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With a rare fatty acid makeup that delivers potent moisturization and clean, fast absorption, it's no wonder that Internet searches for Marula Oil increased 900% in the last 5 years. The nutritious oil demonstrates impressive anti-oxidant action, penetrates deep into the dermis layer of the skin, and locks in moisture so the skin stays healthy. With a perfect proportion of palmitic acid, Marula Oil creates a protective coating on the skin's surface, resulting in noticeably smooth and protected skin in seconds without a greasy residue.
Marula Oil demonstrates biomimetic functions and a similar fatty acid profile as oil in the skin, is extremely stable and non-irritating, absorbs quickly, reduces redness, and limits trans-epidermal water loss. These factors create a powerful anti-aging effect that may prevent wrinkling and fade scars. Eight times more stable than olive oil with an induction period of over 30 hours, Marula Oil has a shelf life of years and is a strong efficacious in conditioners, moisturizers, lotions, and more.
Rich in anti-oxidants and oleic acid, and extremely stable, marula oil is one of Africa’s finest skin and haircare oils. It is an excellent choice for inclusion in formulations for dry skin, as its high content of palmitic acid creates a protective coating on the skin surface. Marula oil absorbs quickly, hydrates the skin, aids in healing skin tissue, reduces redness, reduces trans-epidermal water loss, increases skin smoothness, and conditions hair.
Product Name: MarulaOil
Botanical Name:Sclerocarya birrea
INCI Name (USA) Sclerocarya birrea SeedOil
Fatty Acid Composition (Range of values)
Miristic Acid C 14:0 <1%
Palmitic acid C 16:0 9-12%
Palmitoleic acid (omega 7) C 16:1 0-3%
Stearic acid C 18:0 5-8%
Oleic acid (omega 9) C 18:1 (ω 9) 65-78%
Linoleic acid (omega 6) C 18:2 (ω 6 ) 4-7%
α-linolenic acid (omega 3) C 18:3 (ω 3) 0-3%
Arachidic acid C 20:0 <1%
Liquid at 25°C
Color : Lightgold to light or slightly dark amber
Clarity : Clear to slightly cloudy. May show “ghosts” if cool.
Odor : Varies –earthy, nutty, pleasant scent
Taste : Light, nutty
Specific Gravity: 0.88–0.94
Iodine value : 70 -80 g/100g
OSI (Rancimat): 34 –35h
Saponification Index: 178 -199 mg (KOH/g)
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Located in Gabane, Botswana, DLG Naturals BW (Pty) (Ltd) is a producer of fairly traded, high quality, cold-pressed marula oil for the international cosmetic industry. Our sister company in the United States, DLG Naturals, Inc., sources natural, indigenous, and sustainable oils from a vast network of Southern African producers and supplies cosmetic manufacturers throughout the world.
Our Philosophy drives us:
Individuals can achieve improved health and well-being through the use of natural and organic products. We will best accomplish our goals through small farming communities and cooperatives in developing countries, fair trade or fairly traded practices, sustainable agriculture that optimizes existing resources, and production based upon strong manufacturing processes.
Our Story... begins with a moment of clarity:
When working on women's empowerment for the US State Department in Albania, lightning struck. Dr. Georgia Duerst-Lahti, now our CEO, saw how little local widows earned from stoop labor wild-harvesting, and a vision for a better world began.
The vision evolved into our mission-driven, market-driven company, Duerst Lahti Global, LLC., with the motto of "Do More Good."
Established in 2008, Duerst Lahti Global, LLC. quickly evolved into a holding company with five companies, including DLG Naturals BW (Pty) Ltd. as subsidiaries. Duerst Lahti Global, LLC. and its companies uphold the highest of industry standards as we create jobs for the rural poor. With a focus in Southern African botanical ingredients, we offer new and innovative cosmetic oils to the US and global market, and with continued growth, provide income to thousands of harvesters.
To ensure quality products, Duerst Lahti Global, LLC invests in the supply chain: Our own African production facilities, a well-developed cadre of specialists and experts, and an extensive network of wild-harvesters. Years of development allows us to deliver world-class botanical oils and butters to cosmetic manufacturers.
The results are threefold:
Creating jobs where unemployment is high, especially for women
Developing a vast rural harvesting network, offering countless tangential opportunities
Demonstrating profits are possible in wild harvesting and processing of indigious fruit oils
Good business practices are the foundation of this company and sustainability is the frame:
Economic Stability: This beautiful country has countless marketable natural resources, yet minimal access to them on an industrial scale. Our vision is to create that accessibility and stimulate an entirely new industry.
Social responsibility: Most harvesters are women, giving them more economic freedom in the household as they earn income.
Business Sustainability: Botswana has a disheartening history for wild-harvesting. Far too frequently, entrepreneurs offer the rural poor wild-harvesting jobs only to never return. We have pledged to avoid such a fate, forging expense-reducing systems, maintaining internal controls, and employing exceptional training.
Environmental Sustainability: Our production focus is on oil from marula, a plant we in part chose for its prolific nature. The marula fruit offers not only an incredible oil but also pulp for food and beverages, shells for landscaping, fuel, and activated charcoal, seed cake as animal food, and other potentially marketable products. After assessing environmental sustainability thoroughly, we know that DLG's maximum production rates will require harvesting less than 5% of annual marula fruit in Botswana. Moving forward, we will implement a marula tree planting program to counter ongoing and devastating loss of marula seedlings in the wild to cows and goats.