Steam distillation, one of the most common methods to preserve the fragrance, has been used for hundreds of years to extract attar of roses (rose oil). The advantage of distillation is that the volatile components can be distilled at temperatures lower than the boiling points of their individual constituents and are easily separated from the water.
The roses are harvested by hand before sunrise and the distillation occurs on the same day. Large copper vessels kept in the rose fields are filled with quantities of petals and water. A distillation apparatus on the top of each vessel allows for the materials to be collected. A batch would generally be distilled twice, the first one producing more of the rose oil. More than 1,000 pounds of petals produce about 1 pound of rose attar, meaning a return of only one-tenth of one percent on the amount of roses invested.
In more recent times, producers have used a variety of other processes, including organic solvent extraction, supercritical fluid extraction, and expression. Yet the steam distillation remains and is still the process of choice for many of the producers.
Some of my favorite rose-scented products:
Measurable Difference Rose Hip Oil #measurabledifference
This essential oil is pressed from the petals of the rose. This sweet, intensely floral hydrating body oil soothes the skin as the fragrance elevates your mood. For best benefits, pat into damp skin right after your shower or bath.
I discovered this Indy brand through my add-ons in the FabFitFun box and it has quickly become a favorite. The bottle is lovely.
I have already ordered a backup from the Measurable Difference web site as well as a bottle of their Lavender Oil to try.
It contains: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Mineral Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Fragrance, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Orbingya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil.
Smith’s Rosebud Salve #rosebudperfumecompany
The Rosebud Perfume Company, Inc. was founded by George F. Smith in 1895. I discovered it years ago through Beauty.com. (Does anyone else remember this web site? It was bought out by Walgreens and then closed.) This works to heal chapped lips or any other areas of skin where you have dry patches.
In addition, the product can be used as a lip gloss or accent on cheek or collar bones. The website recommends using it as an eye shadow primer. I tried this and it does work, although I recommend using a very tiny amount. It may not work well as an eye primer if you have oily skin.
It contains: Essential Oils (Aromol) and Cottonseed Oil in a Petrolatum base.
E.L.F. Rose Scented Lip Exfoliator #playbeautifully
The lip scrubs are my favorite E.L.F. products bar none. They contain Fragrance, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape, and Jojoba Oils.
Helpful tip: The bottom of the e.l.f. lip exfoliators contain a small amount of lip balm. (The colored portion at the bottom of the tube.) Basically it is the same product as the exfoliator without the sugar added. So you can soothe your lips after you scrub.
What are some of your favorite rose products? Let me know in the comments below!
Note: This is not a sponsored post. Everything has been purchased by me.
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