Scents of Namibia

Opuwo Processing Facility (OPF) is owned by the Kunene Conservancies Natural Products Trust (KCINPT). The trustees are from the Commiphora wildii producing conservancies and represent the harvesters in making decisions about the enterprise. All indigenous natural products from the Kunene Conservancies are jointly marketed through KCINPT and all profits from the processing and sale of these ingredients go to the harvesters. Only products that can be sustainably harvested are promoted and resource inventories and ongoing monitoring ensure sustainability of the resources. The KCINPT currently represents more than 800 harvesters from 8 conservancies – 6 of these are also registered community forests.

The Kunene Conservancies Indigenous Natural Products Trust (KCINP Trust) was founded in 2012 and markets its products under Scents of Namibia.

Scents of Namibia brings to the world unique fragrances from the arid north-western region of Namibia.  It is wholly community owned enterprise specialising in sourcing plant products and producing essential oils.  Because of the extreme environmental conditions, plants in this area contain distinctive fragrances that are then captured in the essential oils which can be used as an ingredient in cosmetic formulations or aromatherapy.

Resource sustainability is crucial and great care is taken to ensure that any harvesting of parts of the plant do not negatively impact on the plants’ survival.

Social responsibility starts by guaranteeing that any traditional knowledge associated with any plants is acknowledged, respected and protected.  This is facilitated through entering into Access and Benefit Sharing Agreements with potential partners.  These agreements are important in that they set out the roles and responsibilities of the different entities involved in the value chain. 

Business Activity

Raw Material Harvest and Collections; Essential Oil Distillation; Community Forest or Conservancy

Product Line(s)

Essential Oils; Wax

Contact Details

Contact Person: Karen Nott

Phone: +264 (0)81 124 6826



Author: NANCI

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