What To Mix (And Not) With Rosehip Oil For Face – The Ultimate Guide

what to mix and not with rosehip oil

As wonderful as rosehip oil is, it’s probably not the only thing in your skincare routine. Which means you have to figure out how – and if – it can be combined with your other products. To help you make sense of everything, this article is going to cover what to mix with rosehip oil for face (and what to avoid).

Rosehip oil combines well with skin hydrators (such as aloe vera gel and hyaluronic acid), essential oils and carrier oils (such as jojoba). It can also be used alongside actives like retinol, vitamin c, hydroxy acids and others as long as the proper precautions are taken.

In this article we’re going to discuss 10 things to combine with rosehip oil and two that you probably shouldn’t (though you can still have them in your overall routine).

Let’s get to it!

Note: the information below is general and isn’t intended to replace the advice of your doctor, nor is it meant to replace your own knowledge of what works for your skin. Also, while I use the terms “rosehip oil” and “rosehip seed oil” interchangeably throughout this article, they’re technically not the same thing (learn more about how they differ here). Lastly, this post also contains some affiliate links and I earn a commission (at no additional cost to you) if you use them to make a purchase.


Hyaluronic acidLayer rosehip on top.
Carrier oils (like jojoba)Mix into a face oil blend.
Aloe veraLayer rosehip on top or combine in a blend (emulsifier required).
Essential oilsMix at a dilution ratio of 1% for everyday use. For short-term acne remedy, dilute at 5%.
Vitamin C serumLayer rosehip on top.
NiacinamideLayer rosehip on top.
Vitamin E oilUse together in a blend.
MoisturizerLayer rosehip on top.
ClaysMix rosehip into clay mask.
FoundationMix rosehip into foundation.

1. Hyaluronic Acid

Why combine rosehip with hyaluronic acid

  • Hyaluronic acid provides a massive dose of hydration, while rosehip oil seals in the moisture. This helps to slows down the rate of water loss from the skin.

How to combine rosehip oil and hyaluronic acid

  • Apply rosehip oil after hyaluronic acid.

2. Jojoba and Other Carrier Oils

Why combine rosehip oil with carrier oils

  • Rosehip oil is lightweight and fast absorbing. This makes it a nice complement to thicker, slower to absorb oils.
  • Rosehip oil is rich in vitamin A and essential fatty acids, specifically, linoleic acid, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. However, other carrier oils contain other nutrients – like omega 7, omega 9, vitamin E, zinc and more. Combining rosehip with other carrier oils gives you other nutrients to support skin health.

How to mix rosehip oil with jojoba and other carrier oils

  • Use them to make a DIY face oil.
  • Decide if you’d like to have rosehip oil, jojoba or another carrier oil as your base. The base is the oil that will make up most of the mix.
  • Let’s say you want more vitamin E and more omega-9 in your blend. You could do a 30:70 blend of rosehip and jojoba oil. The jojoba provides more vitamin E and omega-9.
  • Remember that pure rosehip oil can stain sheets and other lighter colored fabrics. So, if you make a blend that is mostly rosehip oil, keep this in mind.

Here are some carrier oils that you can mix with rosehip oil and their general benefits.

Carrier oilProperties
Jojoba oilContains: vitamin A, B-vitamins, vitamin E, minerals, omega 6 and 9 fatty acids.

Non-comedogenic, balances sebum production.

Medium absorption rate; leaves a slight greasy film on skin.
Argan oilContains: vitamin E, fatty acids, antioxidants.

Historically used to help acne and maintain a healthy complexion.

Medium absorption rate; leaves a slight greasy film on skin.
Sea buckthorn oilContains: all omega fatty acids (including the less common omega-7). Rich in vitamin E.

Anti-inflammatory, moisturizes and softens skin.

Absorbs slowly; leaves a greasy feeling on the skin.
Grapeseed oilContains: antioxidants, omega fatty acids, vitamin E.

Non-comedogenic, supports healthy collagen levels, improves hyperpigmentation, balances skin tone.

Absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy.
Sweet almond oilContains: vitamins A and E, omega fatty acids, zinc.

Moisturizes dry skin, improves stretch marks and scars, improves acne, balance skin tone.

Absorbs slowly; leaves a greasy feeling on the skin.

3. Aloe Vera Gel

what to mix with rosehip oil - aloe vera gel in spoon

Why use rosehip with aloe vera

  • aloe vera hydrates the skin, while rosehip locks in moisture.
  • both aloe and rosehip are incredibly soothing for inflamed skin. Aloe, in particular, helps with acne scars, speeding up wound healing, smoothing out wrinkles and more.
  • aloe and rosehip are some of the most gentle natural ingredients available. That means even sensitive skin can benefit from everything they have to offer (of course, there’s always a chance that an allergic reaction can occur).
  • aloe vera is a natural source of vitamin C and this is a nice complement to rosehip since vitamin C helps with collagen production, hyperpigmentation and fighting off the effects of free radical damage.

How to use rosehip oil and aloe

  • Apply the aloe first, wait for it to be absorbed then follow with rosehip oil. Do this with fresh aloe or an aloe vera jelly product.
  • If you want to make your own aloe vera and rosehip oil blend, then you’ll need to get an emulsifier. Remember, water and oil don’t mix, so an emulsifier is necessary to combine the water in aloe with the oil. Emulsifiers to try include polysorbate-80 and solubol.

4. Essential oils

Why use rosehip oil with essential oils

  • Rosehip oil is a carrier oil and carrier oils are a must when using essential oils on the skin.

How to use rosehip oil and essential oils

  • For everyday use, make a 1% essential oil dilution: 1 tablespoon rosehip oil with 4 drops of essential oil.
  • If you’re targeting something specific like acne, then try an essential oil dilution of 5% (1 tablespoon rosehip with 22 drops tea tree oil). Since this is a stronger blend I personally use it just for a few days to quickly clear up (or at least shrink) fresh pimples.
  • There’s a lot more to the art of diluting essential oils so be sure to read this article on how to dilute essential oils for skin. It contains a more thorough guide of oils that are safe for your skin and how to dilute them based on your specific needs.

Here are some skin-friendly essential oils that you can use with rosehip seed oil:

Tea tree oilantimicrobial and great for acne.
Lavender oilhelpful for acne, scars and wrinkles.
Frankincense oilhelps with wrinkles and inflammation.
Copaiba oilconsidered one of the safest essential oils for skin; has powerful anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.

5. Vitamin C serum

what to mix with rosehip oil - vitamin C serum

Why use rosehip oil with vitamin C serum

  • many vitamin C serums are great for hydrating the skin (as long as they’re formulated with a hydrating ingredients). Combined with rosehip oils moisture-locking abilities, this prevents skin dehydration.
  • vitamin C also helps to fade dark spots, boost collagen production and improve acne.

How to use rosehip oil with vitamin C serum

  • If you have sensitive skin, use them separately – one in the morning and the other at night. This is simply to avoid overloading your delicate skin with too many potent ingredients at once.
  • For all other skin types, you can try layering them: apply vitamin C serum followed by rosehip oil.

6. Niacinamide

Why use niacinamide with rosehip seed oil

  • Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that is known for being quite gentle on the skin. Together with rosehip oil, they’re a soothing combo for sensitive skin.
  • One of niacinamide’s key benefits is that it supports the production of ceramides, which are essential for skin barrier function. This improved barrier means less moisture loss and better protection from skin irritants.
  • Additional perks of using niacinamide is that helps to fade dark spots, even out skin tone and regulate sebum production.

How to use rosehip oil with niacinamide

  • Layer them by applying your niacinamide serum or moisturizer first, followed by rosehip seed oil.

