Market Report October 2015


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Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil Citrus limon (L.) Burm. F. Harvest: May - July

Demand has been increasing in recent weeks after a quieter period since July. During this time markets have remained stable with producers seemingly happy with the current export positions.

The final fruit crop this year was around 1.2 million MT, a significant increase on 2014. However that increase didn’t have the type of downward price effect on the market some had originally predicted.

Much of the crop was pre-sold to major end-users and with supplies remaining tight from other origins prices have remained firm but stable.

Over the past 40 years Argentina’s processed lemon volumes have increased significantly decade on decade, from an average annual volume of 80,000 MT in the 1970s, to 200,000 MT in the 1980s, to 540,000 MT in the 1990s and 900,000 MT since 2000. This is why today its contribution is very important to our markets.

Market prices USD 34.00 - 36.00 /kilo


Blue Cypress Oil

Blue Cypress Oil Callitris intratropica Harvest: All Year

Supply is just managing to keep on top of the growing demand for this product, despite recent improvements to the production facilities aimed a increasing capacity. Prices remain stable.

Market prices AUD 450.00 /kilo
Buddawood Oil

Buddawood Oil Eremophila mitchellii Harvest: March - October

Production has re-started after a 2-month shutdown for relocation works, which will increase capacity over the coming months. Although there is a small backlog to overcome it isn’t thought that this will cause too many delays. Wood availabilities remain good.

Market prices AUD 525.00 /kilo
Eucalyptus Radiata Oil

Eucalyptus Radiata Oil Eucalyptus radiata Harvest: April - November

Supplies remain in short supply as demand continues to rise as the relative poor economies involved in producing this oil remain restrictive.

There are noises of some new investments, which the market would welcome, but any benefits would not be short term.

Expect supplies to remain firm for the foreseeable future.

Market prices AUD 38.00 /kilo
Kunzea Oil

Kunzea Oil Kunzea ambigua Harvest: September - January

Production has been slow throughout the winter with wetter than usual conditions preventing harvesting.

New distillation equipment at one major producer will help improve capacities over the coming months with harvesting set to start late October.

Market prices AUD 220.00 /kilo
Rosalina Oil

Rosalina Oil Melaleuca ericifolia Harvest: April - November

New wild harvesting of this tree will start on Flinders Island (near Tasmania) in the coming weeks bringing more supplies into the market.

Recently this essential oil has found its way into a number of boutique products in the cosmetic and aromatherapy markets while the it is hoped that the new production will attract new users from the fragrance sector.

Market prices AUD 190.00 /kilo
Sandalwood Nut Oil

Sandalwood Nut Oil Fusanus Spicatus Kernel Oil Harvest: March - November

There are good raw material stocks available at origin, which can be processed anytime to keep up with growing demand. There has generally been a good uptake from the market with more and more brands and end-users finding novel ways to include the benefits of this oil in their personal care or healthcare products.

Market prices USD 150.00 /kilo
Sandalwood Oil WA

Sandalwood Oil WA Santalum spicatum Harvest: March - November

Prices have stabilised at record high levels as it appears supply is limited and demand continues to increase. There are contradictory stories of this in the market and many believe this is the work of one group’s decision to deliberately cut off supplies to force up market prices in the short-term.

The better news is that more supply options are coming and the first should be seen in quarter 4 this year, albeit on a small scale. It is widely expected that in the first half of 2016 a new major producer will come online with their own sustainable oil from plantation wood. This should in turn bring market prices down to more comfortable levels.

It is also expected that the introduction of new suppliers will improve the quality of material we are currently seeing today. There is evidence that santalol levels of spicatum as a market standard have fallen in recent years to the bottom of the ISO requirements, perhaps a result of a lack of competition rather than a shift in raw material qualities.

Market prices USD 1850.00 /kilo
Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil Melaleuca alternifolia Harvest: May - November

90% of this year’s harvesting is complete and generally farmers are reported to have had a good crop.

Good farming practices have resulted in approximate 15% gains in the growing regions of Port Macquarie and Casino, but other areas remain unchanged. Some producers are reporting significant increases in yields but overall we expect the number to average around 10% (an extra 50 MT of oil this year).

