Essano Rosehip Oil is made in New Zealand and enriched with Acai Berry Antioxidant Oil and is to be applied twice daily to problem areas like scarring, stretch marks, sun damage, etc. It helps to nourish and hydrate your skin, reducing the appearance of fine line, wrinkles and uneven skin tone, while improving skin’s firmness and elasticity. It is suitable for all skin types (including oily and sensitive skins) and is light, non-greasy and quickly absorbed into the skin. Best of all, is paraben-free! It is also free of a whole load of other chemicals and additives (a list of these can be found on their website www.essano.co.nz).
Essano Rosehip Oil is packed in a brown-tinted glass bottle with a little glass dropper which made dispensing a few drops into the palm of my hand really easy, while the dropper lasted. After two days of use, the plastic squeeze top on my dropper had cracked, forming a small hole which meant that the oil wasn’t being sucked up into the dropper tube unless I had my thumb over the hole. After two more days, this became really messy as oil was going everywhere. Eventually I abandoned using the dropper and just poured a drop or two into the palm of my hand.
This was the first time I had ever tried any brand of Rosehip Oil and to be honest, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. When you think of Rosehip Oil, most people conjure up a scent of something pleasant-smelling and possibly rose-scented… this is apparently a very common misconception! As I had no idea of what to expect, I thought there was something wrong with the bottle that I’d bought and that maybe it was old stock and past its expiry date or that had gone rancid. But, this was not so! After a bit of research, I found out that the smell of Rosehip Oil varies from person to person depending on your nose. To some people it has a warm, earthly smell, while to others it can smell quite fishy.
Unfortunately, I am one of those who fall into the category of it smelling rather fishy. I had massaged a few drops onto my face after showering and then had applied my moisturiser on top, as per the instructions on the bottle. Initially I didn’t think too much of the smell, washed my hands and went to relax for a while before going to bed. Every now and then I could smell a strong fish oil smell. I hunted all over for the source of the smell, looking in the kitchen to see if one of my fish oil supplement capsules had burst, sniffing the air outside thinking that maybe one of our neighbours was cooking fish, etc. but I couldn’t find the source! An hour went by and I could still smell it. It was only then that I wondered if it could be the Rosehip Oil and went to smell the bottle.
In future, I will be applying it directly before going to bed and won’t be applying it in the morning! The smell aside, the oil did leave my skin feeling soft, nourished and hydrated. It was easily absorbed without leaving a greasy residue. Even though I do have oily skin, it is often a little dehydrated and by applying my moisturiser directly on top of the oil, it assisted in helping my skin to absorb and retain more of the nourishing and moisturising properties (oil needs water to be absorbed into the skin and most moisturisers are water based).
If you are worried about how Rosehip Oil will smell to you, ask to smell a tester bottle before you decide to make your purchase. If already have a bottle and you don’t like the smell, try applying it (along with your night cream) right before you go to bed. That way it’ll still work its magic while you’re sleeping and you don’t have to sit and smell it for very long.
Essano Rosehip Oil and the Essano Rosehip products are available from Countdown and New World.