Review: A’kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil

This is one of my best buys.

A’kin (pronounced ah-keen) is an Australian skin care & hair care product brand of award-winning best-sellers known for innovative ingredient selection and formulas. I was first introduced to A’kin Pure Radiance certified organic Rosehip Oil at a pharmacy outlet. Stacked on the top shelf at direct eye level, the packaging had two beauty award-winning stickers that could not be missed.

A saleswoman approached me and said “It is a natural facial oil. You can apply it on your face as a moisturizer or as a serum“.

I hesitated at the thought of applying a layer of oil on my face. Was she kidding? Can she not see her reflection on my forehead?

She dripped a couple of drops onto my right arm and demonstrated how quickly the oil absorbs into the skin. I must say, the patch of my arm did feel more hydrated and looked smoother than my left.

With this imbalance and contrast of visual comparison, my brain kicked in full gear wondering what imperfections I could rectify with this sudden transformation. I looked for a mirror and stared at myself. Yeah…my face was looking a little dry and tight, and my complexion could do with a little boost of life. So I bought a bottle.

Three weeks later at a barbecue party, one of my girlfriends said to me “Your complexion is so good. Your skin looks so flawless and smooth“. Ah ha! The oil works!

Since using this oil, I have noticed that it has helped balance out the different areas of my face. Areas where I tend to be drier looked supple and hydrated (after use). Areas where I tend to be oilier looked smooth and radiant, without the usual waxy layer of oil.

Having said that, this facial oil does take a bit of getting used to. I would not jump into it without a caveat lector (let the reader beware).

  1. This oil is rich! You can tell by its dark roasted yellow color. It is made from concentrated vitamin A & E, and omega 3-6-9 fatty acids extracted from certified organic Rosehip seeds. The concentration of the omega essential fatty acids is no less than 80%. 
  2. Not the best-smelling bottle of oil.  If you are expecting the scents of aromatherapy essential oils, forget it. The oil smells nutty and is quite pungent.
  3. Use in cool or air-conditioned environment. Because of the oil’s rich texture, I find it works best in an air-conditioned space. Also, it would work well when traveling during winter season or even on the plane. If you are going to be in open-air and outdoors, I would strongly recommend only using a ‘small’ drop of oil and spreading it very thinly over the face.
  4. Oil is oil.  No matter how much they claim the oil is easily absorbed into the skin, if you apply a lot of oil, your skin can only absorb a certain amount. This leaves the rest sitting on the surface of the skin. The key to using this facial oil is to apply – sparsely. You can always build up from your initial application.
  5. Crustation build-up. Over time, you will notice a build-up of crustation around the outside rim of the bottle. Just wipe it off. It is perfectly normal. Unless you have cleanliness O.C.D. (obsessive compulsive behavior) like me, it can become a visual bother.  

With all the above in mind, I still highly recommend A’kin Pure Radiance Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. The awards this facial oil has won are well-deserved. For $35.90 per 23ml bottle, it is definitely worth it.


Singapore General Hospital’s (SGH) pharmacy @ Block 4 is having a 30% discount until the end of the month!! You buy two bottles for only $50.90. Exclusively at this outlet only. Sale ends 31 April 2012.

With the extra bottle, you can share with a friend or give as a gift. In  fact, it is so good, don’t be surprised if you decide to keep it for yourself.

Editor's Rating

Consistency & Texture 7.0
Quality 7.0
Scent 6.0
Don't expect much fanfare with this oil.
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