Argan Oil

On August 31, 2011, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

The beauty aisles are lined with products touting the benefits of Argan oil. The oil has been added to skincare, nail, and hair potions.  If the law of supply and demand is in effect, then a lot of people are demanding a relatively low supply of this oil. I’ve seen it online for as much as $96 for four ounces. Ouch! There are less expensive versions, which also have less Argan oil in them, and others have been cut with coconut, jojoba or some other oil that is listed in fine print on the back of the bottle.

Women love this product for its hydrating properties. It is a light oil, and it produces an intense shine. Of course, it can only be found in one place on the planet: Morocco. The oil is extracted from the nuts of the fruit the tree produces and is harvested from the tree by women who work in co-operatives.

Like many women, I wanted to try out this Argan oil. I love shea butter, and I have an ongoing love affair with henna. It took me a few weeks to zero in on some pure oil at an acceptable price. I found it at Mountainroseherbs.com, where a four-ounce bottle for $17.

I’ve been using it for a few weeks now. I use a dropper to take the oil from the bottle and to put a few drops in my hand. I rub my hands together and then spread the oil over my hair. (I haven’t been bold enough to use it on my face, though folks swear it helps fight off all those bad things in the atmosphere.) The oil is expeller pressed, which means no solvents or anything else that could change or weaken its properties were used to extract it.

I love the shine and the non-oily feeling Argan oil produces, but the real test will come this winter when the air has been stripped of all its moisture. I’ll keep you posted.

Have you experimented with Argan oil?

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  • Jennifer

    Yes it is indeed pricy. But it is worth the try considering the way how it makes your hair feel radiant. I would consider trying it; usually the expensive once provide the best results.

  • Monika

    I think this oil really helps my hair becomes healthy though it is expensive but I think it could really help me to have a shiny and smooth hair.

  • I’ve used argan oil for both my hair and skin and love it. Particularly the scent and lightness of the oil. Although I think you can get the same effects with olive oil and to a lesser extent organic coconut oil (although I will put coconut oil on my skin but not on my face whereas I will use both argan and olive oil for my face).

    I get my argan oil from the hennasooq.com as well as the henna and amla oil for my hair. Love their stuff.

    • Good to know I’m not the only one interested in this oil. It may be expensive, but I love the way it makes my hair feel.

  • Blanc2

    Sounds kind of pricey. We use coconut oil for skin, hair, and (from a separate vessel), for cooking. It has a light feel — especially compared to shea or cocoa butter — and a wonderful coconut aroma.

    In food, it is fantastic in cornbread, pancakes, waffles, cupcakes, etc.