18th August 2019
Campaign has ended and you will find our last analysis and info below :
Despite a "cold winter" ( cold for us is above freezing 90% of the time ) and a very wet spring yield has been good and higher than last year. Plants were quite wet and sappy when collected and we had to store them 2 weeks to dry. We almost did not use the stems because of this and results are favorable and encouraging. However compare to last year mother nature decided not to make a lot of difference in Neryl Acetate between the wild and the cultivated (sometimes see above profile "better" for cultivated crops, however Neryl Acetate is only one component and there are several others ...). Note that all seeds planted are collected in the wild, while field are often in very much vicinity to each other. Collections of wild plants closer to the sea shore was very poor, probably because of weather and on side of cliffs it was too dangerous to collect.
The main problem this year is exchange rate very much adversary with the sterling. Most of buyers have however reserve their purchase in January / February achieving about 25% saving compare to the present market price.
20th May 2019
17th January 2019
24th June 2018
-Australia: We had a call from our freight forwarder telling us that new regulations have been imposed to all companies for export to Australia. We are liaising with their Embassy and regret not to be able to make expedition to this country until the situation becomes resolved.
We had lots of rain and we are grateful as it was much needed. Weather has been excellent for May and harvest with distillation seems to be earlier by 3 weeks compare to last year, more for the wild crops.
-Informing customers (here) or directly if absolutely needed of our operation, news etc.
Stock : we have now almost sold out all production ( except oil from our Balkan's partners) by reservation. Please contact us for any last orders or use our shop online to buy modest amounts. We still have free freight offers available
17th February 2018
The weather this year so far in France and for the rest of Europe has been quite chaotic.
Helichrysum is a robust plant and will survive easily but the combination of low rain since September 2017 and the snow in February and March 2018 will have a consequence for the yield and total production achieved. We anticipate this year to be 20% down in volume ( around 330 kg compared with 410 kg in 2017 ) . The good news is that without water the plant finds its way deeper down and the lack of water increase the quality level. We think that our Neryl Acetate level will be around 40%+ this year.
We would once again recommend you to reserve your oil now if possible.This will help us with cash-flow as from September to July each year we have no income & high outgoings with equipment, material, etc. It would enable you to secure your E.O availability & price [ not yet updated ( it will be very early April...) ].