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The Essenciagua Story

The Essenciagua Story

"At Essenciagua, our aim is to offer a wide range of medical aromatherapy - essential oils and aromatic hydrolats - largely from our own regions, certified organic, of the highest medicinal quality and respecting the rules of fair trade with our partner farmers and gatherers."


Biochemist, Organic producer and Master craftsman-distiller

A new beginning
The story of Essenciagua goes back to 2002, when Laurent Gautun began thinking about an innovative distillation concept combining the use of high-performance stills with plants sourced in France. Inspired by his travels in Europe and Ecuador, Laurent left his job at TOTAL to start designing specific stills for aromatherapy and developing partnerships with local producers. In 2005, Laurent set up his workshop in Occitanie and carried out his first distillation. The Essenciagua brand began to take shape. One objective: the production of top-quality, artisanal French essential oils.


In 2010, Magali Louis joined the project. After obtaining a PhD in biomedical sciences and working for several years in medical research at UCLouvain in Brussels, she decided to adopt a more natural approach to health. Together, Magali and Laurent created Nova Aroma douce, a wide range of certified organic essential oils and hydrolats of rare quality. Their philosophy is simple: "one person, one moment, one plant".


In 2013, Essenciagua registered the "Grands crus d'huiles essentielles" and "Huiles essentielles artisanales françaises" brands, which became its new signatures.

2017 sees the inauguration of Essenciagua's new workshop in Lozère, in the heart of the region's preserved natural heritage. The building is built in an eco-conscious and innovative way.


In 2019, the workshop is developing a partnership with Mayotte and hosting its first training courses there. Essenciagua also creates an Economic Transition Contract for Lozère called "Plants and Health", unprecedented in France for its health component.

2021 marks a turning point for Essenciagua. The workshop becomes the first "Plantes et Santé" company to win the prestigious "Grande Exposition de Fabriquée en France" at the Elysée Palace. This title is the ultimate recognition of its craftsmanship and ecological commitment. Essenciagua is the story of a French craftsman who has succeeded in combining innovation, quality and ethics to offer natural products that respect the environment and benefit our health.



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