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Argan Oil


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Inci: Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil

A nourishing, protective oil for all skin types. It sinks in very fast giving an incredibly soft and elegant feel to the skin. Excellent in hair products.


A clear, yellow liquid obtained by expeller pressing of the seeds (stone) of the argan fruit. It has a typically strong odour that will need careful masking with essential oils as it is very pungent and can be overpowering.

Use 1% to 100%.

Oil soluble so cannot be used in water only products. It can be used in small amounts in water based gels that will hold it in suspension.

Heat stable so can be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) when making creams and lotions.

Works very well with Camellia Seed Oil for around the eye area to keep the skin supple and help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

Combine with Rosehip Seed Oil for skin with large pores. Even more effective when blended with helichrysum essential oil.

Adding Evening Primrose Oil will enhance the qualities of the oil.

According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (CosIng), the functions of Argan Oil are:

Emollient, Skin Conditioning.

To view more information, visit the CosIng Database here.

Typical Fatty Acid Profile
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 10% to 15%
C18:0 Stearic Acid 3% to 6.5%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 45% to 55%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) 28% to 36%
C18:3 Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) max 0.5%
Saponification Value mgKOH / g 190-200


Skin Care
  • Argan Oil sinks into the skin incredibly fast leaving no greasy after feel and the skin feels exceptionally soft and elegant. Adds radiance to the skin.
  • Suitable for all skin types, Argan Oil nourishes dry skin and can be used on eczema prone skin.
  • It is a great choice for oily and acne prone skin as it will naturally reduce the oiliness.
  • Use in eye serums, facial oils, body oils, creams and lotions. Very effective to use on the neck and décolleté.
  • The oil has a high level of Omega 6 .
  • Use in hand and foot creams.
Hair Care
  • Argan Oil strengthens hair whilst making it soft. It leaves no sticky residue.
  • It adds condition to dull and lifeless or over processed hair. It promotes moisture retention to keep the hair more flexible and reduce breakage.
  • Use in a blend for hair oils and packs as well as conditioners. It works very well when combed through wet hair and left overnight to shampoo out the next morning.
  • Argan Oil makes a great beard oil as it softens the bristly hairs and conditions.


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