The Lavender Distillery
Our family has been carrying on the Lavender cultivation of the Ligurian Alps for five generations. Cultivation, cutting and distillation is carried out today, as at the beginning of the century, entirely by hand and using ancient copper stills. In addition to the Hybrid and Officinal Lavender, our distillery is currently also distilling: Rosa Centifoglia and Damascena, Rosemary Officinale, Salvia Sclarea and Elicriso. All our products are from certified organic farming.
From the second half of the Nineteenth Century until the immediate post- second world war period the collection of wild lavender, which grew spontaneously on the Maritime Alps above 800 meters above sea level, was an important economic resource for the mountain populations of Western Liguria; in summer the women gathered the flowers of the precious bushes which they then sold to local distillers. Our great-grandfather Francesco Iberto began in those years to buy and distill wild lavender; subsequently starting from the 20’s of the twentieth century, he planted some real cultivations of Lavandula Officinalis and Lavandula Hybryda Abrialis. The lavender distilled in the traditional copper stills was then sold to important perfumery and soap maker industries of the time.
What they say about us
In 2010 the Essensè cosmetics line was born, creating the raw materials we produce: extra virgin olive oil.
The cosmetic properties of Extra Virgin
The Officinal Plants
EXCELLENT organic products, with a delicate lavender fragrance that gives a feeling of psychophysical wellbeing… p.s. – now I have been using lavender and hypericum ointment for years: I can’t do without it… *.*
Using the body cream … it has a fantastic scent. .and the face cream. . then for back pains. really, really good. really excellent. hypericum and lavender
I want to congratulate you on lavender and hypericum ointment is spectacular !! yesterday I was in Lucinasco and by chance I found your products and I bought them. I had a dermatitis on my hand for 20 days, I had put on cortisone completely. and ….. this morning almost nothing … it’s very good