• Ambrette Seeds

The Ambrette Seeds Absolute is a distinguished raw material, highly appreciated in the fragrance and flavour industry for its unique musky and pear-like notes. Nelixia has developed, ex-nihilo, with Guatemalan communities the cultivation of Abelmoschus Moschatus plants as a mean to diversify their crops and increase income of local producers.

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KNOW THE SOURCE

The ambrette cultivation is located in the regions of Taxisco, with the ethnic group Mam, and Baja Verapaz with the Q´eqchi and Pocomchí. These regions are well known for their fertile soils and sunlight. These communities have mostly been producing traditional crops. The cultivation of Ambrette has shown to be an opportunity for them to diversify their crops and increase income.

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INVOLVE AND RESPECT

  1.   Ambrette production provides an additional
      income for producers
  2.   Long-term contract with a fixed price
  3.   100% of production is purchased by Nelixia
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EMPOWER COMMUNITIES

  1.   Implementation of efficient cooking stoves for   every family
  2.   Implementation of drinkable water
  3.   Trainings on waste management
  4.   Trainings on forest conservation
  5.   Alphabetization program for producers and their   family
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TRANSPARENCY

100% traceable Essential Oil: from seed to essential oil.

About Ambrette Seeds

Botany and production

Native from South Asian countries, the Abelmoschus moschatus is also cultivated in Central and Latin American countries such as Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador for the climate conditions. The plant, that derives from the hibiscus family, is an annual erect shrub that can reach up to 2 meters. The yellow flowers with purplish center, lasts only one day to soon become the capsules that holds the ambrette seeds. The Abelmoschus moschatus prefers open forests in relative moist habitats, such as sub-tropical conditions, and thrives under plenty of sunlight.

Botany and production

Native from South Asian countries, the Abelmoschus moschatus is also cultivated in Central and Latin American countries such as Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador for the climate conditions. The plant, that derives from the hibiscus family, is an annual erect shrub that can reach up to 2 meters. The yellow flowers with purplish center, lasts only one day to soon become the capsules that holds the ambrette seeds. The Abelmoschus moschatus prefers open forests in relative moist habitats, such as sub-tropical conditions, and thrives under plenty of sunlight.

Our value chain

Guatemala is a very fertile country, with more than 300 microclimates which means it is a territory that can embrace virtually any crop.

Our proximity and relationship with producers enable us to understand potential productions to diversify and increase their income, such as ambrette which we developed in a rotational crops system. Each year producers cultivate different species on the parcels: corn and beans for their own consumption and in the following year, ambrette plants.

The ambrette capsules are picked when they are mature or dry, the seeds are separated from the shells and dried to decrease humidity. The producers weigh and register their harvest before it is transported to NELIXIA´s facility where it will be transformed into traceable Ambrette absolute.

Our value chain

Guatemala is a very fertile country, with more than 300 microclimates, allowing it to develop virtually any crop.

Learning about the low sustainability and lack of traceability of the patchouli value chain, we decided to develop this new crop in Guatemala, controlling the full value chain.

After a successful R&D in our own fields, we moved to grow this crop partnering with local communities in an agroforestry model, as a way to support those communities through an alternative to their traditional crops.

Ambrette seeds products

Conventional Ambrette Seeds Absolute

UEBT verified ethically sourced Ambrette Seeds Absolute

At NELIXIA, the seeds are distilled by community, as a method to measure the products performance. This procedure enables our sourcing team to support producers whenever improvements are required. The first step is a hydrodistillation which results in a thick essential oil. It is then purified in order to eliminate the solid compounds, to obtain a liquid absolute. With our methodology, the product is 100% traceable.

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