Sibelius appoints CTC Group as new distributor for South East Asia and LATAM

Sibelius appoints CTC Group as new distributor for South East Asia and LATAM 

Our international network continues to expand with the appointment of CTC Group as our new exclusive distribution partner for Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. These are the new territories to join our expanding network of international partners and distributors that includes also North America, Europe, Australia, Singapore, China, Taiwan and Japan.

Sibelius Natural Products and CTC Group entered an agreement with the shared goal of enhancing the quality of life and supporting healthy ageing through scientifically validated and clinically-proven natural ingredients. It was CTC’s integrity and trustworthiness that made them the right partner for us.  CTC heavily relies on transparency at work to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with their suppliers. This enables them to comply to national and international standards of doing business ethically.

“They were attracted to us because of the science and the clinical validation behind our ingredients. CTC Group has a proven track record of success throughout South East Asia and Latin America. We’re delighted to be partnering with them and looking forward to successful results” said Peter Leyland, CEO at Sibelius Natural Products.

At Sibelius, we strive to become the preferred partner of natural and innovative life science solutions for health and wellness. If you believe our science-backed ingredients could be a good fit for your next product launch, we would love to hear from you.

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3 Tips to successfully formulate with Natural Oils


Plant-derived oils have long been used by ancient civilizations for their multiple health benefits. Whether it be to alleviate anxiety symptoms, calm skin irritation or help you relax after a difficult day, these potent natural products provide numerous ways to care for your body. When added to products, botanical oils play a number of different roles – from natural preservatives, flavoring, fragrance and antioxidant agents, to functional ingredients1. If you’re thinking of including plant-based oils in your next product line, here are three tips for you:

1. The Selection

Today, a vast array of botanical oils are available to formulators, providing different medicinal properties and scents. Selecting the oil or blend of oils that work best for the desired application, keeping a balance between pleasant aromas and functional wellness, is key. Before making up your mind, make sure you do some research to identify the oils that blend well with each other and find the right quantities. For example, we have identified a successful synergy between our Roman Chamomile oil and our English Peppermint oil. This is an ideal combination for a stress-relief formulation, that helps promote healthy sleep and relaxation.

2. The Quality

The quality of natural oils may widely vary depending on growing conditions, harvesting, manufacturing, distribution and storage . Many products on the market, including ‘nature identical’ or diluted oils, are not always suitable for use in cosmetic, personal care, food or beverage preparations. Therefore, always look for 100% pure ingredients sold by trusted and responsible suppliers that comply with regulatory requirements. Sibelius offers a selection of botanical oils derived from high-quality raw materials grown in England, UK with a well-documented history of safe use in food and cosmetic products.

3. The Quantity

Plant-derived oils are highly concentrated and extremely potent ingredients, therefore the quantity needed in a formulation is very small. In addition, there are safety concerns when it comes to their concentration – being 50-100 times more potent than in the plant . That is why botanical oils are usually diluted adequately with carrier oils prior to being added to end-user formulations2,3.  In short, when working with botanical oils, always remember that less is more!

Using high-quality oils in the right quantities can make your formulations stand out! If you’d like to learn more or receive guidance on how to formulate with our new collection of Natural Oils, fill the form below!


1 S. Bhavaniramya, S. Vishnupriya, M. S. Al-Aboody, R. Vijayakumar and D. Baskaran, “Role of essential oils in food safety: Antimicrobial and antioxidant applications,” Grain & Oil Science and Technology, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 49-55, 2019.
2 Banyan Tree, “Should I dilute essential oils?,” Banyan Tree, 2019.
3 W. Robbins, “Guide to Diluting Essential Oils”.


Running 7k in aid of Oxfordshire Mind


- Charity fundraising update -

As we announced on alongside our Corporate Social Responsibility policy back in January, our charity partner for 2020-21 is Oxfordshire Mind – a fantastic local mental health charity supporting people all over the county of Oxfordshire with mental health issues. Their services are invaluable, and during a tumultuous 2020 due to COVID-19, many more individuals have been leaning on them for crucial mental health support as our communities face the challenges of this crisis.

