Pure Maracuja Oil
1.7 fl. oz. for $46
Category:Skin Care > Body-Care Products > Face/Body Oils
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Pure Maracuja oil is composed of one ingredient, an oil listed by its Latin name of Passiflora edulis. The layperson term for this Brazilian-based plant oil is passion fruit, and it's not a miracle of nature that addresses all kinds of skin concerns. Rather, it's just one of many good plant oils to improve the look and feel of dry skin. According to published research, passion fruit oil can inhibit melanin (skin pigment) production when its linoleic acid component is mixed with that of another plant that Tarte did not include in Pure Maracuja Oil . Although that's a bit of a letdown, passion fruit oil has documented anti-inflammatory properties and, at least in animal tests, can stimulate the production of fibroblasts, cells that make collagen. It's also a source of lycopene, and antioxidant common to tomatoes (Sources: International Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2012, pages 435–440; Planta Medica, September 2009, pages 1,221–1,226; Acta Cirugica Brasiileira, Volume 21, Supplement 3, 2006, pages 55–65; and Journal of Medicinal Food, Volume 8, Spring 2005, pages 104–106). Contrary to Tarte's claim, there is no research indicating passion fruit oil is a good source of vitamin C, though it does contain several antioxidant compounds (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

Normally we'd dismiss this as a one-note product because skin care is never as simple as one ingredient. Although Pure Maracuja Oil only contains one ingredient, that ingredient is a source of other ingredients that can provide multiple benefits—though all claims for acne-prone skin are off base and not supported by research. If you have acne and are considering this, use at your own risk; this oil may make matters worse. Otherwise, it's a good option for those with dry skin. For best results, don't use this alone. Instead, mix it with your regular moisturizer or serum. That way, you'll be sure to get the repairing and cell-communicating ingredients passion flower oil lacks (but aging skin needs).

  • Passion flower oil is a good non-fragrant plant oil.
  • Rich source of antioxidants.
  • Helps reduce inflammation.
  • Not as heavy as some other oils (though this is still oil, so apply sparingly).
  • Claims for improving acne are not substantiated.
  • Not a good source of vitamin C.

This nutrient-rich oil contains vitamin C and essential fatty acids to hydrate sensitive, dry, and acne prone skin, leaving skin even toned and smooth without a greasy feel.


Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil.

Brand Overview

Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Strengths: Excellent foundation; great cheek stain and powder blush; superior pressed powder and eyelining pencils; good mascaras; unique, innovative, beautiful packaging; complete ingredient lists on the company's Web site.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some gimmicky products and claims; lacks matte eyeshadow options.

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, supposedly out of a need to create a cosmetics line that "would prove that glamour can be good for you." Well, to be honest, we didn't know that glamour could be bad for anyone, no matter who was selling it. In this case, good-for-you glamour is about the products being "natural." Of course, lots of women believe that natural ingredients are the only way to go because they're told, and unfortunately often believe, that the synthetic ingredients in cosmetic products are toxic and poisonous for your skin. That is a misguided belief!

Ironically, despite Tarte's attention-getting marketing concept, their products aren't any more natural or healthier than loads of other products. We take particular issue with the company's claim of being preservative-free, synthetic dye-free, and talc-free. Not only are these ingredients not a problem for most people, but also many of Tarte's products do contain them! What is that about? Didn't anyone at Tarte read their own ingredient labels?

We are beyond understanding how a cosmetics company can base their advertising on what their products do not contain, yet fail to realize, or just won't acknowledge, that their products in fact do contain them—the very ingredients they tell you are toxic or poisonous for your skin. We mean, really, if your products (in this instance Tarte products) do contain isododecane, imidazolidinyl urea, butylene glycol, parabens, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, that's the pot calling the kettle black. Whatever… if Tarte chooses to mislead and misinform the consumer it doesn't seem to matter, because many uninformed women won't notice the hypocrisy—they'll just accept Tarte's claims at face value.

Marketing hype and ingredient deception aside, the ingredients Tarte does leave out of its products are sulfates (though sulfates are rarely used in makeup products anyway, so it is a trait most makeup products share), phthalates, and synthetic fragrance (but "natural" fragrance isn't any better for skin). That's nice, but in the scope of things, not really all that special.

We appreciate that Tarte conveys their message without the "granola," antiglamour, or anti-elegance image that's characteristic of many "natural" lines. The trade-off is that you're going to pay extra for Tarte's glamorous image and packaging. Although there are a handful of products in the Tarte lineup worth the splurge, if you only shopped this line for cosmetics, your wallet would definitely be lighter—and there's no need to splurge to the point of incurring debt just to outfit your makeup bag with all things Tarte. After all, you aren't going to be applying the packaging to your skin.

Those who shop carefully should pay close attention to Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils, and a handful of their innovative products. If you're looking for matte eyeshadows, however, you're out of luck. Tarte isn't as full-featured as several other makeup artistry lines (Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier come to mind), and Tarte doesn't outdo Rimmel or Sonia Kashuk at the drugstore, but their good products are indeed good.

For more information about Tarte Cosmetics call 855-968-2783 or visit www.tartecosmetics.com.

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I don't know about tarte's claim to 'natural' but I do know I love their primer, concealers, and foundations as well as the maracuja oil. I have very sensitive, dry, acne prone skin and discovering their line has done wonders for my face. I agree that their eye shadow and liners are not any better than the drug store equivalent but the splurge for a full coverage that looks natural and does not make me break out is totally worth it!

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I was using Argan Oil for the last 2 years, and while I enjoyed it - it felt heavier than I wanted. After learning the difference in oleic and linoleic acids, I tried Maracuja. Love, Love!! I am acne prone, oily by noon, and this oil is amazing for me. Not heavy, just moisturizing and does not make me oily by mid day. A must try for anyone with sensitive skin!! Now if they made a lotion with SPF - I would buy that also in a heartbeat!

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Angel S.
love it!

I got this oil on sale at Ulta. I've been using it nightly for about 4 months. I have dry skin and I live in a very dry climate (Denver). I am 28, and my main skin concerns are anti-aging and breakouts (I can break out due to products occasionally). This oil absorbs very well and moisturizers my skin excellently. I love it. I have not broken out at all using this oil. Highly recommend if you're looking for a facial oil

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Elizabeth V.
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