Gattefossé Gattefossé

36 Chemin de Genas
CS 70070
Saint-Priest Cedex

+33 4 72 22 98 00



Gattefossé is a French company created in 1880. We develop, manufacture and sell specialty ingredients for the personal care and pharmaceutical industries worldwide. We are expert in two complementary fields: lipid chemistry and plant extraction. This know-how enables us to meet the latest market trends in both natural performing actives and functional excipients, recognized for their sensorial benefits



Our portfolio


Our actives concentrate the best of nature and deliver their full potential to high efficacy formulations. At Gattefossé, we strongly believe in the potential of nature. All our actives come from natural plant resources that are selected according to exhaustive research on their composition.

High-tech extraction technologies

Our scientists use their expertise in plant extraction to select and develop new methods and processes that allow extraction and stabilisation of active molecules. The discovery of inventive extraction processes using “green” solvents is an important part of today’s research program.

Performance and substantiation

As proven efficacy is essential, our cell culture laboratory allows us to be at the forefront of technology in testing and to better understand the mechanism of action of our ingredients. Clinical evaluations are designed and conducted in collaboration with partner laboratories. The performance of our active ingredients is fully demonstrated and substantiated.



Our sensorial emulsifiers and texturising agents allow the creation of innovative textures and varied formulations. The texture is at the heart of a cosmetic product and is responsible for the creation of different sensations and reactions. For more than fifty years, our experts have contributed to develop a strong know-how in oleochemistry, creating unique lipidic ingredients both functional and sensorial.

Natural origin

The majority of our portfolio is of 100% plant origin. Our latest developments illustrate our efforts in selecting original, secure and economically viable sources.

As a user of palm oil and palm kernel oil derivatives, Gattefossé - active member of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) - is sensitive to the environmental impact of palm tree growing.

Formulation and sensory analysis

Our team of formulators is in charge of the evaluation of the texture ingredients and the creation of a wide range of cosmetic formulations.

As a texture is difficult to characterise with physical parameters, we have set up a sensorial panel for texture analysis. This internal panel of sensory experts works closely with our chemists since 1996 to better understand the behavior and benefits of lipochemical ingredients, pure or in formulation.


Gatt’Up&Act: our CSR roadmap

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not new for Gattefossé. Since the birth of the company in 1880, environmental and social issues have been an integral part of our culture.  In recent years, our CSR approach has been developed and structured to become now one of the main projects of the Gattefossé Group's development strategy with a common objective: grow, innovate, and lead the transition together towards an economic model that combines sustainable growth and general interest.

This CSR roadmap is based on three key pillars:

  • Preserving our environment
  • Caring for our people
  • Acting as a world citizen

These three key pillars respond to 10 priority stakes directly related to our activities, such as the sustainability of our raw materials, our impact on water resources, our carbon footprint, the well- being of our employees, the ethical relationships with the various stakeholders in our value chain, our civic engagement, etc.

Based on a continuous improvement, our CSR approach was approved in 2021 by two major achievements:

  • The validation of our Environmental Management System by the ISO 14001:2015 certification of our two production sites in France
  • The recognition of our CSR maturity by our new EcoVadis assessment which allow us to reach the PLATINUM category with a score of 74/100

These two advances recognize the performance of the actions implemented in recent years and motivate us to continue along this path, with all our stakeholders.

If you need more information regarding out CSR roadmap, do not hesitate to contact us.


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