Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Attar, or Otto of Roses, an oily liquid perfume obtained by distillation from the petals of roses, chiefly the Damask Rose (Rosa Damascena), cultivated in South France, Tunis, Persia, India, and, for the English market, mainly on the lower slopes of the Balkans, in Eastern Roumelia, where about 4,000 lbs., valued at £60,000, are annually produced. It is largely adulterated with the very similar Oil of Geranium obtained from the Indian grass Andropogon Schoenanthus.