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rated 4.1(115 reviews)

Average Rating.4.1
Would buy this product again.78%
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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* fifi_kitten on 3/27/2009 1:14:00 AM more reviews by fifi_kitten

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

don't ask me how, don't ask me why, but, i kid you not, this oil has cleared my skin of acne almost 100%!! i'm in my early twenties and have been struggling with mild to moderate acne since my teens. since i entered my twenties, it seemed to get worse. i've tried salicylic acid (PC's and almost every d/s brand available) and that did nothing; i've tried alpha hydroxy acid (PC's) and that seemed to make my blemishes worse; i've tried benzoyl peroxide, and while that seemed to work a little, it left me soo dry (even just 2.5%); and i've tried every combination of the three you can think of, various brands/types, and nothing has cleared up my skin. i'd always have at least (i stress that was the minimum; most of the time it was way more) five active blemishes at a time. all the while dealing with my horribly combination skin (pretty oily t-zone, drrrry and flakey in the cheeks). so, basically, my skin was a mess.

and then i stumbled upon this little miracle. i didn't really have much faith that it'd work, but i figured why not? well, i've been using this a few months now and my skin looks amazing. it doesn't prevent zits 100% for me. however, if i do breakout, its like one, maybe two, zits that last only a day or two...not several that last for weeks! so it helps blemishes heal a lot faster. not only that, but my skin is much more balanced in terms of moisture. my oily t-zone doesn't tend to get as oily, and my flakey, dry cheeks are no longer flakey and dry! i almost have "normal" skin...almost (my t-zone still gets a little shiney). my skin absolutely glows. the only issue i have with my skin now is post-acne red marks, and this oil isn't really doing much for them. but, for the time being, i'm okay with that.

so, how do i use it?

i use it only at night. the bottle i bought didn't come with a dropper, so i just use a q-tip to get some, mix it with my moisturizer, and then apply to my skin after cleansing. i'd estimate its about 4-5 large drops of the oil with one pump of my moisturizer (neutrogena's oil free moisture for combo skin). the oil sinks in pretty well after a while, but at first you may look a little shiney. i don't use this during the day because, since my skin is slightly oily, it's a bit too much moisture. a lot of people mention the smell, but i've honestly never noticed anything. if i get my nose close enough to the bottle, i notice a slight smell, but it's not like a pungent smell or anything. just smells like...oil i guess. and when i apply it to my skin, i don't notice anything at all. /p>

i bought this from an online retailer, so it's unbranded. it's just cold pressed, 100% pure argan oil. if you buy it in large quantities, it can get a bit pricey, but i paid about $8 for 1 ounce of it, so not too bad. this one ounce bottle is lasting pretty well too. but honestly, even if it cost triple that amount (and it does, plus more, if you're buying it from josie maran), i'd still totally buy it. if you're like me, having tried several products without much results, then i'd definitely give this a try.

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* cowgurl on 1/31/2009 3:24:00 PM more reviews by cowgurl

Age: 36-43   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Green    

This is my splurge product. I'm sure there are other oils that work just as well, but the aborption rate on this is fairly high and keeps my bod hydrated all day. I've bought mine from Garden of Wisdom and can tell it's the real deal -- at the real price about 60$ for 8 oz! They have a one ounce size, too. Love it and its nutty smell. I have been able to use it on my face without breakouts and use it as an eye moisturizer at night. It's great. Note that there is increased demand for this oil all over the world and I wouldn't be surprised if it gets diluted with other oils along the way if you don't buy from a reputable seller. I justify paying the higher price knowing that purchasing this oil supports women's cooperatives in Morrocco.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* dominicangirl on 12/13/2008 10:12:00 PM more reviews by dominicangirl

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Olive   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Green    

I was previously a loyal user of coconut oil for hair treatments, but suddenly it stopped having a good effect on my hair like it used to. For reference, my hair is pretty damaged...I have a few split ends and my hair can feel dry because I chemically straighten it twice a year.


Anyway, I came across 100% pure Argan Oil and ordered it online. I'd heard of that brand called 'Morrocan Oil' but it's not 100% pure, so if you can, I'd recommend you getting the pure version instead. It came in a 100ml bottle and is the 'cold-pressed' version. I personally find the smell to be awful, but perhaps that's just me.


What I love about argan oil is that it has so many uses. Argan oil, is rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, including linoleic acid, Omega 6, and natural tocopherols. It's great for anti-aging, and nail care (mix it with equal part lemon juice and leave it on nails overnight -- when used regularly it strengthens brittle nails and softens cuticle). I'll be focusing on the hair uses, so onto my review :)


APPLICATION: I smother this from my midlengths to tips, and apply a slight bit to my scalp by massaging it in. It doesn't feel as oily as coconut oil, but applies in just the same way. Once I've put it on, I put a shower cap on and leave it on for about 5 or 6 hours. Afterwards, I wash and condition my hair as normal, leaving it to air dry.


RESULTS: Honestly, my hair has never felt so smooth. I thought coconut oil was good, but in comparison, argan oil is so much better. Once my hair had air dryed it wasn't as poufy as it usually is, and there were no nasty frizzies. My hair actually feels so soft and silky whenever I use this. It gives me nice shine and bounce to my dull/lifeless hair. Coconut oil didn't give me as good results as this. My hair is manageable and has no fly-aways. I've heard it prevents split-ends, so we shall see...I'll update in future.



I'd definately repurchase this, I don't find it too expensive either (I paid about 15 on special offer) and it's worth every penny. Only bad thing is the smell but I can live with that.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* moonandtheriver on 11/12/2008 10:55:00 PM more reviews by moonandtheriver

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

This is for plain Argan Oil. I bought a small trial bottle of this for $8 and started using it on a couple spots on my hands where I have had eczema for years....itchy, red, raw, peeling with tiny blisters. Nothing previously has helped- Vaseline, Aquaphor, prescriptions all moisturied my hands but did nothing to change the spots of eczema. I used this for just under a week and I started noticing the spots looked drier and started flaking. The skin underneath looked healthier though so I kept up with it. At the end of 2 weeks my eczema spots were significantly reduced. At the end of a month, my eczema is GONE. First time in 8 years my hands have been totally clear of this. I have slowed to using the oil only once in awhile now...maybe once a week or less. No signs of it returning yet, and I will update if things change. Needless to say I am completely suprised and elated. I was expecting it to help moisturize but wasn't expecting things to go this well and for the eczema to actually go away.

I've also used a small amount of this mixed in with my Giovanni leave in conditioner on my hair with nice results. Leaves my hair soft and shiney. Great product and will continue to buy once this small bottle is gone!

Update:
Its been a few months since I started using this and Im still clear of eczema on my hands. No trace of it at all. This is the best they've looked in years! I'm still so impressed with this stuff. 10 stars!

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rated 4 of 5 Jox3347 on 12/22/2007 2:40:00 PM more reviews by Jox3347

Age: 44-55   Skin: Combination   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

Part of the new Josie Maran line of cosmetics which are eco-friendly, natural ingredients and recyclable packaging. If you have dry skin this would work for you, oily skin/acne prone skin would probably be too greasy. I added 1 drop to JM's TM and applied to my face. Makes my skin dewy and soft. I have an oily t-zone so after about 4 hours I dusted some powder on the shiny areas. My skin in the winter in Michigan needs extra moisture , in the summer this would be too oily for me to use. It comes in a glass bottle w/ an eyedropper so I have to be careful I don't break it. Says on the website that this can also be used on split ends and cuticles. I'm going to try applying to my cuticles at night and see if this works.

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