The sense of smell is one of the oldest senses we possess. When an intense and penetrating fragrance reaches our nose, it undoubtedly creates an instantaneous impact that, through our brain, pervades us with different sensations, called "olfactory memories" which evoke our feelings and bring us to the past, since they remains deeply etched in our memory.
Historically, the rose has always been regarded as "the queen of flowers", considered as the flower of love in different cultures and religions. For the Greeks, the Rose was the flower of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. For mystical Christians in the Middle Ages, the rose was the flower of the Virgin, a symbol of purity.
The rose is the quintessential symbol of beauty. It accompanies us during important moments in our lives. It is a symbol of welcome at our birth, a symbol of luck when we get married and accompanies us on our final journey.
Cleopatra used rose essential oil to evoke adoration in an intense way, from impregnating the sails of the ship that transported her through the Mediterranean with its scent to announce her arrivals at port, to adding roses to her fountains. She even covered the floor of her bedroom with petals, thus bewitching her lovers, including Marco Antonio. It was Cleopatra herself who made rose-based perfume fashionable in ancient Rome.
Pure rose essential oil is the most remarkable of all essential oils. It is distilled using traditional techniques to preserve its unique characteristics and properties.
To this day, many countries produce essential rose oils; among them Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, India, Bulgaria, and the most well-known producer of all, France (in the Provence region).
The petals are always collected one by one, by hand and at dawn. A shocking 5,000 kg of fresh petals are required for the extraction of 1 kg of finished oil.
The essential oil is obtained through distillation, using steam to extract the oil from the petals. It is a very complex oil and is made up of more than 275 molecules.
On balance, one drop of essential oil contains approximately the essence of 30 roses. However, not all roses provide perfume. The Damascus rose (or Damascena) is one of the most perfumed and for this reason, it is the most valued rose in traditional perfumery.
It is an ideal ingredient for all skin types. Cosmetic treatments with this essence are powerful and delicate at the same time. It possesses numerous cosmetic properties, including antioxidant and anti-wrinkle effects.
Other properties for the skin:
It is difficult to describe the intoxicating fragrance of rose essential oil. It invites us into silence and the accompanying feeling of peace that it evokes.
Rose essential oil is very beneficial in restoring emotional balance.
Certainly, its high price can cause us to hesitate when purchasing it, however, it is an important, powerful and valuable essential oil. It can cost between €5,000 and €6,000 per kilo.
Right now is a good time to use it. It’s not only in the form of essential oil, which can be expensive and difficult to find, many cosmetics contain it. At Per Purr, we have the Silky soap bar and the Flower Cure bath salts that contain essential rose oil, creating a boost for both your skin and your mood!