Rose (Rosa damascena) essential oil/Bulgaria

Rose (Rosa damascena) essential oil/Bulgaria

In the beds blossomed only the few Roses of our grandmothers, and oh! the ineffable fragrance! Damask Roses! Cabbage Roses! Velvet Roses! oh, the perfection of perfume that poured from their pink petals! There were pretty pillars of Madame Plantier Roses at each end of the semicircular bed, each with hundreds of snowy blossoms; and lowgrowing Moss Roses, and a few ancient Tea-Roses which would fill the spaces with scant bloom later in the summer.
Sun dials and roses of yesterday
By Alice Morse Earle

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Rose essential oil is a pale yellow to olive yellow soft waxy mass(at cool temperatures due to the stearoptene floral waxes that come over in distillation) With very gentle heat it becomes a flowable liquid. The oil displays a deep, rich, sweet, warm floral-roseaceous bouquet with a spicy, green, honeyed undertone of good radiance and tenacity

In natural perfumer it is widely used in a great variety of compositions including Oriental bouquets, culinary perfumes, high class florals, sacred essences, etc