It appears most producers are now sold out for the year, so one would expect price increases in the final quarter of the year and the 1st quarter of next year. This seems to have been the pattern in recent years as demand and supply are finely balanced.

In local price terms the price of tea tree has increased. However, the weak Australia Dollar is masking this to such an effect that export prices now seem lower. This is unlikely to remain so it is worth taking advantage of current price levels.  We would recommend that if you haven’t yet covered until the 2016 season (June 2016) you take the necessary steps over the next few weeks to do so as prices will not soften.

Market prices AUD 48.50 - 49.00 /kilo


Kumquat Oil

Kumquat Oil Fortunella japonica Harvest: December - February

Capacities are slowly increasing and availability is improving after a wet period during June/July.

There continues to be a growing interest in this for fine fragrance applications with the Far East market particularly receptive to its unique character.

Market prices USD 170.00 /kilo
Lime Oil CP

Lime Oil CP Citrus latifolia Harvest: January - April

Prices softened slightly in recent weeks more due to a reaction to a quieter period during the holiday season rather than for any major change in market conditions.

The last season’s output was still considered disappointing and combined with more suitable fruits than usual for the fresh market, processing volumes have been relatively small.

Brazil produced between 240-250 MT this year, still smaller than Mexican production. However, with Mexico’s overstocked position on lime juice becoming a problem we could see Mexico produce less over winter, which may again put new pressure on the market.

Market prices USD 35.00 /kilo
Orange Oil CP

Orange Oil CP Citrus sinensis Harvest: July - December

The picture remains fairly sad with no good news to report. As previously mentioned, the crops are suffering due to the presence of Citrus Greening (HLB) and the heavy rains that caused a lot of blossoms to fall earlier in the year.

In addition, late rains in July delayed harvesting, which has been attributed to this year’s El Nińo event.

We expect around 245 million boxes to be processed this year, down from 290 million in 2014.

Citrus Greening

The incidence of Huanglongbing disease (HLB) has expanded by 159% in Brazil’s citrus belt over the past three years according to the results of a new citrus disease survey announced by Brazil’s Citrus Production Defence Fund (Fundecitrus).


Greening is now present in nearly 18% of the orange groves in São Paulo state and the regions of Triângulo Mineiro and south-east Minas Gerais, which jointly form the citrus belt.


This corresponds to 35 million sick plants in the field, including 44% with severe HLB symptoms that can cause a fruit production loss of around 50% due to smaller fruit size and premature fruit drop.


The most affected micro-region is south São Paulo and its sub-regions of Limeira, Porto Ferreira and Casa Branca where around 42.5% of plants show HLB symptoms. Central São Paulo, which encompasses the sub-regions of Matão, Brotas and Duartina, follows with 23.5% of orange trees affected.


The results were obtained from a survey of a stratified sample of 24,200 citrus trees in the entire citrus belt, conducted in June and July. Fundecitrus also revealed that the incidence of citrus variegated chlorosis (CVC) fell by 82% since 2012 when Fundecitrus conducted its previous survey.


Currently only 6.77% of citrus trees show symptoms of CVC, down from 37.57% in 2012.

Market prices USD 7.00 /kilo


Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil Lavandula angustifolia Harvest: July

The season is over and the output was very good in comparison to previous years, but to what extent is hard to predict. Contradictory numbers from different source confuse the picture, especially when it seems the market has absorbed most of this production with some now struggling to find good quality oil.

Interpreting the numbers we estimate production at between 140 MT and 150 MT but some say it’s higher whilst being unable to substantiate this. If these interpretations are correct then it will be a 30-35% increase on last years figures, which will help the global position as the market lost volumes from elsewhere this year.

As a result of the crop, prices have remained stable. Some buyers were able to take advantage of some early crop offers but as time settles and volumes subside, prices are now starting to rise again.

Market prices USD 90.00 - 95.00 /kilo
Rose Oil

Rose Oil Rosa damascena Harvest: May - June

There is little to no material currently available in the market, which is forcing prices upwards from those traders fortunate to have stocks.

The Bulgarian crop ended with up to 50% less petals than in 2014, which yielded approximately 650-750 kilo of oil.

