african botanics | pure marula oil

african botanics pure marula oil

When it comes to facial oils, I’m a fan of beautiful blends that incorporate the best of the best oils.

However, African Botanics’ Pure Marula Oil (brought to market by the lovely Julia Noik) challenges my preferences and has me reconsidering my bias toward blends.

african botanics pure marula oil

{African Botanics sent me a sample of its Pure Marula Oil, which retails for $80 for a 2.14-ounce glass pump jar.}

African Botanics Pure Marula Oil is a thick, golden oil that gradually sinks into your skin while leaving a slight sheen and protective barrier of vitamins C and E — essential for shielding your skin from the elements.

If you’re oily-skinned like me and using this as a pre-makeup primer, allow a little extra time for it to absorb so your makeup won’t slip around.

You can also go a little easier on the application — half a pump is really enough because this oil is so rich!

If you have dry skin, you may still be able to get away with half a pump or just one pump max — this will quench your skin’s thirst.

african botanics pure marula oil

Besides the hydration factor and top-notch antioxidant content, what really draws me to African Botanics Pure Marula Oil is its scent.

With most facial oil blends, you are almost guaranteed to have a gorgeous, complex scent thanks to layers of different carrier and essential oils.

Most single oils have flatter, nutty scents (looking at you, beloved tamanu) that are enjoyable but can be a bit boring or, if you’ll humor me, just a bit too toasted-nutty.

African Botanics Pure Marula Oil, though has a sweet, hard fruit candy-like scent — no toasted nuts here.

So you’d probably think that with a scent so sweet, African Botanics Pure Marula Oil must have something else in there. How can a marula tree nut smell so good?

Alas, the simple ingredient list: Sclerocarya birrea (Marula Essential Oil).

It’s just that simple, and that beautiful ingredient is packaged in a sleek, rectangular glass pump jar (love that) that will look chic on your vanity.

I will repurchase this! Half a pump a day will last me so long, and I love that I can mix this with other oils if I get the itch to blend.

Will you pay $80 for this 2.14-ounce bottle of beauty? Have you tried marula oil before? Tell me in the comments section! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • Mademoiselle nature

    Nice review! I have never used marula oil so need to do a bit of research to see if the price is worth :-). Looks like it is an excellent product :-)

    • Thank you! Let me know if you end up trying it.

  • Kelly

    How neat that it smells like candy.

  • Erin

    I’m currently using marula oil that I bought from Garden of Wisdom (which is much less expensive) when I bought a bunch of one ounce oils to play around with. I LOVE it!
    I have dehydration-prone combo skin and it really makes my skin softer and more even and it definitely makes it glow. I can tell it gets into the deeper layers of my skin. It also has softened the smile lines around my mouth and my forehead lines (I’m 36 so I have a few little lines). In general, my skin has been looking really good since I started using marula!

    • That’s fabulous! I need to check out Garden of Wisdom. You are right, marula is incredible for dry skin. I’m glad you are loving it! Do you ever mix anything else into it (other essential oils or carrier oils), or do you use it pure?

  • Pemberley Jones

    Loved this review! I’m trying out Acure’s marula oil right now and I really like it, it has been especially awesome for my increasingly dry skin. The Acure oil’s scent is very very faint though (almost invisible), so my nose is feeling very curious about this one!!! :-)

    • Thanks Pam! I’m glad you mentioned the Acure marula oil. I found it to have basically zero smell at all, which made me so skeptical about marula oil. When I tried this one, I was really surprised. What gets me is … if they are both 100% pure marula oil … then why do they smell so different?!

      • Kelly

        I was reading on there website that they use wild harvested marula oil from remote regions. I guess where you get it can make a difference.