- Essential Oils & Extracts
- Quality & Chemistry
Rosehip seed oil is one of the most highly regarded components of therapeutic skin care formulas. Native to Chile, the plant is now cultivated elsewhere in South America with many countries producing the oil. This Certified Organic supercritical extract of Rosehip (the fruit of the Rose that forms after successful pollination) combines the fatty acids of the seeds with a high concentration of the antioxidants and other nutrients found in the body of the fruit itself. Rosehip seed oil is an excellent source of natural vitamin E and natural vitamin A, or 'trans-retinoic acid'. Retinoic acid, the acid derivative of vitamin A, is the active ingredient found in Retin-A or Tretinoin (the acidic form of vitamin A and the active ingredient in many dermatologist-prescribed wrinkle reducers).
We use it all the time in our skin care formulas, particularly for anti-aging, as its antioxidant concentration is probably unmatched, except perhaps by a few other very similar oils such as Calendula, Carrot Root, and Sea Buckthorn. Another beauty-related use of rosehip oil is for hair care. It adds shine and body to colored hair, permed hair, or hair that has been damaged by too much sun or cold weather.