It is too early to see if there will be any lasting damage to the plants ahead of next year’s crop but it is clear to see that between now and then finding sufficient volumes will be a challenge.

Market prices Euro 9,500.00 - 10,500.00 /kilo


Cassia Oil

Cassia Oil Cinnamomum cassia Harvest: May - July, October - December

Prices have been low and stable since early in the year and remain so despite being out of season.

The second crop, which starts mid-October, generally yields better quality oil with some buyers waiting on this quality before securing their 2016 contracts. It could be that this quality commands a premium but it is still expected that material will be available for the foreseeable future at today’s low price levels.

Market prices USD 33.00 /kilo (Traditional)
Citronella Oil

Citronella Oil Cymbopogon winterianus Harvest: June - December

The season is ending late September but whilst output has remained constant the quality has been a problem. This, along with competition from Indonesia, has slowed exports down in recent weeks.

Market prices USD 17.50 /kilo
Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Oil Eucalyptus globulus Harvest: July - October

There is some pressure on supplies due to the high rain levels over the July harvest period, which in turn has added around $0.50 – $1.00 /kilo to export prices. This is likely to continue to pose problems until later in the year when more harvesting begins.

Market prices USD 13.50 /kilo
Garlic Oil

Garlic Oil Allium sativum L. Harvest: April - May

There is strong pressure on supply at the moment and this is only likely to get worse as we move further away from the season, which finished in June, with prices increasing month on month.

Market prices USD 180.00 /kilo
Geranium Oil

Geranium Oil Pelargonium graveolens Harvest: May - September

The market price has fallen 15-20% since the turn of the year but that downward trend seems to have slowed as the season comes to a close.

This time last year prices stabilised and it is thought that this year will be a similar story, tracking just a few dollars under last year’s prices.

Market prices USD 155.00 /kilo
Ginger Oil

Ginger Oil Zingiber officinale Harvest: January - April

No change from July with stocks at origin still low. Most factories are only producing against firm orders, which are increasing lead-times and keeping prices stable. This is expected to continue for the rest of 2015.

Market prices USD 70.00 /kilo
Natural Citral ex Litsea

Natural Citral ex Litsea Litsea cubeba Harvest: July - October

Price remains relatively weak during this stage of the season as output is larger than last year. More planting was done in 2014 and today we are seeing the net result of this.

That said, it is unlikely that prices will fall much more as there are no signs of a major oversupply and with the season ending in October, material has to suffice until July 2016.

Market prices USD 19.00 /kilo (Litsea)
Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil Melaleuca alternifolia Harvest: May - August

Markets are stable and there is good supply. The weak Australian Dollar has meant generally that export prices for Australian oil are cheaper in US Dollars, which in turn has a downward impact on demand for Chinese oil as it is primarily used for blending with Australian oil. When Australian prices are high demand for Chinese oil increases as it’s a cheaper alternative for some applications.

Market prices USD 25.00 /kilo


Helichrysum Oil

Helichrysum Oil Helichrysum angustifolium Harvest: August - September

The short summer season closed on August 15th. Although productive, the total volumes produced are unlikely to keep the market satisfied and with a government ban on harvesting at all other times pressures will remain on the market for the foreseeable future. Currently limited stocks are available but are unlikely to remain available for long.

Production is thought to be down between 40-45% as a result of the shorter season.

Market prices 2,500.00 /kilo


Basil Oil Linalool

Basil Oil Linalool Ocimum basilicum L Harvest: June - September

The first cut from the new season was in August with disappointing results. Yields were low due to an unknown disease in the plant, which has put an immediate stress on supply. The second cut will be ready early October but this isn’t expected to bring much relief to the market with prices already rising.

Market prices USD 95.00 /kilo
Chamomile Blue  Oil

Chamomile Blue Oil Matricaria chamomilla Harvest: March - May

There are some stocks still available from the 2015 crop but they are reducing with time and it is expected that prices will rise on the back of the decreasing volumes available. This is likely to be the pattern until the new crop in March/April 2016.

Market prices USD 1350.00 /kilo
Coriander Herb Oil

Coriander Herb Oil Coriandrum sativum L. Harvest: January - February, June - July

Limited stocks remain available after the crop earlier in 2015 but remain higher priced than those from other origins. That said, with other origins now sold, the market might be more prepared to accept the prices from this origin.

