Skip to main content

Rose-the quintessential giver of fragrance

Shakespeare has this to say about the rose...In Act II, Scene II [1] of the play, the line is said by Juliet in reference to Romeo's house, Montague which would imply that his name means nothing and they should be together.

Juliet:
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
Romeo:
[Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
Juliet:
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;

So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.
Romeo:
I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.

Aromatically rose is one of the most well known, expensive and therefore adulterated aromatics- I treasure my genuine rose extracts obtained direct from the distillery in Turkey while travelling as part of an Aroma Tour.
Eight years on the fragrance of my treasures are just as wonderful and whilst I use some of them in my skin care products, I thought it was time to treat myself with the best!
I have rose wax, rose concrete, rose absolute, rose otto and rose water concentrate (a precious 5 gm of intense dark liquid which is produced when the rose water  created from the rose otto production is re distilled many times over to concentrate down the aromatics). For pictures of my visit to the rose distillery please see my google drive here.
Today I put the following product together just for me to use as a body moisturiser!
All the precious rose extracts


About to add th rose water concentrate to the rest of the ingredients. Rose otto seen on top of cream base

  • 250gm Rich base cream made with cocoa butter, shea butter, organic olive oil @ From Nature
  • 50 gm rose hydrosol distilled by me from Rosa damascena
  • 3 gm rose concrete
  • 1 gm rose otto
  • 1 gm rose absolute
  • 0,5 gm rose water concentrate
  • 10 gm hemp seed oil for extra moisture  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Lemon Verbena Harvest & Distillation December 2013

Aloysia triphlla (Lemon verbena) in flower Lemon verbena (Lippia citriodora) or Aloysia triphylla is a precious essential oil which has a low yield and is quite hard to come by the genuine oil. Details as to its origins and habitat can be found here on Wikipedia.  It is believed many so called lemon verbena oils on the market are heavily adulterated with lemon thyme, Litsea cubeba (May chang) or synthetic citral. Previously I have used lemon verbena hydrosol my friend produced on his lavender farm ( www.lavender-impressions.co.nz ), with only a tiny amount of oil obtained. Most of his lemon verbena leaves are destined to be dried and sold as a herbal tea. On the 29 December 2013 I was able to take part in the harvest and distillation of his organic lemon verbena. The key difference this year is that it is the flowers and leaves which are being distilled, not just the leaves. Leaf only essential oil can produce a high (up to 35% citral) content which, being an aldehyde may irri

Geranium Distillation for Hydrosol

This is a the first run of my small scale back yard set up on various geraniums distilled for hydrosol, using a pump to reticulate water through the condenser to save water. It means I do not have to stay close by every second for two or more hours. (I am still in the vicinity though in case of mishaps!) Day 1: Harvest of lemon geranium ( Pelargonium crispum ) this morning, stripped leaves from branches (approx 500gm plant material) and added to 3 litres of commercially distilled lemon geranium hydrosol so I get double the benefit. I don't extract any essential oil out of it. https://youtu.be/LFVPV6WHCIg . I achieved about 600 ml good quality hydrosol after 3 hours on the hot plate. (leaf 1 in picture below) Day 2: First up is rose geranium ( Pelargonium graveloans var. roseum ) with pure water (leaf 2 in picture below). Hydrosol appeared very quickly and prolifically, obtaining 200 ml within first 20 minutes of the distillation. This was distilled for about two hours  and

The Sultress Candles

                                                              My gorgeous range of 100% natural candles now on line. Check them out at here ! Save 19% during lockdown. 100% premium soya wax and wooden wicks for an authentic long burning candle.