The marula tree is an average sized tree, which is commonly found in South Africa and parts of West Africa. The fruit from the tree is greenish/yellowish in colour with the fruit within containing about 8 times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges. From the rich fruit of this tree comes the amazing oil known as marula oil.
The fruit from the tree is cracked open by women in the local villages in South Africa & Madagascar, and the oil is cold pressed from the kernels. The oil has been part of the beauty practices of South Africans for a very long time.
5 Benefits of Marula Oil for Hair & Skin
- Apart from the high vitamin C content, marula oil also contains oleic acid, which protects the hair and skin against the environment. This should work well for the oil cleansing method.
- It is a highly stable oil making it a major component of several cosmetics.
- It has a light texture and is fast absorbing.
- It is suitable for all hair and skin types including sensitive skin.
- Marula oils also contains vitamin E, essential amino acids and flavonoids, all great for cell renewal and regeneration.
Women in South Africa working on marula fruit
Marula Oil Hair Therapy Treatment
- Mix 10 tablespoons of marula oil with 5 tablespoons of argan oil. Argan oil is a great complementary oil for this oil by the way. Set aside.
- Pour an adequate amount of your favourite deep conditioner into a bowl and whip thoroughly.
- Heat up the oil mix in the microwave then add to the deep conditioner. Whip some more.
- Apply it to the length of your hair after shampooing and deep condition under a steamer without a cap for 30 – 45 minutes.
- Rinse and style as usual.
You can also apply a few drops of marula oil to finish off a style. It gives some luster to the hair and smoothens the strands.
Marula Oil Recipes for the Skin
- You can use marula oil for the oil cleansing method due to its lightweight nature and especially high vitamin C content.
- Apply it very lightly as a primer 10 – 15 minutes before applying make up.
- Due to its regenerative and cell renewal properties, you can also use it on your décolletage and chest area.
- Mix 5 drops with your usual daily body cream.
Look for fair trade marula oil, which supports the women in the villages where it’s harvested and produced.
Shea Terra Marula Oil
Acure Wildcrafted Marula Oil
Slice of Nature Marula Oil
Paul Mitchell also has a line of marula oil hair products. I haven’t tried them but I’ve heard good things. View the line HERE.
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Fast fact: The fruit of the tree is used to make the popular Amarula liqueur.