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Saturday, April 23, 2011

All about Maracuja and Argan oils

Maracuja or Passion Fruit Seed oil


The passion fruit has been used medicinally for hundreds of years, and its benefits are scientifically documented. It is most widely known for its sedative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-spasmodic properties. The passion fruit is native to the Amazon.

Cosmetic benefits

Passion fruit seed oil (passiflora edulis), also known as Passionfruit oil or Maracuja oil, is a superior emollient rich in vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus. The high content of essential fatty acids and light texture of Maracuja Oil (Passion fruit seed Oil) makes it a valuable contribution to a wide array of personal care products intended to nourish the skin and treat dry skin conditions.

Passion Fruit seed oil is highly recommended in scalp and hair care products to encourage healthy hair growth and increased vitality.

Passion Fruit seed oil is calming and sedating, and is suitable for inclusion in bath care products and products intended to promote relaxation. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and sedative properties make it the oil of choice for use in massage applications and formulations intended to ease muscular aches and swelling.

High in linoleic acids, Passion Fruit Seed Oil has healing and antibacterial properties which may be useful for stretch mark, dry, itchy skin and scalp.
*Passion Fruit Seed Oil will instantly provide freshness and vitality.

*Contains anti-oxidants and can be used to improve skin elasticity.

*It can also be used in hair softening products and treating dry flaky scalp.

*Has a calming and soothing effect on the skin.

*High in vitamins A, C and essential fatty acids.

The most popular form of Maracuja oil on the market today is the Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja oil.
I received this sample in a make-up kit recently and after using it, fell in love with this magnificent oil. Not only has my skin texture improved, but my skin has also become more firm and my pores have become smaller. Rather than pay the high price of the Tarte oil ($46 for 1.7oz, plus tax and shippin), I found an alternative from Grass Hut Treasures  for $35.99 for 8oz plus free shipping).

On paper, these oils look identical and they also feel very similar on my hand and face.

Tarte left, Grass Hut right

The grass hut is not filtered and is 100% natural, so you will notice a sediment in the oil that will settle on the bottom. You can easily filter it yourself through a cheesecloth and still have at least 6oz of good oil, making it still a better deal than the Tarte oil. The shipping from GHT was very fast, but the customer service seems lacking, since they would not answer any of my e-mails regarding the sediment.


Argan Oil


Argan oil is exceptionally rich in natural tocopherols (vitamin E), rich in phenols and phenolic acid, rich in carotenes, rich in squalene, rich in essential fatty acids, 80% unsaturated fatty acids and depending on extraction method more resistant to oxidation than olive oil.
 The unroasted oil is traditionally used as a treatment for skin diseases, and has found favour with the cosmetics industry.

Josie Maran has made this oil popular by promoting her natural Argan Oil products. Her Argan Oil is $48 for 1.7oz. Instead of paying that much for so little product, I found this at Camden Grey for $16 plus shipping for an 8oz bottle. I decanted my oil into a 2oz amber bottle with a dropper.


The difference I have found between the Argan and Maracuja oil is that the Argan is a slightly thicker, and heavier oil that provides more moisture than the Maracuja. I prefer it for my hair and body, while I prefer the lighter consistency of the Maracuja for my face.

On paper, the oils look the same. In the bottle, the Argan appears to have a slightly golden tint to it.

Maracuja- left two, Argan- right


Size comparison- 8oz vs. 2oz


Both of these oils are going to be good for the skin. I think it will be a personal preference for which one you like better. I like and use both. I have read many reviews from women who tried the Maracuja and didn't think it worked until they stopped using it and noticed the difference in their skin. I am acne prone with an oily t-zone and lean toward the sensitive side of skin and have had no breakouts or negative effects from using either oil on the face.

I have even went a step further and made my own oil in 2 oz amber bottles consisting of Argan, Cocnut, Jojoba, Shea, Grape Seed and Pomegranate Seed oils. I have been trying it out on my hair, body and face and it seems to be working great. It makes a great serum under moisturizer and I have seen a noticeable improvement in my skin smoothness and clarity. And it smells deliciously of coconut!


If anyone has read this article and don't know where to start, or do not want to buy the oils in such large amounts, contact me and I have 2oz sizes available for $15 plus shipping of Argan, Maracuja, Jojoba, Shea, my Coconut mix or any mixture of the above and would be happy to send you some.

The distributors have said that the oil will last around 2 years if kept in a cool, dry place.

Any questions, please comment below or e-mail me at makeupmisty@hotmail.com.

Thanks!

Misty