Bulgaria is home to the largest growing area in the world for lavender oil, producing each year between 100 MT-130 MT (depending mainly on climatic conditions).
Distilled from the plant flower spikes, lavender oil is one of the world's most traditional essential oils frequently used in fragrances and aromatherapy, despite little evidence proving its therapeutic values.
Ultra International B.V. offers the highest grade of Bulgarian lavender oil which boasts a lavandulyl acetate content on average around 4% (industry average is 2%). To achieve this we hand select the plants from certain growing partners in Bulgaria to ensure we are able to offer our clients this premium oil each season.
Harvesting usually begins during the first two weeks of July and the season lasts around 2 weeks.
In recent years there has been a sizeable growth in lavender cultivation in Bulgaria, and a substantial increase in oil production was predicted in 2018. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans and destroyed around 50% of the crop, bringing current harvest estimates crashing down to only 100-120 MT. 2018 witnessed nil opening stock as last year’s crop was sold completely with no carry forward. Prices from origin are dependent on the supplier.
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