Exceptional aromatic qualities
Essential Oil quality depends on a number of inseparable factors:
- The biotope nature of the plants used
- The extraction conditions
- The type of still
- The distiller’s skill
- The conservation conditions
All of these elements are essential to making a perfect oil.
Our Essential Oils are the fruit of combining science, technique and art to achieve the best possible quality. We pay the greatest attention to the delicate balance of their composition to guarantee the outstanding aroma that is our hallmark.
However, the safe use and achieving the desired properties depends on accurate product identification. That is why ALANINE LABORATORY uses the E.O.B.B.D.® (Essential Oils Botanically and Biochemically Defined) quality criteria to provide every possible guarantee.
What does E.O.B.B.D.® mean?
The E.O.B.B.D.® label is a guarantee of the highest quality, the strictest checks, and is assurance of having the market’s best available products.
Developed by Philippe Mailhebiau, this label is a significant technical improvement in traceability, and thus offers you the peace of mind of consistent quality.
Herba Helvetica is Belgium’s first range of Essential Oils to bear this distinction.
The E.O.B.B.D.® label requires clear information :
- The name of the botanical species (genus and species) of the plant variety distilled, as per the International Binomial Nomenclature, as vernacular names alone may be misleading.
- The geographical origin of the aromatic plant, the biotope influencing the essences' aromatic composition.
- The agricultural and harvesting methods. Essential Oils from wild plants are the rarest and thus most expensive. Other Essential Oils come from “semi-wild” plants, organic or biodynamic cultivation, reasonable farming or traditional farming. Consumers should be aware of what they are buying.
- The development phase and/or organ distilled. The biochemical compositions and the properties of an essence vary with the plant's vegetative state (e.g. fully flowering plant) or the part that is distilled. Within a single species, the essences from the leave, the flowers or the roots do not display the same composition of properties.
- Biochemical specificity. An Essential Oil’s biochemical composition can only be accurately identified via thorough analysis using a gaseous chromatography combined with a mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The Essential Oil's therapeutic benefits depend on the molecules present. The labels on bottles of Herba Helvetica Essential Oils identify the product's biochemical specificity by naming the Essential Oil’s 2 or 3 major components plus their concentration in percentage terms. A specific minor component is occasionally mentioned where this aides the identification of the product's general properties (rosmarinus officinalis verbenone, salvia sclarea sclareol, etc.). Simply mentioning components without including percentages provides no guarantee of the product’s nature. (a mentha piperita EO with 15% or 35% menthol does not have the same effect on the body).