At Olibanum we want to be involved in improving everyone's well-being.
Therefore, we are committed to supporting different humanitarian projects and developmental aide.
Our first commitment has been the implementation of an operation aiming to help a Samburu community in Kenya. The Samburu are semi-nomadic and in order to live, they first and foremost need financial autonomy.
That's why we funded a milk pasteurizer, hand in hand with L’Homme et l’Environnement and Gazelle Harambee charities. The community has since been able to produce their goats’ milk and sell it to a nearby elephant calves orphanage.
This operation is the first in a series of commitments that we will lead toward several communities who seek out external help.
Our conscious raw materials
As we strive to minimise our environmental impact even in our perfume oils, we work with partners who ensure us the best qualities of raw materials, from an olfactive but also sustainable standpoint.
Olibanum CO2 extract
Supercritical CO2 extraction involves treating an aromatic raw material with CO2 brought to its supercritical state. In this state, CO2 has the density of a liquid and the viscosity of a gas, which allows it to evaporate quickly and at low temperature once the extraction is complete. This method is both more respectful to the environment and the raw materials. To the environment because it is faster, generates less energy and does not release pollutants or greenhouse gases into nature; and to the raw materials because its low temperature preserves the most volatile molecules for an almost "botanical" olfactory result.
All of our Olibanum fragrances contain an olibanum CO2 extract.
The Vohimana reserve in Madagascar is managed by several associations, including L'Homme et l'Environnement, which work together to conserve the fauna and flora and to improve the living conditions of the local population.
The Blue ginger (present in our fragrance Gingembre) we use in Gingembre is distilled on site, as close to the field as possible, unlike most ginger essences. This process keeps intact the freshest and most lemony fragrance molecules that usually disappear as the raw material dries out. From an environmental point of view, the cultivation of blue ginger helps to curb traditional slash-and-burn cultivation, which is extremely polluting and destructive, and provides local communities with a sustainable alternative.
Sandalwood Album upcycled
Sandalwood (Santalum Album) originally came from the Mysore region of southern India. Its naturally sweet fragrance has made it the most prized wood in perfumery, but decades of deforestation and rampant logging have resulted in the need to replant it in a more controlled way in another territory: Australia. It is in the Kununurra region that sandalwood is once again being cultivated with the participation of the local aboriginal populations. Since the 1970s, tens of thousands of hectares of sandalwood have been planted alongside other species, as sandalwood is a parasitic tree that needs the proximity of other species to grow. This polyculture program, in addition to enriching the soil, has also enabled some twenty species of birds to repopulate the area. The sandalwood used in our Cuir Végétal is in fact made from the upcycling of the dregs of a first distillation. This second extraction produces an essence with an olfactory profile that is very different from the sandalwood we are used to smelling, with liquorous notes of cooked prune, candied apricot and roasted, smoky and even caramelised effects. This initiative allows local people to benefit not only from the sandalwood they use but also from its waste: a fine example of virtuous and circular economy.