Meet Michaël Comte - Cade Picker | L'Occitane

Meet Michaël Comte, a cade picker who has worked with L'OCCITANE since 2017, he takes the finely ground wood to our distiller Phillipe Soguel in Nyons. The essential oil is now used in the making of cosmetic products for our L'OCCITANE men range.
The cade tree is native to the Mediterranean basin and very present in the south of the Ardèche, Michaëls home. The Ardèche region is a very woody county with nearly 60% of the territory covered by forests.

Once the cade tree is cut down, it is left to dry for 2 years so that the essential oil can be more easily extracted. The wood needs to be very dry in order to have a maximum of yield because the oil is difficult to extract when the wood is still green. It must be finely ground, as the quality of the grinding influences the quality of the distillation. The distillation is long and takes 4 hours and is carried out twice. Michaël distils between March and April. The oil is precious
because its production process is long. "You need patience if you want to get the best oil.”

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