Argan Oil Benefits, Facts & Uses

artnaturals argan oil with argan seeds, fruit, and nuts artistically arranged on wooden table.

What is Argan Oil?

Argan oil is the natural vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the argan tree (Argania spinosa). Argan trees produce small round fruits with a thick peel and fleshy pulp. Inside the fruit is a hard shelled nut that contains 1-3 seeds that are used to produce argan oil.

Native to southwestern Morocco and the nearby Tindouf region of Algeria, argan oil has been an important part of local folk medicine for centuries. Traditionally argan oil has been both eaten and used topically for a variety of purposes, but today cosmetic argan oil is more commonly used.

Sometimes referred to as “liquid gold” by beauty insiders, argan oil is made up of 80% fatty acids, making it one of the best natural oils to use for skin and hair care. (1) Popularized by social media beauty gurus for hair care, argan oil is also a carrier oil for essential oils and commonly used in natural skin care. A fast-absorbing natural emollient, argan oil is known in skin care for deeply moisturizing and helping improve skin elasticity. (2)

Physical Composition of Argan Oil

Between 79.88% and 82.58% of argan oil (or about 80% on average) is composed of fatty acids. The most prominent fatty acids in argan oil are oleic and linoleic which are unsaturated. Oleic acid accounts for 45-55% of all the fatty acids in argan oil with linoleic acid accounting for 28-36%. The saturated fatty acids in argan oil are palmitic acid and stearic acid, constituting 10-15% and 5-7% of the total fatty acid makeup, respectively. (3)(4)

Argan oil fatty acids pie chart showing a composition of 40% oleic, 25.6% linoleic, 9.6% palmitic, and 4.8% stearic. The remaining 20% is made up of other compounds.

The remaining natural compounds that make up argan oil include carotenes, tocopherols, polyphenols, triterpene alcohols, sterols, xanthophylls, and squalene. A powerful antioxidant, the main tocopherol in argan oil is γ-Tocopherol— also known as vitamin E. (5)(6)

Different Types of Argan Oil

There are two types of argan oil: one for cooking (culinary argan oil) and one for cosmetic use. Both types begin with seeds harvested from the fruit of the A. spinosa tree. The cold-press method is used to produce both argan oil for cooking and for beauty, but there is one crucial difference. Culinary argan oil uses seeds that are lightly roasted before cold-pressing and cosmetic argan oil is made with raw argan seeds. (7)

Physically, you can see and smell the difference between culinary and cosmetic argan oil. Argan oil for beauty is a rich golden color, while culinary argan oil is slightly darker from the roasting process. Aromatically, pure raw cosmetic argan oil has a fresh, green, nutty smell that varies from mild to medium intensity. Culinary argan oil has a more intensely nutty, rich and creamy fragrance to it.

Often used as a carrier oil for essential oils, cosmetic argan oil can enhance the overall aroma of a DIY blend. However, in most cases the essential oils overpower the natural argan oil aroma. Argan oil (of any kind) that smells pungent or overwhelming has likely gone rancid and should not be used.

Argan Oil vs. Moroccan Oil

When discussing argan oil it’s important to distinguish the difference between real argan oil and products labeled “Moroccan oil.” The main difference is that Moroccan oil is too broad of a term and doesn’t truly indicate oil extracted from Argania spinosa seeds. In pure argan oil Argania spinosa should be the only ingredient.

Since most argan trees are cultivated in Morocco, nearly all argan oil is a type of Moroccan oil, but not all Moroccan oil products contain argan. Somewhat confusingly, real argan oil or argan oil products can be labeled as “Moroccan argan oil,” as it’s a legitimate description of argan oil produced and/or grown in Morocco.

Products labeled simply “Moroccan oil” are generally a blend of less expensive natural or synthetic oils, especially Moroccan oil hair products. Argan oil also has a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). This means if it doesn’t come from A. spinosa trees grown in a specific region of Africa, it isn’t PGI certified argan oil. Some sellers may omit “argan” from their product’s title in an attempt to avoid accusations of fraudulent claims.

When considering products marketed as Moroccan oil shampoo and conditioner, consumers can tell the quality by checking the ingredient label. Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil should always be listed in the ingredient deck and the country of origin should be Morocco.

Argan Oil Skin Benefits

Celebrity hair stylists may have thrust argan oil into the mainstream spotlight, but argan oil for skin care is also the secret weapon of beauty insiders. When considering including pure argan oil as part of your natural skin care routine, it’s helpful to break down the benefits according to argan’s natural compounds.

