400 years ago a convent was built in Mane, in the south of France to shelter the botanist monks of the order of the Minims. Inspired by the traditions of plant based care practiced at the Convent in Mane, Le Couvent des Minimes Natural Skincare Recipes offers simple and authentic beauty recipes for the modern age.
Reminiscent of a time when food recipes were used to heal and beautify the community, each product is formulated like an ancient recipe - blending carefully selected ingredients with time-proven efficacy to deliver modern benefits.
1613 : Founding of the Convent
Below the village of Mane, in the south of France, a convent was built in the 17th century in a place surrounded by curative herbs and flowers. The Convent’s first inhabitants, the Minim Brothers, gave their name to the place. These botanist monks cultivated terraced gardens full of different plant species to be used for food, study and treatments.
During the French Revolution, the monks were forced to abandon the convent, and it remained unoccupied for almost a century.
1862 : Restoration of the Conven
In 1862, the Convent was restored and transformed into a place to care for the elderly and impoverished.
A few years later, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary continued the original convention of cultivating beneficial ingredients to help strengthen and restore those in need through food recipes. The sisters used the power of plants to nourish and heal their community, restoring well-being in a spirit of generosity.
After more than 100 years of kindness, the sisters left the convent to retire or take up new missions abroad.
2004 : Brand creation
In 2004, the brand Le Couvent des Minimes was developed by L’Occitane group, a specialist of natural cosmetics, to honor the daily life and good deeds of the convents previous inhabitants.
In 2005, L'Occitane group became more involved in the local heritage of the convent which had inspired the brand and contributed to the purchase and conservation of the convent of Mane. Today, the Convent of the Minims continues the tradition of care and well-being as a Hotel & Spa.
Our Natural Skincare Recipes cover daily needs offering simple skincare solutions in lush fragrances and beautiful textures.
Le Couvent des Minimes does not overpromise on results, and fully commits to delivering simple yet efficacious, high-quality products. We blend traditional, time-proven, natural ingredients focusing on what is necessary for best results.
We make every effort to be as environmentally friendly as possible when developing our products, in accordance with the L'Occitane Group CSR charter. The industrial site of Lagorce, in the south of France, as well as our administrative sites of Paris and Geneva obtained the ISO 14001 certification (an audit of the Manosque industrial site will soon be conducted).
We offer quality skin care and well-being products in generous formats developed for the entire family.
Beyon our products, we pay tribute to the generosity of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary who lived in Mane, by supporting their activities throughout the world. Working in 80 countries, these women help the poor through a variety of concrete actions.
To support them in their missions, Le Couvent des donates 1% of the annual sales to the Franciscan Sisters Missionaries of Mary, allowing the brand to fund a variety of important charities and projects.
- In 2011 and 2012, our funding helped a Nursery School for deprived young girls and a day nursery in Tiruchirapalli in India.
- In 2013: the funds helped to set up a Conviviality center created by the Sisters to welcome 80 older people and give them social and administrative support in Taubaté, in Brazil.