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I discovered virgin organic rosehip oil from Chile when trying it out as a facial moisturizer. I knew very little about it, but it was on sale through my wholesale buying club/co-op one month so I bought it. After a few weeks of use, I noticed the splotchiness of my face was greatly diminished, and my skin tone seemed more evened out. I was amazed!!! I did some online research and was impressed to learn the following about rosehip oil:

Native to South America, rosehip oil is made by cold-pressing the seeds of the fruit of the rose plant (the little red bulbs that appears after the flowers fall off). It is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, and natural anti-oxidant properties that help improve the elasticity of the skin, regenerate skin cells, slow down premature aging, and reduce the formation of wrinkles and scarring.

Rosehip oil is extremely high in Vitamin C, in the form of essential fatty acids, which retain and attract moisture for healthier skin. Vitamin C is also necessary for the production of collagen, one of the main proteins in the skin.

It is great for mature or damaged skin and can be used to fade blemishes such as pigmentation spots, acne scars, stretch marks and sun-damage. Just a few drops go a looong way, especially on damp skin. Face, neck, decolletage, and tops of hands are the main anti-aging spots you want to hit. But really, use it anywhere. Rough elbows, dry feet … it feels very luxurious on the skin.

Rosehip oil helps regenerate tissue, and is excellent for treating burns immediately after they happen. Apply multiple times daily to affected area; heals skin quickly and vastly reduces visibility of scars.

The only thing for which it seems to be contraindicated is active acne. It’s good for diminishing the appearance of acne scars, but not for use when acne is active.

It is a nongreasy carrier oil which absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving behind shiny residue. It has a light, nutty aroma which can easily be enhanced with a variety of essential oils. The color is a beautiful and surprising deep amber.

Here’s another personal testimonial from the perpetual clutz. yours truly: I burned myself not long ago when the lid of the wafflemaker fell on my hand and left me with a nice little grid pattern on it

Ouch! *sob* Keep going. Must. Feed. Children. Breakfast.

After the little creatures were held at bay with healthy whole-grain waffles and nitrite-free turkey bacon, I started treating my tic-tac-toe-board-for-a-hand with a few drops of rosehip oil every day. A few weeks later, my hand had NO gridmarks, NO scar, NO sign of damage to the skin whatsoever!!!

I sort of feel like a born-again because I’m so convinced of and vocal about the magical properties of this oil. So much so that I even went out and bought a gallon of virgin organic cold-pressed rosehip oil from Chile and separated into 2-oz amber glass bottles with glass dropper in lid to distribute amongst my friends and loved ones. I want the world to enjoy the benefits of this oil, and I still have a good number of bottles left.

If you are interested, send me an email at ecomamasays at gmail dot com

My favorite thing about rosehip oil: How it evens out my splotchy skin tone, flattens my keloid scars, and plumps up my skin in general.

Tell me and our other readers below what you like best about what rosehip oil is doing for your skin. Good things, no doubt!

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I used to be a hoarder of soaps, shampoos, creams, lotions, little bottles and jars … I had tons of them. From everywhere. I didn’t care what the ingredients were. They just had to smell good.

Now I know better.

When a product lists the word “fragrance”, it’s a big red flag. Fragrance is a catch-all category that means “toxic chemical that smells good”. Synthetic fragrances are carcinogenic and cause liver damage in mammals.

Parabens are preservatives that mimic estrogen. This means they are altering your hormone levels, and that is bad news. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer.

Phthalates help lotions absorb into the skin. They have been linked with reproductive issues.

Diazolidinyl urea is a preservative derived from urine. If that isn’t bad enough, it also releases formaldehyde. Yeah, that’s just what I want to be putting on my skin.

Toxic chemicals in body products are one of the reasons why nowadays, we have such insanely high rates of cancer, infertility, and more.

Have you heard enough yet?

There’s a great short film done in cartoon style, The Story Of Cosmetics, that gives you a behind-the-scenes glance at our current cosmetics industry and the toxic chemicals we are putting on our bodies. Currently, there are no laws in the United States banning the use of toxic chemicals as ingredients in body products, even though we know the skin is our largest organ and the one through which we absorb all those chemicals.

Go watch, and then come back here and keep reading.

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Welcome back. Now that you feel horrible about all that junk you’ve been putting on your body, what can you do about it?

Buy the most natural body products you can, avoiding toxic ingredients, or better yet: make your own natural products. By no means do I make all my own body products, but I do make some, and the rest I buy as clean and green as I can.

Essential oils are natural fragrances; they are liquids that are distilled directly from plants with nothing else added. “Oil” is a misnomer, as most of them are not really oily at all. But they smell great, have many health benefits, and are totally natural. They are too concentrated to be used directly on the skin, so they must be diluted first.

I have an assortment of essential oils that I add to a natural soap base (Dr. Bronner’s unscented) to make hand soap at all my sinks, as well as shower gel. I could also use it to make shampoo, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.

Sometimes I’ll use a body scrub in the shower, which lets me cleanse and moisturize all in one step. I mix brown sugar with essential oils and carrier oil to make a fabulous body scrub. The brown sugar scrubs off dead skin and dirt, the essential oils smell great, and the carrier oil moisturizes my dry skin.

As I’m getting on in years (my 40th birthday is just 18 months away!), moisturizing is very important to me. Skin absorbs oil better than lotion because it is so similar to what the skin naturally produces, so I have done away with creams and lotions and just make my own oil blends.

To make moisturizer, I add my essential oils to a carrier oil. Apricot kernel is my favorite because it’s high in vitamin E and absorbs easily into the skin without a greasy feel.

For my face, I add carrot seed, neroli, and geranium to apricot kernel oil. This is a great blend for dry/aging skin.

Just today, a girlfriend of mine asked me to make her a moisturizer for acne skin. I made her a blend of tea tree, lavender, grapefruit, and geranium in a base of apricot kernel oil. Since tea tree oil can have a strong antiseptic smell, I adjusted the ratios so it would be effective for her skin, and still smell great.

While sometimes I’m a purist and like just one scent (lavender for relaxation, eucalyptus for clearing the lungs, etc.), making different blends is really the most fun for me. Call me an amateur aromatherapist.

I might mix tea tree and geranium to make an anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-microbial that has a lovely floral scent. Or I might make a very uplifting and energizing citrus blend of tangerine and grapefruit. Ecodaddy likes rosemary and peppermint, which really helps wake him up in the morning.

It’s also a fun challenge to copy a scent you smell elsewhere, making your own natural version. We once stayed at a hotel that had little bottles and jars in the bathroom like the ones I used to be obsessed with. Ecodaddy used the lotion, which had a tangerine and sandalwood scent. Smelling it on him, I really liked it. As soon as I got home, I replicated it with essential oils. To this day, it’s still one of my favorites.

Please post some of your favorite natural product recipes, and scent combinations. I’m always looking for new ideas!

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