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Aqua Oleum

Aqua Oleum is a company with a heritage spanning over three generations, based on expert family knowledge of essential oils. For over 30 years, it has built its market reputation based on outstanding product expertise and high ethical standards together with a real commitment to providing top quality oils at a fair price. Aqua Oleum was one of the first aromatherapy companies to be established in the UK and has pioneered many innovations in the field over the years. Since the 1980’s, it has maintained its reputation for supplying a large and comprehensive range of high quality essential oils, absolutes, carrier oils and aromatic products both in the UK and internationally. Today it also provides an in-depth aromatherapy consultancy service to individuals who need advise and to companies who wish to use aromatics in their own brand range.

However, since the first germinal seeds of the aromatherapy movement began to shoot in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s in the UK, there has been a large shift in the essential oil industry as commercial interest in this field has escalated. On the positive side, the benefits of aromatherapy along with other holistic therapies, have steadily gained increasing respect and credibility from established medical institutions over the last two decades, as well as widespread public acceptance. On the negative side, the now mainstream popularity of the benefits of aromatherapy products have attracted the interest of commercial companies who have no in-depth knowledge or long-term dedication to this field. The more recent explosion of internet sales has also further led to a diminution in the quality of readily available essential oils, many of which are adulterated.

Alec Lawless dedicated much of his time over the last 25 years sourcing pure and high quality oils from ethical and sustainable sources. As Alec says:"This is a very important aspect of any business today, especially since we are faced with the unknown spectre of ‘global warming’ and its implications. Supporting the cultivation of plants in a sustainable and eco- friendly manner, indeed creating and maintaining any areas of living green on the planet, is a direct way of helping to counter the effects of climate change. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of using authentic and diligently sourced oils if they are to have any real therapeutic benefit". His book, ‘Artisan Perfumery: Being Led by the Nose’ provides a very clear account of the dangers of essential oil adulteration. Sadly, Alec passed away in March 2012.

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