Our History

Since 1982

1982

The first sales experiences with homemade natural cosmetics and unadulterated essential oils at Zurich’s Rosenhof outdoor market. As from the very beginning, it is our top priority to give our customers only the best and, without exception, natural ingredients.  For us, being organic is as much a matter of common sense as it is about supporting fair trade.

1985
The founding of the Farfalla Company and opening of the first retail scent shop in Zurich, a place of sensual discovery with a range of pure, natural scents – essential oils, natural perfumes, incenses and gemstones. Farfalla launches the sale of a fresh, natural cosmetics line and recycles cosmetic jars returned by customers.

1986
The first contacts with organic, aromatic plant farmers in France.

1988
The next step, becoming a wholesaler, is taken.

The opening of a shop in Basle.

1989
The first courses in aromatherapy are offered.

Farfalla finances an aromatic plant project with a distillery in the Cévennes area in France.

1994
Farfalla now supplies 450 shops all over Switzerland and exports to Austria and Germany.

2000
The opening of two new shops in Lucerne and Berne.

2003
The founding of Farfalla Essentials AG - offices and logistics - in Feldkirch, Austria, to facilitate direct sales in Austria and Germany.

2004
The first participation at Biofach, the world organic trade fair, in Nuremberg, Germany.

The establishment of exports to Japan and Southeast Asia.

2005
The initiation of co-operation with the German wholesaler, Biogarten, and exports to France.

2008
The introduction of a specialty department for a professional beauty care line for cosmeticians and the foundation of a subsidiary in Landsberg, Germany.

2009
The foundation of the plant project, “Aromatics de Provence”, in Correns, France.

2010
Farfalla celebrates its 25 years  with an “Aroma“ congress, held at the Botanical Gardens in Zurich.

2011
The launching of the newly-developed organic feel beautiful face care line, with active ingredients.

The Farfalla shop in Zurich moves to its new location at Rüdenplatz 4.

The installation of the alembic in Correns in the South of France.

The foundation of the social project “bliss cream – helps make you and others feel happy”:  With each bliss cream sold, one Swiss Franc or one euro flows into a social fund created in the Swiss town of Uster in the Canton of Zurich.

The establishment of a closer co-operation with Bio Partner in Switzerland.

2012
The launching of the organic feel beautiful body care line, with active ingredients.

Farfalla is one of the first companies to be designated as “certified sustainable” by The Society for Applied Business Ethics in Germany http://angewandte-wirtschaftsethik.org/en/

The first thyme and rosemary distillations in Correns, France.

Participation in the Fair Trade Project  Ylang-ylang in Madagascar.

2013
The relaunch of men’s care products

2014
The relaunch of Farfalla’s online presence.

2015
The relaunch of Farfalla’s hair care.

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