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Size: 0.18 ounces/0.5 grams

This wooden gift container contains a small glass vial with 0.18 ounces/0.5 grams of pure Bulgarian rose oil. The rose oil was obtained from the State Laboratory “Bulgarska Rosa” Ltd., Sofia, Bulgaria. An authenticity red seal guarantees the highest quality of this product.
History of the Bulgarian Rose Oil:
The oil-yielding rose (Rosa Damascena Mill.) and its principal product – rose oil, are among the timeless symbols of Bulgaria. For over 300 years the people inhabiting the famed Valley of Roses, situated between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountain ranges in Central Bulgaria, have grown roses and processed them into rose oil, celebrated the world over for its superb quality and unique aroma.
The Rosa Damascena plant was most likely brought to the Bulgarian lands from the Middle East. The species was known in Syria as the Damascena rose. The best home for it in Bulgaria was found in the valleys around the towns of Kazanlak, Karlovo and Kalofer along the southern slopes of the majestic Balkan Range and Sredna Gora Mountain. There is something about the air, soil and climate of that zone that stimulates the natural synthesis and accumulation in its blossoms of rose oil of outstanding aroma. The first commercially harvested rose fields were planted in those areas in the late 16th - early 17th century. The favorable climate of the Valley of Roses, with its characteristic mild winters and a long, balmy spring with intermittent light rains, high humidity, especially in May and June, abundant morning dew and its undulating landscape, are ideal for growing the oil-yielding rose and creating its unique aroma.
The Rose oil is obtained by water distillation of the blossoms and re-distillation or cohobation of the “first waters”. Seventeenth century craftsmen introduced the copper kazan, or still, with a special sealing lid and a side pipe that passed through a barrel of cooling water for condensing the outflow. The stills were wood-fired, and the outflow was stored in special glass tanks, from which the oil was skimmed off the top with a little funnel-shaped implement. This method, which required great skill and dexterity, was perfected throughout the centuries with the aim of enhancing and better preserving the fine aroma and quality of the rose oil. It was employed in all gyulapans, or rose distilleries, scattered around the Valley of Roses, which remained in active operation till the early 20th century. By this method, it took about 3 metric tons of rose blossoms to produce one kilogram of oil. The roses were picked from early morning; the best time for picking was 5 to 11 a.m., before the dew had risen.
During the first decade of the 20th century, the old gyulapans were rapidly superseded by modern production facilities. The new factories, though using the latest technology to obtain the oil, strove to preserve and build, upon the centuries of experience in producing this prime commodity.
The Bulgarian rose oil is internationally recognized as the best of all rose oils obtained using any method around the world. It is the product of ideal natural conditions unique to the Valley of Roses, combined with centuries of dedication, creativity and workmanship of the traditional Bulgarian craftsmen. It owes its unique, rich, long-lasting aroma to a harmonious blend of over 300 components, which offer perfumers an endless possibility of combinations. Rose oil has a proven therapeutic effect that has been used for many centuries in traditional medicine, and recently, in aromatherapy.
The Bulgarian rose oil is a 100% natural, organic, ecological product. It is manufactured under the strictest standards of purity and quality at every stage in the production process, from the picking of the blossoms to the packaging and labeling. Stored under the right conditions, at temperatures between 15-20° C (59-68° F), away from heat sources or direct sunlight, it will last for years and years.


This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 17 April, 2012.