First of all sorry for the super late review post that I was suppose to post up earlier. I was piled with lots of backlog last month and I’m glad I can finally get to my precious Marula Oil review now. Hope it’s not too late!
Last month I attended the Malaysia launch and did a brand introduction post on Marula Oil from The Leakey Collection. I also helped with inviting a few of my blogger friends to attend this exclusive and intimate launch. Hope you’ve been reading that previously as I’m not going to elaborate deeply into how, what and why but instead I’m going to review the product after using it for more than a month now.
Marula Oil is an East African product long-renowned for it’s superb anti-aging and healing properties. It is wild-harvested from marula nuts in East Africa and cold-pressed to retain it’s full goodness. Did you know that a 54 kilos of marula nut is needed to produce into this 50ml bottle? Now you know. Marula Oil is different from any other beauty oil that you’ve heard for example argan oil. It contain more oleic acids and antioxidants than grapeseed or organ oil.
Each bottle is packaged in a paper box securely. The inner lid with a hole tucked on the top cap of the bottle so that the bottle is not able to move that easily in the box. The shelf life of the product is 3 years. Once opened it is recommended to finish the bottle within 6 months.
Marula Oil from The Leakey Collected is the purest facial oil that I or you can find in the market. It is expensive because it is so pure that it’s made from 99% of Marula Oil and the rest is a blend of essential oil fragrance. There are other brand of marula oil selling cheaper but it’s not 99% made from marula oil therefore it’s selling for a cheaper price. I’m glad I didn’t see any other brand of marula oil in the market here in Malaysia beside this 🙂
Each bottle is sealed with a security sticker bearing the name Marula at the back. I’m always excited and happy when I see a security sticker. It is an assurance that the bottle is new and unopened. Tear it off and you are good to go!
Call me a noob but I’ve never seen such a dropper bottle before. Marula Oil bottle comes with an automatic pump glass dropper! When I twist the cap, the top part of the cap automatic revealed itself. That means it automatically pumped the oil up to the glass vial. All I need to do is to gently press on the top of the cap to drop a few drops onto my palm. That’s it. It’s really very easy and convenient to use. Making me not lazy to implement this facial oil into my night regime.
The first thing my nose picked up when I took off the cap is lavender. I’m sure my nose picked up a tiny bit of marula oil smell but I guess lavender dominant it lol. Not too bad since I like lavender and it’s really calming taking a sniff even before patting on the face.
I was told that just 2 drops is enough and sufficient for the whole face and neck. At first I used 2 drops but later on finds that I needed more so I put on 2 drops first and another one or two drops on top. I always go with 2 drops first.
Marula Oil is different because it is fast absorbing. Due to its high levels of oleic (omega-9 acid at 60-70% concentrations) it easily penetrates the skin and provides longer lasting hydration. It is also an excellent source of topical antioxidants. This free radical fighting capability is very important for skin healing and anti-aging. It is also an excellent moisturizer that can help plump up skin to reduce fine lines. Just look at how plump the back of my hand is as soon as the oil absorbed in! The before and after picture below says a thousand words 🙂
Besides it’s anti-aging and hydration power, Marula Oil is also known for it’s healing power and are currently widely used by women who undergo cancer radiation treatment.
Dr. Kaidi undertook a 24 patient clinical study to determine the efficacy of Marula Oil in treating damaged skin following radiation therapy for breast cancer. Patients were divided into 2 treatment groups. Patients in group 1 were instructed to apply the Marula Oil to affected skin twice daily for skin healing, while group 2 patients were instructed to apply a skin moisturizer. The patients were examined weekly for 6 weeks. The Marula Oil treated group had a more rapid resolution of erythema and edema. Patients described Marula Oil as soothing and fast absorbing.
I’ve been using Marula Oil continuously every night after eye care before my usual skin care. It gave me a similar result that a hydrating moisturizer gave me. The only different is this only require 2 drops. I always woke up to a supple skin. To be honest ever since I started using Marula Oil my foundation glides on smoothly onto my skin. Not only waking up to a supple skin, I find that I have brighter skin too. It’s amazing that this bottle have all the goodness; anti-aging, hydrating, brightening. Soon I can foresee myself cutting down the rest of my skin care in the nearest future. Being an avid beauty/facial oil user I kinda like this one. It’s pretty much like a skin care comparing to Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil which is more like a treatment oil for oily or breakout skin. So there’s a different with Marula Oil if you ask me.
On the weekend where I don’t put on any skin care or make up, I will only put on Marula Oil. I don’t find it oily or sticky at all eventhough I’ve been walking around town for some errands. And when I took a short afternoon nap I woke up with a beautiful brighter skin. Oh and I know you must be wondering if it broke out on me. The answer is NO 🙂
It’s hard to put in words how wonderful Marula Oil is to the skin unless you try it personally. Marula Oil is suitable for all skin type even oily skin. This will balance out the oil secretion if you have oily or combination skin. If you are allergy to nut, apply a small amount on the back of your hand and leave it for a few hours. If you have no irritation or allergy effect that means it is safe for you to use. It takes a lot of courage to put oil onto the face. But once you’ve tried you’d fall in love with facial oil like me 🙂
Disclaimer: Product was sent to me for review consideration. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.