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 rose oil is expected to remain stable. While most producers successfully sold their produce last season, a few with large quantities in stock are offering the oil at a reduced price. Unfortunately, customers are wary of the authenticity of the oil at this price. A good crop is expected. And, with new rose fields added in the last few years, rose blossoms will fetch a price similar to last season without any significant increase. Established producers purchase rose petals at 1.34 Euro/kg. Melting snow is a great source of water and considered good for the crop, but this winter has seen reduced snowfall. However, adequate rain is expected in spring to water the rose gardens.
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