This is in my opinion the best orchestrated single ingredient oil on the market, by far the most efficient rosehip oil with more sterols and carotenoids of all rosehip oils you can find in the market today. Rosehip oils had somewhat of a hype a few years ago when oils and oil blends started to climb the ladder for success in the beauty industry. The use of oils in skincare has of course a loooong history, so in essence they don’t represent anything new. Yet today it is a bit of a novelty in the skincare market and represents something different from silicone heavy creams or hydrating gels and milks... Oil is more concentrated and come in different molecular sizes and also work as great carriers for essential components like vitamins, sterols, peptides with different effects.
The rosehip oil is special since it is a rather active oil, that still also has a very soothing effect on most skintypes. It is regenerating since it is packed with carotenoids and sterols and above all a wide array of essential omega oils, (3,6,7,9) which is quite outstanding since most vegetable oils only provides the omega 6 and 9 which we normally get more than we need of from food and other sources. The omega 3 is more rare in skincare products and more desirable since it is more effective when it comes to regenerating the skin in a more healing and inflammation treating way compared to exfoliating regeneration. The rosehip oil is therefore more of a calming and soothing oil that works to calm down skin irritation, redness and itchiness. A staple for most people suffering from Rosacea.
Rosehip oil comes however in many shapes and forms, and can be used alone or mixed with other oils or creams. If you want more than the calming regeneration of the skin, then perhaps an oil blend would be more your cup of tea. If you are prone to acne or break outs not connected to dryness, then perhaps other oils are better for you. It is not an anti ageing product in the sense it can minimise the look of pores, or affect wrinkles apart from softening the skins features. It can however be a part of an oil blend that can... It has mainly soothing, anti irritation/inflammation, anti redness, regenerating healing effects under its belt.
The Pai rosehip oil is made in a different way compared to most rosehip oils on the market. This since they use a different extraction method where both the seed and the fruit is used when extracting rendering an oil more concentrated than oils extracted in a regular cold pressed way. It also makes the oil more resilient and long lasting rendering a way longer shelf life than the six months written on the bottle. The oil is very stable and keeps its nourishing ingredients way longer than other rosehip variants. It can hold up for several years if stored well in a dark not too warm space.
This however also makes this oil thicker/heavier in consistency which has to be taken into account, since heavier oils can feel as if they sit more on top of the skin making it uncomfortable if you use too much.
Personally I like to mix it with a water based serum, hyaluronic acid or put a few drops into a cream or use it on a bit of a damp skin.
It is great to use as a moisturiser in cold weather, where you do not want to add water to the skin so it won’t freeze on the skin while skiing for instance. For most a nighttime treatment, for extremely dry skintypes it can also be used during the day.
The smell of this is earthy and a bit murky and herbal, but in my opinion not entirely unpleasant. It has a bit of a caramelly scent that comes through the murkyness if you are open minded enough to detect it. But also due to the wide array of essential omega oils, (3,6,7,9) there is also a scent that is reminiscent of fish oils for those who have tried them in fluid form... ;)
But this is not an oil you use for its savoury scent, but for its efficiency.
Are there other rosehip oils that may feel more pleasantly in the skin? Probably any lighter oil in texture. But then you will pretty much only get the effect of the topical feeling on your skin. The Pai will be more effective. But you have to tweak your use of it in accordance with your skin type and your needs.
Does this oil replace the use of sofisticated oil blends like Sunday Riley Juno, or Vintners Daughters, Kypris or Uma blends? No. Not if more long term anti ageing effects is wanted. But it can be superior to those if soothing redness is what you need or calming down irritation or sunburn.
The price is fairly reasonable given its long shelf life and sofistication in extraction compared to other brands.
The bottle is not dark, which some may feel effects the shelf life, but my guess is they choose a see through bottle to show off the auburn color of the richness of the oil and since the oil lasts way longer than the recommended 6 months what you host it in won’t matter... the lid screws tight and holds out air fairly well. When it starts to go rancid the fishy smell will grow stronger which is a good way to know when it’s time to buy a new one or at least stop using the one you have..;)
My favourite way of using this is mixed in something else due to the thickness of the oil or onto freshly serumed face that is slightly damp. My skin is dry enough so I can use it also daytime. But I am in the minority there. Most people blessed with more supple, less dry skin would hate even the idea of that.
In conclusion. If you are looking for a single ingredient organically derived oil to sooth and heal irritated redness prone skin then you need to look no further. This is the quality wise best one you can find.