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Essential Oil Profiles: How to choose a rose oil

We’re often asked about our rose essential oils and how to choose. There are lots of different types and rose can be quite an investment so it’s good to make sure you choose the right one. Oshadhi’s selection comes from locations all over Europe and the middle East and vary in their properties. The scent, colour and therapeutic properties can be different, as well as the price.

What’s the best place to start? A good place to start is the production method, as the properties of the resulting oil vary depending on the extraction method. Rose oil is generally produced either by distillation or by solvent extraction. Distilled Rose oil is known as ‘rose otto’ and it takes around 3kg of petals to create just 1ml (around 20 drops). Extracted Rose oil (for example using alcohol) gives a much higher yield so the price is of course lower.

There is a notable difference in the fragrance of distilled and solvent-extracted rose oils. Rose absolute is produced by ‘washing’ the aromatic components out of the plant matter. At the end of the process the solvent is removed and this leaves a viscous and highly fragrant liquid that has a rich and full aroma. In general, absolutes have a rounder, richer scent that smells much more like the original plant. In contrast the essential oil produced by steam distillation is a light, colourless liquid with a delicate aroma. Whilst this represents a much smaller proportion of the aromatic compounds contain within the petals, the fragrance is considered to be superior.

Read on for further details on the different types of Rose oil that we stock:

Rose absolute (Rosa damascena): This has a deep, rich colour and a scent to match. Not especially sweet, nor indeed anything like the rose aroma that is associated with many rose-scented toiletry products. Rounded and persistent, a little goes a long way. The lowest price of all the rose oils due to the higher production yield. Great if you need a strong rose aroma for a blend however the use of a solvent to extract the oil brings its own dilemmas when it comes to using on the skin (but that’s a topic for another article!).

Persian Rose essential oil (Rosa damascena): Solid at room temperature, this oil has a high level of plant waxes which slow its movement down a little in comparison to the other distilled rose oils.The Persian Rose has a slightly softer, sweeter scent than the classic Bulgarian Rose. At around two-thirds the cost of Bulgarian Rose this oil makes a good introduction to the distilled rose oils. If you struggle to persuade it out of the bottle just pop it in a warm place for a little while.

Bulgarian Rose essential oil (Rosa damascena): The classic rose, deep, rich and inviting. There are two varieties, the organic oil and the traditionally farmed oil. They share the same base scent however the organic version is a little deeper and more complex (and also costs more due to the increased costs associated with organic farming).

White Rose essential oil (Rosa alba): Not a Rosa damascena but a Rosa alba. A dusky and mysterious fragrance. A favourite with men and much loved in the Oshadhi office.

Turkish Rose essential oil (Rosa damascena): Similar to the Bulgarian Rose in terms of scent but perhaps a little more grounding and earthy. Previously this oil cost less than its Bulgarian counterpart but more recently it has been the other way round.

Click the link to find out all about Oshadhi rose essential oils.