Friends, Random Thoughts, Shopping

Magic Argan oil?

So, I’m not a makeup person at all. I put on moisturizer with SPF, BB cream, lip balm or lip gloss, and I’m out the door.

But, whenever I pass by Sephora at the mall, I usually stop in. It’s like a playground for me. I get to try on different makeups, perfumes, lip glosses, nail polishes, etc. At the end of another productive “playtime” at Sephora, I came upon Argan oil.

Moroccan women's cooperative

Moroccan women's cooperative -

I’d never heard of it, but the description on its supposed benefits had me curious. My friend tells me that it’s an oil from nuts that can only grow in Morocco. She said Moroccan women use the oil for their hair, skin, etc., and it’s shown to have hydrating and antiaging properties. Also, part of the profits of the sale of argan oil goes to a women’s collective responsible for making all the oil sold.

According to the placard in the store, the oil can be used as a skin treatment, a moisturizer, a cuticle softener, and for treating split ends. I massaged some in my hair while my friend put some on her hands. It added some sheen in my hair—not a gross she-hasn’t-washed-her-hair-so-it’s-oily shine, but an ooh-look-at-her-healthy-hair shine—and added some softness when I ran my hand through it. My friend noticed that the oil absorbed into her hands quickly and it didn’t leave any oil residue on her palms.

Now, I’m not saying it’s some kind of miracle oil, just merely stating our first impressions. I was definitely impressed with what it could do. It was $50 :!: for a 1.7 oz (about 50 ml) bottle! Pretty steep price for a little bottle. I’ll have to find a better value from a less designer brand.

Has anyone else used argan oil? Any thoughts on it? I’d like to know how well it works in the long-term before committing to buying it.