Through this crop report, we wish to keep you posted on ELIXENS France aromatic raw material productions and its partners. Flavors and fragrances market condition is overall regularly on the rise. Positive repercussions on the aromatic raw materials market are therefore obvious, especially considering that demand exceeds supply. Also keep in mind that climatic conditions and new regulatory constraints have impacted such materials significantly.
It is important to note that as of January 1st, 2017, the COSMOS standard will replace the existing ECOCERT Greenlife certification. This European harmonized standard is far more demanding and rigorous regarding cosmetic formulations and often requires more plant material for ingredient production. We wish to point out that our ORGANIC essential oils and hydrolates are all considered as 100% ORGANIC ingredients by COSMOS standard certification, as well as our floral waters at 22.5%.
Ecocert ESR standard “Fairness, Solidarity, Responsibility” and ORGANIC labels
(ELIXENS’s EO, hydrolates & floral waters grown by our partner SICA Bio-Plantes)
Since 2009, the majority of ELIXENS essential oil and hydrolate products whose plants are cultivated by our partners at SICA Bio-Plantes, are ORGANIC and also comply with fair trade standards: Bio-Partenaire and Ecocert ESR. (Fair trade is traditionally associated with small producers from developing countries exporting to developed countries in the ‘North’. However, North-based Fair Trade is also legitimate since it promotes the maintenance of local agriculture and creates long-lasting relationships between producers and buyers. Moreover it meets consumers’ growing demand, especially in Europe and North America. This is why the scope of the ESR standard was expended to organic products in developed countries.) For more info: www.ecocert.com
ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OILS & HYDROLATES
Organic Roman Chamomile: our partner farmers are more and more at ease with this traditionally difficult organic crop. A satisfactory harvest has already been put aside for the essential oil production. We thank you in advance to place your requests early. The ORGANIC, COSMOS and FAIR TRADE hydrolate is readily available.
Organic Nepeta Cataria: this very original plant is seldom cultivated in France or around the world because it is not very well known. Its citrusy scent is somewhat like lemon balm. The essential oil is very much appreciated in skincare formulation. Our production is limited; please send us your request early in the season. The ORGANIC, COSMOS and FAIR TRADE hydrolate is also quite interesting for natural and organic skincare formulations.
Conifers : we are starting the distillation cycle for Pinus sylvestris Pine, Douglas Fir, Juniper and Cedarwood. Raw materials will be available in January. We are at you service for questions and special requests.
Organic Geranium: our regional crops produce a very good quality Geranium hydrolate – 10 to 15 tons are available. Its lovely floral scent, ORGANIC, COSMOS and FAIR TRADE characteristics make it a valued asset in cosmetic formulations.
Organic Lavender & Lavandin: the 2016 harvest has been quite good, especially for northern plots, for both Lavender and Lavandin crops. Prices are rising very slightly for organic Grosso Lavandin and rising noticeably for organic Super and Abrial qualities, driven by conventional demand. The organic Clonal Lavenders are stable and organic Fine Lavenders are oriented downward. We have stocks to satisfy your needs; do not hesitate to contact us.
Organic Lemon Balm: this crop is substantial (more than 20 ha) and is still in development. The harvest was correct in 2016, for both cuts. However, the quantities of HE were reserved in advance. Hydrolate is available on reservation.
Organic Peppermint: a significant planting effort was made to propose a beautiful French quality. The Essential Oil and Hydrolate are available.
The Organic Thymes we cultivate are chemo-typed varieties of thymol, linalol or thuyanol – our productions are increasing but we advise you to reserve before the next harvest programmed in May-June. The linalool and thuyanol Hydrolates are available.
CONVENTIONAL ESSENTIAL OILS & OTHER ARM
Orange: For several years we have witnessed an erosion of the actual production capacities of Essential Oils in both Brazil and Florida. Again this year, production continued to decline and have attained historically low levels in Brazil (-22%) and Florida (-17%). Diseases sustainably affect orange trees and farmers are tempted to replace their crops with sugar cane, which has better yields and prices.
Lemon: The harvests in Spain and Italy are both announced good and better than those of last season. Supported by strong demand for fresh fruit, prices remain stable but we could see a slight decrease in the coming months.
Grapefruit: Florida’s poor harvest very seriously impacts Israeli origin grapefruit in terms of quality and availability. The demand is well above supply, the quantities are down. Prices of the different origins skyrocketed and supplies fell. We do not anticipate improvement in the short to medium term. Moreover, since nootkatone levels are lower, essential oils with the required levels of nootkatones are rare and more expensive.
2) Demand in Lavandin Grosso remains strong particularly for export.