Thursday, December 15th, 2011

By Angela, Cosmetic Chemist

One of the leading brains behind beauty, Angela is an industry-renowned Cosmetic Chemist with over 11 years training and experience in developing cosmetics and toiletries. Having been immersed in the wondrous beauty world from an early age, she was instantly captivated by the rituals, the artistry and the allure. This initial intrigue soon developed into an unequivocal beauty obsession partly fuelled by teenage skin dilemmas but also stemming from a deep seated creativity and desire for self expression. This was quickly followed by a behind the scenes role in new product development where she formulated make up and skin care for an array of global brands.

Still not content with the industry offerings, especially those for women of colour, she still indulges herself with customised formulations to suit her specific beauty needs! Despite her wealth of scientific knowledge Angela takes what she calls a “feelosophical” approach to the industry. So whilst analysing ingredients and technologies, addressing safety fears and generally aiming to reveal the truth she never loses sight of the one essential thing about beauty and that is appreciating how it simply makes you feel! Check out her blog Beauty Feelosophy!

Rose hip by die.tine

Simply Beautiful: Pure Rose Hip Seed Oil

I would not call myself a naturalist, as I know that both natural and synthetic ingredients have their place in cosmetics. However, on occasion, less seems to be more and that is when I go back to basics by using simple ingredients that cut straight to the heart of my skin care needs. Rose Hip Seed Oil or Rosa Mosqueta (Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa) is one such ingredient so full of skin nourishing goodness that it has earned itself a coveted spot in my daily beauty routine! I keep mine in the refrigerator and use the pure oil every night before bed by applying it before my moisturiser for a little extra skin rejuvenating boost.

What is rose hip seed oil?

A beautifying wild rose, with fruit rich in vitamin C, leaves and petals used for refreshing infusions and seeds that produce a uniquely nourishing plant oil – and that’s were this fabulous product I so love comes into play!

So, what’s to love?

I use it for its moisturising and skin smoothing effect but there is a lot of science to also show Rosehip seed oil has many special qualities:

  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Skin smoothing
  • Diminishes scars
  • Helps fade stretch marks
  • Healing
  • Treats sun burn and age marks
  • Helps regenerate skin cells
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Rich in vitamins, Omega 3 & 6

You might be surprised to learn that I love this product despite having oily skin, since conventional wisdom has taught us oily skin types to stick to “oil free” products only. Although this may be true some of the time, it is possible to achieve a balance between effective cleansing, which can undoubtedly strip the skin of some of those essential natural oils and good moisturizer. I wouldn’t recommend it for use in the day time under make up but the oil is quite light in texture, absorbs very easily and has a low spot causing probability so it can be used on acne-prone skin. For acne sufferers, I would recommend treating the problem skin first, and once you reach that point of clearer skin, use this along with a few facials to help deal with any residual scarring.

The Secret in the Science

The secret to how Rosehip seed oil works of course lies in the science! It contains a very high percentage of Linoleic, Linolenic and Oleic acids. These are important fats that ensure the vitality of your natural skin cells, and this gives Rosehip seed oil a regenerating and soothing power. Rose hip seed oil also contains Tretinoin, a very close relative of Vitamin A, which gives the skin a rejuvenating and scar healing benefit. Results are immediate for smoothing and improvements to the general complexion, but for scars, as you would imagine, it is not an instant fix so real results will take some time.

Where to find it?

You can find Rosehip seed oil at local health food stores, such as,, and in some skin care products (like Liz Earl’s Super Skin COncentrate).  Alternatively, if a pure oil is not for you, look out for Rose hip seed Oil, Rosa Canina or Rosa Rubignosa in your product ingredient lists to benefit from this simple yet truly amazing beauty elixir!

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18 thoughts on “Simply Beautiful: Pure Rose Hip Seed Oil

  1. Sahuna

    this is one of the most helpful and best articles offered so far (since the introduction of new correspondents to the site). Thanks for this! I love reading about natural ways to take care of skin. Thank you!!

