The Skin-ny: Acure Organics Marula Oil

After my The Ordinary review, in which I basically criticized their Rose Hip Seed Oil for not being marula oil, a couple of you (hi!) mentioned you’d be interested in a review of Acure Organics Marula Oil.

Your wish, my command.

The Ordinary actually has their own 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil ($9.90/1oz), but it’s constantly out of stock. (I’ve set an email alert for when it restocks, but have I heard from them? No I have not.)

But while The Ordinary works on restocking their product, what’s a girl to do if she is desperately in need of marula oil? One option is the Drunk Elephant route; they offer a Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil — the exact same ingredient as The Ordinary’s — for $72/1oz. I would buy it, except no I wouldn’t because that is patently ridiculous.

Obviously I use this stuff *a lot*

Instead, I use Acure Organics Marula Oil (retail $16/1oz; currently $11.65 on Amazon). What is Acure Organics? A family-owned company dedicated to natural (and organic, obvs) skincare. Yes, they do decry “toxic chemicals,” but they don’t claim any of their products will ‘detox’ your skin so I’ll give them a pass. (Plus, their motto is “it’s not enough to be natural, it also has to work,” which is a natural beauty motto I can get behind.) They sell several single-ingredient oils (marula, rosehip, pomegranate, argan), a whole range of skincare (cleansers, lotions, etc), and have even branched out into hair care. Good for them!

Here’s the manufacturer’s image, including the fancy matching leaf-printed box.

But back to the marula oil. Like The Ordinary’s and Drunk Elephant’s, it’s cold-pressed and unrefined (and “wildcrafted,” but we will forgive that instance of Hipster Speak because I like this stuff and it’s cheap). Target carries it online (but not in brick-and-mortar stores) and Whole Foods probably does, too.

What is marula oil?

It’s an pale golden oil pressed from the seed of the African marula fruit. Surprisingly absorbent despite its richness, marula oil is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It’s deeply hydrating and nicely occlusive, so it’ll seal in any of the good stuff you might layer it over. Its natural fragrance is not unlike peanut butter. (I like it, but it might be an acquired taste.)

I prefer this to the rose hip seed oil for several reasons:

-It absorbs more quickly. Not instantly (this is an facial oil, not a gel moisturizer!), but pretty darn quick — faster even than my other favorite facial oil (Fresh Seaberry). Still, I only use it at night because it DOES take a little while to soak in — that’s just the nature of oils.

-It’s richer and the texture is more luxurious, but still doesn’t give me those shallow closed comedones that some ‘rich’ moisturizers  do. (You know what I’m talking about, right? Tiny, shallow, pus-filled whiteheads that aren’t deep enough to hurt?) I know ‘noncomodegenic’ is unregulated nonsense-speak, but this doesn’t clog my pores.

-It hydrates more deeply and for a longer period of time. When I put this on at night, I wake up with hydrated skin; when I use the rose hip seed oil, I find myself wishing I had layered or mixed it with something richer.

-Pre-Accutane, I woke up all glowy when using this at night. Now that I’m on Accutane, it helps keep the flaking and peeling at bay.

-peanut butter > fish


Uh, YES? At just a couple bucks more than The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil, this has a nicer texture, faster absorption time, and better moisturizing action. If you’ve got dry skin, definitely give marula a try! (And if you don’t have dry skin, this might still be a nice option — try mixing a drop or two with your regular nighttime moisturizer!)

Ever tried it? Gotta have it? Any other favorite facial oils you can’t live without? Share!