A rose grower, distiller and beauty maker, with our own organic and natural rose farms in the heart of the Bulgarian Rose Valley, Alteya specializes in the cultivation and harvesting of the Bulgarian Rose and the steam-distillation of the finest Organic 100% Pure Bulgarian Rose Oil (Otto).
Bulgarian Rose Oil (Rose Otto) is produced through Steam Distillation of fresh rose flowers. Our rose oil is a 100% pure, organic and natural product that is used in creams, lotions, soaps, and perfumes.
Located in the center of Bulgaria, shielded between the Balkan Mountain Range and Sredna Gora mountains, the Bulgarian Rose Valley is the home of the Bulgarian Rose and a world center for Bulgarian Rose Otto production. There are over 7000 varieties of roses worldwide, yet only few are known as oil-producing. The Rosa Damascena, cultivated in the Bulgarian Rose Valley for over 300 years, is considered the best oil-bearing rose renowned worldwide.
Unique climatic and soil conditions make the Rose Valley the perfect home for rose growing and rose oil production. The mountain rains and fresh air create the perfect environment for the plentiful pure botanicals that grow in the Valley. Mild winters prepare the rose plants for the blossoming season. The air humidity, cloudiness and precipitation in May and June contribute to the cultivation of roses that yield very high percentage of oil. The Bulgarian Rose Valley is the home of Alteya’s organic rose fields and distillery.
For centuries, rose oil is known to uplift the heart. It drives away melancholy, promotes harmony and is one of the strongest natural aphrodisiacs. Goes well with almost any other oil and helps reach inner emotional balance.
Rose Oil is heart (middle) note essential oil and brings out the best in other notes. It forms a perfect blend with, jasmine, sandalwood, neroli, ylang-ylang, chamomile and geranium. Blending rose oil and rose absolute brings out a true Rosa Damascena bliss.
The rich molecular composition of rose oil makes it one of the most beneficial essential oils for skin and personal care products. Our Bulgarian Rose Oil has strong healing, restoring and anti-aging properties in very concentrated form.
Alteya is a well-established Bulgarian company specialized in the cultivation and harvesting of the highest quality certified organic Bulgarian Rose (Rosa damascena); steam distilling our own organic Bulgarian Rose Oil, and exporting it to customers all over the world. Our focus is the production of the highest quality organic Bulgarian Rose Oil available on the world markets. We employ well-known experts who monitor and manage the rose cultivation, harvesting, and rose-oil production. We meticulously select our rose plants; hand-pick the rose blossoms, and distill the precious rose essential oil. Our direct involvement and strictly controlled process from cultivation and harvesting to distillation, ensure that our rose oil is one of the very finest on the market -100% pure, USDA, NOP certified organic.
Rose oil is steam distilled by a special technology and has a pale yellow color. The primary base notes are deep, sweet and floral with spicy middle notes.
At 25 C the rose oil is a viscous liquid. Upon cooling, it becomes a crystallized mass, which can be liquified by warming. Rose oil is a complex blend of more than 300 different components. The major component in a rose blossom is phenyl-ethyl alcohol. However, phenyl-ethyl alcohol is highly soluble in water and is usually lost in the distillation process, unless collected as rose water.
Major components are also: geraniol, citronellol, and nerol. Many other components are present in very small amounts, but have a substantial effect on the overall rose oil quality. An example is a compound called damascenone, which is one of the most potent odor constituents.