June is National Rose Month So Bring on the Love

Between Pride, Men’s Health, Father’s Day & the new federal holiday of Juneteenth, National Rose Month has a tendency to get lost. So I am here to remind you, June is National Rose Month So Bring on the Love

Although Roses are not my favorite flower (sunflowers are my fav), it is still one of the scents I love most. Any beauty product that has rose as an ingredient I go for.

That said not all rose scents are ideal for me. Further, when it’s obviously synthetic rose oil the smell can be quite putrid. Below are some of my favorite rose scents.

Come back tomorrow for my latest Wine & More Reviews where I do a Rosé challenge to find the best Rosé in my local store. New Wine & More Reviews Every Wednesday at 8:00 pm EST. In the mean time, June is National Rose Month So Bring on the Love!

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOUld smell as sweet – William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet

The name rose comes from Latin rosa, which was perhaps borrowed from Oscan, from Greek ρόδον rhódon (Aeolic βρόδον wródon), itself borrowed from Old Persianwrd- (wurdi), related to AvestanvarəδaSogdianwardParthianwâr.




  • Species, cultivars & hybrids are all widely grown for their beauty and often are fragrant. Roses have acquired cultural significance in many societies. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach seven meters in height. Different species hybridize easily, and this has been used in the development of the wide range of garden roses.
  • The flowers of most species have five petals, with the exception of Rosa sericea, which usually has only four. Each petal is divided into two distinct lobes and is usually white or pink, though in a few species yellow or red.
  • Beneath the petals are five sepals (or in the case of some Rosa sericea, four). These may be long enough to be visible when viewed from above and appear as green points alternating with the rounded petals. There are multiple superior ovaries that develop into achenes. Roses are insect-pollinated in nature.


  • Rose perfumes are made from rose oil (also called attar of roses), which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam distilling the crushed petals of roses. An associated product is rose water which is used for cooking, cosmetics, medicine and religious practices. The production technique originated in Persia and then spread through Arabia and India, and more recently into eastern Europe. In Bulgaria, Iran and Germany, damask roses (Rosa × damascena ‘Trigintipetala’) are used. In other parts of the world Rosa × centifolia is commonly used.
  • The oil is transparent pale yellow or yellow-grey in color. ‘Rose Absolute’ is solvent-extracted with hexane and produces a darker oil, dark yellow to orange in color. The weight of oil extracted is about one three-thousandth to one six-thousandth of the weight of the flowers; for example, about two thousand flowers are required to produce one gram of oil.
  • The main constituents of attar of roses are the fragrant alcohols geraniol and L-citronellol and rose camphor, an odorless solid composed of alkanes, which separates from rose oil. β-Damascenone is also a significant contributor to the scent.


Check out this scene from one of my favorite foreign Films Como agua para chocolate (1992) Like Water for Chocolate


  • The rose hip, usually from R. canina, is used as a minor source of vitamin C. The fruits of many species have significant levels of vitamins and have been used as a food supplement. Many roses have been used in herbal and folk medicines. 
  • Rosa chinensis has long been used in Chinese traditional medicine. This and other species have been used for stomach problems, and are being investigated for controlling cancer growth.
  • In pre-modern medicine, diarrhodon (Gr διάρροδον, “compound of roses”, from ῥόδων, “of roses”) is a name given to various compounds in which red roses are an ingredient.

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