argan oil

(post from my old blog…i’m coming up on my year anni with argan oil now. yes, anniversary. i love it THAT much!)
I LOVE ARGAN OIL. it goes on my hair, on my face, and on my skin. did i mention that i love argan oil?
sadly, it only comes from small sources in morocco and has a short shelf life, so it’s expensive! but holy jeebers, it’s worth it!

argan oil smells like downright luxury and feels incredible! it’s done wondrous things for my hair and skin!!

it should smell slightly nutty…i think it kind of smells like plain, day old popcorn… i really don’t know how to describe it, haha.

argan oil=liquid GOLD!! (can be used for hair, skin & nails!)

let’s go over what you can use it for:

moisturizing your hair:

you can do three things (if not more!) with argan oil and a deep conditioning your hair. the first is to mix a little with your regular conditioner for softer and super shiny hair when it dries. just be sure to not get it on your scalp! it’ll make your hair appear greasy.

the second is to use it as a shine and frizz serum. since i don’t use store-brand conditioner, i simply apply a small amount (i mean SMALL so it doesnt make your hair greasy-looking) to the ends of my hair and the top layer. i have long, thick hair, so i use one full pump and it does the trick. it makes my hair look very shiny and healthy and also moisturizes it throughout the day!

last but not least, you can use it as a hot oil treatment. slick the argan oil all over your hair (but not too much!), and either wrap your hair up in a hot towel or a shower cap. you can sit under a blow dryer too! leave on for 30 minutes and wash out. voila, shiny, beautiful hair!

skin moisturizer:

you can apply argan oil directly to the skin, just as you would lotion. keep in mind it’s oil and don’t spread around a ton of it or it won’t be able to soak in completely. i’ve been putting little dabs under my eyes and on my eyelids to soften and moisturize the delicate skin there, as well as help with the bags under my eyes (thanks, grad school!). putting it under your eyes will also help with fine lines! double score!

i really do like how soft it makes my skin, but i’m still a bigger fan of coconut oil for lotion. check out my post on coconut oil here.

you can also mix a small amount in with your regular lotion or moisturizer to give it a little boost. how awesome! you can also use it as a massage oil, oo-la-la!! i’ve also been putting it on my lips before i go to sleep. just a tiny amount though! i’m a chapstick addict and this has really helped with that, girl scouts honor!

blemishes:

pretty  much everyone has suffered from acne or getting pimples at some point in their life. if you were like me in high school, you also made the mistake of picking at them and leaving yourself with scars. i’ll do an entire post dedicated to getting rid of the acne scars on my cheeks, but for the sake of this post, i’ll give you some info 🙂

because of its anti-inflammatory abilities, argan oil is known to heal existing acne blemishes, prevent the occurrence of new breakouts and help reduce scarring with regular use. just apply a small amount directly to clean skin!

you can also use it in the oil cleansing method here. it works wonders for cleaning your pores! i SWEAR by the OCM. it’s the ONLY thing i use to clean my face (well, besides plain ol water).

nails:

i usually have my nails painted, so before i do my little at home manis, i put some argan oil on a q-tip and rub it on my cuticles and around my nails. it helps my cuticles stay healthy and helps my nails grow healthier. i’ve done this twice so far this week and like the outcomes!

for those of you that don’t, or rarely, paint your nails, you can apply it directly to the nail for longer, stronger, shinier nails.

stretch marks/scars:

remember that time you stopped gymnastics and dancing at the same time and gained 20 pounds then lost it all in a few months? oh yea, that was ME…. ever since then, i’ve had tiny little stretch marks on my inner thighs. so, in the name of beauty and for the sake of you readers out there, i’ll be doing a little “before & after with my stretch marks! (coming soon!)
alright, 
well i totally spaced taking pictures cuz this post is from my old blog. BUT, it did lessen the appearance of my tiny stretch marks and scars. they’re still there though. i only tried it for a few weeks. i should’ve done it longer!

overall:

i LOVE this stuff!! i can use it for so many things and i love what it does for me! do your research on pure argan oil brands if you choose to buy some. i know it’s pricey, but it’s very worth it and replaces a lot of other beauty items in your bathroom.

keep in mind argan oil usually expires in about a year to year and a half (just keep an eye on it), so don’t buy it in large quantities. a little goes a LONG way!

