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!!
The price of natural and authentic Bulgarian rose oil holds their previous high price positions at €6,800-7,000. Some quantities are left over from the 2018 supplies; however most producers of repute have found buyers for their stocks. Going by weather conditions, the new crop looks very promising. If there is a bounty of rose, then prices of rose oil will be in check at around €7,000 as it was in 2018. Customers should note that rose oil offered at prices lower than prevailing market rates are often diluted or adulterated.
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