A few days ago I posted an article about the best carrier oils and essentials oils for hair. From that discussion, a great question resulted – is argan oil considered a carrier oil or essential oil? Although many of us love argan oil, it is not widely talked about in the healthy hair circuit. We seem to only profess our love for basic oils – avocado oil, castor oil, coconut oil, etc. This post will highlight 12 benefits of argan oil for hair and skin.
— My Experience with Argan Oil —
I was first introduced to argan oil back in 2009 when I started using the “Moroccanoil” line. Despite it containing a low concentration of argan oil, my hair loved the line but have you seen the price? Prices are easily $20+ for each product so I quickly moved on.
I later purchased an argan oil blend from Marie Dean. It made my hair feel soft and nourished – like pure perfection. Unfortunately, price is $20-$25 for 8 ounces so I only purchased during sales which don’t/didn’t come around often.
In an effort to save money and find alternatives, I tried other brands of argan oil with great disappointment. None made my hair feel like a million bucks like the Marie Dean argan oil blend. By far, it’s the best I’ve tried but her blend consist of a number of oils, not just argan oil.
Beyond the fact that argan oil makes my hair sing and dance and it is derived from the argan nut, I knew very little about its characteristics or properties. Therefore, I took to Google.
— What is Argan Oil —
Argan oil is one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world with many health and beauty benefits. The argan tree is said to only grow in Southwestern Morocco and called “tree of life” by many locals. Argan oil is derived from an argan nut that is taken from an argan tree. Since there are a plethora of articles discussing how argan oil is made, I will not bore you with the specifics. However, it is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process that takes weeks to complete.
— Argan Oil Benefits to Hair and Skin —
Argan oil is a carrier oil that has culinary and cosmetic benefits. It is great for dipping bread, sprinking on salads among other similar uses. Argan oil is full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids, which serve a vital role in the health and beauty industry. Argan oil has been referred to as “liquid gold” because its ability to moisturize, heal, soften and protect the body from head to toe. Researchers and experts have advocated it for a range of things like:
- healing acne
- resolving flaky, dry skin
- minimizing fine lines and wrinkles
- nourishing and fortifying hair
- protecting us from sun damage
— Where to Purchase Pure Argan Oil —
Note: I’m not affiliated with any of these vendors and I have not purchased from them. As you’re shopping for argan oil, make sure it’s pure argan oil. Or, if you’re purchasing a formulated product, make sure argan oil appears in the first 5 ingredients for higher concentration. Make sure the argan oil indicates culinary use should you decide to use it for that purpose. Lastly, use with caution if you have nut allergies!