Everything about the Rose Damascena (Rose of Damascus)
If Rose Centifolia, also known as Rose de Grasse or Rose de Mai, is well known in France, the most commonly used fragrant rose is Rose Damascena, also called Rose of Damascus.
A major ingredient in perfumery since long time, the Rose Dasmacena has become an essential cosmetic for many. It is now at the heart of brands making clear the power of this powerful natural ingredient.
As a consumer, you need a budget of 30 to 40 € to get only 1 ml of Rose Damascena essential oil of good quality! Hence, it is not surprising that we speak of it as Bulgarian liquid gold. To get this ml of essential oil, it takes about 4000kg of petals, think about this if you question the price of this precious liquid!
Despite its high price, more and more consumers are seduced by this rich and precious flower, because the virtues of the Rose of Damascus are numerous. Everyone can enjoy the varied benefits of Rose Damascena by adding, for example, 1 drop of essential oil in a homemade cream for a healthy skin. All those who realize home cosmetics find several benefits to integrate Rose Damascena in their new recipes.
The origin of Rose Damascena
Its name refers to the city of Damascus. In France, it would be Robert de Brie who bewitched by his beatute and his heady perfume, would have reported some specimens in the year 1254, back from the crusade. There are still some fields of Roses of Damascus near Provins. But in France, it is above all the Rose Centifolia that occupies the producers of essential oil rose.
Bulgaria is the country recognized for the highest quality of Rose Damascena flowers and for its historical know-how in terms of distillation and extraction. By itself, Bulgaria would provide about 70% of Rose Damascena's worldwide essential oil market. It is by far the largest producing country, knowing that this variety of rose is still cultivated in several countries including Turkey, China, Egypt ... It would be in Egypt that the first distillation of the Rose of Damascus would have appeared.
The Rose Damascena from Bulgaria is therefore a real world star, not surprising that the Bulgarian people have incorporated it into its national emblem.
It takes centuries to go back through the history of the Rose Damascena culture in Bulgaria. It was in the 17th century that Rose Damascena was introduced in Bulgaria and that its cultivation began in the Valley of the Roses. This Valley of Roses, sacred nature for Bulgaria, lies between two mountain ranges: the Balkans and Srednia Gora. The capital of the Valley of the Roses is Kazanlak, where each year the Rose of Damascus is celebrated for about 3 weeks, at the time of harvest of Rose Damascena's petals. The Rose Festival, which bears its name well, occurs around mid May each year. It is a sacred period, ideal for visiting Bulgaria and getting to know its traditions and know-how. Visiting a Rose Damascena field creates a strong emotion, an unforgettable moment in a lifetime.
La Rose Damascena in Perfumery
Have you ever looked at the list of ingredients for your favorite perfumes?
It is rather easy to notice the predominance of Rose Damascena in the feminine fragrances of the most prestigious brands, whether in the form of Essential Oil, Rose Concrete or Rose Damascena's Absolute.
Looking only at the perfumes that occupy the best sales in France, we note that the perfumes to the greatest success contain in their notes the Rose Damascena. Here are some examples:
- Guerlain – La Petite Robe Noire
- Dior – J’adore
- Yves Saint Laurent – Paris premières roses
- Lancôme – Trésor, Then La vie est belle
This is at least 35 years of undeniable success of Rose Damascena throughout the world. Again this year, Chloé launched a new fragrance that confirms the power of Rose Damascena on the senses.
It would also seem that Rose Damascena can harmonize very contradictory scents, which would give her a serious role of "mediator". Beyond its captivating and delicate floral fragrance, Rose Damascena possesses many weapons. Highly tolerated by the skin, it is called the "Queen of Flowers"! the great perfumers of the whole world pull it out, it is undeniable ...
For those who appreciate Patchouli, know that it goes well with Rose Damascena.
The different shapes of Rose Damascena
Rose Damascena, YES, but what ingredient exactly?
Whatever perfume or skincare you are considering, it is good to be interested in the shape in which Rose Damascena is available. Indeed, looking at the list of ingredients closely, you will see to what extent the creator or manufacturer proposes the Rose of Damascus in its best form, the purest for the best, or rather with traces of solvents sometimes
To help you understand these ingredients, Reflet Nature provides you with a simple and clear panorama on how to extract the captivating perfume and the powerful molecules of Rose Damascena. The production of Rose Damascena essential oil and its alternatives to enjoy the benefits of Rose Damascena will no longer have secrets for you ... .
The harvest of Damas Rose's valuable petals
Here technical progress does not change anything: the harvest of the petals in the Valley of the Roses is always done by hand. It requires real expertise, often in the hands of gypsies of all ages, since it is a work ingrained in traditions.
It is at dawn, from 4-5 am, while the dew ensures the freshness of the petals, that precise and meticulous work begins. Women are predominantly gathered while men focus on the weighing and immediate transport of fresh petals. Picking usually stops at the end of the morning, depending on the arrival of heat and sunlight.
This is a real race against the clock since "gold" will be produced only once a year, for about 3-4 weeks when the work is intense. In other words, small local producers sleep little at this time!
Every year, Reflet Nature shares with you the images of the ritual of gathering in the Valley of the Roses and makes you discover the local life. You can read our latest publication on the Harvest of May 2014, and follow our FaceBook monrefletnature website to experience these exceptional moments of joy and this journey.
Cosmetic use of Rose Damascena
The cosmetic benefits of Rose Damascena are so numerous that it would be impossible to describe them here.
Among the best-known virtues that make it a success:
- Regenerating action, to preserve its youth and delay the appearance of wrinkles
- Toning properties, for an epidermis in full form, very effective for tired skins or even dull skin, to revive the luster
- Soothing effect, soothing irritations and reducing areas of redness
- Acts as an astringent, tightens the pores of the skin
- Anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, antiseptic role to cure the bobos
- Helps to heal and helps reduce skin marks over time, including significant scars following surgery
In short, Rose Damascena satisfies all skin types: dry, oily, mixed, young, mature, already in good condition, damaged ... It can be used by the whole family. It delays the appearance of time signs and is suitable for both women and men at this level.
It is also a natural remedy to treat small scratches of children as well as adults, or to calm reactions after gardening at home for example. The Rose Damascena is useful in case of burning or sunburn, to promote the regeneration of the skin, to calm and to help the healing.
Always having a Rose Damascena Floral Water or a Rose Cream at home is a good habit for all those who prefer to opt for natural ingredients to preserve the health of their skin on a daily basis.
The Rose Damascena in Aromatherapy
For those looking for more pronounced effects, Reflet Nature is one of the few suppliers of all-natural food supplements at Rose Damascena. the Rose Damascena turns out to be a real friend too.
Using Rose Damascena is about seeking relaxation first and foremost. The Rose of Damascus is useful for fighting tensions, stress in general, whatever its source. Again, whether you are a woman, a man, or a relative, Rose Damascena is available to the whole family; It can be found even in baby massage oils. To ease the sleep of little ones or to fight insomnia, a light massage of a part of the body to Rose Damascena or the use of a face serum to Rose Damascena allows to regain its balance and its good Being a symbol of femininity and love, it is not surprising to meet Rose Damascena as the basis for delivering beneficial massages for women seeking re-equilibrium,
In addition, experts in aromatherapy recommend it to Moms in case of Baby Blues. The delicate and refined fragrance of the Rose of Damascus delivers a reassuring effect immediately after olfaction.
However, Rose Damascena, found in the form of a dietary supplement henceforth, is intended for everyone including men, to regain well-being and combat latent depression.
For centuries, Rose Damascena has been known as an all natural aphrodisiac. It was already in the heart of Roman banquets at the time ...