The Nature of Things is a brand that celebrates the best quality natural oils and shares the potential of their life enhancing features. The company was founded by Benoit Nicol in 2018, however Benoit's love affair with essential oils and their benefits started many years before that.
Growing up in Brittany, Benoit began working with a French producer of natural extracts and that opened his mind to the wonders of the world of natural oils. He moved to New York and for over 20 years he worked with two of the best producers of natural oils in the world. Their vast global network of farmers and distillers taught him about the importance of the terroir, where to yield the best oil from aromatic plants, the best time to harvest, how to prepare for extraction, the art of distillation and how to define what is a quality natural oil. The best ‘noses’ in the business taught him how to smell, how oils can live together and how they can make you feel, while scientists and aromatherapists taught him the positive effects the oils can have on your health and wellbeing. He learnt that each oil has a unique story and – perhaps even more importantly - he learnt what 'good' smells like.
In 2017 he moved to Dublin, and this life change provided him with the opportunity to start his own business. Having noticed how the market was flooded with underwhelming oils he knew there was an opportunity to use everything he'd learnt - from the farmers, the distillers, the ‘noses’, the scientists, the creatives and the market – to create a brand that celebrates the best quality natural oils and share the potential of their life enhancing features. And so The Nature of Things was born.
His goals on launching his own essential oil range were three fold and have shaped the range you see today:
1) bring top quality oils on the market
2) work with distillers who can deliver not only quality but have a record in sustainable practices
3) present these products in a fresh and beautiful packaging and encourage a larger pool of consumers to embrace essential oils and use them in their daily lives.
All of the oils are imported from different parts of the world, directly from producers, and are bottled in The Nature of Things workshop in Ireland. You can see the country of origin on each product, and much more information on The Nature of Things website and on their 'recipe' page. Some of the oils are certified organic (you can see this in the product title), but sustainability is a bigger focus and is at the heart of everything they do. They only source from producers who have genuine passion for distilling top quality oils and a proven record of sustainable practices. Their producers work hand in hand with their communities to protect the environment and support their local economies, and the priority is always the long term impact on the environment and the communities, and the viability of the activity.
Using Essential Oils
Benoit believes that essential oils are part of the 'sustainable toolkit': they are natural and biodegradable, come in a highly concentrated form so a small bottle goes a long way, and allow us to create lots of products at home. Their uses include:
- as a room scent (to replace synthetic commercial products) using a diffuser or burner or by creating a simple spray from a few drops of essential oils in a spray bottle filled with water and alcohol.
- as a surface cleaner due to their strong antibacterial properties (lemon, tea tree, lavender etc) typically using a mixture of white wine vinegar, water and essential oils (or with baking soda).
- in natural cleaning/detergent products to add a fresh natural scent ('eco eggs' in the washing machine, dryer balls , directly in the water for ironing, etc)
- as body and bath products or perfumes
- as natural repellent for mites, mosquitos, etc.
- as small remedies (lavender for burns, eucalyptus for cold, etc)
- for wellbeing in general, leveraging the benefits of the oils on our emotions which is an area of growing research.
To complement the range, Benoit has added the MAËL Diffuser which has a hard plastic base, bamboo legs and a shell made of bamboo fibre. It has a built in timer with three settings, and is available with either a UK or EU plug.
Additionally, vegetable oils - also called ‘carrier’ or ‘base’ oils are another part of the toolkit as some essential oils are too strong to be applied directly to the skin. To explain a little more about each of the carrier oils in the range, check out the handy guide on The Nature of Things website.
The Nature of Things & Green Pioneer
We started working with The Nature of Things in 2020 and sell their products to retailers across Europe.