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Organic sesame oil is an essential component of various Weleda body care
products, from refreshing shower creams to baby care. Sesame oil from organic
cultivation maintains the skin's moisture, restores natural oils and prevents
the skin from drying out.
We receive most of our supply of organic sesame oil from southern Mexico,
where we maintain a long-term partnership with the local family business
Sesajal, an excellent example of how sustainable business practice benefits the
environment and everyone involved in production. Over 200 farmers work on 1,300
acres of land in the geographically-diverse Mexican state of Jalisco, where they
harvest first-class sesame.
The partnership between Weleda and Sesajal focuses on Weleda’s stringent
environmental policies, the quality requirements of customers and quality of
life for local farmers. Farmers contracted to Sesajal grow sesame under organic
conditions and the harvested sesame is directly processed by Sesajal’s own oil
mill. The wages of farmers are above average, so the sesame crop is a lucrative
additional income for farmers, who also work on banana, pineapple and papaya
plantations. This reliable partnership gives farmers a secure future and keeps
them from migrating into the slums of the big cities.
Nevertheless, working with the raw materials is not easy. For us, caution is
paramount in raw material procurement and processing as the entire supply chain,
from cultivation to packaging, needs to be completely traceable. To distinguish
organic sesame seeds from conventional ones, they are immediately marked after
the harvest on the field and labelled ‘Organico Ajonjoli’ by the farmers. So
organic sesame seeds reach the oil mill in Guadalajara clearly labelled and can
be stored without confusion or cross-contamination.
Sesame is mainly harvested by hand – together, between four and six farmers
can harvest an acre a day. That’s obviously labour-intensive, so one of our
major challenges is to increase the efficiency of production and build up the
income for farmers. To this end, in 2009 three harvest vehicles were purchased,
and three tractors provided, helping to increase the farmers’ productivity and
income. Sesajal also employs two agricultural engineers who will - together with
the farmers - cultivate the fields and give support to increase yields. Soil
quality will be improved, new crops grown alongside sesame and the fields will
be fertilised with compost. Currently, the fields are harvested once a year, but
in the long-term a second crop should be possible, in the dry season from
February to May.
Vitamin C-packed berries, bursting with sunshine
An ancient plant which awakens inner forces and fights fatigue
Sesame Seed Oil works as a perfect massage oil and is used for the care of wan, dry and mature skin but it is also used as a hair conditioning product. It has a great antioxidative effect, skin caring properties and is an ideal carrier oil for active agents. It comprises of a high content of unsaturated fatty oils, such as oil and linolenic acid, as well as phytosterols and Vitamin E (esp. gamma-tocopherol).
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