Disclaimer: I received this product for free as part of a promotion on Tomoson.com. All opinions expressed here are my own.
The product I’m reviewing today is the Nura Natural 100% Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil, sold by Nura Natural Skincare via Amazon.com. I received a promotional code to order a free bottle, and used my Amazon Prime account to receive free 2-day shipping.
It arrived quickly and well-packaged. The box it came in felt extremely sturdy and the bottle was well-secured inside it. The bottle itself is very pretty! I like the flowers on it. They remind me of cherry blossoms. I also liked that it was glass — while I was initially a little terrified of breaking it, glass bottles always look so fancy sitting on my counter. I’ve never used this type of oil before, so I tested a little bit on the back of my hand first to make sure I wouldn’t have any negative reaction to it. So far so good!
The cap unscrews to reveal a dropper.
The very first thing I noticed was the smell. It has a distinctive smell that comes across as natural and somewhat herbal. I don’t love the scent, but I don’t dislike it, either. If you liked herbal scents, I feel like this wouldn’t bother you at all.
The next thing I noticed was the color. It’s a deep yellow color. Again, very natural-looking. The color doesn’t transfer at all to your skin — it didn’t give my skin any kind of yellow tinge, no matter how much I used.
I can’t for the life of me decide whether this oil has a thin or thick texture. It looks thin in the bottle, and comes out of the dropper very quickly (almost too quickly!). Yet it doesn’t spread very easily on the skin, so you need 4-5 drops to cover your entire face. On its own, it takes quite a while to absorb. For the first few minutes your face will have a greasy cast to it, but after about 5 minutes it’ll absorb completely and be unnoticeable. Also, this is just on my skin — I have fairly normal skin, so if your skin is dry it may absorb more quickly and if it is oily you may need to use fewer drops than I did.
I received this oil on May 2nd and have used it almost every single day this month, which I feel is a pretty decent test drive. I’m still learning about my skin, so I can’t give as complete a report as I would like about how this oil impacted my skin. However, here’s what I’ve noticed so far in a month of use. I will note that my skin felt very nicely moisturized every time I used this.
At first, I tried to use it alone. Using the dropper, I applied a drop each to my forehead, cheeks, and chin, then used my hands to rub the oil in. Using it this way, it took a bit over 5 minutes to absorb completely yet my skin still didn’t feel as fully moisturized as it does with my normal moisturizer. I felt like I was missing spots because the oil didn’t spread very easily over my skin. When I tried to combat this by using more drops of oil, it took even longer to soak in.
Then, I decided to attempt mixing it with a moisturizer. I did this with each of the moisturizers in my rotation. It didn’t play very nicely with my Yves Rocher Elixir 7.9 moisturizer because 1. it has a strong scent that didn’t go well with the scent of the oil, and 2. the texture of the moisturizer is very thick and the oil ended up breaking it into ugly chunks instead turning it into a smooth emollient. It worked much better with the lighter texture of my The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, although the scents still didn’t mix very well.
Adding it to a thinner oil, like my Paula’s Choice RESIST Moisture Renewal Oil Booster, was a step forward. These two oils mixed really well, and spread very easily across my skin, leaving it glowing and moisturized. However, it still took a while to absorb completely. After lots of experimentation, I finally figured out my favorite way to use this oil: 2-3 drops mixed in with 1 pump of The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum. I put the pump of serum into my palm first, then place a few drops of the Nura oil alongside it. I then use a finger to mix the two before applying it to my face. The textures of these go so well together — I think that the serum is too thin to use as a moisturizer solo, and so the addition of the oil turns it into the perfect amount of hydration. In contrast the oil is too thick to use alone, and adding the serum means that a little bit of oil can go further and it can absorb more quickly. And although the Vitamin E line has a distinctive smell, too, the scents of these two products somehow complement each other really well.
Another way that I’ve tried it and liked is to use the Nura rosehip oil as a pre-moisturizer, allowing it to soak in completely before applying my normal moisturizer. On nights that I have lots of time, this allows me to get the full benefits of both the oil and a moisturizer. However, I simply don’t usually have enough time in my schedule to use it this way all the time!
I have also tried using it as an overnight hand moisturizer, and liked the results. It soaks into the backs of my hands more quickly than it does the skin on my face, and left them feeling very nicely moisturized throughout the night.
In conclusion, I did like this product. I’ve never tried a rosehip oil before, so I’m unable to compare this to other brands, but I thought this performed pretty well. I liked the intense moisture it gave my skin, I loved the bottle it came in, and I like the addition of an oil to my routine. I didn’t adore the smell or how long it takes to absorb on its own (since I’m a fan of rapid routines). I think that the Nura rosehip oil really shines as an additive to other products.
Now that the trial’s over, I will continue using this (although less frequently). I think I’ll probably usually use it in conjunction with a serum or other oil only at night, although I’m excited for the winter to roll around so I can see how it performs on my cold-chapped skin. There are also several other uses for rosehip oil that I haven’t gotten the chance to test out yet, like using it as a hot hair mask or applying it to a sunburn to soothe it.
Finally, here is what the brand advertises for this product, along with my notes on the claims:
- 100% Pure Certified Organic Rosehip Seed Oil. Cold pressed for the highest quality. Natural & Unrefined – No Fillers, No Additives, Alcohol-Free and Fragrance-Free. – This product certainly does seem natural to me.
- Lightweight, non-greasy and adsorbent. Dry skin is instantly replenished and revitalized. – It’s certainly lightweight, although it’s only non-greasy after it absorbs. I’m a little confused by the use of the verb adsorbent instead of absorbent — maybe it’s a typo, since you definitely don’t want oils to be adsorbent?
- Wrinkles and fine lines are visibly reduced and skin is immediately smooth, bright and toned. Significantly improves the appearance of age spots, acne scars, eczema and dark spots. Also used for scars, wrinkles, age spots, burns, dry skin, stretch marks, rashes, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, sun damage, anti-inflammatory, radiation and hyper-pigmentation. – I don’t have any of these things, so am unable to offer my opinion on these.
- Guaranteed to refresh and revitalize, to make your skin more radiant and youthful, & to restore skin’s natural glow. – I do think this gave my skin more of a glow than usual.
- Soothes dry, sensitive skin. Proven to deeply penetrate to nourish, hydrate and heal damaged skin. – This is the bullet point I have the strongest opinion on — it’s definitely great for dry skin!
The Nura Natural 100% Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil costs $19.99 on Amazon, and you can find it here, along with a ton of other product reviews from other users.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with various oils, and whether there’s another type of oil I should try next!
Also, since this is the first time I’ve written a review of a product I’ve received for free, I’d love to know if there’s anything else I should include next time I do one of these.