Welcome to Estate Aromatic


Based in New Zealand and a New Company in the industry we are trying many different avenues to make Essential Oils, we are learning all the time.

Our skill is in vacuum distillation of which we hold a patent in New Zealand and the United States. The process is not that easy to run but produces beautiful oils. We are working on many types and this site will grow as we grow. Thanks for viewing.

Keys Points

  • All Oils are GC/MS Tested.
  • Oils are wild Sourced "wilding" or Waste Residue from Forest Operations.
  • We do a small amount of Bulk oils in a small number of species only..
  • Aromatherapists are the best source of information for the usage of given oils please don’t ask us.


Our goal and beliefs are to make oils that are of a very high quality. We are testing and validating oils we make and believe we are making high quality oils. Our oils do sometimes test the boundaries of the norms due to the way they are distilled. But adulteration of oils is a wrong and we see this happening and we will not join this group.

Paul Greaves - Distiller

About Us

My name is Paul Greaves. My wife Sue and I with the help of a small number of friends collect and process material to extract essential oils. We travel to sites and undertake the process, we did supply oil to Doterra but now produce a wide range of other oils. essential oils are new to us and we both wish we had this knowledge and industry years ago. It is hard work and us two do feel it.

As we travel in a motorhome and tow the still we are able to source the best material for Distillation. With travelling we have made some very fond friends in different locations and we repeat collections at these places.


This list shows what we have been doing. which reflects what we have available. Been a gap between Thyme and Kanuka. Holiday period

Projects list updated monthly, MAY 2018

  • Lavender "Contract Distillation"
  • Manuka from the lammalaw Range
  • Kanuka from Scroggs Hill Brighton
  • Thyme from Alexandra
  • Douglas fir from Berwick Forest

Special Projects

We are looking at supplying Rosehip now this is not from the rose but from the distillation of the brae of a wild rose that grows in central Otago. We have a sample away being tested at the moment

Paul Greaves - Distiller

Vacuum Distillation

We undertake distillation of Native and Exotic species in New Zealand. We also do some contract distillation.


The first aspect of distillation is product, But First in this is harvesting or handling, second is timing by harvesting at the right time, this is so important for some oils. Handling and processing techniques can turn a great crop into very poor yielding and low quality.



The process we use is vacuum distillation and involves running the system at a given atmosphere. this in turn causes the boiling point of liquids to lower. It also causes some cells to expand and fracture allowing oils out. The key note here is the lowering of the boiling point which applies to all liquids even the oil.



With vacuum distillation we are able to speed the process up with no effect on the quality of the oil. we do this by actively working the still temp and vacuum. This takes a bit of skill as a number of actions happen when thedistillation is happening.



The process produce with some plants a better yield for the time of distillation. But some oils are heavy and we find that these are still hard to extract and there are gains in the process but harder to achieve.


Essential Oils

We make a range of oils from Native and Exotic trees in New Zealand. The following is the brief of these oils.


Leptospermum scoparium

Manuka a native of New Zealand that is being sought after throughout the world for the properties that this oil has. The species is a difficult one to describe. The properties of this oil are well documented but there are variations throughout New Zealand. We make all from all corners of the country with regards to this oil.



Kunzea ericoides

Kanuka is sometimes referred to as being the same family as Manuka. But this can be further from the truth. It is a native species to New Zealand. It is proving to have interesting properties and research on its oil is starting to increase.



Thymus vulgaris

Thyme is an introduced plant that is a weed. It has spread through the dryer areas in Central Otago. The plant is plentiful and was harvested for cooking use in the early years. The area of Alexandra in Central Otago has a week-long thyme festival during the start of November


Ponderosa Pine

Pinus Pondersosa

Started in New Zealand as a timber producing tree, the oil qualities where never really assessed. The tree grows slowly in many areas but we harvest wilding trees in the Naseby area. This site is 2000 feet above worry level and is also in Central Otago.


Douglas fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii

Douglas fir is planted in many areas in New Zealand but in the colder south it grows very well. There are few pests to affect it in the south and the oil made from it is very sweet smelling. The species makes up about 10% of the exotic forested area in New Zealand and is grown for Lumber. The main issue is it grows to well and is a wilding issue for New Zealands High Country especially in Otago.


Monterey cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa

Macrocarpa a common tree in the south of New Zealand. Grown at first for timber for the furniture industry. Now hedges are common place. we collect from edge and pruning when able. The oil has a wonderful smell.


Associated Sites

Over the years we have associated with a small but wonderfull group of people and companies and we think of them all going forward. The links below take you to there sites/locations and we feel they should be supported by you as they have touched us.

Contact Us

Contact us by using the following form but if you want to ring then do. "027 333 3008", If I did not answer I am out collecting product for distilling. so, use the contact form. I try and answer emails as soon as I can. But with living in a motorhome and travelling for the distillations we do I may sometimes be out of service.

Contact Form

Our Location

New Zealand

Our Postal Address

P O Box 13022, 9072, Green Island

Dunedin Otago

New Zealand

This site was tweeked by Ahsan.


His help was invaluable.