Rose oil, sometimes called attar of roses or otto of roses, is an essential oil made from rose petals. According to the Rodale Herb Book, rose oil is very expensive because extracting the essential oil from rose petals is a very labor intensive process that requires a large number of rose blooms. Over 200 pounds of roses are required to produce an ounce of attar of roses. But you don't have to pay the high price for rose oil, if you extract the oil yourself.
Fill the large ceramic crock with rose petals.
Press rose petals down lightly into the crock.
Cover the petals with spring water.
Place the crock outside in a place where it will receive a full day of sunlight.
Watch crock for a yellowish, oily film to form on the surface of the water. This film is the attar of roses.
Soak the oil from the surface of the water with a cotton square. Squeeze the oil into a 1 ounce bottle.
Remove the attar of roses from the surface of the crock daily.