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Homemade Rosehip Oil – a bit of thrifty foraging

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*sings* Tis the season to pick rosehips, tralalalalaaaalalalala!

When I was pregnant the last time I was sent a tiny, expensive vial of rosehip oil. Oof, it was LUSH.  It is apparently amazing for stretch marks and scars and also adds a pre-emptive resilience to your skin. However, not one to waste such an ingredient on my vast, mostly unseen belly I used it on my face and it ended up softer and smoother than my newborn’s bum.

The oil is all gone now, and I’ve been kind of pining for it lately, knowing I’d never get my mitts on such a fine Frankincense-like substance again. And THEN I googled “rosehips” (oh man, I am such an urbanite) and turns out I like, er, pass them everyday of my life! My front garden is bursting with them, because, of course, they are just the seed pods of old roses! Heavy laden branches of them hang over my head as we walk to the park, their red skin squishes beneath my feet as we trundle to the bus stop. Glory be.

I wanted to make the most of them before all the gardeners cut their roses back, as October is the season for that. And homemade rosehip oil, with it’s skin restoring, vitamin A packed goodness, is about as easy as it gets.  Whilst this method isn’t pure seed oil, this does achieve a huge amount of the goodness and is commonly used extraction method in The Industry.

You Need:


Oil (any oil will do- almond oil is lovely and light for your skin but I went with normal nut oil as it is cheaper and is incredible for your skin all by itself)

Something to warm it in – I used my yoghurt maker, but a slow cooker on lowest setting will do, or keeping the jars in a warm airing cupboard/ on a radiator

A siv with a piece of cloth in/ muslin to strain it through

How to:

I filled one third of my jars with clean, dry rosehips. I topped up with nut oil. I placed in my yoghurt maker for 12 hours then strained into another squeaky clean jar.

The jars need to either be dark (snazzied up Marmite jars?) or kept in a dark place as Rosehip Oil is a little sensitive to light.

A whole jar of thrifty beauty, just like that. I reckon a jar of this – particularly if you made the jar look nice– would be a gorgeous Christmas gift, no?

(Argh, not only have I gawn and got a Christmas tune in your head, I’ve actually gawn and said the word! That’s it folks, you know what that means. It’s festive frivolity from here on in. WOO!)

(Meanwhile, my foraging neighbour Lakota has also posted about rosehips- with some delicious syrup. HELLO! Linking up with her rosehip sweetness and Ta Da Tuesday.)

16 responses »

  1. Ooh how fab, I still have some left over…right, let’s get beautiful and healthy!

  2. Have you ever had rosehip syrup? It is really easy to make, keeps for ages, lush with yogurt/ ice-cream and apparently has more vitamin C than oranges (v popular in the war!) Let me know if you want a recipe

    • I am definitely keen to give it a crack… I bet you have a recipe passed down from your grandma? I’d LOVE to try it!

  3. LOVE it! What thrifty wonder, everyone is getting rosehip related gifts for Christmas – my brother will be so pleased! 😉

  4. Everytime I se your yoghurt maker it makes me want to cry that I lost mine. How? How can you lose a yoghurt maker?

    Anyhoow, this sounds lush, might try the slow cooker route instead. x

    • I am sooo sorry for your yoghurt maker. It makes me sad too. I don’t know how it is possible but I did once lose a whole tray of heated curlers on the bus.

  5. Hello. How long should they “steep” for? (not sure if that’s the right word). Great idea. My Neals Yard Rose oil is brilliant under a cheap moisturiser.

    • If you are using direct heat, between 8-16 hours. (The more the merrier I reckon!) But if doing cold method (no heat and a bit more purist!) THREE WEEKS!!!

  6. I hope I can find some Rosehips in Singapore! Am using rosehip oil at the moment but it’s quickly running out. Good for wrinkles and dark spots too! Thanks for the info! Cath

  7. I remember being given rose hip syrup as a child and my Dad says people used to come to his school to buy any rose hips they had picked from the kids. Shame they don’t do that now!!

  8. SO rosehips are those big red berries hanging off rose bushes? God I sound so stupid! I use cocoa oil I get it for a pound out of my local pound store. It makes my skin uber soft and it has faded a couple of my scars. So I would recomend this if you cannot find rosehips.

  9. I saw the Rosehip post and let out a very long “ooooooh!”. I’ve been meaning to get out and pick some for weeks now to make a syrup. Though after reading this, I might be making oil. Decisions, decisions!


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