting COVID-19

By Beauty Packaging Staff | 03.26.20

Produces and donates hand sanitizer to health authorities and healthcare workers.

The L’Occitane Group has reassigned some of its facilities to manufacture 70,000 liters of hand sanitizer to be donated to the health authorities and healthcare workers in France.
The group will also distribute 25,000 units of soap and hand cream to staff of Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP–HP – the Paris university hospital trust). This is part of its efforts to support healthcare workers fighting the epidemic across the countries in which it operates.
Large-Scale Production of Hand Sanitizer

In response to the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases in France, some of the facilities in Manosque that manufacture beauty and well-being products for the L’Occitane en Provence and Melvita brands have been reassigned to the production of verbena-scented hand sanitizer.
The first 10,000 300ml bottles of hand sanitizer were shipped March 24. By the end of the week, 50,000 300ml bottles, containing 15,000 liters of disinfectant, will have been manufactured. They will be used by healthcare services, firefighters and hospitals, including AP–HP. The group plans to scale up production to some 70,000 liters.
The group has provided support for healthcare workers in Asia and Europe in a variety of ways, including:
  • Since February, the Chinese subsidiary of the L’Occitane Group has been assisting doctors by donating more than 20,000 units of moisturizing lotion and shea butter hand cream to hospital workers in Wuhan and Shanghai to help those suffering from skin lesions due to prolonged use of protective clothing.
  • The group donated 20,000 units of intensive hand balm and shea butter milk soap to the Korean national medical association.
  • In the United Kingdom, L’Occitane en Provence donated over 10,000 hand creams to NHS and HSE staff working in the UK & Ireland.
  • French subsidiary Laboratoires M&L donated hand sanitizer to firefighters in the departments of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Bouches-du-Rhône as well as to the hospitals managed by the Manosque Hospital Centre. It also donated soap to the Saint Barthélemy nursing home in Marseille. The production facility in Ardèche also supplied masks, aprons, gloves and sanitizer to the local health services.
  • The group’s other French subsidiary, M&L Distribution, donated 25,000 units of soap and hand cream to AP–HP staff.
“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the group’s staff, who are working hard to produce hand sanitizer for them to use while also maintaining our regular operations. Humankind is undergoing a time filled with challenges. By pooling our efforts with a full measure of humility, we can help it to overcome them,” commented Reinold Geiger, chairman and CEO of the L’Occitane Group.