Rosa centifolia L.
Kosher certified Albert Vieille production

Rose of May Absolute France

Rosa centifolia L.
Botanical family : Rosaceae
Method of culture : Conventional
Part harvested : Flowers
Harvest period :
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CAS TSCA : 8007-01-0
INCI : Rosa centifolia flower extract


Floral

Floral
Rosy

The plant in depth

The May rose, having the Latin name Rosa centifolia, is native to the Caucasus and Iran. It came to be in the late 16th century by way of a mutation of the Rosa gallica. The name centifolia – a hundred leaves – is indicative of the flower’s age, since, prior to Linnaeus, botanists did not differentiate between leaves and petals. How the Centifolia rose came to Grasse is still a mystery, most likely due to the very complex genealogy of roses. What is certain is that it was grown for its opulent, sweet fragrance in the Grasse region beginning the 16th century. There are two centifolia varieties, but only the single is in use today, preferred over the double. Today, two rose species are grown for the perfume industry: the Damask rose and the Centifolia rose. There are still a few fields of May rose in the Grasse region, but, in this day and age, the main production area is Morocco, where the Centifolia was introduced in 1941. Like jasmine, the prestigious fragrance of the May rose absolute brought Grasse fame around the world. The rose is also well-known for its many uses in cosmetics.

The picking, which is done when during the flowering period in May, lasts only a few days. It takes place in the early morning when the flower begins to open. The flower heads are detached with a twisting motion by the pickers, who must take care to avoid injury from the thorny stems. A picker harvests an average of six kilograms per hour of fresh flowers. It takes 12 tons of fresh flowers to produce one kilogram of May rose absolute. At the base of the fields in Pégomas, France, the May rose is distilled to produce May rose water. No essential oil exists for lack of sufficient yield. However, extraction with hexane results in the concrete (at 0.2-0.3%) which, after an ethanol extraction (50-70%), creates the absolute.

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Data sheet Security sheet Kosher
GHS CLP GHS CLP K

Specifications

Method for obtaining Extraction of the concrete with ethanol
Appearance Dark orange to reddish brown liquid
Constituents Phenylethyl alcohol, geraniol, citronellol


Advised uses : Aromatherapy, Perfumery, Cosmetic, Alimentary


Range

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