Our Distiller Trips

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Distiller Spotlight: Florihana in the South of France

by Andrea Butje on February 10, 2011

Florihana is a distillery in the south of France. This is their mission statement: “At the foundation of our commitment to create the Florihana distillery were two main aims: respect for nature and development of highly therapeutic certified organic products for aromatherapists.” I believe they have accomplished both! Florihana uses organic farming techniques for plants […]

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Ylang Ylang

by Andrea on December 26, 2010

Aromatics International imports their Ylang Ylang (Canaga odorata) essential oil from a South African distiller who has been in the essential oil business since 1983. Along with being an exceptional Ylang Ylang distiller, Clive works with rural communities and emerging farmers to establish crops specifically for essential oils. His daughter, Jessica, works with him in […]

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Kenya Essential Oil Distiller

by Andrea on October 18, 2010

Lubanchem Limited was named after the company’s signature product–“Luban”–the Somali word for Frankincense, or the Boswellia species. The company is registered and based in Nairobi, Kenya. From their humble beginnings in 2002, the company now has its own facilities with 12,500 square feet of production area. Due to its ability to adapt and change proactively, […]

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