Rose Otto (Rosa Damascena)

Bulgarian Rose Oil (Rose Otto) is widely recognized as the finest rose oil produced in the world.  The Rosa Damascena variety grown in the fields around the city of Kazanlak is a unique type of rose, differing in qualities from roses grown elsewhere.  Because of the especially beneficial climate of the Rose Valley, the roses grown here have less waxy petals, thus producing more and higher quality oil. On average, 3500 kg of rose flowers gathered in the early dawn hours are necessary to produce 1 kg of rose oil.

One of the main uses of rose oil is in perfumery.  It is an ingredient in 98% of female perfumes and 46% of male perfumes, indispensable to any high-end perfume.  Some famous designer fragrances, which use rose oil as a key ingredient, are COCO by Channel, Chic by Carolina Herrera, Y by Yves Saint Laurent, Addict by Dior, Flower by Kenzo, Brilliant White Diamonds by Elizabeth Arden, Green Tea by Bulgari, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, White Linen Breeze by Estee Lauder, Classique by Jean Paul Gautier, Gloria by Cacharel and many others.

Rose oil is also an important cosmetic ingredient because of its benefits to the skin – disinfectant, softening and toning.  Masks, crèmes and tonics containing rose oil are especially recommended for mature or rough skin. Balms containing rose oil are also used during the healing of tattoos. 

In aromatherapy, rose oil is well known for its aphrodisiac, antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic and generally calming properties. It is used most commonly in baths, inhalations and compresses.  Blends well with most oils, especially bergamot, chamomile, cedarwood, jasmine, lavender, neroli, sandalwood, ylang-ylang and Bulgarian zdravets oil.

The oil-bearing rose is also a culinary ingredient used in various jams and jellies, cakes, ice cream and even rose water lemonade.  Delicious!


at 23°C and lower, a heterogenous mixture of pale yellow crystals and clear, light yellow liquid, above 23°C – pale yellow liquid

light yellow

specific of Kazanlak Rosa Damascena, floral, strong, with faint peppery and honey notes

Plant parts used in distillation:

Growing method:
ethically cultivated

Citronelol, Nerol, Geraniol, n-Paraffins, Phenylethyl alcohol

Additional components:
linalool, saturated fatty alcohols beta-phenyl-ethyl aclohol, farnezole, terpinene-1-ol-4, acetates of the indicated alohols, free acids, aldehydes (fatty and aromatic), geranial, neral, ketones, phenols, phenol esters, hydrocarbons, rose oxide and stearoptene.  

in well-sealed containers at 5 to 15º C, away from direct sunshine or heat sources

Shelf life

Harvesting period

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