Argan oil is high in essential fatty acids
Skin function and appearance rely heavily on essential fatty acids (EFAs). Made up of 80% fatty acids, argan oil helps keep your skin looking and feeling it’s best. Argan oil benefits derived from its high EFA content include, quickly absorbing into skin, keeping skin elastic and firm, and positively influencing inflammatory response. (8)

Antibacterial and antifungal
The high fatty acid content of argan oil may also help reduce bacteria and fungi when applied topically. Fatty acids including oleic acid and linolenic acid (the most present fatty acids in argan oil) have shown antibacterial activity (9)(10)

Rich in vitamin E and squalene antioxidants
Squalene on its own lubricates the surface of the skin. Squalene, vitamin E and other antioxidants in argan oil also help protect against free radical damage, and may help protect the skin’s natural collagen and elastin.(11)(12)

Argan is a natural moisturizer
Fixed plant oils (or carrier oils) are generally effective emollients. This means they add a protective later to skin that temporarily enhances the natural skin barrier. The sterols and squalene in argan oil add to your skin’s natural barrier to help slow down transepidermal water loss. (13) This means argan oil can help “seal in” moisture to keep your skin hydrated.

Argan oil mimics your skin’s natural oils
Squalene naturally occurs in argan oil as well as human sebum (which is the natural oil your skin produces). Studies using skin care products with argan oil have indicated it may help reduce greasiness associated with over-producing oils. (14)(15)

Depigmenting agent for skin
Argan oil has been traditionally used as a folk remedy for “age spots” from too much sun, also known as hyperpigmentation. Modern research indicates that argan oil as a whole, mainly due to the fatty acids and tocopherols it contains, may be used as effective melanin biosynthesis inhibitors. In other words, it can slow or reduce dark spot formations. (16)

Argan Oil Skin Benefits Summary

  1. High in Essential Fatty Acids
  2. Antibacterial & Antifungal Properties
  3. Rich in Vitamin E & Squalene Antioxidants
  4. Natural Emollient
  5. Mimics Your Skin’s Natural Oils
  6. Depigmenting Agent for Skin

Benefits of Argan Oil for Hair

The main benefit of argan oil for hair is its ability to deliver deep conditioning to both hair and scalp. When just conditioning hair, hydrophobicity (the ability to repel water or “seal in” moisture) is key. Lipids in human hair function similar to the skin barrier, holding in moisture and keeping out foreign elements. (17)

As hair loses lipids it becomes thinner and weaker, which leads to most of the issues associated with “bad hair.” The fatty acids in natural oils help replace lost lipids or work with existing lipids to protect the hair shaft. The high fatty acid content of argan oil makes it especially adept at delivering important conditioning benefits. (18)

Conditioning hair with natural oils, like argan oil, restores hydrophobicity, seals the cuticle, reduces frizz and enhances shine. Using argan oil to seal the cuticle and restore hydrophobicity helps keep your hair moisturized so it feels softer and smoother. Lightly lubricating the hair shaft with argan oil reduces friction that causes frizz and breakage, while enhancing the shine of your hair. (19)

Anti-Dandruff Benefits: Many natural oils help condition hair, but the unique skin care benefits of argan oil take care of your scalp too. Irritated skin, dry skin, malassezia fungus, and sensitivity to hair care products are all causes of dandruff. (20)

The antioxidants in argan oil help soothe irritated skin, while the natural emollient properties help keep your scalp moisturized. Using argan oil regularly to condition can also help reduce bacteria and fungi on your scalp. If your scalp is sensitive to synthetic shampoos and conditioners, using pure natural ingredients like argan oil may also simply feel more comfortable.

Argan Oil Hair Benefits Summary

  1. Fatty acids help replace or enhance lipids.
  2. Restores hydrophobicity & seals the cuticle.
  3. Reduces frizz & enhances shine.
  4. Lubricates hair shaft to reduce breakage.
  5. Conditions scalp to discourage dandruff.

History & Traditional Uses of Argan Oil

Moroccan woman preparing argan fruit for argan oil by hand.

As a species, the argan tree once had a diverse and widespread population covering large areas of northern Africa before nearly going extinct during the Ice Age. Over the millennia argan forests dwindled to just occupying the Sous Massa region of Morocco. These forests not only produce argan oil, but also act as a “green curtain” discouraging the encroachment of the Sahara desert.

Argan oil was reportedly used for healing and beauty applications by Phoenicians settling on the North African Coast as early as 600 BCE. However, unlike many other vegetable and essential oils that can clearly be traced through the historical record, the history of argan oil doesn’t really come into focus until modern times.

