Craftiness, DIY, Thrifty

Homemade Rosehip Oil – a bit of thrifty foraging

16 October, 2012

*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.)

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  • Lakota [Faith hope and Charity Shopping] 16 October, 2012 at 4:17 pm

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

  • Suse 16 October, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    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

    • lulastic 16 October, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      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!

  • nicolahulks 16 October, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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

    • lulastic 16 October, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Haha! I am just considering preserving figs to give as presents too – OLD SKOOL!!!!

  • Liz Burton 16 October, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    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

    • lulastic 16 October, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      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.

  • freefallinginto40 16 October, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    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.

    • lulastic 16 October, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      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!!!

  • lizzierosejewellery 17 October, 2012 at 7:59 am

    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

    • lulastic 17 October, 2012 at 8:56 am

      Yes, I read that actually! I’m sure you’ll find some in those beautiful Singaporean gardens x

  • Patch 17 October, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    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!!

  • Patch 17 October, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Saw this and thought of you

  • lally Young 18 October, 2012 at 7:55 am

    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.

  • snozcumber 22 October, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    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!

    • lulastic 23 October, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Both! Do both! Only one lot of picking and two bowls on the go at the same time- easy 🙂 x

  • Jae LeClerc 13 August, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I’m trying to make my own rose hip oil , looked on line and saw your site. I hope it works!

  • rollan laud 4 September, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    what if i dont have the yoghurt maker, what is the other options to make rosehip oil? the rosehip could be dried or leave it as natural dry?

  • Mrs O 10 September, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    OMW! Just fallen across your blog. LOVE IT! I’m just setting up in prep for Christmas for this year as my silly little sister has given me the task of making everything!! (Gulp!)
    Thanks for all your inspiration and feel free to browse my little blog as I will be blogging along the way with my progress.

    Thanks! Mrs O x

  • Caroline 5 October, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Thankyou!!! an honest what it says on the tin web site how refreshing …in the throws of making everything for Christmas and in Jan starting aromatherpy course how great to make my own oils with your help……………….xxxx

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    I was wondering if you could make the oil using a steamer?

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    What about using dried rosehips? I picked and dried a bunch this summer, but don’t know if they will sub for fresh.

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  • Aysia 5 December, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for the post. I attempted to make some a while back and now I’m googling all I can find about it, because the rosehips in the oil have started to ferment (I used the no heat method). Should I toss the product? It does smell like sour fruit, so I don’t really want to put it on my skin, but I also don’t quite want to get rid of it. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • Lucy 6 December, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Oh hi! You are meant to strain them out, the rosehips, after stewing them for just a short while. They shouldn’t have fermented if covered in oil… I’m sorry for you!
      Hmmm, would you use it on your feet? xx