Rose Absolute is a decadent and floral essential oil.
Roses are a traditional symbol of romantic love, and have been cherished in cultures throughout history for their beauty, sweet smell and health properties.
The scent of a Rose is complex; you may detect floral aspects as well as citrus, honey, musk and spice. What you will smell will differ slightly from harvest to harvest because the elements the roses have been subjected to can make an impact on the delicate fragrance. Despite this, good quality Rose Absolute should always smell delightful.
Historical records date Rosa Centifolia to 16th century France in the Grasse region. Grasse is located on the French Riviera and considered to be the world’s capital of perfume. The Centifolia genus is prized for its opulent and distinctly sweet scent which makes it the perfect flower to be utilised for the solvent abstraction of Rose Absolute.
The Centifolia genus is now more commonly grown in Morocco in a town called El Kelaâ M’Gouna, also known as The Valley of the Roses. A three day festival takes place here annually to celebrate the rose harvest and to give thanks for the beauty of nature.
The roses are carefully hand picked before sunrise on May mornings to carefully preserve the potent fragrance as it dissipates later in the day. Harvesting the roses is a labour intensive job as it reportedly takes up to 240,000 roses to make 5mls of rose oil, the painstaking process is reflected in the price of Rose Absolute which is one of the worlds most expensive and extravagant oils.
Where have I smelt Rose oil before?
The rose has been renowned throughout time for its use in fragrances and perfumes with Rose Water being an ancient precursor to today's modern perfumes.
Today you will smell Rose combined with other scents in notable mass produced fragrances including Poison by Christian Dior, Shalimar by Guerlain and Opium by YSL.
How do you use Rose Absolute Oil?
Rose Absolute oil for skin care
Use Rose Absolute as part of your skincare regimen to promote soft skin and ward off the signs of ageing.
For a quick fix add a drop of Rose Absolute to your daily moisturiser or for a more exquisite facial experience dilute 1 drop of Rose Absolute in a carrier oil such as Argan oil and gently massage to your face.
The active ingredients in Argan oil such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants combined with the powerful properties of Rose Absolute will leave your skin well nourished and supple helping to improve skin imperfections and maintain a youthful healthy glow.
Rose Absolute oil skin refresher
For an instant invigorating pick me up to uplift and re-energise the skin on your face and body combine a few drops of Rose Absolute in an atomiser with water. Shake the atomiser before spraying on your face (making sure not to get the liquid in your eyes) or spray on your body as an uplifting natural body spray.
Rose Absolute oil to relieve stress
Ayurvedic medicine has used roses more than any other flower for its ability to balance feelings, the heart and the mind and relieve feelings of tension.
Diffuse Rose Absolute oil to uplift the senses and relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Inhale the oil from cupped hands, taking deep purposeful breaths to absorb the aroma more intensely and reap the healing benefits.
For a more relaxing experience use the oil for a full body aromatherapy massage.
Rose Absolute oil for menstrual tension
Infuse drops of Rose Absolute in a warm bath or create homemade bath salts to help ease abdominal period cramps and lower back pain.
For a topical PMS treatment dilute the oil in a carrier and massage in the areas where you are experiencing cramps and tension to help fight symptoms of menstruation, perimenopause and menopause.
For additional relief rub the oil on your feet before bed, to relax you before sleep. Use Rose oil for menstrual issues in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise to reap the full benefits.
If your period pains are particularly bad you may not completely eradicate symptoms of PMS using Rose oil alone, however taking time for yourself at the time of the month and giving yourself the additional self care and TLC you need will help you relax, feel better and smell scrumptious.
Use Rose Absolute in conjunction with your usual pain relief medication, chocolate, chick flicks, hot water bottle and aromatherapy scented candles, or whatever gets you through the monthly blues.
Rose Absolute oil recipes
Rose Absolute diffuser blends
4 drops of Rose Absolute combined with 3 drops of Chamomile, 3 drops of Lavender and a drop of Ylang Ylang will create a hedonistic blend that will fill your space with a sweet floral ambience.
For a deeper mysterious moody fragrance combine 3 drops of Rose Absolute with 3 drops of Sandalwood Amyris oil and 2 drops of Patchouli.
Rose Absolute bath salts
Create your very own bath salts using Rose Absolute to get naturally soft and gorgeous smelling skin.
Combine 2 cups of Pink Himalayan sea salts with 1 cup of Epsom Salts a quarter cup of Bicarbonate of Soda. (Use baking soda if you’re in the States - it’s the same thing!)
Add 20 drops of Rose Absolute and mix the ingredients together. Store in a glass jar. For extra luxury add some dried rose petals. A beautifully natural way to treat yourself, or to offer as a gift to someone you love.
Rose oil blends well with:
Most essential oils. Here are a few of our favourites to get you started,
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Patchouli, Sandalwood Amyris and Ylang Ylang.
Rose essential oil safety
Avoid in pregnancy and if nursing. Always dilute and use sparingly for topical application. Keep out of the reach of children. Rose Absolute is for external use only unless prescribed by a Dr or a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.