We are saddened to announce that the founder of Butterbur and Sage Ltd has passed away on 4th February 2014 after a short illness. Bernie was born 7th September 1926 in Burnley and died peacefully in Reading. God bless you Bernie.
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Butterbur & Sage Limited was established in 1983 as one of the first registered
companies in aromatherapy. Much time was spent in these early days on research
and this approach determined our activities in future years.
It was then clear that essential oils purity and quality was a vital factor for
aromatherapists and much time was spent in the quest for quality. By 1986 we had
established a small range of oils and these slowly expanded. In 1988, we were
deeply involved in the first aromatherapy conference in Britain - Aroma 88 :
Essential Oils As Therapeutic Agents. This was held at Reading University and
brought together many of the famous names which we now associate with the
conference and educational scene.
Activities in 1990 involved helping to establish the Natural Oils Research
Association. In 1991 we took the leading role in organising the Egyptian Study
Tour to examine the foundation of Aromatherapy. This was under the leadership of
Dr. Lise Manniche, the Egyptologist who has a deep interest in aromatherapy,
herbalism and perfumery. Dr. Lise Manniche is the author of "The Ancient
Egyptian Herbal" published by the British Museum. We also organised the "Science
of Essential Oils Course" - first at London University and, after a year, a
continuing course at The Royal Masonic Hospital.
As the company developed, so did the need to provide aromatherapists with an
extended range of oils, aromatherapy base creams, lotions, hair care products
and other associated products. These were specially devised to allow for the
inclusion of essential oils so that they could provide their clients with
Butterbur & Sage helped to further the NORA Aromark concept for purity and
quality. This has rapidly become established in many parts of the world as the
standard of quality and purity for essential oils.
After being involved wih the production of a book on perfumery, we set up a
sister company to extend and develop this interest and currently produce a very
large range of perfume bases for both companies and specialists. Once we started
producing many hundreds of litres of perfume and oils, it led naturally on to
the development of contract packaging, which allows for people to have a
completely finished product in volume. We can design a product or range of
products from start to finish whether in aromatherapy, perfumery or cosmetics.
As we move towards the millennium, we are always looking to expand the company's
activities and range of products by appointing more agencies and partners in