In the olden days, rose petals were strewn over the floor of Babylonian palaces.
They were stuffed in the mattresses of Persian Sultans and perfumed the water in ancient festivals, as well as refined jams and wines.
Now a vital flower, it forms part of many current perfume compositions. Either as a solo star or as the keystone of multicoloured bouquets, the rose is a noble lady courted by every perfumer. It brings a touch of poetry and romanticism to the powdery floral harmony of Angelic Flower eau de toilette.
Its origins: Provence (May Rose, Rosa Centifolia), Syria, the Balkans (Damascus Rose, Rosa Damascena).
It is also called Bulgarian gold.
Picking: The flowers are picked by hand early in the morning, before the delicate petals release their perfume in the overpowering heat of the day.
Did you know?
The best pickers can gather between 5 and 8 kg of petals in 1 hour. Given that it takes 5 tonnes of flowers to produce 1 kilo of essence, one hour's picking produces at the most one gram of essential oil. The complexity of the composition explains why the raw material of natural origin cannot be replaced in perfumery.
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