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!!
Roses thrive in the historic and iconic Rose Valley, just south of the Balkan Mountains surrounding the Stryama and Tundzha rivers. Much of the harvesting is done here in and around the towns of Kazanlak, Karlovo, and Pavel Banya. In fact, the lion’s share of the world’s total rose oil production happens here.
The rose crop was plentiful this year with lots of blossoms and therefore prices are expected to be stable. It is also possible that price levels slightly drop later in the year due to existing stock levels.
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