Not too long ago, lipid oils and carrier oils were not nearly as prevalent or diverse as they are now!
But rose hip seed oil has been around for a long time. It is one of the tried and true, an old stand by in the natural beauty world that I began using in 1996.
So for this late summer project, I want to make a facial oil with rose hip seed oil at its heart.
My background in gardening and herbalism leads me to working with oils from within the same plant family and the rose plant family is one that is particularly generous in the realm of lipid gifts.
12 Lipid Oils from the Rose Family
From this one family we have:
- Plum kernel oil
- Peach kernel oil
- Almond oil
- Apricot kernel oil
- Rose hip seed oil
- Raspberry seed oil
- Blackberry seed oil
- Quince seed oil
- Apple seed oil
- Cherry kernel oil
- Strawberry seed oil
- Cloud berry seed oil
This is twelve oils so far from this botanical family!
What is interesting about the family is that we have two types of oils.
The oils from the stone fruits that are high in Oleic acid, tend to be pale in color and make good base oils.
Then we have the berry and shrub oils that are high in Linoleic and alpha-Linolenic acid, the two essential fatty acids. These tend to be more deeply pigmented and often rich in antioxidants and other plant compounds if not overly refined.
So for this facial oil, I selected a base of apricot kernel oils and plum kernel oil, and then added some rosehip seed oil along with raspberry seed oil and blackberry seed oil.
Our Rose Lipid Recipe
The recipe below is in parts.
2 parts apricot kernel oil
2 parts plum oil
1 part rose hip seed oil
1 part blackberry seed oil
1/2 parts raspberry seed oil
A note on rose hip seed oil and pigment
I’ve seen rosehip seed oils that are bright red in color and others that are quite pale. The lipid oils can vary quite a bit depending on the method and amount of refining involved!
If you have a highly pigmented rosehip seed oil, you can dilute it with almond oil or another neutral oil from the rose family.
I’ve found a 1:6 ratio works well. You still get the skin nourishing benefits of the rose hip seed oil without creating a combination that might turn your skin temporarily orange!
In this recipe we find a nice balance of skin nourishing base oils.
Variations and Substitutions
Both apricot kernel oil and plum seed oil are high in the monounsaturated fatty acid oleic acid. They tend to be minimally pigmented with mild to no scent.
You could substitute peach kernel oil or almond oil for either of the two here.
The rosehip seed oil contributes the two essential fatty acids and if an unrefined version a good dose of antioxidant carotenoid pro-vitamin A.
The berry oils, in this recipe blackberry and raspberry seed oils are both high in the two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid.
They are also both, rich sources of anti-oxidants.
Have you worked with any of these rose family lipids recently? Share in the comments below.