Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) is perhaps one of the foremost original, luxurious, staple ingredients used in history and still in today’s fragrance markets.
So much so that the centre of the world perfumery industry, Grasse, France, adopted the Jasmine flower as their own symbol of the town and every August hold a ‘Jasmine Festival’ during which locals and visitors scatter jasmine water and flowers over celebrating crowds and the town comes alive with music and other events.
It is not only used in fine fragrance but also in aromatherapy for treating muscular complaints and skin related issues – especially for those prone to suffering with sensitive skin allergies. It is also known to be effective as an ingredient for relieving stress like symptoms.
Jasmine originates from India but is also cultivated in a number of other countries across southern Europe and North Africa, including that of Egypt.
The flower picking season starts around June in Egypt and can last several months. The petals are only hand collected before sunrise to ensure the sunlight does not dry the oil contained within the petals once they are picked.
It can take around 1 metric ton (MT) of flowers to product around 2 kilo of oil! That’s a lot of flowers!!
This year’s jasmine production stands at 7 MT. With the season just beginning in June and the demand already high, the market seems to be a little strained. However, the ample carryover stocks from last year will see it through and prices will remain stable at similar levels to 2018. Producers of jasmine absolute have kept a watchful eye on the quality of fresh flowers received for distillation. Consequently, with the better quality of flowers, an improved quality of concrete / absolute is predicted.
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