Bulgaria was the home of Rose oil for many years, supplying the world's perfume industry from Geneva to New York including Grasse. Two hundred years after the invention of rose distillation in Kazanlak, the Bulgarian rose oil reached a climax just before the First World War. The historical ups and downs during the 20th century caused the production of Bulgarian roses to decrease and by the 1980's its reputation was virtually unheard of. In the middle of the 1990's however, there was a turn around in trends and a complete renaissance of the Bulgarian rose: high quality productions with new plantations and new distilleries. Today Bulgaria has become once again a major player in rose production.
Biolandes was a part of this renewal from a very early stage: Biolandes Bulgaria was set up in 1996. 250 acres of roses were planted and an old factory was renovated. This book is a tribute to all the Bulgarians who have contributed to the success of Biolandes in their country. It is the discovery of a true story about the rose campaign in Bulgaria. The result of a strong bond between a flower, a region, know-how and the labour of many people, determined to bring the unique perfume of rose oil alive.
Photos credits : Matthieu Sartre & Alexander Ivanov