As part of our fundraising efforts for Oxfordshire Mind, members of team Sibelius signed up to take part in the Blenheim 7k fun run. The event was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020, however due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was postponed until 11th October. The event ended up being cancelled in the palace grounds again, but a virtual version of the run took place instead – which meant that all runners would complete the 7k in another location of their choice rather than in the palace grounds.

So on the weekend of 10th October, four members of our team – myself, Kieron Edwards, Loukiana Chatzinasiou and Gioia Zambon took to the streets (our individual streets, that is!) and ran in aid of Oxfordshire Mind. Between us, we raised £504 for the charity thanks to some generous donations from our families, friends, and colleagues. Notably, Kieron even came first in the 7k male category – completing the race in just 29 minutes and 34 seconds!

We look forward to continuing our fundraising efforts for Oxfordshire Mind during the remainder of 2020 and into 2021!

By Sophia Cheesman
Office Manager

Essential Nutrition LactoMato is finalist in the NutraIngredients Asia Awards 2020

Essential Nutrition LactoMato is finalist in the NutraIngredients Asia Awards 2020 

Sibelius Natural Products is excited to announce that Essential Nutrition's formulation containing our proprietary ingredient Sibelius™:LactoMato has been shortlisted for this year's NutraIngredients Asia Awards in the "Product of the Year - Botanical" category. We are proud our partners made it to the final stage of the NutraIngredients Asia Awards 2020!

Earlier this year Sibelius™:LactoMato had also been shortlisted as finalist for the NutraIngredients Awards 2020 in the prestigious "Nutrition Research Project" category with a study demonstrating the benefits of our Sibelius™:LactoMato in sperm quality. The study was led by Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology Reproduction and Dr Liz Williams, a leading specialist in Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield. The project illustrated how Sibelius™:LactoMato can make a real difference to a couple’s fertility journey. 

Sibelius has worked over the past 12 months to bring the patented lycopene-based ingredient to multiple markets, including North America and Asia Pacific. We are excited by the recognition that this nomination brings to Sibelius.

At Sibelius, in addition to providing the industry with clinically proven ingredients, we partner with like-minded ingredient distributors from all over the globe and we couldn't be prouder of all our partners and the incredible success that these ingredients are earning across the globe.

If you'd like to join our global distribution network, we'd like to hear from you.

Sibelius Natural Products appoints New Distributor for Japan

Sibelius Natural Products is delighted to announce a new partnership with a Japanese distributor, which enables us to sell our branded and clinically evidenced ingredients into the Japanese market.

Distribution in Japan further expands our global network of partners which includes long standing relationships in the US, Asia Pacific, and Europe. “Consumers need products that help them age well” said Peter Leyland, CEO at Sibelius Natural Products. “Our new distributor partner will help us fulfil our vision to deliver natural and effective health solutions to the Japanese market.”

Sibelius™:Sage is the first of Sibelius’ ingredients to have been approved for registration in the Japanese market. Our clinically supported and fully traceable sage extract derives from a proprietary, non-GMO cultivar of sage (Salvia officinalis L.) grown in the Hampshire, UK. Its unparalleled quality, versatility in terms of delivery formats, as well as its clinical evidence, is what makes it stand out.

Kieron Edwards, our Chief Scientific Officer, says “As we age, our cognitive abilities decline, so an ingredient that can help to counteract some of these issues is very exciting. What makes Sibelius™: Sage unique, is that participants in our clinical study experienced cognitive benefits in as quickly as 1 hour, with effects lasting for up to 6 hours”.

Sibelius™:LactoMato, our highly bioavailable Lycopene Complex, will also be commercially available in Japan. Its strong scientific evidence supporting men’s and cardiovascular health, as well as its patent-protected formulation, is what made it attractive to this market.

