MARULA OIL, THE LEGENDARY OIL FROM SOUTH AFRICA
Under the hot South African sun where wildlife still roam the untamed Savannah, grows the heart and soul of African Botanics. An ancient tree filled with history, culture and centuries of rich tribal tradition.
Back in 2007, we drew on this remarkable source of inspiration during our travels to the Marula Belt in South Africa which changed our lives and deeply inspired us to create an extraordinary skincare collection. We were particularly amazed at the moisturizing, healing and revitalizing properties of Marula Oil. It is a beautiful tribute to South Africa’s nature and the fruit of respectful labor.
Majestic and bountiful, the marula tree has many qualities. A beauty treatment or a source of food, this wonderful ingredient is at the service of well-being in all its forms.
MARULA [SCLEROCARYA BIRREA] AFRICA’S BOTANICAL TREASURE
The rich history of the marula tree dates back thousands of years. Archaeological evidence shows the marula tree was a source of nutrition as long ago as 10,000 years B.C.
Most well known as the fruit that makes elephants drunk, marula is a much-loved tree and fruit in Africa. It was also a dietary mainstay in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia throughout ancient times.
MARULA TREES - SOUTH AFRICAN WILD GROWN DIFFERENCE
In South Africa, Marula trees are indigenous botanical treasures and are protected under the Forest Act and other laws that prohibit the cutting down of the trees. It is an extraordinary wild tree, that is uncultivated by man and grows naturally in the remote woodlands of South Africa.
Wild-growing under the hot African sun and only watered by summer thunderstorms it has never been touched by a single pesticide or commercial farming method unlike other countries like Namibia and Kenya where the trees are more likely to be found in farmed environments.
Popular as a beauty treatment since ancient times, rejuvenating Marula oil demonstrates notably amazing softening and moisturizing properties. Cold pressed, its kernels release a luxurious oil rich in many antioxidants, vitamins E and C, renowned for deeply penetrating the skin and imparting an astonishing skin radiance.
As the star ingredient of the African Botanics skincare collection, Marula Oil is an all-natural skin smoothing beauty secret that has been used for centuries in South Africa. In this dry region, the hot, extreme climate can be very drying for the skin. The women here traditionally protect their skin against harsh environmental elements by applying Marula Oil daily. This explains why their skin remains so smooth, supple and radiant.
MARULA OIL - A MIRACLE OIL WITH SUSTAINABILITY AND UPLIFTMENT AT HEART
“When we look at a Marula tree we see life. We see hope, we see possibilities. We see food, family, children growing and most importantly, we see people working. Building homes, creating jobs for themselves and for others. From sustainable hand harvesting of the Marula fruit to cold pressing the oil, there is so much goodness created from every Marula tree.” - Craig Noik
Also known as “The miracle oil”, Marula oil is a precious source of income for those involved in collecting the fallen fruit, cracking the nuts and producing the pure oil.
Many women, organized into small cooperatives, have a chance of guaranteed work in the rural areas where there is massive unemployment. They can use the income they earn from the Marula oil to pay for household needs and for the education of their children.
FROM SEED TO BOTTLE
Knowing that our Marula oil is sourced directly from its pristine native environment and immediately bottled in small batches in South Africa by local people guarantees its freshness, potency and absolute purity ensuring that our Marula oil is of the highest quality possible and as authentic as it gets. African Botanics is the only brand that has the ability to extract, bottle and seal our oil at the source.
We are privileged to be building this eco-friendly, sustainable business in partnership with women from South Africa, purchasing directly from our own suppliers ensuring that they directly benefit from their efforts and labour.
African Botanics ensures total control of the production of our Marula Oil and offers consumers the guarantee of complete traceability and the highest quality.
Under Marula Trees
African Botanics takes you on a beautiful journey to South Africa. Discover wild-growing Marula trees across the African savannah. Under the hot African sun, Marula trees bear their annual fruit.