Rose Otto Absolute

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Latin Name: Rosa Damascena

Plant Part: Flowers 

Extraction Method: Solvent Extraction

Description: The rose is one of the world’s best known flowers - stunning and exotic in both visual appearance and aroma.

Otto is a Bulgarian word for "oil". It’s used to differentiate the steam distilled from the absolute. The production of this oil is very labour intensive; the flowers are carefully hand picked at a particular time of day, when the fragrance of the flower is at its strongest. Since the oil is steam distilled, it only contains the natural essences of the rose petals as opposed to solvent extracted that possibly contains minute amounts of hexane.

In aromatherapy the Rose Otto is more potent than the Rose Absolute, as it only needs a fraction of a percent to do wonders. The aroma of the oil grows intense as it ages if properly stored. When Rose Otto is cooled, it can congeal to a translucent soft mass which will liquify by the warmth of the hand.

Rose is one of the most complex essential oils known. It contains more than 300 chemical compounds, of which the greater part is still unidentified. The comparison between the Rose Otto and Rose Absolute is clearly seen in the content of phenyl ethyl alcohol which is almost negligible in the Rose Otto. It is a water soluble constituent which is lost in the distillation process.

This oil may form white or clear crystals at a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21° C) and may turn into an opaque paste consistency in much lower temperature, if this occurs, let your bottle sit in a warm bath and it will return the clear liquid consistency.


Common Uses: Aromatherapists credit Rose Otto as having uplifting, aphrodisiac and spirit balancing properties. The pleasing aroma of Rose Otto is great for meditation. This product is very common in perfumery and aromatic industries. It’s a good emollient and it’s excellent for skin preparation especially focusing on dry, sensitive and mature skin. 

Consistency: Thin 

Note: Top 

Strength of Aroma: Strong 

Blends well with: Bergamot, Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage, Frankincense , Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Melissa, Neroli, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang

Aromatic Scent: A sweet rich floral aroma similar to the scent of the freshly picked roses. 

History: Bulgaria is one of the biggest producers of pure rose oil, and because of their climate, the petals of the flowers do not over-produce wax. Approximately 4000 kilograms of petals are required to produce 1 kilogram of pure rose oil. The exotic nature and value were appreciated in ancient times by the Greeks, Chinese, Indians, Persians and Romans. All documentation indicates that their medical applications of the essential oil were identical to those that exist today. 

Cautions: This oil should be avoided during pregnancy. 

CAUTION: For external use only. Keep away from eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Do not take internally. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, have heart disease, epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes, or have any medical condition that can be affected by absolutes, essential oils or fragrances, please seek the advice of a health professional before use. Keep away from plastic or polished surfaces. Always dilute to 5% or less before using on the skin.

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