Argan oil is one of those things I’ve heard everyone buzzing about but never knew much about it personally. I simply didn't know how to use argan oil.
But now that I’ve tried a few argan oils, I have to say… I’ve seen the light.
Let me help you demystify this amazing little oil by showing you all sorts of different ways to use it.
13 Easy Ways to Use Argan Oil
There are a lot of argan oil uses. Before we discuss the uses, let's start with the product itself. You can either purchase 100% pure argan oil (and just a drop or two will go a long way), or you can buy products that are infused with it – we carry shampoo, leave-in conditioner, face cream and facial towelettes that include argan oil too.
For the purposes of this list though, we’re referring to ways to use pure argan oil.
1Add a few drops of argan oil to your facial moisturizer, foundation or BB cream for an extra glow and added hydration.
2Apply argan oil to your hands for a nail conditioner and cuticle moisturizer. I slather it all over my hands before bed!
3Apply argan oil directly to your face and body as a natural moisturizer. I like to use it in place of body lotion after a shower.
4Add a few drops of argan oil to rosewater for a DIY toner - apply some to a cotton ball and use to cleanse and moisturize before bed.
5Apply argan to hands (or feet!) for a great winter-weather moisturizer. Just a drop or two really helps that dry skin I get on my knuckles in cold weather.
6Work argan oil into hair overnight to calm dry, frizzy, split tresses and wash away in the a.m. Use a lot as a night treatment or just smooth a couple drops on your ends to hydrate.
7Smooth a drop of argan oil over hair after styling to tame flyaways or static. This is a must for me, and much better than using a flat-iron to smooth.
8Mix argan oil with some brown sugar for a DIY exfoliator to use on your face, body or feet. Also great to make and give as gifts!
9Smooth some drops of argain oil on your legs after shaving to help razor burn.
10Apply argan oil to lips to moisturize and treat dry, cracked lips. This is also great to do at night!
11Put a few drops of argan oil right into your bath water. I add some argan oil along with Epsom salts to have a relaxing, balanced bath.
12Use argan oil as a massage oil in place of greasy oils or other lotions.
13Use argan oil as a facial serum or to “wash” before bed with a cotton pad and wake up to super soft skin, as recommended by one of our Facebook fans.
You Know How to Use Argan Oil, But What Exactly is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is truly a special gem in terms of beauty oils. The oil itself comes from the nut inside the fruit from the argan tree, which is pressed and the oil then extracted.
It originates in the argan forest in Morocco, where the oil is used to treat skin conditions because of its healing properties.
Now, the argan oil industry appears to keep repaying the country from which this amazing oil came from. Argan trees are protected by UNESCO, and many cooperatives share profits of the oil with the local people, which goes back to their community and keeps the industry there sustainable.
Argan oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” because of its reputation for treating a variety of physical conditions and as an anti-aging aid.
Some people even consume argan oil, especially natives of Morocco, and while some oils are made specifically for culinary uses, this post focuses on argan oil for beauty.
Benefits of Using Argan Oil
Pure argan oil is rich in vitamins A and E and packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and protein. These natural ingredients are what make it so powerful and popular.
Argan oil is a great all-natural moisturizer, and is also said to repair imperfections, soothe dry, flaky skin and treat various skin conditions.
Best of all, even though it is an oil, it is not (too) greasy. As a new user of coconut oil, I can say that argan oil is significantly less greasy, which makes it my new preferred beauty aid.
Inventive DIYs to Use Argan Oil
1DIY Argan Oil Face Mask (via Mind Body Green)
Mix together 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3 teaspoons of Greek-style yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 drops of argan oil in a bowl. Apply on a clean, dry face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
2DIY Argan Oil Shampoo (via Moroccan Pure Argan Oil)
Mix together 1 tablespoon argan oil with your favorite castile soap (and also ¼ cup distilled water if you use grated castile soap) and any desired essential oils, shake, then shampoo as usual.
3DIY Coconut Lime Sugar Hand Scrub (via Mommy Like Whoa)
Quickly mix 1/2 cup coconut oil, 10 drops lime essential oil and 10 drops pure Argan oil to a whipped consistency. Add 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut and mix again. Slowly mix in 1/2 cup sugar, then gently fold in 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest. Keep cool in a sealed jar.
Tips for Selecting an Argan Oil
Not all argan oils are equal. With its rise in popularity, some oils are emerging that are diluted or artificial.
Some tips for picking the best argan oil:
- Look for only one ingredient that is either listed as 100% Argan Oil or Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil
- It should be in a dark-colored glass bottle
- The oil should have a subtle scent
- Look for 100% organic, natural pure argan oil from reputable retailers
Is argan oil expensive?
It depends where you buy it from. Some stores sell it for nearly $50 per bottle, while other stores, such as us here at Swanson Health Products, sell argan oil for $8-20.
Argan Oil Reviews
Since I’m new to using argan oil, I wanted to try three products from the Swanson website to give an honest review of some of the options out there. If you’re also looking to try this “liquid gold” for the first time, hopefully this will help you select one.
This was my first choice, honestly because the packaging was the most appealing, and secondly because these selling points caught my eye: “Acure’s Argan Oil is from a woman's cooperative in Morocco and is sustainably harvested. Vegan. Free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, PEG, petroleum, phthalates and silicone. Cruelty free.” That aside, the price is outstanding and the pump looked handy. Turned out the products with droppers were slightly easier to use, but I really loved the oil itself from this one. The scent was actually the best—it was light, pleasant and refreshing. When I applied it, it went on smooth and felt great. Best of all, it absorbed quickly and was not greasy (true to claims). While it comes in a clear bottle, to preserve the precious oil, I’ll just have to store it in the box.
Our own brand of organic argan oil comes in a larger bottle, but with highest price of the three I tried. The bottle was dark colored glass, as recommended, and I found the dropper really handy actually. It went on smooth and absorbed pretty well. I’ve since found myself reaching for this one the most.
This one is also organic, but I prefer using the first two over this one. This seemed the greasiest of them all (though still less so than coconut oil), and the smell was just slightly different. It still worked about the same, but I would opt for one of the other two versions first, personally.
Have you tried using argan oil yet?
What’s your favorite way to use argan oil?