Tarte CosmeticsPure Maracuja Oil
1.7 fl. oz. for $48
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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.
Last Updated:02.14.2017
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Tested on animals:No
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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.

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Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that “would prove that glamour can be good for you.” This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.

This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulas—silicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, we’ll forgive them that as what’s ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.

However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundations—noted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.

For more information about Tarte Cosmetics visit www.tartecosmetics.com.

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