Beauty & Botany: Rosehip Oil


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.


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.


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.


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



Sci Chic: Science, Fashion…and 3D printing?

Who says science can’t be fashionable? Certainly not Erin Winick, creator and CEO of Sci Chic. She’s been creating science inspired 3D printed jewelry since October 2015, and let me tell y’all, they’re some of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

I first “met” Erin when she was running the I Am SciComm twitter account and tweeted about a blog post she wrote called a Life Shaped By Space. Erin talks about being a Florida girl and how the space program (and her grandfather’s involvement in it) helped shape her love of science. Uhm, hello? As another space loving Florida girl, how could I not respond to that?

Erin, a fifth year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Florida, is an amazing woman that I’m thrilled to have got in touch with. As a preppy, Lilly Pulitzer loving Floridian, I get teased for wearing my bright colors and style in “science settings.” What does that even mean? STEM women have to support each other, and through Erin, I’ve found tons of support from other science loving, chic women on social media.

Read on to find out how Erin first started Sci Chic, got involved in science, and her words of wisdom for other women in STEM. Don’t forget check out the awesome 3D printed designs she has on Sci Chic!


What made you first fall in love with science?

My love of science has been an evolving thing throughout my life. As a kid I checked out stacks of Bill Nye DVDs from the library, was a loyal Mythbusters viewer, and built huge LEGO towers and Rube Goldberg machines in my living room. I loved making anything and everything I could, which steered my path towards mechanical engineering.

However, a huge catalyst for me was my experience living in Florida. My grandfather was an engineer on the Saturn V and shuttle programs, so my family has a huge passion and appreciation for the space industry. I grew up waking up at 3am to see a shuttle launch as a tiny dot in the sky and having NASA TV on 24/7. I even drove across the state to camp out to see the last ever shuttle launch. Having a family environment so appreciative of science, engineering, and learning made my love of science and engineering an easy thing to develop.

What inspired you to start Sci Chic?

Sci Chic is a combination of a lot of my passions. I was president of the University of Florida chapter of the Society of Women Engineers as a junior and helped kick start our first 3D printing outreach day. I saw the huge impact that this event had on the girls at the event. I wanted to find an easily accessible way to impact kids around the world like this. On top of this, I have sewn since I was a kid and have worked with 3D printing at UF and my summer internships. Combining my love of fashion design, 3D printing, and STEM outreach created Sci Chic!

What goals do you hope to accomplish with Sci Chic? What are you still striving for?

More than anything I am trying to show the creativity and art in science and spark everyday conversations about STEM. People often perceive the fields as a path just for people that like physics and math in high school, but we need people with diverse talents and passions. Science is creative, fun, and even fashionable at its core and I am trying to show that through these jewelry designs. Wearing Sci Chic jewelry gives you a way to help spread the science conversation by talking about the 3D printing that created the piece and the science inspiration behind it.

Moving forward, I’m hoping to increase Sci Chic’s reach as much as possible, keep developing pieces to cover as many areas of science as possible, and keep creating more educational written and video content to pair with the pieces. We are working with women in STEM from around the country to create collaborative jewelry pieces moving forward. A portion of these sales will be donated to the STEM related charity of their choice.


Why did you choose 3D printing as the medium to create your pieces?

First of all, I love 3D printing. I am a maker at heart and am fascinated with any new ways to bring making in the home and school environments. 3D printing allows for a huge amount of customization that many other methods cannot provide. I can easily adjust the size, color, material and designs of our pieces on my computer. 3D printing is an accessible gateway into manufacturing. The concept itself is fairly simple, laying down layers of plastic to build up a shape you create, so we are able to bring it to events and demonstrate it, giving people a window into manufacturing techniques, which are normally not easy to see or transportable.

Would you like to branch out in science fashion? How else would you like to promote it?

Absolutely! I have been working on developing ways to more easily 3D print on fabrics. I debuted my first skirt recently where the bottom has decals that are all 3D printed. On top of this, I am planning on releasing a line of shirts soon that pair with our jewelry designs. I hope to continue offer more diverse products in the wearable area.

What is your favorite design in your collection?


My favorite is actually one of the original designs we released, the Trajectory Necklace. It shows the path that the Apollo 11 astronauts took from the Earth to the Moon (aka Trans-lunar Injection). I love the look of the piece and the reactions I gets when I tell people what it actually stands for. Plus it looks awesome in 3D printed stainless steel!

Other than your amazing jewelry, how else do you combine your chic side with your science side?

I am a science fashion fanatic. I am slowly becoming the embodiment of Ms. Frizzle’s closet. I have everything from dresses with JavaScript code to galaxy covered heels and shirts with Hubble space telescope pictures on them. In my opinion science and fashion together help show off the beauty and creativity in science, so I take every opportunity I can to do so.

