Review: Battle of the Rosehip Oils (Trilogy, Aromatica, Life-Flo)

…. and why I keep repurchasing only one of them, much to my wallet’s chagrin :,)

I have been using rosehip oil consistently for three years now due to how good it makes my skin look. It helps with both anti aging and acne! It’s so good, I even got my husband hooked on it, who uses it every day without fail. It is one of my HG skincare staples.

100% pure rosehip oil is a miracle worker in my opinion. It helped fade my acne scars as well as diminish fine lines on me, and as a result, people compliment me on my bare skin.

But are rosehip oils all created equal? Read my review to find out! 😀

I turned 30 earlier this year! This shot was taken after my skincare routine – no makeup.

To answer the question, no, they’re absolutely not. I found this out by trialling several different rosehip oils, which I am guessing is due to the fact that rosehip oil is a natural product. Being plant based as opposed to being synthetically produced means different variations in oil contents, I guess.

According to Healthline, rosehip oil contains vitamins A, C and F, as well as essential fatty acids, namely

  • oleic acid
  • palmitic acid
  • linoleic acid
  • gamma linolenic acid.

Now, I am no skincare scientist, just a layperson with an interest in skincare, so I cannot personally back this up. Vitamins A and C have however been found to be beneficial in skincare. If they have worked for you, I suggest checking out rosehip oil for yourself if you have not already done so. Let’s look at the rosehip oils that I have tried personally.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Quantity: 20 ml – and I suggest getting the 20 ml size as opposed to a bigger size as rosehip oil oxidises quickly and should be used up within 6 months. Unless of course you are a power user who uses rosehip oil for hair and body, then I guess Trilogy’s bigger sizes might be better for you.

Price: ₩29,000 at Olive Young, though they do go on sale for ₩26,000 regularly.

My Thoughts: Okay, I cannot hold it in any longer. This is my absolute favourite rosehip oil and I keep coming back to it. This one gives me amazing results and rejuvenates me literally overnight. Lines are smoothed out and reduced, active breakouts are soothed and appear to retreat, old scars heal over.

I have consulted with my hubby and he, too, believes that this is the best rosehip oil we have ever tried.

You pat it on over the rest of your skincare, after double cleansing, exfoliating, toning, essences, and moisturiser, and wake up the next morning to beautifully glowy skin. And while a good skincare routine certainly helps, it’s the oil that is the star.

This comes out of the bottle a rich yellow, thick oil. It does stay on top of my skin – possibly due to my involved skincare routine – but I don’t mind the feeling.

This one is the most expensive out of all three of them, and yet I keep coming back for more. I see it as an investment in my skin for decades to come, as I am not planning on getting anything done in later life. Never say never, but I am not planning on getting fillers, botox or any of the like, which is why I am keen on preventing deep lines in my 20s and 30s.

Life-Flo Pure Rosehip Seed Oil

Quantity: 30 ml – 10 ml more than the Trilogy one, which is a nice standard size for a skincare active or serum. I wish the Trilogy one came in a 30 ml size for the same price!

Price: ₩9,000 from, shipping was free too! When I laid eyes on this for the first time, I was super stoked as it worked out so much more cheaply per ml than Trilogy’s rosehip oil.

My Thoughts: Oh dear, I was super underwhelmed by this one.

First off, it came out of the bottle a very pale yellow, see photos up above, so I’m thinking perhaps this didn’t contain as many antioxidants. The scent too is a bit off. My husband described it as jasmine and sesame oil scented, and that’s exactly what it smells like.

On my skin, it did precisely…. nothing. It did not make things worse, but it did not make my skin look better, either. It did serve to seal in all the goodness from all the previous skincare steps, so there’s that I guess? Sigh – I really wanted this to work considering the fantastic price point!

Aromatica Rose Hip Super-Moist Organic Oil

Quantity: 30 ml, which again, is a nice standard size in an active product like a serum or treatment skincare.

Price: I got this from Lalavla Korea for ₩15,000, though it usually retails for ₩30,000 or thereabouts. Sales are on frequently, so if you are looking to get this one and it is not on sale, just wait a bit!

My Thoughts: Argh, same as the Life-Flo one. Great price point, I really wanted to like it! Especially since this was listed as to be using organic rosehip oil… but again, rosehip oil being a natural product, organic does not automatically mean great I guess.

The oil itself was a vivid, bright orange colour and absorbed quickly, more quickly in fact than the other two oils. As for efficacy however, I felt nothing whatsoever. Again, it did not damage my skin and I guess it helped to seal in all that liquidy goodness from previous steps, but it did nothing to heal scars or diminish fine lines.

Final Thoughts

You guessed it. I’ll stick with the Trilogy one for now. If you have a recommendation for a rosehip oil that works as well as Trilogy’s but at a lower price point, let me know in the comments as I find it a little pricey! Granted, it is not terrible in the grand scheme of things, but still a bit rich for my blood…

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9 thoughts on “Review: Battle of the Rosehip Oils (Trilogy, Aromatica, Life-Flo)

  1. I’ve been thinking about trying the Trilogy Rosehip Oil for some time now and your post makes me want it more!!, but not sure if I should get this one or the Antioxidant+ version. Have you ever tried that one?


      1. Original it is then 😀 I’ll see how it goes, I mean I have combination, dehydrated, sensitive, acne-prone skin which sucks because I’ll be 30 in a few weeks and my skin still breaks out pretty badly if I use ingredients that don’t suit me 😦


  2. Hi, I know this is an old post, but as someone who also uses rosehip seed oil, I advise you to add a drop of vitamin E to help preserve it.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! Actually I’m not that fussed because both my husband and I use rosehip oil, meaning we go through those bad boys like water.

      Have you had bad experiences with rosehip oil going bad on you?


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