I love beauty products, and I am as likely to fall for the marketing with age and experience I am learning the importance of listening to my skin. Being led by my skin and not my eyes, heart or brain has lead me to appreciate products that others like and to dislike products that are much hyped in the bloggersphere.
Tarte Maracuja Oil is one of those products which on paper, I should love – but I dont. It is not a bad product, it is just not what my skin needs. Tarte came to the UK with great drama and launched on QVC a little over a year ago. As a skincare junkie I was very interested in the maracuja oil or passion fruit oil. It is extracted from the seeds of the passion fruit which is commonly found in Africa, the Caribbean, South America Asia, Australia, New Zealand and also parts of Europe but Tarte source their maracuja oil from Brazil.
It is a single note facial oil which is very high in omega six (linoleic acid), an essential fatty acid which is essential for skin function (anti inflammatory and antioxidant). It has no smell and quite a rich texture. Three drops are plenty even for my dinner plate sized face.
Whilst I found that the oil was very emollient, on my skin I did not find that it had any of the nourishing, clarifying plumping effects that I get from for example avocado oil. There was no glow, and for someone who loves a facial oil, that was really disappointing.
Each bottle is fifty millilitres so you get a really good amount of product – more then most facial oils which come in at fifteen or thirty millilitres but this product just does not work for me. Not even the purple bottle and the interesting bamboo box can change my view – I have been using it as a make up remover (yes really) and it has been great at that.
Tarte Maracuja Oil is available from QVCUK and retails for £38.50 plus packing and postage