Rose Otto (Bulgaria) Essential Oil

Botanical Name:
Rosa damascena
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Wholesale Certified Organic Rose Otto Essential Oil

100% pure Rose essential oil, also known as Rose Otto. This is the steam distilled variety of Rose, from Rosa damascena roses, Certified Organically grown and distilled in Bulgaria. Rose Otto is considered the most therapeutic of the rose oils – in fact, it is thought to be the the essential oil with the highest 'vibrations' in aromatherapy. A beautifully rich, heady and complex oil! Our Rose Otto Essential Oil is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.


Standing up to two meters in height, this spiked plant known for its 36-petaled fragrant blossoms is also called Summer Damask, Turkish and Bulgarian rose. Requiring a specific soil and climate, this species is native to the Asian continent, yet has been cultivated since the 16th century in Bulgaria, Turkey and France.


This oil is steam distilled using the petals of Certified Organically grown Damask Rose petals from Bulgaria. The term 'otto' is used simply to differentiate the steam distilled variety from the absolute. In aromatherapy applications, the otto is more potent than the absolute, therefore, a smaller amount is needed to achieve the same level of aroma potency. Some perfumers consider a fraction of a percent sufficient for some blends. Though the rose is renown for its fragrance, the flower actually contains very little aromatic oil by weight. Some 60,000 roses are needed to distill a single ounce of oil, and the oil of 60 roses are contained in each drop thus bringing the relatively high cost of rose oil into perspective.

Aromatherapy Notes

This Rose otto essential oil has light, floral top notes followed by sweet nectar-like and ripe stone fruit middle notes all underpinned by a distinctly musty and slightly wooded undertone. It blends well with: Jasmine, Orange (sweet, Mandarin, Petitgrain), Geranium, Bergamot, Lavender, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Chamomile (both German and Roman), Balsam, Clove and Palmarosa.

For all therapeutic uses, we highly recommend this Rose Otto. For simple aromatic uses and perfumery, where a true Rose flower aroma is desired, we recommend the Absolute.The Rose Absolute is the deeper of the two aromas. It carries a middle note (rather than a high note), but both are beautiful and complex.

Traditional Uses

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. Rose essential oil was first distilled by the Arabic physician Avicenna, who wrote an entire book on its plethora of healing properties. In traditional Chinese medical practice, Rose has a cool, moist nature and therefore is very useful for conditions relating to excess heat and inflammation. Rose promotes balance and harmony and aids in fully opening the heart.

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

Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Antidepressant, Antiphlogistic, Antiseptic, Aphrodisiac, Astringent, Bactericidal, Deodorant, Emmenagogue, Haemostatic, Sedative, Stomachic, Tonic
  • Cooling and soothing effects – its scent will “take us into an unknown world and disperses the shadows of our worries, anxieties, and sorrows”
  • Can reduce high blood pressure and exhibits anti-anxiety effects
  • “The rose, queen of flowers...It refreshes the soul; its fragrant poetry brings joy to the heart”

From The Art of Aromatherapy2:

  • Purges and cleanses the vascular and digestive systems
  • One of the most antiseptic essential oils
  • Excellent for mature, dry, or inflamed skin

Application and Use


Rose essential oils are non-toxic, non-irritants and non-sensitizing. Please consult a doctor if pregnant or breastfeeding and prior to ingesting any essential oil.


1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 Tisserand, Robert. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs. Healing Arts Press, 1994.