Herbs have played a major role in beauty and wellness for literally ages, with rosemary being one of the most popular (lavender, eucalyptus, and chamomile are pretty high on the list, too). When we talk about rosemary’s usage in skincare, we’re typically talking about an essential oil that’s been extracted from either the flowering top of the plant or the thick and aromatic stems.
Rosemary Oil Benefits
Rosemary oil has loads of skincare applications because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant, and pain-relieving properties. “For example, its anti-inflammatory action allows it to soothe and even treat dry skin and dry scalp, [and it can also help soothe and treat] eczema and acne,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist. “Also, rosemary oil is known to stimulate hair growth and can also condition the hair to help it look and feel healthy.
Because of its versatility, it’s found in a handful of different products ranging from cleansers and toners to shampoos and face creams. It’s particularly useful for those with dry or itchy skin (including their scalp), acne issues, eczema, and oily skin types. If you’re curious to try a product with rosemary essential oil, we pulled some good ones for you below.
1. Allpa Rosemary Hair Oil, $18
As Dr. Pierre mentioned, rosemary oil has been known to help naturally stimulate hair growth and reduce further hair loss. In fact, this small 2015 study actually compared rosemary oil to minoxidil – the leading chemical ingredient in hair growth products including Rogaine – and found “both groups experienced a significant increase in hair count at the 6-month endpoint.” Allpa’s Rosemary Hair Oil is 100% pure and meant to be applied several times a week to help restore hair health.
We can all probably agree that the world needs more multipurpose skincare products, and this one from Aveda is a real godsend. You can apply it to your body after a shower, add a capful or two to your bathtub, use it as a facial moisturizer, or apply to your hair and scalp to nourish and hydrate. It’s essentially a rich blend of botanical oils, including rosemary, soybean, olive, safflower, bergamot, and lavender, among others.
You could spend an entire paycheck on shampoo and conditioner, or you could grab a quality duo for less than your morning bill at Starbucks. Suave’s Rosemary + Mint Shampoo & Conditioner Set is made with the real deal and has become a budget-friendly go-to for many. (Also, do you remember that time when Suave — or “evaus” which is Suave spelled backward — created that undercover campaign and got big-name influencers to rave about their products? Too good.
For a legit wakeup call, lather up with Plant Apothecary’s organic body wash in the morning. It’s lightly scented with rosemary and lemongrass essential oils, which also help get you real clean while helping to zap body acne and excess oil.
Rosemary oil is the big star of this mattifying moisturizer by Naturopathica, with costars willow herb extract and hyaluronic acid coming in strong in supporting roles. The product will help hydrate your skin while simultaneously getting oil to chill TF out. It’s perfect for acne and oily-prone skin types, anyone with large pores, and those with combo skin.
The next time you’re at Ulta pick up a package of this cheapie Tea Tree Rosemary Hair Mask from Soo’AE. It acts as both a scalp soother and a hair conditioner and will leave you with a healthy, shiny head of hair. The small size makes it perfect for tr