The first information about roses and rose oil in Ancient Greece is found in the Iliad and Odyssey. • Both the rose and rose oil are symbols of innocence and beauty in Greek mythology. • The rose is considered the queen of flowers and fragrance. • The usage of rose water dates back to early Egypt, when Cleopatra – queen of beauty – used this natural product in her skincare regime
Secret of Rose Valley
The quality of the rose water and oil depends to a great extent on the unique combination of climate, soil and prioritized culturing in the Valley of Roses. • The average monthly and yearly temperatures in the valley are higher than those in the nearby regions. • Winters are usually warm, whereas summers are cooler. • What is typical for the valley is the gradual rise in temperatures during the months May and June. • This also favors in the growth and prevents the rose from freezing. • Springs are usually longer with an evident temperature altitude – an important and favorable condition for the production and quality of rose blossom.
Process of distillation
Picking roses is a very hard and labor consuming process, done solely by hand. • For the best quality the fields have to be harvested before the sun shines. • The fresh blossoms are taken to the distillery where the distillation process immediately takes place. • The roses blossoms are placed in a special distillation equipment. • A stream of low-pressure steam is discharged through the fresh blossoms to release the essentials oil into the vapor. • The aromatic vapor is condensed by cooling coils. • Last stage of the process is separation of oil.
Some facts about Rose Water
The natural rose water is obtained from the oil bearing roses (Rosa Damascena) through a double distillation. • For one kilogram of rose water is needed about 500 pieces fresh inflorescences. • Natural rose water is used in cosmetics for cleansing, refreshing and perfuming the skin.
Some uses of Rose Water • Spray it on your face for refreshing. • Spray it over makeup to work as a makeup setting product. • Soak a cotton pad in chilled rose water and apply it under tired eyes – it helps reduce puffiness under the eyes and get rid of redness. • Apply it at night, to clear all impurities the face has collected through the day. • Clean the mouth – antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory abilities. • Use it as hair conditioner. • Use it as facial toner. • Spray it all over your face – it helps de-stress.