Despite the name, the rose hips most commonly used in skin care have little in common with their pretty flower relatives. And that includes their scent.
Many people buy rose hip oil and expect it to smell of roses, although this wonderful hedge bush is actually much herbaceous and earthy. We have seen people comment that some rosehip oils smell fishy or even mustard. It can be a little surprise!
How our rosehip oil smells
Our Rosehip BioRegeneratöl contains absolutely no additional fragrance. Its organic aroma comes from our full extraction method.
We extract oil from the fruits and seeds of our hips using CO2 extraction. This gives us the freshest, most concentrated form of rosehip oil . It also means that we keep the plant's natural fragrance.
We think it smells a bit of cold tea. But some customers have suggested that it smells of hay or straw, of autumn leaves – even a bit of cider!
How your rosehip oil shouldn't smell
Although not strong, our different smell perceptions can split the smell a little; especially if you've never used high quality rose hip oil.
Whether you love the scent of rosehip oil (like most of us at Pai headquarters) or not sure, it won't be long. The fragrance dissolves quickly when applied to the skin.
However, your rosehip oil should never smell rancid or sour in the nose (like old butter can).
If you are not sure whether what you smell is normal, the color is another indication of the freshness of your rose hip.
A good rosehip oil should be a bright orange, which indicates the presence of many skin-protecting carotenoids. Pale shades are an indication that your oil may be oxidized.
To keep your oil fresh for as long as possible, keep it in a cool place without direct sunlight and do not leave it unsealed for a long time.