I’m sure that beard care products and viking themed skincare is not the first thing you think of when you hear the company’s name is Rose Buds Chicago! A lot of people seem to be thrown off or confused by the name. Which, I take as a compliment. I mean, I would think people are pleasantly surprised by what they find on my website!! :)
So, why the hell did I chose the name Rose Buds Chicago?! A name which does not portray most of my products. I get asked this question a lot!
I like to put meaning behind everything I create! I believe that when a person creates something, anything, it should symbolize what the person stands for and what that person loves. That is what makes you stand out and distinguishes you from the mob.
My grandmother always said: " If you are going to do something, do it from your heart or don't do it at all!! ". A wonderful message I will never forget for the rest of my life! (Thank you grandma!).
Almost all of my products have a backstory and a reason why I chose the name or the particular ingredients for the product. The name of my brand shouldn’t be any different, right?! Right!
Here’s the backstory on that!
If you have scrolled through the About page of my website you probably already know my background! Bulgaria! A wonderful tiny country in the middle of the Balkans with rich history and strong traditions!
One thing Bulgarians are extremely well known for is our obsession with roses! That’s right, you read correctly- obsession! Bulgaria has a huge rose valley in the heart of the country, which is more of a “notion” rather than an actual locate. There are over 7000 varieties of roses worldwide, yet only few are known as oil-producing. The Rosa Damascena, cultivated in the Bulgarian Rose Valley for over 300 years, is considered the best oil-bearing rose renowned worldwide.
Unique climate and soil make the Rose Valley the perfect home for rose growing and rose oil production. The mountain rains and fresh air create the perfect environment for the plentiful pure botanicals that grow in the Valley. Mild winters prepare the rose plants for the blossoming season. The air humidity, cloudiness and precipitation in May and June contribute to the cultivation of roses that yield very high percentage of oil.
Every year, during the first weekend of June, local community in Kazanlak organizes the annual Rose Festival. The first festival took place 108 years ago, in 1903. Celebrations were held annually, at the beginning of the rose- harvesting period. Manufacturers from the whole valley gather dressed up in rose flowers. Mummers, called “koukeri” take part in the street parade. People sing and dance in the streets during the whole fest.
Three main events are worth a visit – early morning harvesting ritual in the rose fields, the electing of Queen Rose and the parade along the streets of each town. The processions and the celebrations last for two days. The climax of the festival in on Sunday when Queen Rose is being elected and festival parade takes place along the main streets of each village.
I hope this explains a little better why this name is so important tome and why I would never ever want to change it!
I am a sucker for customs and traditions and have dedicated a whole Rose Collection in honor of my heritage! Check it out!
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