Why we love Argan Oil [+ 5 ways to use it]
My new (used to be an old favourite but just recently rediscovered) addition to our beauty routine!
Moroccan Argan Oil
Most of you may have heard of Moroccan oil or Argan oil. It has gained popularity over recent years in as a treatment for your hair and in other hair products. But the majority of the commercial stuff you buy is full of ingredients you cant pronounce and a tiny amount of Argan Oil. Wherever possible using 100% pure and organic products is best, so I am excited to share this Moroccan Argan oil by Acure that I have started using again recently.
A little back story on how Argan Oil is made…
Argan trees grow in the semi-desert area of south western Morocco. (In North Western Africa, underneath Spain, if you need a little help visualising the world map!) The trees produce fruit smaller than apricots and Argania Spinosa, or Argan Oil, is made from the kernel inside of the pit of the fruit. (Note it is made from the kernel of a fruit, not a nut… Therefore the resulting oil is nut-free. Perfect for those who are concerned about allergies.)
The fruit of the Argan tree changes from green to gold and once it falls from the tree the pits are removed and dried in the sun. From here each pit is cracked between two stones (The Moroccan women do this all by hand!). The kernels are then removed, crushed in a mortar with a pestle, and then ground into a thick paste by hand. The paste is then squeezed to produce the oil. The solid part of the paste is used as animal feed or a type of soap. The fruit is often fed to the local goats. No wastage!
There are two types of cold pressed Argan Oil. The first, in which the kernels are lightly roasted is used for culinary purposes before pressing (the roasting bring out a gorgeous nutty aroma and flavour which is highly sought after) and the oil extracted from non-roasted kernels is used for cosmetic purposes. Because this oil is so rare (it takes approx 30kg of kernels and 16 hours of work by the Moroccan women to produce one litre of oil) it has a high cost.
Due to the high cost of this “liquid gold” most commercial brands will use fillers and preservatives and very little Argan Oil in their products to make them more cost effective. One popular hair product I had in my bathroom cabinet (despite being sulphate and paraben free) has 11 products listed in the ingredients. Argan Oil is number 5 on the list.
So, it barely needs to be said – if you want the full benefit of this amazing product – buy pure, sustainable and organic.
I love and recommend Acure Argan Oil and another great alternative is LaMav. Acure have a few new options to their range recently which contain a small amount of rose or citrus ginger essential oils or a coconut version with organic coconut flavouring oil. The coconut version is absolutely divine in my opinion, and the one I love to use in my hair.
Why Argan Oil is so amazing…
A true skin SUPER FOOD!
Incredibly rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids, and Proteins, Argan Oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars + stretch marks; all while restoring texture, elasticity and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbed! This oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” so get yourself some beauty bling! Source.
5 ways to use Argan Oil…
As a moisturiser. After washing (morning and/or night) simply use a few drops on your face and neck. The oil will absorb quickly and is not greasy.
As a leave in conditioner. After washing and while hair is still wet add a few drops to moisturise, hydrate and condition your hair.
To help with dry scalp and as a conditioning treatment. Wash and towel dry hair and then massage a generous amount of Argan Oil into your hair and scalp. Leave overnight and wash your hair the next morning.
To smoothe frizzy ends and add shine to your hair. Use Argan Oil as a styling product and as a serum to add shine by rubbing 1-2 drops of oil between your hands and smoothing over the ends and through your hair. NOTE: You only need a tiny amount.
Argan Oil for dry cracked heels. Massage a generous amount into feet, and toes before bed. Cover with socks and wake up in the morning to gorgeous soft feet! I find that my heels get terribly dry in the summer months from wearing my beloved Havianas around all day long so this has been a great help for me.
A few more quick ideas… Use it to make body scrubs, as a bath oil, to care for your cuticles, in face masks and as a body massage oil with some of your favourite doTERRA essential oils mixed in!
Now, just to prove how “real life” things get around here trying to write a blog and wrangle a 10 year old. Here is a little out-take of today’s mini photo shoot. I had this great idea of getting some beautiful shots of Liana putting the oil on her hands and massaging into her face. This [below] is what happened…
Her face is gorgeous and soft and glowing now though, and we did have a good laugh!!
For me, I think anything to reduce clutter, confusion over what to use when and make routines easier is a fabulous idea. So having one product with multiple uses is a big win in my book! If you haven’t already, grab yourself some Argan Oil and try it out! Please let me know in the comments how you go, I would love to hear!
PS: Liana (because she is SO awesome) massages my feet with it. So so good 🙂