This article was originally published on the Guardian


“The raw ingredients in famous brands are vulnerable to political upheaval, changes in agricultural practices and natural disasters”.

“…The perfume industry is facing a major problem: maintaining constant levels of quality is crucial, but it is increasingly difficult to obtain a regular supply of all the necessary natural ingredients. Essential oils such as jasmine, rose, vetiver, ilang-ilang, iris, vanilla, sandalwood or lavender cannot be synthesised in the laboratory. But supplies are dwindling and need to be protected, in some cases by the perfume industry itself.

…Each bottle of perfume is made from raw materials whose quality and cost are sensitive to changes in agriculture, politics, natural disasters, climate and disease. All of which can be a major headache for perfumers.

…”In Indonesia, the Chinese who used to farm the patchouli fields have been persecuted, forcing them to give up their crops, which in turn led to an incredible price rise,” Wasser explains. For several months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010 vetiver exports stopped, he adds…”

Read on at: the Guardian.