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: Current Sulawesi patchouli oil prices have gone up by 30% and are predicted to continue to show an upward trend in coming weeks. This proves that we have been very exhaustive with our product analysis, as stated in our March 2017 market report. Shifting of the predominant patchouli source from East Sulawesi to Central Sulawesi has slowed down supplies significantly. Anticipation of the new harvest will help improve the supply situation.
Sumatra: Current Sumatra patchouli oil prices are stable, as is the supply. Material from Sumatra remains a relatively superior product compared to patchouli oil from Sulawesi. The demand for the Sumatra product flourishes in the market for certain quality requirements, namely a higher patchouli alcohol content, more mature / better olfactory properties.
However, the increase in the Sulawesi patchouli price has brought it almost on a par with the Sumatra price. If the upward trend remains steady, it may generate new customers for Sumatra material.
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