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    Plantation in central Bulgaria
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    Lavandula angustifolia
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    Plantations 2 weeks prior to harvest

Lavender Oil Bulgaria Lavandula angustifolia

  • Description

    Bulgaria is home to the largest growing area in the world for lavender oil, producing each year between 100 MT-130 MT (depending mainly on climatic conditions).

    Distilled from the plant flower spikes, lavender oil is one of the world's most traditional essential oils frequently used in fragrances and aromatherapy, despite little evidence proving its therapeutic values. 

    Ultra International B.V. offers the highest grade of Bulgarian lavender oil which boasts a lavandulyl acetate content on average around 4% (industry average is 2%). To achieve this we hand select the plants from certain growing partners in Bulgaria to ensure we are able to offer our clients this premium oil each season.

    Harvesting usually begins during the first two weeks of July and the season lasts around 2 weeks.

  • Product Details

    • Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia
    • Origin: Bulgaria
    • Crop Season: July
    • Plant/part used: Flowering tops
    • Method of extraction: Steam distillation
    • TSCA CAS: 8000-28-0
    • EINECS CAS: 84776-65-8
    • EINECS: 283-994-0
    • INCI Name: Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil
    • Appearance: Slightly yellowish mobile liquid
    • Organoleptic Properties: Lavender, herbal, floral, sweet
    • Density: 0.875-0.888
    • Refractive index: 1.458-1.468
    • Optical rotation: -5º to -12º
    • Chemical constituents: Linalool, linalyl acetate, α-pinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, cis- and trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, caryophyllene, terpinen-4-ol and lavendulyl acetate
    • Fragrance usage: max. 16%
    • Flavour usage: max. 220 ppm
    • IFRA: Restricted by IFRA
    • Allergens: Contains fragrance allergens
  • Latest Market Information October 1, 2022

    The crop has been good this year, matching last year’s production volumes despite the reduction in lavender plantations. In the last three years lavender has been fetching low export prices, and traditional crops like wheat and corn have become expensive. This has pushed farmers towards traditional crops. The past 12 months have witnessed a significant reduction in lavender fields. From 20,000 hectares (ha) under cultivation, it has come down to 13,000 ha. This number could go down further to 9,000 ha by the coming harvest cycle. This season a good crop has resulted in abundant supply of ISO and non-ISO grade lavender. The oil price is mostly dependant on demand and supply. But the cost of production has gone up significantly due to increases in fertiliser, natural gas and fuel costs. Even labour costs have gone up about 20%. This could result in a 20% increase in the oil price.

    Market price : USD 65.00 /kilo
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