I received this Deluxe (7 mL) bottle of tarte’s popular Maracuja Oil in a recent Ipsy bag, and I was so excited because I’d really been wanting to try it.
My skin has always been dry, but now that I’m in my late 30s, I have found it getting drier and flakier each winter. Using facial oil layered over my moisturizer has helped to keep my skin less dry.
In the past, I’ve tried Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, Mitchell & Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil, and Cocoon Apothecary Organic Rosehip Oil Moisturizing Serum. My favorite by far has been the rosehip oil, which noticeably helps my skin to heal when it has redness and blemishes. The other oils have not been particularly outstanding—they work fine as oils to keep moisture in my skin, but there have been no other improvements to my skin’s appearance when using them.
tarte’s Maracuja Oil is derived from the Passiflora edulis plant, a species of passion flower native to Brazil. The oil itself is extracted from the seeds in the passion fruit.
But maybe facial oils just aren’t really great for me, because tarte’s Maracuja Oil falls into the category with the others. I haven’t noticed anything different at all after a month of using this oil both directly on my face, over moisturizer, and mixed in with liquid foundation.
On the positive side, the oil itself sinks into the skin nicely (granted, my skin drinks up oil like a sponge—I always use a couple more drops of oil than the label advises) and I didn’t find there to be much of a scent. My rosehip oil, for example, has a very strong smell, but I put up with it since it works so well, and I only use it at night, anyway.
However, the best thing about this Deluxe Maracuja Oil is the packaging! The bottle is lovely and the cap is amazing. I would never have expected such a nice cap for a sample, but it has a wood-look cap with a metal nub on the top, which is depressed to squirt the product in and out of the glass dropper. I really want to try reusing this bottle for my rosehip oil, which comes in a huge bottle and its rubber dropper cap is starting to get a bit wonky.
So, to summarize, this oil was nothing special for me. I’ll happily use it up, though, but I look forward to trying the next few oils in my rotation: Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil and John Paul Selects Marula Facial Oil.
tarte Maracuja Oil comes in a 0.5 fl oz / 15 mL travel size (US$15/CA$19) and a 1.7 fl oz / 50 mL full size (US$48/CA$60). My Deluxe sample size is 0.23 fl oz / 7 mL; it is made in Brazil and filled in Taiwan. tarte is cruelty-free.
tarte was founded by Maureen Kelly in 2000. The company is based in New York, NY, USA.