Bordering the Atlantic Ocean and just north of South Africa lies a country named Namibia. Formerly called South-West Africa, the United Nations officially renamed it Namibia in 1968, but the country didn’t achieve nationhood until 1990.
A land made up largely of high plateau woodlands, Namibia is home to a botanical treasure – a special fruit tree known as marula. Long held as sacred, the marula tree has been revered for fertility and happy marriage within the African culture.
Today, the marula tree plays a key role in the African economy with every part of the tree utilized for a range of products, from furniture manufacturing to food and medical industries.
However, the tree’s most precious gift may be the oil that comes from the soft, white kernels inside the fruit’s hard nut. Marula seed oil is sometimes referred to as the “miracle oil”.
Drawings discovered in the Pomongwe Caves in Zimbabwe and East Africa suggest marula and its oil have been used for more than 10,000 years. Held in high esteem by women, the oil is believed to be an ancient beauty secret handed down from Namibian mothers to their daughters.
Not surprisingly, the raw materials for marula oil have been hand-harvested and processed by community cooperatives of mostly women since the late 2000s.
This skyrocketing industry continues to empower thousands of women, benefitting communities and children. The awareness of this precious gift is supporting the social infrastructure to provide food, clean water and education to its people.
What’s so Special About Marula Seed Oil?
Why is marula oil so dear to the African community – and why has it become so popular worldwide?
Marula seed oil stands apart from other beauty oils for its rich supply of essential omega-3 oleic acids, phytonutrients, minerals and naturally-occurring antioxidants. While only the size of a golf ball, the marula fruit contains the same amount of vitamin C as four grapefruits.
The oil contains between 70 to 78% oleic acid and 4 to 7% linoleic acid, making it ideal for topical use for optimal skin hydration and supple smoothness.
The fatty acids in marula oil are very similar to those present in the epidermis, or the outermost layer of your skin.
Lightweight and naturally hydrating, marula oil is suitable for all skin types. A recent study confirms marula oil, when applied, moisturizes and hydrates skin without causing irritation.
This oil is rapidly gaining recognition as users report its ability to help:
- Smooth the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, scars and stretch marks.
- Brighten and even out skin tone.
- Rejuvenate tired-looking skin by replenishing and protecting the skin’s moisture barrier.
- Promote skin elasticity so skin looks firmer.
- Protect skin against the abuse of the elements.
What may be the oil’s most remarkable quality is its absorbability – or the ability to quickly soak into your skin.
Unlike other oils that remain oily on your skin’s surface even minutes after application, the unique fatty acid profile in marula oil allows it to be absorbed instantly without any oily residue.
How to Tell High–Quality Marula Seed Oil From Cheaper, Mass–Produced Oils
Using their traditional knowledge, the women of Namibia hand harvest the kernels from the dried marula fruit.
It’s not a simple task – the fruit’s kernels are surrounded by tough shells which must first be crushed. Once the kernels are retrieved, they are sun dried and then cold-pressed in a mill.
The extracted oil is filtered, leaving behind a pale to golden yellow oil with a slightly nutty scent. Organic virgin marula oil is not refined, so it bears the natural characteristics of the raw ingredient, including its fragile vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and phytonutrients.
Unfortunately, not all marula oil sold today is produced with this same level of care. Because of its growing popularity, marula oil is increasingly being mass produced using less-than-desirable methods.
Most mass-produced marula oils are obtained by crushing the kernel, sometimes together with the shells, and extracted through the use of heat and harsh chemicals.
Not surprising, these methods of processing can destroy the oil’s natural antioxidant properties and delicate phytonutrients.
It is very difficult to determine the quality of marula oil just by looking at it or reading its label. The only way to know for sure is to research the integrity and background of the company selling it.
By itself, marula oil offers exquisite benefits for youthful-looking skin. However, we’ve taken this luxurious oil a step further and blended it with two other in-demand oils and extracts…
Organic Hemp Seed Oil for Unsurpassed Beauty
For our Organic Rejuvenating Serum, we didn’t want to stop at Organic virgin Marula Seed Oil, as beneficial as it appears to be in studies and personal testimonials.
By adding two forms of Certified Organic Hemp – Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Whole Plant Extract – we’ve created what I believe to be the ultimate in age-defying nourishment for your skin.
Often confused with marijuana because it shares the same scientific name, Cannabis sativa, hemp is a legal cannabis plant that is cultivated for non-drug use.
Hemp contains only a trace of THC (less than 0.3% compared to marijuana’s hefty 5 to 35%). One of the world’s oldest crops, hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years for food, clothing, fiber and fuel.
It’s important to note that hemp seed oil isn’t necessarily the same thing as hemp oil. Hemp oil can come from any part of the hemp plant, including the leaves and stalks. Hemp seed oil is made only from the seeds.
Hemp seed oil is known for its vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega fatty acids, especially omega–3, –6 and –9. When applied to skin, these nutrients help:
- Hydrate, soothe and protect skin against the abuse of the elements.
