[REVIEW] Trader Joe’s Rose Facial Oil

Trader Joe’s Rose Facial Oil Review:

Luxury facial oils are having a big moment in Western skin care, and a lot of those oils come with premium price points. It’s easy to be tempted by the lovely textures, delicious fragrances and beautifully-designed packaging. I was teetering on the edge of forking over lots of cash for one of these oils, but before I did, I ran to Trader Joe’s for chocolate and as I rounded the aisle my eye landed on this little bottle; I didn’t hesitate a single second before grabbing it up.

At the price I paid, I knew I could use it up for the ends of my hair or my cuticles if my face didn’t like it, but I’m glad to say that my face really, really likes it, and I get to enjoy a little almost-luxury-oil moment every evening when I do my skin care.


Made using natural botanical oils, our Rose Facial Oil is gentle and rejuvenating. Rose hip oil aids in moisture and the natural rose scent is fresh and calming.


Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Capric/caprylic Triglycerides (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Fragrance, Aleurites Moluccanus Bakoly (Kukui) Seed Oil, Camelina Sativa Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Oil, Molinga Oleifera Seed Oil, Rhus Verniciflua (Berry) Peel Wax, Squalane (Olive), Eclipta Prostrata (False Daisy) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil

Trader Joe's Rose Facial oil ingredients

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Trader Joe's Rose Facial Oil Review

Volume: 1 oz

How to use:

1. Smooth a drop or two over your facial skin after cleansing and using water-based lotions and/or serums; rub a drop or two between palms and apply to ends of hair; or mix a few drops into a facial serum, lotion or cream before applying.

My Skin Type: combination of clog-prone T-zone

Trader Joe’s Rose Facial Oil Review:

Since I have a combination of clog-prone T-zone I have to be careful about oily and potentially comedogenic products, and dry/sensitive cheeks with the occasional tretinoin flakiness, so I have to constantly be giving them moisture and hydration. Tricky balance.

I have to admit I was pretty dubious about the fractionated coconut oil and soybean oil in the ingredients, but I needn’t have been. In the last 6 weeks I’ve had nothing but good results from this oil.

Sunflower oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in Omega-6 fatty acids. It is a high linoleic oil, meaning it’s a good choice for oily or acne-prone skin; safflower oil has a similar fatty acid profile. Rose hip oil’s antioxidant and potentially anti-aging qualities have been enjoying their fifteen minutes of fame lately.

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Macadamia nut oil is a highly occlusive plant oil, meaning that it does a good job of trapping moisture in the skin to prevent trans-epidermal water loss. And both neem and sea buckthorn oil are well known for their anti-inflammatory and mild antiseptic properties.

Now, these oils most likely aren’t cold pressed, and they might have had more intensive benefits if they were, but they would also have some drawbacks, including unpleasant characteristic odors, deep color that could stain, and potentially less resistance to going rancid. I think Trader Joe’s found a good balance between quality and affordability and as I said, I’ve been very happy with the effects of this oil blend.


Trader Joe's Rose Facial Oil Review

The rose scent is absolutely wonderful, a very natural feeling scent without being heavy or cloying. The oil is fairly light and doesn’t feel greasy; on my cuticles and hands it sinks in moderately fast, but to be honest, on my face it feels as if it sits for quite a long time even if I only use a little.


Trader Joe's Rose Facial Oil Review

That’s why my favorite thing to do with it is mix it into my other products. I go nuts doing this. I’ve used a drop mixed in with my foundation, which tends to be a little more matte than I prefer. It’s delightful mixed with CosRX snail essence, CosRX overnight rice mask, Scinic honey all-in-one, or almost any cream or essence.

But my very favorite thing to combine it with is Rosette Ceramide Gel. Swirled together in the palm of my hand they feel like a luxurious expensive cream. The oil takes away the stickiness of the ceramide gel, and the combination leaves my face plump and soothed in the morning.

I will rebuy, although I don’t know when I’ll have to because this bottle lasts a long time. This oil is worth a try for acneic and clog-prone skin, balanced skin or dry skin, unless of course you’re allergic to one of the plant ingredients.

Where to buy:

At Trader Joe’s stores | eBay

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