When I read on a Pinterest pin that rose hips are an effective ingredient in wrinkle cream, my interest peaked. I have wrinkles and I have rose hips. Rose hips are the fruit of the Rugosa Rose varieties. I love picking the ruby red berries from my two bushes in early autumn. Sprays of branches decorate my barn home in the fall and I dry them to use in potpourri and for a citrus-flavored tea that is high in healthy vitamin C. An herbalist told me the small rose hips of the Multi-flower Rose that have spread around Central Illinois have the same amount of vitamin C as six oranges, so these larger hips are power-packed. The blog where I found this recipe, however, said it was the vitamin A that was the “secret” to erasing wrinkles. I have my fingers crossed.
1. Assemble ingredients: Coffee grinder, extra virgin coconut oil, dried rose hips and glass container. I ground about 1/2 cup of hips in the grinder and placed the grounds in the glass container. I then filled it with coconut oil to the neck of the container and microwaved the hips and oil for 30 second intervals until the oil was completely melted.
4. Strain the oil into a heat proof pan. Squeeze the silk in order to release as much oil as possible.
5. I added a teaspoon of shaved beeswax and 1/8 cup of generic facial lotion/cream to the pan, heating it over low heat until the beeswax was melted. You may use JoJoba oil instead of a bottled lotion. The oils did not mix together at this stage, but the beeswax incorporated into the other oils.
6. Pour oils into glass container. Let set until oils cool; they will separate as they cool. Whip oils together to blend. You may stir the oils in the container or place them in a small bowl and whip with a hand whisk to form a rich, apricot-colored cream.
7. Place in container and label. Use in the evening on those problem spots. Massage cream into the skin so there is little residue.
I am curious to see if this herb-based cream will diminish my crows feet and the corrugated cardboard that calls itself my upper lip. Even if it does not work miracles, I enjoyed the process.