Our Distiller Trips

Citrus Essences From South Africa

by Andrea Butje on May 19, 2014

While in South Africa, I visited an extraordinary citrus production facility. I was excited to see this particular facility because they produce citrus essences, which are different than essential oils. Essences are extracted from the juice of the citrus rather than the peel, giving them a vital, bright, sparkling aroma. The picture above is of oranges that […]

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Tea Tree Plantation in South Africa

by Andrea Butje on May 12, 2014

In this picture, I’m standing next to a farmer who has just finished harvesting tea tree. We are in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, and I am so happy to be in this beautiful tea tree plantation! After the tea tree is cut, it’s brought to the distillery where Bruce, a master distiller, carefully distills […]

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The Baobab Tree!

by Andrea Butje on May 5, 2014

I was introduced to baobab oil many years ago, and have always loved the silky feel of it. From the first time I applied the oil to my skin, I’ve wanted to see a baobab tree. Last week, as we were driving along a road in the Limpopo province of South Africa, we passed a sign […]

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Coconut Oil Production In the Seychelles

by Andrea Butje on April 28, 2014

I recently took a trip to the Seychelles Islands. The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, all east of mainland Africa, and northeast of the island of Madagascar. Seychelles has the smallest population of any state in Africa. During the trip we visited several islands. On the island […]

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The Trip of a Lifetime!

by Andrea Butje on April 7, 2014

Today is not my usual day. It’s the beginning of a month-long distiller trip! Today I will be arriving in Abu Dhabi, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, to visit a frankincense distiller! Not only will I get to meet the people behind the process of producing Frankincense essential oil, but I’ll get to see literal […]

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Trips to Visit Essential Oil Distillers

by Andrea Butje on January 20, 2014

I just love visiting essential oil distillers. They’re all such warm people who care deeply about the plants they grow and the oils they distill. Over the past few years, I’ve blogged about several of my trips to visit essential oil distillers around the world. This is a list of those blog posts featuring distilleries in […]

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