We have all seen Rose Hip Oil, whether at the Chemist, your mothers cupboard or even just on Instagram. But what is the big fuss about? I’ve gone all detective on you to try to get to the bottom of things.
What is Rose Hip?
First of all, unless you are some sort of general knowledge wizard, you probably don’t really know what Rose Hip even is. I’ve saved you time and had a little Google and here’s what I came up with. ‘Rose hip is the fruit of the rose plant…’ and the following photograph from Wikipedia.
Rose plants have fruit?! What on Earth? My mother grew roses in our garden growing up, but all I can remember are thorns, not juices morsels of rose hip fruit. So, I did some more research (more than I do for most uni projects, #whoops) and stumbled on this informative website ‘About Home‘. According to the website’s Gardening Expert Marie Iannotti, “Rose hips are the seed pods of roses. We don’t often see them anymore, because we tend to prune the faded rose blossoms to encourage more flowers. However if you leave the spent flowers on the rose bush at the end of the season, you should see these small, berry-sized, reddish seed balls, left on tips of the stems.” She explains later in the article that Rose Hips are indeed edible! Apparently having a similar tartness to crabapples (whatever on Earth they are).
Why Rose Hip?
Rose Hip is well known for having high levels of Vitamin C (legit every webpage about Rose Hip says this). I’m no chemist, so I went snooping on Lab Muffin‘s blog, and have made a mini summary of relevant points for you (don’t I sound like the best study buddy ever?). According to her post, Vitamin C has a role in the production of collagen and ‘collagen is an important part of skin strength and elasticity’. In simpler terms, less collagen = more wrinkles.
Rose Hip Products
The most common and popular of course is Rose Hip Oil. WARNING: Rose Hip Oil has a bit of a stank to it, but if you’re not too smell-sensitive, you’ll be used to it in a couple weeks. There are many other products that also boast of Rose Hip (and thankfully don’t stink as much). The brand, Rose Hip Plus, was generous enough to send me a bunch of their products to try.
I’m going to keep this short, here’s my mini review:
Recommend: RosehipPLUS™ Certified Organic Rosehip Oil and rollerball, and cream cleanser (nice gentle cleanser!)
On the fence: RosehipPLUS™ Certified Organic Rosehip Oil Night cream
Don’t recommend: RosehipPLUS™ Certified Organic Rosehip Oil Day cream (much too greasy for my liking, doesn’t sink into my skin nicely)
I also made a sneaky T2 purchase, of their Rose Hip tea, Ruby Red Rosehip Loose Leaf. It’s surprisingly delicious. Has a stunning red/pink shade. Smells heavily of rose, but only has a little taste of it amongst the Rose Hip taste. Not too sweet but more sweet than most tea.