Ecomaat specialise in creating unique organic skin care solutions that were not previously possible, all of our products contain the finest quality certified organic essential oils and CO2 extracts available.
Owning the entire production process, from planting to distribution, we ensure every step of our activity complies and adheres to USDA organic standards, which are amongst the highest organic standards in the world. We are proud that all of our products receive the USDA organic seal.
Ecomaat Ltd. is a family owned and operated company based in Mirkovo, Bulgaria, founded in 2001.
From humble beginnings at the turn of the millennium, Ecomaat have become established as a highly regarded producer of both high quality essential oils and rare essential oils. These premium essential oils became the foundation for our exclusive skin care formulae and unique SPA MAAT professional aroma-therapeutical massage oils collection.
From the bottom of our hearts, we truly appreciate the support and recognition we have received from many organisations and people ar ound the world. They include, but are not limited to:
- The BNAEOPC for selecting us as the winner of the 2011 Bulgarian Rose Award
- SAPARD, Agro-ecology and Rural Development for offering us grants to implement various projects
- All the staff of Ecomaat for following our belief and helping us to accomplish Ecomaat's mission.
We believe that organic farming is the foundation of sustainable development as the sole prerequisite for a possible future for our next generation. Innovation and science can empower us to produce the finest materials when combined with traditional organic agriculture. We can use our creativity and know-how to benefit the shared environment, promote fair relationships, and enhance the quality of life for all the people involved.
Our mission is to create highly effective organic skin care products with globally unique new aromas that are based on a healthy combination of tradition, innovation, and science. Our business is created for the people—for those who use our products and for those who work in our company.
Our Product Freshness
No preservatives are ever added to any of our products. We package our products in small ultraviolet glass bottles sealed with zero oxygen to ensure that the products remain as fresh as possible when our customers apply on the skin. Generally speaking, our products have a lifetime of 2 years before opening, and remain fresh for 4 - 6 months after opening.
Our signature Rose Otto, because of its own unique natural properties, has an unlimited lifetime.
We pay detailed attention to our packaging. We use glass bottles rather than plastic as they allow for longer product lifetime. Our bottles are sealed based on the highest pharmaceutical standards so that they exclude oxygen to prevent oxidation from occurring. We use coloured bottles to protect the products from UV light. The colour depends on the UV sensitivity of the ingredients, the more UV sensitive the ingredient, the darker colour the bottle / jar we use.
Our Advantageous Location – Bulgaria
Bulgaria is world-renowned for its essential oils and is a unique place in the world—a small country towards the South East of Europe, with a multitude of micro-climate zones, particular soil types, temperature variations, and relief forms. As a consequence, the wild vegetation is very diversified and the conditions are perfect for the cultivation of a wide variety of plants.
Nowadays, Bulgarian Rose Oil and Bulgarian Lavender essential oil are valued as the most expensive amongst any produced the world over.
"Bulgarian Rose Oil" is a Protected Geographical Indication. Only the essential oil that is extracted from the roses grown in the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) areas registered in EU can be called Bulgarian Rose Oil.
Collected Wisdom Of Many Centuries
For many centuries, Bulgarians have built their livelihood on the country's rich natural resources. They produced essential oils for different industries globally, including perfumery and beauty in France, and pharmaceutical in Germany.
Their expertise in extracting essence from plants is world-renowned. One form of extraction is steam distillation, which has been the traditional method for centuries. The collected wisdom and expertise of many centuries is passed on from one generation to the next. The distillation process requires substantial knowledge and specific know-how to extract as much essence as possible from a plant, for example, when the plant is ready to be harvested, how long the crop yield should wait before distillation, what the optimal ratio of crops to water is, and so on, and so on. This knowledge is not written in textbooks, but passed on orally from one generation to the next within families and a heavily guarded secret.
Our Close Proximity From Farm To Distillery
Our farm and distillery are located in the same village. This proximity is deliberate as it enables us to have full control over timing throughout the production process - minimising the time from collection to actual processing. This is critical in producing only the highest quality essential oils, our only accepted produce.
We Innovate and Use State Of The Art Technology
In addition to conventional steam distillation, we also use the Supercritical Co2 extraction (or Supercritical Fluid Extraction) method to extract from plants many more beneficial components that our skin needs. Supercritical Co2 extraction is the most modern extraction method available. It is superior to:
- Steam Distillation: because Supercritical Co2 extraction uses high pressure and lower temperatures, components that are sensitive to high temperature are unaltered and extracted also, plant waxes can be separated and discarded. Supercritical Co2 extraction produces a superior quality "extract" containing more active and beneficial components.
