As a lover of natural oils in skincare, I wanted to try rosehip oil on my wrinkles and see whether it works or not. However, I was a bit afraid of the smell.
I’ve read some reviews that it smells like fish and other horrible things. But I still thought I’d give it a try and see (or rather smell) myself and here’s what I found.
What Should Rosehip Oil Smell Like
Rosehip oil has an indistinct earthy smell. Similar to other cold-pressed organic oils, you can hardly smell anything when you open the bottle. Same as jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil, these natural oils are almost odorless. Nothing like conventional creams or essential oil, which you can smell for hours after rubbing them onto your skin.
Would you expect a rosy fragrance? There is none since it’s not made from roses but rosehips.
I don’t know why but the rose fragrance in perfumes has always put me off. And that’s to say I love roses! But the natural smell of roses is completely different than the one in perfumes.
Of course, rosehips have nothing to do with roses, but there is some similarity in the name and I was a bit concerned whether the smell of rosehip oil wouldn’t resemble rosy fragrance.
Luckily, there was none. The rosehip oil with retinol I purchased is almost odorless.
What Does Rosehip Oil Look Like
The color can range from a light-yellow color to deep orange. The Pura D’Or Organic Rosehip Seed Oil I use has a golden blue color, is very soft and velvety (similar to grapeseed oil), and is known as a dry oil which means it’s absorbed quickly, doesn’t leave an oily layer on the skin and doesn’t clog the pores.
Rosehip oil is one of the best oils to be used for acne as well.
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Rosehip Oil Properties
Rosehip oil is a natural source of provitamin A (beta-carotene) and vitamin E. Contrary to many claims that it is a source of vitamin C, there is no vitamin C in rosehip oil since it’s a water-soluble vitamin.
- Vitamin E – rejuvenating properties, hydrating, good for dry and sensitive skin
- Essential fatty acids: α-linolenic acid (omega-3) and linoleic acid (omega-6) help repair skin cell regeneration
- Vitamin A – works anti-aging, improves skin tone and texture
Research on rosehip oil shows that it reduces skin pigmentation, reduces discoloration, acne lesions, scars, and stretch marks while retaining the moisture of the skin, and delaying the appearance of wrinkles.
“Rosehip oil doesn’t contain retinol but it’s a natural source of provitamin A (beta-carotene). Retinols and retinoids have been studied and have proven to be one of the most efficient compounds in anti-aging.
However, to be effective, it’s necessary to apply retinol in a higher concentration. In natural oils, such as rosehip oil, the concentration is not very high. That’s why retinol is sometimes added to natural oils.
I was researching the facts about retinoids and retinol and decided to combine natural rosehip seed oil with a retinol serum.
Do Rosehip Seed oil and other retinol-containing products help with wrinkles?
It has to be said that retinol and retinoids are great in the prevention of wrinkles, i.e. anti-aging. If you have deep wrinkles already, vitamins or other nutrients can’t smooth them out. What helps then?
Massaging, microneedling or botox – but I’m not a supporter of botox or plastic surgery. It’s good to look for natural alternatives first.
What affects our look most is nutrition and exercise.
Boosting collagen production in the skin from the inside with food and providing oxygen through jogging, walking, cycling, and similar activities in the fresh air are by far the best anti-aging treatments.
Then comes the nutrition from the outside in creams, lotions, serums, and oils.
It is important to understand that even the best serum or skin cream can not make you look 10 years younger if you don’t care about your food and sit in front of the computer 24/7.
„Topical retinol shows remarkable anti-aging effects“
Side Effects of Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil is very-well accepted by the majority of people. Nevertheless, side effects may occur in some people. Possible side effects of rosehip oil can include allergy, rash, and worsened condition of acne.
What Can You Mix Rosehip Oil With
Rosehip oil is a great dry oil with many potent compounds, but as a dry oil, it doesn’t penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin. That’s why it’s excellent to combine rosehip oil with jojoba oil. Mixing these oils 1:1 enhances the beneficial properties and leaves your skin smooth, plump, and perfectly hydrated.
If you want to get great anti-aging results, you can use a mixture of retinol, rosehip oil, and jojoba oil to maximize the benefits of these three potent compounds.
Applying this concoction to your skin before bedtime, you will wake up with a face that will be neither dry nor too oily as jojoba oil regulates the production of your natural skin oils.
What Can You Use Rosehip Oil For
Rosehip oil is best for the treatment of skin, neck, and decollete.
It can also be used on your hair or nails and even on lips. Compared to traditional lipsticks and lip glosses, when you put natural oil on your lips, you don’t have to be worried about any chemicals.
How to Store Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil or serum with rosehip oil is best to store in a fridge. It is also necessary to keep an eye on the best before date because the fridge still doesn’t make it last forever.
Due to the fact, rosehip oil gets easily oxidized, free radicals can cause damage to your skin and premature aging. So always make sure your rosehip oil is fresh! It should be thin and light-colored, not dark or thick.
Conclusion – What Does Rosehip Oil Smell Like
Rosehip oil, being an excellent natural source of provitamin A and vitamin E as well as linoleic acid, doesn’t have any distinctive smell.
If you find fragrances in creams annoying and prefer fragrance-free skincare products, this oil is a perfect solution for you. It can be mixed with retinol and used as a serum after cleansing or in a DIY facial.
If you are also interested in jojoba oil, which is great to be mixed with rosehip seed oil, here’s is my article about the properties and my experience with jojoba oil: Is jojoba oil good for aging skin?
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