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TPGP Review: Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

As usual, I’m battling the dry winter air and the mess it makes of my already-dry skin. In my arsenal of lotions and potions is Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil. What exactly is Maracuja? Passion fruit. So this is the oil from the passion fruit flower. Here’s the product’s claim:

This undiluted organic and moisturizing maracuja oil quickly absorbs for firmer, brighter, smoother skin. Pure maracuja oil is rich in vitamin C, so skin appears instantly brighter and more radiant, as well as essential fatty acids (EFAs), a requirement for healthy skin cells that the body cannot produce on its own. EFA deficiency can result in the breakdown of essential skin cells which causes skin to appear dry and aged. By supplementing skin with pure maracuja oil, you are infusing life back into dull skin and replenishing EFAs to rapidly rebuild and repair. This potent antiaging elixir that has anti-inflammatory benefits promotes active skin recovery and delivers maximum hydration without any greasy or filmy feel.

While I can’t speak to all the claims above, I can speak to the hydrating properties. This oil does an excellent job of moisturizing dry skin, without leaving it really oily. It’s not a dry oil–which absorbs within a minute or two without any trace of oil–but it is pretty absorbent. Although the directions suggest you apply at night, I often apply in the morning to the drier areas of my face before applying makeup, to ensure that foundation goes on smoothly without getting patchy or flaky. In reading through the reviews from other users, I was surprised that so many with oily skin and acne found this to be an effective cure for their breakouts. It does make sense, though, because often dry skin overproduces oil to make up for the lack of moisture, which then wreaks havoc on the skin.

No discernible smell, which is great for those with fragrance sensitivities. Price is steep. For a small 1.7 oz bottle of this stuff, it’s $46 (you can also get a small rollerball sample for $17). Granted, you only need a few drops at a time, but it’s an investment. I also think it’s important to keep it in perspective–you’ll probably only need this during the worst of the winter months, and if you have dry, patchy, flaky skin, none of the makeup you applied is going to look pretty. You have to take good care of your skin if you want to look your best. So for me, it’s worth the money.

Bottom Line: Big price, big results, a great product for moisturizing and healing dry, oily, and combination skin.

Author: Beth

Writer, blogger, basset-hound walker. Beth is a connoisseur of nachos and holiday films. She loves books, sidecars, costume jewelry, and people with a quirky sense of humor.

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