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Why Rose Hip Seed Oil is the Holy Grail Facial Oil in 2024

Dry skin? Fixed.

Fine lines? It’ll help with those, too.

Chapped by wind? It’ll put an end to that.

Whatever your skin concerns, rose hip seed oil has you covered.

Upon application, this lovely oil soaks in immediately.

Allowing that golden goodness to shine right through.

Here at the NC, we are a Medici of oils, if you like.

And we believe that gorgeous rose hip seed oil should be a staple in your skincare kit.

Rose Hip Seed Oil 

Rosehip seed oils’ benefits read like a beauty resume, so long that you may struggle to get past the first page.

It is rich, nourishing, incredibly healing, and ultimately earthy and unique for all skin types.

It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturising while packed with insane amounts of antioxidants and Vitamin A.

We love everything to do with rose hip seed oil: the antioxidants, the beta carotenes, the lovely omegas, and its tretinoin content, which converts into retinol upon application with your skin.

All of these factors increase skin thickness, ward off premature ageing, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and so much more.

Why is Extraction so Important?

The rose hip is a small fruit left over when the wild rose petals fall off; the delicate fruits hang until hand-picked and pressed into a gorgeous elixir.

The wild rose grows in thick, spiny bushes, protecting the delicate flowers and seeds. These are attached to hair-like fronds, the basis of itching powder.

The extraction process is an intricate process called winterisation, where heavy waxes are removed by refrigeration, drying and de-hipping, followed by pressing. This allows the oil to be more workable and user-friendly.

There are three main ways of extracting the oil with solvents: cold pressing, treating it with enzymes before cold pressing, and solvent extraction.

The simple cold-pressing technique is thought to yield up to seven times more tretinoin in the final oil than using a solvent, which is far from a trivial difference.

Because extraction is so labour-intensive, corners are often cut for purity, so the oil is not always the purest.

Which is why we go to such lengths to source ours.

The article on the CO₂ extraction process looks at the critical points to the quality of the final oil.

Rose Hip Seed Oil  Benefits

Now, to the exciting part: we will discuss rosehip seed oil’s lovely healing benefits.

#1 Lightens lightly pigmented areas

This is thanks to the beta-carotene content, and Rosehip can help promote a more even skin tone and reduce the appearance of age spots.

This is due to the trans-retinoic acid, the precursor to Vitamin A, and its antioxidant properties, tannins, and gorgeous orange carotenoids.

#2 Barrier Repairing

The oil is extremely rich in linoleic and linolenic acids, so it’s perfect for sensitive, inflamed, or even breakout-prone skin.

Research (1) found rose hip seeds contain important lipid-soluble compounds, linoleic and a-linolenic acids. Essential fatty acids that keep your skin plump and moist, preventing it from drying out.

They have noticeable effects on skin regeneration and repair and can significantly help to reduce inflammation in those with sensitive skin issues.

#3 Anti-scarring agent

Rosehip oil has been used for quite some time in traditional medicine for wound healing and as a topical scar treatment.

This is due to the presence of Vitamin A, combined with the large amounts of linoleic and linolenic acids, effectively treating hypertrophic and keloid scars.

This study (2) found that using rosehip seed oil on patients post-surgery improved the look of their scars.

#4 Anti-ageing agent

Rosehip seed oil helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles as it regenerates cells, slowing skin ageing.

Rosehip seed oil is exceptional in tissue regeneration, improving skin texture and discolouration.

It is also used to treat damaged skin tissue caused by scalds, burns, stretch marks, and varicose veins due to its ability to encourage skin regeneration.

In this study, (3) participants aged 35–65 were given rose hip seed powder to treat premature ageing, including wrinkles and crowfeet.

During the 8-week study, researchers found that the participants who orally ingested the rosehip powder experienced noticeable improvements in their skin’s overall moisture.

Why is Rosehip Seed Oil Unique?

The ingredient in rosehip oil that is especially interesting is trans-retinoic acid, which the industry refers to as tretinoin.

It is a close relative of Vitamin A and the most researched vitamin in skincare, especially for acne. It also has a strong anti-ageing effect.

Tretinoin molecules are delicate and must be handled carefully; the tretinoin in rose hips is just as sensitive as the tretinoin in pharmaceuticals.

