Cade, or wild juniper, grows wild in the scrubland of Provence. In the past, shepherds who held the secret to distilling cade wood used its precious oil to protect their faces and hands from the wind and sun. They cut branches of wild juniper and a large fire was lit, which caused the wood to exude a thick oil with protective and fortifying properties. It was also used to treat animal wounds. This distillation of cade wood traditionally accompanied sheep and goat breeding.he almond flower, which typically blooms between February and March, is one of the earliest of the year. Fields are covered with pink and white blossoms, creating a beautiful sight. In Provence, the almond tree was a strong symbol of the regional landscape until the early 20th century. But from the 1930's onwards, the cultivation of almond trees was abandoned, threatened by the mechanisation of agriculture and the introduction of new and more profitable crops. The almond tree became scarce in the region. L’OCCITANE wants to put this emblematic tree back where it deserves to be on the Provençal landscape, and so it purchases its almonds from producers in Provence.
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