Chinese lavender oil has suffered in recent years from repeatedly bad crops following poor weather conditions.
Grown in the Xinjiang Province 2014 production was estimated to be around 40MT, around half that of Bulgaria and a little less than France.
Despite their recent struggles there remains a good demand for this origin as in many cases the analytical characteristics can be desirable for some applications. Historically it was seen as a cheap source of lavender oil but this is no longer the case, often selling for higher prices than their Eastern-European counterparts.
Lavender is distilled from the plant flower spikes; lavender oil is one of the world's most traditional essential oils frequently used in fragrances and aromatherapy.
Harvested in June every year, 2017 saw a decline in production in both domestic as well as international markets. The supply wastight and prices have maintained their momentum in an upwardclimb. This year, the growing area increased but the price isexpected to be at elevated levels until new production enters themarket.
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