Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil

What It Does

Marula Oil is a lightweight and silky oil, known for its high oleic acid content similar to that of olive oil. It comes from the marula tree, which bears fruit that has been harvested for centuries for medicinal, food, and cosmetic use. The fruit is used to simply eat or produce jams and wines, while the remaining kernels are cold-pressed to reveal this stunning oil that has a high affinity for skin and hair, making it a powerful addition to any product you're creating. We love that this oil can be used 100% neat on skin and hair to increase skin moisture or prevent hair breakage and improve hair shine. You can also blend it into your creation at any percent for that emollient touch.

How It's Made

The fruit falls to the ground and is collected. The flesh is used for food, but the discarded pit is full of kernels. The kernels are cold-pressed using simple processing techniques to release oil, which is further filtered to remove impurities. While this oil is not certified organic, the fruit is wild-harvested without the use of pesticides and no solvents are used in the processing.

Valerie has spent years researching the physiochemical properties of marula oil and has found our source to be of the highest quality and best oxidative stability - meaning, our Marula Oil has a naturally long shelf life without additives or additional processing techniques compared to other nut oils.

Cold Pressed
Cold Pressed
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
People and Planet
People and Planet

Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil

Marula Seed Oil 100%

People and Planet

Completely biodegradable
Sourced from a PhytoTrade Africa Member
Upcycled from leftover kernels

Geographical Origin


Ingredient Origin

Plant (Nut Kernel)


Carrier Oil
Skin conditioning

Types of Formulas

Hair conditioners, Hair Serums, Beard Oils, Facial Oils, Body Oils, Lotions, Butters, Sticks, Lip Products

Use Level

0.5 - 100%

Color / Odor / Appearance

Lightest Amber / Slightly Nutty / Liquid


Oils, Butters, Waxes

Fatty Acid Profile

C14:0 Myristic
C16:0 Palmitic Acid
C16:1 Palmitoleic Acid
C18:0 Stearic Acid
C18:1 Oleic Acid
C18:2 Linoleic Acid
C18:3 Linolenic Acid
C20:0 Arachidic Acid
C20:1 Eicosenoic
< 0.2%
9 - 12%
< 0.2%
4 - 8%
68 - 78%
3 - 8%
< 1%
< 1%
< 1%

Total Tocopherols

10 - 30 mg/100g

Saponification Value

188 - 196 mg KOH/g

Percent Active


Natural Index ISO 16128



Store in closed container in a dark, cool and dry place.

Shelf Life

See retest date on Certificate of Analysis.


For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.

Regulatory Documents

Safety Data Sheet
Certificate of Analysis Lot 21C031

Sold in ounces by weight. See our Terms for full warranties on safety & regulatory.

Packaging Type
1 oz
2 oz
4 oz
8 oz
16 oz
Amber Glass Bottle with PP Cap
Aluminum Bottle
Aluminum Bottle
Aluminum Bottle
Aluminum Bottle

Why It's Special

"I've spent 7 years in my lab researching various sources of marula oil to find the one with the best fatty acid profile and oxidiative stability. This first-press, golden oil is the highest quality one can use and you'll agree the moment you lay eyes on it."

- Valerie


Ripe fruits are collected from the ground.


The meat of the fruit is used for food. The pit is cracked open and the kernels are removed.

Cold Pressed
Cold Pressed

The kernels are crushed to release the oil. Every kernel contains more than 55% oil


The cold pressed oil is filtered to remove any remaining particles, yielding highly stable Marula Oil.

Make It Yours
Marula Oil Beard Serum

This oleic acid-rich beard serum is perfect for softening and taming coarse facial hair thanks to rich Marula Oil. Try it with your favorite essential oil blends to customize your grooming experience.

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Mixing Bowl
Bottle with Dropper

Skill Level: Easy

Makes 25 grams or just shy of 1 ounce.

1 Marula Oil 58.95%  14.74 g
2 Squalane 25.00%  6.25 g
3 Organic Jojoba Oil 10.00%  2.50 g
4 Ximenia Seed Oil 5.00%  1.25 g
5 Bergamot Essential Oil* 0.60%  0.15 g
6 Sandalwood Essential Oil* 0.30%  0.08 g
7 Lavender Essential Oil* 0.15%  0.04 g
TOTAL 100%  25.0 g

Ingredients with an asterisk can be purchased from any supplier.

Ensure all equipment is clean and sterilized, and that everything is completely dry before proceeding.

Add ingredients to the mixing bowl, one by one, stirring after each addition. When the mixture appears homogenous, pour into the bottle. Be careful not to fill the product all the way to the top - otherwise the bottle will overflow when inserting the dropper.

INGREDIENTS: Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Australian Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

This recipe is only a representative formulation to serve as an example of how these ingredients can be used. It is not a commercial product. Please conduct own testing as this formulation has not been subjected to testing for either performance, efficacy or safety.

Before handling ingredients, read all product information and safety data sheets for the ingredients to understand any handling instructions, safety precautions, and disposal instructions.