CENSO Lavande

Filière des huiles essentielles françaises de lavande et lavandin

CENSO Lavande

A natural and solidarity commitment

The stakeholders committed to the Censo approach

Censo is an approach initiated by the lavender and lavandin essential oils sector. Specifications have been drafted for the three categories of operators:

For an essential oil to be in compliance with the Censo approach, each operator must sign a commitment to the Censo approach and meet the requirements of the specifications.

A steering committee decides on the orientations to be taken for this approach.


They are located in the French lavender and lavandin production area, that is to say essentially in the Alpes de Haute-Provence, the Drôme and the Vaucluse.

For the 2010 campaign, 42 producers were in compliance with the Censo approach: 22 in the Alpes de Haute-Provence, 13 in the Drôme, 6 in the Vaucluse and 1 in the Hautes-Alpes.

In October 2011, 61 farms signed their commitment to the Censo approach.

The distilleries which make the extraction of the essential oil possible are of two types: cooperative or private. Distillation can be carried out in two different ways: in trailers or in vats.

In October 2011, there are 37 distilleries committed to the Censo approach : 14 in the Alpes de Haute-Provence, 13 in the Drôme, 9 in the Vaucluse et 1 in the Hautes-Alpes.

  • For more information on the distillation methods, click here.


For the 2011 campaign, the following cooperatives are committed to the Censo approach:

SCA Plantes à Parfum de Provence (SCA3P)

SCA Plantes à Parfum de Provence is a cooperative marketing the production of its members located in Haute-Provence.

SCA Parfum Provence Ventoux (PPV)

SCA Parfum Provence Ventoux is a cooperative marketing the production of its 145 members on French and international markets.

France Lavande

France Lavande covers around 100 perfume, aromatic and medicinal plant producers spread over the 4 departments in Provence. The main productions are essential oils of lavender, lavandin and other aromatic plants, dried flowers, bouquets of lavender/lavandin, linden flowers and herbes de Provence.



SCA Distillerie de l'Enclave des Papes

SCA Distillerie de l'Enclave des Papes id a cooperative located in Vaucluse which produces essential oils of Grosso, Abrial, Super lavandin and Maillette lavender.

First marketers

In January 2014, the first marketers committed to the approach are:

Bontoux SA

Photo : Bontoux SA

Photo : Bontoux SA

Bontoux SA

A family firm of over 60 people, in the Drôme Provençale, which produces aromatic raw materials for perfumery: essential oils, extracts (solid perfumes, absolutes, resinoids, gums, etc.) and derived products since 1898. The products made on the site of Saint Auban sur l'Ouvèze can be extracted from plants either of French origin (lavender, lavandin, clary sage, mint, chamomile, cypress, etc.) or from all over the world (gums, resins, berries, seeds, beans, dried flowers, etc.).

Bontoux SA also has production subsidiaries located at the source of the raw materials (Italy for Citrus, Spain for Mediterranean products, Madagascar for spices...) and marketing subsidiaries and partners which give it its international scope.

More information on www.bontoux.com/en

Reynaud & Fils SA

Reynaud & fils SA

French essential oils (lavender, lavandin, cypress, tarragon, sage) and non-French (lemon balm, eucalyptus, mint, patchouli, ylang-ylang, etc)

S.A. Cassan

Cassan S.A. is located in the Alpes de Haute-Provence, at Simiane-la-Rotonde, between the Mont Ventoux and the Luberon. 

Site internet de la société Cassan

SARL Distillerie de Richerenches

Main essential oils are : lavandin (Grosso, Abrial, Super), lavender (fine, AOP), cypress, mint, rosemary, sage, terragon, hyssop, thyme.

Person in charge : Luc Saez

SARL Bleu d'Argens

Bleu d'Argens is a producer, a distillery and a buyer of essential oils : fine lavender AOP, savory, thyme, hyssop and sage.

More information on www.bleudargens.fr

Distillerie Raoul Duffez

La distillerie Raoul Duffez est une distillerie située à Montségur sur Lauzon dans la Drôme. Ses principales productions sont l'huile essentielle de lavandin, de lavande, de cyprès. http://www.distillerieduffez.fr/

Elixens France

Elixens France est une entreprise appartenant au groupe Elixens implanté dans de nombreux pays. Elixens France valorise les produits naturels issus de la production française. http://www.elixens.com/

The Censo steering committee

This committee, led by Aurelie Gommé (CIHEF), is made up of representatives of the different structures :

  • Alain Aubanel (Comité Interprofessionnel des Huiles Essentielles Françaises)                     
  • Michel Krausz (Comité Interprofessionnel des Huiles Essentielles Françaises)
  • Pierre Speich (FranceAgriMer)
  • Viviane Cataldo (FranceAgriMer)
  • Frédéric Nervi (Société Coopérative Agricole de Plantes à Parfum de Provence)
  • Bernard Granet (Société Coopérative Agricole Parfums Provence Ventoux)
  • Eliane Brès (Société Coopérative Agricole France Lavande)
  • Maryse Milesi (Syndicat Départemental des Producteurs de Plantes à Parfum des Alpes de Haute Provence)
  • Bernard Vernet (Association des Producteurs d’Huiles Essentielles de Haute-Provence)
  • Philippe Soguel (Distillerie Bleu Provence)
  • Marc Lalande (H. Reynaud et fils)
  • Rémy Bontoux/Pierre-Philippe Garry (Bontoux SA)
  • André Hyvrier (Orgarôme)
  •  Eric Chaisse (Crieppam)
  • Bert Candaele (Crieppam)


the participation of

France AgriMer

Comité Interprofessionnel des Huiles Essentielles Françaises

Les Quintrands - Route de Volx 04100 Manosque, France
Tél. : +334 92 87 38 09

Réalisation : Stratis

Comité Interprofessionnel des Huiles Essentielles Françaises
Les Quintrands - Route de Volx 04100 Manosque
Tél. : 04 92 87 38 09