20130616_201235where to buy:

what type to look for:

  • ideally usda certified organic (sometimes smaller companies can’t afford the seal)
  • 100% pure
  • UNrefined
  • cold-pressed
  • in a dark glass bottle
  • preferably a pump to limit its exposure to air (droppers are the second best thing)

**if your argan oil is in a plastic, or light glass bottle, there’s a 99% chance it’s not pure. argan oil degrades RAPIDLY when exposed to light, hence the dark glass bottle. also, if it’s leaving you greasy, chances are it’s not pure. argan oil soaks into skin really fast, with no greasy after-feel. sometimes argan oil is cut with sunflower seed oil, making the cost lower, but it’s not good for the oil or what you’re using it for.

who else is in love with argan oil as much as me?!

here’s a link that’s a quick-read on argan oil &  here’s a more detailed site. warning! check this site out before you buy argan oil to make sure it’s the Real Deal.

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116 thoughts on “argan oil

  1. I’m not really sure the USDA organic seal is good enough, if you look into it there are plenty of loop holes in the legislation to allow for non-organic starting seeds and seedling as well as GMO’s, they can also come from seed stock that was previously treated with pesticides. I read about this a while ago so my info might not be entirely accurate but it gives anyone reason enough to look into this themselves. What you really want is third party certified organic, there are plenty of companies out there that are responsible and trustworthy when it comes to third party certification. I always look for a third party seal regardless if there is a USDA seal on it.

  2. hey alex, i just purchased the aura cacia argan oil from whole foods, and it does NOT smell how you described.. it smells like olives! is this normal? does it mean it is rancid? or unpure? thanks!

  3. hey! two questions
    1. do you prefer the pura d’or argan to the aura cacia?
    2. what do you think of the pura d’or hair loss product?
    thanks!

    1. Hey there! either is fine. I’m partial to pura d’or because I usually get it on sale and the quality is phenomenal. and the hair care looks fine. I haven’t personally used it. 🙂

      1. wow thanks for the quick reply! i ask cus there is quite a price difference.. the aura cacia is $8for 1oz at vitacost! but i reallt wanna make sure i get the best quality to give the argan a proper try

  4. Hey there!! I’ve been reading your article and I am defiantly gonna try to switch to the all natural way I just purchased a bunch of oils (I’ve been using coconut oil and love it the hubby and I give each other massages with it)
    I do bleach my hair though and though I really want long hair I really can’t stand my natural hair color whatsoever it’s mousy looks super greasy even when I just get out of the shower and most of all it really doesn’t match my personality at all (I’m more of a every color of the rainbow and then some lady)
    I was wondering what you thought about my idea of growing it out natural and dealing with the color until it got as long as I wanted then one time bleached it (I am very good with bleaching hair have been doing it since I was a kid) and only did the roots for up keep after that sticking with the natural approach on hair care routine of course
    I’m sorry about the lengthy post but I don’t talk to people about this stuff I’m bust being a mommy and wife and running a business plus you seem like you know a lot about this so I figured I’d get your opinion

    Thanks so much keep up the awesome post with all the great detailed info!
    Hope to hear back ☺

  5. Hello! I have just found your blog and its amazing! I am going to try the OCM as well, my skin has began breaking out the last year or so and nothing i use helps long term. I live in the UK and found Poppy Austin argon oil. Do you have any other recommendations? Do you think I should start with a caster oil and argon oil mix to start? thanks so much!!

  6. I have the Aura Cacia. I got it from the Vitamin Shoppe. The ingredient says 100% argan oil, but from what I read about it, I don’t think it’s real. My question for you is it possible for it to say it’s 100% with the USDA seal and still be mixed with something else? The seal means it’s 100% organic, right? So I’d they mixed another organic oil in it, could they still use the seal?

    Thanks!

  7. Loving all the tips you have! Ive heard great things about argan oil and was about to buy some (from Vitacost ($9/oz) Wondering if you’ve ever shopped there?). Im glad to see the kind I am going to get is a kind you use!. Its a slow process for me to learn all this great info about natural beauty products but Im slowly getting it and changing what I use in the process. 🙂

  8. Hello, how are u? I have been googling Argan oil products. There are lot of brands out there. But some are not pure argan oil. Or they are for hair.

    There’s Argan Secret for hair, Sally / Salon services use their products, and they are pricey and seem like a luxury.
    http://www.salon-services.com/argan-secret/

    The there’s Argania Spinosa which is cold pressed pure argan oil and its for hair, but it says its made in the uk? i dont get that part.
    http://www.arganiaspinosa.co.uk/

    Then for skincare i’ve found skinception but they are a monthly subscription thing like u pay for sky the tv chanels lol. Though it is 100% cold pressed cosmetic argan oil.
    http://www.skinceptionarganoil.com/

    Then I found this one which is one of the best sellers on amazon, but it is a serum
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00FMWSML0/ref=gno_cart_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AUSM6HF41BTHZ

    Also u linked us to Saadia, I read their one is really good. Is it better than the one u suggest?

    Please can I have your thoughts on these products.

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