When Thokozile Mangwiro of Nyla Naturals graciously sent me the brand’s Marula Body Oil, it was love at first application. I don’t even want to remember my life PM (Pre-Marula). The stylish, travel-friendly packaging, the yummy scent and the golden moisturizing contents have changed my life.
“Nyla Natural offers 100% natural, deeply moisturizing, pure and pampering skin and hair care products. The products are handcrafted out of Johannesburg, South Africa, with the star indigenous ingredient, Marula oil.” Source
Marula oil is extracted from the nuts of the Marula tree found in the Southern and Central African miombo woodlands. This powerful oil contains a high concentration of oleic acids (60-70%), linoleic acids (20-30%), stearic acids and palmitic acids. If you recall from this post on oil cleansing for dry skin, dry skin benefits the most from oleic-rich oils because they really moisturize it. (Cue my ‘BEGONE DRY SKIN!’ happy dance)
The high amount of antioxidants and essential fatty acids in marula oil help to protect your skin from an environmental assault that can cause premature aging i.e. sun damage, whipping wind, pollution etc.
The high-quality Nyla Natural Marula Body Oil formulation has a light to medium texture which glides evenly on the skin. It takes about 5-10 seconds to absorb after application and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. You can tell something is on your skin, but it isn’t tacky or icky. (Cue my second favorite thing about marula oil. Any quick absorbing oil is welcome to my beauty wardrobe.) The formulation also includes grapeseed oil which is rich in antioxidants.
The Nyla Naturals Marula Body Oil has a light floral, citrus scent that I can’t get enough of. It brings to mind reading a book on a hammock in the midst of an impeccably maintained orchard on a lazy afternoon. Wonderful.
If you have dry skin and would like to try hydrating marula oil, you can purchase the Nyla Naturals Body Oil here.
Hydrating Mask With Marula Oil
I’m a sucker for a great face mask and aside from applying the oil as a body moisturizer, I turn to this DIY beauty mask treatment featuring marula oil as the star ingredient. Be warned, I find that creating easy and effective homemade beauty concoctions in the kitchen will have you seriously contemplating a career as a skin care chef.
All you need is half a tablespoon of marula oil, one tablespoon of honey, half a teaspoon of jojoba oil, four drops of rose water, a teaspoon of ground nutmeg and half a tablespoon of whole milk or plain yogurt to make a super hydrating mask.
In a small bowl, mix the ingredients well. Apply the mask to your fresh, gently cleansed, makeup-free face, neck and décolleté. Let it sit on your face for five to 10 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry using a paper towel. Follow with a moisturizer for your skin type.
Here is my reasoning behind each ingredient. Marula oil is very hydrating and anti inflammatory. Honey is antibacterial and humectant. Jojoba oil is similar to our skin’s natural oil (sebum) ; is healing and moisturizing. Rose water is anti inflammatory. Nutmeg has natural antibacterial and calming properties so it’s good for healing sensitivity. Whole milk or plain yogurt has natural exfoliating, hydrating and soothing properties. So when you combine all six, wouldn’t it make a wonderful hydrating mask? Yes, it does.
What are some of your go to DIY beauty treatments using oils? I’d love to know!
*You must be careful when purchasing rose water to buy only the 100 percent pure form. Often you will come across rosewater reconstitutions where synthetic rose oil is an ingredient. If a label says “Water, Concentrated Rose Water, Natural Rose Flavors” or “Steam Distillate Made from The Purest Rose Petals. Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Alcohol(40%), Rose Oil, Natural Flavors,” you may not be getting the best deal.
Pure rose water is the distilled water of roses. It is usually made by steam distillation, and it smells heavenly and tastes delicious. If you have access to fresh, scented rose petals, you can try making rosewater yourself with this recipe.
This article features a product sample that was sent to me for my unbiased consideration. Any opinion expressed is 100% my own.
Kindly note that I can’t guarantee that all of the make-up and skincare products I recommend will suit you. Everyone’s skin is different and it’s possible to be allergic to anything. Wherever possible, patch test your products before purchasing.
Image by Clare Oparo