Distilled in Alembic Copper.
We have long been on a quest to have our rose petal hydrosol distilled in copper, rather than stainless steel. Not only does copper remove the unwanted sulfur compounds from the distillation process, but it also has antimicrobial properties and acts as a natural preservative. We are honored to introduce you to Sonoma Rose Petal copper-distilled hydrosol.
I had the pleasure of speaking on the phone recently with our new partner, Jim Williams, a California-based organic rose grower who has mastered the art of traditional alembic copper distillation. Jim was busy, but he was gracious enough to converse with me in the field during the high peak of Sonoma Valley rose season.
As he described his view of rolling fields covered in vibrant pink blossoms and neighing horses in the distance, I immediately knew that I was speaking with a passionate eco-artist who was deeply committed to his craft and inspired by the joy of the land. I learned that the expressive terroir of Sonoma Valley is the result of optimal sunlight, volcanic soils and early morning fog. These unique factors harmonize to create a climate in which Damask roses flourish effortlessly.
On his small, local farm, Jim picks thousands of rose buds by hand, working night and day to harvest every blossom at its peak. Taking pride in his artisan approach towards copper distillation, Jim distills his roses just once. Unlike other rose distillers Jim distills for the hydrosol alone allowing him to leave in extra amounts of full spectrum rose otto. His work is like the rose itself: a time-honored symbol of unconditional love and empathy.
Rose petal hydrosol may be the most classic of all hydrosols, universally beloved for all skin types for millennia. This hydrating, cooling and balancing hydrosol brings harmony and serenity to skin and spirit. By enlivening the skin barrier and infusing a petal-like quality to skin, rose hydrosol creates plump, dewy, and luminous skin.