The quality of citrus essential oils is largely determined by the extraction technique and the freshness of the raw materials. Our essential oils are only extracted on site where we harvest fresh leaves and fruit directly from our own trees which are in certified production.
We use the Solvent Free Microwave extraction (SFME) which produces an essential oil true to that naturally present in the plant. It is an advanced, innovative and ecologically sustainable technology: economical in water and energy, it generates no non-compostable waste, and does not use any chemical solvents.
Academic publications show that Kaffir lime essential oil obtained by current methods (steam extraction or hydro-distillation) is degraded by prolonged heating. Due to the SFME rapid selective heating process, our high quality raw materials do not undergo thermal deterioration.
The SFME method also offers a reduced environmental burden as it rejects less co2 into the atmosphere 200g co2 per gram of essential oil compared to traditional method, which was rejecting 3600g co2 per gram of essential oil (ferhat ET Al.. 2006,07; Luchesib ET Al., 2004a 2004b)
Our essential oils are obtained either from leaves : Kaffir lime Petitgrain or from the zest of the immature fruit : Essence of Kaffir lime. Their compositions and uses are different.
Kaffir lime Petitgrain
Our Kaffir Lime Petitgrain essential oil has a very distinct bouquet, a vivid forality with subtle and fresh sparkling lime notes that is both delicious and professional, in no way acidic to the nose. A fresh herbaceous note reminiscent of white tea, stable, without any trace of bitterness, a hyper-realistic natural fragrance, an aroma that lingers.
We make two different Petitgrain; made from GlobalGAP certified leaves or certified Organic leaves. We only use handpicked, high quality fresh leaves, rather than a mix leaves and twigs.
Essence of Kaffir lime has a clean, unadulterated freshness that is in no way flat, there is a fine line between sourness and bitterness, the tart savagery of the essence does not leave you wincing. Amplified beautifully by the green notes, that conjure memoires of rubbing fresh greenery through your fingers. The essence has an aromatic and warm scent, a fragrant spice similar to that of ginger root.
The mouth watering and complex qualities of this essence is due to our fruit freshness and extraction method.
Samples and analyses on request