Thursday, December 25, 2014

African Botanics Marula Shimmering Gold Oil | Review

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As the years draws to an end, and I reflect upon the products that garnered the most love from me– African Botanics remains at the top of the list of companies that consistently swept me off of my feet. There is not a single product from this exquisite line that has not stolen my heart, and I am so excited to see the new things that they will be rolling out in the future. It is one of the very few lines in which I have absolute confidence. Their products are of exquisite quality, they use the finest ingredients available and they carefully scrutinize every single batch that they make employing the most exacting standards.

My newest African Botanics obsession is their Marula Shimmering Gold Oil, and once you try it you will be as obsessed as I am.

Marula Shimmering Gold Oil is described as,

An ultra-nourishing gold shimmering, rare fusion that illuminates every complexion and can be used on face, body and hair. Infused with an exquisite antioxidant-rich complex of restorative African Marula, Moringa, Baobab and Kalahari Melon seed oils especially chosen for their resilience to harsh climatic conditions and ability to deeply nourish, soothe, soften and maintain skin youthfulness and firmness.

Light and airy in texture, it captures and reflects the radiant splendour of glimmering African sunsets, beautifying with translucent mother of pearl minerals to illuminate skin and enhance its natural radiance. Meadowfoam oil improves skin vitality, while an aromatic blend of Gardenia and macerated Magnolia enhanced by fresh Neroli and Vanilla Bean create a beautiful floral scent.

  • Dull dry skin, uneven texture and tone
  • Damaged and stressed skin
  • Lack of elasticity and firmness
  • After sun exposure to extend the tan and keep skin glowing
Marula Shimmering Gold Oil is a magical antioxidant rich and unbelievably nourishing and hydrating oil that can be used from head to toe. It the hair it offers conditioning and tames frizzies while adorning your tresses with a gorgeous golden luminosity. This delectable nourishing oil hydrates and smooths the skin while giving it the most gorgeous and refined shimmer. Skin is left luminous, soft, supple and utterly quenched. Of all of the shimmering oils that I have seen flood the market none compares to this one. It's perfect all year round, but it is the one to try this holiday season.  The subtle scent is an intoxicatingly delicious blend of Gardenia, Magnolia, Neroli and Vanilla Bean that is so delectable that I would wear it as a perfume given the chance.
Select Ingredients and their Attributes:

Marula Oil: "cold pressed, weightless, anti-aging botanical oil sourced from the remote pristine areas of South Africa's Marula Belt. Concentrated with powerful antioxidants, vitamins C + E that help cells renew and resist damage. Exceptionally high in Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 9 & Omega 6) that deeply hydrate skin and reduce redness while protecting against the elements. Softens the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, increases skin elasticity, plumps and revitalizes your complexion."

Moringa Oil: "gently lifts impurities such as environmental grime and make-up without stripping away the skin’s natural sebum layer. Acts as an astringent, tightens pores, tones and balances skin helping to clear blemishes."

Baobab Oil: "omega rich ‘super fruit’ is very high in antioxidants, Vitamins A, B, D & E and essential fatty acids. Combats skin aging by improving skin's firmness and strength by boosting the elastic quality of the skin and encouraging cell regeneration. Tightening of the skin diminishing the look of lines and flaccidity."

Kalahari Melon Seed: "wild-harvested in Kalahari sands of Namibia is also known as the Tsamma melon or wild watermelon and is the biological ancestor of the common watermelon now found worldwide. One of the richest sources of the essential fatty acid GLA which locks in moisture and contains high levels of natural Vitamin E."

Meadowfoam Oil: "provides essential nutrients to the skin and improves skin vitality."

Neroli: "floral essence of Neroli Oil is steam distilled from freshly hand-picked orange blossoms. Produced by small growing co-ops in South Africa. Produces noticeable rejuvenating results on all skin types. Assists in smoothing out wrinkles & promoting a luminous & radiant complexion. The effects of Neroli oil on emotional well-being can be compared to the nourishing, soothing, and revitalizing effects of Mediterranean sunshine."

Gardenia: "Gardenia jasminoides was first introduced to the Western world from Cape Colony in Africa, and its name comes from the fact that the aroma of its large white flowers was said to be very like the scent of jasmine. It is one of the most precious oils in the world and known for its heavenly aroma and fragrance."

Magnolia: "is believed to be one of the most ancient flowering plants, fossilized specimens have been dated as far back as 95 million years. Magnolia fargesii are the main species, from which the flowers are distilled. The flowers are picked at night, when the scent is at its peak and the scent is absolutely divine; light, fruity-floral with sweet buttery undertones and a little sharp edge. Magnolia oil has an affinity for the heart on a vibrational level, instilling a sense of beauty and self esteem."

Ingredients: Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Isostearyl Isostearate, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil**, Silica, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Kalahari Melon) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Tocopherol, Mica, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Gardenia Jasminoides (Gardenia) Oil, Magnolia Fargesii (Magnolia) Oil, Vanilla Bean (Vanilla planifolia) Essential Oil, Citral*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Hexyl Cinnamal*, Hydroxycitronellal*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Iron Oxides. May Contain ± [Ci 77019, Ci 77891, Ci99491].*Consists of a 100% natural blend of essential oil constituents/isolates.

**Certified Organic. 100% Vegan. Formulated without mineral oil, toxic preservatives, colorants, silicone, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, triclosan, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, urea or phthalates.
Note the gorgeous sheen and shimmer after I blended Marula Shimmering Gold Oil on my arm
Overall Assessment: I'm absolutely convinced that this is the best shimmer oil ever invented, and it was unsurprisingly created by African Botanics. Use it all year, but definitely adorn yourself with this gorgeous and nourishing twinkling beauty this holiday season!

$85.00 for 3.4 oz. from African Botanics, Space NK US, Beauty Bar, b-glowing and Amazon (Affiliate Links).

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  1. hmmm...interesting. It really seem like a good one. I super love the coverage and the qualities are simply amazing. I will check on this....

    1. It's definitely worth checking out! It's truly amazing!

  2. i've had a shimmer oil and a body shimmer in my stash for a year now and i never know what to do with them...

    1. I like to use this one on my arms, décolleté, and in my hair for the lovely subtle luminosity. It's also such a beautifully nourishing oil that you can use it anywhere for added moisture. I also add a little to my lotion and use it on my face or body for a healthy looking glow. African Botanics continually delights me with their beautiful products.


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