Vibrant Eucalyptus from the KwaZulu Natal subtropical coast
An aerial view of the farm in South Africa
One worker, Lucky Dlamini, started at the farm when he was just 19 years old... through hard work and commitment, he was promoted to Farm Manager three years ago.
Renowned for its stunning natural landscape, South Africa’s temperate climate makes it optimal for growing robust plants and vegetation. Our South African farming partner is located on the KwaZulu Natal subtropical coast, about 70 miles from Durban harbour.
The farm has spent years cultivating a strong production of Eucalyptus- Radiata. With fertile soil and reliable rainfall, the yield is one of the most vibrant in the entire world. The farm seasonally “cuts” the Eucalyptus in small batches. The smaller cuts are less stressful on plants than larger, mass harvests which protect the healthful properties of the plant. To further streamline the process from start to finish, the farm has an onsite distillery. Over the years, it has been fine-tuned and upgraded to produce a very high-quality oil.
In an effort to preserve the ecosystem and biodiversity of the area, the distillery’s steam production runs on recycled plant material which produces a cleaner output than traditionally used coal. Additionally, the farm has developed a system to turn waste leaf material into compost. Instead of using toxic herbicides, the farmworkers use more natural methods to protect the plants from infestation. Twelve workers on the farm regularly use brush cutters to interrupt weed growth.
A cornerstone of the community, our South African farming partner supports more than 50 families throughout the year. The farm employs 40 permanent workers and 20 temporary workers during high yield times. Every worker is trained in safety, first aid and encouraged to seek internal promotions and growth. One worker, Lucky Dlamini, started at the farm when he was just 19 years old. Despite beginning with very little farm skills, through hard work and commitment, he was promoted to Farm Manager three years ago.
In regards to Lucky, the farm owner said, “We believe strongly in advancing and promoting people from within the staff who have shown potential for hard work and responsibility.”
- Ethical, fair sourcing
- GC/MS tested
- Vegan & cruelty-free
- Eco-conscious practices
We partner with passionate experts.
Our top-quality oils are a reflection of the hard work and expertise of our partner farms and distilleries. When sourcing our oils, we consider factors that make for optimal crops and therefore, premium oils. These factors include the altitude at which plants are grown, pH and nutrients of soil, rainfall and water quality, whether the oil is native to the country it’s grown in and more. We ensure that those we partner with are experts in these areas and that they provide consistently high-quality products.
We support farms who put people first.
All of our essential oils must come from farms that value human life over profit. This means that workers must be adults, paid fairly and on time and have safe, healthy working conditions. Our farming partners must also prioritize the environment and sustainability. A sustainable farm is one whose crops are not being over-exhausted, but rather new crops are grown at a rate that is able to meet the demand. We also ensure that farms we choose to work with are not pressured to rush harvesting or sacrifice the quality of crops at any point, allowing farmers time to catch up and maintain the viability of their crops.
We ensure utmost quality through rigorous testing.
We then measure the quality and purity of our products by performing a series of tests. These include organoleptic, refractive index, specific gravity and GC/MS testing through a third-party, independent lab. After these tests are performed, they are then analyzed by expert essential oil chemists and our in-house aromatherapists. It’s through these analyses that we’re able to put farms and distilleries to the test, ensuring that their product is of the highest quality available and that no additives such as synthetics, fillers, isolates, pesticides and preservatives have been added.
In an effort to preserve the ecosystem and biodiversity of the area, the distillery’s steam production runs on recycled plant material.
The farm’s Eucalyptus