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How To Make Rosehip Oil

Crafting your own skincare from nature is wildly satisfying! For starters, you know it’s 100% clean and organic, with no nasties. It’s also kind to your pocket and the planet. Rosehip oil is just two ingredients and it’s so easy to make, that you’ll never want to go back to expensive shop-bought oils again!

Rosehip oil made from wild rosehips and carrier oil

Rosehip oil is a super power for the skin. It brightens and boosts collagen, as it’s a natural retinol and tretinoin with high levels of vitamin A, B and E, as well as omega 3 and 6. Any skin type can use it – so let’s make organic rosehip oil from the wild!

How to Forage Wild Rosehips

Rosehips grow throughout Autumn up to early winter and you can forage them any time up to early winter before heavy frosts. All you need to pick them is a pair of sturdy gloves and something to carry your rosehips home in.

They’re easy to spot once you know what you’re looking for and they grow everywhere – along hedgerows, woodland edges and roadsides. They’re ready to pick when they’re a deep red-orange colour and still firm (not soft and squishy). Pick a bowlful and you’re ready for drying!

Foraging rosehips growing in the wild

Video: How to Make Wild Rosehip Oil

Dry Out the Rosehips

The rosehips need to be as dry as possible before they are infused, as any water can spoil the oil and shorten its shelf life. An easy way to do this is to chop the rosehips in half, removing any leaves and stems. Don’t worry about taking out the seeds and hairs at this stage though, as you can remove these before straining the oil.

Once halved, lay them out flat and leave to dry in a warm spot for a week or so. If you can’t wait this long, you can speed this part up by drying them out in the oven on its lowest setting for a few hours or use a dehydrator.

Top tip: If rosehip season is over and you can’t get out to forage, dried rosehips work just as well and you can buy them from most wholefood shops.

Infuse the Rosehips

Once dry, you’re ready to infuse. You need 1 part rosehips to 2 parts carrier oil. You can use any kind of carrier oil, such as jojoba, argan or sweet almond oil. Pour into a sealable glass jar to cover the rosehips, then leave in a cool, dry place out of sunlight for 2-3 weeks.

When the oil is ready, strain the infused oil through a piece of clean, cotton material (or cheesecloth if you have it). Just make sure it’s 100% cotton. This will catch all the hairs, seeds and pods. Store the oil in a dark brown glass bottle. All oils keep for longer if kept out of sunlight, so pop it in your cupboard until you’re ready to use!

Bottle of Wild Rosehip Oil