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Development and expertise

The R&D department is an engine of growth which is completely integrated into our companies. Our team includes:
• An agronomist who can study your requests for cultivation of new species in France or abroad (Mediterranean climate of south-eastern France, continental climate of Ukraine);
• A confirmed herbalist who can establish new recipes for herbal teas or formulations;
• A purchasing service that can source and supply organic quality raw materials that cannot be produced locally.

We guarantee botanical identification and batch traceability, batch compliance with pesticide residues and microbiological standards. The products and processes are certified according to the requirements of EC Regulation 834/2007 on organic farming.

The ELIXENS group's commitment to ethical and fair production

Since 2009, ELIXENS France is associated with BIOPARTENAIRE an organization supporting a universal fair trade approach where maintaining farmers in their activity represents a global stake, inherent to all geographical relations and not specific to north-south relations. The agricultural world is challenged everywhere: declining productivity, speculation on commodities, market pressure and migration processes. No country today is able to avoid such phenomena. Faced with this observation, companies involved in the BIOPARTENAIRE approach are mobilizing to be motors of territorial development in France as well as internationally.

The label is universal today, mainly highlighting a sustainable partnership approach, and committing to it world-wide.

Teams & Tools

Specialised farmers are equipped with drying ovens for the optimal desiccation of plants and the conservation of active and aromatic ingredients.

The Crest site of Elixens France, located in the heart of the production area, has:

• a storage site suitable for plants with a freezing room to control pests
• a fully-equipped workshop to cut, sort, sieve and mix the plants
• a small quality control laboratory to check that the particle sizes are compliant.

The analyses are carried out by outside laboratories which are independent and certified.

The production of herbal teas:

Our workshop is equipped to prepare, cut and sieve plants of between 0.5 and 2 mm in size. This fragmentation is ideal for infusions and we can blend different ingredients to make complex herbal teas.

In the field of aromatic raw materials, the group Elixens DISPOSES OF:

• several distillation columns to produce essential oils by steaming (continuous distillation) in Ukraine and the French Drome region,
• extraction plants to produce concretes,
• tanks for combining and blending to homogenise and prepare the orders,
• continuous filtration and centrifuge machines,
• distillation towers for the rectification and deterpenation process.

The quality of our productions is scrupulously ensured by laboratories equipped with high-tech tools: to measure physical properties (density, refraction index, rotary power), measure chemical properties (acid index, peroxide index, phenol concentration, aldehyde concentration, ester concentration), gas chromatography and mass spectrometry.

Our development team will guide you in choices and issues related to taste and scent and can provide advice in the use of aromatic raw materials. Thanks to the experience of our R & D, we offer different technical aids: examples of formulation sheets for different types of applications, both in the cosmetics and food industries; a brochure summarizing the cosmetic properties of plant extracts; sharp advice in the field of herbalism.

For health related industries 

Aromatic and medicinal plants in all their forms (whole, in different presentations: cut for herbal teas, coarsely cut, in powdered form, etc.)

We are producers

Elixens France belongs to a group of aromatic and medicinal plant producers whose whole production is grown according to organic farming methods. The group is comprised of 50 producers in Provence and Dauphiné who grow or cut 35 species (whole plants, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits or roots)

New plants can be developed by our agronomic department which sets up diversification testing and cultivates new varieties.

We transform raw materials

The plants grown are harvested, cleaned, dried and sorted.
These raw materials are stored, prepared according to orders and then packed in bulk in big-bags, polypropylene bags or brown paper bags.
The quantities can vary from tons to kilograms.
These materials can be cut or crushed into sizes of between 300 µm and several cm depending on the end use.

For well-being related activities

For aromatherapy, 100% pure and natural essential oils are organically produced on our own land, thus ensuring traceability (ECOCERT council regulation 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 and USDA NOP equivalent).
Elixens France holds a strategic position in the distillation of essential oils through its distillery located in southern Vercors dedicated to the production of essential oils and organic hydrolats, through Elixens’ production subsidiarie in Eastern Europe and through partnerships with local producers throughout the world. Elixens France can thus offer a wide range of 100% pure and natural, organic and traditionally-farmed essential oils: Products from Provence, Citrus fruits and their derivatives, Products from the Indian Ocean, Eastern Europe, Specialities (allergen-light essences, water soluble essences, concretes, absolutes).

Elixens France
 also offers essential oil complexes, organic and conventional vegetable oils/hydrolats/floral water and organic herb product specialities.

Health & Well-being 

 You are:

•    a creator of herbal teas
•    a marketing manager in health & well-being products (SPA, Aromatherapy)
•    a pharmacist
•    an R&D researcher – health laboratory
•    Purchasing Manager of aromatic or medicinal raw materials in the form of dried plants and/or Essential Oils

We can offer you aromatic or medicinal plants that meet your specific requirements. The quality of our raw materials and our blends is based on our control of the original sources of production (our own production in France and inUkraine, imported directly from producers).