Pelargonium graveolens originated in South Africa, but is also grown in Reunion, Madagascar, Morocco and Egypt. It grows two to three feet high and likes a warm, dry climate.
Seeding usually occurs late in the year around November and December with the first cut and distillation occurring in June. Then the plant continues to grow until the second cut around October.
Egypt has the largest commercial plantations of any African country and can produce 40 MT in any one year, second only to that of China
Often referred to as 'Rose Geranium Oil' this is one of the most important and most commonly used ingredients in perfumery.
France and the USA are cited as the world's largest importers; however, it is assumed that France is the biggest consumer (for fine fragrance).
There appears simply no way to predict the market prices for this product as the material seems to defy all supply and demand patterns and at times has its own external influences.
All we can do is try to follow the facts in the hope this may guide us on future pricing but don’t be too sure!
Demand in the final quarter of 2017 seemed to increase, no doubt helped by the ongoing supply issues from China. In fact, there are many reports that the Chinese are buying Egyptian oil to supplement their own production and given the huge price difference and small quality difference between the two origins you can see why this will be a real business opportunity. However, despite this it appears the average export prices from Egypt have fallen with some volumes available from as little as USD 90.00 /kilo. There are many variables to consider with this oil but it is recommended to shop around as you may get a bargain early in the New Year!
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