What we do know is that argan oil originated on Haha Coast of Morocco and has been used by North African Berber people for centuries. Traditional argan uses include using the tree for firewood, the fruit as animal feed and extracting argan oil from the fruit’s kernels for a variety of beauty applications and to treat skin conditions. Argan oil production has historically been done almost exclusively by women.

Although argan oil and argan trees have been used for centuries by local people, somehow argan oil never caught on as an international export. If it had, argan forests would have been thriving throughout the ages. Instead, by the 20th century the ancient species that survived the Ice Age was at risk of extinction from deforestation in favor of more lucrative crops.

Realizing the value of the argan forests as a natural barrier to the Sahara, Professor Zoubida Charrouf of Mohammed V University set out to save the forests. In 1985 she set out on a 20 year long project to make argan oil an economic boon that would encourage planting and maintaining healthy argan trees.

According to a scientific paper published on her project, the “Argan Oil Project” (AOP) had 5 obstacles to overcome for success: Growing argan oil production from family-scale to industrial-scale. Establishing argan oil composition so adulteration could be avoided. Certify argan oil quality. Increase argan oil preservation threshold. Spread the knowledge of argan oil’s virtues from regional devotees to the rest of the world beyond Morocco’s borders.

Argan Oil Project Obstacle Summary

  1. Growing argan oil production to industrial-scale.
  2. Establishing argan oil composition.
  3. Certify argan oil quality.
  4. Increase argan oil preservation threshold.
  5. Spread the knowledge of argan oil’s virtues to the wider world.

As part of her efforts to preserve the forests, Professor Charrouf and her team conducted the research that discovered and confirmed argan oil’s rich antioxidant content. In 1996, Professor Charrouf founded argan oil cooperatives (co-ops) of mainly women.

The women who were producing argan oil came from rural conservative communities where traditional values had to be respected. At the same time, the argan oil co-ops enabled the emancipation of rural women through reading, word processing and management classes.

In 1998 Professor Charrouf’s efforts paid off when UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) placed the biosphere under protection and began aiding the promotion of argan tree cultivation.

Argan oil production received another boost when Professor Charrouf was granted a four-year research grant from the IDRC (International Development Research Centre. From 1998-2002 she was able to develop and improve argan oil production methods, as well as the management of argan oil production as a business.

In 2009, argan oil was the first product from an African nation to receive a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). This means that products made with argan oil from A. spinosa trees in Morocco can be PGI certified to ensure authenticity.

Today the argan oil co-ops initiated by Professor Charrouf provide living wages to an estimated 5,000 Moroccan women. She believes women working outside the home and becoming educated in the argan oil co-ops have helped change local attitudes concerning the “traditional” role of women.

Setting up the argan oil co-ops in rural areas also brought technological progress to otherwise isolated communities. Along with financial independence for women, came roads, communication technology, and access to reliable electricity. Increasing the accessibility of these areas also led to additional jobs created by ecotourism. (21)(22)(23)(24)(25)(26)

Argan Oil Safety and Precautions

Always make sure you are using the correct type of argan oil for your intended use. Cosmetic argan oil should not be used for cooking and vice versa. When used properly, cosmetic argan oil is generally considered safe for most people to use. However, you should always do a small skin patch test when trying any new product on your skin to make sure you’re not allergic.

Argan oil comes from a stone fruit, but people with tree nut allergies might be more likely to have an allergic reaction. If you experience a rash or skin irritation after using argan oil topically, stop use and consult your doctor.

Although greasy hair is generally a matter of aesthetics and not safety, you can apply the same cautionary principles to test argan oil with your hair type. If you think your hair might not handle argan oil, try testing just a small piece underneath at the base of your neck. If the test strands become greasy you can alter your argan oil routine as necessary.

Ingesting Argan Oil

It cannot be stressed enough that cosmetic argan oil is not the same as culinary argan oil and should not be consumed orally. Although culinary argan oil is also considered safe for most people, the same allergy warnings apply.

Eating culinary argan oil can cause digestive upset as well as skin reactions if there is an allergy present. In some very rare cases ingesting argan oil has caused severe side-effects like confusion, depression and agitation, among others. Again, if any of these symptoms occur, the best course of action is to stop use and seek medical treatment immediately. (27)(28)

Best Argan Oil Uses for Hair

A woman rubbing argan oil into her hair.