The other important properties include:

Oleic acid (Omega 9) has an interesting fatty acid profile, softening and moisturising your skin.
Linoleic acid (Omega 6) helps speed up the barrier function’s repair mechanisms.
Gamma-linolenic acid helps reduce inflammation and boosts the protective role of the skin’s barrier.
Phytosterols help to soothe and calm inflamed skin.
Tocopherol (Vitamin E) acts as an antioxidant, neutralising damaging free radicals.

Fatty acid profile:

Palmitic acid 3.6%
Stearic acid 2.15%
Oleic acid 15%
Linoleic acid 47.7%
Linolenic acid 28.5%
Arachidic acid 0.9%
Eicosenoic acid 0.45%
Eicosadienoic acid 0.15%
Behenic acid 0.2%
Docosenoic acid 0.15%
Natural d-alpha-tocopherol 0.1%

Wound-Healing/Anti-Scar Recipe

3-5% Sea Buckthorn
2-3% Carrot seed
1% Calendula CO₂
1% Rosemary
1% Comfrey
3% Helichrysum, known for its regenerative ketones

Add the above ingredients to our rosehip seed oil base.

What to Look for When Buying Rosehip Oil

Like all good things in life, this gorgeous elixir does have its downside.

It is a bit like “buyer, beware”, especially regarding the oil’s purity and dynamic nature.

It would help if you were careful because the cold-pressed version has no long shelf life and can quickly go rancid due to the wonderful unsaturated bonds.

Rosehip oil only has a shelf life of about six months, so here at the Naked Chemist, we only use a CO₂ extract that is certified organic, obtained through supercritical extraction that uses carbon dioxide as the solvent.

The oil is then further stabilised with Vitamin E to give it longevity.

Which NC Products Contain it?

With all of these incredible benefits, it makes sense to harness the potent power of the CO₂ extracted oil neat in our cold-pressed Rose Hip Oil.

It can also be found in Xcell Barrier repair oil, which is the perfect formula for restoring an impaired barrier.

Nectar Antioxidant Balm, rich in rosehip seed oil, is created to heal on a deeper level and deliver delicate, traumatised skin from irritation and inflammation.

To conclude. The naked truth

To recap, rose hip seed oil has excellent antioxidants and free radical scavenger benefits.

It is highly moisturising, and the oleic acid helps make it a superb softening oil.

It has excellent barrier repair and anti-anti-inflammatory properties from all the linoleic and linolenic acids.

If that is not enough, it also helps with signs of photo-ageing and scar reduction.

Wow, with all these lovely benefits, we think you’d agree this could be the holy grail of skincare and one you should invest in for your kit.


  1. Jäger AK, Petersen KN, Thomasen G, Christensen SB. Isolation of linolenic and alpha-linolenic acids as COX-1 and -2 inhibitors in rose hip. Phytother Res. 2008;22:982–984
  2. Valerón-Almazán, P. , Gómez-Duaso, A. , Santana-Molina, N. , García-Bello, M. and Carretero, G. (2015) Evolution of Post-Surgical Scars Treated with Pure Rosehip Seed Oil. Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications5, 161-167. doi: 10.4236/jcdsa.2015.52019.
  3. Winther K, Vinther Hansen AS, and Campbell-Tofte J. (2016). Bioactive ingredients of rosehips (Rosa canina L) with particular reference to antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties: in vitro studies. Botanics: Targets and Therapy 6: 11–23.

93 replies on “Why Rose Hip Seed Oil is the Holy Grail Facial Oil in 2024”

Hello Samantha,

I was wondering what your opinion on rose hip infusion within a carrier oil is? I have an abundance of wild rose hips in my area that I’d like to pick. I know that extracting the seeds in vast quantities is difficult and that the hips contain irritants. I plan to infuse a small quantity of whole hips in another oil such as almond oil (or would you recommend another?). I’m hoping will extract some of the great benefits of rose hip seed oil. I’d love to know your opinion on this method and any tips for preservation etc.

Kind regards,

Can i just get the name of a good place to buy the Rosehip seed oil? Is Mountain Rose herbs and good one ? I use it for skin care want to get the best ! Thanks!!

