Organic Rose Otto, “Rose Oil”

The most generous and expensive essential oil in L’huile de grace.

In honor of Roses during Valentine’s Day week, I would like to share with you the most prized ingredient in l’huile de grace ~ Rose Otto. Many users of l’huile de grace may not be aware of this essential oil and why I covet it as my “super-star."  

Organic Rose Otto is an essential oil made from the petals of roses, highly fragrant and used for its medicinal properties in well-refined skin care products. The botanical name for the plant is Rosa Damascena, or the Damask Rose. It is heavily cultivated in Bulgaria, and to a lesser extent in countries such as Turkey, Russia, Pakistan, and India.

Rose plantations in the world famous Bulgarian Rose Valley


The distillation process for Organic Rose Otto is a picture of simplicity. The first step involves mixing rose petals and water in large stills. These stills are usually made from copper, due to its chemical inertness. The petals and the water are then heated for 60 to 70 minutes. During this period, water vapors and rose oil rise through the coils of the still where they condense and form a liquid. This first process yields about 20% Organic Rose Otto.

After this process, the remaining condensed water is run through the still again. It usually yields more rose oil, which is then mixed with the original batch to create the final product. The amount of petals needed to make into an essential oil is astonishing, thus makes for an expensive ingredient rarely found in skin care products.


This luxurious essential oil is known for its own specific positive health effects. A sample of some of the benefits includes: antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, and scar remover.

Organic Rose Otto is especially famous for its amazing effect on skin. It is known to promote circulation, and because of this it has the potential to repair dilated blood vessels, varicose veins, and spider veins.

This essential oil is also known for re-hydrating skin, reducing wrinkling and hyper-pigmentation.

It is a valuable tool in the fight against acne. Its astringent properties help to kill bacteria that can cause acne outbreaks, and at the same time help to control the oily residue made by the sebaceous glands. This also has a direct effect on the prevention of acne.

Most importantly, this essential oil smells heavenly. Recent research in aromatherapy indicates this essential oil provides more health benefits than are immediately obvious. This means that just having a bowl of the oil sitting in a room may do a body good.

© 2015 Rebecca M. Whitworth 

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