Latin name: Rosa mosqueta
Extraction method: Cold pressed
Storage: Keep refrigerated – Use within one year
Rose Hip Seed Oil is used to soften fine lines and wrinkles, help repair sun-damaged skin, reduce scarring, improve elasticity, and protect the skin from environmental damage.
Rose Hip Seed Oil is cold-pressed from the tiny seeds of a South American, wild rose plant and has been used for centuries by the Andean Indians. Rose Hip Seed Oil is a rich, emollient oil that penetrates well into the skin; its regenerative properties have been attributed to its essential fatty acid content (linoleic and linolenic acids) and the presence of retinoic acid (a vitamin a derivative), which supports collagen production and cellular regeneration.
Rose Hip Seed Oil can be used alone or added (10% or more) to other products such as moisturizers, massage oils, or facial oils. It is helpful for dermatitis, sunburn, radiation burns, age spots, and stretch marks.
Carrier oils are also known as base oils, massage oils, and fixed oils. They are extracted from various types and parts of plants, including the nuts, seeds, leaves, and flowers.
Carrier oils are used in aromatherapy to dilute essential oils to a level that is safe to use on the skin. They mainly consist of fatty acids or lipids. These fatty acids have therapeutic properties that add additional benefits to an essential oil blend.
When combining essential oils with carrier oils, follow the instruction leaflet included with each essential oil, paying attention to the safety guidelines. As with essential oils, carrier oils can be blended together to create a synergy. For example, to make a rich massage oil for dry skin, add some jojoba oil to sweet almond oil. For mature skin, add some rose hip seed oil or for wound care add some tamanu.
At Essential 3, we select what we believe to be the best carrier oils. Whenever possible, we use unrefined versions of the oils as they contain more natural constituents, including vitamins and other beneficial ingredients.