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!!
Yield and harvest have been disappointing this year. Lower quantities have been produced as opposed to a regular cycle. Harvest was also delayed by a couple of weeks, due to a lengthy rain period and cold weather conditions. In comparison to last year, the price of rose products is on the rise due to an increase in the price of the flower. The price of rose flowers has increased 30% as compared to 2022 and doubled compared with 2021. Companies are trying to regulate this price by decreasing production costs via fuel, electricity, and energy consumption.
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