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Benchmark Thyme is a unique blend of ethically grown (chemical and pesticide free) Thyme cultivars, carefully chosen to provide the most effective composition of anti-bacterial aroma-chemicals, whilst being gentle on the skin. There are around 350 species of Thyme (many with sub-species) and four make up Benchmark Thyme - grown and distilled in the UK.Thyme grows prolifically across Europe and other parts of the world and the distilled oil (the essential oil) is used in a variety of commercial products. Thyme oil has many properties in common with Tea Tree and yet has not enjoyed the same popularity, mainly because Common Thyme (thymus vulgaris) contains high levels (60-70%) of thymol & carvacrol - powerful phenols that can be harsh on the skin.
Benchmark Thyme is gentle on the skin yet retains Thyme's antiseptic properties. Benchmark Thyme will also be reliable (industry standard) as the aroma chemistry will be consistent, year after year. Throughout history Thyme has played a major role in the health, beauty and well-being of people around the world, and the herb has always been known to be a reliable antiseptic.