Patchouli oil is produced by steam distillation of the dried leaves of Pogostemon Cablin.
The plant is native to tropical regions of Asia, and is now extensively cultivated in China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as West Africa.
Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of patchouli, accounting for over 80% of the global market. Patchouli is a perennial species that thrives in warm tropical climates. Current annual production volumes are around 1,000-1,200MT with market demand calculated to be around the same.
Over recent years there has been a shift in regional supplies of patchouli between the different islands of Indonesia. Historically we have associated Java and Sumatra with our patchouli but today Sulawesi represents around 80% of total raw material available. To understand more as to why and how this can affect qualities please read our Elementary Essential Oils report.
Ultra with PT Van Aroma as our production partner are the world's largest exporter and producer of Indonesian Patchouli Oil.
Available grades include 'Dark', 'Light' (iron free) and 'M.D.' (molecular distilled) with P.A. (patchouli alcohol) content ranging from 29PA - 34PA.
Read our latest report on Indonesia presented in October 2015 at the IFEAT conference in Sri Lanka, titled 'Indonesia - Current & Future Market Dynamics'
Sulawesi: Sporadic rains recurring in unpredictable instances have affected the drying and farm level distillation of Sulawasi patchouli, keeping the prices firm. Some patchouli oil producing areas in Central and South East Sulawesi experienced damaging floods last month. They are now in a recovery state, and are on track to produce more oils in the coming months. Prices remain firm owing to a healthier demand. No downward trend is foreseen for the next 8 to 9 months at least. Wise counsel would prevail if buyers with requirementsuphold the current prices as these are considered sustainable and viable rates for all players in the supply chain.
Market Prices USD 38.00 – 42.00 /kilo
Sumatra:The market is unwavering in terms of no new demand for patchouli from Sumatra. Consequently, supply sources and prices also remain constant. There are some farmers who are converting their lands to maize and citronella due to the irregular business theyhave seen with patchouli in the region.
Market Prices USD 44.00 – 50.00 /kilo
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