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Twenty-five years ago, the thought of eating your moisturizer would have been considered absurd. Skincare and beauty products occupied their own category, with edible products in another. That gap is beginning to narror, however, as natural, food-grade oils play an important and growing role in the cosmetics and personal care industry.

The growth is driven by the consumer's belief that naturally derived and organic products are inherently better than synthetic ones, resulting in sky-rocketing demands around the world for natural oils.

One oil inching toward the international spotlight is marula oil, originating from the kernels of the marula tree of Eastern and Southern Africa. The oil has been produced at a small, local level; however, that is changing to large, commercial production.

Google searches for Marula Oil have increased 900% in the last 5 years- and that is not surprising. As international cosmetic companies move aggressively into "green" and "natural" products, botanical oils like marula grow increasingly important to the industry.

DLG NATURALS BW of Botswana proudly offers high quality marula oil in varying sizes with no minimum quantity required complete with COA, TDS, SDS and other regulatory documents as required.

Other marula products are available for local purchase only from our Botswana facility, including marula shells and pips for landscaping, marula seed cake as high protein animal feed. and marula seed cake powder as a cosmetic ingredient. Demand is high for the feed and advance orders are requested. Marula pulp will be available in 2020. Because demand is expected to be higher than availability, pre-paid orders will receive priority.

All prices are ex-works, and orders may be picked up at our facility in Gabane, Botswana. Shipping options are available via DHL, air, and sea. Shipping estimates can be provided if full shipping information is received.

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With a rare fatty acid makeup that delivers potent moisturization and clean, fast absorption, it's no wonder that Google 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 fatty acids, including a high percentage oleic - an omega-9 fatty 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.
The 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, it has a shelf life of years and efficacious in conditioners, moisturizers, lotions, and more.

Not all marula oil is the same. DLG Naturals BW offers both organic and conventional oil in three different grades based on color to serve a variety of formulation needs:

"Chobe" - Extra-Virgin: Organic - Our premier oil certified EOS and NOP.

"Okavango" - Extra-Virgin: Conventional - Our premier oil, same quality as Organic.

"Kalahari" - Extra-Virgin: Conventional - Same excellent quality oil with a rich, warm yellow-orange tint that resembles a dark gold color. Excellent in darker hued formulations. Note: Limited availability!

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"Moremi" - Virgin: Conventional - Not all of our oil passes our strict laboratory specifications or physical characteristics for our premium brands. For some formulators, oil that does not meet all of our high quality specifications may be less a concern, especially with the price savings  of "Moremi" and its wonderful potential as an ingredient in certain products like marula soap. Note: Limited availability!

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  Marula shells for landscaping? How does that work? At DLG, we process the dried pips of marula fruit, that hard center stone that protects the seed. Each pip can contain up to four seed kernels.

We remove the kernels to process into lovely marula oil but are left with the empty shells (see photo). Not wanting to waste any part of the marula, we came up with the idea that the shells might make great landscape material.

The idea took off. Today, our shells are sold in the retail sector and in bulk directly from our factory. 
Keep your gardens and walkway edges cool, moist, and free of undesired plants by with marula shells. Clean and biodegradeable, marula shells offer a natural and inexpensive alternative to rocks and gravel.

One side benefit: Most of the shells are free of marula kernels, but not all. Do not be surprised to see an occasional happy marula tree taking root!

A smaller part of the marula shell is the "nib" or "sethibo." Much smaller than the shell, the "nib" is ideal for container gardens, pots, and small, decorative areas.

The "nibs" keep soil cool, moist, and keep weeds under control. Like shells, "nibs" are natural and biodegradeable with no chemicals added.

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Marula as a food ingredient  When the marula fruit falls from the tree, harvesters gather the lime green plum-sized fruit.

The fruit is allowed to ripen to a lovely lemon yellow, cleaned, and processed through a destoner, which removes the hard center stone.

Marula as a food ingredient  The first product produced is destoned marula. This is simply the marula flesh and skin that remains after destoning that can be further processed according to need.

The destoned marula is further processed to produce "MARULA PUREE" - a mix of flesh and very finely ground skin.

The fruit skin may be removed prior to destoning. The remaining juicy fresh is then processed as "MARULA PULP" - a smooth marula food product without the skin.

Marula as a food ingredient  Once the marula has been processed as puree or pulp or simply destoned, it is quick frozen in 1 and 5 kg bags and stored in a freezer for up to one year.
Marula as a food ingredient  As a food ingredient, marula has wonderful potential.

Marula makes a great concentrate that is used in refreshing, healthy drinks or as a pleasant and tasty fruit addition to yoghurts.

(Photo credit: Divine Marula)
Marula as a food ingredient  Marula can be used as ingredient in jams, jellies, and spreads - alone or with spices and other fruits.

(Photo credit: Maungocraft)
Marula as a food ingredient  Marula snacks... enjoyable nibbles between meals. 

(Photo credit: African Wild Foods)
Marula as a food ingredient  Go crazy! With little creativity with this wonderful food product, anyone can prepare marvelous desserts.

Note the marula hard taffy drizzled across the top of this marula spongecake with marula mousse, a true culinary delight.

(Photo credit: DLG BW's CEO and in-house chef, "Dr. Georgia")

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  Marula as animal feed?

Yes, and not just for elephants and baboons!

After the marula oil is extracted by pressing the kernels, we are left with "marula seed cake (MSC)" - a marula product that offers potential as a feed supplement to a variety of animals, including sheep, goats, cows, donkeys, and (except with broiler production) chickens.
Here are excerpts from scientific research journals: 

"The unsupplemented animals in this study represent the plane of nutrition in smallholder-owned goats during the dry season. Clearly, supplementation with low-cost, locally available MSC improves the N balance of goats. This level of supplementation ensures that valuable goats such as does, kids and bucks survive prolonged dry periods which may extend to two or more consecutive years."
Happy cows eat marula seed cake  "... this study provided evidence that soya bean meal can safely be replaced with Marula seed cake as a protein source without negatively affecting milk yield and composition in lactating dairy cows.... this feed ingredient is inexpensive and locally available thus considered economical compared to soya bean meal which is imported and cannot be sold as a feed ingredient to individual farmers to help them formulate their own diets."

"... MSC can be used in place of urea in the formulation of fattening rations for the benefit of farmers in resource-poor farming systems. Marula seed cake has potential to be used as a protein supplement for other classes of ruminantlivestock to improve their performance during the long dry seasons...."

"Marula seed cake is rich in CP and is digestible and thus can be used as a protein supplement in dairy cattle rations."

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  Chock full of tiny bits of marula kernel, seed cake powder is rich in protein, oil, and soft kernel shell. 

Add as an ingredient to creams, soaps, or lotions for gentle exfoliation, as a facial scrub, and skin moisturization.
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