I love going to events wearing clothing themed for the event. I have gotten so much positive feedback from doing this. It helps spread awareness to certain areas of science that people might not normally think about and it gives people an entry point to ask you questions about the topic you are there to discuss.

Through Sci Chic I have learned to fully embrace my passions and not be afraid to show them!

What advice would you give to young girls who want to get involved in STEM?

There are so many resources and programs out there for you. Do not be afraid to explore them. The STEM fields are for everyone and there are tons of people out there who want you to succeed. Do not feel like you are alone! Ask questions to people in science or engineering that inspire you. Most would be happy to take time out of their day to meet with you, have a phone call or send an email. Extend a hand out to let us help pull you up and give you the benefit of our network.


Also, I would encourage you to explore science and engineering in your free time. Make things at home with building kits or with paper towel rolls. Read science articles and books. Be curious. Don’t let you interest in STEM go away. Even if you go into a completely different field, being scientifically literate and appreciative of what the fields provide is a wonderful thing to embrace.

Any final thoughts?

I am always open to answering any questions people have about the science behind our pieces or 3D printing in general. You can follow me on Twitter @bcofengineering and Instagram @erinwinick. You can find Sci Chic at

Cheers, Josie .

From Beaches to Bovines: How Agriculture Saved My Future

I wasn’t in a good place after my first semester at UW-Madison. I was 1,451 miles from home, I wasn’t sleeping, I was frequently visiting counseling and Mental Health Services, and I didn’t enjoy school. I kept telling my parents I didn’t want to go back to Madison after winter break. The only thing I was interested in going back for was a meeting with my advisor to confirm my enrollment in the Life Sciences Communication program and moving to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. It was my last shot. If I didn’t like it, I was positive I wouldn’t come back to Madison next year.

Life Sciences Communication and agriculture saved my future.

I found my calling in the LSC program. This is what I want to do with my life. I crave knowledge and experience, and I want to have the power to educate people on the scientific world around them, especially the agricultural industry. LSC is providing me the unique opportunity to do just this. Growing up in suburban South Florida, the only interaction I had with agriculture was the once a year visit to the South Florida Fair to see some livestock for five minutes and read a poster board about local produce. I never expected to fall in love with agriculture when I moved to Wisconsin, let alone want to    1930744_10205866091154675_7221384019544664510_nmake a career out of it.

I’m so excited to start working at the Center for Dairy Profitability this fall. I would have laughed if you told me in high school that I would be pursuing a career in the agricultural industry. I never dreamed I’d study agriculture, something underappreciated and taken advantage of by so many. I went to Bak Middle School of the Arts and Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts for middle and high school as a communications major, so I always envisioned myself as a journalist writing for a newspaper. I never anticipated I’d be writing about innovations in optimizing dairy production. I look forward to putting the communications skills I learned over the years at Bak and Dreyfoos to work, so I can help improve the Ag industry. I’m so lucky and happy I’ve found my passion here. Every assignment for LSC gives me a rush, no matter the class, because I know it is preparing me for a future I’m excitedly looking forward to. I don’t know where LSC will take me just yet, though I’m very interested in becoming involved in the developing space farming and agriculture aspect of the industry, but I can’t wait to keep following this path to find out.

In our meeting, my advisor also encouraged me to connect with CALS organizations to meet other people in the major. I took her advice, and I found a family in the Association of Women in Agriculture and forever sisters in Sigma Alpha. I couldn’t wait to get back to Madison after last summer to experience a whole year with the girls I came to love so easily and so quickly after five months. They’ve held my hand while I’ve cried, brought me flowers when I sprained my ankle, and celebrated milestones with me. My AWA and Sigma Alpha sisters are everything to me. I wouldn’t have found them without agriculture.

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From the love of my AWA and Sigma Alpha sisters, to Don Stanley helping me conquer my fear of social media, to the extraordinary interview opportunities I got in Ron Seely’s science writing class, I’ve found my place here. I’m so unbelievably happy, it’s hard to believe I was even at the same school last year. My LSC peers, the incredible staff, and professors have made UW-Madison my home. Whenever I think of LSC, I think of the Phillip Phillips song “Home”:

Don’t pay no mind to the demons

They fill you with fear

The trouble—it might drag you down

If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

I’m not alone anymore. I’m not scared of being so far from home. I felt so lost those first few months here, with no one to turn to. Now, I have a support system in my LSC family to fall back on during my worst days.

I just smile at the confusion on people’s faces when I tell them I’m a Life Sciences Communication major. Because while it might be a jumble of words to them, it is everything to me. LSC is more than just a major. LSC is my life, my family, my home.  If I leave any legacy here at UW-Madison, I’m proud and honored it will be with the Life Sciences Communication program.


Cheers,  Josie