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Moringa Oil is My New Favorite: Eco Chick Tested


I am a facial oil junkie (if there is such a thing); I have been sleeping in argan oil, washing with coconut oil, and adding my own essential oil mixtures to both. And yes, my skin has never looked better.

So I was pretty interested when Kosia Naturals offered to send me some Moringa Oil, since I had never heard of it. They generously posted a large glass bottle of their purest stuff, and I have been both washing with it (like coconut oil) and leaving it on, both day and night. According to Kosia:

Moringa oil cosmetic preparations date back to 1400 BC when it was used by the Egyptians to purify the skin. Moringa seed oil contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal minor skin complaints.

It’s now become my go-to daytime facial oil because it’s light enough that it is fully absorbed into my skin in about ten minutes (I use richer oils at night) and is ideal under the admittedly light amount of makeup I usually wear—though using oils for the last year has rendered my skin so silky and pretty that I plenty of times, I don’t use any makeup at all.

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Kosia Naturals’ Pure Moringa Oil is light, clean, almost scentless, and absolutely luxurious upon application.

The Moringa tree, besides producing seeds that get pressed to make this fantastic oil, has many other benefits. The tree grows easily in subtropical areas and is extremely nutritive; it’s seeds and leaves can be (and are) eaten by people and animals, and are high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

The government of Honduras has encouraged the tree’s planting as a way to fight malnutrition and fight deforestation. Though there are some doubts about the ‘moringa will save the world’ hype, it is certainly been proven to be a beneficial plant, and it’s most definitely fantastic for my skin.



Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.