Welcome to Cette Petite Maison


My name is Carol-Ann and I am a maker and crafter of all kinds of things and with Cette Petite Maison (This Little House) I hope to share a little bit of my life here in the beautiful rural Quercy Blanc area of France and introduce you to some of my neighbours and their wonderful produce.

I am trying a embrace a simpler lifestyle, working towards sustainability so I am offering a small range of items, made, grown and harvested locally by neighbours and friends and I hope that the phrase Products with Provenance resonates.

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Rose Essential Oil

The Beautiful Rosa Damascena             ©Kurt Stüber
While I adore Lavender I also have another Essential Oil Passion and that is Rose so off I went to discover the source of the best Rose Essential Oil in Europe ( Virtually of course :) and this is what I found.....

The best Rose Oil is produced from the bloom, Rosa Damascena which has a long history with origins as far back as Ancient Persia. In the old times, rose oil was produced through a simple, single distillation process which gave minuscule amounts of rose oil – the most desired scent in ancient times.

The modern production of a high quality rose oil otherwise known as rose otto by using a double distillation method began in the 17th century.

This oil is still regarded as precious and retails at approximately € 2 150.00 per 100ml for certified oil.

Did I say precious? I should have said.......Very, very precious!

Due to the favourable climatic conditions and other natural factors, for the past 350 years Bulgaria has been and still is regarded as the classical land of rose oil production and the home of the beautiful Valley of the Roses is a region in Bulgaria located just south of the Balkan Mountains and the eastern part of the lower Sredna Gora chain to the south.

The rose gardens and processing factories are all located in this Valley and according to the official statistics, there were about 3,700 ha of planted rose gardens in 2016.

The main geographic and climatic factors which determine the excellent development of the oil-bearing rose are the following:
  • the mild winter with average annual temperature 10,6 °C;
  • the high humidity in May and June - the rose-picking season;
  • the light sandy soils that do not retain water.
The nature of rose oil production is such that the proximity of processing facilities to the raw material source is one of the crucial factors for cost-effective production.
What really determines the quality of the Bulgarian Rose oil is:
  • Fresh flower material (roses)
  • Proper distillery equipment
  • Strict quality control
  • Bulgarian know-how
  • Quality of water used for the distillation process.
You can read more about Rosa Damascena and its impact on Bulgaria’s Rose Valley here The Rose Festival of Kazanlak

And while I am not offering Rose Essential Oil at the moment, you can get a sense of this glorious scent in my AromaTherapy for Lips range of Lip Balms which you will find here Rose Lip Balm