Tahitian ingredients key to improving the health of the Pacific

For close to three decades, Tahiti-based cosmetic factory Laboratoire de Cosmétologie du Pacifique Sud (LCPS) has utilised the luxurious vegetal extracts available on the French Polynesian paradise in their range of products.


Vegetal extracts such as Monoi de Tahiti, Tamanu oil and its derivatives, provide moisturising and water retention properties, identical to the functions of the human skin lipids – non-irritating, they can reduce the irritation of soaps and detergents. 


A Doctor in Pharmacy Olivier Touboul began LCPS in 1992, aiming to take an innovative approach to what is produced at the factory.


“Our main activity is producing and exporting ingredients for the famous cosmetic brands around the world – we are now represented in over 34 countries,” Olivier says.


To support its innovative approach, LCPS has developed a Research and Development department to offer regulation and formulation services for its local customers, Olivier adds.


When the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world, LCPS was forced to adapt to new demands.


“In March, we responded to the health crisis in the Pacific by adapting our organisation to stop all cosmetic production and start manufacturing hand sanitiser for local people, in particular our health networks such as hospitals, and pharmacies to protect people against Covid-19.”


Its modern production facility, engineered to meet customers’ requirements for the optimal production of cosmetics ingredients, is a guarantor of quality in the Pacific region.


The equipment and manufacturing flows are fit-for-purpose and comply with Good Manufacturing Practices and European Union cosmetics regulations.


With its “quality and healthcare competence”, LCPS is the ideal facility to produce such products, Olivier says, and thanks to a factory development in 2019, it can stock enough packaging and raw materials to supply 80,000 litres of hand sanitiser. 


“Since resuming our normal activities more recently, we have developed many projects around hand hygiene following the huge demand for hand sanitiser.”  


Olivier says LCPS is more committed than ever to positively contributing to the health of Pacific people.


It has hopes of using its expertise and facilities to combat diseases transmitted by mosquitos, such as Dengue Fever and Zika.


In order to strengthen its commitment to sustainable development, LCPS is currently developing a lagoon-friendly sunscreen while also continuing to supply hand sanitisers throughout the Pacific.

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand has worked with LCPS in the past, helping the business with export processes, which Olivier says he is grateful for.


“PTI has always been quick to respond and have been a great help.”


Contact PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Aude-Emmanuelle Douyere – aude.d@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz for more information.