Argan oil is amazing I put some on after I put some CHI silk infusion on and some of you might think that it is oily but that just depends on your hair type. I get mine at Sally beauty supply for like ten bucks and I have had mine for about a year and it is not even half down yet so the investment is totally worth it.
This is great stuff for hair and hands & nails, I don't like it as a facial moisturiser. I also use a little on elbows and knees. My hair is definitely easier to control and feels a lot silkier since using this. Styling time is somewhat reduced too!
I have a history of my skin getting irritated with everything. It has been 2 days, and I love this as a moisturizerso far. My skin feels hydrated, not oily, and seems to be glowing. I've been using Emu oil for about a year, and I like this much more. Once I run out of my Nuema Argan hair oil, I will replace it with this pure form. I paid $24.99 at the vitamin shoppe for 4 oz, you can't beat that.
So far so good with this!! I have been using Garden of Wisdoms argan oil for about 2 weeks now with great results! I have really sensitive skin that right now is combo w an oily t zone. I was worried that this would break me out b/c I have tried jojoba and olive oils with horrible results. This so far has done the opposite. If I ever have a pimple it heals it really fast. It has left my skin looking so glowy and clear! I am amazed! For those out there skeptical of trying oils, try this one!! I will update if this starts breaking me out but so far this has been a god-send for my skin!! I also love how easily this absorbs into the skin whereas the other oils I tried just sat on top and felt like they were suffocating my skin! Hope this helps someone!
I was a total Morrocan Oil disciple but that stuff is super expensive and not easy to find where I live so I just buy a 100ml bottle of 100% pure Argan oil from Amazon for about £6 and add some Ylang Ylang oil for scent. Use it on my hair and my hair never looked so healthy, use it to take off make up, moisturise skin (although not near my super hormonal chin) and I really do consider it worth the hype.
I love this stuff. I've been using it for several months. My skin soaks it right up, it doesn't break me out or make me feel greasy. I love using it under sunscreen and m/u during the day since it's more lightweight for layering than thick moisturizers.
I usually just use a few drops mixed with an HA serum. Since it's gotten cold and my skin is more dry from winter, i just add a few extra drops than i did in warm weather. Will repurchase, I have already.
I've used both JM and GOW brands.
While this is a pricey product, it does moisturize my thirsty hair well. It came with a dropper that makes dispersing easier. I usually mix argan oil in a small bottle (2 oz.) with several other oils (apricot, avocado, castor, grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond, olive, etc.) to use in my hair daily ( a dime sized amount) as a moisturizer. My hair absorbs these oils well and it doesn't get weighted down or oily. I also use a few drops in my bath water, or mixed with coconut oil for a facial moisturizer in the winter.
Over the years I've paired down my skin routine quite a bit. Instead of multiple types of cleansers and moisturizers, I'm down to one moisturizer, one cleanser, and one occasional exfoliating treatment. When I heard about Argan Oil, I had to try it. It sort of makes sense that oil would "trick" your skin into thinking it's hydrated enough so that the cycle of overproduction of oil would cease. Our hormones work the same way, so why not our skin? And the idea that I could use this on my hair, nails and body was intriguing.
I checked out the Josie Maran line and concluded that it was WAY too expensive. I ended up getting one off of Amazon and have been using it for about 6 months. Seriously: TWO drops moisturizes my entire face. I initially was mixing one drop with my regular moisturizer but slowly phased out my old moisturizer. I've had blackheads on my nose for 10 years that have never gone away until I started using argan oil. The acne scarring I did have has been greatly reduced. I use it around my eyes as well and my dark circles have been helped by it as well.
I also combine this with my body lotion. Once every other week, I get an exfoliating mitt and put oil on my body in the shower and scrub away. When I'm done, my skin is perfectly moisturized AND exfoliated. I use it on my nails. I mix it with my conditioner. I even got my husband to put it in his conditioner and his scalp is so much healthier.
If you're weary, get a small trial/travel size. Start with SMALL amounts and work your way up. Maybe you need 2-3 drops on your face. Maybe less. Try mixing it with your other products so you can gradually become accustomed to the texture. I think that rule of "too much of a good thing" applies here. While others have said it absorbs quickly, it certainly doesn't for me when I apply too much. I appreciate a dewy look, but I definitely don't want to greasy!
I'm trying to think of any downside to the oil and the only thing I can think of is it's a little expensive. However, the fact that it's a Fair Trade product and rather strictly distributed is a huge plus for me.
BUYER BEWARE: Look at the ingredients carefully. There's a big difference between "100% argan oil" and "Contains 100% argan oil." If it's truly argan oil and nothing else, it will only have one ingredient listed!
UPDATE (2013-07): not used in ages, and to be honest, not missed it. Been using meadowfoam seed oil on face and (virgin) coconut oil on hair (on dry hair, left on for 1 hour before regular wash & condition). Both are cheaper, and work at least as But: definitely one (of the many, many, many) plant-derived oils that are worth trying: YMMV as ever; many like it; who knows, you might be another.
Yes, it's fashionable and faddy. It's an oil. It'll moisturise. As with all oils, and anything else, YMMV.
It's a lightweight oil, a light yellow-gold colour with a slight earthy smell. Similar viscosity, texture, fluidity, feel to oils like sunflower or mineral; not as light or dry as grapeseed, nor as heavy as almond, let alone olive. Features good (in human skin terms) balance of fatty acids and high doses of antioxidants. I decanted mine into amber glass bottles with plastic pump-tops: more practical than droppers/rubber squeezy droppers; while not completely sealed, they're airtight, vs. removing the top every time. Some oils are sold in pump-bottles: Argan Oil Direct and Watts, for example.
Does the job of moisturising, without irritation or clogging (YMMV). Good on hair. No clogging or irritation.
