Cutting edge technologies +
Trough applying modern technologies and providing customer oriented trade services, Ecomaat Bulgaria is mainly active in two general fields in industrial scale: production of traditional, Bulgarian essential oils and hydrosols made by steam distillation process and development and production of innovative extracts using supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) and cavitation extraction technologies.
The product range
of organic certified essential oils and extracts includes but is not limited to:
Rose essential oil (Rosa Damascena) also known as rose otto and rose water
Lavender essential oil (Lavandula Angustifolia) and hydrosols
Essential oils and floral waters from endemic Bulgarian plants
Rose CO2 extract (Rosa Alba & Rosa Damascena)
The first and only one in the world Lilac CO2 extract
An exquisite Linden CO2 extract
and many more...
The basic process for the production of essential oils is called distillation. In this, the essential oil is extracted from plant raw material with steam, and the separation of the volatile components is based on their different vapor pressures.
Depending on the type of raw materials for processing, the available technological equipment at Ecomaat Distillery, enables production of essential oils and floral waters by water, water-steam and steam distillation. The principles of distillation are known since ancient times and today they are still fundamental for the production of essential oils. In our modern distillery located in the village of Mirkovo in Bulgaria, we combine the expertise of more then 150 years of traditions in essential oils production with Bulgarian "know-how" and technological improvements allowing full control of the work parameters which are of highest priority and inportance for the distillation process.
The proximity of gardens to Ecomaat's distillery in Mirkovo enables rapid entry of the raw materials after harvest and an immediate downstream processing without loss of fragrant molecules which in most of the cases is of crucial importance for the superior quality of the essential oils.
Supercritical CO2 extracts
The extraction of active ingredients and essential oils with liquefied gases (commonly known as supercritical fluid extraction - SFE) is a high-tech technology, recognized as the technology of the future in the production of natural aromatic products.
This is a process in which, through utilization of specific equipment and "know-how", under certain conditions the properties of liquefied gases (most often carbon dioxide - CO2) are used as a solvent. Under high pressure and low operating temperature, the carbon dioxide goes into supercritical phase and the natural ingredients are derived from the plant raw material - aromatic molecules, active ingredients and vitamins without changing their properties, avoiding thermal degradation and preserving all thermo-sensitive substances. After completion of the process, the carbon dioxide is released in gaseous state, leaving the extracted product absolutely pure and free of traces of the solvent.
Ecomaat Ltd. is the only one company in Bulgaria exploiting this unique technology in industrial scale for the production of natural extracts with unknown purity and with new aromatic features and active properties.
Water soluble extracts
Another technique applied for deep tissue extraction of plant raw materials consists of disintegration of cell structures for extraction of intra-cellular compounds by means of a micro implosions.
This phenomenon is known as "cavitation" - in order to extract the active ingredients from the cells or subcellular plant organelles, the cell membranes must be destructed. The plant raw material to be processed is soaked into liquid media which could be water based solutions, ethanolic and glycerinic solutions or even liquid lipids. The process is realized under moderate ambient temperatures, thus the thermal changes of the exracted compounds is avoided,
The utilization of cavitation for extraction is a new powerful processing technology that can not only be applied safely and environmentally friendly but also efficiently and economically.
The cavitation extratcion technology completes the technological diversification of Ecomaat Ltd. and enables our company's recognition as technological leader and expert in Bulgaria for extraction of plant ressources in insdustrial scale serving different productions and developments.