Forget your preconceived notions about keeping face oils out of your beauty regimen. Some of our favorite skin and hair care products on the market today enlist the help of natural oils—from coconut oil to rosehip seed oil to argan oil. We love the way they add moisture and improve texture, absorbing instantly to leave our skin soft and our hair shiny and bouncy.
One oil that’s been getting a lot of buzz over the past two years is marula oil. Harvested in Southern Africa from the nut inside the marula fruit, this oil is a nutrient powerhouse, with high levels of important antioxidants (vitamins C and E and flavonoids) as well as essential fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-9). Together these nutrients help your skin resist environmental damage and transepidermal water loss, both of which result in premature aging in skin and hair.
But perhaps the best thing about this oil is its fine molecular structure and remarkable likeness to our skin’s natural oils, which makes it easier for our skin and hair to soak up its nutrients. And if you’re prone to acne, it also helps that this oil has antimicrobial benefits and is noncomedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores.
“It just felt better,” explains Tiffany Masterson, CEO of Drunk Elephant. “It absorbed more easily, and the fact that it was clinically proven to heal and balance the skin and was antimicrobial really appealed to me. I do use other oils that I love in my products, but for my main stand-alone facial oil, marula was the clear winner for me.”
Ready to try this oil? Check out the products that count marula as their main ingredient:
Named after the elephants that appeared to get tipsy after eating marula fruit, Drunk Elephant utilizes only pure, unrefined marula oil harvested from Namibia for its skin care products. Its patented heat-free process as well as its opaque powder-coated glass keeps marula’s omegas and antioxidants intact.
African Botanics’ marula oil comes from wild-growing trees and is hand-harvested from the most pristine and remote rural communities in South Africa. It is unrefined, certified organic and fair trade and is obtained by a single cold-press process using the most advanced green technology to capture all the nutrients.
This wild-crafted virgin marula oil is harvested from the kernels of marula fruit by women in South Africa. Its high-concentration formula rapidly delivers a powerful mixture of vitamins, essential fatty acids, flavanols and antioxidants throughout the epidermal layers, promoting healthy, radiant skin. Russell Organics features all-natural, certified vegan and cruelty-free products.
With a luxurious blend of omega-rich oils and powerful antioxidants, this intensive restoration treatment increases the strength and durability of your hair, nourishing your follicles while enhancing your hair’s texture and imparting a healthy shine.
Packed with marula oil—along with 8 other nourishing natural oils—this serum hydrates your curls and minimizes frizz for a naturally soft and bouncy texture.