Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of Rosa canina, commonly known as dog rose, a shrub that grows in many regions of the world including South Africa and Europe. It is sometimes considered that the word 'dog' has a disparagingmeaning in this context, indicating 'worthless' (by comparison with cultivated garden roses).
Rosehip oil has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids, mainly linoleic (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic (omega-3). It has a silky skin feel and a fruity sour scent, and its colour varies between dark yellow to reddish due to the carotenoids content. Rosehip oil is well known for its regenerative and scar healing properties.