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Our Rosehip Seed Oil is sourced in South Africa. Originally cultivated in Chile, rosehip has been utilized for centuries by both Mayans and Egyptians as a herbal remedy for various ailments. Consequently, its popularity has surged owing to its versatile applications.

Afrika Botanicals is your trusted source for Rosehip seed oil

Afrika Botanicals is a leading supplier and exporter of Rosehip Seed oil worldwide. Rosehip oil is suitable for cosmetic and skin applications.

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Rosehip Oil - Africa's Homegrown Beauty Remedy

Introducing rosehip oil—the ingenious oil made from the fruits of the delicate wild rose Rosa rubiginosa, native across Lesotho, South Africa’s Free State, and other southern African regions. Known by Basotho traditional healers for ages, the oil from these colourful rosehips helps heal and rejuvenate skin and hair.

The wild rose R. rubiginosa, commonly called sweetbriar rose, thrives in cooler mountain climates across Lesotho’s highlands and the Drakensberg range through the Free State province (Dean & Edwards, 2021). These areas allow the plant to flourish with hot summers and cold winters with frost yet not too frigid and at altitudes generally over 1,500 metres (Shackleton et al., 2022). Blooming in spring, by autumn, the signature orange-red rosehip fruits emerge. When pressed and refined into oil, these rosehips yield the treasure that is rosehip seed oil.

Abundant in essential fatty acids like linoleic and alpha-linoleic, antioxidants including lycopene and beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and E and other nutrients, rosehip oil is deservedly popular in skin and hair care (Chrubasik et al., 2015). Documented benefits this African botanical oil offers include:


  1. Improves Skin Texture: Vitamins A and C stimulate collagen production to minimise fine lines and wrinkles (Phetcharat et al., 2015).
  2. Fades Scars: Key acids enhance skin cell turnover to fade scars and marks gently (Svobodová et al., 2008).
  3. Deeply Hydrates: Rich fatty acid and vitamin E content provide lasting moisturisation (Grabarczyk et al., 2019).


  1. Boosts Shine: Essential fatty acids nourish hair follicles for brilliant sheen (Yang et al., 2019).
  2. Minimizes Breakage: Vitamin E strengthens strands and hydrates to reduce splitting ends (Lodén, 2005).
  3. Fights Dandruff: Rosehip oil’s antibacterial rosmarinic acid combats dandruff (Yang et al., 2019).

Wild-foraged across the highlands of Lesotho and South Africa’s Free State, rosehip oil has been used locally for generations as a restorative beauty treatment. Now, this humble wonder sustainably sourced from southern Africa is gaining global acclaim for its prowess in rejuvenating skin and hair naturally.

About Rosmarinic acid

Rosmarinic acid is a polyphenolic antioxidant compound found in various plants, including rosemary, basil, and certain species of roses (Petersen & Simmonds, 2003). Some key points about rosmarinic acid:

  • It is classified as a caffeic acid ester—its chemical structure contains caffeic acid bonded to 3,4-dihydroxyphenyllactic acid (Xu et al., 2021).
  • In lab studies, rosmarinic acid has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties (Nabavi et al., 2015). This is why it is thought to help combat dandruff and other skin conditions.
  • As an antioxidant, it helps neutralise free radicals, which can damage skin and hair cell membranes through oxidation. This supports skin health and anti-ageing effects (Nkhili et al., 2021).
  • Rosmarinic acid occurs naturally in relatively high levels in plants from the genus Salvia or Sage, as well as species of rosehips (Rosa spp.) (Petersen & Simmonds, 2003).
  • Research indicates rosmarinic acid is well absorbed through skin and mucosal membranes (Pérez-Sánchez et al., 2022), allowing topical rosehip oil applications to deliver this compound effectively.
  • Studies suggest rosmarinic acid promotes hair growth activity by stimulating cell proliferation (Oh et al., 2019), which complements the hair growth stimulation effects of other nutrients in rosehip oil, such as essential fatty acids and vitamins.

Rosmarinic acid is a plant-derived antioxidant compound that offers several skin and hair benefits. When applied topically via oils, it combats factors that cause dandruff and other scalp conditions. It synergises with other rosehip oil nutrients to support skin and hair health.

References: Nabavi, S.F., Maggi, F., Daglia, M. et al. Rosmarinus officinalis L.: An updated review of its phytochemistry and biological activity. Food Funct 6, 2645–2660 (2015).
Nkhili, E. et al. (2021). Rosmarinic acid and its derivatives: Pleiotropic effects, mechanisms of action and therapeutic applications. Antioxidants, 10(3), 421. Oh, J. et al. (2019). Effect of rosmarinic acid on hair growth. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 44(7): e199-e201.
Pérez-Sánchez, A. et al. (2022). Rosmarinic Acid Skin Penetration Enhancement with LeciPlex. Molecules, 27(6), 1871. Petersen, M. & Simmonds, M.S.J. (2003). Molecules of Interest: Rosmarinic acid. Phytochemistry, 62(2), 121-125. Xu, H. et al. (2021). Therapeutic effects, mechanisms, and clinical applications of rosmarinic acid. Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 228, 107834.