Market prices USD 130.00 /kilo
Cumin Seed Oil

Cumin Seed Oil Cuminum cyminum L. Harvest: May - June

This remains stable with the general balance in the market being good and any price increases are unlikely at this stage.

It is again worth noting that other ‘cheaper’ qualities continue to be sold from some Egyptian producers/traders at prices around 20% under today’s market. We feel if you are paying under our guide price you may not be buying pure oil.

Market prices USD110.00 /kilo
Geranium Oil

Geranium Oil Pelargonium graveolens Harvest: June - July

The new crop is over and supplies are very healthy. As a result, prices have dropped as exporters look to get any small advantage over their competitors. In general, it is thought the global market for geranium oil contracted last year.

Today you are sure to be able to pick up a good price but as always you should be conscious that this product has a history of speculation so the dynamics can change any time. Enjoy this one whilst it is available.

Market prices USD 70.00 /kilo
Jasmine Absolute

Jasmine Absolute Jasminum grandiflorum L. Harvest: June - November

New crop is available and in general the yields were satisfactory. That said, demand remains firm and prices have again started to rise and are expected to continue to do so over the coming weeks.

Market prices USD 4200.00 /kilo
Parsley Leaf Oil

Parsley Leaf Oil Petroselinum crispum Harvest: April - May

Supplies are limited as we’re off-season at the moment with little oil being produced this year due to weak demand.

Market prices USD 200.00 /kilo


Clary Sage Oil

Clary Sage Oil Salvia sclarea Harvest: June - July

This one can be summarised as ‘crazy’! Prices had already been firm and speculation leading into this year’s harvest suggested problems with the crops and higher prices to follow. They weren’t wrong!

After the drought in spring the flowers never really developed and the hot summer just compounded the problems. Total output is thought to be around 18 MT, down significantly on expectations.

Today demand is extremely high and prices are following that trend. It is expected by mid-October all quantities will be sold and to the highest bidder.

Market prices Euro 255.00 /kilo
Lavandin Grosso

Lavandin Grosso Lavandula hybrida var. grosso Harvest: July - August

After a promising start the 2015 crop ended with lower than expected yields, primarily due to the high temperatures experienced during summer, meaning the harvest simply could not be finished in time before some loss of yield. Overall it is anticipated that the crop is around 1,050 tons, down 5% on 2014.      

Prices from the farmers remain similar to those of 2014, although due to some increase in manufacturing costs there has been a small increase in price. Prices in the market are now firming with availability reducing as a result of increased market demand.

Market prices Euro 30.00 /kilo
Lavandin Super

Lavandin Super Lavandula hybrida var. super Harvest: July - August

The crop fell short of expectations leaving the market looking for oil. As a result the farmers commanded higher prices to compensate for the yield losses causing the end-user markets to firm quickly. Supplies are likely to be exhausted in the coming weeks.

Market prices Euro 40.00 /kilo
Lavender Maillette Oil

Lavender Maillette Oil Lavandula angustifolia var. maillette Harvest: July

Generally it was a good season for lavender in France with some species reporting a 20% increase in yields. For Maillette the news wasn’t as good but it is thought that there will be no less oil than last year.

As always demand for pure French lavender remains firm with prices stable or increasing slightly on 2014.

Market prices Euro 170.00 /kilo


Basil Oil Holy

Basil Oil Holy Ocimum sanctum Harvest: November - February

There are limited stocks available today with prices stable. The season will commence late November and last until late January where it is expected availability will improve.

Market prices USD 70.00 /kilo
Black Pepper Oil

Black Pepper Oil Piper nigrum L. Harvest: December - February

Prices have now been stable for a few months and are expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. Supplies are healthy and for reasonable volume shipments there are some good prices to be seen.

Market prices USD 80.00 +/- /kilo
Cornmint Oil

Cornmint Oil Mentha arvensis Harvest: May - July

The market is currently stable but with output much lower than last year, any spike in demand could see prices rise.

There was a deliberate effort to produce less this season as market demand and with it prices, had fallen.

