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 ® 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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Moroc­co has also the best olive oil in the world. Moroc­can olives are real­ly unique.


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Mel Stevens

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


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!!


Do any one know that this pro­duct works on fine hair and also relax hair????

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Shaniqua Isenberger

I can’t wait to use mine! ? Thanks for the great review!

Dionne Dancy

Would? you rec­om­mend this pro­duct for relaxed ladies?

Katrina Terando

What you post­ed made a ton of sense. But, what about this? what if you added a lit­tle infor­ma­tion? I ain’t say­ing your con­tent isn’t solid, how­ev­er sup­pose you added some­thing that makes peo­ple desire more? I mean 301 Moved Per­ma­nent­ly is a lit­tle vanil­la. You should peek at Yahoo’s home page and watch how they cre­ate arti­cle head­li­nes to get peo­ple inter­est­ed. You might try adding a video or a relat­ed pic­ture or two to grab read­ers inter­est­ed about everything’ve got to say. Just my opin­ion, it could make your posts a lit­tle bit more inter­est­ing.

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Thanks for the com­pli­ment I am glad you like to the comments.I really.I wish u keep on giv­ing the­se course wiht some new strategies.appreciate your work, keep it up.….


I’ve tried both One and Only and MoroccanOil’s prod­ucts; they’re great, but argan oil isn’t even in the top three in the ingre­di­ents list! Right now, argan is the hot new fla­vor of the year(or two)in beau­ty prod­ucts, along with being very a rare(the tree is endangered)exclusive pro­duct. It’s a great oil, but so is hemp seed oil, which is an amaz­ing pro­duct I use from head to toe(hair, skin, nails). Hemp seed oil is legal, and it won’t get any­one high(lol).


I use the Josie Maran 100% Argan oil sold at Sephora. Whole Foods has a 100% one too.


Argan oil is expen­sive because it’s only har­vest­ed select times of year(twice, I think), and the trees are endan­gered and pro­tect­ed; pay­ing for Josie Maran and Whole Foods’ prod­ucts also mean pay­ing mid­dle­man markup. Great alternative(less expen­sive and more accessible)oils are coconut, rice bran, grape­seed, and avo­cado. I buy my oils online from whole­sale soap­mak­ing and cos­met­ic ingre­di­ent sites( and are my favorites), where I can buy a lot more oil for a more mod­er­ate price.

Kate Harrison

Gen­uine Argan oil is pro­duced by Berber women’s co-oper­a­tives in Moroc­co but the com­mer­cial Moroc­canOil says made in Israel on the box. But is does not say any of this on the Moroc­canOil web­site. Con­fus­ing!


Argan oil is not made by jew­ish ter­ror. It is made in Moroc­co.


I used the argan oil at sally’s and didn’t care for it to much, took it back and got mon­ey. I like the Coconut oil or the Jam­i­can & man­go & Lime Island Oil which smells divine which has 5 main impor­tants oils in it Jojoba, Carrot,Castor,Olive Oil and Tea Tree Oil… I also like Megacare She­abut­ter Oil that can be used on both hair n body, smells yum­my.


Yea I’ve been peeped the actu­al ingre­di­ents and the pro­duct after doing some research and kept it mov­ing lol it’s not for me. I’ll be buy­ing pure Argan oil in the future

My hair real­ly responds well to argan oil! I have tried the One and Only Argan Oil Treat­ment as well as the Pro­claim Argan Oil Treat­ment, both from Sal­ly. Nei­ther of the­se are pure Argan oil, but they work for my hair. I prefer the Pro­claim, but I’m in the mid­dle of a bot­tle of O&O and it works fine. I added a lit­tle to my mois­tur­iz­ing spritz that I spray on my hair every day, but the main way that I use it is as a sealant. After spritz­ing my hair, I’ll rub a tiny bit in my palms… Read more »

Where do you get the con­di­tion­er cap? Where can I buy one?