All our ingredients have been scientifically tested using Chronoscreen™, Sibelius’ patented platform, which enables the exploration of natural single-compounds and complex extracts and the identification of their activity. We continuously test for functional natural ingredients from which we select the most biologically active for our own proprietary products, or to explore co-development opportunities with commercial partners.

If you believe our science-backed ingredients could be a good fit for your next product launch, we would love to hear from you.

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Sibelius expands its portfolio with a new Natural Oils line!

Dedicated to developing scientifically evidenced natural ingredients for healthy ageing, Sibelius Natural Products is pleased to announce the release of a new botanical oils line for cosmetic, personal care, fragrance and flavouring applications.

With cosmetic, food and beverage brands striving to include as close to 100% natural ingredients as possible, the demand for high-quality, active natural products is constantly growing. Given the increasing demand, Sibelius has identified a collection of three well-known botanical oils, which will be globally available:

Well-known for its calming and soothing properties, this oil can help create feelings of comfort and relaxation. Sibelius' 100% pure and genuine Roman Chamomile Oil is an excellent addition to aromatherapy blends, beauty and cosmetic formulations.

With unique calmative, antioxidant and soothing properties, Sibelius' 100% pure and fresh English Sage Oil has very low thujone levels and is ideal for a vast range of applications.

Recognised as the finest quality oil in the world, our barrel-aged English Black Mitcham Peppermint Oil provides a delicious flavour and an intense aroma to food, beverage, skincare and many more applications.

Natural oils are one of the most important plant-derived products, and due to their various health benefits, they have been used in various cultures for centuries. More recently, the increasing consumer demand for natural products has made botanical oils prevalent ingredients in beauty, cosmetic, food and beverage formulations.

As part of Sibelius' brand, the new natural oils line includes high-quality, aromatic oils with an extended application profile - spanning skin, body and hair care, personal hygiene, fragrance and flavouring uses.

"Natural cosmetic ingredients and products are gaining more popularity than ever before, so we look forward to expanding into this key market." said Peter Leyland, CEO of Sibelius Natural Products.

The company currently offers three branded nutraceutical ingredients for dietary supplements, food and beverage applications - Sibelius™:Sage for brain health support, Sibelius™:Chamomile for better sleep and relaxation, and Sibelius™:LactoMato for men's health and cardiovascular support. With this new line of botanical oils, Sibelius aims at offering natural fragrance and flavouring solutions to nutraceutical, food and beverage manufacturers, as well as at expanding its reach into the beauty and cosmetic industry.


Want to know more about our collection of botanical oils? Get in touch with us!

Here's why consumers love Sibelius™:Sage

What is Sibelius™:Sage? And why are people loving it? Take a look at our Ingredient review to find out what consumers think about Sibelius™:Sage.

What is Sibelius™:Sage?

Sage extract is known to promote healthy levels of the important neurotransmitter acetylcholine, as well as other neurochemicals needed for optimal brain function, and to support mood and cognitive performance. Sibelius™:Sage (Salvia officinalis L.) is a novel type of sage extract, which has been shown to support brain and cognitive function. It derives from a proprietary, non-GMO cultivar grown in the UK with proven cognitive benefits.  In a clinical study, Sibelius™:Sage improved accuracy of attention, working memory and recognition and recall. However, the real X factor lies in its ability to effectively provide immediate cognitive improvements within 1 hour after supplementation.

Ingredient review

We often receive very positive reviews from those who try our Sibelius™:Sage. Today we decided to share a feedback we recently received about the beneficial properties of our sage extract. SBV, a mid-70’s lady from the US, tasted our  Sibelius™:Sage sachets and stated:

“It tastes so delicious with a small glass of cold water! I hope I can explain the clarity of mind I felt with the initial dose. I can only compare it to getting a new pair of glasses and you say “WOW”.

One of the days I used it I attended an outside socialization with 5 other people. Whenever I feel uncomfortable in a group sitting due to one of the guests, I find myself quiet and anxiety makes it hard to get the words to mouth. Well, not this time! I was on a roll! I even had the person who sees me in a negative light laughing.

