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All About Acetaldehyde

By Dr Frances Wright

Reportedly Acetaldehyde can be considered as one of the most important aldehydes. As a result, it is produced on a very large scale in the industry. This is due to its wide variety of uses and functions.

It is a colourless liquid with a strong odour. Acetaldehyde occurs widely in nature. Organically, it can be found in coffee, bread, ripe fruits and is produced by plants. Acetaldehyde can also be manufactured by the hydration of acetylene and the oxidation of ethanol. The most commonly used process for the manufacturing of Acetaldehyde is the Wacker process.

The Wacker process was developed between 1957 and 1959. This process catalyses the oxidation of ethylene to Acetaldehyde. As a carcinogenic, it is essential that Acetaldehyde be used correctly with experienced care and techniques, especially when used as an additive and preservative in foods.

Some of the most common uses of Acetaldehyde are as follows:

  • Additive and preservative in foods and beverages
  • Added to fizzy drinks and flavours
  • As a flavouring agent in small doses it allows for a floral, green apple aroma
  • It is also known as a product of alcohol fermentation and along with other volatile compounds it contributes to the wine aroma
  • It has also been used to harden gelatin

Other uses include:

  • An intermediate in the synthesis of other chemicals
  • In the flavours and fragrances industry it is often used in the production of perfumes
  • In fuel compositions
  • As a solvent in the rubber, tanning and paper industries
  • In the production of: polyester resins, basic dyes, paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, paper products and plastic and rubber products

The Clive Teubes Group offers a comprehensive range of oils to international markets. With a focus on innovation, the Group constantly evaluates new concepts, developing unique products to meet distinctive global needs.

For more information please request a product brochure from mandy@teubes.com or visit www.teubes.com


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Powerful Effects of Flavours & Fragrances on Psychological Wellbeing

By Dr Frances Wright

Flavours and fragrances add depth and wonder to our experience of the world. Reportedly, research has indicated that apart from the well-known benefits – such as helping to deodorise and strengthen domestic and cosmetic products – flavours and fragrances have a profoundly positive impact on our psychological wellbeing as well.

According to Theresa Molnar, Executive Director of the Sense and Smell Institute; “Scents can have positive effects on mood, stress reduction, sleep enhancement, self-confidence, and physical and cognitive performance”.

Here are some of the top psychological benefits:

Certain scents have a calming and relaxing effect, by aiding in calming the brains neural activity these scents are effective in helping to reduce stress and anxiety.

One of the ways in which memory is encoded is through sensory memory. Surrounding yourself with flavours and fragrances that have positive memory triggers for you, i.e. those that are linked to positive memories, such as the smell of a loved one, can help to enhance your mood and even to instill a sense of psychological safety and security through the familiarity of the fragrance.

Flavours and Fragrances are also commonly used as mood enhancers. Particularly sweet smells seem to have the psychological effect of uplifting mood and energy, and thereby aiding in battling depression and fatigue.

The Clive Teubes Group offers a comprehensive range of flavours and fragrances to international markets. With a focus on innovation, the Group constantly evaluates new flavour concepts, while developing unique, ethnic flavours and fragrances to meet distinctive global needs.

For more information please request a product brochure from mandy@teubes.com or visit www.teubes.com/flavours-fragrances/.

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Why Sassafras Oil Requires Police Clearance: Handle with Care

Sassafras oil is a powerfuland effective essential oil, extracted from the dried root barks of sassafras abidum through the process of steam distillation. When used properly, Sassafras holds many unique benefits.

Sassafras has long been well known as an ancient remedy. The main chemical components are safrole, asarone, 5-menthoxy-eugenol, coniferaldehyde, camphone and traces of thujone, apiol and eugenol. In the 1983, British Herbal Pharmacopoeia Sassafras was listed as a remedy for rheumatism, high blood pressure, arthritis, menstrual and kidney problems, rashes and other skin conditions, and gout.

However, it must be handled with the correct level of care. When used incorrectly this oil can be harmful. As a result, it has been the center of much debate. Due to this potentially harmful nature Sassafras should only be used by trained professionals who understand the nature and qualities of this oil. For this reason, Sassafras is not available for direct purchase in South Africa without police clearance.

The importation and exportation of Sassafras also has many restrictions. The FDA and other global regulatory institutions have banned the direct purchase of Sassafras without special clearance. In some instances a declaration of intent is also required.

Due to the sensitive nature of this product, the Teubes Group has made it its mission to understand both the benefits and the risks of using and selling this essential oil. As such, the Group has made sure to work within the rules and regulations as set out by the ruling authorities and offers this powerful essential oil to customers who meet the necessary criteria.

