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I’m starting a new series called ‘Is It A Dupe?’! Basically, it’s exactly what it sounds like. We’re going to find products that other people say are dupes, or products I think are similar enough to be compared to each other and find out if it’s really a dupe or not.
If you read my Top 5 Skincare Products of 2016, you’d know that I really, really love the Tarte maracuja oil. I’m starting to run dangerously low on my sample, so I decided to do a little digging and learned that ‘maracuja oil’ is actually just oil from a specific type of passionfruit. The only other ingredient in the Tarte oil is a vitamin E compound. After some research, I purchased the Botanical Beauty Maracuja Oil from Amazon for $12.95.
I purchased the .5 oz size, and the Tarte oil is $15 for the same size. The savings come into play when purchasing the full size. 1.4 oz of Tarte Maracuja Oil retails for $48, where 4 oz of the Botanical Beauty oil only runs you $25, nearly half the price of the other.
These both come with similar medicine dropper applicators, though the full size of the Botanical Beauty Oil does come with a pump.
(Tarte, Botanical Beauty)
Now the big question, how does the more affordable one stack up to the Tarte oil?
First of all, the texture does seem ever so slightly different, the Tarte oil feels just a bit thicker than the other. The biggest difference to note is the scent.
Many pure essential oils will have a natural fragrance, but this one is very pronounced in the Botanical Beauty oil. Personally, I’m really not fond of the scent. It’s kind of a salty nutty fragrance and it’s just kind of bizarre. The Tarte oil does have a fragrance, though not nearly as pronounced. The scent isn’t necessarily offensive, but it definitely isn’t my favorite smell.
With that being said, once it’s on my face I really can’t smell it anymore, but it should be noted nonetheless.
As for the effectiveness of the Botanical Beauty oil in comparison to Tarte, I really don’t see a big difference between them. Both hydrate my skin beautifully and help keep my skin texture at bay.
When the Botanical Beauty is half the price, I don’t see myself purchasing the Tarte oil in the future.
So to answer the question, is it a dupe? The answer is YES! The Tarte oil is great, don’t get me wrong. But I feel like you’re really paying for the name. Botanical Beauty is just as effective at half the price.
And with that, we end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have, be sure to subscribe to see more ‘Is It A Dupe?’ posts in the future.
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