Avène, a beautiful story 1736: Avene It all started when the Marquis de Rocozel’s horse was turned loose to roam the slopes of the Black Mountain in southwest of France due to a severe skin disease. Avene The horse found the thermal spring in A… It started drinking the water and take some bath in it. A few months its skin desease was healed. That is how the soothing, anti-irritating properties of Avène Thermal Spring Water were discovered. 1743: The Marquis of Rocozels, owner of the site, built the first thermal spring facilities. The first patients suffering from atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and burns arrive at the Orb Valley and the Sainte-Odile spring.