The Cabbage Rose is said to have originated in Holland at the end of the 16th century—a hybrid of four varieties of rose. Called the “rose of painters,” due to its many appearances in works of art from the 17th and 18th century, its flower displays a profusion of petals. Perfumers, who prize these petals for their rich, complex scent, call it the “May Rose.” More than four hundred volatile components make up its aroma.
In cosmetics, Rose is used in many formulas for its aromatic and refreshing properties. Rose wax is used for its protective and softening benefits.