Contact us to find out more about this product, including the rules, precautions and requirements for purchase.

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The Many Benefits of Lemon Soap Fragrance

Lemon has far reaching benefits, from being an effective cleaning agent to evoking a calming atmosphere through its sensory properties:

  • Lemon Soap Fragrance is suitable for use in cleaning detergents such as ammonia, thick bleach, and dishwashing liquid. This product can easily be added to these detergents to increase their cleaning capabilities as well as enhancing their scent.
  • Lemon is a powerful cleaning agent. The acid in lemons is antibacterial as well as antiseptic, resulting in a stronger, longer-lasting and sanitising clean. This in turn ensures the creation of a healthier environment.
  • Lemon has purifying properties which clear the air, resulting in a clean and fresh environment. Lemon not only cleans through direct application, but it also seemingly has a positive effect on eradicating pollutants in the air.
  • The lemon scent is reportedly a mood enhancer, resulting in happier clients and guests. The reuse of the product ensures a repeated feeling of well-being. Studies show that the lemon scent counters negative emotions such as anger and frustration. It is also a powerful combatant against anxiety and emotional exhaustion.

Whether used directly or as an addition to other detergents, the Lemon Soap Fragrance enhances every clean, resulting in a fresher, happier and healthier environment.

Contact us to find out more about this product, and many others like it. 

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Defying the Drought with Increased Citrus Production

By Frances Wright

Citrus oil continues to be a popular commodity within the South African commercial essential oils market. The vast health benefits of these essential oils have become increasingly known. South Africa produces a very large variety of citrus fruits from plantations around the country.

Despite the fear that product supply may decrease this year due to the drought in the Western Cape, South Africa has seemingly managed to maintain its citrus production. Furthermore, in some regions within South Africa, production seems to have increased. However, the drought does mean that there may be a decrease in the production of mandarins. This decrease is supplemented with the increase in percentages of other citrus fruit such as grapefruit (with an estimated increase of around four percent) and oranges (with an estimated increase of around eight). These increases are reportedly due to the expansion of acreage in the producing areas of Limpopo.

The increases in citrus production has reportedly resulted in an uptake of exportation of oranges, (Latin name: Citrus Sinensis) to the middle East. This increase is also due to other factors such as suitable packaging and shipment sizes. This production increase will likely have a positive influence on the rise of the production of orange oil. Orange oil currently has a high demand in the commercial market for its benefits for health and beauty uses, as well as the unique flavours and fragrances attributed to the perfume essence of oranges.

Grapefruit oil is also popular in the commercial market for its beauty benefits. It is also commonly used for aromatherapy. The grapefruit oil is often used for scent therapy with reported benefits of positive results on the lymphatic system.

With the help of the farmers that are supported by Teubes Oils, and despite the industrial fears that the drought would have a negative effect on the production of citrus, South Africa has maintained (and in some cases even increased) its citrus production and exportation.

This allows Teubes to continue servicing the citrus oil market, effectively meeting the growing commercial demand for high quality citrus oils.

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Rising Demand for Eucalyptus Oil

By Frances Wright

Eucalyptus oil is obtained from the leaf of the Eucalyptus tree. Oil suppliers across South Africa fervently produce and promote Eucalyptus oil due to its popularity in the commercial market for its healthcare benefits. As a result Eucalyptus oil is of the higher ranking African essential oils.

According to the “Global Eucalyptus Oil Market 2018-2023 Forecast”, the rate of production of Eucalyptus oil in South Africa, and worldwide, has seen a marked increase.

Essential oil producers are experiencing a higher demand for Eucalyptus oil to be used in ointments for healing, as well as for perfumes, and flu and cold medicines and rubs. African perfume oils  are also becoming more popular. This in turn is increasing the demand for such oils with fragrance oil suppliers in South Africa.

The effect of this increased demand is outlined in the Forecast as follows:

“The increased consumption of Eucalyptus Oil is expected to continue during the remaining years of the forecast period of 2019-2024. Eucalyptus Oil industry will usher in a stable growth space.At the same time, companies are focusing on technological innovation, equipment upgrades, and process improvements, to reduce costs and improve quality. The competition in Eucalyptus Oil market will become more intense. The worldwide market for Eucalyptus Oil is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly 6.6% over the next five years, will reach 400 million US$ in 2023, from 270 million US$ in 2017, according to a new study.”

Natural essential oil distribution companies in South Africa must ensure that they are staying ahead of the trend and are well prepared to meet the continued rise in demand for this oil. Teubes Oils has predicted this increased need for these essential oils and natural extracts, ensuring its Eucalyptus oil supply is ready to meet the demand.

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