Skin Care Spotlight-Marula Oil

Marula Oil

I love finding new skin care products that are pure and simple.  Recently I have discovered Marula Oil.  The benefits or this oil are endless.  Read on to find out why your skin could benefit from Marula oil.

In my opinion, the best way to hydrate and nourish your skin is by simply using unrefined and unfiltered oil.  The benefits of many oils can be lost when mixed with other ingredients (mainly water) that lotions contain.  That being said, let’s take a look at Marula oil.  Marula oil is not as prevalent as other powerhouse oils, but I think that’s about to change. It’s often compared to the more popular Argan oil but the benefits of Marula oil seem to far outweigh Argan oil.

Benefits of Marula Oil:

  • Antioxidant Rich
  • Omega Fatty Acid Rich
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti Microbial
  • Reverses Sun Damage
  • Boosts Cellular Activity
  • Hydrates
  • Heals
  • Contains High Amounts of Vitamin C
  • Contains High Amounts of Vitamin EMarula Oil Benefits

Marula oil is full of antioxidants that help combat free-radical damage to the skin.  In fact, there is actually 15-20% more antioxidants in Marula oil then in Argan oil.   The Marula tree is found in the west tip of South Africa.  The tree thrives in this area’s dry and sunny conditions.  The oil of the Marula tree has been used for centuries for restoring and renewing dry and over exposed skin from that region.

Marula oil protects against environmental damage, helps reverse sun damage, boost cellular activity and hydrates and repairs the skin. Marula oils is also highly anti-inflammatory and anti microbial.  As you can see, every skin type can benefit from this multi talented oil!

Marula oil is high in Vitamin C which helps the skin produce collagen which inturn plumps the skin and encourages cell turnover.  It also is high in Vitamin E which is extremely nourishing for aging skin.

Marula oil is rich in essential fatty acids Omega 9 (oleic) and Omega 6.  Omega fatty acids deeply hydrate and reduce redness while nourishing, healing, moisturizing and improving skin elasticity.  In fact, Marula oil contains 70-78% of omega 9 while Argan oil only contains about 40%.

As you can see, the benefits of using Marula oil are incredible.  For a bit of insight on how Marula oil has helped my skin, let me share with you where my skin is at-I have turned a horrible corner with my skin due to a huge hormone imbalance.  My skin does not look or feel like any skin I have ever felt!  I am overly oily and my forehead and chin are completely full of blackheads and blemishes.  My skin is puffy and red and actually hurts.  I had totally forgotten how bad acne truly is.  Marula oil is so incredibly soothing.  It helps reduce the inflammation and give me a more “normal” appearance.  I love that it is anti microbial as well.  Because it is pH balanced, it’s helping my skin to stop over-producing oil.  I’m on the mend, thanks to Marula oil.  This oil truly works for everyone.

How You Can Use Marula Oil:

  • Use alongside your favorite night cream and eye cream.
  • Add a few drops of Marula oil to your foundation or cleanser.
  • For an extra boost of moisture, apply Marula oil under you sun blocker.
  • Use Marula oil as a post shaving soother or as a stand alone shaving oil.
  • Apply Marula oil to sun exposed skin.

You only need 2-4 drops of Marula oil.  I have been using only 2 drops before bed (due to my excess oil at the moment) and I also use about 2 drops under my makeup as a primer.  It works quite well to help smooth out mineral makeup.

As long as you use 2-4 drops, this oil is fast absorbing and has a light and pleasant smell.

I suggest you give his oil a go-To find the most pure Marula oil shop HERE.  Their oil is 100% pure with no fillers or other ingredients.  It is free of parabens, sulfates, fragrance, dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.

After all, young looking skin is antioxidant rich, full of collagen and plump and hydrated by omega fatty acids.

xx, Jenni


Marula Oil

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. September 10, 2014 / 7:18 am

    This oil sounds incredible! Can’t wait to give it a try. I’ve also been battling with hormonal imbalances and have acne in places that I never used to.

    • September 10, 2014 / 2:35 pm

      Madalyn-Hormones are so hard to control!! I’m thinking of a natural progesterone cream to help level mine out! I’m so happy what this oil has done for my skin=the hormones made me so irritated and inflamed and this oil calmed and evened my skin out with one application! Good luck!

