What Is Marula Oil? Everything You Need to Know About This Magic Skin Ingredient

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We skincare obsessives know the benefits of oil like the back of our hands. Coconut and argan oil have taken the spotlight for being the ~everything~ oils, but now it’s time to pay some attention to marula oil. This magical potion of wonder can be used on your skin, hair and nails, and will turn your skin into that of a glowing goddess. So yeah, this oil is pretty much the sh*t. But how exactly does this oil accomplish all of these magnificent transformations? Well, I’ll tell you how.

Marula oil comes from the fruit of the marula tree, which is native to South Africa. The oil has been used by South African women and men for centuries, and has been a staple in multiple beauty rituals, according to African Botanics. The oil also has a wide array of different antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, flavonoids, essential amino acids, phenolic compounds, as well as omega 9-oleic and omega 6-linoleic fatty acids. All of these compounds work together to protect your skin from the environment and aging by producing collagen and enhancing the elasticity of the skin.

Another benefit is that the oil is super moisturizing without being greasy and clogging pores, because it absorbs so rapidly. And as if it couldn’t get any better, marula oil actually helps fight acne and future breakouts due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

But marula oil isn’t just for keeping your face clean and hydrated. It can also be used to soften your hair, rebuild brittle nails, help chapped and dry lips, and even to prevent stretch marks when pregnant. Since you’re probably planning on buying some of this magical oil ASAP, here are a few of our favorites to shop.

Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($72.00)

Named after the drunk-effect the marula fruit has on elephants, this brand dedicates itself to providing all natural, no-chemical products that are especially good for sensitive skin.

The Ordinary's 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil ($9.90)

The Ordinary provides cost-efficient yet high-quality products. Their marula oil is 100 percent pure and gets a 9.6/10 on its reviews.

African Botanics' Pure Marula Oil ($100)

All of African Botanics’ products are ethically sourced in South Africa through a Fair Trade program that supports the women and their families in these communities.

While this oil started gaining popularity in 2015, it's really picking up speed with college women now that we're all old enough to give a damn about skincare. So, pick yourself up a bottle and start enjoying the benefits! 

About The Author

Kendal is a current student at Cal Poly SLO, class of 2020. She writes and does PR for the Cal Poly Her Campus chapter as well as blogs for Her Campus Nationals. She loves coffee, animals, and anything warm and cozy. Follow her on Instagram @kendalrosem.