Located on the north end of Salt Spring Island, nestled between mature fir, arbutus and maple trees, and boasting photo-worthy views over Stuart Channel, the lavender & black farm grows 10 different varieties of lavender. The dried and fresh lavender, culinary lavender buds for cooking and baking, and fragrant helichrysum and other aromatic plants form the base of the farm’s product line, including essential oils that the owners Ben and Awatief distill themselves.
The therapudic oils and lavender combine to produce 100% natural fragrances, aromatherapy blends, soaps and honey under the alembic essences brand. All the products are vegan, and contain no artificial fragrances, colorants, or preservatives.
“Ben retired about four years ago, and we wanted to do something different at this stage of our lives,” Awaited says. “After spending some months backpacking, we realized that we wanted to be connected to the earth, to be able to grow something. Ben has always been interested in experimenting with perfumes, so growing aromatics made sense.
“I had always had a romantic idea of Salt Spring from Arthur Black’s radio shows on CBC, so that’s where we finally bought our property,” Ben continues. “I love tending the plants and enjoy the actual harvest and the distilling. It’s exciting to take the oils that we produce and incorporate it into products that are interesting and unique. We’re eager to share what we produce with Vancouverites during Made on Salt Spring March 23-25 at Heritage Hall.”
For more information on lavender & black, and their alembic essences products, visit their website at www.alembicessences.com.