As winter officially begins, the weather is getting drier and so is my skin. Luckily I was introduced to Rosehip Plus™, an Australian brand specializing in a range of skincare products made from 100% pure rosehip oil from Chile.
A glance at the company’s website provides plenty of info on this wonderful organic oil. Extracted from the seeds of the rose bush, rosehip oil is rich in Vitamin A (Retinol) and Vitamin C, essential fatty acids Omega-3, 6 and 9, as well as lycopene and beta-carotene. Rosehip oil is proven to have the following benefits:
– Maintains skin hydration
– Improves the appearance of dry skin
– Promotes skin elasticity and texture
– Repairs sun damage and skin tissue
– Reduces the appearance of stretch marks, wrinkles and scars
– Reduces pigmentation
The ingredients of the rosehip oil (left) and day cream (right).
There are a few other brands out there offering rosehip oil, but what makes RosehipPLUS stand out is that its oil is extracted under cold-pressed methods, which ensures maximum retention of all beneficial ingredients. Aside from being cruelty-free, the brand also carries an Australian Certified Organic listing number which guarantees that all its products are free from pesticides, colorants and fragrances, artificial fertilizers or synthetic chemicals.
I tested the RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil Roll On and Hydrating Day Cream for daytime, while switching to the dropper version of the oil and the Nourishing Night Cream for night. In fact, you only need two to four drops of oil each time, followed by the creams for optimum results.
Roll-On vs Dropper Bottle
The rosehip oil is available in three versions: 30-ml glass bottle (US$27.9), 50-ml glass bottle (US$41.9) and a 15-ml roll-on tube (US$17.9). The roll-on may not be the best bargain but you probably would like it once the oil becomes part of your daily skincare routine.
The roll on (left) is definitely designed for quick fixes.
Light in weight and easy to use, the roll-on comes in handy in the morning or when you travel. It allows you to apply the oil evenly on your face while doing a little facial massage but without getting your hands oily.
The Oil Itself
Now, let’s talk about the oil itself! Instead of the smell of roses, rosehip oil carries a natural toasty fragrance, one that I soon got used to and even found a bit addictive. The color is golden-yellow with a hint of orange.
The oil left a temporary sheen on my right hand.
Unlike tea tree oil which is clear and transparent and has a distinct cooling sensation, rosehip oil is nourishing in nature and has an oily feel. At first, I did feel a bit uneasy, having my face covered with this glossy, dense liquid. But in less than 30 seconds, the oil was completely absorbed into my skin – it made me realize how much my skin was craving for moisture!
The Creams, and Mixing Them with Makeup
I then applied the day cream (75ml/ US$29.9) followed by the night cream (50ml/ US$41.9) in the evening. The day cream comes in a squeezable tube, while the night cream is in a plastic pump bottle. Both creams are a bit watery and more aromatic than the original oil. They also have a very refined texture and absorb readily into the skin.
Frankly, I can’t tell the difference between the two creams with just my eyes but of course there are differences in the ingredients: the day cream contains rosehip oil, chamomile, avocado oil and rose geranium, while the night cream includes rosehip oil, cocoa seed butter, jojoba seed oil and shea butter.
The day cream (left, top and bottom) versus the night cream (right, top and bottom)
I also tried mixing the rosehip products with my primer and foundation, alongside other skincare products such as toner and tea tree oil. Apparently there are no contradictions. Thinking of it as a serum will help you rationalize its usage. I let the oil or cream be absorbed completely into my skin before applying other products, which takes just one to two minutes.
I love this product because it’s organic, chemical-free and is suitable for my allergy-prone, dry skin. It makes my skin more supple, radiant and healthy-looking without being greasy, sticky or irritating. While serums can be really pricy, apparently this large bottle of oil can last me through next year. Now, I feel like I’ve got an early Christmas gift for myself!