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L'Occitane Accepting Applications for Free Summer Fragrance Workshop for Visually Impaired Students Aged 14-16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Adrianna Montague-Gray
AFB Communications
Tel. (212) 502-7675
E-mail: Adrianna Montague-Gray

NEW YORK (March 2, 2007)—French beauty company, L'Occitane en Provence, and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) are sponsoring a contest to offer young people with vision loss the opportunity to travel to France this summer to learn about fragrance at L'Occitane's perfume school for the visually impaired, Provence dans tous les sens (Provence in every sense).

Four teenagers aged 14-16 will be selected to attend the school in Provence, where they will learn about essential oils and fragrance design. The idea for the summer school came from L'Occitane's founder, Olivier Baussan, who was inspired by watching a blind woman smell his perfumes and wanted to help visually impaired teens explore their senses through the scents and savors of Provence.

"The summer workshop helps the development of these young people's senses and may even inspire future careers," said Christophe Amigorena, Managing Director of L'Occitane USA. "It's a great opportunity for them to learn about fragrance and essential oils and explore the magic and beauty of Provence."

"We are thrilled to be partnering with L'Occitane to introduce young people to the art of perfume-making, and France," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB President & CEO. "L'Occitane's summer workshop is a wonderful experience for everyone involved."

The L'Occitane summer school for the visually impaired will be held in Provence, France, June 17-21, 2007. All flights and accommodations for participants and their chaperones are generously funded by L'Occitane.

For more information, students can go to http://usa.loccitane.com/content/summerprograms. Students can apply for the summer course today by visiting AFB's web site at www.afb.org/loccitaneworkshop.asp and submitting the application. Applications must be received no later than April 16, 2007.

Provence dans tous les sens is supported financially by L'Occitane and other individuals and businesses in the Provence region. It is managed by company employees in the corporate headquarters in Manosque, France, and seeks to reflect L'Occitane's philanthropic philosophy of giving back to the community.

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The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the over forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information visit us online at www.afb.org

Inspired by his ancestors' traditions, Olivier Baussan founded L'Occitane over 30 years ago in the Provence region of France. All L'Occitane products for bath, body, skincare and home are passionately created to preserve the authentic ingredients and traditions of the Mediterranean land. To give greater accessibility, L'Occitane has incorporated Braille labeling on its boxes and containers. L'Occitane products are available at http://usa.loccitane.com, and in 140 boutiques throughout the U.S.

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