After using a sample of YBF’s Private Reserve
, my interest in facial oils piqued and I found myself becoming a fan. Now I have two scents and use them every day. While argan oil
has become a popular anti-aging and moisturizing ingredient over the years, it’s time to make room for marula oil!
I recently received and enjoyed a sample of marula oil, and I thought about purchasing a full size but the price was intimidating. I figured, since it was simply marula oil and fragrance, I could find it cheaper, so I decided to do some research. Googling led me to Shea Terra Organics, a brand devoted to all things African. There I found many types of oils for different purposes and body parts. I’ve been experimenting with a sampler of four types – marula, baobab, argan and desert date – though there are many more to choose from.
The Shea Terra 100% Pure Namibian Marula Oil
($18/2 oz) is a bit dryer than argan oil and meadowfoam seed, with a clear look and a smooth consistency. It absorbs more rapidly than the other two and doesn’t leave my skin shiny and slick. It mixes really well with creams and lotions and it’s a great makeup prep. Whatever you put on after marula oil glides on with ease. Marula oil is a great source of oleic acid and antioxidants.
The Shea Terra 100% Pure African Baobab Oil
($18/2 oz) is cold pressed from the seeds of the fruit of the baobab tree. Often called the “upside down tree” because of its distinctive shape, this tree can live up to 3,000 years. The oil is rich with lysine, omegas 6 and 9 and vitamins A, D, E and F. I find this yellowish oil to be somewhat heavy and just a little bit goes a long way. It is very soothing and moisturizing. Baobab oil is an up-and-coming anti-aging ingredient and can be found in La Vie Celeste’s Day and Night Restorative Face Cream ($65 in the shop
Desert date oil, also known as sump oil, is said to be soothing and reparative as it is recommended for burns. I find the Shea Terra Desert Date Oil
($24/2 oz) quite moisturizing and easily spreadable. The color and consistency of desert date is in between marula and baobab. It contributes proteins as well as palmitic acid, a fatty acid that decreases drastically as we age.
The Moroccan Argan Oil
($24/2 oz) in this collection is similar to others I’ve used. For me, argan oil is usually too oily for my face and this one is no exception. I prefer to mix it with my body creams or use it in my hair.
I haven’t experienced any problems, breakouts or irritations with these products. Even the couple of times I used way too much, I just looked really shiny and glassy. They all mix and blend easily with one another as well as with creams and lotions. None of them have much of a scent. From the bottle, there is a slight, raw, grassy fragrance, which evaporates quickly on your skin. I’ve applied them around my eyes with no problems — my lips too (there’s no taste).
Using simple, chemical-free products feels reassuring. Each oil has only one ingredient. They are all cold-pressed, pure and unprocessed. It feels as if I’m feeding my skin!
These are not the only skincare products I use, so I can’t give them total credit for reducing lines, evening pigmentation, shrinking pores and softening my skin. It will be a bit longer before I can say they had an effect on wrinkles. I do feel increased elasticity and suppleness with use of these products. My skin is normal, so I would be interested to know how they perform for someone with dry skin.
I highly recommend trying these facial oils. Just remember that less is more! I use a maximum of four drops for my entire face, in many combinations. I always start with a drop of YBF Private Reserve, for its antioxidant protection, and then choose what my skin feels like it needs that day. It’s a great way to prep the skin for a heavier cream, sunscreen or makeup.
Ingredients in Shea Terra Marula Oil: 100% pure marula oil
Ingredients in Shea Terra Baobab Oil: 100% Pure baobab oil
Ingredients in Shea Terra Desert Date Oil: 100% dessert date oil
Ingredients in Shea Terra Moroccan Argan Oil: 100% pure argan oil, certified organic