I get excited when a new Trader Joe's product lands in the health and beauty aisle. And best of all, this isn't seasonal, but would still make a great gift especially if money is tight.
A quick comparison
The most similar product to this is a product I've gotten once from Sephora: Drunk Elephant's Marula Oil. It's a good product, but its price tag is even more breathtaking.
A one-ounce container will set you back $72. Yup. You read that correctly.
And while I like that product, I can't say that I like it $72 worth. And if you read through the reviews of the products a lot of people like it but also feel it isn't $72 worth of nice.
Enter Trader Joe's Marula Facial Oil. This almost one-ounce bottle will set you back $6.99.
As an added bonus the packaging and bottle make it feel like it is worth more than the $7 price. The bottle has a really pretty ombre coloring.
The dropper works very well and didn't develop any leaks. Even the print on the package is a nice silvery color. All these make it feel expensive.
Testing this out
The oil looks like oil and does not have any fragrance to speak of. There is a subtle difference in scent from the Drunk Elephant brand. While I prefer the Drunk Elephant in terms of scent, I prefer pocketing the price difference.
I tried both out side by side one night. In the morning I honestly couldn't tell the difference between one product and the other. My face was nicely hydrated. You could potentially mix this into other lotions for added hydration.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Marula Facial Oil again. It's very well priced, feels expensive without being expensive.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The box of Trader Joe's Marula Facial Oil:
Out of the package you get:
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Trader Joe's Marula Facial Oil
Product Name: Trader Joe's Marula Facial Oil
Product Description: Trader Joe's Marula Facial Oil is new and competes well against more expensive brands.
Trader Joe's Marula Facial Oil is a new addition to an ever expanding health and beauty aisle.
- Outstanding value
- Nice moisturizer
- Great packaging
- Would make a nice gift
- It is quite a small package so it may just blend into the other items. Easy to miss if you aren't looking for it.
I had to return 2 bottles of the marula oil. I could see big gloppy white particles that just keep growing more and more. I don’t know what it is, maybe mold? Glad I could see through the glass bottle!!
I just picked a bottle up today and the same thing happened to me. I wonder if it’s just the oil hardening up at warmer temperatures?? Did you ever get an answer?
I usually use avocado oil decided to try the marula when I saw it at TJ's. There were some semi solid flakes at the bottom. This is due to temperature though not a sign of mold or it being bad or anything. It is as good as avocado oil except that you're not supposed to use near eyes, which is inconvenient. Also, it doesn't smell very good to me. Like earthy peanut butter. The scent doesn't last but the initial smell is not my favorite! I'll still use the jar I bought. It's pretty decent.
Thanks for sharing!
How do you know for sure it’s not mold??
I would imagine that at warmer terms the oil shouldn’t harden. I didn’t want to take any chances, so I stopped using it altogether. It’s strange that the globs increased in size which makes me think it’s growing mold.
Mold needs water to grow. There is no water in this product only oil. Oils do sometimes contain natural occurring wax that solidifies at cooler temperatures or if left still for a while. Do the flakes disperse when you shake the bottle vigorously or gently warm? Then it's not mold.
I tried this and i cant get past the cigarette smell. I put it on my skim and it smells like Ive been holding a cig or smoking. Theres something that looks like ash in the bottom of the bottle. When i shake it it goes away but then resettles. Wouldnt get it again. Will return this one.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!
Nicole Ashley-Evans says
I started using this product daily. I don't notice a smell, nor do I have any solids in my 2 bottles. I really feel that my face is nice and hydrated, and so far I love it. I use it after my toner and before my daily face moisturizer.
Thanks for sharing Nicole!