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!!
After a nervous start to the 2017 season we ended up enjoying some good yields, the only issue seemed to be you didn’t always get good quality oil.
Much of this was put down to the fact there was a bumper bloom at harvest time and all the rose petals simply couldn’t be picked in time and then processed. The result left too many petals hanging around prior to distillation, which impacted on the quality of oil. Others may say that the real reason was a little more sinister with some producers possibly blending oil from Iran and Turkey and selling it as pure Bulgarian! Not judging the reasons, the net impact was a slight over supply of oil as there are still some volumes left at origin at the end of 2017, which is unusual based on recent years.
Make sure your QC takes a good look at the quality you’re buying and be wary of low priced offers as you’re probably getting what you’ve paid for.
In order to ensure it is pure Bulgarian ask your supplier if they have a PGI Certificate (Protected Geographical Indication) which guarantees that it is authentic 100% pure Bulgarian rose oil with full traceability.
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