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!!
COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the industry. Demand from traditional markets has come down drastically. The low demand had a ripple effect and led to oversupply, reduction in price, and increase in stock. The industry will likely suffer from the repercussions of COVID-19 for a few years. The harvest cycle was scheduled in May, and the production process is labour intensive. Thus, the impact of COVID-19 was felt there too. The export price of the oil was extremely low this year. This was primarily due to the low price of rose petals, which also lowered the production costs.
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