Marula oil with its rich composition of anti-oxidants and monounsaturated fatty acids has an excellent natural stability to oxidation. It can last for 2-3 years on the shelf when stored in cool areas away from direct light. It also has an incredible ability to hydrate, nourish, revitalize and soften the skin leaving it with a lustrous glow.

During many of our trade fair events, people often inquire about how marula oil compares to coconut and argan oils as well as to shea butter. We put together the chart below that discusses the most common differences as it relates to skin and hair.

Marula Oil Properties

Marula, Argan, Coconut Oils & Shea Butter

Fatty Acid Profile & Properties Comparison






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Oleic acid
(unsaturated fatty acid) 70 – 78 %

Oleic acid
(unsaturated fatty acid) 44.8 – 55 %

Oleic acid
(unsaturated fatty acid) 5 – 7.4 %

Oleic acid
(unsaturated fatty acid) 40 – 60 %

Oleic (Mono-unsaturated-Omega 9) acid is good for:

  1. Greater protection from the sun
  2. Good for skin penetration—able to moisturize deep within the skin’s surface
  3. Promotes wound healing by reducing inflammation while repairing the skin

Linoleic acid
(essential fatty acid) 4 – 9 %

Linoleic acid
(essential fatty acid) 28 – 36 %

Linoleic acid
(essential fatty acid) 1.3 – 7.1 %

Linoleic acid
(essential fatty acid) < 1 %

Linoleic (Poly-unsaturated-Omega 6) acid is good for:

  1. Use as an anti-inflammatory and for reducing acne
  2. Retaining moisture
  3. All skin types

Palmitic acid
(saturated fatty acid) 9 – 13 %

Palmitic acid
(saturated fatty acid) 10 – 15 %

Palmitic acid
(saturated fatty acid) 7.5 – 10.2 %

Palmitic acid
(saturated fatty acid) 2 – 9 %

Palmitic (Saturated-Omega 3) acid is good for:

  1. Production of soaps due to its sodium palmitate
  2. Preventing other materials from bonding to surfaces

Stearic acid
(saturated fatty acid) 5 – 8 %

Stearic acid
(saturated fatty acid) 5 – 6.5 %

Stearic acid
(saturated fatty acid) 2 – 4 %

Stearic acid
(saturated fatty acid) 20 – 50 %

Stearic (Saturated-Omega 3) acid is good for:

  1. Use as a thickening and soothing agent in creams (Cocoa butter and Shea butter are high in stearic acid)


Origin: Native to southern Africa
(High in Oleic Acid 78%)

Origin: Native to Morocco

(High in Linoleic Acid 36%)

Origin: Native to Indonesia, Hawaii, Philippines
(High in Lauric Acid 45%)

Origin: Native to West Africa
(High in Stearic Acid 50%)

Oil type: Vegetable nut oil

Oil type: Vegetable nut oil

Oil type: Vegetable oil

Oil type: Fat

Color: Pale, yellow

Color: Golden

Color: Colorless / White solid

Color: Golden

Texture: Light

Texture: Light

Texture: Light

Texture: Heavy

Aroma: Slightly nutty

Aroma: Slightly nutty

Aroma: Coconut

Aroma: Slightly nutty

Shelf life: Up to 2-3 years when stored in cool area away from direct sunlight

Shelf life: Up to 2 years when stored in cool area away from direct sunlight

Shelf life: Up to 2 years when stored in cool area away from direct sunlight and heat

Shelf life: Up to 2 years

Skin: Improves skin elasticity, skin tone and firmness making it more youthful and radiant

Skin: Moisturizes tones and brightens skin while accelerating skin rejuvenation process

Skin: Used for dried out skin in winters

Skin: Good for burns, blemishes, even skin tone

Hair: Ideal for the health of scalp and hair re-growth because of its cellular regeneration properties

Hair: Adds moisture and shine to hair while calming down frizz and protecting from humidity

Hair: Best for dry, damaged hair in need of repair

Hair: Adds moisture to hair, repairs breakage & split ends and promotes hair growth

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