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The joint project of the Latvian organic farming and essential oil production company SIA “Field and Forest” and the largest Estonian household chemical company “Mayeri industries” AS on the development of new liquid cleaning and personal hygiene products is nearing completion. The newly created products – liquid soap, universal cleaner, laundry softener and dishwashing detergent – are based on SIA “Field and Forest” produced herbal waters as a natural fragrance.

To develop new products, the partners carried out industrial research. In the period from December 2020 to the end of March 2021, SIA “Field and Forest” elaborated the herbal water distillation methodology and defined product technical requirements, such as used plant parts, plant cultivation and extraction methods, chemical composition, allergens, solubilities, pH, and total viable count. Storage and transportation conditions were stated, as well. Storage conditions and shelf life were determined in the accelerated stability tests in the laboratory. In cooperation with the project’s leading partner, marketing materials for new products have been developed and a website has been opened.

Development of new liquid cleaning and personal hygiene products based on herbal water as a natural fragrance was co-funded by the Interreg V-A Estonia-Latvia Cross Border Cooperation Program (project identification number EST-LAT 128, Herbal Waters). This article reflects the views of the author. The managing authority of the Interreg V-A Estonia – Latvia programme is not liable for how this information may be used.

About the companies 

Mayeri Industries is the largest manufacturer of washing and cleaning products in the Baltic States. The target market for our products is the Nordic region. We believe that the washing and cleaning products can be produced without affecting the natural environment negatively. Mayeri Industries AS has the biggest laundry washing product portfolio with EU Ecolabel in Europe.

SIA “Field and Forest” is a certified organic agriculture company operating since 2005. It cultivates, harvests and processes organic crops, medicinal and aromatic plants. SIA “Field and Forest” is one of the largest organic chamomile growers and producers in the Eastern Europe. The company’s research activities are aimed at increasing genetic diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants, development of new plant cultivation methods and added-value products, and collection of traditional knowledge through ethnobotanical expeditions.

More about the project here.