Market prices USD 16.00 /kilo
Davana Oil

Davana Oil Artemisia Pallens Harvest: February - April

We’re off-season with no real availability at source. This will remain until the new season which starts in February 2016.

Market prices USD 560.00 /kilo
Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass Oil Cymbopogon citratus Harvest: July - November

This year’s crops have been poor, down almost 30% on last year, which is causing inferior qualities to become more available in the market. Buyers need to remain vigilant on qualities and compare like for like when reviewing quotations.
Prices for good quality oil have risen and may continue to do so in the coming weeks.

Market prices USD 17.00 /kilo
Lime Oil Distilled (Key)

Lime Oil Distilled (Key) Citrus aurantifolia Harvest: September - December

Supplies are stable with market interest growing. The current economies with this origin mean that prices are a little higher than other more conventional origins but it should be said that this is a superior quality to some origins and given recent investments a future increase in supply could see the Indian quality be more competitive soon.

Market prices USD 48.00 /kilo
Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil Mentha piperita Harvest: April - July

Market demand has been fairly flat which in some ways could be seen as positive. There was less planting last year but after a disastrous crop, which yielded 40% less than expected, there would be an immediate pressure on prices should demand return.

This one looks finely balanced so it is recommended buyers cover their requirements sooner rather than later to ensure they don’t pay a premium later in the year.

Market prices USD 36.00 - 38.00 /kilo
Spearmint Oil

Spearmint Oil Mentha spicata Harvest: July - August

The crop has been lower than 2014 by round 35%, returning total output to the levels of 2013. Demand has been constant with no major changes expected in the near future.

Market prices USD 22.00 /kilo


Cananga Oil

Cananga Oil Cananga odorata Harvest: June - August

Raw material supplies have started to return albeit slowly, with a small waiting list of those looking to secure fresh oil. As a result, prices remain firm and are expected to remain so for the immediate future.

Market prices USD 56.00 - 58.00 /kilo
Citronella Oil

Citronella Oil Cymbopogon winterianus Harvest: October - February

The local currency is supporting Indonesian exports of citronella along with some additional volumes available from the domestic market.

The global market has recently woken up to this and demand is shifting from Chinese to Indonesian origin.

Market prices USD 14.50 – 15.50 /kilo
Clove Oil

Clove Oil Eugenia caryophyllata Harvest: May - September

Supplies are a little slow due to the clove bud season being in full flow, limiting raw materials for oil processing. That said, local producers are keeping up with current demand and with the favourable exchange rates, export pricing looks favourable to international buyers. Our advice is to take advantage of the exchange rates and plan your Q4 shipments now.

It is estimated there is in excess of 440,000 hectares producing around 80,000 tonnes of clove buds, predominately in the islands of Java, Sulawesi and Sumatra.

Market prices Leaf 85% Rect. 14.25 USD /kilo | Bud USD 21 /kilo | Leaf Crude 73-82% 10.25-13.25 /kilo | Stem USD 17.00 /kilo | Eugenol USD 15.50 /kilo
Massoia Bark Oil

Massoia Bark Oil Cryptocaria massoia Harvest: September - May

Securing raw materials remains very challenging with any available supplies very expensive. It is unlikely we will see any reprieve from this situation for the foreseeable future.

Market prices USD 300.00 – 750.00 /kilo
Nutmeg Oil

Nutmeg Oil Myristica fragrans Houtt. Harvest: All Year

Prices now appear more stable at these very low levels as supplies slow down in response to the new market price levels.

As previously discussed, whilst offering an attractive situation today for many buyers the long-term situation could be somewhat different with current low prices discouraging farmers and investors from future plantations.

It is expected that over the coming months the market will find a new balance and with it a new ‘normal’ price level. Given some of the attractive prices available today it could well be that prices will rise not fall into 2016.

Indonesia exported around 350-400 MT of oil in both 2013 and 2014, which accounts for around 80% of global production.

Market prices USD 40.00 - 50.00 /kilo
Patchouli Oil

Patchouli Oil Pogostemon cablin Harvest: All Year

Export prices have fallen primarily due to the exchange rates rather than the actual raw material prices at origin. The prolonged dry periods have reduced supplies and locally prices are actually rising.

