The aroma of rose is one of the most delicate and evocative on the planet. The softly spicy, slightly fruity floral aroma is romantic and intoxicating. Some rose extracts smell exactly like a flower fresh from the garden, while others have a greener, more herbal aroma. The scent can depend on the extraction process as well as the specific variety of the rose that was used.
Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oils and absolutes are made from the flowers of the rose bush. Steam distillation of rose flowers produces an essential oil also called rose otto. Solvent extraction of the flowers produces rose absolute. Also available from a few suppliers is a CO2 extract of rose, which is similar to an absolute but uses no harsh solvents in the extraction process.
Therapeutic Properties of Rose Essential Oil
Buying Rose Essential Oil
Typically, Rose essential oil sells for around $220 per ounce.
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