  2. September 10, 2014 / 10:55 am


    Is this oil the same as Tarte Organic Pure Maracuja Oil sold at Sephora? I LOVE the Maracuja oil. It’s amazing. Just wondered if it was in the same family or maybe had another name such as Marula.

    • September 10, 2014 / 2:31 pm

      Martha-It’s not-I believe Maracuja Oil is from the Amazon and Marula oil is from South Africa-They seem similar in properties though! They are both very rich in antioxidants and light!

  3. September 10, 2014 / 11:02 am

    Amazing article, Jenni! I’m so happy you love our oil- you writing is beautiful and spot on- a true inspiration! Thank you! xxx

  4. Peggy
    September 10, 2014 / 11:08 am

    Very excited about this. I’ve reached “that age” and am looking for serious anti-aging solutions that don’t involve the horrid ingredients in major brands.

    • September 10, 2014 / 2:25 pm

      Peggy-Yes, me too! Just the fact that it has soothed the inflammation in my skin and evened out the redness is amazing. Those results were immediate for me! Hope you like it!

  5. Katie Lowrey
    September 10, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    Can I use Marula oil in your anti-aging serum instead of almond oil?

  6. Diane
    September 11, 2014 / 8:07 am

    How do you use this? Do you use straight before moisturizer (instead of a serum)? Or use in a DIY serum or cream recipe? I would love to try it.

    • September 11, 2014 / 12:24 pm

      I use it straight as a moisturizer. I don’t know about using it in conjuction with a moisturizer-depending on your skin, I think it would be too much. I like to add essential oils to my skin first sometimes, then I put about 5 drops of Marula oil on top!

  7. Daniela
    September 11, 2014 / 11:33 am

    I love all your products and recipes for skin care. Thank you so much for offering them. I love having products that do not contain tons of chemicals. My skin has changed dramatically thru the years, I’ve stopped coloring my hair, and I now feel the need for a makeup makeover. I am over 60 and things are just different now. I live in Oklahoma City Metro, do you know any locations that offer makeup makeovers? I’m not wanting skin care – you have that covered. I’m looking for eye shadows, liners, mascara, foundations, lip products that do not contain toxic stuff. I realize you have recipes for some of these products, but mine haven’t turned out that well and I honestly have no desire to even attempt DIY mascara. Any suggestions.

    • September 11, 2014 / 12:23 pm

      Hi Daniela! Makeup is hard to figure out when trying to avoid harsh chemicals-I am in the process of trying out Tarte-you can get this line at Ulta and they don’t add what they call “yuckies” in their make up. They are a big company and carry lots of options for make up-I’ll be doing a review soon once I come to a conclusion-so far I LOVE it. Ulta is having a special on a 4-piece gift set that includes blush, lip gloss and a 2 more tarte items I can’t think of-it’s tomorrow only with a free gift of tarte’s mascara-fyi! I also use Bare Minerals as well. As far as a place to get a make over-I have no idea-I wish I knew someone because I would love to have my make up done too-I know The Make UP bar in Nichols Hills has great reviews but I’m not too sure what brands they use. Hope this helps! Keep me posted! Thanks for the nice comments!!

      • Daniela
        September 12, 2014 / 10:35 am

        Thanks Jenni. I had wondered abou makeup bar in Nichols Hills also, and considered Ulta. Appreciate your input and will be looking forward to your Ulta reviews. Thank YOU!

  8. Lisa nemec
    October 27, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Hi Jenni,
    I was reading this post from a year ago and tried using the link you provided to find the MARULA Oil you had recommended however, it seems the link is no longer working. Do you know where I can go to purchase this brand? Thanks!

    • October 30, 2015 / 8:20 am

      Lisa-I think this company might have gone out of business. I need to find an alternative for marula oil because it really is an amazing oil! I haven’t tried THIS one but I would.

  9. Terilee
    February 7, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    I’d just like to point out that no oil contains natural vitamin C, because vitamin C is water soluble, and does not carry into oil. The Marula fruit is full of vitamin C, but that does not carry through to the oil.

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