Deep conditioner
Argan oil is famous for its deep conditioning benefits and its ability to revive dry damaged hair. Before you enjoy the benefits of argan oil, it’s important to consider your hair type. If you have coarse, and/or curly hair, adding argan oil shampoo and conditioner to your regular routine can help. For other types of hair, that would be too much. Instead, try a monthly argan oil hair mask to revive dull or dry locks.

Daily leave-in for dry hair
Dry or extra dry hair may benefit from an argan oil leave-in conditioner. Argan oil leave-in conditioners help keep the hair shaft lubricated to prevent breakage from combing. There are also leave-in argan oil thermal sprays to help protect your hair when using hot styling tools.

Shine and frizz control
Dry hair is extremely porous, often causing lifted cuticles and a frizzy appearance. A dime size of pure argan oil rubbed in the palm of your hands and then lightly applied to hair from tips to roots can add shine and tame frizz.

Moisturizing shampoo
Shampoos with sulfates and other synthetic chemicals are notorious for stripping moisture and color from hair. Extremely dry and bleached hair especially need extra care when shampooing. Argan oil can help replenish lipids and seal in moisture so adding it to a sulfate-free shampoo can help give your hair a moisture boost. Making your own natural argan oil shampoo is even better.

Cleanse and condition scalp
Dry itchy scalps can cause dandruff that builds up making your hair look dull and lifeless. Using argan oil shampoo and conditioner is one way to help take advantage of the antibacterial and moisturizing properties of argan oil on your scalp. You can also use pure argan oil on its own or combined with essential oils to specifically cleanse and condition your scalp.

Argan Oil Uses for Hair Summary

  1. Deep Conditioner
  2. Daily Leave-in for Dry Hair
  3. Shine & Frizz Control
  4. Moisturizing Shampoo
  5. Cleanse & Condition Scalp

DIY Argan Oil Recipes for Hair

Avocado & Argan Oil Hair Mask Recipe

What it does: Deep conditions dry and coarse hair.

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup ripe mashed avocado (about one 3" avocado)
  • 2 tablespoons argan oil
  • 12 drops lavender essential oil
  • 12 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Mixing bowl & spoon
  • Container for storing (makes 2 applications)

Instructions

  1. Halve and peel the avocado, add to bowl with argan oil and mash.
  2. Add essential oils to argan oil avocado mash and mix well.
  3. Apply to hair, leave on for 10 minutes, rinse well.

DIY Argan Oil Spray Leave-In Conditioner

What it does: Daily leave-in for dry hair. Deeply conditioning argan oil spray with a light refreshing feel. Perfect to use as a natural detangling spray.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 oz. lavender hydrosol
  • 2 oz. argan oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil
  • Dark glass spray bottle (4-6 oz.)

Instructions

  1. Combine argan oil and other ingredients in spray bottle. Cap tightly and shake well.
  2. Lightly apply argan oil spray to damp hair and comb through. Style as usual.

DIY Argan Oil Hair Serum

What it does: Shine & frizz control. Argan oil hair serum is a quick fix for taming frizz that helps restore shine and body to damaged ends.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 oz. argan oil
  • 20 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Small 2-3 oz. dark glass bottle

Instructions

  1. Combine argan oil and essential oils in bottle
  2. Cap bottle tightly and shake until mixed well
  3. Shake before each use to evenly disperse essential and argan oil ingredients
  4. Work through ends of damp hair
  5. Style as usual

Argan Oil Homemade Natural Shampoo

What it does: Cleanses while moisturizing. Deeply hydrating argan oil shampoo is all-natural and is the perfect addition to regular natural hair care routines for dry hair.

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon argan oil
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 30 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 oz. squeeze bottle with cap
  • Optional: mixing bowl, spoon and funnel

Instructions

  1. Combine distilled water, castile soap, glycerin, and argan oil and mix well. You can mix directly in your squeeze bottle or in a bowl and use a funnel to transfer at the end.
  2. Mix in the essential oils to your argan oil base, stir or shake well.
  3. Squeeze a quarter size amount of your homemade argan oil shampoo into the palm of your hand, lather into hair, rinse well. Condition as usual.*

* For normal, to thin hair, you may be able to skip conditioner altogether.

Argan Oil DIY Scalp Conditioner

What it does: Cleanses and conditions the scalp. Lavender, tea tree and rosemary oils give an extra antifungal boost to argan oil to help reduce the fungi that can cause dandruff. Deeply moisturizing argan oil helps alleviate dry itchy scalps. (29)(30)(31)

What You'll Need:

  • 1 oz. argan oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Small dark glass bottle for mixing/storing

Instructions

  1. Combine argan oil and essential oils in bottle. Cap tightly and shake well.
  2. Use fingers to thoroughly massage argan oil mixture into scalp for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, rinse thoroughly. Shampoo and condition as usual.

