Virgin Marula Oil is pressed from the flavorful kernels of the Marula Tree (Sclerocarya birrea), a lush, expansive tree that is native to southern and western regions of Africa. The Marula Tree bears round yellowish fruits that are said to be a more potent source of Vitamin C than oranges. The fruits, and the nourishing oil pressed from the kernels, have been used for centuries by the people of southern Africa for their remarkable therapeutic, nutritive and culinary benefits.
Our procurement methods help support the economic growth of the region. A labor intensive process, performed primarily by women of the region, is required to shell and crush the kernels prior to pressing the pure, virgin oil.
Our Virgin Marula Oil is 100% pure with no solvents or additives used in its manufacture. Although we cannot designate it as organic, the trees that the kernels are harvested from are not sprayed or treated.
Virgin Marula Oil Properties:
Clear or Pale Yellow with Moderate Viscosity
Mild Nutty Aroma
Rich in Sterols
Contains a Wide Array of Anti-Oxidants:
Tocopherols (Vitamin E)
Procyanidin (Condensed Tannins)
Catechins (Similar to the Anti-oxidants Found in Green Tea)
Fatty Acid Composition:
C16:0 Palmitic: 9.0-13.0%
C18:0 Stearic: 4.0-8.0%
C18:1 Oleic: 70.0-80.0%
C18:2 Linoleic: 4.0-8.0%
C18:3 Linolenic: 0.1-0.7%
Virgin Marula Oil is noted for its remarkable absorbency into the skin. It is gaining industry-wide attention for its dramatic ability to nourish, moisturize and protect the skin and restore the health of damaged hair. The oil is rich in omega-9 Oleic Acid and the omega-6 essential fatty acid Linoleic Acid. Marula Oil can be effective in soothing severely dry and flaky skin conditions. It is non-greasy and is well suited for all skin types. Its high content of tocopherols, flavanols, procyanidin and catechins make Marula Oil a strong anti-oxidant and adds to its stable shelf life.
Virgin Marula Oil is Perfectly Suited for the Following Personal Care Applications:
Recommended Usage Rate: 1-100%
Origin: Namibia INCI: Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Kernel Oil Extraction Method:Cold Pressed and Filtered Shelf Life: 2 Years (Nitrogen Blanket Recommended) Saponification Value (mg KOH/g oil): 188 - 199 SAP Multiplier for NaOH: 0.138 SAP Multiplier for KOH: 0.194