No flower embodies love and romance quite like the rose. The essential oil of rose Rosa damascena (Mill.) is also known to provide psychological and emotional support when added to a bath blend or diffused into the air. It’s a mood booster that can promote joy, relaxation, as well as memory and mental clarity.
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, why not try experimenting with an essential oil that’ll give you warm fuzzies on the inside? Whether or not you’re sharing this Valentine’s Day with a special sweetheart, you’re pretty special year-round. Celebrate this holiday of love—and some sweet self-care—with rose R. damascena essential oil.
Before you start whipping up your “love in a bottle” with our favorite recipes (keep reading!), here’s a quick crash course in blending with rose essential oil:
How to Use Rose Essential Oil in Perfumery and Blending
If you’re a budding aromatherapist, natural products manufacturer, or perfumer, rose R. damascena essential oil is a standard floral for your tool kit. When 100 perfumers were asked to select a standard for a floral aroma, they chose Bulgarian rose.
Rose oil has a warm, deep floral, slightly spicy, rich, honey-like odor. The absolute is unique in that it has a high tenacity alongside a deep, rosy fragrance. Distilled rose otto has more of a top note, and absolute rose has more fixative power.
Rose is the perfect oil to blend with other florals (like jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum (L.) or geranium Pelargonium graveolens (L'Her.)) to create sweet, romantic, and uplifting fragrances. On a chemical level, rose R. damascena contains about 2% of a sesquiterpene alcohol and farnesol, which is an important constituent for perfumery. Additionally, the esters, the nerol, the nonyl aldehyde, and trace constituents (such ascarvone and rosefuran) are all important for perfumery.
Specifically, rose blends beautifully with:
- anise Pimpinella anisum (L.)
- benzoin Styrax tonkinensis (Pierre) Craib ex Hartwich
- bergamot Citrus aurantium (L.) var. bergamia
- black pepper Piper nigrum (L.)
- chamomile (Roman) Chamaemelum nobile (L.) All.
- costus Aplotaxis lappa (Decne.)
- fennel Foeniculum vulgare (Hill)
- ginger Zingiber officinale (Roscoe)
- immortelle Helichrysum italicum (Roth)
- neroli Citrus aurantium (L.) var. amara
- orris root Iris ×germanica notho var. florentina (Dykes)
- patchouli Pogostemon cablin (Benth.)
- sandalwood Santalum album (L.)
- vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides (Nash)
- ylang ylang Cananga odorata (Lam.) var. genuine
My all-time favorite—which is super quick, easy, and simple—is a blend of rose R. damascena and neroli C. aurantium var. amara.
Don’t forget: less is more. A small quantity goes a long way in your rose essential oil blends. The suggested use level is 0.02-0.05 mg%.
Bottling Romance: 3 Recipes with Rose Essential Oil
Valentine’s Day is almost here, so let’s get blending! Here are three recipes with rose essential oil that are sure to make you feel like falling into a bed of roses this holiday.