Queen of roses
Appreciated since ancient times, the Damask rose was given as an offering to the goddesses of love who were said to love its sweet, intoxicating perfume. Because of its beauty, it has always been an icon of women and femininity. The queen of roses, Rosa damascena, is native to Syria. It was discovered during the Crusades, then brought back to the Western world. Nowadays, it is cultivated extensively in Morocco, in Bulgaria in the Valley of Roses and in Turkey. Its health benefits, unmistakable fragrance and skin properties make it one of the most sought after roses. Its floral water is derived from the very heart of the rose thanks to extraction by steam distillation, a process that retains all the properties of the flower. This precious floral water has been used for hundreds of years as a skin tonic, protecting it from pollution and restoring its radiance. Rose essential oil is also highly prized in cosmetic use.