If you haven’t heard about the greatness of Argan Oil in the last 5 years let me enlighten you. Argan oil, is an all-natural plant-based oil extracted from the nut kernels of the argan tree in Morocco. It can be used as a moisturizer for the skin and a serum for the hair, and YES you can use argan oil even if you have OILY skin. I have oily-combination and sensitive eczema skin and have not been faced with any breakouts(no pun intended).
That being said, because argan oil is imported from Morocco, argan oil in it’s purest form will be a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way. However, be careful when buying products that state they have argan oil in them when in fact it’s mixed with mostly fillers and additives with only a little bit of argan oil. So unless it only has 1 ingredient, 100% Organic Argan Oil or Argania Spinosa, you are being duped.
So my results were shocking for both products, shockingly good and shockingly bad.
Josie Maran Argan Oil
So I first tried Josie Maran Argan Oil in December 2012. I went to the Sephora beauty counter because I needed makeup that would hold up in photos for my cousin’s wedding. There wasn’t a primer that was hydrating enough for my dryness, a foundation that would conceal my redness or a finish that was matte. After exhausting all possible testers, the girl at the counter then brought over the argan oil and told me to try it on under my concealer. The argan oil didn’t actually conceal anything BUT it did hydrate and prime my face for a smoother application when I applied the makeup on top of it. I was happily shocked. I didn’t care if it was $15 for a 15 ml bottle, the proof was there and I was sold.
Acure Argan Oil
I bought this 2 months ago at my organic grocery store and saw that it was a 30 ml bottle for $14. I thought SCORE, I’m getting a deal! I got home and I hated it. I was so confused. How could this be? It clearly says 100% organic with the trademark seal on it just like the Josie Maran Argan Oil. The first thing I noticed was the smell. Argan oil should have a light nutty smell. The Acure oil smelled strong and like perfume. The bottle stated there was no perfumes added but I don’t know, something just didn’t seem right. Secondly, the oil was in a clear bottle. Argan oil is very light-sensitive and should be kept in dark amber-colored jars or bottles. Third, the oil didn’t absorb into my skin and wasn’t hydrating. It felt like it just sat there on my skin and eventually evaporated off. This was a thumbs down for me.
So I’m back to Josie Maran Argan Oil now and already there’s a big difference in my skin. What Acure couldn’t fix in 2 months, Josie Maran fixed in 2 days. Once I’m done with the 15m ml bottle I’m upgrading to the $48 bottle. I don’t normally make such expensive purchases on single items, but this product is honestly worth it.