For hundreds of years, the oil of the Cade or otherwise known as the Juniper Tree, has been highly prized for its natural antimicrobial and moisturising properties, also known as the Healing Oils of Haute-Provence. In the past, the Cade Tree’s precious oil was used as an antimicrobial, helping the Shepherds of Haute Provence protect their hands and faces against the elements as they worked in the Highlands of Haute-Provence.
Tough, hardy prickly Cade grows in the rocky sun-baked soils of the Mediterranean. Its strong, rot-proof wood was used by generations of Provençal Shepherds to build pens, while its antiseptic essential oil helped to heal their animals' wounds. Impossible to cultivate, Cade has to be harvested in the wild. Cade is still grown in Haute-Provence today, our Collection uses the finest oils. At L'OCCITANE, we work with local foresters who cut Cade during normal bush clearing activity, which keeps paths clear for hikers and reduces the risk of fires. By distilling its essential oil we're valorising a product that would otherwise go to waste.
"As a child, I used to help my father cut Cade to make vine stakes. My grandfather had also used Cade to make pens for his ewes. We used to walk through the forest collecting it."
"When I started helping the local Forestry Commission maintain their tracks, I came to cut cade wood. My cousin, who knew the world of cosmetics, reminded me of the antiseptic and soothing properties of Cade Essential Oil and gave me the idea, maybe I could distil it. At the time, there wasn't a market for this essential oil, but I wanted to promote the wood so typical of my region."
Did You Know?
Our Cade Wood is traditionally harvested in the wild, in a 50-hectare area south of the Ardèche, which is certified 100% Organic.
A Patented Formula
Our patented blend of Cade and Rosemary Essential Oil is Magic. Anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, it helps to soothe skin.
Cade is harvested as part of the bush clearing efforts in the forests of Provence, and our Harvester Michaël Comte has committed to our Sustainable Picking Charter.
Meet Michaël Comte - Cade Picker
Naturally, L'OCCITANE cares for nature and it's sustainability. We use traceable and sustainably sourced ingredients in our products, making sure to protect the environment and biodiversity. As well as this, we are passionate about showcasing stories of talent; we champion the expertise and craftsmanship of our producers.