Rosehip seed oil has gotten a lot of attention lately for its anti-aging moisturizing properties, but it’s far from a new discovery. I originally posted on rosehip seed oil last year.
Back in 1983, researchers in Chile began studying it as a natural source of trans-retinoic acid, (vitamin A). If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s known commercially as Retin-A.
Then in 1988, two researchers published a paper on the benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil after running tests on everything from burns, to surgical scars and sun damage.
The most interesting part to me, was the test they carried out using volunteers between 25 and 35 years old, who spent way too much time laying out on the beach! It was the 80’s, when everyone seemed unaware of the fact that too much sun leads to prematurely wrinkled, leathery skin. Not to mention skin cancer.
Anyway, despite their young age, the volunteers already had some wrinkles and brown spots, and were well on their way to looking like the old lady from Something About Mary.
All the volunteers were all asked to use rosehip seed oil over a period of 4 months.
After 3 weeks, the researchers recorded noticeably fading brown spots and lessening of wrinkles.
By the end of the 4 months, their skin was smoother, looked healthier, and the spots had nearly vanished.
(For reference, the paper is called Contributions to Identification and Application of Active Components Contained in Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa, by Dr Bertha Pareja, and Dr Horst KehI.)
I’ve been using rosehip seed oil somewhat sporadically over the past year now, and it’s definitely a great, non-greasy moisturizing oil. My one and only complaint is that it does not exactly smell like roses.
I’m not even sure how to describe the scent, except to say that it’s not…good. It actually reminds me of how daisies stink. So I came up with this new, improved moisturizer recipe, in order to have all the benefits of rosehip seed oil, but without the stinky-flower aroma.
What’s the use of having soft, beautiful skin if your boyfriend can’t stand to be near you? 😉
Rosehip Seed Oil & Jasmine Moisturizer
Makes 2.5 oz
- 2 Tbsp Rosehip Seed Oil
- 0.8 oz Coconut Oil (organic, unrefined, expeller pressed, virgin)
- 1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
- 0.5 oz Beeswax
- 5 drops Jasmine essential oil
In a wide-mouthed glass jar or measuring cup, add the beeswax, rosehip seed oil and coconut oil.
Fill a small pan halfway with water and place the glass jar inside. The water should come about half way up the jar.
Melt the beeswax, rosehip seed oil and coconut oil over medium low heat until the beeswax is completely melted. This only takes about 5-10 minutes.
In a separate bowl, mix vegetable glycerin and jasmine essential oil.
Once completely melted, remove from heat and let the beeswax mixture cool for 5 minutes on a heat-proof counter.
Blend in the glycerin & jasmine, and stir quickly until it melts together with the beeswax. Immediately pour into jar while still warm. (otherwise it will look lumpy and have air pockets)
Let the jar sit uncovered on the counter to cool (abut 1 hour) before putting on the lid.
Look good, smell good!