The beauty world can't stop talking about pure, natural oils as fantastic moisturizers, including as facial moisturizers. Put oil on your face?! Yep. Throw out your preconceived notions about oil being the number one enemy of your skin because this beauty trend turns out to be a fabulous addition to your regular skincare routine.
100% Organic Argan Oil ($48 for 1.7oz). You may have also heard argan oil called Moroccan oil, which has been raved about as a hair treatment for increasing shine and hydration for the past couple of years. What makes Josie Maran's 100% Organic Argan Oil different from other retailers of Moroccan oil is that hers is entirely comprised of one ingredient: the argan oil. With no fillers, you are getting the largest does of vitamin E and essential fatty acids possible and you can literally use it from head to toe. It's great for restoring hair's luster (especially color treated hair) or use it on your cuticles, elbows, knees, and even as a daily facial moisturizer. This one product launched Josie's entire cosmetic line in which every product contains argan oil.
I've been using Josie Maran's argan oil since just before Christmas of 2010 when I bought a small 0.5 oz bottle for 20% off (Sephora always gets me with those travel sizes in the register line during the holiday season). I have to be honest that my first reaction was, "This stuff is stinky." It doesn't smell in any sort of harsh, chemical way since it's all natural, but it definitely has a noticeable, earthy aroma. It doesn't smell like olive oil, but it's clearly in that same family. Luckily, the smell dissipates quickly and doesn't linger. However, I wouldn't recommend using this in your hair before a date because I suspect your hair would hold on to the smell. As for the texture, well, it is a lot like what you'd imagine putting olive oil on your face would be like. However, argan oil is light in color and once you get over the initial feeling of "this is definitely oil on my face", it blends easily over your skin into a thin layer. The product is dispensed with a standard eye dropper and you need no more than 4 drops to cover your entire face. While the majority of the oil absorbs in 1-2 minutes (not instantly, but did you really think an oil would absorb instantly?), it does leave a sheen that if left untouched can remain for hours. And I do mean a sheen and not a glow; we all know the difference. I began by using this product as an over night moisturizing treatment after washing my face. And low and behold I would awake with noticeably softer and plumper skin! So while the odor and slow absorbtion are downers, the results are definitely noticeable and I like that this product can be used for your entire body. I also really like the idea of using a product that is truly natural down to being one, organic ingredient.