Pioneer & partnerPremium organic raw materials and ethical sourcing
is a German pioneer in sustainable and ethical sourcing of premium organic and
Fair for Life certified products. Our raw materials have an excellent and
unique quality, deriving from 100% transparent supply chains.
For us, sustainability is not only about the product properties, but also how natural raw materials are produced. We engage in long-term partnerships with our suppliers mainly in the Global South, supporting environmental sustainability on the one hand and enabling social regional development on the other.
Foundation 2014 | Experience since 1935
Oil mill Weilheim / Teck—Germany
Product portfolio Organic vegetable oils &
organic waxes | Hydrolates and rectification
of essential oils
Certifications Organic | Demeter | Fair for Life |
ISO 9001 & 14001
naturamus is a member of the Wala Group
Manufacturing sectorsOil manufacture
between tradition and progress
Our organic oils are obtained through mechanical cold pressing and remain 100% natural. With this gentle pressing process and careful selection of the raw materials followed by strict quality controls, we guarantee high-quality oil specialties for the food and cosmetics industry.
Our organic oils
groundnut oil | cold pressed, refined, roasted
walnut oil | cold pressed, roasted
apricot kernel oil | cold pressed
macadamia nut oil | cold pressed
almond oil | cold pressed
Facts & figures
Start of operations | 2014
Manufacturing site | Weilheim / Teck—Germany
Certification | Organic | Demeter | Fair for Life | ISO 9001 & 14001
Manufacturing sectorsDestillation & analysis
of essential oils—optimization where nature needs support
Natural essential oils are important components of natural cosmetics. The rectification of essential oils is an important part of our business. After years of development, we have succeeded in establishing a distillation process by which the reduction of methyl eugenol in organic rose oil to a residual content of 500 ppm can be achieved.
Our product range includes 10 different hydrolates, most of them derived from organic cultivation. Naturamus hydrolates are based on natural essential oils and free of artificial preservatives, leading to a final product with pleasant odor properties and consistent quality. Our hydrolates are characterized by high product safety through strict quality controls (ISO 9001) and very low microbial count, far below the limits of the cosmetic regulation.
Certification | Organic | Fair for Life | ISO 9001 & 14001
News & stories
naturamus at in-Cosmetics Paris on
02–04 April 2019
Find here our press release
naturamus in brand eins magazine
Find here the article (in German)
naturamus on film: a movie about our macadamia production and partnership in Kenya
Find here the press release about the Green Film Festival (in German)
Find here the world of WALA
Find here the world auf Dr. Hauschka
Find here our partner for organic lanolin
Weilheimer Straße 3
Number: +49 (0)7164 94991-50
Management: Ralf Kunert
registration office: Amtsgericht Ulm
Registernumber: HRB 530784
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Made naturally, thought holisticallyOur castor oil benefits a whole region
proud to offer the first Fair for Life, organic, cold-pressed castor oil
worldwide. The unique product quality derives from a strong and long-term
partnership at eye level. Trust, transparency and engagement are the basis for
the collaboration of all members involved across the supply chain: Fair for
Life and organic certified Indian smallholder rainfed farmers, our processing
partner and us as traders.
A faucet full of purityGentle pressing process guarantees highest quality
natural castor oil is obtained by pressing certified organic castor seeds in a
hydraulic press at room temperature. With this gentle pressing process, an
average of 20% oil content is extracted from the castor beans, from a total oil
content of around 50%.
This is how we are able to obtain such a high-quality product, which is characterized by its unique purity, clear color and preservation of secondary plant compounds (e.g. tocopheroles). Alternative production methods include heat treatment and chemical extraction.
Grown existenceThe castor plant feeds a region
seeds are grown in the Kutch region in the Indian Northwestern State of
Gujarat. This region is characterized by its semi-arid climate, with an average
rainfall of 200 mm per year. Under these challenging climatic conditions for
agricultural production, the castor plant represents the main source of income
for smallholder rainfed farmers.
Partnership at eye level Together we have grown something big
with only two farming families joining organic certification in 2007, the
complete network of organic-certified smallholder farmers now comprises 828
members, from which 145 are also Fair for Life-certified at this initial stage.
The 145 Fair for Life (FFL) smallholder farmers are located in five villages: Padyagadh, Makhel, Taga, Mangadh and Adesar. They directly deliver their castor seeds to the processing company for oil production.
Farmers are advised about organic farming techniques, receive a price premium for their organic produce, and transport costs from farm to factory are also covered by the project.
Trust through transparencyBenefit from participatory price setting mechanism
receive a price premium for their organic castor seeds. The percentage of this
premium is fixed every year in a meeting between the processing company and
farmers before the harvest season starts, making it a rather participatory
decision-making process (15% organic premium in 2018).
The basis of the premium applied is the market price for conventional castor seeds (basic price), that is published every week in the newspaper so that every farmer can transparently inform themselves about current market prices. Farmers can independently decide when to deliver their seeds, whenever they believe that basic prices are attractive enough for them, or according to their needs.
This price setting mechanism has evolved over the last decade, offering full transparency for all parties. It is thus a key aspect to promote trust among project members.
Community development projects
Another price premium (10% in 2018) is paid into a Fair for Life Fund that is strictly used for community development projects in relevant areas like education, female empowerment, better infrastructure for drinking water supply and construction of farm wells.
Girls rule the worldAccess to education particularly targeting girls
to boys, girls are often not allowed to attend school if they have to travel
longer distances. The project funds have been used to finance basic equipment
for classrooms (benches, blackboards, ventilators, etc.), supporting the
opening of the 8th and 9th class in the Makhel village.
In this way, girls in particular can access further education, opening new perspectives for their future development.
