Specialist in essential oils and vanilla

3 reasons to choose Sirius Trade :

Experience: 25 years of experience. An unparallel knowledge of the field, producers, and ingredients.

Expertise: As a function of our experience, Sirius proposes a thorough expertise of nature, quality and the origin of its ingredients.

Quality: Sirius guarantees a superlative quality and the excellence of its imported products and ingredients.

Raw Materials

Sirius is specialized in obtaining and producing 100% pure and organic essential oils and essential vanilla.

Essential oils and floral essences
  • CO2 extracts
  • Extracts (resins, alcoholic, poultices…)
  • Vanilla, spices and medicinal herbs …

Development of the field

Sirius has developed a network of partners to ensure the quality, transport and import of our raw materials.


Founded by Mr. Gille Berthoumieux in 1996, Sirius specializes in the supply of 100% pure and natural raw materials for use by the perfume, cosmetic and aromatherapy industries.

The pursuit of quality is what defines Sirius. Our choice to use only natural and organic ingredients – to return to the source – was made in accordance with this pursuit. Conventional agriculture relies heavily on synthetic materials that corrupt the purity and efficiency of the ingredients. The increasing dependency on petrochemicals, for the purposes of enhancing productivity at the expense of quality and safety, only reinforces our commitment to producing all natural products that have not been altered or degraded.

Origin of distillation

It is difficult to historically place the exact date of the first extraction of what we call « essential oils ». The first usage of distillation was for the purposes of obtaining alcohol for wine, the « spirit » contained in fermented honey. For millenia, herbs, spices, balms and resins have been used for embalming, religous ceremonies and sacrifices. The oldest references to the acquiring of natural products are contained in Aruyvedic Sanskrit texts. It is thus inferable that the Hindus possessed the technology of fermentation, the rudimentary tools for distillation and the resulting distilled products.

Dioscoride Pedanius, a Greek doctor from Sicily during the first century of our era, wrote during the time of Nero a text entitled “De Material Medica” which was rediscovered in the Middle Age by Arabs. He researched the origins of distillation, having observed that distilled liquids had medicinal properties. Egypt was also a birthplace of the art of distillation. The Persians and Egyptians isolated various perfumes and the essence of térébenthine de résine de Pistacia terebenthus, certainly the first essential oil, extracted by dry distillation. The Romans, known to be great users of perfumes, conceived of aromatic lubricants and perfumed oils. Dioscoride, Pline and Claudius Galenus mention these materials in their writings.

The first documents on the history of distillation go back to the writings of Geber (Dschabir) in the 9th century: descriptions of dry and aqueous distillation techniques. No one was better versed in alchemy, medicine and natural sources than the Arabs. Doctors and alchemists in the Golden Age invented heating coil to perfect the refrigeration of distilled products. The first authenic descriptions of the distillation of essential oils were detailed by Arnold Villanova de Bachuone in the 13th century for turpentine and rosemary, and by Raymond Lulle for Sage. However, as plants had been previously soaked in eau-de-vie or fermented in water, due to the presence of alcohol, the separation of essential oils did not come to fruition, instead resulting in distilled aromatic waters. Also distilled in the same era as essential oils were bitter almonds, cinnamon, rose sandalwood. At the beginning of the 14th century, the tools of distillation were perfected in medical and alchemist laboratories. It was only during this time that turpentinen oil became an essential oil. Towards the end of the 15th century, Jérome Brunschwig, a doctor in Strasbourg, mentioned extensively the essential oils of aspic, turpentine, Juniper and rosemary. The goal of distillation was to obtain the « Quintae essentiae ». However, all these distillation were strongly alcoholic and did not yet conform to the concept of essential oils. After many works on the art of distillation, Giovanni Battista della Porta finally wrote in 1563 his masterpiece entitled "Liber de distillatione" that clearly explicated fatty oils, essential oils, and the method of separating the essence of distilled aromatic waters. It was not until the 16th and 17th centuries that essential oils began to be first used in their modern sense, as well as their introduction into commerce.