Our Distiller Trips

Wild Herbs of Crete!

by Andrea Butje on September 11, 2011

After the distiller trip to Bulgaria, we went to Greece to visit another essential oil distiller on the island of Crete. Janina and Babis started Wild Herbs of Crete in 1994. All their essential oils are made from plants wildcrafted by hand and distilled with the utmost care and respect. The journey from the little […]


RKL Distillery in Bulgaria

by Andrea Butje on September 1, 2011

On my recent trip to Bulgaria, I visited the wonderful RKL Distillery, located in the village of Bial Briag. RKL Distillery is small, but has extensive, beautiful organic fields of herbs such as Lavender, Melissa, Yarrow and St John’s Wort. One of the three owners of RKL, Alex, graciously met us at the airport in […]

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Ecomaat Distillery in Bulgaria

by Andrea Butje on August 26, 2011

Last week I flew to Bulgaria and met up with my friend Christina, owner of Essential Education International. We visited several distilleries. The first was Ecomaat Distillery. The morning after we arrived in Bulgaria, we drove into the Balkan mountains to a small, beautiful village called Mirkovo. Fortunately, we had a navigation system (with–specifically–a chip […]


Amazing Essential Oils Anyone?

by Andrea Butje on June 11, 2011

It’s rare for an essential oils distiller to sell retail. Generally, if we want to buy directly from an essential oils distiller, we have to buy larger quantities (at least a few kilos). But Alain, the distiller and owner of Florihana Distillery in the south of France, is happy to sell both small and large […]


Marula Oil: A Precious South Africa Carrier Oil

by Andrea Butje on April 1, 2011

Our distiller in South Africa recently sent me this picture of one of the women producing Marula oil (Sclerocarya birrea), one of our favorite carrier oils. Making marula oil is no simple process. Each marula fruit holds a nut, and inside the nut is the kernel from which the oil is extracted. Considerable work goes […]


Community Farms in South Africa: A Small Miracle

by Andrea on February 28, 2011

We recently received this story about community farms from one of our South African distillers and would love to share it with you! We have a very poor community in Bela Bela, who have quite a lot of land available to them because of the size of their tribal boundaries. (Bela Bela is about fours […]