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The Top Five Rejuvinating Floral Fragrances

By Jemina Dube

It may be early on in the year, but the general consensus seems to be that energies are waning. The demands of life can be incredibly stressful, leaving you with little energy to tackle the rest of the day, let alone the week. The happy truth, however, is that there is help.

You don’t have to spend your days feeling exhausted and always one step behind. The surest way to be your most productive and energised self is to rest and rejuvenate. Here are our Top Five Floral Fragrances that can help you do just that:


  • Peach Fragrance:This fragrance is incredibly refreshing for the mind and body. Peach is rich in antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and it is rich in free radicals. It gives a soft sweet smell and is the perfect fragrance for your baths, hand washes, cream and fabric softener.


  • Lavender Fragrance: Lavender is well known for its calming qualities. It helps to reduce stress and aids in sleep, which in turn helps you to feel rested and ready for the day. As a floral fragrance, Lavender is versatile, allowing for various applications such as; candles, air-fresheners, in your bath/ bath products, floor polishes and fabric softeners.


  • Rose Fragrance: Rose Fragrance evokes connotations of luxury. This luxurious quality comes not only from the beauty and popularity of its flowers but also from its aromatic ability to soothe, calm and uplift. This fragrance is perfect for creams, soaps, soap petals, and in your bath/ bath products and diffusers.


  • Floral Fragrance:This fragrance lightens the mood and gives a calming and stress reducing scent. It is known to provide comfort and to aid in clearing the mind. It is most commonly used in detergents, air-fresheners, thick bleach and toilet soaps.


  • Cotton Candy/Soft Blue Fragrance:This fragrance is fun and uplifting. Its soft, sweet aroma makes it smell good enough to eat (but rather don’t) and it inspires joy and creativity. This fragrance is well suited for room sprays, linen sprays, fabric softeners, petroleum jelly and Aqueous Creams.


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, 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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Lavender Oil – Nature’s Gift from Violet Fields

Wonderful violet fields of lavender spring to mind when one thinks about this essential oil. Derived from the lavender leaves or plants, usually through steam distillation, this essential oil is yellow in colour and rich in fragrance. As can be expected, the uses and benefits of this oil reach far and wide:

  • To calm your mood: Lavender oil has been proven to have many psychological benefits. In Dorene Petersen’s presentation at the Alliance of International Aromatherapists 2017 Conference, she outlined lavender oil as highly effective in assisting cognitive support and brain health. Within this application, the most common uses are for calming anxiety and enhancing mood. It is also effective in strengthening focus and concentration.


  • As a room freshener: Take advantage of the floral fragrance of lavender oil by creating a room and linen spray with it. This will automatically also aid in the psychological benefits already mentioned.


  • To calm irritation and the itching from an insect bite: Apply some lavender oil directly to the skin to ease the irritation and reduce itching. This is very effective and works within seconds, offering long-lasting relief.


  • To doctor wounds: The anti-bacterial qualities in lavender oil make it great to treat minor cuts and scrapes. The oil disinfects the wound while also reducing swelling and pain.


  • For a good night’s sleep: Lavender oil has a sedative effect. Combined with its stress relieving properties this helps in promoting a good night’s sleep. The Lavender oil can be applied through spraying a little onto your bedding or burning a lavender candle for a few minutes next to your bed before going to sleep.


The Clive Teubes Group offers a comprehensive range of Essential Oils, Natural Extracts, Citrus Oils, Flavours & Fragrances, Indigenous Oils, Exotic Oils, Special Extracts, and Aromatics to international markets. With a focus on innovation, the Group constantly evaluates new concepts, developing unique, ethnic 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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Keep Those Insects at Bay – The Wonders of Citronella Oil

Citronella oil has been proven to be effective as a natural insect repellent. The most obvious benefit of this is that it is a completely natural substance, therefore your family (especially children) is not unnecessarily exposed to harmful chemicals. The lemongrass base of Citronella oil helps to give it its signature scent. The essential oil contains high levels of geraniol, citronellol and citronellal. To help navigate the application of this wonder oil, here is an outline of some of the best options available to you:

  • Burn it: Add a little atmosphere, fragrance and warmth to the room while also keeping insects at bay with a candle made from Citronella oil. This is perfect for at meal times or when visiting with friends. For safety reasons this is not recommended while sleeping.


  • Use it as a lotion: Mix the Citronella oil with a carrier oil or into your organic body lotion and apply it directly to your skin. This is great for protecting your little ones from insect bites while they are sleeping.


  • Spray it into the air: Create a room spray by adding the oil to a liquid base or carrier oil. Spray this around the room and onto the furniture. This will have the added benefit of freshening up the room, which doubles as a mood enhancer.


  • Tiki Torch oil: This is a great fit for those summer evening outdoor parties. You are able to keep the insects away while adding a little atmospheric fun to the evening.

The Clive Teubes Group offers a comprehensive range of Essential Oils, Natural Extracts, Citrus Oils, Flavours & Fragrances, Indigenous Oils, Exotic Oils, Special Extracts, and Aromatics to international markets. With a focus on innovation, the Group constantly evaluates new concepts, developing unique, ethnic 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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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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The Ancient Wisdom of Using Citronella Oil

Citronella Oil is well known in Eastern Countries for its ancient medicinal properties. It has been used for centuries in countries such as China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. This Oil is derived from an Asian grass plant called Cymbopogon Nardus, and combines the scents of citrus fruits, cinnamon and wood. Citronella oil benefits are wide and far reaching. Please find a few of them listed below

Citronella Oil is well known as an all-natural insect repellent. A Citronella candle is often used as a way to repel mosquitoes. Reportedly, Citronella is also effective against headlice. Used topically, the oil should be reapplied every half an hour to an hour for optimal functioning.

Citronella Oil helps to decrease skin irritations such as rashes and infections. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, is useful in the reduction of pain, fights free radical damage, and helps reverse oxidative stress. It is also antibacterial, combating bacteria and fungi. Citronella Oil also works well as an antiseptic. It is effective in aiding stress reduction and, as a result, is commonly used in aromatherapy as well as in candles and household sprays.

Due to its fresh scent, Citronella Oil is an effective way to deodorise your home. It is often used in soaps, candles, incense, sprays and perfumes. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties also make it effective as a cleaning aid in areas that need disinfection, such as the kitchen and bathroom.

Citronella Oil has a calming effect on pets as well. As a result, in some areas it is used in pet collars to help prevent dogs from barking and to aid in relaxing the pet. Using Citronella as a furniture and linen spray also aids in preventing your pets from climbing onto your furniture and/or beds. Studies show that Citronella is better when used for dogs than with cats, as cats seem to be more sensitive to the oil.

For more information about Citronella Oil or to order yours visit: mandy@teubes.com or email  teubes@teubes.com.

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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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