Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil Review

July 12, 2020

What? You said you want a face oil that’s moisturizing, uber sustainable, reparative, balancing, effective, affordable, certified organic twice over and smells amazing?! Well girl, let me introduce you to Le Prunier’s Plum Beauty Oil.

a black and white of me holding a bottle of Le Prunier

Le Prunier’s Back Story

Sisters Allison, Jacque and Elaine grew up in the business of plums. Their grandfather owned and operated a plum farm in the early 1900’s which later turned into the world’s largest grower of organic plums. The farm became certified organic in the 1980’s when their father took over and it’s still in business today.

Growing up, the girls frequently accompanied their father on business trips to Europe and Asia where plums are regarded as a superfood. It was this reverence that initially sparked the idea of Le Prunier – a single ingredient, superfood face oil – which eventually launched in Neman Marcus in 2017.

Allison says, “We worked outside the family business for many years which was incredible for gaining experience we could then apply to this endeavor. We spent 2.5 years testing the oil to uncover the benefits and officially launched Le Prunier (as an entirely separate company from our fathers) in 2018.” 

Le Prunier sourcing and sustainability

But we are not talking just any ol’ plum seed oil. Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil is actually a byproduct of their family’s California organic plum farm.

This farm does everything in house including overseeing the entire lifecycle of the plums from growing to harvesting and (cold) pressing.

The farm was originally paying to actually remove the “waste” from their facility. But with the inception of Le Prunier, the sisters are purchasing the kernels and up-cycling them as a byproduct so there’s virtually no part of the plum that goes to waste.

But their commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly farming practices doesn’t stop there. Le Prunier also has…

  • a waste water filtration system which allows worms to recycle waste water from the processing plant.
  • facilities which are entirely operated by solar power.
  • an herbicide-free farm which uses cover crops to add nitrogen to their soil keeping it healthy while bees naturally pollinate.
  • 2,000 goats eat down the cover crops at the end of the harvest rather than relying on heavy machinery.
Le Prunier light yellow oil in the bottle dropper

User experience

As far as user experience goes, Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil has a viscous consistency that keeps skin plump and deeply moisturized all day long. It smells incredible with an essence of sweet nectar and it’s the first bottle of face oil that I’ve finished in a long time.

So what’s the deal? Get this. Le Prunier is a SINGLE ingredient face oil made with several varietals of plum seed oil.

Check out the deets on Plum Seed Oil…

  • Protects from free radicals. Plum oil’s antioxidants inhibit free radicals and UV-induced enzymes that break down your skin’s collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin (Khallouki et al. 2012, Plainfossé et al. 2019).
  • More powerful than Marula at protecting from free radicals (antioxidant test results for Marula (Nwabuebo et al. 2017).
  • Stops the enzymes that break down skin following excessive UV exposure (something retinol also does). (Plainfossé et al. 2019).
  • Evens skin tone. Plum oil’s unique antioxidant and fatty acid profile  including B-carotene, Omega 6, and octadecenedioic acid even skin tone by lightening UV and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (Kar et al. 2002, Zhu et al. 2008, Merinville et al. 2010, Wiechers et al. 2002).
  • Improves hyperpigmentation. Plum was applied to treat moderate hyperpigmentation and photoaging in 114 patients for 8 weeks — there was significant improvement in clearing hyperpigmentation spots (Dahl et al. 2011).
  • Rich in omega fatty acids 6 & 9 (Mahmood et al. 2009, Savic et al. 2020).
  • Rich in powerful polyphenols (Uluata et al. 2017, Kaulmann et al. 2014, Jaiswal et al. 2013, Khallouki et al. 2012, Mahmood et al. 2009, Pieroni et al. 2004).
  • Is a natural sunscreen booster as plum’s antioxidants rutin, B-carotene, and vitamin E are photoprotective (Peres et al. 2016, Kamel et al. 2015).
  • Plum may have an SPF of 19-22. Sun protection factor (SPF) for plant oils is determined with the in vivo Colipa method of phototesting on people and confirmed with the spectrophotometric method of Mansur. Oils with the B-carotene and vitamin E level of plum oil have an SPF of 19-22 (Suryawanshi et al. 2016).

