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Fàileag Scottish Rosehip Oil is a small indie shop, located in rural Scotland, that sells a range of products based on rosehip oil, with the addition of essential oils. They make the rosehip oil themselves, using wild Scottish rosehips. I like to support small businesses, and these little bottles with the dreamy name and natural, handmade oil were calling my name.
I always loved rosehips. I remember walking by the bushes of wild rosehips in Bosnian woods, and picking them for jams. If you never tried rosehip jam, you definitely should. It’s just a bit tart, and that complements its sweetness perfectly. Besides being in love with the jam, the oil was always a staple in my household, for any skin condition, since it’s full of vitamin C, but never irritated my skin. Fàileag Scottish Rosehip Oils are made from wild Scottish rosehips, and different product varieties have small amounts of essential oils added to the base oils. I used to add carrot seed oil to my sun tanning oil every summer when I was in my 20’s, and always loved it. So naturally, I had to try the Rosehip Oil – Carrot Seed hint this summer.
Ingredients: Rosehips, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Although these ingredients are very simple, essential oils can be very potent. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend a patch test on your arm, and then your neck or less visible place on your face before you start fully using these products. I have to note that I had no irritation or problems using them, since the essential oils concentration is very small, and my skin isn’t that sensitive.
The rosehip oil with carrot seed oil comes in an orange, tinted, semi-transparent glass bottle with a dropper. The cute label gives all the basic information about the oil, and features the stylized name of the shop, Fàileag (pronounced Fa-lag), meaning rosehip in Gaelic. The dropper is comfortable to use, and it’s easy to control the amount of oil dispensed.
The oil itself is yellow in color, and has a very specific scent. For me, it’s another scent from childhood, that I’m not sure if everyone will be familiar with. If you ever had any quince preserve, that is exactly how this oil blend smells! Also, this is the only blend of oils in the Fàileag range that I tried where the essential oil completely covers the earthy scent of rosehip oil. It’s actually not a strong scent, and it gives my skin a gentle fruity sweet scent, that lingers. This is my favorite oil variety in the line!
Rosehip oil is know for being high in antioxidants, and it helps protect and regenerate skin. Carrot Seed oil is less known, but it has so many great properties. It is also high in antioxidants, so has anti-aging properties, but it can also rejuvenate skin, reversing the signs of damage. The oil naturally balances skin, so it’s great for both dry and oily skin, and does wonders for combination skin.
I have to point out that although I do use carrot seed oil before and after sun exposure, I still use a sunscreen. All natural oils have some SPF in them, but it’s very low, and you cannot rely on oils to protect you from the sun. If you want a natural sunscreen, then buy one from a company that has tested their sunscreen before selling it to you. I only use this oil because of the way my tan develops while using it, and for the benefits it gives to my skin.
As I mentioned above, I like to use this oil when I expose my skin to the sun more, so summer is the perfect time to use it. Since this isn’t a dry oil blend, I’ve been using it sparingly on my face, 1-2 drops mixed with a moisturizer in the morning, and 2-3 drops at night, after all the other face products. I’ve also been using it as a body oil, mixed with a lightweight lotion. Used after all the other skincare products, the oil does take a while to sink in, not unlike any other oils. When used as a body oil, it absorbs into my skin faster, and I love the light glow I get from it.
I love to have a variety of facial oils, to tailor my facial routine to my skins needs, which change all the time. Fàileag oils definitely fit my needs, and they are really affordable, especially considering that they’re hand made from wild rosehips.
You can order Fàileag rosehip oils from Inselly or Etsy, or by directly contacting them on Instagram or Twitter. They ship worldwide, and send the ordered products very fast, usually within a day. The sizes available are 20-50 ml, with prices varying from 7.95 – 9.50 GBP, depending on the size and variety of the essential oils added.
Do you use facial oils? Which one is your favorite? Do you prefer unscented or scented facial products?