With rosehip oil being a naturally occurring product, its
quality can vary significantly depending on the source and amount of processing both the rosehips and oil are subject to after being harvested. But how to spot a quality oil and what difference does processing really make? Find out below.

Why colour is key

The colour of rosehip oil can be an indication of quality and can vary significantly depending on the concentration of essential fatty acids and beta-carotene.

High quality, pure, cold-pressed rosehip oil ranges from a beautiful deep golden hue through to a rich red-orange color. If the oil is very pale yellow to almost clear, it may have been heavily processed or come from an inferior source.


Extraction

There are two main extraction methods which are commonly used during processing. With it playing a key role in the final product quality, it’s worth researching company websites to find out if the process is heat and solvent-free, and whether testing has been carried out to guarantee the concentration of natural actives in the oil.

Heat or solvent aided (e.g. petroleum or alcohol) extraction

Higher volumes of seed (and sometimes fruit oil) are quickly and effectively extracted with these methods, which commercially sounds good, right? The catch with these methods is are that they damage and neutralise bio-active properties, lessening the skin-loving benefits of the oil.

Cold-pressing extraction

This is regarded the most natural and gentle oil extraction method. Seeds are separated from the fruit are mechanically pressed without exposure to high temperatures or chemicals. Whilst this process is slower and yields a lower volume of oil, it delivers a pure, super concentrated product and doesn’t degrade the bio-actives that deliver restorative benefits to skin.

Why certifications matter

3rd party certifications from reputable independent organic bodies such as BioGro give assurance that oil come from rosehips grown and processed without pesticides, herbicides and other chemical interventions. These certifications also ensure no animal testing, no GMO ingredients and ethical sustainable practices.

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