What should rosehip oil smell like

What Should Rosehip Oil Smell Like?

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.

Rosehip oil

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.

Rosehip oil

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.

You can find some additional information about the use of rosehip oil in this video:

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?



Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/

Therapeutic Applications of Rose Hips from Different Rosa Species https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5485961/

Characterization of Rosehip (Rosa canina L.) Seed and Seed Oil https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10942912.2013.777075

Retinoids in the treatment of skin aging: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2699641/

A comparative study of the effects of retinol and retinoic acid on histological, molecular, and clinical properties of human skin https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jocd.12193

Improvement of Naturally Aged Skin With Vitamin A (Retinol) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/412795

Molecular basis of retinol anti-aging properties in naturally aged human skin in vivo  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5136519/

A novel anti-aging mechanism for retinol: induction of dermal elastin synthesis and elastin fiber formation https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20704601/

3 thoughts on “What Should Rosehip Oil Smell Like?

  1. From my research rosehips grow on bushes with thorny branches, that is where the bright pink / reddish fruits grow. These are called the ‘hips’. The rose hips are seeded fruits which form on the branches below the flower. Rose hips appear bright and plump but when dried can resemble dried cranberries but should definitely not be mistaken for that fruit. They definitely don’t smell the same.

  2. Hey Sophie

    Thank you so much for the article and for introducing me to rosehip oil. I have used other essential oils like jojoba but never knew I can get extra benefits if I mix it with rosehip oil.

    I am also a lover of natural ingredients when it comes to skin and hair products. It is an extra bonus if they are odorless, From your article, I fell in love with rose hip oil.

  3. I also shy away from oils or other lotions that have a smell that does not appeal to me. I did not know of the smell of rosehip oil but, like you, I thought it smelled like roses, which I also don’t like the smell of unless its fresh flowers. I also did not know of the many benefits of rosehip oil. and that it can so easily be combined with other oils to create mixes that are even more beneficial.

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