* For normal, to thin hair, shampoo very well before conditioning or skip your regular conditioner step.

How to Use Argan Oil for Skin

Reduce signs of aging
As we age our skin loses elasticity and moisture. The fatty acids in argan oil help keep skin elastic and firm while the antioxidants help protect remaining collagen and elastin in your skin. Argan oil also absorbs quickly and improves the skin barrier to keep it hydrated and plump for a more youthful appearance.(32)(33)

Dark spots from too much sun (also called “age spots”) are a sign of aging that is better prevented by always wearing adequate sun protection rather than treated. However, the depigmenting benefits of argan oil can be helpful to slow or reduce hyperpigmentation which also helps achieve a more youthful look.

Face and body moisturizer
Like most natural oils, argan oil is deeply moisturizing, but it also mimics your skin’s natural oils, similar to jojoba oil. Argan oil also absorbs into the skin quickly and has a thinner viscosity compared other unrefined natural oils like castor, or tamanu oil. As an emollient, argan oil also helps support the skin’s natural barrier to “seal in moisture”

Nail cuticle treatment
Part of good cuticle care is keeping them moisturized— we know argan oil does that. However, nail beds also are at risk for fungal infections that can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms including discoloration, crumbling and odor. (34) The best way to avoid infected nails is to keep your fingernail and toenails clean and free from fungus. Moisturizing nail beds with argan oil can double up by moisturizing and reducing fungus present on the surface.

Soften rough heels
Pure argan oil is a great moisturizer to use when addressing rough heels, especially if they’re dry and cracked. After soaking, and exfoliating, coating heels in pure argan oil and covering with socks overnight deeply moisturizes your heels. The oil also creates a barrier that helps protect the rough cracked skin from foreign elements like dust or lint.

Acne face wash
Many people with sensitive skin that are also acne prone prefer to make their own face wash to control what ingredients touch their skin. Harsh chemicals in store bought acne cleansers can irritate sensitive skin and also strip it of moisture. Including argan oil in your acne face wash recipes helps add moisture back to your skin and the fatty acids help reduce potential acne-causing bacteria on your skin’s surface. (35)

Regular use of argan oil for acne also helps clear a complexion discolored by the blemishes. The fatty acids and tocopherols soothe redness and irritation as well as reduce hyperpigmentation left after acne has healed.

Oily skin control
If you have oily or greasy skin, you may be tempted to “dry it out” to get rid of the shine, but dry skin should never be the goal. When your skin is dry, your body’s natural response is to produce more oil. (36) Using a deeply hydrating moisturizer like argan oil may help prevent your skin from becoming dry enough to trigger extra oil production.

The key to moisturizing oily skin is to cleanse thoroughly, then apply fast absorbing oils like argan oil that quickly penetrate the top layer of skin to help avoid clogging pores. (37) Argan oil also mimics your skin’s natural oils and moisturizes without feeling greasy.

Essential oil carrier
Carrier oils, like argan oil, are natural plant oils that are safe to absorb into skin. Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds that should never be applied directly to skin. When choosing a carrier oil for your essential oil recipe, it really depends on your intended purpose, but argan oil is generally versatile.

If your recipe is solely intended for aromatic quality, castor oil may be a better choice in order to start with a “clean slate.” However, the scent of argan oil can easily be overpowered by essential oils for recipes depending on specific argan oil benefits.

Argan Oil Uses for Skin Summary

  1. Reduce Signs of Aging
  2. Face & Body Moisturizer
  3. Nail Cuticle Treatment
  4. Soften Rough Heels
  5. Acne Face Wash
  6. Oily Skin Control
  7. Essential Oil Carrier

DIY Argan Oil Recipes for Skin

DIY Argan Oil Anti-Aging Serum

What it does: Argan oil helps keep skin elastic and firm, works to lighten “age spots” and helps deeply moisturize. Fine lines and wrinkles are less visible while skin remains plumped up with moisture. Rosemary oil adds more antioxidants to the mix. (38)

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 oz. argan oil
  • 1/4 oz jojoba oil
  • 8 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Small dark glass dropper bottle

Instructions

  1. Add argan oil, jojoba, and essential oils to bottle. Cap tightly and shake gently before each use.
  2. After washing your face and using a toner, add a drop or two of argan oil serum to your clean fingertips.
  3. Dab gently under eyes, and any other problem areas such as “crows feet,” “smile lines” or forehead creases.
  4. Repeat argan oil serum use twice daily. Once in the morning and again at night before bed.

