Dawn is the owner of Seattle Hill Soap Company and formulates natural and safe soaps and skin care items that are enhanced by herbs, botanicals, or clays. You can find Seattle Hill Soap Company at www.seattlehillsoaps.com.
Rose hips are the fruit produced by roses at the end of the growing season and are loaded with vitamin C. In fact, they contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits and broccoli! This makes them a great ingredient in skincare products because its vitamin C stimulates the collagen production in the skin. I like using two rose hip ingredients in my soap and skincare products: rose hip powder and rose hip oil.
(Cook with rose hips.)
Photo by Dawn Robnett
Rose hip powder is great to use in bars of soap for it light peachy-pink color and its mild exfoliation properties. It can also be used sparingly in lotions.
Rose hip oil is a wonderful product for skincare items such as balms and lotions. This rich amber oil is very high in essential fatty acids and is touted to work wonders on weathered and dehydrated skin, scars, and for treating wrinkles and premature aging. I like using rose hip oil in my cuticle balms and night creams.
(Make a facial mask with rose hips.)
Where the rose hip is concerned, a little goes a long way. So don’t be discouraged by the higher price tag for this ingredient.