History of the Farmers


Benoît Cassan

Date of Birth

28th of November 1972

Place of Birth

Cavaillon, Vaucluse


Agriculturist (perfume,aromatic plants, and cereals)

Years in essential oil business

I was virtually “born into” essential oils as my father, my grandparents and before them my grand grandparents cultivated lavender in Simiane-La-Rotonde. My great grandfather was one of the first to cultivate lavender in 1907.

Personally, I have been working on the family farm for 15 years now and as a child I always helped with the harvesting during school holidays. Since then I have had a deep passion for essential oil plants and distillation.

Experience in essential oil business

I had an agricultural education which really helped me better understand the cultivation and different uses of lavender, clary sage, hyssop, tarragon, and oregano. I am looking forward to diversifying my plantations with new plants such as thyme, rosemary, and helichrysum.


Six years ago, I took over the role of running a local research centre. It is very exciting to be able to keep the memories of the history of cultivation and distillation alive!

Connection to Young Living

I learned about Young Living thanks to Jean-Noël Landel, whom I have worked with for several years and who told me a lot about the company and especially about Gary Young.

If so, where and where did you meet Gary Young?

I have met Gary on several occasions: The first one was during the balsam fir distillation at St. Maries, Idaho in June 2012 – a magnificent and magical moment! I have also met him at our farm and distillery in Simiane-la-Rotonde.

Every meeting with Gary is very precious and enriching for me as we are sharing our experiences as cultivators, our knowledge about plant evolution and our ideas of future projects.


What do essential oils mean to you?

For me, essential oils are above all the scents ascending from our fields in Provence, the scents which stretch over the gentle hills thanks to the gleaming sun.

Working with Young Living I have then learned about other properties and usages of essential oils, such as in massage and of course the everyday health benefits.


Any comments regarding the French Farm and French Farm products?

It is a pleasure and an honour to work for and with Gary Young and the Landel family. The French Farm in Simiane-la-Rotonde is located at the heart of Provence, an area where the knowledge of cultivation passed on from generation to generation meets the love for essential oils. In combination with just the right amount of sunshine and a climate promoting healthy and productive plants, we are proud to produce a wide range of high quality essential oils!


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