Material of hopeGMO-free cotton enables women empowerment and new income sources
another crop frequently found in the castor farming systems, as it is also
tolerant to desert-like growing conditions. Over the last two years, ten women
have been provided with best quality sewing machines at home.
They were also intensely trained in processing the locally grown and processed Kala cotton fabrics into different products, mainly 100% Kala cotton bags. This opens up new sources of income for smallholder families.
With the help of the sunPromotion of solar energy in sunny Gujarat
semi-arid region with more than 300 sunny days per year, Gujarat is an ideal
area for the generation of renewable energy. The organic castor oil company
involved in the FFL project has set up a 50 KW Roof Top Solar PV plant for
utilizing solar energy for processing activities.
It has also provided 1 KW Roof Solar PV systems to all the staff members of the factory which will be installed at their residences. Future plans include supporting the smallholder farmers to have a 1 KW PV system at their homes. In this way, electricity costs can be reduced as well as coal-based electricity generation.
Macadamia nut oil
Best from North and South The long journey of our macadamia nut to ecxellent results
southern end of Mount Kenya lies Embu, the growing region for our high-quality
macadamia nuts. After careful selection following a strict quality control
system, the organically-certified nuts find their way up to Weilheim /
Teck, at the northern end of the Swabian Alb in Germany ...
Oil press, Germany
... That is where our modern oil manufacturer is located, operating in-line with high German quality standards. Here the macadamia nuts are cold-pressed, obtaining an excellent oil with a gently nutty aroma.
A special collaboration100% supply chain transparency—from field to manufacture
nuts are manually cracked in three decentralised processing facilities located
in the southern area of Mount Kenya, warranting short distances between
cultivation fields and processing units.
The organic and Fair for Life macadamia nut project generates local employment for 450 Kenyans, opening up new job perspectives in rural areas.
A full traceability system allows every single nut to be traced back to 5,000 smallholder farmers involved in the organic certification project.
IT meets development Fair payment via phone
smallholder farmers are paid directly via M-Pesa, a mobile phone-based money
transfer service which is developed and widespread in Kenya, where M stands for
mobile and Pesa means money in Swahili. In this way, farmers receive the
fair payment for their produce immediately after delivery.
Nuts for developmentOur ethical production is linked with social commitment
vulnerable groups, school supplies, education—LIMBUA, our long-term partner
for Macadamia nuts, has established the Limbua Group Foundation.
The Foundation engages in spreading knowledge about organic farming and biodiversity in local schools and universities. It also fosters exchange programs worldwide, intending to serve as a bridge between Kenya and Europe, creating mutual understanding.
Interview with Matti Spiecker Founder LIMBUA
What should consumers know about the Fair
Trade movement and how their products are being sourced?
Due to our Fair for Life certification the whole value chain of our products is externally audited about its social and ecological aspects. This means it is checked whether our farmers are paid well, whether the living and working conditions in farms and processing facilities is good, whether our workers are satisfied, whether our operation has an positive impact on the environment and many more aspects. We chose the the Fair for Life certification, because it is among the strictest social standards for the whole value chain—from smallholder farmer up to consumer.
Is it common that macadamianuts and avocado is sourced through Fair Trade? How is your system unique?
Most macadamia nuts and avocados from other sources are not yet covered by social standards. But the share is increasing, also because consumers are getting more interested about it. LIMBUA was started ten years ago to have a positive social and ecological impact on the whole value chain, but especially on the smallholder farmers. This distinguishes us from companies who only do a part of there operations socially and ecologically responsible for PR and marketing reasons - or start “going green/social” due to outside pressures. Our approach enabled us for instance to design processing facilities which offer full traceability of the product from the single smallholder farmer up to the customer. Generally most of our procedures are digitized to improve information flow and transparency. Other important aspects were, to create as much value addition and employment in rural areas as possible and to create the highest possible quality out of the raw material we receive from the farmers.
Can you share some information regarding the quality of life that your farmers are able to achieve given their Fair Trade status?
First of all the farmers increase their income which enables them to invest in a better education of their children, to get access to better health care or improve their housing. Since our macadamia processing facilities are nearby the farmers homes, a part of their families can get an employment at LIMBUA without relocating to a different place. So they can stay with their family which also improves their quality of life. We also offer free trainings to the farmers on organic farming, farm productivity and more general subjects. The Fair for Life certification also looks on many small but important aspects like the access to clean water, the health aspects of the farm work which all contribute to a better quality of life.
How the proceeds are used to improve the community of were the macadamianuts come from? Could you please tell us about the projects funded in 2018 as well as projects intended to be funded in 2019?
The so called Fair for Life Premium for now only plays a small role in our efforts to improve the livelihood of our farming communties. For now we are using these premium funds to take care of vulnerable persons like orphans. As the premium funds grow, we want to finance long term projects in the areas of health care and education in the community. With our LIMBUA Foundation we are already funding projects whereby our organic experts visit primary schools in the community to teach young children practically about organic farming.
Home of happy sheepEnvironmentally friendly practices for unique product quality
sheep farming in Patagonia means extremely extensive livestock and
mulesing-free production systems in dry climatic conditions, no preventive
treatment with veterinary drugs, and high standards of animal welfare. These
environmentally friendly practices are the source of the first organic lanolin
in the world.
Organic is our missionOur motivation to develop a new lanolin quality
“Organic lanolin? Sorry, not available.”—Not the right answer
for us. After several
years of project development, we have now succeeded, together with our partners
in Argentina, in establishing a lanolin supply chain that is transparent right
up to the farmers.
Promoting the introduction of organic lanolin means fostering the growth of organic farming—this is our commitment to a sustainable future
Original styleBorn in Patagonia, made in Argentina
derived from Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)-certified wool that is produced
regionally, ensuring high traceability to a single area. No blending involved—that’s original purity, Naturamus style.