TARTE Pure Marajuca Oil

tarte pure marajuca oil blog review TARTE Pure Marajuca OilSince its release, I’ve been on the fence about the Tarte Maracuja Oil. Given my love of body and hair oils (not to mention of learning about skincare and beauty routines from around the world), my interest was peaked. But I was also skeptical – after the huge success of Morrocanoil, it seems countless brands have jumped on the concept of bringing an exotic oil discovered during their international travels to their lineup. When Sephora offered a deluxe sample as one of their point rewards, it was the perfect opportunity to test it out myself (without committing to the price tag!)Tarte Marajuca Oil TARTE Pure Marajuca OilTarte recommends applying 2-3 drops of the oil to your hands, rubbing them together, then applying to clean skin on your face and neck. Personally, I don’t use oils on my face, but I love them for my body and hands. Since my Marajuca Oil is a sample size, I’ve reserved it for just my hands and neck.

The oil is totally colorless. It’s also nearly odorless, with just a light, natural scent detectable. It’s surprisingly thin and lightweight. One comment I saw repeatedly in reviews was how quickly it absorbs into skin, which I found true. I’m able to apply it to my hands, massage in for a moment, then type within 30 seconds without leaving oil residue on my keyboard.

The packaging is well-designed. I’m not always a fan of Tarte’s sometimes overly cutesy packaging, but they struck a great balance of infusing the Tarte brand/aesthetic with functional, sophisticated packaging. Even the deluxe sample size comes with a great dropper top. It’s so convenient that I’m thinking that when I use up the Maracuja oil, I may keep this little bottle for travel.

The box lists all kinds of “findings” about the percentages of women who saw various improvements in their skin within a specified amount of time using the Marajuca Oil. Frankly, I tend to view these sort of claims are marketing and just disregard them. I wish brands would forgo the practice of promoting stats without any explanation of how they were obtained, as it always strikes me as a bit disingenuous.

Overall, the Maracuja Oil is a lovely oil, but just have realistic expectations about what it will do. It hydrated and nourished my skin, but of course, it’s not a miracle potion that turns back time. I like how quickly it absorbs into my skin, but I can’t say it’s especially unique compared to other oils I’ve used. Would I pick it out as a deluxe sample or in a value set? Sure. But I don’t think I’d purchase at its regular price. I just didn’t find that it offered anything special enough to justify the price, when I can get the benefits of other oils (like jojoba, coconut, argan) for a fraction of the cost.


Note: In March 2014, Tarte was acquired by Kosè, a Japanese company that tests on animals. Tarte has committed to remaining cruelty-free despite their new parent company’s stance. 

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Catherine, oh I have the same issue with those “proven results” as well. Most of the time, it is a very small sample, and the questions they ask are often trick questions anyways (between using an oil not using one, naturally skin will be more hydrated and so on). Glad to hear it works for you, although maybe it’s not good enough for you to shell out money for a full-sized bottle! I just bought the new Caudalie Vinosource oil (funny story. It isn’t even supposed to launch till autumn, but I already saw it in pharmacies). Can’t wait to give that a go!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Sunny, my thoughts exactly, I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t too fond of the practice. I also don’t like the trick wording, like 90% saw reduction in appearance of wrinkles. I think for those of us rather immersed in the beauty-sphere, it’s clear that that statement means it just made fine lines look less visible temporarily (as a dose of most good moisturizers or oils will). But a lot of people hear that and think – oh it’ll get rid of my wrinkles.
      That’s so funny, I wonder how it ended up in stores so early. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! ♥

  • Brig

    Tarte was bought out and might no longer be cruelty free.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Brig! Thanks for chiming in. As I noted in the post, Tarte was purchased by Kose, a Japanese brand that tests on animals. However, because they’ve promised to maintain their cruelty-free practices, I will continue showing products from the brand while also noting they’re owned by an animal testing parent company. It’s up to each person to weigh the pros/cons and decide whether to support CF brands with non-CF parent companies. ♥

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Yeah, I wouldn’t expect any miracles from it either. Seems like a nice enough oil to me though.

  • Christine

    I love the claims on mascaras (just in case no one can tell, I’m being sarcastic :)) – Tarte’s is one of the great ones because it promises something like 300 times more length & volume or something ridiculous. :) Something like that NEVER convinces me to buy a product.

    As for the Maracuja Oil, I DID try it one my face and I am pretty sure it made me break out. It claims to help with breakouts, but I’m not convinced. Currently I’ve been using the Sibu Pure Seabuckthorn Oil on my face and I really like it. It absorbs really nicely and it seems to balance my skin better than other products I’ve tried. And best of all, no breakout issues – well new ones anyway! :) I feel like the Sibu is better absorbed by my skin too. And A LOT less expensive! :)

    Great review as always Catherine! :)

  • http://aucupariabrumalis.wordpress.com/ Claire

    I am actually very curious about this oil. and I have to admit that I like the name of it, eventhough it just says maracuja, haha. well, there aren’t any miracles out there for our faces but this oil sounds nice xxx