The oil also offers more benefits:
- Dry Skin types will experience ultra hydration while EFAs rebuild and repair the skin.
- Oily skin will experience instant absorption and the oil actually contracts skin’s natural oils so you aren’t left feeling greasy or oily.
- Dull skin will appear brighter and more radiant thanks to the rich vitamin C formula while EFAs, a requirement for healthy skin cells that the body can’t reproduce, help to infuse life back into the skin.
- Sensitive/Acne-Prone-Redness/Rosacea will benefit from the antioxidants which will help sooth and heal skin without causing breakouts.
Sounds like a miracle product....so what's the downside? The $46 (plus $6.22 S&H) price tag for 1.7 oz. of product! The oil has one ingredient: Passiflora edulis seed oil, which got me wondering... if this is organic, cold-pressed unrefined passion fruit seed oil then why would tarte's be any different from another brand offering the same product? I did some research and found a website called Natural Bliss that sells 1 oz. of cold-pressed, unrefined, organic Maracuja Oil from Brazil for $7, or 4 oz for $20. Their customer service is friendly, they promptly responded to my questions via email, they offer sizes from sample to bulk, and it shipped the next morning after I ordered it. So let's see what the differences are between the two!
For a background on what I normally use on my skin, my nightly routine includes using the Murad Environmental Shield line which is a cleanser, serum, pigment lightening gel for old acne scars, eye cream, and a moisturizer. When I started using the oil I have only been cleansing and then using the oil. My skin is fair, has some red spots from acne breakouts, medium pores, and combination skin with a mildly oily t-zone and dry tendencies on my chin/around my nose.
Tarte's Maracuja Oil is mostly clear with a yellow tinge and has a very faint nutty smell. It spreads easily and absorbs quickly into the skin - I would consider it a very light oil and almost more like a serum in consistency. The full size comes in a cute purple bottle with a dropper. After using Tarte's generous sample for over a week here are my results:
- Skin is hydrated
- Few monthly blemishes I had cleared up more quickly than normal, no new blemishes have occurred
- Skin is very soft
- More even skin tone and overall brighter looking skin
- Few wrinkles around my eyes / on forehead and pores seem to be less noticable
- Seems to help control my combination skin - no spots are overly oily or overly dry anymore
To apply, I use a few drops and massage it on my face with my fingers, focusing a bit more on any red spots or dry spots. I also put it around my eyes. It takes a minute or two to absorb but doesn't leave skin looking or feeling overly greasy - just glowing with a slight sheen. I can't stop touching my face after I put this on, it's just so so soft! I use what's left on my hands and massage it into my cuticles.
The Natural Bliss oil 1 oz. and 4 oz. sizes come in a glass bottle with a pump. The oil itself is slightly thicker than Tarte's and more yellow/orange in tone. It has a more distinct smell - kind of a nutty scent with light citrus undertones. This oil does not absorb quite as quickly as Tarte's since it's thicker, but since I put it on before bed that doesn't bother me. It leaves a light sheen on my skin but doesn't make me feel oily. It really does give me that healthy glow that everyone covets. The results are exactly the same as I've gotten with Tarte's oil, so I am going to continue using Natural Bliss. Since it's 4 oz. for $20 vs 1.7 oz. for $52, I consider Natural Bliss's oil a steal! I also used this in my hair the other night - it made my hair oily, obviously, but it washed out clean the next day and now my hair is super soft and manageable. I didn't need a whole lot for my whole head, so I'll probably do this once a week to keep my hair healthy. This also works great as a general body oil or for dry feet or hands.
In a nutshell - I have replaced 4 products I was using before with just this one! I plan to continue using this oil on my face and might try a different company when this runs out to further research and see if there are more differences between different companies. I am very happy with this oil and really feel more confident about my skin since I've been using it. It can also be used on the hair and scalp to condition and stop itchiness/flakiness, as a massage oil, and the scent is supposed to be good for relaxation and promotes restful sleep.
*I have recently reviewed more of Natural Bliss's wonderful natural and handmade products for those of you interested in all natural skin care, which can be found here *
Where to get it:
Tarte's Maracuja Oil: http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.A215554.desc.tarte-100-Pure-Cold-Pressed-Maracuja-Oil-from-the-Amazon#BVQAWidgetID
Natural Bliss(various sizes): http://www.mynaturalbliss.com/passionfruit_oil.html
Oca Brazil (1 oz. size): http://oca-brazil.com/cosmepassionfruit.htm
Grass Hut Treasures (bulk): http://www.grasshuttreasures.com/amazonoilsbutters.html
From Nature with Love (various sizes, higher shipping, small order fee): http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/soap/product.asp?product_id=oilpassion