Precious oils offered in tiny golden capsules epitomize natural luxury. By applying the contents of a capsule each evening to a damp face, my dull winter skin has regained its inner glow, with less visible pores and a more even texture. And even my little smile lines appear less noticeable by morningtime.
Inside the Ingredients
Ingredients: rosehip seed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, evening primrose oil, peach kernel oil, fragrance from essential oils, limonene, linalool, citronellol, benzyl alcohol, geraniol, citral, eugenol, farnesol.
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The organic cold-pressed rosehip seed oil is from Chile. Cold-pressing is essential to maintain the nutritional integrity of this powerful anti-aging ingredient. Although rarely used in an undiluted form due to its strong red hue, rosehip seed oil is full of Omega 3 & 6, vitamins B3, C & E, zinc and the notable antioxidant lycopene. It targets uneven pigmentation and texture, while minimizing fine lines. The naturally-occurring trans-retinoic acid (a metabolite of vitamin A) promotes cell turnover and and improves discoloration.
Evening primrose oil is another beloved skin treatment oil. The particular Omega 6 fatty acids present in evening primrose oil increase circulation, which is probably part of the reason why my skin looks fresh and rosy in the morning.
The last eight ingredients (limonene, linalool, citronellol, benzyl alcohol, geraniol, citral, eugenol, and farnesol) are listed because of their natural presence in essential oils. Weleda, a European company, is adhering to the European Union’s strict cosmetic guidelines by listing these potential allergens. As in the US, the EU allows for the vague term fragrance in ingredient lists, as a means to protect trade secrets. Many cosmetics manufacturers are moving towards full disclosure, but Weleda is not there yet (although their website mentions this formulation contains Rose Damascena essential oil… so apparently it’s not even that big of a secret!). The potential allergens are present in minuscule amounts, and remain well within the EU’s acceptable limits. But listing them is helpful for anyone who has these particular sensitivities. Personally, I’ve never had any irritation or breakouts from this particular product, even after a full 30 days of use on my moderately sensitive skin.
How to Use
Although these oil capsules are hydrating, I generally use it as a nighttime serum, topped with a drop or two of argan oil. There’s two ways to use this product: intensive and regular. For intensive use, apply nightly for 30 days (a full bottle’s worth). For regular use, apply 1-2 times per week. If used twice weekly, the bottle will last over 3.5 months.
Where to Purchase
Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Capsules are $40 (or less) for a bottle containing thirty 0.01 fl oz capsules.
Jacqueline’s note: Since this article was published, it seems Weleda no longer carries these little capsules of gold.
Alternative Products that Harness the Power of Rose
Because Weleda no longer sells this product, here’s some other incredible rose-containing skincare products:
- Tammy Fender | Bulgarian Rose Water, $65. Strengthen and tone the delicate tissues of the skin, leaving it supple and revitalized.
- Weleda | Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream, $31. Ideal for dry or mature skin.
- Osmia Organics | Linden Rose Hand Cream, $24. For soft, never greasy, hands.
- Kypris | Beauty Elixer 1: 1,000 Roses, $225. The ultimate beautifying rose serum. Especially beneficial for skin that is dry or stressed by hormonal imbalances.