Essential oils and Gattefossé

René-Maurice Gattefossé, inventor of modern aromatherapy


René-Maurice Gattefossé, founder of the aromatherapy

The Foundation was created as a tribute to one of the company’s iconic founders, René-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950).

Throughout his life, he conducted numerous studies on aromatic plants, convinced of their virtues and of the powers of the essential oils they contained.

In 1937 he published “Aromatherapy”, with the intention of promoting the use of essential oils in the treatment of infectious diseases.


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Essential oils and Gattefossé


Cueillette des lavandiers 1937 GattefosséEssential oils were the focus of René Maurice Gattefossé’s research and passion at the start of the twentieth century. 

But the Gattefossé company stopped using these kinds of raw materials some time ago to concentrate its activities on the development and manufacture of other products, mainly fat derivatives and plant extracts for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.