Simple Beauty – Rose Hip Seed Oil

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Rose hip seed oil is pressed from the seeds of rose bushes and is a powerhouse of ingredients for your skin.  It is most popular for being a natural source of Vitamin A – a more gentle form of retinol.  The oil also  has essential fatty acids that can assist in tissue regeneration that may reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. It is high in linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that may reduce acne. It also contains Vitamin C, another anti-aging ingredient that stimulates the production of collagen and reduces the signs of aging.

I have bought rose hip seed oil on Amazon (as with all oils, I prefer Organic and cold pressed), but I like to get it from The Ordinary now that they carry it. I use the oil almost every evening on my face – I will either mix it in with Stratia Liquid Gold or I will mix it with my serum. Not only does it provide a little boost of benefits with the vitamins and fatty acids, it also provides a little extra moisture for my dehydrated skin. It is pretty lightweight and I think that normal/combo/oil skins would not find it to be too heavy if it was used on its own or under moisturizer.  Have you used rose hip seed oil? Let me know what you thought of it! Oils are my favorite one ingredient beauty products and I have a few more lined up to talked about in this series!

Self Care and Beauty Routines

I think that a lot of times a passion for make-up and skin care gets written off as vapid, superficial, or frivolous, but I find the ritual and art of beauty routines to be a beneficial form of self care for my emotional well being.

A few notes on self care and beauty routines:

Firstly, I want to note that when I use the words “beauty routine,” I am using it simply as an inclusive word for skin care, makeup, hair care,  and body care rituals. I am not using “beauty routine” as the concept that there are certain practices one must follow to achieve an ideal of physical attractiveness.

Secondly, I want to note that, while I find peace in beauty routines, I do acknowledge that the self talk that accompanies them defines whether they are an act of self care or not. Negative self talk and self consciousness are somethings everyone struggles with and I believe beauty routines should be an act of self love, not a means used to feel attractive or valuable or deserving of love – you are already all of those things.

Finally, self care takes many forms for many people – myself included. I nurture my emotional and physical health in many ways and the calming ritual of beauty routines is just one.


I think that a lot of times a passion for make-up and skin care gets written off as vapid, superficial, or frivolous, but I find the ritual and art of beauty routines to be a beneficial form of self care for my emotional well being.

Most of us spend the majority of our day taking care of others, whether it be in our jobs with clients or at home with our family, and that responsibility carries a level of stress throughout our entire day. Self care is an essential part of emotional and physical well-being; it is the activities and practices that we use to reduce stress, find work/life balance, foster relationships and honor our emotional and spiritual needs.  Common examples of self care to manage stress would be yoga, prayer, journaling, drawing, or playing music. What I look for in a stress management practice is to have time to be alone, do something I enjoy, reconnect with myself, and recharge – beauty routines fit the bill perfectly.

My days are tornadoes of balancing paid work with kids and cooking and cleaning and nurturing and diapers and nursing and and and… it never ends and it rarely stops. I have to carve out time to pause and reset throughout the day because managing stress is necessary for my emotional well being, and helps me to be the person/coworker/wife/mother that I want to be. In the morning, I make time to get 10 minutes of quiet in the bathroom with a cup of coffee, a podcast, and my skin care routine to just reconnect with myself and try to begin the day in a state of peace. At nap time, before I start work or laundry or dishes, I take a few minutes to relax and play with makeup. In the evening, after everyone is in bed, I wind down with my skin care ritual that gives me a time to decompress and spend some time me. These little windows of time spent alone, doing something I enjoy, that is solely for myself help me manage my stress throughout the day and make me able to give more to my family, my job, and myself.

I feel that playing with eye shadow, trying on a new set of false lashes, or putting on a face mask is a dedicated point in my day where I can relax, reconnect with myself, and express some creativity. It is not about making myself beautiful or feeling like I am inadequate until my face is contoured or every last blemish is banished, it is about time alone spent on a ritual that celebrates my interests, nourishes my skin, is an outlet for self expression, and relieves stress.

Simple Beauty Products – Rose Water

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Rose Water has almost an endless number of benefits and uses. Rose water is an astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants. It can be sprayed on your hair and scalp to condition the hair and soothe scalp irritations like dandruff. Rose water can be used like aromatherapy to help reduce stress and anxiety to help you feel more relaxed and sleep better. For the skin, it can help maintain the skin’s pH balance, reduce acne and eczema, and add additional hydration.

I buy my Rose Water on Amazon and usually spend $10.00 – 15.00. The current bottle I’m using has an awful firehose spray – it’s not a deal breaker but it also makes it a little unpleasant to use. I look for rose water that is make from rose distillate (or hydrosol) and organic. Rose water made from distillation maintains the benefits of rose water, some rose water toners may be water mixed with rose essential oil . I love using rose water as a hydrating toner in my skin care routine, it’s so refreshing and relaxing. I haven’t tried it on my hair or scalp, though I may because I do get dandruff from time to time.

9.10.17 PM Skin

Retinol night. I like to use a sleeping pack on the nights I use a retinol just to get some extra hydration. I’m kind of ‘meh’ on this one, what’s your favorite sleeping pack/mask?

Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Cleanser

January Labs Daily Brightening Tonic 

Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator

Retin-A 0.05%

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Stratia Liquid Gold – 24.00

CosRx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask

Simple Beauty Products – Castor Oil

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

Castor oil has Vitamin E, proteins, and fatty acids that help nourish and strengthen lashes. Wearing and removing mascara or eyelash glue everyday may take a toll on your lashes by drying them out or making them brittle. Castor oil may help your eyelashes or eyebrows grow longer and thicker by preventing breakage and strengthening hair follicles.

I have been using castor oil on my lashes for about 6 months and I do think it has improved the look of my lashes. I like to use castor oil as a conditioner for my lashes both morning and night. I don’t have any issues using mascara over the castor oil, but I usually have at least an hour between using the oil and putting on my mascara. As with most oils, I prefer Organic, cold-pressed  castor oil and I buy mine on Amazon for about $10.00. I fill an empty mascara tube with the oil, use it for a month or two, and then toss it when it’s empty  so my large bottle doesn’t continuously get contaminated by double dipping disposable mascara wands. I do think my lashes looked slightly longer and fuller after the first couple months of use, but I haven’t seen any additional improvement since then. I have tried castor oil on my hair and it’s ok on the ends only – it was a little too heavy for me in general.

Castor oil can also be used on skin, but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m not too sure how comfortable I would be using it on my face, but let me know what your experience has been!

9.6.17 PM Skin

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9.6.17 PM Skincare

If only 11 PM meant it was time for bed. 😴 my skin was feeling a bit worn out so I passed on actives and sealed everything in with @januarylabs Moisture Balancing Lotion.

• Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Cleanser

• Deciem’s The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution 7%

• Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator
• Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

• Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

• Stratia Liquid Gold + 4 drops of Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed OilSeed Oil

• January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion

9.6.17 AM Skin

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9.6.17 AM Skincare

 

• Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Cleanser

• Sally’s Organics Rose Water

I love this rose water, but the spray on this particular bottle is a fire hose.

• Deciem’s The Ordinary Buffet

• Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

• Stratia Liquid Gold + 1 pump of Tamanu Oil