100% pure Rose Absolute from flower petals grown in Bulgaria. This is a complex, full-bodied absolute reminiscent of a field of blooming roses direct from the Kanzanlak Valley, or 'Valley of the Roses' in Bulgaria. We've sampled countless Rose oils over the many years and this may be our favorite Rose absolute of all time. Certified Organically grown roses make all the difference, bringing out subtle depth and fresh, classic floral notes we have not experienced before. For the steam distilled variety of Rose, see Rose Otto. Our Rose Oil Absolute is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.
ABOUT THE OIL
Rose oil absolute is extracted using a delicate and labourious method: similar to 'effleurage' (the pressing of petals in fat to produce an extract), this flower essence is slowly extracted using pure alcohol, eventually producing a wax-like 'concrete'. A second extraction of the concrete gives rise to the absolute. This method is more efficient than steam distillation, producing nearly 7 pounds of oil per 10,000 pounds of roses (distillation yields 1 pound oil per 10,000 pounds of roses), with a correspondingly lower cost than a steam distilled variety - some find the absolute has a more 'complete' aroma, more true to the flower. This Rose Absolute is a yellow-orange with a warm, sweet complex and deeply rosy aroma with a rich, honeyed undertone -- magnetic and intoxicating!
The scent is divinely sweet, rich, and deeply floral - exclusive to the extract of history's most revered flower. Its uplifting aroma will blend well with many other oils, including Jasmine, Sandalwood, Lavender, and Amber.
Exalted in literature and mythology, the rose has been considered sacred since ancient times – its blossom is a symbol of beauty, love, youth, perfection and immortality. In Greek mythology, the rose is said to have sprung from Adonis, the Turks believe it sprang from the blood of Venus and according to Islam, the rose blossomed from the sweat of Mohammed.
In addition to its spiritual and mythological importance, rose has also been known for its therapeutic properties. The scent of the rose was an extensive topic in Pliny’s Natural Senses and was highly praised in ancient Sanskrit texts. In ancient Rome, rose and rosewater were used in festivals and banquets, strewn along the floors and streets and worn in garlands. They were also important in wedding and funeral ceremonies. In a Chinese manuscript, Li Shin-Chen describes rose as having a cooling nature and medicinal action “upon the liver, stomach, and blood. It drives away melancholy”.1
Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature