Rose oil production in Bulgaria's famous Rose Valley is set to increase by 25 percent according to a mid-season estimate by experts in spite of the climate changes and economy crisis. Bulgaria is traditionally one of the biggest world exporters of high-grade rose oil along with Morocco and neighboring Turkey, with clients mostly from the United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Japan. Rose oil is the most commonly used essential oil in the perfume industry.
Workers gather rose petals from plants at a farm near Tarnichene, Bulgaria, during the mid-season rose harvest. The petals are pressed to extract oil; Bulgaria exports high-grade rose oil to Western countries for use in the fragrance trade.