As a result of the poor yields some farmers have opted to harvest younger plants, which is now yielding poorer qualities of oil.

The overall situation looks finely balanced as traditionally August/September represents a good time to buy ahead of the traditional rainy season starting in November. If raw material supplies continue to slow, we could see prices start to climb. To what extent the global market sees this will depend on how the local currency performs against international currencies.

Market prices USD 42.00 – 65.00 /kilo
Vetiver Oil

Vetiver Oil Vetiveria zizanioides Harvest: January - July

Raw material prices remain very high and continue to increase. Total output has been low for a few months keeping pressure on the market. If it wasn’t for the favourable exchange rates the export prices would be even higher and whether it is a swing in the exchange rates or the continuing lack of raw material availability, it is safe to say that this oil continues to rise in price and will remain difficult for the foreseeable future.

It is hoped that the prices that can be demanded by the local farmers will encourage others to reinvest in new plantations but this will take time to yield any positive results.

Market prices USD 175.00 – 225.00 /kilo


Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil Citrus limon (L.) Burm. F. Harvest: November - January, April - July

We are still in the closed season with the winter crop commencing early November (depending on weather conditions). Whilst there has been little available information as to the conditions of the trees and fruit there is known to be a high demand in the market for fresh fruits which is likely to keep prices high at the start of the new season.

Market prices Euro 34.00 /kilo
Mandarin Oil Green

Mandarin Oil Green Citrus reticulata Harvest: February - May

At this stage we expect some stability in the mandarin market although it should be noted that in general the hot summer has caused some damage, which is likely to have an impact. To what extent it is too early to see.

Market prices N/A
Orange Oil Blood

Orange Oil Blood Citrus sinensis Harvest: December - February

Although it is a little early to predict it is hoped that the new crop will provide us with some relief after last year’s disappointing output.  Down around 45% on 2014, this year was particularly bad but we are hopeful that come February/March 2016 there is better news for us all.

Market prices N/A


Lime Oil Distilled (Key)

Lime Oil Distilled (Key) Citrus aurantifolia Harvest: May - August

In general, 2015 has been a reasonable year in terms of output and most recently, in July and August, more fruits available than normal.

However, the demand from the fresh fruit markets in Mexico and North America remains strong, as do prices, ensuring that prices for oil have not fallen as many would like.

Now we are in the closed season, fruit availability will decrease, along with the fruits available for processing. This could mean that in the short-term we see some firming in price until we get a better assessment of the winter season, which starts in January.

As mentioned in our last report, we still believe this one is better to cover now rather than take the risk of waiting to see what prices will do next.

Market prices USD 42.00 /kilo


Artemisia Taurica

Artemisia Taurica Artemisia taurica Harvest: July - September

Supplies have been limited but are available as harvesting and processing was completed recently. However, that said it is unlikely that these volumes will remain for long at origin with market demand strong.

Market prices USD 55.00 /kilo
Clary Sage Oil

Clary Sage Oil Salvia sclarea L. Harvest: July - August

Demand remains very strong and despite a good crop there remains limited supplies available at origin. This is likely due to the growing demand, the lack of output from other producing countries and the increased demand for sclaireol.

Today the major producers are stating that they are sold out with all material shipped or pending shipment to those customers who booked ahead.

It is clear that prices will remain firm this year and into 2016 when it is hoped that by this time next year both Russia and other origins could be producing more to bring some relief to this situation. However, this is more wishful thinking at the moment and should there be any long term benefit to recent investments they are still a long way away and buyers should plan accordingly.

Market prices USD 180.00 /kilo
Coriander Herb Oil

Coriander Herb Oil Coriandrum sativum L. Harvest: May - June

This year’s production was a little late which was good news as demand also came late. In the end there was a good balance between supply and demand but if anything a little more oil would have been nice to ensure sufficient cover for the year.

This spike in demand came by surprise as before the harvest began there appeared to be some volumes still available from the 2014 production.

Today the markets are quieter with all material at origin sold.

