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There are a limited number of participants, so that each participant can work on a separate still.

Essential Oil Classes by Dr. Schmickl – the Original

In Klagenfurt am Wörthersee since 1998

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In the Essential Oil Classes, learn to distill essential oils and hydrosols such as lavender essential oil and lavender water, rosemary oil and rosemary hydrosol, lemon oil and lemon hydrosol, etc. The course for essential oils and hydrolates covers the entire production process – from harvesting, crushing, distillation and extraction of the essential oil – in great detail, see the the topics for the essential oil distillation class. In the Essential Oils course an average of 10 different types of essential oils are extracted. We ourselves have already distilled more than 50 different types, a selection is available to you at the seminar for scent sampling.

Distill by yourself using your own LEONARDO© Classic -Essential Oil Still. From the essential oils and hydrosols you have extracted, you will make your own scented soap, perfume, massage oil and bath salts. There is a limited number of participants in the Essential Oil Classes, so that each participant can work independently on a separate still.

The complete process is described very comprehensively and in an easily understood way for laypersons. It is directed at interested hobby distillers, herbalists, aroma therapists and so on. Each course begins on a Friday with the theoretical part. The practical part takes all of Saturday.

Essential Oil Classes led by

Dr. Bettina Malle, DScTech, MScEng, BBA
Dr. Helge Schmickl, DScTech, MScEng, BBA
Author of the books The Essential Oil Maker’s Handbook and Ätherische Öle selbst herstellen.

Biography of Malle and Schmickl
Dr. Bettina Malle
Dr. Helge Schmickl

Englisch Biography

Bettina Malle and Helge Schmickl graduated from the Vienna University of Technology in 1991 with a master of science in chemical engineering and received doctorates in technical sciences in 1993. Each earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the Graduate School of Business Administration Zurich while designing, engineering, and commissioning industrial plants and managing research and development projects. Thereafter they worked as technical and business consultants until 1998.

Malle and Schmickl believe it should be possible for everyone to produce exquisite spirits with fruit and herbs right from the garden. In 1998, they developed their first still, designed to maximize the flavor of alcoholic distillates. That same year, they launched their first webpage and online store and began to host small-scale distilling workshops. They published the results and conclusions of their experiments as well as detailed instructions and many recipes for crafting distilled spirits in their 2003 book Schnapsbrennen als Hobby (The Artisan’s Guide to Crafting Distilled Spirits). It became the standard reference book for home distillers in German-spoken countries and is now in its eleventh Edition.

In the meantime they designed and constructed an optimized still for producing essential oils and hydrosols on a small scale. Due to its special designed condenser and adapted shape, the still makes it possible to obtain plenty of oil and intense hydrosols with only small amounts of base material. The two have hosted essential oil workshops and an online store since 2002 and published the reference book Ätherische Öle selbst herstellen (The Essential Oils Maker’s Handbook) in 2005. The book is now in its sixth edition, and Malle and Schmickl’s still is the preferred device among small-scale users in the fields of phyto-aromatherapy and herbology throughout the German-speaking region. It is widely used in many other courses, workshops, and seminaries as well as in research institutes, universities, colleges, and other educational Services.

In 2008 Schmickl and Malle engineered and constructed a small-scale, modified vinegar generator that is a fixed-bed reactor with immobilized vinegar bacteria. The construction enables the use of miscellaneous packing materials, especially fruit, herbs, and spices, to improve or change the taste of the resulting vinegar. Additionally they developed a method to analyze the residual alcohol content in vinegar, which is simple, cheap, and accurate enough to determine a concentration of 0.1 percent. Their book Essig herstellen als Hobby (The Artisanal Vinegar Maker’s Handbook) was published in 2010, they have hosted vinegar workshops and their vinegar webpage with online store since 2011.

Bettina and Helge have been married since 2002. That same year they moved to Klagenfurt, Carinthia (Austria), where they host their seminars and conduct research and developments in fermenting and distilling. They have two children.


420,– Euro per person (incl. 20% VAT)
For services included, see the Essential Oil Distillation Program


If you would like to order the distilling seminar as a gift, mark the checkbox I would like a gift certificate on the registration form, and state the name of the recipient in the field underneath. If you would like the recipient to be able to choose the date themselves, select open date under the date. Unless you request otherwise, we will print the gift certificate on special colored paper and send it by regular mail.


We are located in Klagenfurt on Lake Wörthersee in Carinthia (Austria/Europe), a famous holiday area within the Southern Alps. See our contact page for the address. We will provide a list of nearby accommodations of all prices along with your confirmation of course registration.

Around 1 km from the Klagenfurt North highway exit
  Around 1 km from the international Klagenfurt airport
  Around 5 km from the Klagenfurt train station for long-distance trains, accessible by city bus

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For a gift certificate, mark the respective checkbox in the registration form, and state the name of the recipient in the field below. If an open date is selected, the recipient can choose the date themselves. Unless you request otherwise, we will print the gift certificate on special colored paper and send it by regular mail.

Cost: 420.00 euro per person (incl. 20% VAT.)

General terms and conditions of business

  • Your registration is binding, and registrations are booked in the order in which they are received. If the event has already been fully booked, we will contact you directly; otherwise, we will send you your confirmation of registration.
  • The fees for our courses are due upon receipt of the confirmation of registration. If payment has not been made in the subsequent 3 weeks, the place on the seminar will automatically be cancelled.
  • A substitute person can also participate in the seminar.
  • Rebooking: You can rebook to another event date or another event at any time. Please inform us of this in writing. For rebooking (only possible once), we charge the following processing fees:
    • Rebooking up to 4 weeks before the event begins: free of charge
    • Rebooking 4 to 2 weeks before the event begins: EUR 100.--
    • Rebooking from 2 weeks before the event begins: EUR 200.--
  • Cancellation or no-show: You can withdraw from the contract at any time. However, this is only possible in writing. Please note that we will charge the following processing fees:
    • Cancellation up to 4 weeks before the event begins: EUR 100.--
    • Cancellation from 4 weeks before the event begins: full participation fee
    • No-show by a registered participant: full participation fee
  • Vouchers:
    • The same rebooking conditions as above apply to vouchers.
    • Cancellation or a cash refund is not possible.
    • Vouchers have unlimited validity, but if the seminar price increases a year or more after the date of issue, the price difference must be paid.