Kenyan Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly-concentrated essences derived from different parts of aromatic plants, including bark, leaves and flowers. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove.
Kenya being a country with diverse plant genetic resources is endowed with plant species containing essential oils, many of which have not been studied however the most commonly exported essential oils include: frankincense, myrrh, geranium, ginger, cinnamon leaf, rosemary, neroli.

Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) have been able to develop a machine to extract essential oil from herbs and have transferred the oil extraction and production technology to companies such as:

    Lubanchem Ltd
    Five Star Aromatics Ltd
    Abhor Oils Africa Ltd
    Comply Kenya Ltd  
    Natural Aromatics

These companies are now producing a lot of essential oils, of which some is exported.
Export markets for essential oils are classified into five broad application segments depending on their use, these include:

  •     Medical
  •     Food & Beverages (as flavours)
  •     Spa & Relaxation(aromatherapy)
  •     Cleaning & Home (repellent.)
  •     Others(fragrances, cosmetics)
  •     For a list of essential oils & their uses please use the link below: http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/uses-for-essential-oils.html

A report by Grand View Research, Inc. shows that the global essential oil market is expected to reach USD 11.67 billion by 2022. The report also highlights the following key findings:
•    Global essential oil market demand was 165.0 kilo tons in 2014 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.6% from 2015 to 2022.
•    Orange oil was the leading product segment and accounted for 29.1% of total market volume in 2014. Environmental friendly characteristics associated with orange oil makes it suitable for use in perfumes, household cleaners. Orange oil is also used as a biological pest control agent. Orange oil is also expected to witness the highest growth of 9.7% from 2015 to 2022.
•    Food & beverages emerged as the most dominant application segment with demand share estimated over 30% in 2014. Growth of food & beverages industry particularly in Asia Pacific is expected to drive this segment over the forecast period. Spa & relaxation is also expected to witness significant gain in its market size on account of growth spa industry in South East Asia and South Asian countries.
•    Europe was the leading regional market demand share exceeding 40% in 2014. Aware consumers regarding health benefits offered by organic products can be attributed to region's leading position in the global market.Asia Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth of 9.2% from 2015 to 2022.
•    Some major companies operating in the global essential oil market includes Biolandes, Sydney Essential Oils, HRF, The Leburmuth Company, Young Living Essential Oils, DoTerra, Essential Oils of New Zealand, Sydella Laboratoire, Farotti Essenze, Moksha Lifestyle Products, West India Spices Inc., Falcon and Ungerger Limited among others.
Please find the link to the full report: http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/essential-oils-market
Here are links to other sites that provide further information related to essential oils and oleoresins:
1.    Which trends offer opportunities for exporters of essential oils for cosmetics?

2.    What is the demand for natural ingredients for cosmetics in Europe?


4.    International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades Limited (http://www.ifeat.org)
5.    European Federation for Essential Oils (http://www.efeo-org.org)
6.    International Fragrance Association : http://www.ifraorg.org
7.    Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce: http://www.wffc.org
8.    CBI-Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries
9.    Essential Oil Association of India (www.eoai.in)
10.    Fragrances and Flavours Association of India (www.fafai.org)
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