Are Moroccan Oil and Argan Oil the Same Thing?

Moroccan oil and argan oil have been much hyped, so I did some digging to get more info on them. Check out this interesting article spotted on The Beauty Brains:

Barb would like to know…What’s the deal with Moroccan oil? I’ve read all the rave reviews on but I’d like the real scoop from the BeautyBrains.

The Right Brain responds:

Actually, Barb, we’ve already answered this question.  Sort of.
Moroccan oil = Argan oil?
Moroccan oil is another name for Argan oil which is made from the kernels of argan tree fruit that grow almost exclusively in Morocco. You can read our previous post on Argan oil for hair and skin but here’s what you need to know in a nut shell: the oil is a rich emollient that can moisturize hair and skin; it can potentially cause zits so be careful if you’re prone to breakouts…

The product “Moroccan Oil” is sold by the company Moroccanoil (R) and is made with Argan oil. Let’s take a look at its ingredients.

Moroccan Oil Ingredients
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional, Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Argan Oil), Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract, Fragrance Supplement, D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

As you can see, most of the product is made up of various silicones. That’s not a bad thing at all, silicone-based antifrizz products are very effective. Remember John Frieda’s Frizz- Ease? But just be aware that you’re not buying pure Argan oil.

Moroccan Oil appears to be a well formulated hair tamer – but if you’re looking for pure Argan oil, you should consider other products.

Next: The Benefits of Argan Oil


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35 thoughts on “Are Moroccan Oil and Argan Oil the Same Thing?

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  2. I use just the smallest amounts in my homemade hair dressing oil consisting primarily of organic coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, essential oils. I believe it gives it a creamier consistency and it melts like butter when I apply it to my scalp and skin. My hair just loves it!!

  3. Yes they are. The argan tree is located only in Morocco, so it’s real name is moroccan argan oil. I recommend the one I’m using right now, it’s from pro naturals

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