Kotanical is bringing essential oils home one drop at a time

IRISH entrepreneur Karl Murray is on to something special – he is the only one in Ireland to distil essential oils from the plant, and the venture into learning all about plants and which ones to distil and how led to the founding of Kotanical.

He has been at it for over seven years, building relationships with local and international farmers and growers; sourcing, selecting and creating pure Irish-made essential oils.

Kotanical founder Karl Murray

The Dubliner can tell you all about the nose – the scent of the plant, its benefits and ultimately, whether the source is pure enough for the cruelty free Leaping Bunny programme. Every one of his pure distillations to be bottled under the Kotanical label has earned the right through third-party laboratory testing and auditing.

“It starts with a scent process and batch tested straight away,” said Karl Murray when he spoke exclusively with Pynck.com. “It is different every time and there is always something new.”

It seems that the usual method of producing essential oils under any brand tends to be based on rebottling and rebranding products that have already been produced and while it is up to the consumer to decide on what is worth the cost, Karl grows as much as possible and the rest he distils are derived from trusted sources.

“It is the purest you can get, unadulterated, single distillations separating hydrosol (water) from oil,” said Karl. “When you are making it, the oil comes out so pure.”

Kotanical is available online through the website, and the team is there to answer any questions about which oils are most beneficial to use.

Connect with Kotanical at

https://kotanical.ie   |   team@kotanical.ie   |   @kotanical.ie


Use care when introducing essential oils to the skin, seeking professional advice for best results

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is Pynck.com’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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