- For perfumes, cosmetics and household chemical preparations
- For food products and food aromas
- For pharmaceutical formulations
- For animals’ feed and other preparations
- For the agriculture
- For other products
ESSENTIAL OILS DESIGNED FOR PERFUMES, COSMETICS AND HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL PREPARATIONS
Perfumes, cosmetic formulations and household chemicals make up a group of manufactured goods that are odorized by the largest variety of fragrances. Aromatizing substances are most frequently applied in the form of different mixtures, i.e. fragrant compositions containing essential oils and other natural aromas as well as some synthetic compounds (see the main menu – FRAGRANT COMPOSITIONS). The latter group of fragrances includes chemical compounds that are identical with natural ones (i.e. occurring in nature) but obtained in the course of chemical synthesis. The highest quality goods (perfumes and cosmetics in particular) are predominantly scented by essential oils, while the cheapest oils and synthetic compounds are mainly used to odorize household chemistry preparations.
It is worth pointing out that product safety measures have to be taken into consideration when fragrant substances come into contact with the human body or affect the environment. Such issues are regulated by the European Union directives and IFRA standards. Hence, each essential oil or its blends must be equipped not only with the conventional commercial specification but also with so-called Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). In case of essential oils applied in cosmetics as biologically active ingredients, some additional safety measures are needed in order to keep strict control over their quality and origin.
Pollena-Aroma has a full range of essential oils designed for perfumes, cosmetics and household chemistry preparations. These oils are the highest quality products delivered by verified suppliers who fulfil all requirements of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). We keep in stock many essential oils, so they are ready for prompt delivery. The other ones are available on request and may be delivered in due time, stipulated by our customers. The same applies to isolates, i.e. constituents of essential oils.
ESSENTIAL OILS DESIGNED FOR FOOD PRODUCTS AND FOOD AROMAS
According to the general rule, the food industry makes use of natural essential oils. It applies not only to pure oils, but also to their blends. Apart from a small number of synthetic ingredients (e.g. vanillin and ethylvanillin), all other aromatizing components must be obtained from natural raw materials by means of such methods that exclude chemical processing. Moreover, all manufacturing operations have to be carried out under rigorous sanitary control, similar to foodstuff production. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), which is thoroughly described in the European Union directives, determines the entrance of each essential oil or food aroma on the market. Careful selection of our supplies as well the most advanced production lines installed in Pollena-Aroma’s factory guarantee the highest quality of our products.
It should be noted that the essential oils designed for food supplements are also applied as flavouring agents and/or biologically active ingredients.
As a manufacturer of the broad spectrum of food aromas (see the main menu – FOOD AROMAS), Pollena-Aroma has a full range of aromatizing essential oils (their isolates as well) whose properties entirely conform to all quality and health parameters.
ESSENTIAL OILS DESIGNED FOR PHARMACEUTICAL FORMULATIONS
Taking into consideration the origin and composition, essential oils designed for pharmaceutical formulations do not substantially differ from those designed for food. Nevertheless, they must be subjected to additional quality control.
As a matter of fact, two groups of essential oils and their blends applied in pharmaceuticals have to be distinguished. The first one encompasses so-called corrigentia, i.e. medicinal components that “improve” the taste of syrups, pills and other forms of medicaments. In comparison with the food aromas, corrigents are submitted to slightly more rigorous control. Pollena-Aroma® has a full assortment of such products and they comply with all quality requirements.
The second group comprises the oils (as well as their blends) that function as active ingredients, hence, they must comply with the quality criteria applicable to pharmaceutical formulations.
Therapeutic properties of the numerous essential oils have been known since the prehistoric times. In fact, various oils were used as medicines before they were applied as fragrances (see the famous preparation “The Queen of Hungary’s Water”, originally made by order of Elżbieta Łokietkówna > read more). Nowadays, they are also among very popular drug products (e.g. peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, thyme oil, etc.) and are becoming more and more valuable products in modern medicine. Such a group of essential oils is obviously produced according to the Good Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practice. Consequently, a supplier of a final product, which is going to be introduced into a pharmaceutical formulation, takes full responsibility for the quality of the oil throughout its formation. In practice, the supplier is responsible for the plantation, harvest, distillation, packing, transportation, storage, etc. The whole process is rigorously controlled by the Pharmaceutical Inspection.
ESSENTIAL OILS DESIGNED FOR ANIMALS’ FEED AND OTHER PREPARATIONS
Application of essential oils in some products designed for animals (e.g. shampoos, blends deodorizing cuvettes with cat litter, liquids deterring ticks, odorizing additives for fodder, etc.) has been known since quite a long time. Even so, recent scientific studies have indicated that some essential oils may substantially exert their influence on improving fattening yield (e.g. chickens). Moreover, the oil additives make possible to eliminate antibiotics from the feed and to speed up a gain in weight at the same time. Many essential oils may also successfully replace synthetic chemicals since the animals usually respond better to natural odors. It applies to both the attractants and deterrents. For example, citronella oil repel mosquitoes, while a mixture of camphor and thyme oils restrains the presence of rodents in summer house attics.
The newest publications on conducted research have shown that the group of essential oils designed for animals will expand in the near future.
ESSENTIAL OILS DESIGNED FOR THE AGRICULTURE
Contemporary scientific studies and experiments are focused on the feasible use of essential oils in the agriculture. Selected blends of oils have been already commonly applied to protect some plants against microorganisms and pests (insects, animals). No doubt, it is just the beginning of essential oils application in the agriculture.
After all, these extremely complicated in composition substances are produced by the plants on purpose. For example, the studies have shown that some species of grass form in their roots specific essential oils in order to prevent growing the other grass species in the same place. The results of ongoing studies will undoubtedly find wide application in the foreseeable future.
ESSENTIAL OILS DESIGNED FOR OTHER PRODUCTS
The majority of man-made goods have or should have a pleasant smell attributed to a particular item. That is why essential oils and fragrant compositions are widely applied to scent a large number of manufactured products. As a matter of fact, we are not always aware that surrounding us objects have been aromatized. An elegant piece of furniture made from any kind of wood may have the smell of precious sandalwood, rosewood or cedar wood, while synthetic upholstery may emanate in a car the scent of freshly tanned leather. A characteristic scent can be also attributed to textiles, clothes, shoes, etc. The patchouli scent had been considered in the Middle Ages as a luxurious odor simply because the layers of valuable silk were interspersed with patchouli leaves in order to protect this fabric against the mould during transportation from far-away China.
Some toy manufacturers tend to aromatize their products, for example, plastic oranges or apples smell like the real fruit. However, some specific limitations have to be observed in this case because the fragrances applied in toys have to comply with stringent product safety measures.
The above paragraph presents only a few examples. Our perfumers have also struggled with some very difficult tasks (for example, the floral scent of tourist mattresses instead of common odor of rubber) but they were always able to solve all problems. We are ready to face the challenge.