Anti-Aging Rosehip Seed Oil Facial Moisturizer (Better Than Botox)

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We live in a culture that considers drinking raw milk to be strange and dangerous, but injecting the botulism toxin into our skin (Botox) seems to be a perfectly acceptable way to fight wrinkles. Interesting…

Luckily, there are natural ways to fight the signs of aging that don’t involve risky procedures.

This rosehip seed oil facial moisturizer is a wrinkle-fighting powerhouse… and is better for you than Botox. (Though to be fair, it isn’t too tough to be “better” than botulism!)

Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil

If you’re trying to prevent wrinkles, or even if they’ve already take hold, rosehip seed oil has many unique properties that make it a great choice for aging or damaged skin.

Penetrates Skin

Unlike other oils for mature skin, rosehip seed oil is astringent and considered a “dry oil,” which means it sinks into skin quickly. This allows its essential fatty acids to really penetrate and soothe dry skin.

Boosts Collagen Production

Rosehip seed oil actually encourages skin to form its own collagen due to its naturally occurring vitamin A. Other facial moisturizers with added collagen might claim to be anti-aging, but there’s a problem: collagen molecules are too large for our skin to absorb when they’re applied topically.

Nourishes and Regenerates

Rosehip seed oil keeps skin supple and strong by nourishing skin with vitamins A, C, and E. It’s also very high in linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids, which promote cellular regeneration and keep skin looking youthful.

Soothes Skin and Scars

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Cosmetics shows rosehip seed benefits in wound healing and reduction in scarring after surgical procedures. This same study suggests rosehip seed oil might also reduce the effects of photo-aging from sun exposure due to its vitamin A (retinol) content.

How to Make Rosehip Seed Oil Facial Moisturizer

This rosehip seed oil facial moisturizer recipe contains seven skin-boosting ingredients and absolutely no junk! A little goes a long way so one batch can last months (and still cost much less than expensive anti-aging products).

Choosing Rosehip Seed Oil

When it comes to rosehip seed oil, color matters. In general, conventionally grown rosehip seed oil is usually pale yellow and lacking in beneficial lycopene, minerals, and vitamins A and C. Organic rosehip seed oil tends to have a more vibrant orange-yellow color due to its higher level of beneficial carotenoids and vitamin A. So the source does matter.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a great ingredient to include in any face moisturizer for its ability to extend the shelf life of homemade products. It is not a preservative, but it slows the oxidizing of carrier oils. It has a similar effect on skin and helps to fight aging and prevent free radical damage.

Mango Butter

Mango butter is also high in potent antioxidants and contains polyphenols to reduce inflammation and rejuvenate skin. This butter helps to thicken the facial moisturizer, but doesn’t feel greasy on the skin.

Essential Oils

Several essential oils fight the signs of aging particularly well. Frankincense and patchouli have potent skin rejuvenating and wrinkle-fighting properties and lend an earthy scent. For a lighter fragrance, opt for carrot seed and geranium instead. (All of these oils have anti-aging properties, so it just depends on your scent preferences.)

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Rosehip Seed Oil Facial Moisturizer Recipe

Katie Wells
With just seven ingredients, this facial moisturizer is easy to make and very nourishing to skin.
4.01 from 472 votes



  • In a heat-safe glass bowl, combine the beeswax, mango butter, and sweet almond oil. 
  • Put the glass bowl on top of a smaller pan filled halfway with water to create a double boiler (the bottom of the glass bowl should not touch the water in the pan). 
  • Put the pan on the stove and turn on the heat to medium high.
  • Stir gently just until everything is melted, then turn off the heat and carefully remove the bowl from the pot. 
  • Let it cool for a few minutes, then stir in the rosehip seed oil, vitamin E, and essential oils. Since these oils are more heat sensitive, you don’t want to get them too hot.
  • Place the glass bowl in the refrigerator for 25-30 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened and cooled, but isn’t so hard that you can’t easily push a finger into it.
  • Use a mixer with the whisk attachment, or a hand whisk to mix the facial moisturizer until creamy and smooth. Stop when it looks like lotion.
  • Store the moisturizer in a glass jar or metal tin.

How to Use

  • Cleanse skin using a cleanser of choice and pat dry. 
  • Use finger tips to gently massage a small amount of this moisturizer into the skin in a circular motion. 


Use at night or wait several hours before applying makeup.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Ever used rosehip seed oil in a moisturizer? How did it work for you?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


261 responses to “Anti-Aging Rosehip Seed Oil Facial Moisturizer (Better Than Botox)”

  1. Laura Majors Avatar
    Laura Majors

    Can I substitute shea butter for mango butter. If not can you recommend another butter?

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      They have slightly different benefits and shea butter feels greasier than mango butter (which is an astringent butter). However, they have the same consistency so you can sub shea for mango here if preferred.

  2. Amy Dardich Avatar
    Amy Dardich

    I just got the ingredients. I’d like to add vit E to my rose hip oil to extend its shelf life. Do you know how much E I should add per ounce of rose hip?

  3. Cari Avatar

    4 stars
    I made this and started using it last week. I don’t see any results yet although it’s probably too soon. I will say that it does have an oily/greasy feel and I have to use a VERY SMALL amount, like smaller than a pea size. I don’t know if it will take longer to see any sort of results by using less of it. My skin tends toward drier in the winter and normal/oily in warmer months, so we’ll see what happens. It feels really nice as a body moisturizer though.
    Also- the next batch I make will have geranium and carrot seed oil, because the patchouli alone is very strong. I applied it to my face and 5 hours later, my husband came home and immediately could smell the patchouli as soon as he walked through the door.

  4. Jennifer Avatar

    Could you provide links for the suggested ingredients? There’s so many out there so hard to pick the ones that are effective! Thanks so much

  5. Syd Avatar

    I can’t find the links to suggested products for the recipe

  6. Beth Avatar

    Would this recipe possibly work without the essential oils? I am super sensitive to scent. Thanks!

  7. Kelly Peters Avatar
    Kelly Peters

    5 stars
    I have someone allergic to almonds. What can I use in place of sweet almond oil.

  8. Terri Byer Avatar
    Terri Byer

    I’ve made the Rosehip seed oil face lotion several times and love it. However, although the beeswax is melted during the mixing process, the lotion ends up with lots of tiny beeswax balls that form after a few weeks. How can I prevent this?

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      Hi Terri, it’s more likely that the mango butter is causing the issue. Because different oils and butters have different melting points they sometimes don’t play together nicely. Both mango and shea butter can become grainy if the mixture is heated to too high of a temperature, or they can separate from the lotion later. Some ways to try and prevent this are make sure the mixture melts over a low/med heat with a double boiler and to immediately refrigerate the lotion after it’s off the heat. Hope that helps!

  9. Nesli Avatar

    I have made this recipe twice and love it. It didn’t go grainy which I am happy about. Is it because of mango butter?

  10. Jade Avatar

    Hi do you know if all of these oils can be used during pregnancy.
    Also want to say Thanks for another great recipe ??

  11. Miriam Avatar

    Could I use Bakuchiol oil instead of patchouli oil and squalane instead of frankincense oil? Thank you

  12. Joy Avatar

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! Have made it a couple of times. I was wondering though if I could add some color to it?

  13. Donelle Avatar

    Can Wellnesse please make and sell this?! I’m loving the other products from there and can’t wait for more!!

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