Rose de Mai is a hybrid of Rosa centifolia, which is grafted on another species. Rose de Mai has a long and revered aromatic history in the Grasse region and was one of the main aromatic essences distilled and extracted there along with Jasmine, Tuberose, Violet, Neroli and Mimosa. In that special Mediterranean environment all the natural elements were found to grow Rose de Mai to perfection. Even today, though the land devoted to its cultivation is greatly reduced from the golden era in the late 19th and early 20th century, Rose de Mai Absolute of France is considered the finest in the world.
Being extremely costly, Rose de Mai Essential oil is subspecies of R. centifolia and is obtained from cabbage rose. A rose absolute, it is a refined, liquid extraction of fragrant compounds from fresh blossom. The fragrant material is extracted from plant using hydrocarbon solvent method.
Also known as Rosa Centrifolia, it is extracted from concretes with pure alcohol, the alcohol dissolves & absorbs fragrant material from concrete leaving behind pure absolute and a few other roses. It is used in perfumery industry. An ultimate combination of active ingredients, it is also used in Creames as it is light and has rapidly absorbed anti-oxidant properties.
Rose is erotically sensual & luxurious. It may provide emotional comfort in times of turbulance, enlivens the heart, boosts confidence and brings out one`s deepest feelings, increasing affection and sexual desire. The scent calms strife and gives a feeling of peace and happiness, which ensures warm, happy associations. It soothes and calms hyperactive personalities who are ill at ease, unsettled, unsure or unhappy with themselves or who feel a sense of guilt, jealousy, grief and resentment.
Rose has tonic and astringent effect and is useful for all skin types but particularly so for mature, dry or sensitive skin calming redness or inflammation.