Natural disasters affect the prices of crops used in the fragrance industry. Here are some instances:
• In August and September 2004, Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne hit the citrus growing areas of Florida, leading to an estimated 25 per cent loss of annual crop.
• The same year, Cyclone Gafilo hit the northern Madagascar town of Antalaha, the centre of vanilla production, destroying approximately 95 per cent of structures. As a result, vanilla prices soared to between US$400 and US$500 (RM1,262 and RM1,578) per kg.
• In March 2003, severe droughts hit Tucuman, Argentina, resulting in a 25 per cent cut in the lemon crop. Tucuman is the largest lemon oil producer in the world.
Source: Global Outlook — Controlling The Uncontrollable by Daemmon Reeve (2005)
Are you allergic to essential oils?
Essential oils are the basis of fragrance production, yet doctors, especially dermatologists, say they can have adverse effects on some people.
• Rose geranium oil is usually applied to the skin but some people can develop a rash or burning sensation when applied. The oil can also cause eye irritation if applied to the face.
• Vanilla is safe, but there are some side effects. Skin contact can cause irritation and swelling. It may cause headache and sleep problems, especially for people who manufacture vanilla extract.
• Lemon verbena seems to be safe when taken in appropriate amounts as a medicine, but it can cause skin irritation, or dermatitis, in some people.