Regenerating rosehip oils

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These natural oils can nourish the skin, hair, and nails.


From left to right: OVViO Organic Rosehip oil, Limited Edition McGrath Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Kosmea rose hip oil, Rosehip PLUS Rosehip Oil, Thursday Plantation Rosehip Oil and MooGoo 100% Certified Organic Rosehip Oil.

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If you're interested in organic natural skincare you’ll want to know about rosehip oil. Extracted from the seeds of the fruit beneath rose petals, rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, making it nourishing for skin, hair and nails. It also works for a variety of skin types and can work wonders to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks, scars, wrinkles and dry skin. We take a look at six organic rosehip oils and compare their texture, colour, smell, potency, sourcing, price and packaging.

OVViO Organic Rosehip oil: This cold pressed, unrefined rosehip oil is part of OVVIO's Every.Single.Day Collection – its first organic range. Though suitable for many skin types, OVViO recommends its use for mature, dry or problem skin. It has a more potent smell than the other rosehip oils we tested, and it leaves a healthy, shiny sheen on the skin. We love the simple packaging and the generous dropper, and the jar can easily be re-purposed for your own use. You can find it at here for $24.

Limited Edition McGrath Certified Organic Rosehip Oil: When you buy this limited edition organic rosehip oil you not only do something good for yourself, you also help out a good cause. Until the end of October this year Sukin is donating $20,000 from sales of rosehip oil to the McGrath Foundation. This is a very light oil without a strong smell and it's quickly absorbed, although the hydrating effects aren't quite as long-lasting as the other oils we tested. Certified organic by origin in Germany, a 25ml bottle of this carbon neutral product costs $19.95. Check out the website here.

Kosmea rose hip oil: Australian owned, ethically sourced and 100 per cent Australian Certified Organic (ACO), Kosmea rose hip oil ticks all the right boxes. Back in 1993, company founder Marie Jenkins discovered the unique qualities of rose hip oil and was inspired to start a natural skincare company. Kosmea's oil has the thickest texture of all the oils that we tried, yet it is very easily absorbed into the skin. Bear in mind that it does leave a slightly orange tinge to the skin when first applied as it's so rich, but it is also the most potent with a gorgeously earthy smell. Kosmea rose hip oil can be found here, where prices start at $12.95 for 10 mL.

Rosehip PLUS Rosehip Oil: Founded in 2008, Rosehip PLUS has been dedicated to producing quality rosehip oil products for five years. The company created its first rosehip oil skincare product in 2012 and is growing its range for the multi-purpose rosehip. This is the Goldilocks of our testers, being a perfectly balanced texture, smell and colour smack bang in the middle of the rest of our range, so we think it's perfect for gifting. It's said that the rosehip from the Andes mountains of Chile where these seeds are harvested have the highest levels of antioxidants, and being cold pressed they keep all their valuable nutrients. Check out the website here to learn more about the whole range of products, including a natural arthritis remedy. Prices start at $14.95 for 25 ml.

Thursday Plantation 100% Pure Organic Rosehip Oil: Going against the trend of a dropper bottle, this lid is more like the typical essential-oil dropper. This means it only comes out in tiny drops, and while this is great for the frugal side in us, it doesn't lend itself as well to lathering on the skin. After giving it a generous shake, and sticking voodoo-like pins into the dropper, we were very impressed with the quality of this product which, although being light in colour, is very hydrating and has a strong smell. The prices is around $16.55 for 25 ml.

MooGoo 100% Certified Organic Rosehip Oil: If you’ve heard of Moogoo’s famous skincare creams, you’ll be happy to learn its range now includes rosehip oil. You can go here to read about Moogoo’s dedication to producing the highest quality organic rosehip oil. This one feels much oiler than the rest, and it actually smells like roses! We're not as chuffed with the non-reusable packaging on this one, but it is 100 per cent recyclable. And because it's an airless bottle, the oil won't oxidise over time and will stay fresh for when your skin just needs that occasional replenishment of fatty acids. A 25 ml bottle costs $12.