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The Spice Market in Dubai

by Andrea Butje on May 26, 2014

Early one morning, we took a small boat across a canal in Dubai to reach the spice and herb market. This is not your ordinary market—the spice market is filled with the aroma of burning frankincense resins, and with the colorful, aromatic presence of the herbs and spices being sold. Every few steps someone is doing their […]

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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 for a natural perfumery class with Isabelle Gelle at the Perfumery Art School. 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 […]

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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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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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