Yves Rocher -the cosmetic company was started by Yves Rocher.
He was born in the village of La Gacilly, Brittany in I930.
His father died when he was 14 and he started to help his mother run the small family textile business.
A local healer taught him a recipe for hemostatic ointment based on the lesser celandine flower.
He decided to sell the natural ointment by mail order in a Parisian magazine.
The sale of the ointment went so well that he continued his research and in 1958 he founded the cosmetic company which bears his name.
The products all used natural ingredients.
He wished to make beauty products which were natural and accessible to all people.
The company was so successful that in 1961 he opened his first shop.
The company had an estimated value of 2 billion euros in 2007 and employs 15,000 people.
Yves Rocher is the biggest employer in the town and has invested huge sums of money to make this charming town into a huge visitor attraction.
The factory is open to the public and their extensive growing areas for their products can also be visited.
Recently an art centre has been made in an old building and holds changing exhibitions throughout the year.
The village also has many artisans with their studios open to the public.
|Fabric sculpture from the current exhibition.|
|Mixed media sculpture.|
|Just made me smile !!|
|Wire and fabric sculpture.|
Whilst I was looking at the photographs this charming cat decided to get in on the act he was
After a few minutes he decided to really pose for me !!
I also noticed this lady and thought her simple elegance so striking.
I took my photograph and noted that another person saw that I'd taken a photo and he followed suite.
in an old mill.
Lastly this was another image to make me smile !!!