Market prices N/A
Coriander Seed Oil

Coriander Seed Oil Corriandrum sativum L. Harvest: July - August

Supplies appear to be on top of demand with oil prices falling after a good crop. That said it isn’t without some confusion, as the fresh seed market prices still remain high.

This suggests there is a price battle between the processors rather than a major change in the raw material situation but however artificial the reasoning for the downward price movement, it is very welcome for most.

It is hard to speculate as to whether this pattern will continue or can be maintained at these levels. It could be that this price war continues or that oil prices reflect the raw material input costs and again return to higher levels.

It is perhaps prudent to close 2015/16 contracts now knowing you’re making a good saving on early 2014 pricing rather than risk loosing out should prices start to increase again.

Market prices USD 90.00 /kilo
Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil Lavandula angustifolia Harvest: July - August

There was little production across Russia this last season as earlier frosts damaged the plantations back in April. That said, there is still plenty of interest in oil from this origin and the small supplies that remain are likely to be sold soon.

Market prices USD 90.00 /kilo


Rosemary Oil

Rosemary Oil Rosmarinus officinalis Harvest: All Year

The crop has been difficult this year with output significantly reduced. This is having a direct impact on pricing, which today is at an all time high. More material should become available in Q4 but this will only give some temporary relief to those who have pre-booked.

Market prices Euro 55.00 /kilo


Basil Oil Linalool

Basil Oil Linalool Ocimum basilicum L Harvest: August - September

This year’s crop, which ended this month, has been reasonable but the availability of oil stocks remains low, as most of the harvest was pre-sold.

As a result, we expect to see prices remain firm and possibly increase later in the year.

Market prices USD 120.00 /kilo
Blue Chamomile Oil

Blue Chamomile Oil Matricaria chamomilla (L.) Harvest: December - February

Stocks are almost depleted at origin and will remain so until the new season starting in February 2016. Prices over the past months have increased around 20%.

Market prices USD 775.00 /kilo

New Zealand

Manuka Oil

Manuka Oil Leptospermum scoparium Harvest: April - October

The situation remains as it did in our last report with inventory levels now at an all time high. This doesn’t reflect an over supply situation but instead a more controlled approach to meeting the growing needs of the market.

Market prices NZD 555.00 /kilo

North Africa

Neroli Oil

Neroli Oil Citrus aurantium Harvest: April - May

All 2015 season material has already been sold and as a result prices in the market are rising. We are unable to get any firm offers from origin.

Market prices N/A


Cabreuva Oil

Cabreuva Oil Myrocarpus frondosus Harvest: All Year

There is no change to previous reports, as supply still remains very tight. This is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.

Market prices USD 45.00 /kilo
Guaiacwood Oil

Guaiacwood Oil Bulnesia Sarmientoi Harvest: All Year

Production continues to improve with good stocks now available at origin. This should remain in place for the rest of 2015.

Market prices USD 23.00 /kilo
Petitgrain Oil

Petitgrain Oil Citrus aurantium ssp. Harvest: All Year

The situation remains unchanged. The markets remain difficult, as supply cannot get back ahead of market demand. There are waiting lists for volume at the moment and market prices are increasing as buyers’ struggle to secure their short-term needs. Pressure is likely to remain in place so it is advisable to plan ahead.

Market prices USD 60.00 /kilo


Fir Needle Oil

Fir Needle Oil Abies sibirica Ledeb. Harvest: April - September

There is an increasing shortage in the market as changes to local forestry laws have restricted harvesting. As a result, the major producers are only running at 50% capacity so with each passing month the situation appears to be getting worse. This is expected to remain the case for the immediate future until changes can be made in local legislation to increase the quotas for harvesting.

Market prices N/A

South Africa

Eucalyptus Oil Radiata

Eucalyptus Oil Radiata Eucalyptus Radiata Harvest: August - October

There is a sustained shortage of material from all origins, including South Africa, with very little likely to change in the near future.

South African harvests have been few and far between this year due to a series of issues with the next planned harvest not until February 2016. This will bring some temporary relief to those who have already booked material but until more plantations are established the shortages are likely to continue.

