I grabbed Tarte’s famous Maracuja oil as a Beauty Insider 100 point perk from Sephora about two months ago and have since been playing around with it. This is an organic, cold-pressed oil from the plant Passiflora edulis, or passion fruit, that acts as a lightweight facial moisturizer. I love the deluxe sample size of this because it will definitely last a very long time – you only need two or three drops of it for an application. The oil is advertised to provide essential fatty acids and nutrients including vitamin C as well as anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits.
The primary achievement of this oil is that it provides a good level of hydration while feeling very lightweight on the skin. It feels relatively thin and sinks in quickly. The instructions say to rub two to three drops of it into your hands and gently press it into skin, and I do find that small amount to be sufficient for an application. It is clear and has a enough of a smell that I can detect it when I get my nose next to it, but I don’t notice a smell as I apply it normally.
I do really enjoy to use this and find it leaves my skin feeling really soft. It provides hydration that I’d say is appropriate for dry to combination skin (I have combination skin, myself), and does help my skin feel refreshingly plump. I don’t necessarily buy into the marketing language that would have us believe that this is an anti-aging miracle, but I think it’s an effective moisturizer.
Tarte also says that the essential fatty acids in the maracuja oil help promote skin recovery and reduce redness and inflammation. I do experience some redness and irritation, mostly in my cheeks, and would agree that the oil is calming on skin. It also seems that this might be a good product for sensitive skin because there aren’t any mystery ingredients to sabotage your skin’s health. No fragrances, chemicals or preservatives, just the one plant oil.
The oil is also supposed to provide the skin with antioxidants such as vitamin C, though I’m less inclined to believe that the oil really provides enough of these to make a difference. If you’re looking for the benefits of antioxidants, or more specifically vitamin C, I’d suggest using a serum underneath your moisturizer. A good serum will provide much more noticeable results than this oil can. If you’re looking for a place to start, I love Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster.
I’m not a big believer in Tarte’s suggestion that this one plant oil will provide enough benefits on its own, and beyond using a serum underneath it, I also like to blend the oil with other moisturizers. It’s easy to blend a couple of drops into some other product and apply the mixture to the face all at once. Why not? I have other products that give me good results, and I don’t see any reason why mixing one additional plant oil into them could be a bad thing.
Ultimately, I’d say maracuja oil makes a great addition to a skincare regimen. It’s moisturizing, lightweight, calming and plumping, and the ingredients list is as simple as they come. I don’t really see any cons for the product itself, only for what I believe to be generally over-inflated marketing claims.
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil can be purchased either as a 1.7 oz. bottle for $46 or as 0.6 oz. rollerball for $17. The full sized bottle is available from Tarte, Sephora and Ulta, but the rollerball appears to be available exclusively through Sephora’s website. Deluxe sample sizes are often available in kits from Tarte or as Beauty Insider perks from Sephora, as well. Two sets currently available are the Discover the Amazon set which includes a rollerball, and the Thoughtful Treasures set which includes a deluxe sample bottle.
You can also purchase maracuja oil from companies other than Tarte, if you like. From what I’ve read, it sounds like it’s worth shelling out the extra dollars to get Tarte’s high quality version, though. In general, cheaper plant oils can be smelly and less effective than their higher quality counterparts.
Have you tried Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil? I’d love to hear about your experience with it!