Minimum Shelf Life: 5 Years
Grade: Absolute/Fine Perfumery
Plant Part: Fresh flower petals
Perfume Note: Middle
Aroma: Clear, sweet, sparkling light notes of honey, deep, rich as fresh cut roses
Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Davana, Geranium, Jasmine grandiflorum, Jasmine sambac, Lavender, Orange Sweet, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang Complete, Ylang Ylang Extra
Bulgarian Rose absolute from Rose damascena grown in Kazanlak, Bulgaria (an area known as "Valley of Roses") renown for producing sweet and sparkling Rose oil reminiscent of fresh cut roses.
This absolute is solvent extracted opposed to our organic Rose Otto
(Bulgarian) processed by steam distillation that is a pure essential oil. Slightly thick and deep orange reddish in color, this absolute has a very strong sweet mature floral smooth honey scent.
Many solvent extracted specimens of Rose damascena absolute we sampled displayed aromatic oddities best described as fermented, wine like, and some even with a peculiar sour note that lingered even after dry down. One whiff of the absolute selected here prompted immediate enquiry of the supplier to confirm whether it was indeed solvent extracted or hexane free. For a solvent extracted Rose Bulgarian to so clearly not have any aromatic tell-tale signs of solvent extraction is like finding a needle in a haystack! This Rose absolute simply fails to disappoint and is a natural perfumer's dream.
In perfume blends is best to err on the side of frugality remembering that less is more with this particular absolute! Because of its highly concentrated scent is advised to dilute in order to reveal and appreciate all aromatic notes.
Rose is historically an expensive oil to produce because the extraction process requires several thousand pounds of rose petals to obtain just one ounce of oil. The process is very labor-intensive, with harvesting of the flowers done by hand before sunrise and processing completed on the same day.
Although rather costly compared to other Rose absolutes we sampled, the pristine aromatic quality is worth every cent! We were fortunate to obtain a small amount from a larger shipment headed to a friend in the perfume industry in Grasse, France. If looking for a beautifully aromatic Rose damsacena it would be wise to order now while available. For an economical alternative, try our 10% dilution
already pre-mixed in organic Fractionated Coconut oil to enjoy wearing on pulse points as perfume.
This is an uplifting and soothing Rose oil that from an aromatherapy standpoint is revered as an emotional aid for overcoming depression, grief, anger, and fear. Rose oil is a superb addition in cosmetics geared toward broken capillaries, dry skin, eczema, herpes, mature and sensitive skin. Aromatherapy use
: broken capillaries, dry skin, eczema, herpes, mature and sensitive skin, wrinkles, palpitations, poor circulation. asthma, coughs, hay fever, colic, liver congestion, nausea, depression, impotence, insomnia, frigidity, headache, nervous tension, stress related complaints, irregular menstruation, leucorrhoea, menorrhagia, uterine disorders
: Oil diffusers, potpourri, perfume, bath oil, bath salt, bath and shower gels, spa treatment oils and creams, soap making, candle making, skin care
Contraindications: Non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy.