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The market for essential oils - Italy

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1.1 Definition and presentation

Essential oils are mixtures extracted from so-called aromatic plants in the form of oily, liquid substances whose molecular composition is different from that of plant oils. Essential oils are generally extracted by hydrodistillation or cold pressing. These two processes are both time-consuming and require special know-how. Essential oils are therefore highly concentrated flavored compounds, which can therefore be found in many products: pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, household products, food products, etc.

The Italian market for essential oils is growing steadily and forecasts are promising. This dynamic can be explained by consumer preferences for food products without artificial supplements, natural cosmetics but also pharmaceutical products with natural ingredients.

In Italy, the market is concentrated: there are few producers and most specialize in the production of essential oils from lemon, orange or other citrus fruits. They offer products for different uses, the prices of which vary greatly: the raw material and the method of extraction have a very significant impact on the price of the finished product.

1.2 The world and European market

The global essential oils market grew from $**.** billion in **** to $**.** billion in ****, an increase of about **%. The market is projected to grow with CAGR of **% reaching $**.** billion in ****. North America emerges as the largest market in ****, while theAsia-Pacific region is estimated to have the fastest growth over the forecast period. Possible ...

1.3 The Italian market

The data analyzed in this section refer to the sector registered under ATECO **.**.** Manufacture of essential oils, which includes:

manufacture of essences of natural aromatic products manufacture of resinoids manufacture of mixtures of odoriferous products for perfumery and foodstuffs manufacture of aromatic distilled waters

The Italian market has been experiencing steady ...

1.4 Foreign trade is dominated by citrus export

The graphs below show data covering products registered under HS Code ****,"Essential oils (***) including those called "concrete" or "absolute"; resinoids; extracted oleoresins; concentrated solutions of essential oils in fats, fixed oils, waxes or similar products, obtained by enfleurage or maceration; terpenic by-products residual from the deterpenation of essential oils; aromatic distilled ...

1.5 The impact of Covid-19

The impact of the COVID-** pandemic on the global essential oils market has been significantly positive. During the pandemic period, there was an increase in demand for essential oilssuch as tea tree oil , peppermint, and eucalyptus, which are renowned for their antibacterial, antiviral, and aromatherapy qualities, supporting their ability to improve ...


2.1 Demand in Italy

regarding the demand for essential oils in Italy, the main use by end consumers is associated with personal care. Therefore, the average household spending on goods and services related to this sphere from **** to **** is reported. The value of spending undergoes a visible decrease in ****. It is reasonable to infer that ...

2.2 Demand drivers

The benefits of essential oils

Essential oils, properly applied, can support the body in multiple ways. For example, they promote relaxation and good immune function, reduce mental and physical tension, and develop a healthy metabolism.

They promote healthy emotional expression, proper function of muscles and joints, and help reduce stress. The ...

2.3 The geographical distribution of demand

The geographical distribution of household spending on personal care goods and services is shown below. The Northeast turns out to be the geographic area where spending is highest overall(***), in general the entire northern area shows higher spending than the rest of Italy. This is followed by the Center with **.** euros ...

2.4 New trends in demand

Growing demand for natural products in all sectors

Natural and synthetic fragrances

In Europe, consumers are increasingly turning to natural ingredients, which they consider better and safer than synthetic alternatives. This trend has led to a growing market for natural products. The perfumer distinguishes between natural and synthetic or semisynthetic fragrances ...


3.1 The structure of the Italian market

The analysis of the market structure related to essential oils is carried out on the basis of the data belonging to the category related to ATECO code **.**.** "Manufacture of essential oils." Specifically, three different quantities are considered: the number of active enterprises, number of employees and legal form of enterprises.

Regarding ...

3.2 The value chain: many different actors

Follows the value chain of the essential oils industry.

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Manufacturers of essential oils may produce their own raw material or may use farmers, to later sell their products to wholesalers. However, they can also interact directly with plant extract producers, user industries, or even the end consumer (***) on the domestic ...

3.3 The production processes

The extraction process is subject to plant-specific extraction methods depending on the source of the natural essential oil: the flowers of the plants (***), or even the whole plant.

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Therefore, essential oils are commonly extracted and produced using one of the appropriate techniques-although the most common methods are hydrodistillation and ...

3.4 The main manufacturers

The following are the main companies engaged in the manufacture of essential oils (***) in descending order of turnover.

Capua **** s.r.l: a family-run company founded in ****, in the early ****s it became a more industrial-type organization and expanded its range of flavorings to include all types of citrus fruits. Despite ...


4.1 Supply analysis

Essential oils could be defined as natural compounds of plant origin consisting of mixtures of volatile substances at room temperature. In other words, an essential oil does not consist of a single molecule, but rather of a mixture of several molecules, generally having a terpenic nature. Characteristics and properties of each ...

4.2 The prices

The prices charged on the market

Prices of essential oils can vary widely depending on the producer and application. They may depend on other factors, including: the value of ingredients and raw materials, the proportion and conversion rate of each plant's share of the oil, the season of harvest, the region ...

4.3 New supply trends

Polymeric nanoparticles for improved bioactivity of essential oils

Recent advances in nanotechnology have stimulated researchers' interest in improving the release and bioactivity of essential oils through encapsulation in polymeric matrices. In fact, nanotechnology represents a promising strategy for the development of controlled, sustained and extended release systems for these compounds.

Essential ...


5.1 Regulations

Italy applies all European regulations. Among them, the European Federation of Essential Oils (***), cites the following regulations:

Cosmetics Regulation (***) Regulation (***) No. ****/**** controls specific uses of products for human consumption. Regulation (***) No. ****/**** provides a framework for feed additives

In addition, the REACH Regulation (***) were implemented to control the use of chemicals and ...


6.1 Segmentation

The following table provides a segmentation of industry players.

  • Simone Gatto
  • Capua 1880 srl
  • Enrico Giotti Spa
  • CFF Creative Flavours & Fragrances
  • F.lli Branca s.p.a
  • Aromata Group s.r.l
  • Misitano & Stracuzzi
  • Givaudan

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Publicado en 31/07/2022 by Denise GOMBER - ACCEDPLUS

Interesting study with many figures I only regret that there is no section on employment related to the sector of activity developed.

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Publicado en 09/01/2022 by Lorraine Ferry

Very complete study which shows in particular that the development of the consumption of essential oils accompanies the wave of the soft medicine and the do it yourself which seduces the consumers in more and more fields

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