The tight regulatory controls and sustainability issues facing Bois de Rose Oil make it a fitting illustration of the difficulties of sourcing natural ingredients today. The nearly eight-fold increase in prices of Bois de Rose since 1999 has put a significant strain on the costs of existing formulations and restricts its use in new natural products. The true threat of this dwindling availability is that this well-loved ingredient for which a faithful natural reproduction is nearly impossible might fall out of use. In order to keep Bois de Rose Oil part of the perfumer’s palette, Berjé carries a Bois de Rose Oil distilled from the leaves and stems of the tree rather than the heartwood. This adaptation spares the individual trees, limits the regulatory effort involved in production, and maintains a comparable Bois de Rose Oil for continued use by future generations of perfumers.
Berjé maintains a regular supply of Bois de Rose Oil, Linalool ex Bois de Rose, as well as Organic Bois de Rose Oil
Reports indicate that current prices are firm due to poor weather conditions and poor availability. While they state that January may provide better weather conditions, prices are not expected to ease.
Reports continue to advise that up to now the winter season has not affected production yet. However, this is not expected to last and expect prices to firm as production slackens
Early in the month of December, prices for Gum Turpentine dropped as several processors sold at low prices in order to generate cash for end of year loan payments. One week later 40% of this reduction disappeared as prices started to rise again. Prices are firm.
Reports indicate prices at the farm level continue to firm, as available raw material volume was severely lessened by heavy rains. Prices are not expected to ease.
With crop season over, new oil is anticipated to be available in January. While prices have recently been at historical lows over the last 5 years, cash will be needed for purchasing the spring crop. Supplies are dwindling and prices are expected to rise.
Reports indicate that since the heavy rains in the growing areas kept crop size down there has not been the normal amount of dried roots available. Additionally factories are still trying to comply with China’s environmental policies. Demand has been relatively low, so pricing has been stable. However, any new demand could cause prices to rise.
While it is currently the production season, reports say demand is off. Since there has been urban development in Guangxi and Yunnan, labor costs have increased, as there is better pay working in the cities. This kept prices firm and collection down. Yield is expected to be small and prices are expected to continue to rise.
Reports indicate that carryover has dwindled and demand has slackened. Due to this prices have stabilized, but any new inquiries will cause prices to climb.
Early December brought some small relief on prices, but a substantial inquiry has caused prices to firm.
The most current report from the USDA shows a large improvement over last year’s hurricane damaged crop. Their forecast calls for a total of 77 million boxes, 45 million of Valencia and 32 million of early Midseason and Navel. Prices for terpenes continue to soften.
With the crop season over, and prices continuing to firm, reports indicate factories not willing to speculate. It is expected that prices will eventually stabilize in the next few months.
While early rains caused the output in May to be off, by September the crop’s total output was larger than what would be considered “normal”. Market pricing today is stable.