Day 25 (of 31).Who doesn’t lust over Princess Tamina’s (Gemma Arterton) from movie “Prince of Persia” long thick, lustrous JET BLACK hair in the movie and her dark eyes and how she perfectly portrayed a Moroccan princess?
I’ve mentioned this holy grail before in my previous post. I think this wonder bottle deserves at least one blog post. I like products that are hitting a lot of birds in one stone. The Argan Oil is an all-in-one treatment for the hair, face and body. Note: I’m not beauty blogger and won’t be reviewing products unless I really really really go crazy over them. I also don’t wear makeup except during special occasions, so there’s the dire need to have clear skin. (Pimples, layu-an mo kame. LOL ) Lately, I’ve finished a bottle of this wonder oil and is looking for an alternative here in Manila, but problem is- they are all OUT OF STOCK. The ones I get from Healthy Options (Josie Maran Argan Oil and Melvita Huile D’Argan) are out. Also I’ve tried a bottle from Salcedo Market that has no brand, again- out of stock.
Argan Oil Benefits: The Argan oil or so called “Liquid Gold” is a hot item these days. With the amazing positive effects they can have on your hair and skin there is no mystery as to why. But as those names suggest, quality Argan Oil, the main ingredient in Moroccan Oils, is not cheap. Argan Oil the most rare oil on earth. Anything that rare and that valuable is bound to have a plethora of knock off and counterfeit products in the market. This create a problem for the cost conscious shopper who wants a good deal, but obviously does not want to be ripped off with fake Argan oil.
There are just a plethora of sellers out there in Ebay, Amazon, Multiply and even in Europe, France and Morroco itself who sells fake argan oil. I’ve read a lot of stories from the internet about how these brands take advantage of the “Argan Oil” craze. So to get the best deal out of your money, I’ve collated a comprehensive guide to spot the authentic ones from the fake ones—
Spot a fake Argan Oil:
1. Check the ingredients.
Some commercial Argan oil are NOT pure argan oil. They are mixed with low quality oils (sunflower, olive oil etc), or sometimes contain dimethicone, and other chemical ingredients. Argan is an expensive oil no preservatives, no fragrances, no parrafinum, not even water.. Only PURE argan oil can give you FULL benefits of real argan oil
2. The bottle.
Do not trust brands that say “100% Pure Argan Oil” in label. Most argan oils are just hidden in pretty packaging. Both make the oil deteriorate. Glass is the best way to store this gold liquid. (Amber bottles, dark, ultraviolet protected glass bottle which is eco-friendly)
3. The price.
Argan Oil is very difficult to make. It takes hours of manual labour and that does not come free. So there is no such thing as cheap Argan Oil. Don’t waste your money if you’re not buying the authentic ones. If you are getting 60% off than the original ones, look for another place.
4. The scent.
The scent should be somehow “raw. green, nutty” or like “popcorn”. Be careful of Argan that smells too perfumed, floral or nothing at all. The best qualityArgan Oil should be also undeodorized. The deodorization process removes the argan nut’s scent along with many important nutrients that makes argan oil so great in the first place.
5. The consistency.
Argan Oil absorbs quickly and beautifully. Fake ones go through a lot of process. Raw Argan Oil has sediment settled at the bottom (when not in use and will turn semi solid when it is very cold). Oil is a bit cloudy and has some elements. This is virgin oil only means that oil didn’t go through heat and filtration system thus restorative properties aren’t ripped off.
6. The color.
Argan oil should be a golden-yellow colour when looked at through a clear glass. If the color is too light, the most likely is that it was mixed with other oils. Culinary argan oil is s a golden brown color.
7. What kind of seller should you trust.
Avoid purchasing oil from vendors who also sell spices, kohl, scented waters, soaps, dried herbs, etc. Avoid Chinese vendors, they say. Specialty shops, such as essential oil apothecaries, are a safer bet. Vendors have to be transparent where they get their oils. Should tell you whether it’s cold pressed argan oil, toasted argan oil deodorized argan oil, hand-made or machine-made. Vendors will be willing to show warranty, certificate of authenticity and accepts credit cards or paypal payments as well. Always a good sign if photos are taken in-house.
8. Stick to name brands.
Do not buy from Ebay, Sulit or Amazon. There are some good deals to be found with no-name brands, but not only do you have the risk of counterfeits but also of no-name brands that have nothing to lose, so they dilute the Argan content or exaggerate the “purity”. Brands like Moroccan oil, Josie Maran, Melvita Huile and Souq Organics are known to be good manufacturers of quality Argan Oil based products. They have a reputation to uphold, so as long as you follow the other tips above and find a reputable seller you will be in good shape. Where to find Argan Oil in Manila?
Argan Oil in Manila: Argan Moroccan Oil Reviews
SOUQ ORGANIC Moroccan Argan Oil Review- This one’s a crowd’s favorite and there seems to be a lot of GOOD testimonials. For reviews, you may check out the links below.
The Souq Organics Moroccan Argan Oil is 100% organic. The 30ml bottle contains nothing but pure Argan Oil from Morocco. It is just as good, if not better than other Argan Oil brands in the market because it is cold pressed, and produced under rigorous and strict quality management systems. Our Argan Oil is certified organic by Europe-based ECOCERT – one of the largest organic certifications organizations in the world and at Php 1500, it retails almost half the price of other premium Argan Oil brands out there!
D HAUSE Moroccan Argan Oil Review REVIEW
BARENATURALS Moroccan Argan Oil Review
L’Oro della Vita Moroccan Argan Oil Review
Naturelle d’Argan Pure Argan Oil Elixir @ Beauty Bar
MOMMY PATCH Moroccan Argan Oil Review
BODY & FACE THAIRAPY Moroccan Argan Oil Review
What’s your favorite argan oil peeps?
Are you a beauty fanatic (with a heart)?
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