Rose, Bulgarian Otto

The place that Roses and their scent holds in culture is unequalled. Although there are thousands of varieties of Rose, just a few are used for the production of essential oils. The Damask Rose or Pink Damask Rose is probably the oldest Rose. It is unknown in the wild and may be called the Apothecary Rose or the Dog Rose. The White Damask Rose (alba) contains less oil than the Pink and has a slightly weaker scent. It is planted along with the Pink to differentiate fields and to act as a wind screen. The oil is extracted by steam distillation and by chemical extraction. The concretes and absolutes are considered to be of higher quality because the oil was not subjected to the higher temperatures of steam distillation. I have found that the concretes and absolutes sometimes need to be aired out to allow that chemical smell that sometimes lingers to dissipate. The steam distilled oils sometimes have a caramel-like quality that can be interesting. Rose oil has many applications for the skin and the cardiovascular system, as well as the digestive and nervous system. The cost, however, keeps Rose as an oil to inhale.
The Bulgarian Rose has a full clean scent while other Roses have a heavier sightly fruity scent.
  • Rosa Damascena  
  • Bulgaria 
  • Steam Distillation 
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