The Benefits of Infusing Rose Hips in Olive Oil for Cold Process Soap
Cold-process soap-making is an age-old craft dating back thousands of years. It is very different to commercial soap that you find in the supermarket and that often contains synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals. Cold-process soap is made using natural and nourishing ingredients. These may include plant-based oils like olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils, each offering unique benefits to the skin.
When it comes to enhancing the soap’s benefits and elevating its charm, infusing these oils with other natural ingredients such as plants, seeds and flowers is a favoured technique. One such captivating infusion is the combination of rose hips and olive oil. We make and use rose-hip-infused olive oil in our Rosey Rosehip soap.
What are Rose Hips?
Rose hips are the fruit of the wild rose (Rosa canina) and other rose species. These small, round, and vibrant reddish-orange fruits develop after the roses have bloomed and the petals have fallen off. Renowned for their rich vitamin C content and abundant antioxidants, rose hips have been used in traditional medicine for centuries due to their health benefits.
The Infusion Process:
To create the infusion, dried rose hips are combined with olive oil and left to steep for several weeks. This allows the oil to absorb the beneficial compounds present in the rose hips, resulting in a captivatingly aromatic and nourishing blend.
Here is why we at Yarra Naturals like to use Rose Hip-Infused Olive Oil in Cold Process Soap:
1. Skin Nourishment:
Rose hip-infused olive oil is a treasure trove of essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, which are known to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin. These natural lipids help improve the skin’s elasticity and texture, leaving it feeling soft, supple and revitalized.
2. Antioxidant Powerhouse:
The infusion process imparts the oil with potent antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin A. These antioxidants help combat free radicals, which are responsible for premature aging and skin damage. The result is a soap that can promote a radiant and youthful complexion.
3. Soothing and Calming:
Rose hip-infused olive oil is known for its soothing properties, making it an excellent choice for those with sensitive or irritated skin. The infusion helps reduce redness, inflammation, and itching, leaving the skin feeling calm and comforted.
The union of rose hips and olive oil in cold-process soap is a match made in soap-making heaven. It makes a silky smooth soap that is skin-loving and great for people with sensitive skin or who want their skin to feel nourished and pampered.