What is Rosehip Oil?
To understand what Rosehip Oil is, one needs to dig into its origin. Rosehip seed oil, better known as Rosehip Oil, is extracted from the seeds, that various wild rose shrubs bear; Rose moschata, Rosa rubignosa or Rosa canina. These plants are usually found in the southern Andes mountain range.
Colour is an important factor to determine the quality of Rosehip Oil. A smooth golden colour or a profound reddish-orange colour (and anything in between) indicates the superior variety. In contrast, if the seed is yellow, it implies distillation through solvents and an overall inferior quality.
Although Rosehip Oil finds utility mostly as a solo product, its addition as an ancillary to essential oils isn’t unheard of either. A look at the products labels that list the names of recommended essential oils will reveal nothing else.
The fragrance of the Rosehip Oil is far different from that of the flower it is named after. In fact, it has a woody or earthy aroma characteristic. The aroma of rosehip carrier oil adds a grounding undertone to essential oil blends.
Not only the smell, but the Rosehip Oil differs from its floral relatives in other ways too. Yet, numerous people expect a ‘rosy’ aroma while purchasing Rosehip Oil, only to feel astonished, if not deceived later on.
Our unadulterated Rosehip Oil comes with no artificial aroma. We organically extract the oil from the fruit and seed of the hip - a method that lends the distinctive natural flavour to our oil. The cold-pressed extraction is one of the most sophisticated methods of manufacturing that focuses on channeling the freshness and high concentration of Rosehip Oil into our products. This helps in preserving the organic scent of the plant - a scent that has been described by customers as the smell of hay, straw, autumn leaves, and even cider. As for us, we find the fragrance comparable to that of iced tea.
As mentioned earlier, the best way to determine the freshness of the Rosehip is to simply observe its colour. If it’s a vibrant orange, it’s healthy, indicating the presence of lots of skin-protecting carotenoids. If it’s pale in colour, it implies that it has undergone oxidisation. In order to preserve the quality of the oil, one is required to store it in a cool place away from direct sunlight, and to avoid leaving the Rosehip unsealed for many hours.