Essential oil association of India (EOAI) was founded in 1956 as a premier organization of scientists, researchers, industrialists, traders, manufacturers, exporters, importers and farmers in the field of essential oils. EOAI was registered under the society Act of XXI of 1860.
The foremost aim of the Association is to promote advancement in the knowledge of science and technology of essential oils and allied products and to help in production and marketing of standard quality products.
Essential Oils have added a lot of value to the growth of flavour and fragrance industry as well as agriculture. The economy of the country being agriculture based, its farmers were engaged in traditional agriculture growing mostly food crops, which has caused them low returns. Imperative need has, therefore, been felt of growing essential oil bearing crops for a long time past, under diversified farming programme which have probed to be cash crops offering much better returns to the farmers.
The process of globalization of Fragrance and Flavour industry, which started about a decade before, is now growing rapidly. Essential oils are the backbone of the Fragrance and Flavour industry all over the world. Beside this, essential oils will gain added importance due to environmental safety and regulatory provisions applicable to petroleum- based aroma chemicals causing pollution.
Association has membership of approx.600 from all over the nation. Association functions through its five zone viz. Central, Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern. Activities of the zones are coordinated by the EOAI headquarter at Delhi.
It also raises the status and professional competence of its members. It also endeavors all round rational economic development of the essential oils resources of country and their utilization.
The Association publishes a quarterly journal, Indian Perfumer which is of International repute.
Essential Oil Association of India has been making awareness about aroma bearing crops among farmers, researches and industrialist by disseminating information by organizing workshops and conferences on essential oils at national and international levels.