Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Gift-Guide: Bulgarian Rose Water

I got a note from Yo, in which she suggested that Bulgarian rose water is actually a really good Bulgaria-themed gift to give:
Yep, I know it sounds tacky with all its Bay Ganyo connotations, but actually natural Bulgarian rose water beats all fancy cosmetic lotions. It smells great, it is refreshing and girls love it. It can also be used in cakes or as fragrance to cold drinking water on a hot day.
I completely agree! I use rose water as toner and I find it very refreshing and gentle. I also use it as face mist... which is great when I'm having an especially long day (like today).

I've always wondered why people here in the States don't use rose water much. All good cosmetic brands put it in their products but the water itself is not popular... and it's SO CHEAP. I hate to go all Naomi Wolf on you but it does seem to me that here in the States every bit of a woman's daily routine has been totally hi-jacked by the cosmetic industry. There's a product to help you "achieve results" in areas of your life that you were not even aware of. They first make you think that you should be shrinking your pores/making your skin glow/smoothing out your wrinkles and then, of course, they present to you products that do just that. How wonderful!

I am good at noticing these things but I am not good at completely distancing myself from the process. So here I am... pushing Bulgarian rose water like my life depends on it... But I keep telling myself that's somehow OK because rose water actually IS a multi-functional product AND it costs a fraction of the price of brand-name cosmetics.

Of course, if you are in Bulgaria, you can find it in any random drugstore for pennies. If you need to buy it online, though, check out this website that sells only certified products and has a delicious recipe for rose water lemonade. Sounds pretty awesome, doesn't it!?

Photo by: eesti

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  1. Thanks for this post! You know, I think the reason many American women don't use rose water is not many know about it (myself included) I've seen it used in Middle Eastern recipes and have seen it at some Korean grocery stores, but beyond that have no idea where to get it.

  2. Great suggestion! Yes, it's wonderful, light, natural and has so many uses.

  3. Thanks for the advice, I should buy some, it really does cost only 1 lev, or less here.
    Also agree about the cosmetic companies, coming up with new problems and making us obsess about things we never noticed before they told us about them. These past 5 years or so the it thing has been cellulite, I think women ten year ago barely even knew the word. Of course the biggest thing is anti-aging, I even saw an anti again shampoo and nail polish, I mean how on earth does that work.

  4. I've been using rose water in a pocket-book-size spray-bottle to mist my face for 20+ years and first discovered it in a natural remedies store in Santa Monica CA.

    Until I knew which foods caused hives I was suffering from on my whole body, rosewater was the only relief I could safely use on my eyelids.

    In the Netherlands I found rosewater in liter bottles at Surinamese and East Indian stores for a fraction of what I paid in Sta. Monica for those tiny bottles.

  5. The modern tradition of healing of the extract of rose began in the 17th century with works by the English physician Nicholas Culpeper. The herbalist described the use of red roses to strengthen the heart, is cooling and astringent actions, and its effect on headaches and tired eyes. Perhaps inspired by its use as a beauty tonic par excellence, he went on to suggest that it is used as a means to a variety of skin diseases.

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