Hi Samantha.
I bought organic, cold pressed rosehip oil a month ago and have always stored it in the fridge. However, I kept it in the fridge for straight 5 days. Upon taking it out today, it seemed to have frozen. It’s back to liquid form at room temperature now. I wanted to know is it safe to use it? Or has it gone rancid?

Hello Samantha!
I was wondering what your thoughts were, I have been using rosehip oil almost 4 months now- i have these white bumps (acne scars) on my chest and back and I haven’t noticed much of a difference. I know it will not make them go away completely but I was hoping it might diminish their look. Ive gotten them at different times since freshman year of high school and I just finished my sophomore year of college. They annoy me so much!! and Ive heard countless times laser removal probably wont help- so Im just looking for some positive feedback 🙂 thank you!!

Hi erica

Hard to consult like this, its most certainly hormonal grade 3 by the sounds of it though. I don;t think laser treats this but I am not 100% sure Overtime they will go away, my advise is don’t pick infection spreads and they will scar. Use linoleic acid internally, do your research on why we need omegas to treat acne. Use fuller earth masks on your back, stay away from harsh chemicals and possibly occasionally use Salicylic acid to flush out the follicular wall. You can go to the doctor and they could prescribe you roaccutane but again this is a last resort as has adverse side effects. Hope this helps. samantha

Thanks for the advise Samantha, i really appreciate it. I will take a look at the options you presented to me!

Thank you for the feedback Samantha I really appreciate it! So do you think i should continue to use the rosehip oil?

Sorry for all the questions, but I have been using Aura Cacia’s which is organic and cold pressed. Is that a good one?

Hi Samantha!

Thanks for all the helpful info here. I am wondering if I need to refrigerate if I am using rosehip oil in an oil mixture. I have two mixtures that both have a bit of Rosemary and Carrot Seed as a preservative. I had hesitated to refrigerate as I use them daily and see it is better to wait 12 hours before use after refrigeration. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Hi Kate

Yes I think refrigerating them could help, but in saying that in a dark bottle in a cool place is suffice. Carrot and Rosemary are both natural antioxidants so great for helping with preamture ageing to..good luck

Hi Samantha,
I’m new to Rose Hip (seed) oil. After buying my 1st bottle of Rose Hip Seed oil on line, I searched to buy another & found Rose Hip oil. Hmm, what happened to the “seed” I wondered.

I did some searching & found a site that said the Rose hip seed oil is oil extracted from just the seed, whereas Rose Hip oil is from the whole “fruit.”

IF this is true (?), which is better to purchase? with seed or without? The prices were about the same. I’m using for directly on face for ache, wrinkles, nourish skin, & use on arms & hands for dryness, as well as on my husbands eczema.

Thank you :0)

Hi Samantha
Thank you for the great post and the thread , really cleared most of my queries
However there are few things i’d like to know.
I’m planning to get rosehip oil ( in large quantity 2 ltrs) and refill smaller dropper bottles (mix with other oils such as pumpkin seed etc), i heard that nitrogen is added to increase its shelf life once being bulk packed.
i)In case where i open the 2 ltr container does it mean ill have to add nitrogen to it to ensure it maintains the shelf life for the remaining oil?
ii)if im refilling smaller bottles would it have the same shelf life as the bulk or would it get affected in anyway?
iii) Should i go for Organic non CO2 or CO2 oil


Hi Emm
Thank you for your feedback and enquiry. This is a really good question and one I don’t know the answer to because i don’t bulk pack it. I would go back to your supplier and ask them. However if you find out I would love to know the answer.

I recently bought a different brand of rosehip seed oil than my usual brand and this new one isn’t the deep orange colour, it’s more of a deep pink. Now I’m worried that I might have bought something ‘fake’. What’re your thoughts?

Hi, I purchased a small bottle of rosehip seed oil a while ago and have noticed that it’s gone rancid, (the color has changed and it smells acidic) but I feel terrible throwing the remainder (about half of it) away. Do you think any significant harm will come to my hair or skin if I still decide to use it like that, even though I know it’s not a potent as it can be, or is it unsafe to use the oil once it turns rancid? Thank you.

I purchase mine from Dr. Mercola’s website. It is a very golden/orange color, thick and earthy smelling, I love it !! Also, reasonably priced. Hope this helps!

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