5 Uses for Marula Oil

If you use oils in your skincare routine, it’s time to give the latest wonder oil a try: Say hello to Marula Oil!

The History

Marula Oil is a South African oil is harvested from the kernels of the Sclerocarya birrea tree, otherwise known as the Marula tree. It contains monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, and is traditionally used by the Tsonga people of South Africa and Mozambique as a moisturizer. Some have even been known to use Marula Oil to keep their skin clean in the place of water.


Antioxidants for the skin: Marula Oil contains essential antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which help fight free radicals that may lead to the premature aging of cells. Marula Oil is popular with people who also like Argan Oil.

Head to toe moisturizer: Marula Oil is a heavy-duty skin moisturizer. Add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer or foundation to boost skin hydration, or use as an all over body moisturizer morning and night. You can also target dry patches with spot application.


Makeup primer: Marula Oil can also be used as a makeup primer to create a smooth canvas for makeup application, since it leaves a matte finish behind. Using fingers, blend in a few drops of oil to the skin before applying liquid foundation, BB cream, or powder foundation.

End dry hair and frizz: Battle split ends and smooth frizz by adding a few drops (or more depending on hair length/type) of Marula Oil to your favorite hair mask or conditioner. It can also be used as a leave-in conditioner while styling hair. Simply dab a few drops into damp hair and style as usual.


Cuticle conditioning: For nails, harsh nail polish removers like acetone cause dry, unsightly cuticles and nails. Condition nails and cuticles by rubbing one drop of Marula Oil onto each nail and the cuticles.

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