Homemade Argan Oil Body Butter

What it does: Argan oil deeply moisturizes with a creamy consistency that’s smooth and easy to apply. Invigorating essential oils help you rise and shine.

What You'll Need:

  • 4 oz raw shea butter
  • 1 oz argan oil
  • 10 drops tangerine essential oil
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops pine needle essential oil
  • Deep glass bowl/ mixing spoon
  • Hand mixer
  • Container for storing

Instructions

  1. Add shea butter to glass bowl and microwave just until soft. No more than 15-30 seconds.
  2. Mix in argan oil and essential oils.
  3. Using hand mixer, whip argan oil and other ingredients together until blended.
  4. Scoop argan oil body butter into container for storing.

1 Minute Argan Oil DIY Cuticle Cream

What it does: Argan oil helps soften and moisturize cuticles, while also reducing surface fungus to help prevent infection. Tea tree oil boosts antibacterial and antifungal activity. (39)

What You'll Need:

  • 1.5 oz beeswax pellets
  • 3 oz. argan oil
  • 1 tbls honey
  • Disposable paper bowl
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Small mason jar for storing

Instructions

  1. Add beeswax pellets, argan oil and honey to paper bowl.
  2. Microwave until liquid, stirring and checking every 15 seconds
  3. Slightly bend the paper plate in half so you can easily pour your argan oil treatment into the mason jar.
  4. Let cool until argan oil mix becomes solidified.

Directions for use: Use your argan oil cuticle cream daily or as needed. Wash hands with water as hot as is comfortable, rub argan oil cream into your cuticles and nail bed. Let sit until fully absorbed.

How to Soften Rough Heels with Argan Oil

What it does: Soaking your feet with sea salt and hot water helps loosen dead dry skin, while tea tree cleanses and a salt scrub or a pumice stone helps slough it away. Argan oil deeply hydrates to keep heels soft and smooth.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 oz argan oil
  • Tea tree foot soak
  • Himalayan salt scrub*
  • Foot spa bath**
  • Clean dry cotton socks
  • Clean dry towel

*you can also use a pumice stone if you don’t have an exfoliating scrub handy

** any tub that can fit your feet and hot water can be substituted.

Instructions

  1. Fill tub or foot spa with water as hot as you can comfortably stand. Add foot soak and let dissolve.
  2. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes, then exfoliate with pumice stone or Himalayan salt scrub. Concentrate on heels.
  3. Rinse feet, pat dry with a towel.
  4. Fully coat heels with a thick layer of pure argan oil, cover with socks and let sit overnight.

DIY Acne Face Wash with Argan Oil

What it does: Argan oil mimics your natural oils to help reduce greasiness and its antibacterial properties help reduce bacteria on your skin’s surface. Tea tree and lavender are added for an extra bacteria-fighting boost because reducing bacteria and keeping your skin balanced can help avoid breakouts.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 tsp argan oil
  • 3 oz liquid castile soap
  • 4 oz distilled water
  • Foaming soap pump bottle
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oils
  • 15 drops lavender essential oils

Instructions

  1. Combine argan oil and other ingredients in bottle. Cap tightly and gently shake to mix.
  2. Wet face with warm water. Use one pump of argan oil face wash and gently massage all over face and neck. Rinse with cool water, pat dry.

How to Use Argan Oil for Face Moisturizer

Using argan oil as a daily face moisturizer is extremely simple. After thoroughly washing face and neck with warm water, pat it dry. With clean fingers, apply 1-2 drops of argan oil all over face and neck. Don’t be tempted to add more than 2 drops! Argan oil is a powerful moisturizer and a little goes a long way.

DIY Argan Oil Relaxing Massage Blend

What it does: Deeply hydrating and lubricating, argan oil acts as the perfect carrier for soothing essential oils. Lavender for a peaceful calm feeling, frankincense to help balance emotions and lime for an uplifting splash of citrus.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 oz argan oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil
  • Small bottle for mixing/storing

Instructions

  1. Add argan oil and essential oils to bottle, cap and mix well
  2. Rub a quarter sized dollop of the argan oil mixture between the palms of your hands
  3. Massage oil onto upper back and shoulders in wide circular motions
  4. Add more oil to hands as necessary

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