Gold Elixir Rosehip Seed Oil
The big downfall of Gold Elixir Rosehip Seed Oil from Revolution Skincare is the amount of fragrance and fragrant citrus oils it contains. As we explain in the More Info section below, both pose a strong risk of irritating all skin types, plus the citrus oils can make skin more sensitive to sunlight (potentially leading to discolorations).
Packaged in a translucent glass bottle topped with a dropper dispenser, this golden facial oil contains some notable plant ingredients, including a version of its namesake rosehip seed that’s known for being rich in vitamin E-, grape, sweet almond, and sunflower oils. All of these are brilliant for dry, dehydrated skin but not when they’re paired with lemon and orange oils plus fragrance ingredients limonene, citral, and linalool.
All of the fragrant ingredients have a sneaky side effect, too: On skin, they can oxidize due to their volatility and in turn increase free radical damage that, over time, impacts skin’s appearance.
This oil’s pale gold color comes from the inclusion of colloidal gold, but gold is far better for jewelry than your skin. It currently has no known skin benefit but can be a contact allergen, one more strike against what ends up being a mixed-bag formula. See our list of best face oils for superior picks.
Note: Although we don’t recommend this product overall, we wanted to mention that the frosted glass bottle should be stored away from natural light, as routine exposure can cause the oils and their antioxidants to break down. It’s possible the glass bottle has a UV coating; we have reached out to Revolution Skincare several times and not received confirmation of this.
- Very good mix of beneficial plant oils.
- Fragranced formula very likely to irritate skin.
- Contains citrus oils known to be sensitizing (plus make skin more sun-sensitive).
- Citrus oils and linalool can oxidize and increase free radical damage on skin.
- Gold is a known contact allergen and has no established benefit for skin.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Revolution Skincare's Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, the nourishing oil helps to smooth away dry skin and give skin a healthy appearance, while subtle gold flecks give your complexion an unbeatable radiance.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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