The Beauty and Skin Care Benefits of Marula Oil

The Beauty and Skin Care Benefits of Marula Oil

Marula oil is the heart and soul of every African Botanics product. Known as Africa’s beauty secret, our Marula Oil comes from wild growing trees and is hand-harvested from the most pristine and remote rural communities in South Africa. It is unrefined, certified organic, fair trade and is obtained by a single cold-press process using the most advanced green technology to capture all the nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and omegas that deliver nutrition, moisture and luminosity to your skin. Every batch is checked and analyzed by our Lab to ensure the highest quality and bioavailability to empower your skin.


Marula Oil is an all-natural, cold pressed, highly nutritious, very light textured oil. It is naturally soothing, fast-absorbing and suitable for all skin types including reactive and sensitive. Marula Oil is hand harvested by women in village collectives from the exotic fruit’s seed kernels of bio dynamic and drought resistant Marula trees, indigenous to Southern Africa and Madagascar.

The geographic position on the west edge of Southern Africa gives rise to certain climatic characteristics. The low rainfall and endless hours of bright sunshine create the perfect environment - unlike any other in the world - to produce exceptional growing conditions for the Marula trees to bear their annual fruit. This delicious fruit contains 4 times as much Vitamin C as an orange. Marula leaves and bark have wonderful properties but the skin care properties of natural Marula Oil are perhaps the best of all. This healing oil is widely used for its medicinal benefits by Southern African women and men and has been part of numerous beauty rituals for centuries to protect the skin and hair from the harsh and dry weather conditions.

Today’s modern scientific research reveals and confirms the secrets of Marula Oil. This multipurpose oil contains powerful antioxidants, high concentrations of nutrients and essential fatty acids that protect against environmental aggressors, help reverse photo-damage, boost cellular activity, hydrate at the deepest levels and repair the skin. Marula Oil has natural variations of colors ranging from a clear pale to golden-brown with a pleasant nutty-sweet aroma.


Marula Oil contains high levels of important antioxidants including Vitamin C, tocopherol (vitamin E), tochotrienol, phenolic compounds, essential amino acids and flavonoids that help cells renew and resist damaging effects of the environment. With regular use, Marula Oil delivers advanced protection against photo-aging - neutralizing free radicals, helps build healthy collagen, and provides antioxidant protection. More antioxidant protection means younger looking skin and better defense against premature skin aging.

Marula Oil is rich in essential fatty acids Omega 9 - oleic and Omega 6 - linoleic that deeply hydrate and reduce redness while nourishing, healing, moisturizing and improving skin elasticity. Marula Oil helps reduce transepidermal water loss and increases the smoothness of skin. Easily absorbed, Marula Oil supports the natural buildup of the skin’s lipid layers and possesses anti-inflammatory properties.


Marula Oil is a potent source of nutrition and antioxidant energy for your skin cells. It is ideal for dry to oily skin types including very sensitive and sun damaged complexions.

    > Rejuvenates and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness and blotchiness.
    > Improves and restores skin elasticity for a more youthful and radiant skin.
    > Vitamin E helps promote the production of collagen and elastin to boost skin firmness, density and volume.
    > Antioxidants help protect and repair free radical damage from pollution and sun exposure.

Marula Oil is fast absorbing, light, and has a non-greasy texture. The key to Marula’s outstanding performance is its fine molecular structure which contributes to its effectiveness not only as a skin hydrator but also as a protector. Marula Oil is non-comedogenic and has anti-microbial properties which can help heal and reduce acne blemishes and scarring.


Marula Oil contains a large proportion of monounsaturated fatty acids and natural antioxidants which make the oil very stable. The fatty acid composition of marula oil includes: Mono-unsaturated fatty acids: Oleic acid (70-78 %) Polyunsaturated fatty acids: Linoleic acid (4.0-7.0 %), Alpha-linolenic acid (0.1-0.7 %) Saturated fatty acids: Palmitic acid (9-12 %), Stearic acid (5.0-8.0 %) and Arachidonic acid (0.3-0.7 %).

Other components include: tocopherols, sterols and flavonoids with antioxidant action, procyanidin, galattotannin and catechins are also found in Marula Oil.


This miracle oil nourishes not only our beautiful skin, but also the communities that produce it. Marula Oil is nature’s gift that contributes to rural and social economic development. African Botanics proudly sources Marula Oil in South Africa through a Fair Trade program that supports women in village collectives.

In South Africa there are a number of eco-friendly enterprises designed to empower and uplift women in rural communities and provide a sustainable income for families in the tribal lands.

Passed down from generations, women have cracked the nut of the Marula fruit to extract the precious kernels from which the oil is made.

The Marula trees are protected in South Africa where strict policies are in place to ensure environmentally friendly treatment and sustainable harvesting of Marula fruit. This means that each item bearing the African Botanics name has a proud heritage of environmental responsibility and community care.

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African Botanics Pure Marula Oil - How Our Oil Is Made

We invite you on a journey to discover South Africa and the Marula Belt. Marula Oil is considered one of Africa's miracle oils. Hand harvested by women in Fair Trade village collectives from the exotic fruit seed kernels of Marula trees, indigenous to Southern Africa. Marula Oil helps fight premature aging and redness. Possesses deeply nourishing qualities, penetrating effortlessly to lock in moisture.