7. Vitamin E

Why mix rosehip oil with vitamin E oil

  • Even though rosehip oil contains some vitamin E, you can still combine it with vitamin E oil. This gives you more vitamin E benefits, which are primarily anti-inflammatory and the ability to fight off oxidative damage (source).
  • Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties make it a popular additive for homemade cosmetics. So, adding it to any rosehip oil blend that you make will prevent the oils in the blend from oxidizing and spoiling quickly. Note that vitamin E won’t prevent water based-ingredients in your blend (such as aloe) from spoiling.

How to mix rosehip oil with vitamin E oil

  • Make a rosehip and carrier oil blend of your choice, then add the contents of 1 vitamin E capsule to the mix.

8. Moisturizer

Why use rosehip oil and moisturizer

  • Rosehip oil locks in the moisture from moisturizer. This will be especially helpful if you have dry skin that is need of serious revitalization.

How to use rosehip oil and moisturizer

  • Apply moisturizer to clean skin and then follow that up with rosehip oil.

9. Clays

things to combine with rosehip oil - clay mask

Why mix rosehip seed oil with clay

  • Clay masks are drying, so mixing rosehip into your mask is a simply way to dial down this effect. You’ll want to do this if your mask uses bentonite clay and/or french green clay, as well as if you have dry/sensitive skin.

How to mix rosehip seed oil with clay

  • Start with about 1/2 teaspoon of rosehip for every tablespoon of bentonite clay in your mask. Adjust according to how your skin responds.

10. Foundation

Why mix rosehip oil with foundation

  • Foundation goes on much smoother (i.e. no caking or setting into those fine lines!).
  • Face looks more bright and luminous.

By this benefit isn’t exclusive to rosehip oil; you can mix other carrier oils with foundation 🙂

How to combine rosehip oil with foundation

  • Add a few drops to your foundation as well as to your applicator. Here’s a short and sweet video from that explains this tip really well.


1. Retinol

It’s best not to use retinol and rosehip oil together because there’s a risk of skin irritation. This is due to the fact that rosehip oil contains retinoic acid, while retinol is converted to retinoic acid. Layering retinol and rosehip oil could lead to an overload of retinoic acid, resulting in various side effects.

So, does this mean you have to choose between rosehip and retinol? Not at all. From my perspective, I think you can have both in your beauty arsenal, as long as you don’t layer them. Rather, try:

  • using rosehip and retinol on alternate days only. Overall, retinol is stronger and much more concentrated. So, consider using it just a few days a week and using rosehip oil more often.

Personally, I would do this for all skin types, be it sensitive or not. But of course, feel free to try this approach for yourself and see how your skin actually responds.

2. AHAs and BHAs

Avoid using rosehip oil with alpha and beta hydroxy acids because they all encourage exfoliation. Even though rosehip is much gentler than the acids, using them together on a regular basis could cause irritation and cause unncessary damage to the skin.

Having said this, you can still include rosehip oil and your favorite acids – such as glycolic, mandelic, lactic or salicylic – into your global skin care routine. Just use them on separate days.


In a previous post I shared how to choose the best rosehip oil and I mentioned that one of the most important criteria is the extraction method. Ideally, you want an oil that is either CO2 extracted or cold-pressed. In addition, while you can get an oil that was pressed from the rosehip seed only, if you can find that was pressed from the seed and the skin of the fruit, that’s even better!

So, based on that criteria, here are some rosehip oils to use on your skin (and check out that article I mentioned if you want to learn more picking a quality oil)

Kosmea Rosehip Oil: CO2 extracted, unrefined, pressed from the rosehip seed and skin.

The Ordinary Rosehip Oil: cold pressed from the seed and unrefined.

Radha Rosehip Oil: cold pressed oil extracted from the seed.


Rosehip oil is a pretty versatile carrier oil that can be used to lock in moisture, soothe topical inflammation and even improve the application of foundation.

So, if you’ve been thinking about adding rosehip oil into your skincare routine or you’ve been looking for ideas on how to use it, then I hope this post has helped.

This blog has plenty more tips on rosehip oil, so be sure to check out the related articles below for help with your rosehip questions!

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