Rose oil is regarded as one of the most traditional and premium essential oils in aromatherapy and perfumery today.
The rose blossoms of Rosa damascena begin to bloom in Bulgaria around the third week of May, and will continue for three or four weeks depending upon weather conditions. Yields can be highly volatile depending on the conditions during this short period of time. For example, any extreme heat could result in a yield loss as the oil will evaporate just like other floral oils.
Harvesting begins as the rose flowers begin to open and are still collected by hand, usually early in the morning. Today this time old tradition is one of the most wonderful sights to see in our industry.
Currently, our growing partners offer highly modern distillation facilities where oil recovery is at its optimum but still on average, Rosa damascena will only yield 1 kilo of oil per 3,500 - 4,000 kilos of flowers!!
In 2017, rose oil production peaked with a number of companies holding sizeable unsold stocks; thereby putting downward pressure on prices. Some companies have even claimed that they will not produce rose oil in 2018, but time will tell. However, an issue seems to be the non-availability of good quality oil at all times. 2017 weather conditions resulted in rapid and simultaneous blossoming in all production regions, and made it impossible to harvest and process the whole crop.
Another issue is the presence of adulterated products on the market that are sold as “Bulgarian rose oil.” In order to ensure it is pure Bulgarian, always ask your supplier to provide a PGI certificate of conformity before you make a purchase. Only products with a PGI certificate and mark can be labelled as “Bulgarian rose oil.” A PGI certificate and special mark, is symbolic of a guarantee of true authentic quality of 100% pure and natural Bulgarian rose oil.
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