Like plum seed oil? Here are 6 more to try

July 25, 2023 (updated February 23, 2024) — Written by

Plum seed oil is making waves on the beauty scene these days. But what is it and why is it getting so much play? Today we’re digging into the benefits of plum seed oil (also referred to as plum oil), who should use it and how to incorporate it into your routine. Have you tried plum oil and are already a convert? We’ve got 6 MORE plum oil products for you to try! 

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By: Lisa Fennessy

Ever since Le Prunier rocked the beauty world with the debut of their Plum Beauty Oil, I’ve been 100% obsessed with plum seed oil. My two favorite things about it are 👉the scent👈 and how plump it makes my skin feel.  We’re seeing more and more brands jumping on this game-changing ingredient and for good reason: IT WORKS…and there is really nothing else like it.  


A collection of plum oils with their droppers.

What I love about plum seed oil

Right out of the gate this oil is hardy, plumping, smells amazing, keeps skin moisturized and overall fortifies the skin. It doesn’t take much more than that to fall in love with this oil but to be honest, that’s just scratching the surface. 

Here’s a snapshot of what this superhero ingredient can do:

  • 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 (7, 12).
  • More powerful than Marula at protecting from free radicals (antioxidant test results for Marula (9).
  • Stops the enzymes that break down skin following excessive UV exposure (something retinol also does) (12).
  • Evens skin tone. Plum oil’s unique antioxidant and fatty acid profile including B-carotene, Omega 6, and octadecenedioic acid even skin tone affected by UV and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (18, 21, 19, 20).
  • 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 (2).
  • Rich in omega fatty acids 6 & 9 (8, 14).
  • Rich in powerful polyphenols (17, 6, 3, 7, 8, 11).
  • Is a natural sunscreen booster as plum’s antioxidants rutin, B-carotene, and vitamin E are photoprotective (10, 5). 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 (16).

Plum oil works for most skin types but is especially beneficial for dry, mature, acne-prone, sensitive and redness-prone skin—it can even be used to calm skin conditions like rosacea and eczema (1, 15) which is why I like using it on my son’s face too. 

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A lineup of plum seed oils.

How to use plum seed oil

There are very few oils that we would recommend using both day and night but this one fits the bill. It’s lovely during the day as a protective oil against free radicals and UV. Yet it’s also great at night as a reparative oil to treat hyperpigmentation and UV damage. But the fun doesn’t stop there because plum seed oil can be used for so much more…

  • Prepping skin before makeup? Apply a drop or two to skin before your foundation as a primer. 
  • Want to turn makeup into skincare? Add a drop or two to your foundation. 
  • Spending time in the sun? Plum oil adds a natural boost of SPF protection. 
  • Dry or damaged hair? Massage a few drops to the ends of your strands. 
  • Stressed out? Drink plum seed oil. jkjk.

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What is plum oil used for?

Plum oil is used as a facial oil as well as the following uses:
-Prepping skin before makeup? Apply a drop or two to skin before your foundation as a primer. 
-Want to turn makeup into skincare? Add a drop or two to your foundation. 
-Spending time in the sun? Plum oil adds a natural boost of SPF protection. 
-Dry or damaged hair? Massage a few drops to the ends of your strands. 
Learn about its benefits here.

What are the health benefits of plum oil?

There are several health benefits of plum oil. These benefits include: protect the skin from free radicals, evens skin tone, improves hyperpigmentation and is a natural sunscreen booster. Learn more about plum seed oil here.

Does plum oil clog pores?

Plum oil works for most skin types but is especially beneficial for dry, mature, acne-prone, sensitive and redness-prone skin—it can even be used to calm skin conditions like rosacea and eczema. Learn more about it here.


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By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. 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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