Moroc­can oil is expen­sive.…


I’ve been want­i­ng to try it for a while, but the price of the pure oil always makes me step back a bit. Its not so much the price, its the ship­ping. I shall try it some day soon regard­less…

Gigi, I have seen The One n’ Only Argan Oil at Sally’s. Glad to see you give it a good review. I am almost fin­ished with a bot­tle of Moroc­can Oil, I received in a gift bag. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff, but it is very pricey so I am look­ing for a pos­si­ble alter­na­tive. Like the review states Moroc­can Oil con­tains lots of sil­i­cone which seems to be what my hair responds to the most (when dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing this pro­duct from oth­er oils I use). Seems like I can get the ben­e­fit of sil­i­cone from anoth­er pro­duct… Read more »

I’m in love with One n’ Only Argan Oil [from Sally’s]!

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Very infor­ma­tive. Could you sug­gest some of the 100% Argon Oils we could use. You type it in on Ama­zon and its so many! Very over­whelm­ing!


Here are some places to get it cheap­er (not cheap, but cheap­er than what is sold in the stores), but ship­ping is a beast so unless you are buy­ing a num­ber of things it might not be worth your mon­ey:


I bought a 1 ounce bot­tle of pure Argan oil for $15. I add it to my leave in an shealoe but­ter mix­ture. I’ve had it for 6 mos. because I stretch it buy adding it to oth­er oils I love what it does in my hair. It’s cheap­er and it’s not mixed with a bunch of unnat­u­ral ingre­di­ents.

Yes it is the same thing Argan oil is the oil from Mor­ro­co and if you pur­chase them in super­mar­kets or hair salon, they have made the for­mu­lar syn­thet­ic so it’s not pure coconut oil this is very true of the oil pic­tured in this post. to get pure argan/ mor­ro­can oil which is not a ripoff and will actu­al­ly work aka the real deal you have to make an exten­sive search, and be pre­peard to spend lots of mon­ey!! the oil has been dis­coverd a long time ago, but when the media cre­ates hype on some­thing, it gets blown… Read more »

A friend said TJ Maxx is sell­ing the oil. I don’t know what the for­mu­la­tion is but I’m gonna check my local store.


I use organ­ic Argan oil when I do my blowouts. Keep my hair nice and mois­tur­ized.


I have tried the Moroc­can Oil as well as oth­er prod­ucts in the line (sham­poo, con­di­tion­er, the hydrat­ing styling cream) made by Moroc­canoil I real­ly like the way the pro­duct makes my hair feel, soft and mois­tur­ized. Although, I also notice the ingre­di­ents in the con­di­tion­er, styling cream and clas­sic oil con­tains sil­i­cone. Addi­tion­al­ly, the sham­poo con­tains sul­fates. I par­tic­u­lar­ly liked the oil pro­duct as a heat pro­tec­tant if using heat to style my hair. Although I have nev­er tried pure Argan Oil I would like to just to see the dif­fer­ence.

Back when I used to ALWAYS do blowouts, I used Moroc­canoil as a blowout oil after wash­ing and con­di­tion­ing. It made my hair feel super mois­tur­ized. My hair­care reg­i­men has changed dras­ti­cal­ly since those days, but I still keep a bot­tle in my cab­i­net for the two or three times a year that I blow my hair out. Now, my blowout reg­i­men is to apply it in sec­tions on damp hair, fol­lowed by a few pumps of CHI Ker­at­in Mist and Jane Carter Nat­u­ral Hold Spray Gel. The three work togeth­er *very* nice­ly to pro­tect my hair while seal­ing in mois­ture… Read more »

I’ve kind of want­ed to try it, but the price has kept me from going for it. Think I’ll just be stick­ing with my coconut oil *shrugs* Nev­er­the­less, thanks for post­ing this because I’ve been won­der­ing what the dif­fer­ence was!


The Argan oil has good anti aging prop­er­ties too and Vit­a­m­in E. I use it on my face for wrin­kles. I also sleep on the DREAMSKIN BEAUTY PILLOWCASE, a new mois­ture-tech­nol­o­gy fab­ric that pro­vides the prop­er mois­ture bal­ance for my hair.