Even on the days when I didn’t have social interaction, I just felt clearer. A positive but unexpected bonus was the lovely memories from childhood that were forth coming. Nothing major but reminders of those who made my early years so happy.”

–  SBV, 70 years old, US

Get in touch

Are you looking for the right ingredient to add on your cognitive support formula? Learn more about our proprietary natural sage extract and download our white paper by filling the form below. Alternatively, you can contact us to claim a free sample. 

SupplySide West

SupplySide West is the largest gathering of health & nutrition professionals bringing together more than 17,000 ingredient buyers and suppliers from throughout the industry. It is all about the science and strategy around the development of finished products that drive the global business economy.

Sibelius will be exhibiting at SupplySide West 2021 at booth #3529. You can          learn more about the event here.

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Vitafoods Europe

Sibelius will be attending Vitafoods Europe in Geneva on 5-7 October 2021 - booth number L265.

More information about the event can be found here

Supporting healthy brain function with botanicals

Ageing population and cognitive decline 

According to the “World Population Ageing” report published by the United Nations, in 2030, older people are expected to outnumber children under age 10 and, in 2050, projections indicate that there will be more seniors aged 60 or over than adolescents and youth at ages 10-24. With populations around the world rapidly ageing and life expectancy significantly rising, there is a parallel increase of cognition-related diseases, including mild cognitive impairment, cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. The decline in cognitive ability and memory for an increasingly older population is a major health issue.

Brain booster botanicals

Several lifestyle factors, including physical activity, mental stimulation, and diet have been linked to maintaining brain health with age. There is a significant body of epidemiological evidence that supports beneficial effects of nutrients on healthy ageing of the brain. In this regard, herbal and nutritional supplementation are constantly being investigated to provide support to overall cognitive function across different demographics. As a matter of fact, research on cognitive health is not limited to seniors, but is now focusing on volunteers across a wider spectrum of age, including young adults, adolescents, and children. There is a wide variety of natural products that are currently performing well in the brain supplement market, providing different cognitive health benefits associated with memory, mood, attention, focus, sleep, and anxiety .

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Many botanicals are used to support cognitive function and brain health. As studies show, adding these to our diet is beneficial for health and proper brain functionality . One of the ancient botanicals that has been traditionally used for cognitive improvement is Salvia officinalis (Sage). This variety of sage has a long-standing use as an herbal remedy that can enhance memory and improve cognitive functions . Several clinical trials conducted with sage have demonstrated various actions of the botanical in relation to brain function, including improving attention, mood and memory, as well as protecting against cognitive decline.

The clinical trials performed with Sibelius™:Sage, a proprietary dried sage extract (Salvia officinalis L.), showed a significant improvement in cognitive performance, including memory and attention accuracy. Sibelius™:Sage has also shown both immediate benefits related to focus and attention and long-enduring benefits, linked to memory enhancement and healthy cognitive ageing.

Its efficacy has been proven not only in clinical trials, but also by numerous testimonials and industry leaders. You can download the Sibelius™:Sage white paper here

UK student, 25-year-old “This is like rocket fuel!”

David Foreman, The Herbal Pharmacist®“Sibelius™:Sage is an excellent addition to any product line!

US lawyer, 60+ year-old“A natural way to achieve clarity and focus when you need a boost”

If you’d like to learn more about our proprietary natural sage extract, you can download the white paper by filling the form below.


1 United Nations, World Population Ageing, (2017).
2 McEwen B., Sage advice for cognitive improvement (2020).
3 PR Newswire, “Global $11.6 Billion Brain Health Supplements Market to 2024,” PR Newswire, Dublin, 2017.
4 Yasmin I., Feder D., Brain Boosters, Nutrasolutions (2016).
5 Miroddi et al., Systematic review of clinical trials assessing pharmacological properties of Salvia species on memory, cognitive impairment and Alzheime’s disease, (2014).