Market prices USD 38.00 /kilo
Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil Citrus limon (L.) Burm. F. Harvest: July - September

The new season will start late August with many anticipating an OK crop, with perhaps a small increase on last years fruit harvest. This perhaps won’t transpire into a significant change in the volumes of fruit processed but the South African crop will certainly be welcome for those who have become accustomed to their quality.

Market prices N/A
Orange Oil CP

Orange Oil CP Citrus sinensis Harvest: June - September

There has been a small amount of harvesting this season, which will intensify over the coming weeks. With the global market looking for more competitive solutions this is South Africa’s opportunity to step up. Having said that, their total oil volumes are very small in comparison to other origins but they will still provide many clients with some alternative supply options. It is expected that this season South Africa will produce between 420-450 MT of orange oil.

Market prices N/A
Tagette Oil

Tagette Oil Tagetes erecta Harvest: June - August

Price is stable and there remain some healthy supplies despite being in the closed season. The next crop will take place in May/June 2016 and it’s expected that prices will remain at today’s levels until closer to this date.

Market prices USD 180.00 /kilo


Lavandin Grosso

Lavandin Grosso Lavandula hybrida Harvest: July - August

The crop was disappointing as expected with Spain becoming a net buyer rather than a seller.

As a result prices remain firm and are expected to remain firm for the next few months.

Market prices Euro 40.00 /kilo
Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil Citrus limon (L.) Burm. F. Harvest: November - July

This year was a record year for Spain with production reaching 1,065,000 MT.  Spain now controls the fresh lemon market in Europe and also has the biggest influence on the oil market. Good crop management and stable weather conditions have put Spain in control of fresh fruit and processed lemons.

The markets have started to be more active following the European holiday season and harvesting of the ‘Verna’ type will start late October. Despite the good Spanish outlook, demand globally remains firm and, as such, oil prices are not expected to fall significantly, especially while fresh lemon prices remain firm.

Market prices Euro 32.00 /kilo
Rosemary Oil

Rosemary Oil Rosmarinus officinalis Harvest: February - June

The Spanish crops have been terrible of late as to have other origins. The global situation for rosemary is difficult, which is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Market prices Euro 55.00 /kilo
Thyme Oil Red

Thyme Oil Red Thymus vulgaris Harvest: June - August

This year’s crop was poor and demand is outstripping supply by a number of multiples. This is putting pressure on prices, which have risen significantly over the past 12 months. The next crop won’t take place until June 2016 so take cover as soon as you can!

Market prices USD 200.00+ /kilo


Grapefruit Oil

Grapefruit Oil Citrus paradisi Harvest: December - April

With the crops down almost 20% this year the pressure on supply remains in place today and for the foreseeable future.

Whilst the area of fruit bearing trees has only reduced by 2-3% this year, the number of fruits per tree has fallen at a rate between 15-20%, largely due to the presence of HLB (Citrus Greening).

The scenario is likely to stay with us for some time as the recovery process can take years and often it has to get worse before it gets better as the only answer can be to destroy infected trees and a large surrounding area – even if these tree today are healthy. Today the production volume for 2015 remains at 12.95 million boxes.

The net results are having a string direct impact on pricing with limited amount of oil currently available.

Market prices White USD 45.00 /kilo Coloured (Pink) USD 35.00 /kilo
Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil Citrus limon (L.) Burm. F. Harvest: May - July

The lemon harvests were completed for the year in July and final numbers show a 6% increase in fruits from last season. It is expected that a similar volume of fruits to last year will be available for processing which is around 260,000 MT.

Prices remain stable.

Market prices USD 38.00 - 40.00 /kilo
Orange Oil

Orange Oil Citrus sinensis Harvest: February - May

The situation remains unchanged from our last report.

Having experienced their worst crop in almost 50 years, supplies remain difficult and prices firm. This is likely to remain the situation until well into the new season starting in February 2016.

This year’s crop is expected to total 96.4 million boxes down on 104.7 million boxes last year and 133.6 million boxes in 2012/13.

Market prices USD 7.00 /kilo


Basil Oil Methyl Chavicol

Basil Oil Methyl Chavicol Ocimum basilicum L Harvest: August - September

This year’s production was low due to unfavourable weather conditions resulting in a number of crops dying. This will have both a short and long term impact on the availability.

Market prices USD 64.00 /kilo