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    australian cosmetic regulations guide

    spicy and green scents to make this season smell sensational



    Winter cover: Black Pepper Piper nigrum Black Pepper is an exceptional ingredient in after sports massage blends. It is recognised for its warming and detoxifying effect on the body and stimulating and supportive properties for a tired mind. Steam distilled from the dried berries, the oil offers a slightly sharp and spicy aroma with peppery notes. Available in Certified Organic, Conventional and Premium Commercial. Visit www.seoc.com.au for more information.

    04 Harvest: Clary Sage oil (France) Captivating herbaceous aroma,

    excellent quality. 12 Essential Oils:

    Spicy & Green Families Your guide to essential oil

    aroma classification 16 SME Forum: Cosmetic &

    Personal Care Products A guide to the Australian

    Regulations 20 News: One Health Organisation

    Improving the lives of the women of Thapathali

    22 Product Specification: Clary Sage oil (France)

    Specification for manufacturers

    23 Formulation: Soft & Supple Face Cream

    Featuring Clary Sage oil (France)

    There is a little magic with the onset of winter in Australia. The colder days seem to slow down time and bring people together in comfort and connection. Sunny days sparkle with clear light and we share the seas with majestic whales migrating north. In this issue of Oily we hope to inspire you with warming, fragrant inspiration for the season. Harvest features the wonderfully hypnotic Clary Sage from France. This dazzling oil is a superb ingredient in perfumery and relaxing essential oil blends, and we discover the plant’s colourful history and cultivation in the picturesque mountains of Provence. We’ll banish the winter chills with the green and spicy family of essential oils and bring you up-to-date with the latest Australian regulations for cosmetic and personal care products. We invite you to take a seat and enjoy the delights of this issue. Brooke Summerfield, Editor



    From the perfumed heart of Provence.

    Fragrant swirls of Clary Sage


    Fields of Clary Sage between the regions of Vaucluse and Alpes-de-Haute in Provence.

  • Soft crests of mauve and lilac float across the vast horizons of Provence in the south east of France. Nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, the fertile plains of Vaucluse and the dramatic mountains of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence provide the ideal climatic environment to grow Salvia sclarea. While the summers are hot and dry with abundant sunshine and infrequent rainfall, Clary Sage is a robust and aromatic crop that is highly valued by farmers for its ability to grow in almost drought-like conditions.

    Sydney Essential Oil Co.’s supplier produces exceptional quality Clary Sage oil that is exported all over the world. With Certified Organic farming practices that have minimal impact on the natural landscape and a unique approach to cooperative farming, they have become one of the leading producers in France and internationally.

    An Ancient Medicinal Herb The distinctive sweet, herbal and woody aroma of Salvia sclarea is synonymous with the soft and diffusive elements of romantic fragrances and relaxing aromatherapy blends. The herbal scented plant is a close relative of common garden Sage and has a medicinal history that dates back to the ancient Greeks.

    The botanical name of Clary Sage comes from the Latin word ‘salvare’ meaning to heal and ‘clarus’ to clear or clarify, and reflects the early practice of steeping the seeds in water to treat eye and skin infections and draw out thorns and splinters.

    In the Middle Ages, Clary Sage tea was used to cleanse the mouth and ward off infections. It was also popular for digestive disorders and revered as a ‘women’s oil’ to help alleviate hormonal fluctuations and assist with labour. Within ancient texts, Clary Sage was also highly prized for its fragrance, treasured as a gift of the gods and said to have the power to guide a person to divine enlightenment.

    Not just a medicinal herb, Clary Sage has had a colourful past. The plant was used by German merchants as a potent hops substitute in beer and was added to Rhine wine to imitate the taste of a fine Muscatel. This practice was so common that to this day; >



    Above: Harvest commences in the beginning of July. Historically, crops were harvested by hand but modern farms are now fully mechanised. Left and below left: Harvested material is delivered to the processing facility and prepared for steam distillation utilising mobile containers. Below right: Naturally thriving in the wild, Clary Sage can grow up to 40 – 100cm in height and up to 1.6m in cultivated varieties.