Careful on contents (oil vs. oil blend) and brand: there are some serious rip-off merchants out there. List of sample prices at end of review. I tested out some cheap ones and some expensive ones (will copy-paste this review over there). Aside from slight differences in immediate smell--which fade rapidly--the results on skin and hair have been the same. Testing period: nearly 4 months (mid-July to early November).
USE ON SKIN:
Moisturises, but other (cheaper) oils work as well. If other oils haven't worked for you, worth adding to your list of things to try.
1. Used on top of rosehip seed oil, on any drier patches of skin.
2. Tested out on some minor eczema (stress, work, the usual boring causes): calmed well and moisturised. I used the oil alone, and I also used it under my usual stage 1 eczema stuff (A-Derma): works better than that cream on its own.
USE ON HAIR:
1. Pre-shampoo oil treatment: no difference in results, compared to using other oils. As it's quite a thin dry oil and I have long fine thick hair, economically unviable. Preferred oils for this: the ones that actually do something useful to hair: avocado, jojoba, olive (coconut works too, but not good on my scalp and neck). But all of these (except jojoba) are too heavy to use on my hair, cos it's fine; though fine as hair-product ingredients, in moderation. But: argan mixed with olive, jojoba, or avocado works very nicely. Also, cheaper than argan alone.
2. 1-2 drops mixed with conditioner: great: either as a pre-wash (for the condition-wash-condition method, on long hair) or when conditioning or both.
3. A tiny drop just applied to the very ends of towel-dried hair, before usual styling product. From trial and error, I've figured out that on this hair anyway that has to be the minutest of teeny droplets; any more and hair greases up. I'd tried this before with other oils, and even the lightest of those that do actually do anything to hair were too heavy and greasebally. Argan or the argan/olive mix has a better finish on my (fine) hair; lighter, finer, more fluid. Bonus: I've needed less and less de-frizz stuff afterwards. Now using none: argan alone, or the argan mix, defrizzes. I leave hair to dry naturally, and it's naturally slightly wavy with some tendencies to frizz. There's been noticeably less of that. Which means saving money on my expensive anti-frizz stuff.
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR
1. Check the ingredient list: difference between "contains 100% pure argan oil" and "100% pure argan oil."
2. Avoid being ripped off: ALL argan oil is sustainably-produced, organic, hand-crafted, and fair-trade. The trees only grow in a certain area of Morocco, protected by UNESCO biosphere mandate. The nuts are gathered and processed, and the oil produced and sold on, by Moroccan women's cooperatives (with UNESCO, EU, and SDA support). They have a global monopoly. All the bigger western companies (Moroccanoil, Josie Maran and the like) selling argan oil and argan oil-based products buy their oil from these cooperatives, â„… the intermediary of a small number of brokers and shippers. Except for a few small companies--mainly Moroccan and French + some US wholesalers--buying straight from the coops, skipping the intermediate stage and buying cheaper as more directly. In all cases: there's a markup along the way.
In order of price per ounce. All prices are in USD: CAD tend to be higher (ex. JMO, where USD38.00 somehow works out as CAD50.00) + shipping.
Majestic Mountain Sage: $8.45/4 oz-$26.00/16 oz = $1.65-2.11 / oz
Mountain Rose Herbs: $17.00/4 oz-$49.00/16 oz = $3.06-4.25 / oz
Lotioncrafter: $9.20/1 oz-$47.60/8 oz = $5.95-9.20 / oz
Argan Oil and More: $9.99/1 oz-$54.99/8 oz = $6.87-9.99 / oz
Garden of Wisdom: $8.20/1 oz, $60.50/8 oz. = $7.56-8.20 / oz
Argana / Argan Oil Direct: $13.10/1.18 oz-$39.32/140 ml = $6.42-11.34 / oz
MUAC: $10.00/1 oz, $32.00/4.5 oz = $7.11-10.00 / oz
Watts c/o Amazon: $13.45/1 oz-$27.45/4 oz = $6.86-13.45 / oz
The Posh Peddler: $9.95/1 oz-$48.95/6 oz (3 x 2 oz bottles) = $8.18-9.95 / oz
Melvita: $25.00/1.7 oz = $15.00 / oz
Eden Allure: $18.00/1 oz, $30.00/2 oz. = $15.00-18.00/oz
John Masters Organics: $38.00/2 oz = $19.00 / oz
Argan Sense: $35.00/1.7 oz = $21.00 / oz
Kahina: $82.00/3.4 oz = $24.60 / oz
Kae (aka Kaeline): $46.00/1.7 oz= $27.60 / oz
Josie Maran: $48.00/1.7 oz = $28.80 / oz
This is my HG, Holy Hand Grenade product. I too was leery of the rave reviews on Argan Oil, thinking it another hyped-up fad, but I did my research and ignored Josie Maran's overpriced junk and picked up a local organic brand from Whole Foods (I use a company called Simplers, $15 for 1oz). After using it daily for a few weeks morning and evening there's been a MAJOR positive change to my hair and face! My acne has seriously cleaned up, my face is bright and hydrated, and my dark circles and acne scars are lightening significantly. When my cycle came around I only got two small pimples instead of the major eruption I normally get. As for my hair, my scalp has calmed and isn't itchy and irritated, and my hair is hydrated and soft. I also use Argan Oil on my hands and feet when they get incredibly dry and itchy. It absorbs quickly, and doesn't leave a greasy residue.
The only downside to it--which is relatively minor, considering the major benefits--is that because my oil's organic it does have a mildly unpleasant smell akin to, well, vomit. It does dissipate quickly, though it can be unnerving to those unprepared. I'd rather have something stinky that works than something that smells pretty and is useless, however. Will repurchase over and over and over again.