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Rose Facial Oil

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 6.00
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Trader Joe’s Rose Facial Oil is among the better face oil blends we’ve reviewed – but it can’t reach its full potential because of a couple of problematic inclusions.

This oil comes in a slightly frosted bottle with a pump dispenser. Inside is a robust blend of non-fragrant plant oils – there’s sunflower, rose hip, kukui, macadamia, and sea buckthorn oils among others. Each is moisturizing and rich in antioxidants, resulting in more radiant, protected skin.

As an oil blend, this is best for those with normal to dry skin, though after it dries down (which takes just a couple of minutes), it isn’t super greasy. Still, those with oily skin might not find this is the best product for them – though Trader Joe’s suggests this as a hair and cuticle oil as well, which works for all skin types!

Unfortunately, this isn’t among the best face oils because of the inclusion of fragrance, what Trader Joe’s calls a “natural rose scent.” Though it dissipates quickly once this oil dries, fragrance still has the potential to cause skin irritation (see More Info below for the details). This also contains neem seed oil, which can also irritate skin.

Another note: since this isn’t in an opaque container, it must be stored out of daylight to protect its antioxidant ingredients, which can break down in the presence of natural light.

These caveats aside, this oil has a lot going for it – we just wish Trader Joe’s had skipped the fragrance and neem oil like those on our list of best face oils.

  • Contains a robust blend of non-fragrant plant oils.
  • Oil texture is moisturizing yet non-greasy.
  • Contains fragrance and neem seed oil, which put skin at risk for irritation.
  • Lightly frosted container must be stored out of daylight to protect beneficial ingredients.

More Info:

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

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Made using natural botanicals oils, our Rose Facial Oil is gentle and rejuvenating. Rose hip oil aids in moisture, and the natural rose scent is fresh and calming. This oil can also be used to condition dry hair ends and nail cuticles.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Fragrance, Aleurites Moluccanus (Kukui) Seed Oil, Camelia Sativa Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Macadamia Ternnifolia Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Rhus Verniciflua (Berry) Peel Wax, Squalane, Eclipta Prostrata (False Daisy) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil.

Trader Joe’s is a California-based grocery chain best known for its eclectic mix of gourmet, organic, vegetarian, and staple food products, most sold under the Trader Joe’s name. Its stores are generally no-frills and utilitarian, with a focus on lower-priced products that are still of high quality.

That same low price, high quality philosophy informs the store’s house brand of personal hygiene products, including its skin care line. There isn’t a lot that’s flashy or innovative; rather the focus is on staples, with some skin-boosting products in the mix as well.

For the most part, Trader Joe’s gets it right, with basic but reliable ingredients. There are a few items that include fragrance ingredients (including a face wash and rose face mist that absolutely should be avoided), but overall, if you’re looking to pick up a does-what-it-says, stripped-down moisturizer while you’re out shopping for groceries, the options here are better than you might expect given their prices.

You can find out more about Trader Joe’s as a store at Its skin care products are sold in-store only.

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