EXPERIENCE FROM THE GARDEN TO THE STILL - Making essential oil at the Fontaine Aromatique, the traditional way

Arena/Place: Saint-Leu
Category: Events, Culture

Located on the west coast of the island, in Saint-Leu, La Fontaine Aromatique opened in 2019.

Passionate about history, authenticity, the rural world, flora and fauna, and the expertise and traditions that make up the wealth of our island, Johan embarked on an adventure to renovate an old still, that was once only used for geranium distillation! After months of perseverance and patience, he revealed ‘a beautiful antique’.
The renovation of the old still took time, energy and expertise but this determination paid off and Johan has now opened the doors to his centre, to share his passion for the distillation of essential oils from native and endemic plants, and he takes visitors into an authentic world, full of history.

Activity schedule:
• 9am: Meet at La Fontaine Aromatique where visitors will be greeted by Johan, a young farmer who is passionate and overflowing with kindness.
• Visit the fields. The vast estate is divided into ‘caro’ (a Creole word designating ‘the plots’), where a dozen varieties of Aromatic Plants for Perfumes and Medicines (PAPAM), including niaouli, rosemary, tea-tree, lemongrass, and pink geranium, are grown.
• Back to the centre, to see the copper still, an authentic piece of equipment, renovated by Johan.
• Visitors get the still up and running. Johan tells the story of this ‘beautiful antique’ and explains how it works.
• Once the still is operating, there will be chance for an informal discussion with a cup of coffee, herbal tea or glass of cordial.
• In the delightful boutique, visitors can browse the whole range of floral water and essential oils straight out of the still! Johan will reveal all their benefits and uses to you. There is also a selection of objects from bygone days that visitors will find fascinating.
• Back to the still. The distillate begins to come out of the cooler, filling the garden with the scent of aromatic plants.
• Then the 1st drops of the precious oil appear. During the distillation, Johan explains how it is collected and filtered before being bottled.
• A chance to ask questions, then a final visit to the boutique for those final purchases.
• Around 11:30am: end of the visit.

- A unique experience on Reunion Island.
- Complete immersion in an authentic world, full of history;
- A copper still, typical, even ‘endemic’ to Reunion's heritage and land.
- Homemade essential oils direct from the producer: fields, still, boutique.

The experience is scheduled at least once a week. The dates can be seen on the provider’s schedule, available on the IRT website: www.reunion.fr
You are advised to make a booking 48 hrs in advance.
The provider reserves the right to cancel the outing the day before, if weather conditions are not optimal.
Min.: 4 people / max. 15 people.
For groups of more than 15, a quote can be requested from the provider.

Approximately 2.5 hours

Prices from: €5 / person
This price includes: the guided tour, refreshments (herbal tea or coffee)
This price does not include: purchases in the boutique.
You will need: Trainers or comfortable footwear, sun cream, hat, mosquito repellent and a small bottle of water.

For more information go to www.reunion.fr
or by telephone: La Fontaine Aromatique: +262 (0)6 92 07 50 45 or by email: www.lafontainearomatique.re

This experience is subject to changes throughout the year. Please consult the regularly updated IRT website: www.reunion.fr
This service provider respects the directives and recommendations issued by public authorities concerning the Covid-19 epidemic.


Date Time Arena/Place
7 Oct
Friday 7 oct 2022 09:00 - 11:30 Saint-Leu
8 Oct
Saturday 8 oct 2022 09:00 - 11:30 Saint-Leu
9 Oct
Sunday 9 oct 2022 09:00 - 11:30 Saint-Leu
10 Oct
Monday 10 oct 2022 09:00 - 11:30 Saint-Leu

Contact information

Street address 1
438 chemin Surprise
Postal code
City (address)
Phone number (booking)
262 0692075045

4 raisons de nous faire confiance

1- 90% de nos clients nous recommandent

2- Pas de frais de dossier en ligne

3- Disponibilité 24h/24

4- Paiements sécurisés

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