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.
In 2017, 75 tonnes of essential oil was obtained from about 1,320 hectares of lavender cultivation; and all of this stock has been consumed. 2018 has seen a rise in cultivated area to 2,000 hectares. It is estimated that more than 100 tonnes of essential oil will be obtained from this crop. Harvesting and distillation is already in full swing. Prices have been on the higher side. This is a result of simultaneous production cuts in china and Europe, making it unlikely that prices will fall back.
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