by Karlyn

Late in July, I was asked by the Truth In Aging staff if I would review a product sold by Drunk Elephant. Based simply on the name of the company and my curiosity as to what this company does, what they sell and their brand image given their most fanciful, I immediately said 'yes' without hesitation. To my delight, I received a bottle of Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil ($72). I have been experimenting with various oils and oil cleanses for my face and body over the past several months, so this product seemed to fit right into my current regime.

The bottle of Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil that I received arrived in a very unassuming yet sleek package design. The bottle of oil comes in a light-proof bottle (to minimize product degradation) with an ingenious dropper incorporated into the cap which dispenses (at least for me) the ideal amount for facial application. The bottle of oil retails for $72. Note that this product is not restricted to facial use - it can be used as a body oil, on hair, nails, cuticles etc.

The product claims on the company website state that this "oil [is] high in critical antioxidants (tocopherol (vitamin E), tocotrienol, phenolic compounds and flavinoids) and Omegas 6 and 9." The product does not contain any additional chemicals or fragrance. I am also a chemist, so I have an intimate understand of the product content claims.

I decided to use this product on my face in the evening in place of my usual moisturizer and stay with my current daytime moisturizer, which is a wonderful and natural, sea buckthorn oil-based creamy moisturizer. Given my "oil themed" summer of skin and hair care, I layered this Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil as the top layer over my other skin care products. I started with a layer of a very dry oil - sea buckthorn oil (as a mixture of berry and seed oil) which is readily absorbed into the skin; I followed this with a layer of my prescription Retin A (0.1%); and I topped off the Retin A layer with the Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil. I did this for about 7 weeks. I found that the Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil is not a dry oil, but it is not "oily" either. It was absorbed well by my skin overnight leaving it soft and glowing in the morning. Note that I did not add any other under eye creams, gels and such during this testing period. And, to my surprise as we are used to hearing such bad things about applying oil to our faces, I experienced no break outs, no irritation - nothing but smoother, glowing skin.

My Bottom Line: This is a product that I will continue to use and purchase again, long after I use up the contents of my trial sample and it will be my new night time moisturizer. I found the purity and simplicity of the product to be outstanding and I was most pleasantly surprised with how nicely it played with my other evening products.

Ingredients in Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil: 100% Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Kernel Oil