Do you want to know how to store rosehip oil to make it last as long as possible? You have come to the right place.
Rosehip oil is a very popular skincare product with many people choosing to use it as part of their daily skincare routine. It is also commonly found in a large variety of branded skincare products and is a product that has been used by humans for many, many years.
Rosehip oil is loaded with essential fatty acids and antioxidants. The fatty acids found in rosehip oil are totally nourishing but are also the reason for the oils turning rancid. Although rosehip oil contains antioxidants, they are not enough to protect your rosehip oil indefinitely. There are ways, however, that you can extend the shelf life of your rosehip oil to get the most out of it.
Rosehip seed oil shelf life can vary based on how it is stored from how much light it receives to how much heat it is exposed to and how much air it is exposed to. Rosehip oil can quickly go rancid if it receives too much of all of these things. It is important to make sure you are storing your rosehip oil correctly to avoid this.
If you want to know how and where to store rosehip oil, this guide is here to help. In this guide, I will be answering questions like what rosehip oil is, how to know when it has gone bad and how to correctly store your rosehip oil. So, if you are interested, keep reading!
What Is Rosehip Oil?
Rosehip oil is an oil made from rosehip fruit. The fruit is pressed for its oils with the most popular species for production being the rosa canina and rosa rubiginoa bushes commonly sourced from Chile but found all over the globe.
Rosehip oil can be found in refined and unrefined varieties.
Refined rosehip oil has less of a color and scent than unrefined rosehip oil. It has undergone high heat and chemical processes that strip it of its color, aroma and, unfortunately, some and if not most of its nutrients.
Unrefined rosehip oil is made by pressing the fruit once, and it is not put through high heat or chemical processing. Unrefined rosehip oil is what I recommend using as it contains the highest amount of nutrients and will not expose you to potential irritants through the additional chemical and high heat processing.
You can also purchase organic unrefined rosehip oil which provides even less exposure to any irritants.
Rosehip oil is totally healing, soothing, nourishing, regenerative and rejuvenating. It quickly absorbs into the skin and is loaded with essential fatty acids known as linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids and antioxidants. These components make rosehip oil very popular amongst those wanting more youthful, hydrated skin.
Phenols, present in rosehip oil, provide antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral activity on the skin which potentially makes rosehip oil a nice option for those with dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and for acne-prone skin types.
Rosehip oil is really versatile as well. You can use it alone, as a carrier oil for essential oils and as an ingredient in a whole range of skincare preparations.
Does Rosehip Oil Go Bad?
Yes! However, it is a slow process.
Typically, unopened rosehip oil has a shelf life of 3 years but once opened, it will usually last between 6-12 months.
The fatty acids found in rosehip oil are totally nourishing but are also to blame for the oil slowly turning rancid.
Rosehip oil slowly goes rancid with enough exposure to air, light and warmth. However, if it is exposed to too much of these three things, it can go rancid much faster. It is all about correctly storing your rosehip oil to ensure you are giving it the longest shelf life.
How Can You Tell If Rosehip Oil Is Bad?
To tell if your rosehip oil has gone rancid you can smell it.
If it has a fishy/sour/bad odour, this is a good indication it has gone bad and that the fatty acids have oxidised, and the oil is no longer active.
At this point, the best thing to do is to throw it away rather than risk applying rancid oil to your face as this could cause breakouts.
Exactly How To Store Rosehip Oil
There are a number of ways you can choose to store your rosehip oil, you just want to make sure you are keeping in mind these three things; less exposure to light, less exposure to air and less exposure to warmth. Reduce exposure to these three things as much as possible to have your rosehip oil keeping its best for as long as possible.
You can simply store your rosehip oil in a drawer away from the light and warmth, in a box dedicated to your skincare or anywhere else that maintains a cool and dark environment. You always want to ensure you are properly closing/sealing your rosehip oil after each use to reduce air exposure.
Option 1: Store In A Cupboard
Storing your rosehip oil in a cupboard is a great idea as it is less likely to be exposed to light and warmth. A cool and dark place works great for storing oils.
Option 2: Store In The Fridge
Storing your rosehip oil in the fridge is a great option, especially if you live in a warm climate. Storing your rosehip oil in the fridge reduces light and warmth exposure.
If your fridge is set too cold, it is best to store your rosehip oil in another location. Otherwise, storing your rosehip oil in the fridge is a great option to extend its shelf life.
How Long Does Rosehip Oil Last?
Rosehip oil has a shelf life of 3 years when it is left unopened and sealed.
However, once rosehip oil has been exposed to air, it usually lasts between 6-12 months with proper storage. You can help to extend the life of your rosehip oil with help from the tips above.
I hope you have enjoyed this guide on how to store rosehip oil and I hope I have answered all of your questions.
Rosehip oil is a highly nutritious and versatile oil that should be stored correctly to get the longest shelf life and quality you can.
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