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Introducing: Hinoki Lab

Simply Native are proud to stock Hinoki Lab products from Okayama, Japan. This innovative and sustainable Japanese company has 14 years of experience in the field of distilling hinoki (Japanese cypress)!

Images from Hinoki Lab website & @hinokilab_japan


We met Hinoki Lab CEO Noriko Kondo in Japan, who introduced the different types of hinoki essential oil that their company specialises in. The three types of hinoki extracts were: wood, leaf and branch, and hand-picked leaves. Each type has a different scene, despite coming from the same tree!

In 2003, Takahiro Kondo established an essential oil factory (a steam distiller) in the idyllic village of Shinjo, which has a population of about 950 people.Devoted to sustainable practices, caring for the local community is also important to Hinoki Lab. They partner with the locals in creating essential oils. For example, their premium line, named after the village (Shinjo Village), is made from carefully hand-picked then steam-distilled hinoki leaves.

Experience beautiful scents from Okayama’s hinoki forests through Hinoki Lab! Get a whiff at the Simply Native pop-up store during Sydney Craft Week (11-20 October) where you can also purchase them.

Online pre-orders will also be available soon.

Simply Native Pop-up Store
Cubby Space, 114 George St Redfern NSW 2016
Mon-Fri 5pm-9pm / Sat-Sun 10am-6pm


Hinoki Lab’s History

Source: Hinoki Lab Website

Hinoki Lab was founded by Kazuko Kondo in 1985. Kazuko devoted herself to developing tea from Hinoki leaves as a sustainable means to protecting hinoki forests.

Today, Hinoki Lab produces essential oils, tea and consumer goods to encourage harmonious lifestyle while fostering sustainable usage of Hinoki. Leaves and timber are sourced from Maniwa City and Shinjo Village, in Okayama Japan, a prefecture known for its rich Hinoki forests and excellent quality of essential oils

Chamaecyparis obtusa, Japanese cypress, hinoki cypress or hinoki; (Japanese: 檜 or 桧, hinoki) is a species of cypress native to central Japan. 


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