Buchu Oil (Barosma betulina)
Buchu is a small evergreen shrub, belonging to the Rutaceae family. It is native to South Africa. The shrub gives off a very strong blackcurrant aroma.
The oil is extracted by steam distillation from its small, 1cm-long leaves.
This shrub can grow up to 6 ft high and bears small white, star-like flowers.
The oil is dark yellow to brown in colour and has a strong blackcurrant and minty odor.
Buchu has been used as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory oil by aromatherapists and is known as a traditional insect repellent due to its sharp scent.
We use buchu in our Summer Pudding soap for its fruity blackcurrant fragrance.