  2. Catherine

    Yes! I have been using this stuff for months after discovering it while searching for moisturizing/anti-aging eye creams. I use it around my eyes day and night. Love.

  3. Odbery

    Hey Angela, I have I question about your occupation. How does one go about becoming a cosmetic chemist? Also, does it mostly involve doing lab work, or do you at least have the option for that? I’m a year away from getting my bachelor’s in chemistry, thinking about doing some post-grad, and cosmetic chemistry sounds really interesting. Thank you :)

  4. Grace

    Nice article! I’m also very interested in your occupation! I wish I will be able to try this one day, provided that i have very acne prone skin and and i don’t know when my skin will become clear one day. By the way, the link to your blog doesn’t seem to work~
    thanks anyways!

  5. Dini

    Oooh, thanks for the information. I have oily skin, but have been experimenting a bit with using natural oils on my face to try to balance out having a slick face versus having a dry ashy face stripped of natural oils. Can’t wait to go out and find this!

  6. Jessie

    This stuff is everything it’s cracked up to be and more, plus it’s super cheap at your health food store. I use the NOW brand. I have very dry sensitive skin and chemical exfoliation turns my skin into a peely hot amphibian mess. This oil gently, but effectively, rid me of my dark cystic acne scarring I got from changing BCP. It also acts as a fantastic moisturizer. I use this at night and jojoba during the day. I now put my money towards my cream cleanser and I’ve found I don’t need eye cream in addition.

  7. Lorna

    I once bought some rose hip seed oil and I liked it for everything except for the smell. It smelled like rancid brownies to me and it made me gag every time I used it on my face. Is there any brand you recommend where the smell is less obvious or is scent free? I would love to try it out without the fragrance.

  8. Thank for the info, I love using oils on my face but yet I hardly do. I will need to get this one.

  9. Lumi

    Oohh thank you for this helpful info. ^^
    I’d like to find more natural ways to take care of my skin.

  10. Lana

    I read that rose hip seed oil contains tretinoin… have you ever had any issues with irritation or photosensitivity?

    I was wanting to pick-up a bottle of this, but I’m worried about how I will react to it with my very sensitive skin.

    Thanks so much for any input :)

  11. This post came right on time. I was looking for an oil for my skin as it’s been drying out like crazy thanks to heaters! My moisturizers weren’t working as well as I would like.

  12. Thanks so much for this! I have an excellent natural products store near me and I’m headed there tomorrow to see if I can find some of this magic potion!

  13. Ana G.

    This article came in the right time!I was just ordering Rose hip oil to try it :-) I have combination skin and reaching 33 so I feel the need to add something extra to my skincare routine. Thanks a lot for this article, it’s really really helpful.

  14. BooBooNinja

    I picked this up at my local health foods store yesterday.
    As I was paying, I saw another girl take a bottle off the shelf.
    I wondered if she was a Temptalia reader. :)

  15. saku

    Nice most steer away from oils or don’t know much other them. Nice to see an other oil user. I moslty use pure oils for my hair, but grapeseed oil is also good for the skin.
    I’m building up on my oil collection and will get some rose hip soon.

  16. Thanks for the great comments guys! and to the new users of Rose hip I hope you get on well with it!

    About the query on Tretinoin or Vitamin A, yes it does contain some and this is what makes it most effectve on scars but along with the other contents including Vitamin B and essential fatty acids overall it is more conditioning and can not be directly compared to ingredients like retinoic acid that would sensitize the skin. All I would say is use sunscreen but you should do this anyway! :)

    To Lorna – to avoid rancidity Kepp it in the fridge!

    To those who asked getting into cosmetic science is fairly easy once you have a background in chemistry and sometimes even if you dont! Just target the right companies for work experience!

    You can contact me directly for more info too!

    Thanks again!

  17. Mary

    I love your blog Angela! I’d really be interested in your thoughts on the best methods/products/ingredients for brush cleaning. Specifically, the use of 90 something percent isopropyl alcohol and whether that would be drying over long periods. Thank you!