Incredible right?! This specific plum seed oil is also PETA certified, vegan and cruelty free.

Here’s a little bit more about why this oil is so special….

It’s the exception, not the rule that a brand has full control of every single ingredient from seed to bottle. And this can have a huge impact on a product’s integrity.

For example, a brand can order organic olive oil through a manufacturer or a supplier but unless that oil is single source, it can be a marriage of olive oils from around the globe. With multiple entry points, it’s really hard for a brand to control the makeup of that oil.

Or, a brand could order a “single source” organic olive oil from a supplier but little does the brand know that the drum of oil was shipped in plastic and now contains trace amounts of PFAS.

And the list for possible compromise goes on and on…

Here’s where Le Prunier stands out. Le Prunier owns their own plum farm that’s been certified organic twice over – both USDA & CCOF Certified Organic.

They plant, cultivate, harvest and cold press all of their own plum seed oil. They truly have full control over every step of the process making this face oil one of the very few that is truly “seed to bottle”
or “seed to face.”

Le Prunier flat lay black bottle on a white background

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil is a great fit for all skin types but especially for dry, mature, acne-prone, sensitive and redness-prone skin. Gentle yet powerful, it can be used to calm skin conditions like rosacea and eczema (Choi et al. 2013, Su et al. 2019).

Rosacea’s redness and lesions are due to high nitric oxide (NO) and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) release. NO and MMP enzymes damage and break down skin but can be inhibited with certain antioxidants — like those found in Plum Oil’s antioxidant profile (Plainfossé et al. 2019, Selvaraj et al. 2016, Cordova et al. 2010). NO also reacts with superoxide free radical and this is also inhibited with Plum Oil’s antioxidants.

Dermatologist tested, allergy tested and non-comedogenic (Dunaway et al. 2018) so it won’t clog pores. Light enough to use during the day yet potent enough to use at night.

This is a a tremendously effective oil, rich with antioxidants, polyphenols and a boss at delivering and retaining moisture.

Additional benefits…

1.Makeup primer – Apply a drop or two before your foundation as a primer.

2. Skincare enhancer – Add a drop or two to your foundation to turn your makeup into skincare!

3. SPF – A natural boost of SPF protection to your skincare routine.

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil
  • Price
    (4.5)
  • Ingredients
    (3.9)
  • Effectiveness
    (5)

Summary

This single ingredient, certified organic, sustainable, antioxidant-rich moisturizer is a powerhouse at delivering supple, radiant, moisturized skin.

Overall
4.5

Pros

  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Packaged in light-tight black miron
  • No plastic packaging
  • Gorgeous scent
  • Price
  • Single ingredient
  • Super effective
  • Sustainability practices 
  • Overall user experience

Cons

  • Single ingredient

What readers are saying….

And it’s not just me who’s head over heels for Le Prunier! Here’s what a couple readers have to say…

“I like this oil more than True Botanicals.  I have several sample bottles from boxes but hadn’t yet bought a full-sized version.” – Andi

“THANK YOU!!  I’ve been wanting to try this oil for awhile and now I will.” – Sheila

After offering my readers a code to save, Judee replied, “I would have taken you up on this offer if I didn’t already have 2 bottles of LePrunier. It’s fantastic.”

Love the Le Prunier! It has quickly become one of my favourites. I had been researching it for a while but a post from you a while back sealed the deal for me!” – Lori

I know I’m not supposed to promise anything but seriously, between you and me, I promise you will fall in love with Le Prunier!

Grab Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil from Vert!

Xo, lisa

P.S. Here are some other beauty products I’m kinda obsessed with: HENNÉ Organics, True Botanicals Clear Line, and KHUS + KHUS!


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Jaiswal R, Karaköse H, Rühmann S, Goldner K, Neumüller M, Treutter D, Kuhnert N. Identification of phenolic compounds in plum fruits (Prunus salicina L. and Prunus domestica L.) by high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry and characterization of varieties by quantitative phenolic fingerprints. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2013 Dec 11;61(49):12020-31.

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By Lisa

Lisa is the founder of This Organic Girl. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!

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    Tracy

    Le Prunier is so wonderul, my skin is so happy. It’s great not only for face but lips, feet, elbows, hair, and the smell is delicious

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