This oil taught me how to appreciate formulas that, while simple, are not bland. I'm the first to admit that I was never all that interested in single-origin oils. I felt that they wouldn't provide the same impact that an oil-blend would, for the same amount of money. However, the simplistic nature of the Neroli-Infused Marula Oil is what makes it so special. It is exactly as it says: marula oil that has been infused with neroli. And it's gorgeous. And it works. More on that in a moment.
I have to give African Botanics a lot of credit, because it's after using this oil that I opened up to trying and ultimately loving tons of single-origin oils. To be fair, though, it really is the addition of Neroli that makes this such a special addition to my skincare wardrobe.
Neroli is one of my favorite scents eveeeerrrrrrr, but this one in particular really takes the cake. It's got all of the bitter-green woodiness of petitgrain worked in as well, so you really feel like you're sitting beneath an orange tree at dusk in the late days of summer. Beyond its sensorial pleasures, neroli is thought to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. This astringent quality, paired with the balancing nature of marula oil, makes for a facial oil that is velvety, smooth, and soft. It absorbs quickly, but not hastily.
I've found that I can use this oil anytime, anyplace, and on any occasion. Every time I use it, I stop what I'm doing and focus on the vibrant and sensual aroma that floats off my palms. It's great for daytime because it's so lightweight, but it's fabulous at night if you just need to top off a richer serum or something quite active. It's everything my heart hoped it would be, and my skin has responded beautifully to it. The best of both worlds in a beautiful package. It's because of this oil that I can simplistic luxury.
To restore skin’s functions and perfect equilibrium this lightweight, balancing face oil combines a fresh Neroli infusion obtained through traditional methods of enfleurage that macerates the aromatic blossoms for many weeks in antioxidant-rich Marula Oil to visibly minimize pores, brighten, target inflammation, soothe and help combat acne while protecting skin from oxidative damage caused by pollution, lifestyle and sun without clogging pores. Hand-harvested during the peak of the midday sun, precious white Neroli blossoms reveal skin regenerating powers and are well renowned for their rejuvenating, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and skin balancing properties. Neroli improves skin’s flexibility and is best known for its soothing and skin detoxifying effect on even the most environmentally stressed complexions.
Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula*) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Flower Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Fragrance** (Natural).
*Certified organic, biodynamic, wildcrafted, unrefined and non-comedogenic. **Consists of a 100% natural blend of non-photosensitizing essential oil constituents/isolates.
100% Fair Trade. Responsibly sourced. Never tested on animals.
African Botanics Neroli-Infused Marula Oil
$120 for 1 fl oz, or 30 mL
Thank you to Julia and Craig for sending this over. It's exceptional!