Chinese lavender oil has suffered in recent years from repeatedly bad crops following poor weather conditions.
Grown in the Xinjiang Province 2014 production was estimated to be around 40MT, around half that of Bulgaria and a little less than France.
Despite their recent struggles there remains a good demand for this origin as in many cases the analytical characteristics can be desirable for some applications. Historically it was seen as a cheap source of lavender oil but this is no longer the case, often selling for higher prices than their Eastern-European counterparts.
Lavender is distilled from the plant flower spikes; lavender oil is one of the world's most traditional essential oils frequently used in fragrances and aromatherapy.
Over the past couple of years, Chinese quality lost some presence in the international market place as other origins continued to blossom. But still, all oil is sold out and there is no oil left in the market. Coupled with the increase in current demand, there is an acute shortage of supply. The increased demand is due to the higher content of lavandulum acetate in Chinese lavender ranging from 5-11% whereas European origin have LA content much lower, to the tune of 2-4% on average. There have been heavy investments in new plantations, expanding the total growing area by cultivating many hectares of the crop. Overall lavender volumes in 2017 lasted the market for the whole year with no supplies remaining available as we entered into 2018.
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