Essential oils have helped people heal and improve their health, cleanse their aura and attract happiness into their homes for thousands of years. More than 200 types of natural oils are consumed around the world annually. Usually associated with the Middle East, the natural oils industry and related cosmetics market is gaining popularity in Colombia, where the government believes it has great export and growth potential.
Oscar Santiago Lemus is one of the local entrepreneurs who shares this vision. After years of work in formal institutions, the Colombian entrepreneur and chemist by training decided to do something that almost no one in his country had done: to set up a natural oil production. Oscar and his wife named their company “Aromas del Sol”, which literally means aromas of the sun.
The company produces essential oils for the cosmetic market. The oils are extracted from aromatic plants – which are also cultivated by the company – using methods that respect the environment and ensure a sustainable biodiversity management. Over the years, the small family enterprise’s production capacity gradually increased, reaching a point where their production exceeded the local demand. This is when the Lemus family knew they needed to boost their capacity to export their products internationally.
And here came the Cosmetic Sector Quality Programme “Safe+”.