[REVIEW] Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

I love Drunk Elephant. I love facial oil. And I love marula oil. Therefore, is this Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is my soulmate product? The one that I destined for? The miracle product that I’ve been looking for? 


Like rehab for your skin, this wonder-working, luxury facial oil, high in critical antioxidants tocopherol (vitamin E), tochotrienol, phenolic compounds and flavinoids, and rich in omegas 6 and 9, helps to moisturize, rejuvenate and nourish skin while restoring a youthful glow. Straight from the “pip” of the marula fruit, our Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is untouched by any chemical or fragrance, natural or synthetic and remains in its purest form.

This amazingly absorbable oil delivers clinically proven results to reverse the signs of aging and incredible antioxidant benefits against environmental stressors and free radicals. Look for a noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness and blotchiness with improvement in skin’s elastic feel. Your skin will drink in this nutrient-rich oil leaving no residue behind. It is naturally anti-microbial and appropriate for all skin types, including the most sensitive.

Our Virgin Marula Oil is cold-pressed using a patented process of unheated water extraction, ensuring the oil remains nutrient-dense and stays fresher longer. We don’t cut, bleach or deodorize, nor do we add scented essential oils, which can act as irritants and disrupt the many benefits of this pure and unrefined oil.100% fragrance, essential oil, silicone and irritant-free.

– Virgin Marula Oil: super-absorbable oil, high in critical antioxidants and omegas 6 and 9, helps nourish and rejuvenate skin for a youthful glow

Ingredients: Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil

Animal Fats/Oils/Musks, Benzalkonium Chloride, Benzophenone, Bisphenol A (BPA), Butoxyethanol, BHA, BHT, Chemical Sunscreens, Coal Tar Dyes, 1,4-Dioxane, -Cones, Detergent, Essential Oils, EDTA, Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA), Formaldehyde, Fragrance, Hydroquinone, Liquid Paraffin, Liquid Petrolatum, Methyl Cellosolve, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Mercury, Mercury Compounds, Mineral Oil, Oxybenzone, Parabens, Paraffin Oil, Phthalates, Polyethylene Glycol (PEGs), Resorcinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Silicones, Sulfates, Thimerosal, Toluene, Triclosan, Triclocarban

Cruelty-Free. Recycle for Earth’s Sake. Supporter of IEF (International Elephant Foundation).


For those reasons above, without a doubt, I have so much expectation towards this particular product. Thank God that they sold it in the travel size also so I could try it without breaking the bank — still expensive, though; but still… Well, my curiosity beats everything, hence the reason why I ended up purchasing it. Since at this point all of Drunk Elephant products that I’ve tried been doing good for my skin, hopefully, this one will also do good for my skin! Finger crossed!

Do we still need to talk about Drunk Elephant’s branding and packaging again? It’s no longer a secret that I’m a fan of their branding and packaging concept. It’s unique, youthful, some come with hi-tech airless pump packaging, and even for the travel size, Drunk Elephant didn’t be lenient towards their packaging and concept. It still comes with high-quality droplet packaging.


So, how about the actual product?

It comes with colourless oil that would easily absorbed into the skin, almost scentless and pretty lightweight yet still moisturizing and all. One thing bugged me though. For one reason or another, the actual formulation of the product didn’t give me much excitement everytime I use it. Not that the product is bad, no — it’s far from bad. However, this particular product I think — shares so much similarities in terms of texture and effects with The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Marula Oil. And The Ordinary comes with much much more affordable price.

Not that I support The Ordinary or anything — in fact, I am not the biggest fan of Brandon Truaxe at this point — I’m just stating my opinion here. It’s good. Both of the oils are freaking good. I even used to love The Ordinary Marula Oil so much more than any of their other oils, however, because of the price difference, it’s nonsense to me to think of repurchasing this Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil even if I could afford it since they both give me same result for my skin. But hey, I’m still in my 20s. Perhaps it would work differently for people in their 30s or 40s. Maybe.


So, did I disappointed with this product? Maybe yes. But not because it’s bad. Perhaps because I tried The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Marula Oil first. If I tried this Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil first, maybe this would be my Holy Grail product instantly because I love them both so much.

Nevertheless, they are both a good product that I would recommend to everyone that I know. Now that Brandon is closing down DECIEM, I don’t think that in the future people could purchase The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Marula Oil either. Therefore, before The Ordinary’s Marula Oil is gone forever and you didn’t have the budget to purchase Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, you can purchase it right away. It is the perfect dupe at the moment, I think (Gothamista said it too!).

So… what will I do if I couldn’t afford to repurchase Drunk Elephant Marula Oil and The Ordinary is closing down? Would I stock up their products?  

Nah, I’ll live without them. Yes, I love them both, but, hey, there’s always new interesting products in the market that I would be interested to try for. For those reasons, it’s rare for me to repurchase a particular product even if I loved them.

So… have you tried this Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil? What do you think? If you also already tried The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Marula Oil, do you also think that it’s the perfect dupe for the Drunk Elephant? Please do share it in the comment section below! 😉


5 thoughts on “[REVIEW] Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

  1. I’ll be trying this drunk elephant marula from the duo! I thought they said Diciem is not closing down and the ordinary will still continue?


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