- Chemical Solvent Extraction: because Supercritical Co2 extraction is non-toxic and non-flammable. Furthermore, no trace of the Co2 remains in the end product, as it either evaporates into the air or is recycled. Supercritical Co2 extraction entirely follows the world's sustainable development practices producing a pure organic “extract."
Supercritical Co2 extraction is particularly suitable for organically grown plants. Where non-organically grown plants are processed utilising Supercritical Co2 extraction, the concentration of pesticides within the extract is much higher than in oils produced from steam distillation.
We Measure Chemical Compositions, Not Just Drops
The chemical components of an essential oil are known, but the chemical composition (i.e. the percentage of each chemical component) may vary from one production batch to another, or may vary from one season to another. This variation may be due to many factors, some of which could be totally independent from human activities. The quantity of rainfall and the number of sunny days during the year could affect the plant, and thus its essential oil's chemical composition.
The chemical composition of each essential oil ingredient is a critical determining factor of the efficacy of the final skin care product. Therefore, at Ecomaat, we rigorously check the chemical composition of each batch of essential oils, meticulously measuring the ingredients based on their chemical composition, rather than just the number of drops of each ingredient, to blend our unique formula skin care products for their optimal efficacy.
Our Sustainable Development Practices
In all of our agricultural activities, we:
- Preserve the fertility of the earth and its organic activity to nourish the plants
- Refrain from actions polluting soil and the environment
- Do not include the use of genetically modified products and ionising impacts
- Innovate and implement use of green technologies
- Are equitable and fair to the people working in our fields
For cultivation of oil-bearing plants, we:
- Use seeds of only premium organic Bulgarian varieties and with a certified origin. Locate our plantations in a proven ecologically clean area in the heart of mount Stara Planina, at an altitude of 800m, which is another prerequisite for growing organic produce.
- Use only fertilisers and plant protection products that are appropriate for organic farming in conjunction to harnessing the powers of nature.
- Develop our own agronomic methodology and technique to protect plants from diseases and fight plant enemies.
In our production, we:
- Adopt a fully closed cycle of production, i.e. zero-waste
Our Organic Purity
All our products have the USDA NOP certified organic seal.
We do not just use certified organic ingredients, our entire chain of production from farming of plants to producing the final product adhere to the USDA organic standards with successful research and development.
As such, our customers can be assured of the organic purity each and every time they apply our products on their delicate skin.
Ecomaat Ltd. is the first and only Bulgarian producer of USDA certified organic skin care and cosmetic products. We strictly follow the Principles of Organic Farming defined by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), the worldwide umbrella organisation for organic agriculture, which represents close to 800 affiliates in 117 countries:
Principle of Health
Healthy soil, plants, animals, humans = a healthy planet.
Principle of Ecology
Emulating and sustaining natural systems.
Principle of Fairness
Equity, respect and justice for all living things.
Principle of Care
For the generations to come.
Our organic traceability is certified at every stage of the process from start to finish – from growing of the plants, through processing, storage and distribution. This makes our high standard quality control in every step of the way much easier. Growing organic plants in our own gardens, we impose a strict quality control in crop cultivation on 450,000m2 of fields. Operating our own distillery plant for essential oil extraction, we ensure that all the essential oils are purely organic. Running our own production process to blend the final products, we ensure that there is no contamination.
Our products contain:
- No parabens
- No silicon compounds
- No mineral oils or petrochemical derivatives
- No artificial colours or artifical flavours
- No synthetic preservatives
- No genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)
- No materials of animal origin
- No animal testing
- USDA NOP organic certification
- USDA NOP organic seal
Our Organic Certificate
Ecomaat Ltd. is the first Bulgarian manufacturer certified for production of organic (a.k.a. bio) essential oils and extracts. The certifying authority which oversees the production and monitoring of the activities of our company is LACON GmbH through its representative for Bulgaria, LACON Ltd.
The registration number of our certificates on the labels of all Ecomaat products serves as an integral information link which tracks the "life" of each organic certified product from the farm to the end customers.
Ecomaat's identification number in the register of LACON GmbH is 3018, which is shown on all our certificates, labels, and packaging of finished products. Our Supercritical Co2 Extracts and essential oils are certified organic and meet EU standards under its Directive 834/2007 (former EEC 2092/91) and are 100% organic under the regulations of U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program (USDA NOP).