Marula Oil is obtained from the kernels of the fruits of Marula tree Marula Tree (Sclerocarya birrea). The nutritious oil demonstrates impressive anti-oxidant action, penetrates deep into the dermis layer of the skin, and locks in moisture so the skin stays healthy. With a perfect proportion of palmitic acid, Marula creates a protective coating on the skin’s surface, resulting in noticeably smooth and protected skin in seconds without a greasy residue.
The oil demonstrates biomimetic functions and a similar fatty acid profile as oil in the skin, is extremely stable and non-irritating, absorbs quickly, reduces redness, and limits trans-epidermal water loss. These factors create a powerful anti-aging effect that may prevent wrinkling and fade scars. Eight times more stable than olive oil with an induction period of about 32 hours, it has a shelf life of years, and is a strong ingredient for conditioners, moisturizers, lotions, and more.
A labor intensive process is required to shell and crush the kernels prior to pressing the pure, virgin oil.
We carefully source our Marula Oil to ensure that the Marula trees are ethically and sustainably harvested. Our procurement methods also support the economic growth of the region. We source our Marula Oil from a co-op that employs and provides income to the village women that gather, collect and process the Marula kernels.
Our Marula Oil is 100% pure with no solvents or additives used in its manufacture. Although we cannot designate it as organic, the trees that the kernels are harvested from are grown in the South African wilderness and are not sprayed or treated.
Marula Oil Properties:
- Absorbs Quickly
- Highly Moisturizing
- Clear or Pale Yellow with Moderate Viscosity
- Mild Nutty Aroma
- Rich in Sterols
- Contains a Wide Array of Anti-Oxidants:
- Tocopherols (Vitamin E)
- Procyanidin (Condensed Tannins)
- Catechins (Similar to the Anti-oxidants Found in Green Tea)
- Good Source of Fatty and Essential Fatty Acids:
- C16:0 Palmitic: 9.0-13.0%
- C18:0 Stearic: 4.0-8.0%
- C18:1 Oleic: 70.0-80.0%
- C18:2 Linoleic: 4.0-8.0%
- C18:3 Linolenic: 0.1-0.7%
- Others: Trace
Marula Oil is noted for its remarkable absorbency into the skin. It is gaining industry-wide attention for its dramatic ability to nourish, moisturize and improve skin elasticity and restore the health of damaged hair. The oil is high in omega-9 oleic acid and the omega-6 essential fatty acid linoleic acid. Marula Oil can be effective in treating dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. It is non-greasy and is a good choice for inclusion in acne and oily skin.
Marula Oil is said to soothe burns and reduce redness and scarring. It is also a good choice for inclusion in formulations for maturing skin. Its high content of tocopherols, flavanols, procyanidin and catechins make Marula Oil a strong anti-oxidant and adds to its stable shelf life.