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Why is Bulgarian rose oil so expensive?

Date: 2017-03-18

Roses are widely considered the most beautiful flowers in the world. The flower is an integral part of innumerable stories, legends, myths and legacies. With its varied colors, incomparable fragrance and range of shapes and sizes, you can find a rose for every mood and occasion.

People who do not know about any of its medicinal properties can still tell you of one undeniable property; a beautiful, red rose can invoke romantic feelings in even the hardest of hearts.

Rose essential oil is made from extracts of Rosa damascena blossom. Researchers have uncovered that it contains myriad therapeutic qualities now known to promote wellbeing in the body, counting over 350 chemical compounds are: 

Citronellol, Citral, Carvone, Citronellyl Acetate, Eugenol, Farnesol, Methyl, Eugenol, Nerol, Phenyl Acetaldehyde and Phenyl Geraniol.

Why is Rose essential oil so expensive?

Let’s consider how how many petals it takes to make 10ml - circa 60,000 roses per 1 ounce of oil. That works out at over 20,000 roses for just 10ml!!

True, unadulterated and pure Rose essential oil (Rosa damascena / Damask rose ) is actually pretty hard to find. In almost all cases you will find a highly diluted oil, usually no more than 5% rose oil in a base of oil (or even alcohol) or a rose absolute.

This is because of the high cost of organic rose production and process of extraction - an oil extraction through steam / thermal distillation of its petals. Despite these obstacles it’s still highly coveted and a much loved oil, both for its aroma and its benefits. Its true aroma can be defined as rich, floral, sensual and simply heavenly.

Let’s explore some of the health benefits of rose essential oil below. 

1 – Emotional Support

If you’re ever feeling upset or deflated, try putting 1 drop of rose and five drops of lavender in a diffuser by your nightstand before bed. Hopefully you will wake up renewed and at peace!

2 – Rose oil for skin health

There are many qualities of rose essential oil that make it beneficial for skin because of its uncanny ability to increase your skin’s permeability!

German scientists explained in a 2010 article, one of the most intriguing aspects of rose essential oil is that, “For substances applied in rose oil, a clear relationship between their lipophilic character, chemical structure and skin permeation could be confirmed.”

Essentially, what this means is that when rose is added to your beauty and skin products, it opens up your skin to absorb more of the chemicals and nutrients.

IF your make up products are filled with harmful or non organic ingredients (even if the manufacturer includes rose oil - as many do), you may be unknowingly exposing yourself to toxic chemicals!

3 – Rose oil for Libido & Hormone Health

Rose essential oil can greatly help men with sexual dysfunction related to performance anxiety and occasional stress. It has also been reported that it can help balance sex hormones, which can contribute to increased sex drive.

How to use rose oil for libido:
Many men and women who are planning a romantic evening will rub two drops of the following essential oils on their neck or diffuse them throughout the home or bedroom.

4 – Occasional PMS Support

A 2006 study involving 67 female college students found that applying rose oil mixed with other oils (lavender, clary sage and almond oil) topically had effectively reduced discomforts and mood swings.

Some uses for Rose essential oil:

Luxurious Rose petal bath salts: Combine 1-1/2 cups Epsom Salt, 1/2 cup Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, 1/4 Cup baking soda, 10 drops Rose essential oil and 1/2 cup dried rose petals (optional). Store in air tight container.

Diffuser blend for loneliness: 1 drop Rose essential oil, 2 drops Bergamot essential oil and 2 drops Frankincense essential oil.

NOTE: The aroma is very strong, and quality oil will be very potent. Even though it’s safe to use undiluted (neat), if your rose essential oil is not diluted you may choose to do so to make it last longer. (As little as 1 drop in several tablespoons still imparts a strong aroma; a minimum ratio is generally 1:3 rose to a carrier oil.)


Despite GPI of Bulgarian Rose and national certification - not all oils are created equal. Look for accredited certification such as Bulgarian State or USDA NOP 100% organic. There are many cases where oils are adulterated with many lesser oils - always check the colour, freeezing temperature of the oil and the aroma - it is impossible to recreate the 1000's of nautrally occuring components within rose oil.     

We continue to invest heavily to create only the highest quality pure Bulgarian Rose otto & Rose essential oil. 

- Organic Rosa damascena plants 
- Grown without use of chemical pesticides, herbicides,
- Harvested by hand with precision timing to ensure peak oil properties 04:30-11:30 May / June
- Monitored by our expert technicians ensuring extraction temperatures and pressure to obtain oil molecules 
- State