Lavandin itself has a history (dating back to the 1820s) of different species all with different compositions. The three most common being ‘Grosso’, ‘Abrialis’ and ‘Super’. In the past, the most common was Abrialis but this has evolved over time with ‘Grosso’ now being the dominant type with over 1,000 MT being produced in France alone each year.
The lavandin plant is a more robust hybrid and grows well at lower altitudes meaning larger plantations on a more commercial scale can be managed successfully.
Read more about lavandin grosso and other lavender’s in our Elementary Essential Oils section.
Spain enjoyed a reasonable 2017 season but that wasn’t enough to fill the gaps left by the French in the global market. Although there was a sense of optimism before the season, since then getting clear information about the success of the campaign has been difficult, with no official numbers available.
It is also hard to calculate how much oil the Spanish buy from the French (or vice-versa). In different years these figures probably change but the lack of offers from the Spanish may be because they have supplied the French with more oil this year?
Whatever the reality there are two notable issues to contend with. First, getting firm offers for any volumes and, second, approving the quality, as almost all samples analysed this season have been adulterated.
It’s hard to find trustable partners during these crisis times for Lavandin Grosso.
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