Indulge your senses with Kotanical’s Irish-owned, naturally sourced essential oils. Our sense of smell is an estimated 10,000 times sharper than our other senses and gets to the brain faster than both sight and sound.
The art of aromatherapy and the use of essential oils in daily life is embraced by many around the world. The holistic healing treatment uses the “essence” of plants, flowers and herbs known as essential oils; to improve physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and to strengthen our body, mind and spirit.
Karl Murray, founder and director of Kotanical, was studying kinesiology when he discovered the therapeutic power of essential oils. During his exercise, he noticed how people’s levels of relaxation increased with their use during muscle tests. His Thai boxing club used a peppermint and eucalyptus ointment to boost the team’s performance – and when he injured his wrist after a fight, he used essential oils to aid his recovery.
Regarding turning his interest into a business, Karl said, “I started getting really interested and exploring aromatherapy to make some products myself. I went to workshops and events every week and became a sponge that wanted to soak up as much information as possible. “
It’s now Ireland’s first premium essential oil still – he taught himself how to grow an incredible 20,000 peppermint plants to bring the very first Irish-made essential oil to market.
Karl’s motivation in founding Kotanical in 2017 was to improve the availability of high quality home-grown essential oils in the Irish market. At the time, one of the main ways to acquire them was through a US-based pyramid scheme. The alternative was cheap, chemically loaded scented oils, which can easily be mistaken for essential oils, but have no therapeutic value whatsoever.
Now, just four years later, Kotanical has 40 products in its repertoire, from high quality essential oil blends and roll-ons to award-winning, handcrafted stone diffusers.
Essential oils and mix packages (€ 10 – € 53)
Kotanical’s range of 27 certified Cruelty Free, organic essential oils are 100% pure and free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde and mineral oil; with a shelf life of 1-2 years.
Each 10ml bottle contains 200 drops of essential oil for up to 40 hours of diffusion, which means less waste. The glass bottles are recyclable and can even be returned to Kotanical with a 12% discount on your next order.
Award-winning stone diffusers (€ 59.99)
These handcrafted diffusers make an elegant home accessory and are a safer, more subtle, and more affordable alternative to scented candles and traditional oil burners. Customize your aroma to suit your mood and develop wellness rituals by spraying Kotanical essential oil blends to suit your needs.
With additional features like an LED light that gives the diffuser a candle-like sheen, this easy-to-use plug-in-and-play piece enhances the ambience and atmosphere in any room. The fog and light functions can be used at the same time or you can opt for one without the other.
Roll-On Essential Oil Blends (€ 22)
These are conveniently packaged essential oil blends that can be rolled onto the pulse points to aid relaxation, concentration, or athletic recovery. They are also wonderful additions to improving practices like yoga, meditation, and tai chi.
Handcrafted stone diffusers – £ 53 / € 59.99
Essential oil range – £ 9 / € 10 – £ 53 / € 61
Roll-on mixes with essential oils – £ 20 / € 22
Diffuser & essential oil packs – £ 121 1 / € 138
All products can be purchased directly from the Kotanical website www.kotanical.ie and are available in Reuzi, The Kind and Faerly