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About Quinessence

About Quinessence Aromatherapy

Quinessence is a leading manufacturer dedicated to providing the ultimate in pure essential oils, aromatherapy products and natural skincare. For over 29 years, qualified aromatherapists, students, hospitals, clinics and colleges around the world have placed their trust in the high quality products and expertise associated with the name of Quinessence.

Established in 1985 by Sue Charles, and Geoff Lyth, Quinessence has steadily expanded from a small cottage industry into one of the largest specialist aromatherapy suppliers in the market today, distributing a vast range of award-winning aromatherapy products around the world.

Experience for yourself the huge benefits of buying your aromatherapy products from an expert company who supplies the finest products at affordable prices - and cares about the needs of both you and the environment.

Company history

As aromatherapy students in 1984, Sue and Geoff found it extremely difficult to find suppliers of good quality essential oils and accessories. Due to their training they recognised the vital importance of purity, but at that time there were only a handful of suppliers to choose from in the United Kingdom and the quality, availability, breadth of range and prices of some left much to be desired.

It soon became clear they had been duped regarding the quality and origins of some oils they were buying, and Geoff quickly earned a bad reputation for being a troublesome customer, since it is not in his nature to accept second best. Being an enquiring perfectionist was quite an asset in those early pioneering years, and possibly accounts for Geoff becoming the first choice as Chairman of the Aromatherapy Trade Council (ATC) when it was formed many years later in 1993.

Unable to find consistently high quality oils, in early 1985 they set out to find their own sources of supply wherever possible, bringing peace of mind and certainty that their clients would be getting treatments using the very best oils available. Before long, colleagues and students inquired where they might buy the the oils they were using since they could appreciate the difference. Later that year, Quinessence was launched.

Throughout the growth of the company, the reason it was originally established was always kept in mind and today Quinessence are more committed than ever to supplying botanically identified, biologically active, pure essential oils that have been subjected to the most rigorous quality control procedures. Ethical issues such as animal testing, conservation, recycling and fair trading are also addressed in a responsible and transparent manner.

Aromatherapy hijacked

Towards the late 1990's, the huge growth in aromatherapy meant that the retail market had become saturated with products of dubious origin and quality. It became clear that aromatherapy had been well and truly hijacked by manufacturers of all kinds, to the point that if a product had a smell, it would be labelled and marketed as 'aromatherapy', even though such products rarely contained true essential oils.

The company decided that it was time for home-users around the world to enjoy the same high quality of essential oils and products that the professionals had always used, and therefore a retail range of aromatherapy products was developed. An online retail store opened in early 2000 and the Quinessence Aromatherapy Collection is now sold into 67 countries.

Quinessence essential oils and the Aroma-botanicals® skin care range has received critical acclaim over recent years, and for 6 years in succession have been finalists in the Natural Health and Beauty magazine Awards. In 2005 Quinessence Rose in Jojoba was voted best Facial Oil, and in 2010 Aroma-botanicals® Nourishing Hand Cream voted 3rd place by the panel of judges. Previously, in the 'Hot Contenders' category the team of beauty experts and judges awarded Aroma-botanicals® a 'Best All-Natural Range', and the Vitamin E Cream was voted a Best Bargain Moisturiser.

The Natural Beauty Awards claim to conduct the most comprehensive product reviews in the industry, covering over 25 different categories, and to win these awards Quinessence had to compete with leading brand names such as Aveda, Elemis, Jurlique, E'SPA, Dermalogica, Weleda, Dr Hauschka and Neals Yard.

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