Have you tried marula oil?

The best new oil in town

Shift over argan oil. Jog on jojoba and coconut. Marula oil, extracted from African marula trees, is rich in anti-oxidants, omega fatty acids, vitamin C and vitamin E, all of which help improve skin elasticity, reduce scarring and add moisture without being greasy.


On your head

MarulaOil, a haircare line from the founders of Paul Mitchell, claims to reduce split ends by 80%. The range, launching 1 April, is best used together but if that’s a pricey prospect, then invest in its Rare Oil Treatment (£33.95), which can be used as a hair mask or use 1-2 drops to smooth frizzy hairs and split ends. It can also be used directly on skin.


Oil up that face

You can use marula as a night oil, as a primer (you only need a drop, mind) and it works wonders on stubborn eye make-up. Marula Facial Oil (£37.50, Beauty Bay) is 99% pure marula oil and has a useful droplet applicator. The brand’s refreshing eye cream (£42.50, Beauty Bay) matches marula oil with aloe vera and is suitable for sensitive skin and following sun exposure.


Also for nails

New in for Ciate: a line of marula-based nail oils (£15, Ciate), designed to nourish and moisturise the nail and cuticle. Paint on and wash off pre manicure, or do as we do and use after a gel manicure, when the LED light can leave hands chapped. There are three treatments – for peeling nails, weak nails, and maintenance – and you can expect a pot to last a few months.


Quality colour

Marula makes a good ingredient in makeup, thanks to its vitamin E-rich and anti-microbial properties, and suitability for sensitive skin. Products worth seeking out: Dr Hauschka’s efficient and lasting kajal eyeliner (£14.75, Dr Hauschka), The Body Shop’s colourful and lip-balm-like Lip and Cheek Velvet Sticks (£12, The Body Shop) and Cargo Cosmetic’s nifty Double Agent Concealing Balm Kit (£20, Debenhams).


Pesky dry patches

Rough elbows, cracked heels, those weird patches of scaly skin that appear for no good reason – try marula on them. African Botanics is a comprehensive line of marula-based skincare. There are several pure and infused marula products. An initial investment (and it is, prices are steep but worth it) is its Botanical Body Cream (£64, Cult Beauty), which contains a sweet mix of marula, rose, melon seed, baobab oil and rooibos tea.