Homemade Retinol Magic: The Power of Rosehip and Olive Oil for Hair Growth & Skin Health Formula

December 6, 2023 5 mins to read

This powerful all-natural DIY remedy can help renew skin and even regrow hair. It’s quick and easy to for anyone to easily make at home with a strainer and a pot. This recipe harnesses the power of nature with rosehips, castor and olive oil, to renew your skin and help stimulate hair growth. Unlike expensive “anti-aging” creams or remedies that rout to “cure baldness”, which often contain toxic chemicals or additives, this is an all natural DIY herbal remedy for your skin and hair.

Why Natural?

As a student in school to become a Holistic Nutritionist (in BC Canada), and Nutritional Counselor I have seen first hand the power of nature in alternative medicine. Practitioners of mainstream medicine lack the education and fail to give credit to herbal remedies that often have been used for generations in traditional and alternative medicine, as well as Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.

Each compound in this recipe is individually studied for it’s health benefits. But studies aren’t the only form of evidence…I encourage you to consider this natural DIY skin and hair regrowth formula, as the risk of side effects is low and as long as you aren’t allergic to it’s oils, is unlikely to do any harm when used responsibly. The DIY retinol combines rosehip berries, extra-virgin olive oil, and castor oil, creating a natural blend rich in bioavailable compounds for optimal skin absorption and rejuvenation.

The Science

  • Rosehip Berries: Bursting with retinoic acid, essential for skin cell renewal and collagen production.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: High in oleic acid, enhancing the extraction and preservation of retinoic acid. Its natural antioxidants protect the skin.
  • Castor Oil: Adds moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits, complementing the other ingredients and helps the beneficial compounds to penetrate deep into the skin.

Why Castor Oil?

  • Rich in Ricinoleic Acid: Castor oil is known for its high ricinoleic acid content, which helps lock in moisture and promote skin health.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Helps soothe the skin, making it perfect for sensitive skin types.
  • Enhances Absorption: Its unique properties can enhance the absorption of other ingredients like retinoic acid.


  • Rosehip Berries: 1/2 cup dried rosehip berries (finely ground)
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: 1 cup (preferably organic)
  • Castor Oil: 1/2 cup
  • Tools:
    • Grinder or small blender (for rosehip berries)
    • Simmering pot
    • Strainer or cheesecloth

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Grind the Berries: Start with grinding rosehip berries to expose the seeds, the source of retinoic acid.
  2. Simmer & Infuse: Mix ground seeds with extra-virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of castor oil in a 2:1:0.5 ratio. Gently simmer for about 6 hours on low heat.
  3. Strain: Strain to remove solids, obtaining a clear, potent oil blend.
  4. Application: Use this oil directly on your skin or with a moisturizer. Suitable for nightly application.

Why It’s Potent?

This natural retinol is in harmony with your skin’s biology. The addition of castor oil enhances its moisturizing benefits and potency – allowing the beneficial compounds to penetrate deep into tissue and forming a protective barrier to retain moisture, stimulate new hair growth and reduce inflammation.

Why Is This Recipe the Best?

  • All-Natural & Enhanced: Combines the goodness of rosehip, olive oil, and castor oil.
  • Master Herbalist: Recipe was created by a Master Herbalist on TikTok, who specializes in hair and skin.
  • Science-Backed: Each ingredient is chosen for its specific skin benefits.
  • DIY Skincare: Empower your routine with this effective, homemade solution.

Health Benefits

Skin Health:

  • Rosehip Berries: Rich in Vitamin C and retinoic acid, rosehip berries are known for their skin regeneration and anti-aging properties. They help in reducing wrinkles and fine lines, promoting a youthful complexion.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: Its antioxidants and oleic acid content are excellent for moisturizing and repairing skin damage, making it a staple for healthy skin.
  • Castor Oil: The ricinoleic acid in castor oil is known to fight inflammation, reduce acne, and promote overall skin health.

Hair Growth:

  • Castor Oil: Particularly known for its hair growth properties, castor oil boosts circulation to the follicles, promoting faster hair growth. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties can also help combat scalp infections that may lead to hair loss.


  • A. Conde et al., “Rosehip Extracts Show Antioxidant Activity and Skin Anti-Aging Effects,” Dermatology Research and Practice, 2020.
  • B. R. Gordon et al., “Olive Oil and Skin Health: A Comprehensive Review of its Benefits,” International Journal of Dermatology, 2019.
  • C. Patel et al., “Castor Oil: Properties, Uses, and Optimization of Processing Parameters in Commercial Production,” Lipid Insights, 2016.
  • D. Sharkey et al., “The Effect of Ricinoleic Acid in Castor Oil on Hair Growth,” Journal of Dermatological Science, 2018.


The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any health care agency or government entity in Canada or the United States.

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