Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil Corsica


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
Updates :
  • Rain since July 2018 has been very poor in Corsica and unless we have good rain in Spring, the bad news is the yield will be affected to about 20% with a production under 400 kg . Good news is  drier crops produce higher quality with Neryl Acetate, the highest in the world in Corsicaover 40% !!
  • Exchange : We pay all our staff and families collecting plants ( cultivated or in the wild ) in Euro. Also we sell in pound Sterling from the UK where our global head quarters are based. Brexit unfortunately create insecurity and an hostile environment for exchange versus Dollars $ and Euro €.

17th January 2019
We would to wish all of you a great year with health, joy & happiness .

26th July 2018
We have produced nearly 460 kg of E.O in 2018 campaign ( ab 10% collected in the wild ).

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.

15th June 2018

-Corsica : Collection of plants in the wild have started last week and the first distillation with expedition took place already. \one more to go.
All production to address distillation is in progress too with 100 kg already made and expedited. \weather has been very kind and oil quality is better than ever . We still have a little to sell for late orders

31st May 2018
What a difference with only 3 months ago !!

29th May 2018

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.
GDPR is now in effect in Europe since the 25th of May officially. We understand partially how it works and what we are suppose to do. We know that is is intimately linked with privacy and it is good as spam was too much. I think that a bubble is burst ! I have cleared as a result my in box removing ALL emails dated years and kept only what is related with existing customers with invoices etc as it is mandatory legally in the UK . We need to keep it 7 years.
However we have changed our way of working . What we will do is :

-Informing customers (here) or directly if absolutely needed of our operation, news etc.
-We will email no prospects any more like as we did before. Should you have any question please use our contact form and we will answer by return. Of course all orders are and will be honored with updates sent accordingly. Business is as usual.

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.

Our 12 helichrysum cultivated fields have been affected by the low temperatures & “burnettes” ( left ) had to be used this year again mainly at night in order to warm up the air & the frosted ground. Cost is of course extremely high ( around 3 € per night & per unit )
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...) ].