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.
The stock coming from Bulgaria is in abundance, though it is still difficult to find lavender oil with good analysis and odour. Since the season began the price has been decreasing. With over-production another factor, the price is expected to continue its downward turn. Due to the fall in price, the demand for lavender oil has gone up.
The lavender oil price is at its lowest in the last two decades. Due to the presence of large quantities of poor quality oil, there aren’t many takers even at this price. With a large number of farmers ploughing their lavender fields this trend is expected to reverse. In the next couple of years overproduction of lavender can be curtailed and its volumes return to 2017 levels. It was during 2017 when Lavandula angustifolia witnessed a massive price spike, and the production fields expanded dramatically.
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