|What is it?
|A yellow liquid carrier oil pressed from the seeds of the Marula tree.
|Pale yellow liquid.
|A wee bit nutty and sweet.
|Why do we use it in formulations?
|Its light consistency makes it a fantastic addition to hair care products, body butters, lotions, and serums as it can lighten other oils, helping to create a lightweight, fast absorbing final product.
|Do you need it?
|You don’t need it, but it’s a great luxury oil to have on hand, and thanks to its long shelf life you don’t have to worry about it spoiling before you get around to using it.
|Refined or unrefined?
|I’ve only ever seen refined for sale, and it’s lovely.
|Fast absorbing, low scent, rich in antioxidants, rich in vitamins E & C.
|It can be a bit tricky to find as it’s not very common.
|Alternatives & Substitutions
|Argan oil would make a good alternative.
|How to Work with It
|I love it in hair care products and facial serums where its high antioxidant and vitamin content can really benefit your skin.
|Storage & Shelf Life
|Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, marula oil should last at least two years.
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks
|Over time the liquid oil can become cloudy and some sediment will sink to the bottom of the bottle. This is easily fixed with a hot water bath, which will re-melt the sediment.
|Recommended starter amount
|100mL (3.3fl oz) or less
|Where to Buy it
| Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.