Trips to Visit Essential Oil Distillers

by Andrea Butje on January 20, 2014

plant is in handsI 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 France, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Greece. Enjoy!

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This searchable directory offers you a simple way to locate over 50 essential oil distillers around the world, along with hundreds of high quality essential oils. This is a great way to support independent distillers, who put their hearts into all the hard work they do, and to ensure you’re getting high-quality oils as directly from the source as possible. You can even develop relationships of your own with the distillers, which has the potential to deepen the way you connect with your oils.

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Here is a list of Essential Oil Distillers I have visited around the world

Stories of Essential Oil Distillers | Lavender Distillation in France

This is a short slideshow /voiceover from a trip I took to visit several lavender essential oil distillers in France. Enjoy! Visit the Aromahead YouTube channel to watch Aromatherapy blending videos! Related Posts: The following two tabs change content below. Tagged as: Essential Oil Distillers, France, lavender, lavender distillation

Stories of Essential Oil Distillers | Croatian Essential Oil Distiller

I had been talking with Maja Simic via email for years but we had never met. Her business, Aris 2000, always interested me. When I decided to take a trip this summer to visit Croatian essential oil distillers, visiting Maja was at the top of my list.

Stories of Essential Oil Distillers | Rose Hydrosol from a French Distiller

Recently, I visited a a lovely couple in France who have a rose distillery called Verdon, Roses and Aromes. They produce some of the most amazing rose hydrosol I've ever come across. They have beautiful fields of organically grown roses. 5,000 bushes, and planting more every year!

Stories of Essential Oil Distillers | The Lavender Way

While we were on Crete, we had the extraordinary opportunity to visit Gill and Derek Pearce at their organic lavender and olive farm, The Lavender Way. The Lavender Way is the only organic lavender farm in Crete. They produce and sell essential oils, sachets, gels, spritzers, tea and hand-made wands, and they ship worldwide.

Stories of Essential Oil Distillers | Wild Herbs of Crete!

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.

Stories of Essential Oil Distillers | RKL Distillery in Bulgaria

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.

Stories of Essential Oil Distillers | Ecomaat Distillery in Bulgaria

I flew to Bulgaria and drove into the Balkan mountains to a small, beautiful village called Mirkovo.

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Freeman Chung December 12, 2016 at 9:22 am

Hi Andrea,
How about the difference between England and French style of essential oils? How to defind them? Why there are many useage different between the two styles? Are there any different on the method of distillation between the two styles?
Thanks so much!


Andrea Butje December 13, 2016 at 8:05 pm

There are many different Lavenders and when growing in different environments it can produce different properties and chemical components essential oils.

GC/MS reports help to show the difference in chemistry between the Lavenders.

Here’s a blog post I wrote for more information about GC/MS testing:

Hope this helps!


Gemma Davidson December 3, 2016 at 9:28 am

Hi Andrea,
I am studying aromatherapy & would be interested in visiting an essential oil factory to see any kind of distillation.
Do you know of anywhere in the UK?


Andrea Butje December 5, 2016 at 1:51 pm

For the UK I can suggest Norfolk Essential Oils

It’s fascinating to visit a distiller! Enjoy!


Liza March 27, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Dear Andrea

Hello I do receive your blog posts. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. I would really like to work on an essential oil farm to gain some practical experience, but I am battling to find a farm which employ staff to work for them. I return to the UK in June 2016 and would like to find work there otherwise in Spain/France. I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of any farms you know are looking for staff. I have a diploma in horticulture, but I would like to specialize in growing herbs organically for distillation purposes.

Many Thanks

Yours Sincerely Liza luffingham


Andrea Butje March 28, 2016 at 9:26 am

Hi Liza – you are very welcome for the information, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I would suggest trying Florihana (in France). They used to have a program set up for that, but I’m not sure if they still do.

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Liza March 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

Dear Andrea

Thank you for providing me with the address and contact number. I will look it up now on the web.

Kind regards,
Liza Luffingham


Andrea Butje March 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm

You’re welcome Liza!


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