L'Occitane African Tale Soap Duo

L'Occitane African Tale Soap Duo. Photo courtesy of L'Occitane

L'Occitane, the French beauty brand with homey, Provence-inspired stores across the nation, is rolling out a charitable soap set this holiday season, as well as a sparkling new orange blossom fragrance and a slew of other cheerfully bright sets that will make the perfect hostess gifts -- all while bringing fair trade practices to Africa.

Available now, L'Occitane's African Tale Soap Duo boxed set will donate 100% of its proceeds to Orbis -- an international NGO that has transformed a jet plane into a traveling hospital focused on preventing blindness in third world countries. An expert staff educates local doctors and treats patients in danger of losing their vision from treatable eye conditions.

"Eighty percent of the world's blindness can be treated and prevented," a spokesperson for L'Occitane tells StyleList, of the non-profit that the brand has supported since 2000.

The thick soap blocks are rich in shea butter and engraved with a traditional African mask design that symbolizes an animal tale popular in the West African nation Burkina Faso -- where much of L'Occitane's shea butter is locally produced by a women's cooperative. The story inspires people to look beyond personal prejudices and to never underestimate the contribution someone can make to others. Packaged in a sleek box, the $12 price tag doubles as one of the season's best feel-good gestures.

Meanwhile, L'Occitane's shea butter has been certified by Europe's stringent Ecocert standard, and continues to commit to fair trade principles. The deeply moisturizing balms now come in scents like orange honey, apricot flower and vineyard rose, which combine organic honey and essential oils into a highly concentrated blend of shea butter.

L'Occitane Fleur Chérie Collection

L'Occitane Fleur Chérie Collection. Photo courtesy of L'Occitane

Launching in November, the Fleur Chérie scent combines fresh orange blossom with soft woods for a light, splashy floral fragrance. A variety of boxed gift sets will also debut, which encompass the brand greatest hits, from a Lavender Spa box of bath goodies ($55) to sweet Almond Enchantment ($55) and even a full Man's Ritual box of all the grooming basics ($65). A jeweled lip palette designed in the shape of a locket and soft shimmer powder pearls are other star products that round out the collection.

And as a bonus to all holiday customers, L'Occitane offers free gift wrap services, which will land your buys in a vibrantly decorated hot pink and green box that is a more modern take on your typical red and green wrap paper wrap.

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