Latin Name: Rosa damascena

Part of Plant: Flower

Country of Origin: Bulgaria

Method of Production: Steam Distillation


Rosa damascena, also known as Autumn Rose and more commonly Damask Rose, is a hybrid plant that is a member of the Rosaceae botanical family.  The steam distilled essential oil from this plant is commonly referred to as Rose Otto.  It is one of the most expensive essential oils produced due to all the factors that come into play for its production.  According to Tony Burfield, “ often quoted figure is that 4000 pounds (2 tons) of flowers produce 1 pound of otto (i.e., yield is 0.025%), the flowers are handpicked in the early mornings between May and June…”  “It takes some 800 individuals to gather this amount of flowers.  Mature buds open at 5:00 a.m. in the morning, and the oil content is maximal over the next 2-4 hours.”


Rose essential oil has a strong floral aroma that blends well with floral, citrus, and wood oils, and a little bit goes a long way in blends and diluted products.  It is popular in perfume blends, especially date night blends that include oils like Jasmine or Damiana.  It may assist with the appearance of skin when properly diluted and applied topically.  Rose is also popular with ladies used either alone or blended with oils like Geranium, Bergamot, Neroli, or Clary Sage for a relaxing diffuser blend.  


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Properly dilute in your choice of carrier oils to make a face serum or body oil.  Apply a small amount to damp skin after washing to help seal in moisture.  

  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling. 

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



Dermal Max: 0.6% 

If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically.  Possible skin sensitivity.  Do not use on broken skin.  Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.  



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Sheppard-Hanger, S. (1995). The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone


Burfield, T. (2016). Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy