What is it?
Rosa damascena extract is a fragrance and flavoring used in a variety of products such as personal care products, essential oils, perfumes, foods, medications, and household cleaners.
How do I avoid it?
Skin contact with Rosa damascena extract is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Rosa damascena extract should result in improvement and/or the resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the U.S. for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains them, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is not enough information, ask your pharmacist or retailer or contact the company directly. At work, request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.
The avoidance of fragrances and flavoring agents such as Rosa damascena extract can be difficult since so many everyday products contain these substances. One should use only fragrance-free cosmetics and household products. “Unscented” products may contain low levels of a fragrance to cover up an undesirable odor and also should be avoided. Products labeled as “hypoallergenic” do not assure that the product is truly free of fragrance.
Although it is rare since some fragrances are also flavors, foods that contain rosa damascena can cause flare-ups of dermatitis in fragrance-sensitive individuals. If your healthcare provider has diagnosed you with oral or lip allergies to fragrances or flavorings, you should avoid foods prepared with rosa damascena extract.
• Perfumes/Colognes/After-shaves/Toilet water
• Skin care products/Cosmetics
Hair sprays, gels, tonics, lotions, and serums
• Topical Medications (prescription and over the counter)
Creams, ointments, solutions
• Household products
Cleaning products/Soaps/Detergents (A preferred household cleaner for
fragrance-allergic individuals is diluted white vinegar.)
• As a flavoring or spice in foods, candies, gums, teas, and desserts
• Oral care products as a flavoring
Throat tablets and lozenges
Other names for Rosa Damascena Extract:
• True otto oil
• Attar of roses
• Rose flower oil
• Oil of rose
• Rose damascena
• Bulgarian rose otto
• Bulgarian rosa damascena
• Rose oil, Bulgarian
• Rose otto oil
• Damask rose