Rose Hip Oil



Rose Hip Oil at a glance

  • Non-fragrant emollient plant oil derived from seed pods of the rose plant
  • Hydrates skin with skin-beneficial fatty acids
  • Assists in protecting skin from aging environmental stressors
  • Also referred to as Rosa Canina Seed Oil and Rose Hip

Rose Hip Oil description

Rose hip oil is a non-fragrant emollient plant oil that has antioxidant properties and is also a rich source of skin-beneficial fatty acids. Rose hip oil’s long been used in skin care and cosmetics for its hydrating benefits. This is mainly thanks to the fatty acids, linoleic acid and oleic acid, which are present in this emollient oil. Both work to help hydrate and soften the skin by preventing moisture from escaping from the skin’s surface barrier. Tocopherols and phenolic compounds that contain antioxidant properties are found in rose hip oil as well. Due to these antioxidant superstars, the oil additionally assists in protecting skin from aging environmental stressors, helping skin to preserve a youthful look. On the flip side, due to its antioxidant properties, this oil’s susceptible to degradation when exposed to air and light. That’s why it’s important to look for formulas containing rose hip oil in light- and air-protective packaging. Rose hip oil’s clearly a multi-tasking ingredient, with further research currently exploring the ingredient’s ability to soothe and help even skin tone. Cosmetic manufacturers produce the oil through the cold pressing of seed pods, also referred to as the “fruit” of plants from the _Rosa_ genus, namely _Rosa canina._ Although found in moisturizers and creams, it’s most seen in skin care and cosmetics as an oil, either by itself or featured as part of a blend.

Rose Hip Oil references

  • European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, May 2019, ePublication
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, January 2018, ePublication
  • AAPS Pharm SciTech, August 2016, pages 863-871
  • The Journal of Nutrition, March 2002, pages 461-471
  • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, March 2000, pages 825-828

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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