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Buchu Oil (Barosma betulina)

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.