Since 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 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.