Most of the forests in Japan, however, are either planted forests or “second-growth” forests (like the one you see on the left), which are those that have received some form of human maintenance.
Unlike virgin forests (which only account for about 2% of all forests in Japan), these forests must continue to be maintained or else they tend to degradate.
Sei+ (plus), the company that produces Yuica, has established a contract with the local governmental forestry management group in Takayama, Gifu prefecture, to receive branches and leaves that would otherwise be put to waste as part of the forestry management process.
Taking those raw materials, we produce essential oils via a steam distillation process (see more about our process). Oak Village, Sei+’s parent company, produces wooden products for enjoying aroma, and the University of Nagoya provides us with data analysis based on the aromatic components that make up the scent of each essential oil.
By buying the raw materials from the local forestry management group, we encourage employment of forest rangers. In this way, maintenance of healthy forests not only improves our environment, but also helps the local employment situation.