Rose Otto rosa damascena
Country of Origin: BulgariaBotanical Name: Rosa Damascena
Rose Otto has a deep, rich-sweet and soft floral aroma. Rose has been highly prized for centuries for its therapeutic properties. There are over 250 different species of Rose and over 10,000 hybrid varieties; many of which are extensively used in toiletries for both men and women. Rose is a wonderful oil to use in facial skin care, especially for Dry/Mature and delicate skin.
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Botanical Name: Rosa Damascena
Plant Family: Rosaceae.
Method of Extraction: The oil is steam distilled from the fresh petals.
The Damask Rose is a bushy shrub with a hight and spread of up to 2 meters. It has green foliage and double flowers which are pink in bud and fade to almost white and are rich in fragrance.
It is extremely difficult to extract oil from the petals of the Rose. The two main ways are: solvent extraction of a concrete which is then produced into an absolute, or distillation, to produce an essential oil. Production of an absolute gives a better yield, but distillation gives a much finer fragrance. Rose Otto (Otto comes from the Ottoman Empire) is the distilled oil, produced by water or steam distillation from very fresh petals.
The fragility of the petals necessitates great skill in production. Absolute Aromas has selected this Rose Otto for its purity and quality. Cultivation of Rosa Damascena was dominated by Bulgaria under the Ottoman Empire. When the Empire came to an end after WWI, many ethnic Turks from Bulgaria set up production of the oil in the Isparta region of Turkey. Production of the Otto is still concentrated in these 2 regions.
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