Tagetes erecta, also called Aztec marigold, is a species of the genus Tagetes.
The essential oil is often used in personal-care products because of its strong, sweet apple fragrance. For medicinal purposes it is also used internally to support digestion and externally to support healthy skin. Therapeutically tagetes essential oil is used for athlete's foot, bunions, calluses, chest infections, corns, coughs, fungal infections and parasites.
Tagete oil is produced in India, Egypt, Madagascar, Mexico, South America (Brazil) and South Africa and some other parts of Africa. Global production is estimated to be around 12 MT.
Tagete oil is unique and is often found in men’s fine fragrances, to support floral themes, where it blends well with many absolutes. Small amounts (usually under 0.1% in the concentrate fragrance compound) add some green, white floral and fruity notes.
2018 was a good year for tagetes oil. The rainfall during the yearend of 2017 contributed significantly to a healthy production. The crop and production figures rose to their previous levels. Prices remain moderately constant. In general, producers expect to see a 5-6 % price increase from what they were in 2017.
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