Lavender has been a part of medicine and cosmetics for ages. But the Swiss cosmetics company Farfalla has rediscovered mountain lavender, a special sort that only grows between 900 and 1800 meters.
Mountain lavender grows mainly in the Cevennes in Southern France. Its not as luminous as its lowland siblings, but has stronger fragrance and freshness.
The harvest is still done by hand, with sickle, hand scales and cloth.
The tools of the harvesters.
Nathalie Moulin, one of the pickers.
After the harvest the lavender is dried, tamped and distilled.
Claire fills the distillation vat.
The distillery produces, amongst others, tea, soap and eau de lavende.