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Have you ever tried Argan Oil hair or cosmetic products?

Asked by jca (26822 points ) September 16th, 2012

I recently bought some Argan Oil shampoo, conditioner and “product” that you use to style your hair (don’t want to say the brand unless asked because I don’t want to be spamming) and I love the “product” – it smells great and makes my hair smooth. I haven’t yet tried the shampoo and conditioner. It’s a somewhat “upscale” brand but last night I saw a commerial on TV for a more mainstream brand coming out with their own shampoo with Argan Oil.

I recently researched Argan Oil and I see it’s from Morocco, and it’s sometimes called “Moroccan Oil.” It’s harvested from the nut of the tree and they say it’s been used by the Egyptians (Cleopatra’s era). They also said it’s used in cosmetics.

Have you tried any Argan Oil products and if so, how did you like them?

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janbb's avatar

I just saw them for the first time in the drugstore and was wondering about them.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

The SO and I were in Marrakesh about two years ago, and learned about Argan oil there. The riad (hotel) where we stayed not only used it for cooking, but the spa that they partnered with sold hair and body care products that contained it. The riad also offered these supplies in the guest rooms.

We were there for a week. As much as I enjoyed the bath and body products every day and considered purchasing some to take home, there really wasn’t any miraculous difference from any other product on the market. Keep in mind that it could be due to the short time period and possibly even the type of water there.

As for the scent, it was lovely, but it most likely has to do with the other ingredients and not the oil, at least from what we used. What other ingredients are listed? Cazzie is our resident expert on this stuff. I’ll forward your question to her.

What I would seriously consider is using Argan oil in cooking. Not only was the food there outstanding, but it is reputed to be beneficial for lowering the risk of certain types of health concerns.

gailcalled's avatar

No, but I use a little of this oIl to rub on my hair when it is dry and frizzy and I don’t feel like getting into the shower.

http://www.aveda.com/product/7421/16265/Hair-Care/hairtype/dry-hair/Brilliant-Emollient-Finishing-Gloss/index.tmpl

hearkat's avatar

I started using a vegan, organic brand of products with moroccan oil several months ago, and I also love it. I did mention the brand in another comment on another post… are we not supposed to do that?

janbb's avatar

@hearkat I think it’s fine to mention suggested brands in an answer; it’s pretty clear when the intent is spam.

Ponderer983's avatar

I have been using Argan Oil for a while now. My hair dresser would put some in my hair as the final touch. It make my hair so soft and helps with frizz. My regular shampoo has some in it, but I have a bottle of oil that I smooth through my hair. I don’t use it everyday, because then my hair tends to get really oily.

jordym84's avatar

@jca Last year I tried an argan oil hair product line (I have a feeling it might be the same as the one you’re talking about, but I could be wrong…does it come in a light-blue bottle by any chance?) and I recall liking it a lot, but for some reason or another I stopped using it. I tried it again about a month ago and didn’t like it as much. To be fair, the first time I used the shampoo and conditioner, whereas this time I only tried the leave-in cream. I have curly hair and I’ve found that oil leaves it feeling dry and straw-like after a while, so I only use leave-in creams now, preferably sulfate-free ones.

jca's avatar

OK here goes – the brand I use is Organix. They have shampoo, conditioner and oil. I only tried the oil so far and it smells great. I wouldn’t mind if there was a perfume with that scent. I only use a tiny bit – like ½ teaspoon or less, rubbed all over my hands and then onto my hair.

I see now that Garnier Fructis has a new Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner.

jordym84's avatar

@jca That’s what I thought…it’s the same brand I used.

Ponderer983's avatar

@jca I use the Garnier as my shampoo/conditioner, but the actual oil I use is a different brand

cazzie's avatar

Hello, all. Yes, argon oil is great stuff, but don’t go overboard, paying crazy amounts for a shampoo that contains it. Basically, shampoos are used to get the oil out of your hair, so its value in any shampoo formula would be very limited.

Argon oil for cooking is different than argon oil for skin and hair. They roast the nuts first for the cooking oil extraction to give it that distinct taste. Fatty-acid wise, it is close to olive oil, but it does contain some nice extra chemicals that make it very skin-loving. Like rice bran oil, it contains a good amount of vitamin E.

Another reason to love it is because it is a very ‘green’ product. By encouraging it’s production in Morocco, it helps employ loads of women and protects and encourages the preservation of the trees. Rain forests are not being cut down for plantations to be set up, in other words.

I don’t use it in my products because it is crazy expensive and is somewhat unstable and varies greatly in consistency of quality and smell.

The hardest and most expensive part in making and selling bath and body products is educating your customers about ingredients. If Argon oil is catching on now as a trend, perhaps I should take another look at it.

hearkat's avatar

The brand I use is DermOrganic

cazzie's avatar

@hearkat

The hairmask conditioner has something you would notice more than argon oil in it: The second ingredient is a new type of conditioning ingredient. Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20384902 Looks like good stuff.

I would not use the leave-in treatment because it contains silicones – Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone. These do not break down in the environment and have systemically polluted. Silicones also build up on the hair and aren’t healthy. They will tell you the shine on your hair is from the tiny amount of argon oil in the product, but they are cheating, really, because any gloss or shine will actually be from this cheap, polluting, unhealthy chemical.

susanc's avatar

Okay, so, because no one else has mentioned it:
the way you get argan oil out of the nuts that contain it?
the only way?
because you can’t get the nuts’ shells off by any means?
but, your goats can. with their tough, grindy guts.
so let your goats loose by the argan tree. the goats jump up in the tree and eat up the argan nuts. the goats poop out the pits.
the pits are where the oil is. Grind up the pits. yumm… argan oil.
I knew you’d want to know.

gailcalled's avatar

@susanc: I knew that there was a reason I was happy to see you again. I still think about your car that smelled of French fries.

Do your goats have silky, shiny, manageable hair?

susanc's avatar

@gailcalled:
1. I am equally happy to see you again, you gorgeous thing you.
(full disclosure to everyone: gail and I have never set eyes on each other, but I adore her, and I know I’m not alone)
2. O yes, my goats never get tangles, the frizzies, or that wintry dull look where your hair has no body or shine. They win prizes for their silkiness. And their excellent digestion.
AND I live in Morocco.
(..... More lies…..)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@susanc LOL! Good try. Argan oil is no longer gathered that way. The trees’ fruits are gathered and dried. The pulp is peeled and used for animal feed or other purposes. The pits are cracked open by humans, and it is the kernel inside that provides the oil. Since the process is so labor intensive, this is one reason why the oil is so expensive.

gailcalled's avatar

^^^-You’re no fun.—

susanc's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer – I was pretty sure I was lying – well, I think they did used to do it this way, but times change.
And @gailcalled, thanks for the support. : )

Earthgirl's avatar

What could possibly be better than Argan oil from Marrakesh? Argan oil plus hemp oil! I am in hair heaven. My hair is almost singing !!! jca Is it the “garden in your hair?”
Seriously though, I haven’t tried it but the reviews are good.

cazzie's avatar

@Earthgirl congratulations. You just coated your hair in silcones. Three different sorts.

Earthgirl's avatar

@cazzie No, actually, I did not. As I said, I haven’t tried it. Normally I avoid oils for my hair because it’s naturally oily. That has changed a bit as I get older. My hair is very fine, so even if it is dry the tiniest bit of oil weighs it down. I do so love the idea of oil from Marrakesh and the hemp oil though! It sounds so natural and organic and….oh, I don’t know, earthy!

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