Beauty & Botany: Rosehip Oil

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Marshalls is a dangerous place. I went in with my roommate a few weeks ago as she looked for some shoes, and we both came out with bagfuls of stuff we didn’t need. I was strong until we made it to the beauty section. I couldn’t resist the bright red “Under $5” sign glaring at me, or the pretty packaging of the Organik Botanik Australia hair & facial treatment packs right on top of the sale pile. I snagged up one of each: Girls Night In: Rosehip Oil, Weekend Away: Coconut Oil, and Recovery Rescue: Charcoal & Mint. At $4.99 each when they’re usually $15 for one, I simply had to get them.

Since it was spring break this week and I stayed in town, I thought I’d pamper myself with the rosehip oil one. I actually hadn’t heard much about rosehip oil before buying the pack, so I decided to do some research before running it through my hair and all over my face.

What is it and where does it come from?

Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of wild rose bushes (Rosa moschata or Rosa rubiginosa). Most oil comes from the southern Andes in Chile, but can also come from South Africa or Europe  (Rosa canina).The oil in the treatment pack I bought is from Rosa canina.

Rosehip oils comes from the “hips,” the small fruits found behind the flowers, which are left once the roses have bloomed and lost their petals. It isn’t the same as rose essential oil, but it still has a light scent that reminds me of rose.

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The oil has been used for generations by the Andean Indians and Egyptians because of its abundance of natural nutrients and vitamins.

What is it composed of?

Rosehip oil contains a bounty of nutrients including vitamins A, C and E, essential fatty acids (linolenic, linoleic, and oleic acid), stearic acid and palmitic acid (x).

So what does all that do?

It’s a natural treatment for dry or dull hair, dry skin, dry/brittle nails, acne, dandruff, scar treatment, sunburn, and eczema. (x) 

“The essential fatty acids found in rosehip seed oil also work wonders for dry scalp and itchiness due to stress and chemicals in shampoo. It’s what the skin needs for hydration and skin sensitivities.” Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of the eponymous salon and skincare collection, said in an interview the The Huffington Post. 

After reading all this, I figured it was worth giving the pack a try, especially since I have dry skin and hair.

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The Facial Scrub and Mask

First off, I loved how rose and rosehip products smell. It’s a very light floral, and not cloying when you put it on. I probably wouldn’t have used it if it was. So if you’re sensitive to really strong smells, don’t worry with this.

The scrub was nice and refreshing. It isn’t a deep one like an apricot scrub, but it does use walnut shell (Juglans regia) like most scrubs I’ve seen. I got my face damp and went through the usual motions of a face scrub. It was cooling and smelled lovely, but wasn’t too special since you washed it off immediately.

The face mask was my favorite part of the whole pack. It was light and didn’t overheat my skin like some masks too because it’s so sensitive. I only had to keep it on for 10-15 minutes and it doesn’t dry down, but it felt and smelled so lovely I didn’t want to take it off. I legitimately sat back on my bed and relaxed while I had it on, which is rare for me. To take it off, I used a washcloth with warm water, and then rubbed the remaining oil into my skin. It felt so smooth and hydrated that I wanted to just keep touching my face!

The Hair Mask

I’m honestly not sure how to feel about the hair mask. I loved how my hair felt after I washed it out, but I hated every second it was in my hair because it felt so weird. I have really thick hair and it’s super fluffy, so I think the sensation of putting goup in my hair is what freaked me out.

Like the face mask, it only had to be in my hair 10-15 minutes. I focused on coating the ends and then ran it through to the roots. Then I wrapped it up in a towel and tried to relax, but wasn’t so successful with that part. My favorite part of the mask was washing it off.

It left my hair smelling like roses, made my curls soft, and actually calmed down the natural frizz. While actually wearing the mask in my hair was awful, I would do it again for those same results.

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The Bottom Line

For $4.99, this was totally worth it. You get a good amount of each product (0.71 oz  each for the face scrub and mask, 1.41 oz for the hair mask) and I had a bunch left over from the face products. I tried looking up online where to get this, but haven’t had much luck. I might need to trek over to Marshalls again to grab a couple more. Hopefully they still have some lingering around. If I can’t find anymore, I’m definitely looking into buying a bottle of rosehip oil to  mix into some conditioners and lotions. From my quick skim of a few websites, it seems to average $11-12 for a 4 oz bottle. But if this first use is anything to go by, I think it will be worth the investment, especially since you only use a few drops each time.

Since this pack went well, I’ll be sure to try the other two out and give y’all my feedback and some botanical background of those ingredients. Any preference for which I do next? Weekend Away: Coconut Oil orand Recovery Rescue: Charcoal & Mint? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers,  Josie

 

 

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