The LakEssence three-leaf logo represents our three pillars
of excellence: natural, authentic and premium.

Meet the Amazing LakEssence Team Members

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Udaya Wanasundara

As one of the founders and Chief Scientific Officer for LakEssence, Udaya supports all customer research and development for nutraceuticals and functional foods and natural products.

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Justin White

Justin leads the North America sales, marketing and product development team. He is the go-to for client needs and requirements for new product development and ingredient sourcing.

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Mahesh Jayatunga

Mahesh loves his role in overseeing quality assurance and procurement for LakEssence. He is most proud of the company’s commitment to introducing pure and high-quality herbal plant extracts to the world from Sri Lanka.

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Gayani Jayathilake

Gayani takes care of business transactions on behalf of the organization, as well as company performance reports to management, and financial statements to shareholders, board of directors and other stakeholders.

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Sathira Samarakoon

Sathira is in charge of the day to day activities of the organization and provides a vital link between director, board and management.

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Addie Peill

She works directly with customers as an information source for products and as an educational resource so customers can learn about the diversity of resources in Sri Lanka.

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More About LakEssence

LakEssence started in 2017 when two college friends, Udaya Wanasundara, PhD and Ashoka Siriwardena reconnected at a Sri Lankan Trade mission. Over the years both men gained a great deal of valuable experience that would quickly frame LakEssence as an up-and-coming leader in the field of essential oils. Dr Udaya, who built a career as a leading researcher in nutraceutical oils, had a vision to share Sri Lanka’s bounty of botanical plants to the rest of the world. He would only agree to creating the purest essential oils on the market from botanicals grown on his home island. It was an important time to elevate the natural resources, beauty and the people of the island after many years of hardship from a civil war.

Through the help of enthusiastic and talented new hires, LakEssence quickly grew with the hiring of its first employees and began the process of transitioning from conventionally grown plants to certified organic. Today, LakEssence is proud to have KeyLeaf Life Sciences as their parent company, which is the ideal innovation partner for this exciting and evolving market. LakEssence now has a lengthy list of certified organic and other quality assurance certifications as well as good manufacturing approvals (GMP, Halal, Kosher, and USDA, JAS and EU Organic Certifications) for all its products. In an industry where quality is often set aside for profit, LakEssence customers appreciate that they can trust the quality and the purity of all their products.



  • This small but mighty start-up company is now distributing bulk essential oils and oleoresins to manufacturing companies in the United States, Canada and Asia, as well as regionally.
  • The product line includes essential oils and oleoresins made from the company’s flagship Ceylon cinnamon, clove bud, black pepper, ginger and nutmeg.


  • Following the production of the essential oil and/or the oleoresin, LakEssence can also further fractionate and concentrate the active compounds in our essential oil or oleoresin through short-path distillation (SPD) or fractional distillation at our location in Batavia, Illinois, US.


  • All the raw materials are sourced in Sri Lanka and distilled by the company in our own facility located just outside Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • All LakEssence ingredients can be traced directly back to the Sri Lankan farms where they are grown.
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Lakessence is proud to support the SISU SENEHASA Foundation. This collective effort focuses on helping less privileged children and students who are excelling in their education despite many hardships. This program is named “SISU SENEHASA” which means love and caring for students in Sinhalese language.

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Celebrating its 5-year anniversary in 2020, the foundation supports Sri Lankan at-risk children by providing them with educational and life skills from grade six through university.

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We believe in transparency.

We believe in organic agriculture and the benefits it can provide.

We believe in taking responsibility for our impact on the environment.

We believe in being the best corporate citizens of our communities.

LakEssence is proud to be members of these distinguished organizations

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What Does LakEssence Mean?

We are glad you asked. It’s a common question from our happy customers. The word Lak is another name for Sri Lanka, which is derived from the word Lanka in the Sinhalese language. We combined Lak with the English word Essence to speak to the abundance of natural gifts, beauty, culture and diversity on the island of Sri Lanka.

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