- Draw moisture to your skin and lock it in.
- Replenish and protect your skin’s moisture barrier.
- Promote healthy, normal skin oil production.
In addition to Organic Hemp Seed Oil, we’ve added another valuable form of hemp…
Organic Hemp Whole Plant Extract for Youthful–Looking Skin
Made from the entire C. sativa plant, including the flowers and leaves, Hemp Whole Plant Extract includes naturally occurring cannabidiol (CBD) as well as cannabinoid terpenes, terpenoids, flavonoids, oleic and palmitic acids, linoleic acid and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Many people are surprised to learn that CBD is just one of many compounds in hemp whole plant extract. Hemp contains valuable phytocannabinoids and nearly 200 terpenes – the active compounds that give plants their taste and smell.
Herbalists believe the terpenes in hemp interact synergistically with its phytocannabinoids to create an “entourage effect” that enhances the healthful effects of each individual component.
Studies show Hemp Whole Plant Extract, like what’s in Organic Rejuvenating Serum, provide many potential benefits for your skin, including:
- Moisturizing your skin so it looks brighter, more radiant and youthful.
- Soothing the appearance of fine lines, scars and evening out skin tone.
- Promoting healthy, balanced oil content on your skin.
- Maintaining skin integrity and structure to withstand abuse from the elements.
- Promoting elasticity so your skin looks firmer.
- Replenishing and protecting your skin’s moisture barrier.
- Supporting healthy collagen production.
All of these benefits come courtesy of hemp extract’s abundant supply of antioxidants, phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, like linolenic and linoleic acids.
How to Select a Hemp Seed Oil and Whole Plant Extract You Can Trust
One of the hazards with hemp oil is that it can contain unwanted contaminants because of the plant’s unique soil–cleansing property that allows it to extract heavy metals and potentially harmful chemicals from the soil.
Not only is it important to know where the hemp was grown, but you also want reassurances that the soil in which it was grown was tested for heavy metals, as well as the purity and quality of the soil.
Because there are currently few controls for growing and processing hemp in the U.S., you want a hemp oil or extract, at the very least, to be USDA Certified Organic.
With Certified Organic, you can be assured that the hemp doesn’t contain genetically engineered ingredients or high levels of potentially harmful pesticide residues and other agricultural contaminants.
There’s also the concern about the quality and source of the seeds. Because of the many hybrids being developed for greater THC content, you want to make sure the hemp was grown from certified seeds and not hybrids with marijuana.
Finally, there’s the issue of processing. How is the hemp oil extracted and processed? Do they use harsh chemical solvents for extraction or high heat processing methods that can damage the fragile components in the oil or extract?
Organic Rejuvenating Serum is made with USDA Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Organic Hemp Whole Plant Extract, ensuring you that the product is free from potentially hazardous pesticides and herbicides.
But that’s not all… Our supplier for hemp seed oil and hemp extract ensures a high-quality product through a unique approach.
Our Trusted Organic Hemp Supplier’s T4 Approach to Quality
Our hemp supplier utilizes a reliable T4 approach that includes four essential elements – Transparency, Traceability, Tested and Trust.
What does this look like in the real world of production and transport?
- The growers’ hemp farms utilize only eco-farming practices.
- The hemp plants are grown with unique genotyped seeds.
- The plants are cultivated, cared for and harvested under stringent eco-farming practices.
- Every plant is traceable to its seed stock, farm and facility where it was extracted.
- The proprietary CO2 extraction process uses a gentle, clean and scientifically designed process that doesn’t use organic solvents, ETO or gamma irradiation.
- An internationally recognized laboratory conducts rigorous environmental testing to verify purity.
- A pesticide-herbicide panel of 300-plus substances confirms the hemp is cleaner than many organic foods with results of “not detectable” for each substance.
- Documentation for identity and purity is verified through independent testing by third-party laboratories.
- The finished products are safely and legally imported, in full compliance of USDA and FDA standards.
All these important factors mean you end up with a fully disclosed reliable and trustworthy hemp seed oil and hemp whole plant extract, potentially saving you hours of research.
Revamp Tired–Looking Appearance With the Authentic African Beauty Secret and Locally–Sourced Hemp Oils
Reviving and rejuvenating aging and tired-looking skin requires authentic, trusted ingredients, and Organic Rejuvenating Serum with Marula & Hemp Oils provides just that.
This soothing blend of Organic Marula Seed Oil, Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Organic Hemp Whole Plant Extract restores, firms and deeply hydrates your skin for a youthful, vibrant appearance.
With Organic Rejuvenating Serum, you don’t have to settle for just one of these exceptional botanicals.
Our unique formula supplies all three in a complementary, synergistic super-oil blend that delivers far more potential benefits than from just one ingredient alone. Each balances, builds upon and enhances the others’ potential for benefitting your skin.
If you’re ready to rewind the years on your skin’s appearance and provide your complexion with the moisture and nourishment it needs for radiant health, order Organic Rejuvenating Serum today.