Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lavender Chatter—What Factors Truly Impact Essential Oil Cost?




With recent industry chatter and inquiries about increasing Bulgarian Lavender prices possibly being imminent we wanted to address the topic of Lavender essential oil availability world-wide and share what we are “hearing,” from folks literally out in the field.  

 While we are on this topic, it might be important to share what factors influence cost in general.  
First, our long-time French supplier indicates many French oils and French Lavender may be in much shorter supply than usual  thus driving up the prices…this situation arising from the impact of 2017 severe drought conditions in France.  However, he stresses it is too early to know for certain what will happen, but he knows the prices will sharply increase. He just isn't sure how much.  I have ordered anyway.  We will see what it costs when he invoices me.


Secondly, our Bulgarian supplier has not indicated anything but a very small cost increase for Bulgarian Lavender for this season's crop.  They are telling us not to expect anything huge. Rest assured we are keeping our ears to the ground! (This year our price increased slightly, but not painfully.)

A problem more widespread than crop failures due to drought or flooding that will certainly increase prices across the board is the rising exchange rate.  Realizing most folks don’t have to even think about exchange rates rising and falling but it does affect the price of essential oils you purchase.  

As an example, at Nature’s Gift we have already seen an escalation of about .25 cents per Euro and the rate is still rising. Last year when I ordered from my favorite French supplier we paid $1.10 per Euro versus $1.36 per Euro this past week, which will result in a 25% cost increase across the board just to bring in European oils this season, regardless of any other situation impacting cost. I see no reason to believe that the exchange rates will decline in the immediate future. As international importers, we are dependent on favorable exchange rates. Every time I look, they have climbed a bit more.

While it makes sense to order what you think you will need of any oil that may face a shortage or price increase, one thing we won’t tolerate is a hoarding mentality.  We are restricting our supply of Fragonia™ so everyone will have access.  Even with our pleas and requests and policy in place, some individuals have decided the policy applies to everyone but themselves.  So, we are monitoring these purchases and will cancel any order that violates the policy by ordering more bulk Fragonia ™ than we have deemed appropriate. We want to be fair to all. It is our prerogative.
We may have to extend the limitations to our current supplies of Lavender, expecially since, based on Industry chatter, our Organic Bulgarian Lavender remains a bargain.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Call To Action - United Aromatherapy Effort

CALL TO ACTION - URGENT! YOUR ASSISTANCE IS GREATLY NEEDED!

Along with many others, we are helping with an aroma community-wide effort spearheaded by the United Aromatherapy Effort, Inc. The goal: reach out and help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Aromatherapist Amy Kreydin of the Barefoot Dragonfly is coordinating their effort in Texas.
Amy's article concerning the effort explains more. http://www.amykreydin.com/aromatherapy-relief-for-victims-…/

This is not affiliated with any particular brand or company. The United Aromatherapy Effort formed their first mobile team during the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. If you would like to help, we're more than happy to have you. In fact, we need you! :-) (Nature's Gift has always been among the first to respond to UAE requests, and a shipment of inhalers and blends is already on the way to Austin for the refugees.)
 
We must ask that you PLEASE DO NOT TAG AMY. She is overwhelmed at the moment and needs to keep her attention on tasks at hand. Many are working alongside her to compile a “wish list” which can be shared and can be worked from to fill recognized needs.
Please join the United Aromatherapy Effort, Inc group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/unitedaromatherapyeffort) for updates, to stay current on the needs and efforts and to lend your support.

HOW YOU CAN HELP WITH THE HURRICANE HARVEY AROMATHERAPY RELIEF EFFORTS
If you are long distance and wish to contribute, donations of money and aromatherapy supplies are ideal and much needed. Here's how to get those into Amy's hands.
MONETARY DONATIONS ARE REQUESTED FOR:
• Purchasing grocery store gift cards, diapers, formula, medications and other immediately needed supplies to put into the hands of those offering direct aid. Even one dollar helps!
Send donations through Paypal Friends & Family option to: barefootdragonfly@gmail.com
** Please make sure to use the Friends & Family option when sending money through PayPal so no fees are incurred **
DONATE AROMATHERAPY SUPPLIES:
• blank inhalers
• single essential oils to formulate generic blends
• generic essential oil blends (Ex: trauma, respiratory, energizing, relaxing, calming, sedative, purifying) ** Please include safety info and complete ingredients lists for all pre-made blends **
• rollerball bottles supplies (empty rollerball bottles, carrier oils with long shelf life)
• blank labels to label products being made
• disposable pipettes
• packaging supplies may be needed for products
• personal hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, etc.)
• herbal preparations, teas, bulk herbs, etc.

Send donated supplies to:
The Barefoot Dragonfly
7601 Pheasant Rock Road
Austin, TX 78729

Amy needs volunteers and helping hands on several fronts. If you are local to the Austin, Tx area, she could use your help in some way.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO:
• Assemble kits at her studio this week (see blog post linked above)
• Print labels for aromatherapy products, inhalers, etc. being assembled in her studio this week
• Help coordinate efforts in the area and specifically assist with Amy's current growing list
• Gather, pack and deliver supplies
• Drivers and/or help locating drivers to take goods from Austin to shelters in Houston and down the coast over the next couple of weeks
• Other ??

These are on-the-ground and in the trenches assistance efforts. Every single penny donated, every single item, product and supplies given will go to those who need it. We are a healing therapy community that seeks to help others heal emotionally and physically. It's what we do!
Bottom line: the need is great and ongoing. While immediate needs are the current focus, recovery from this historical disaster will go on for months. Resources will likely need to be replenished multiple times during the healing and rebuilding process. If you can't help right now, we certainly understand. Perhaps you can help later on, when it's no longer a big news story and the cameras have stopped rolling.

Thank you for reading all the way through and joining us in the united effort to help Texas heal.