The rose bush was imported in Cyprus from Damascus in Mesopotamia, that is why it is also known as Rosa with the thirty petals.
At the dawn of the 20th century, a number of the rose bushes could be found in the grounds of the Virgin Mary church in the village of . During the period, the church was the monastery of the Greater area of .
In 1917, the late ( uncle of , the former President of the Republic of Cyprus ) was appointed as a teacher in his native village of . He was behind the idea of expanding the cultivation of the rose bush with the aim of producing rose water. This would contribute to a substantial improvement of the standard living for the local community. He therefore founded the ' Pupils Association for the Dissemination of the Rose Bush', aiming at expanding the cultivation of the plant. The members of the Association were obliged to plant and look after fifty rose bushes every year. Those who planted more than fifty rose bushes received a financial reward. One of the pupils of was I. , who showed great interest initially for the cultivation of the rose bush and later on for the purchase and marketing of rose water.
In 1948, I. cultivated his own rose plantations and began producing his own rose water. In 1987, one of his son, Christakis , took over the business. He worked with even greater enthusiasm, building new, modern installations and improving the cultivation and method of gathering the roses.
Today, the famous organic rose bushes of the family produce the following exquisite products, known all over the world:
Rose Liqueur-Rose -Rose Wine Rose Aromatic oil(Rose Essential oil)
Aromatic candles-Rose Oil burners-Rose Water
Rose Tea-Rose Soap-Rose Vinegar- Rose Jam
Venus Rose BIO-Cosmetics
More recently, Chris extended the product range to include a BIO-cosmetics line, offering:
Rose Day cream
Rose Night cream
Rose Body lotion
Rosewater for cleansing the face and body
Rose Face Serum
Rose Eye Cream
Rose Face Mask
Rose Shower Gel
The cosmetics contains rosewater and rose essential oils (Rose ) used to protect skin from harmful effects of free radicals.
The factory welcomes visitors and is open every day to offer you some unforgettable moments. Let us be your guide around its unique areas and show you what Cypriot hospitality is all about.
In May, we welcome volunteers for the gathering of the roses. It is a unique experience. If you are interested to join us, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Source: Venus Rose Cosmetics