Aomori Prefecture sits at the Northern tip of Japan's Honshu Island and it is here where a unique type of cypress tree - Aomori Hiba (Thujopsis dolabrata) - can be found. It is a wood praised for its fine grain and quality and trees reach full maturity at 250 to 300 years old. It is known to be an insect-repelling wood and naturally antiseptic. The essential oil has a relaxing effect when used for its aroma - whether in bath water, or by using an essential oil burner or diffuser.
Cul de Sac Japan was founded by Mineko Muraguchi who grew up in Aomori where his father runs a lumber business. He is passionate about introducing people to the properties of Aomori Hiba, while also ensuring it is harvested sustainably. Through a process of water vapor distillation the company extracts the oil from leftover wood.