A few weeks ago I posted a review and tutorial about some new products boasting the benefits of argan oil. Since then I’ve received a few questions about using and buying argan oil in its pure form. And thanks to my adventures in Morocco last year, I’m uniquely equipped to answer them!
For hair, argan oil is great for sealing in moisture. It’s also ideal to use in your non-hair beauty regimens as well, including as body oil, cuticle softener, makeup remover and more.
While in Morocco I had the great opportunity to visit a women’s cooperative that specialized in argan oil making. The local ladies demonstrated first-hand how argan seeds are processed to make this highly popular cosmetic oil.
Take a peek at the process and stay tuned at the end of the post for 5 tips I learned for buying argan oil of your own.
Now I know we can’t all go buy our own argan oil from Morocco. So here are 5 tips to remember as you buy your own argan oil back here at home:
- There are 2 different types of argan oil – One is for cosmetic purposes, as you see here. The other is for cooking purposes. They each have different prep processes. Generally, cosmetic oil should not be used for culinary purposes, nor should the cooking variety be used for beauty.
- Buy the pure stuff – Argan oil, true organic argan oil, has only one ingredient. And you can guess what it is. 100% Argan Oil, or Argania Spinosa Kernel is another word for it. If you see any other ingredients on the list, it is not pure.
- A little grit in your oil is okay – Pressed argan oil will sometimes have a tiny amount of sediment in the oil. You saw above that the oil is retrieved from nuts/seeds, so a little bit is fine. You should still be able to see clearly through the oil if its a good batch though, and any tiny bit of sediment that is there should float to the bottom once the oil settles.
- It should smell nutty – There was this great nutty aroma in the argan oil facility I visited and when I got home and opened my purchased bottle, the oil smelled the same way. That’s a sign of the good stuff. It should not smell like fragrance.
- The good stuff ain’t cheap – A container of argan oil the size of a normal U.S. water bottle (around 16oz or 500ml) can cost anywhere from $50-70. If it costs much less than that for that size, more often than not, it’s not pure. I’ve had my bottle for a year though and am not yet even halfway through. So a little goes a long way.
Hope this is helpful!