  • the herb is still referred to as ‘MuskatellerSalbei’ or ‘Muscatel Sage’ in Germany. Across the seas in Jamaica, a boiled concoction of the large downy leaves was applied to the body to cure the stings of scorpions and cooked in lard and applied as an ointment to soothe and calm the skin.

    Clary Sage Cultivation The resilient biennial herb is native to the Northern Mediterranean coast, thriving in the wild across countries including Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece and areas of Central Asia and North Africa. It wasn’t until after World War 1 that Clary Sage was established in Provence as a cultivated crop for essential oil production. By the 1950’s, France had become the largest producer of Clary Sage in the world. Sown in the spring from tender seedlings, the aromatic plants grow up to one metre in height with square green stems that are covered in fine downy hairs. The characteristic clusters of light purple-pink flowers at the top of the stem, are supported by large velvety, gray-green leaves that release a musky, sweet aroma when crushed.

    Situated high in the French alps, the dry slopes and well-drained soil encourages prolific growth, and the surrounding mountains protect the delicate blossoms from damaging storms. In the first year, the crop is left to mature in the field and essential oil production doesn’t commence until the following European summer, beginning in July. The Salvia sclarea plant will produce exquisite essential oil for up to three years. After this time, the fields are replenished and rotated with Lavandin, also one of the most recognised crops in the region.

    Clary Sage essential oil is obtained by two methods of steam distillation from the flowering tops and leaves of the plant. Firstly, the plants are harvested fresh from the field, shredded and distilled green, producing what is known as ‘Vert Broye’ Clary Sage. With a crisp green fragrance that has elements of lavender and wood, this oil has a higher Linalool content than plant material that has been cut and left to dry in the field. >




    Above: Approximately 7-15 tonnes of harvested plant material per hectare

    is required to produce 15-30kg of pure essential

    oil. Right: As the steam passes through the plant

    material, saturated aromatic moisture and oil is released.

    Below: The essential oil extracted during steam distillation rises to the

    top and is separated from the floral water. The

    resulting oil is a pale straw to light yellow colour.

  • Certified Organic Clary Sage oil is an excellent inclusion to your essential oil range. If you haven’t

    experienced the hypnotic warmth and euphoria it brings, we invite you to try it today. For more information

    or a bulk quote contact our customer service team on 02 9565 2828 or sales@seoc.com.au.

    The second and most traditional method of distillation, involves harvesting of the whole plant which is left to partially dry in the field. The plant material is then mechanically collected, ground and transferred to a mobile container used for steam distillation. The resulting oil has a lower Linalool content suitable for sensitive skin and a softer combination of herbaceous and floral notes.

    Certified Organic Clary Sage Essential Oil Linalool and Linalyl acetate, the two key chemical constituents present in the essential oil are also commonly found in Lavender oil and as result, Clary Sage offers some similar properties.

    The essential oil’s clear, warm and almost nutty aroma makes it extremely appealing for perfumery formulations, particularly with unisex fragrances. It resonates as a top to middle note in blends and is complemented by citrus or woody oils such as Bergamot, Grapefruit and Cedarwood. Clary Sage is an impressive fixative in perfumery, particularly for natural fragrances with a more delicate bouquet, enhancing their stability and staying power on the skin.

    Aromatherapeutically, the oil can impart a euphoric effect. The heady scent can quickly calm and help centre your thoughts when feeling flighty or scattered. It is exceptionally supportive and often incorporated into natural remedies to promote healthy sleeping patterns and feelings of revitalisation and well-being. Imparting a sedative effect, the oil should be used with caution when driving or if intense concentration is needed.

    When utilised in natural cosmetic products, Clary Sage cleanses the skin and hair whilst