I chose to feature argan oil this month because it’s been a very trendy product for the past few years, but I only recently started experimenting with it.
I first began to pay attention to the buzz about argan oil after overhearing the owner of a hair salon schooling a customer on the benefits of using argan oil for her face and skin. The product the owner had in her hands was Moroccan oil, which is really just a small amount of argan oil mixed with a bunch of chemicals you are better off avoiding.
After witnessing the exchange of misinformation shared about argan oil and the product in the salon owner’s hands, I decided to go home and educate myself, which lead to some experimentation and results that I would like to share with you.
So let’s talk about argan oil!
Argan oil is extracted from the fruit kernels of the agran tree, through a manual process. The argan tree only grows in North Africa, and mostly in Morocco, which is why imitation products are often called Moroccan oil.
According to Mountain Rose Herbs “argan oil is rich in natural tocopherols (vitamin E) and phenols, carotenes, squalene and fatty acids.”
And that’s why argan oil is the talk of the town. It’s jam packed with the goodness that your hair, skin and nails need to look beautiful and healthy.
Also, argan oil is pleasant to use because it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy, however, some people are bothered by they mild nutty, spicy scent of the oil. I’ll talk more about that later.
Argan oil penetrates your skin, nails and hair quickly to hydrate, strengthen and heal. No matter how you use this golden oil remember the golden rule and only use a little bit.
I’ve started using argan oil in my hair routine as heat protection. Before blow drying or flat ironing my hair I take one drop of argan oil, rub it into my palms and then rub my hands through my hair. One drop of argan oil is enough to protect 16 inches of hair from heat, and leave it looking healthier and shinier than before. I noticed the most significant improvement at ends of my hair which started to dry out when the cold, wintery weather hit a few weeks ago.
The cold weather has also resulted in a need to moisturize my face before bed, so I tried argan oil as a night serum too. To moisturize my face and neck I rub 4-5 drops of argan oil into my palms, then gently massage it into my skin. Argan oil works well as a night serum, leaving my skin hydrated and toned. Unfortunately I can’t get used to the smell, which lingers on my skin for hours. Before you write off using argan oil as a night serum, I should mention that I am particularly sensitive to smell and am often bothered by smells most people around me don’t notice.
Instead of using argan oil on its own, I plan to make my usual face moisturizer by swapping the jojoba oil for the argan oil, since I expect the lavender essential oil will mask the unpleasant scent. I recently had to order vegetable glycerin because I ran out, but I’ll post the results on Facebook and Twitter when I try it, so make sure you follow us so you don’t miss out!
When you’re shopping for argan oil check the label. In one way or another it should indicate the contents are 100% pure, cold-pressed argan oil or Argania Spinosa. Argan oil will have a mild, but distinct, nutty, spicy scent which indicates it is both fresh and unrefined. A great way to ensure you get argan oil that is not chemically processed is to buy organic argan oil.
Look at the packaging too. Only buy products in dark or opaque containers because the oil should be protected from sunlight to decrease the risk of it going rancid.
Lastly, avoid products labeled only as Moroccan oil since they tend to be imitations.
To make shopping a little easier on you, I’ve listed two brands below that meet all the above specifications, are well rated on Amazon and they will ship for free if you have Amazon Prime.
There are lots of ways to use argan oil in your personal care routine. If you are already using it, let us know how in the comments below!