Rose Absolute - Organic (Bulgaria)


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  • Origin: Bulgaria 
  • Refinement Process: Solvent
  • Plant Part: Flowers
  • Genus & Species: Rosa damascena
  • Farm Style: Organic
  • Note: Middle

About the Absolute: This is one of the top aromatics of rose to be found! Organic rose absolute from Bulgaria is truly a keeper. Absolutes are generally used in the perfumery industry or for aromatic purposes due to the richness of the aroma when compared to essential oil, which often is sought for therapeutic use.  A little can go a long way. Tip: Rose absolute is very concentrated.  It's recommended to put into a 10% dilution with a carrier oil or perfumer's alcohol prior to use. 

The organically grown roses that make this distillation are nurtured in the well-known and sacred 'Valley of the Roses' in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. Bulgaria is known to grow and produce the best rose oils on the planet, hands down. When we visited our farmer/distiller in this sacred valley we were blown away. 

You'll find the Rosa damascena species from Bulgaria is a cut above others of the same species grown elsewhere. This is why it is highly sought after and recognized as a treasure worldwide. It's said that in the Valley of the Roses there's something mysterious and magical that those in the industry can not explain, yet all have incredible life-changing stories to tell from their experience working with this plant.  The 'Damask' rose, cultivated since the 16th century, is thought to produce the finest quality essence. 

Aroma:  Overall it is rose: sweet, high floral potency. This aromatic has a slightly greener smell, which perhaps adds that differentiating factor to its aroma. 

Chemistry: Rose oil has an extraordinarily complex chemistry, with over 300 known constituents, which make up about 86% of the whole. The remaining 14% comprises a large number of different compounds, each in minuscule amounts, but they are vital to the whole oil, both from the point of view of its aroma and its therapeutic properties.

Versus Moroccan: The Bulgarian rose absolute has a higher viscosity when compared to the Moroccan absolute. Its aroma is a bit lemony within its sweet floral aroma.

Rose Blends well with: Most oils, most commonly combined with bergamot, cedar, chamomile, clary sage, jasmine, lavender, lemon, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang-ylang. 

Other Insights:  Rose is a heart opener and has been noticed to elevate the mind and spirit; encouraging feelings of happiness and contentment, and bringing warmth to the soul. One of the rose's most celebrated benefits is its aphrodisiac properties. The rose as a symbol of love is a pervasive image, present in antiquated depictions of Cupid himself as well as in today’s commercial marketing.

About Absolutes: Rose absolute is extracted using a delicate and laborious method similar to 'enfleurage' (the pressing of petals in fat to produce an extract). The rose essence is slowly extracted using pure alcohol, eventually producing a wax-like 'concrete'. A second extraction of the concrete produces the absolute. This method is more efficient than steam distillation, producing nearly seven pounds of oil per 10,000 pounds of roses (distillation yields only one pound of oil per 10,000 pounds of roses) and has a correspondingly lower cost than the steam distilled oils. Absolutes have a more 'complete' aroma, i.e. more true to the flower. Note: Absolutes are obtained by solvent extraction. Solvent extraction produces a more complete plant extract than steam distillation. However, some minute traces of solvent may remain in the final absolute. For some aromatherapists, this is a deterrent to the use of rose absolute. Others believe that rose absolute is preferable to rose otto essential oil because the chemical constituents of rose absolute are identical to the live rose, whereas in rose otto essential oil there are constituents present that are by-products of the steam distillation and not found in the rose itself.