Luminescents is made up from three divisions each specialising in different areas of alternative therapy and fragrance:- This is our brand new website with more choice more offers and full international shipping. You do not need an account to purchase although you can create one if you wish and if you had an account on any of our previous websites they will not be carried forward onto this one.
- The Natural Herbalist specialises in raw herbal material
- Essential Oil Specialists dealing in essential, absolute and perfume oils
- Hugonin Perfumery – specialising in exclusive colognes and perfumes
Luminescents is one of Europe’s most trusted suppliers of grade A raw herbal material and aromatherapy and essential, absolute and perfume oils, to the industry (pharmaceutical, perfumery and medicinal) and to professional individuals alike. It has been established for many years and is a family run concern.
Herbs, Spices & Raw Herbal Material – Now incorporating the Natural Herbalist Website
We provide raw, loose, unprocessed herbal material only with no additives in any way. We harvest, dry, cut or grind (if appropriate) and package. None of the products is irradiated or from GM sources and no indisciminate use of pesticides or fertilizers has been used in their production. Those that are farmed come from ethical growers only. Those that are wild collected are from sustainable sourcing, including those items on the restricted, scheduled or CITES register of endangered species.
We are noted for the provision of rare and hard to find raw herbal material as well as stocking the familar and common herbs.
Many of the products are certified organic but those of you who know us, also know that we have very strong views on the meaning of organic. It has become, in our opinion, a bit of a buzz word and is all too often misunderstood by the general public.
We might not be the greatest fans of the word but we do wholeheartedly subscribe to the original principles behind the organic message. We are all for knowing that a crop has not been deliberately sprayed with pesticide or the ground in which it is grown has not been intensively farmed with indiscriminate use of fertilisers – many of the items are harvested wild in any case and not farmed.
Our stock originates from almost every country in the world, the very nature of our materials and the rarity of some means that we have suppliers in some of the remotest parts of the world, in countries where organic certification and accreditation simply do not exist.
We make strenuous efforts to ensure that supplies come from sustainable and vertifiable sources so that where no organic accreditation can be obtained, our best efforts to ensure ethical cropping and harvesting takes place. Where appropriate, stock has been independently tested for Sudan and Para Red contamination. All herbs and spices have been through microbial checks for contamination purposes and nothing which has not received a 100% pass mark is accepted for onward sale.
We cannot, by law, make up mixes for people based upon their recipes. We are retailers of raw materials for sale to those who wish to do so themselves. Nor can we enter into recommendations or suggestions for how to use or self administer any of the products listed.
Aromatherapy, Essential, Absolute & Perfume Oils
We specialise in one of the largest ranges of oils available in Western Europe and supply the industry, retailers and professional individuals alike. Our oils come from every corner of the globe and are some of the rarest, most highly prized available. Of the hundreds of oils on our stock list, only around 90 have any aromatherapy attributes, the rest being pharmaceutical, medicinal, culinary or perfumery related. Very few oils have organic certification due their obscure origins and wild collected raw material rather than farmed material, however, we make strenuous efforts to ensure, as we do with raw herbal material, that all our oils are ethically produced, even if rare, scheduled and restricted or on The CITES register of endangered species. Oils that do not pass the stringent tests for purity, provenance or genuine origin are not passed on for forward sale.
Our perfumes and colognes are much admired, often copied, but are exclusive to us. You may apply for up to three samplers for any perfume or cologne in order to evaluate it for your own use.
Our perfumery utilises natural ingredients only except where a natural ingredient relies upon the exploitation of an animal species (whale products for instance) where the industry has used synthetic ingredients for decades. Ambergris, for instance, is outlawed in all countries except Switzerland and France and has been for over twenty years.
We also make a well known range of ready to use botanical products that include body and pillow sprays, lotions, massage material and soaps.
We are Parabens free and our soaps do not employ SLS for their foaming agents. Wherever possible, chemical ingredients are shunned and where a synthesised ingredient (like vitamin E) is also available in a natural form, it is the naturally obtained form we employ.