Friday, 17 July 2015

The Moroccan Argan Oil Co.

Moroccan Argan Oil Spray* - £14.99

I'm not about to make the switch to all natural products anytime soon but I do have a deep appreciation for natural ingredients. When used in the right way they can be extremely potent. One of the many natural ingredients that I love is argan oil & it's something that I think everyone should include in their beauty regime. Hailing from Morocco, argan oil is extracted from the seeds of the argan tree which is sometimes known as 'the tree of life'. It is renowned for it's amazing moisturising properties. This oil has so many different uses & the effects can be seen after just a few applications. Argan oil is a dry oil & therefore absorbs very quickly whilst providing maximum hydration. One of the most important things to look for when buying argan oil is the level of purity. All too often you'll find it combined with other ingredients such as almond oil, grapeseed oil or apricot kernal oil. Whilst these carrier oils still have their merits, it's better to look for 100% pure argan oil in order to achieve the optimum results.

I've tried lots of beauty products made with argan oil but I'd never gotten my hands on the real thing before. The Moroccan Argan Oil Co. kindly sent me one of their bottles to try and my hair, skin & nails have all been reaping the benefits. Their argan oil is completely pure, cold pressed & all natural. The bottles come with either a dropper or spray nozzle. I have the spray which I find really convenient as it's easier to dispense the oil into your hands before applying the product. The spray can also get to those hard to reach areas & it's great for travelling with. I love the packaging, it really reminds me of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair! The bottle is made from amber coloured glass to protect the oil from UV rays. The oil itself is a light golden yellow colour. Pure argan oil has a unique nutty scent that can alter from batch to batch. It's quite pleasant but soon dissipates after application.

I would imagine that most people will have already used argan oil as hair treatment. It's a very inexpensive way of adding softness & shine to your hair. I normally apply some to my wet hair before blowdrying and a little bit afterwards to smooth down any frizz. However my favourite way to use argan oil on my hair is to mix it with my conditioner to create a luxurious hair mask. This can really help to restore the condition of your hair & provides some much needed nourishment for dry, damaged locks. Argan oil is also an excellent way of keeping your nails strong & healthy. I always like to treat my cuticles to a good lashing of oil after painting my nails. Taking care of your cuticles can make all the difference to the finish of your manicure & this argan oil is working wonders on mine. I just got into using the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil but this product absorbs so much quicker & I don't have to worry about getting grease marks on my laptop afterwards. I love using argan oil to massage my feet at the end of the day too. My feet always get really achy & my heels get very dry in the Summer when I wear sandals so this is helping to soothe the tired feeling & my cracked heels.

Argan oil is also something of a wonder product for the skin. I've mentioned my experiences with eczema many times before & I originally used pure vitamin E oil to clear it up when things were at their worst. I mainly control it through my diet but I still get the odd patch now & then. I currently have an unsightly pink flare-up on my neck & have been struggling to get rid of it. Argan oil is exceptionally rich in vitamin E & essential fatty acids so I started applying some to it every night & it's improved so much! In my experience going to the doctor with eczema problems was an utter waste of time & a nourishing oil is far more effective than any aqueous cream or bath product. You can also use argan oil on your face as either an oil cleanser or moisturiser. It makes your skin feel super soft & puts paid to any dryness. Another one of my favourite ways to use this oil is mixed with foundation. Obviously not my regular base products but in particular the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer works brilliantly with a dry face oil. It dilutes the highly pigmented colour & sheers out the product so that you can use it on your entire face without looking cakey. It's important to do this with a dry oil because a regular oil will make you look greasy as hell so this product is the ideal candidate. Those in need of a hefty dose of hydration should not be without a bottle of 100% pure argan oil in their lives & The Moroccan Argan Oil Co. website is a great place to start.

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  1. Great post... I love Argan Oil. i just bought some foot peel stuff (you know where you put the booties on and wait for 20 mins). They were only £1 from Poundland (obvs! lol)... I will do a review if they are any good. I have seen expensive versions so I thought I would give them a try. Even if the result is not as good as the expensive ones you can get, can't halm to soak my feet in a little argan oil! ;)

  2. Love the look of this, it sounds amazing!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD