Our History

Since 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.

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.

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

The next step, becoming a wholesaler, is taken.

The opening of a shop in Basle.

The first courses in aromatherapy are offered.

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

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

The opening of two new shops in Lucerne and Berne.

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

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

The establishment of exports to Japan and Southeast Asia.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

The relaunch of men’s care products

The relaunch of Farfalla’s online presence.

The relaunch of Farfalla’s hair care.


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