The Product Development team main focus is on the extraction of essential oil and formulation of personal care products. To date, SBC has collected and analysed more than 100 different types of essential oils.
All essential oil extracts are analysed with Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) to identify their chemical composition and ensure good quality control. In addition, the essential oil extracts are also screened for anti-microbial activity.
Other activities by the Product Development team include formulation of natural and herbal based products, as well as liquid hand wash and foot spray..
Another important focus of the Product Development team is the Biodiversity Makes Scents Project, an effort to reconstruct scent accords of specific flowers. Scent accords are used as ingredients for formulating a range of fragrances and other personal care products.
SBC aims to discover useful essential oils that have market potential and to explore partnerships with multinational companies to evaluate their potential for healthcare, fragrances and flavours.