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What's In It Wednesday: Moroccan Oil

One of my readers was asking about the popular salon-recommended brand called Moroccan Oil for the hair.

Today's edition of What's In It Wednesday takes a look at what is truly in Moroccan Oil and we can see if it's actually good for your hair.

First of all, this line talks about Argan Oil and how beneficial it is to the hair when it comes to adding strength and achieving beautiful and healthy hair. It is true. Argan Oil can do this.

What is Argan Oil?

Argan is a very special oil. Argan itself contains more antioxidant and cell regenerative properties than olive oil, grape seed oil and avocado oil combined together. Argan oil has been shown in many studies to help increase cell regeneration and improve cell turnover. When applied to the skin, it absorbs quickly, and without an oily film, leaving behind a silky and satiny feel.

Argan Oil contains Omega 6 fatty acids, twice the amount of Vitamin E than olive oil, Vitamin A to improve elasticity; Phenols, which are tremendously beneficial antioxidants, as well as antifungal and antibacterial agents; and something called Triterpens, which aid in cell restructuring, can slow down the cell aging process, and also act as an anti-inflammatory. It is one of the more expensive oils to buy, but it is commonly referred to as "Liquid Gold" for a very good reason!

Let's take a look at what is truly in this oil--and if you're read to believe through the hype that it's pure Moroccan Oil, you may be shocked at the real ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Argania Spinoza Kernel Oil (Aragan Oil), Linseed Extract (Linum Usitatissimum), Fragrance (Supplement), D&C Yellow 11, D&C Red 17, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone

# 1, #2, and #3 on this list are all basic, cheap silicones.

Ingredient $3 on the list is Butylphenyl Methylproprional, AKA Lilial, which is actually a synthetic fragrance ingredient. It lends a strong fresh floral odor to products and is known for causing contact dermatitis.

Argan Oil is the 5th ingredient present, so it does actually contain argan, but it is too far down on this list to actually give your hair any benefits.

There is synthetic fragrance, which is known to be hazardous to your health.

Then there's a swarm of artificial dyes in here, too. We all know those aren't of any benefit!

I can't forget to mention CoumarinYou may not be familiar with the name Coumarin, but are probably familiar with its relatives, Coumadin or Warfarin, blood thinning medication and Tonka Bean, a fragrance ingredients. In high doses, all can be lethal. Coumarin is found in the seeds of the Tonka Bean. Coumarin is on the EU's list of banned and/or restricted ingredients and several studies have shown there to be many systemic effects in low doses. To think that this is in here and may very well be absorbed into the bloodstream is very alarming, especially since there are links to cancer. This is found in this product as a fragrance ingredient.

I also need to mention that Benzyl Benzoate is in here....this is another potentially harmful ingredient linked to immunotoxicity.

The last ingredient,  Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, is a masking agent and other synthetic fragrance component. 

C & G's Thoughts on Moroccan Oil:

The ingredients is here are really terrible.  The ONLY beneficial ingredient in this product is the Argan Oil. This is one of the most overhyped products on the market--it's like Creme de la Mer or Bio Oil in terms of the hype.

YES, your hair will be glossy and shiny, but that is NOT from the Argan Oil in here.  There is NOT enough Argan Oil in here to be of benefit. You can achieve this shine by spraying Pam Nonstick Cooking Spray in your hair, too, butt you're not about to do that, are you?

This product is nothing but a bottle full of silicones and synthetic fragrances with a teensy bit of Argan Oil added in so they can market it as an oil from Morocco, since that is where Argan Oil comes from. Seriously. Calling it Moroccan Oil when it contains SO LITTLE Argan Oil is bordering on false advertising.

Please know that Argan Oil IS great! It IS beneficial to your hair and skin and even your cuticles, but you want your oil to be pure.  Why would you buy a bottle of $32 Moroccan Oil when such a tiny percentage of it is actually what you think you're buying?

Buying a high quality argan oil can be tricky. Options for those who want to avoid the fillers and chemicals in Moroccan Oil:

100% Pure offers Organic Argan Oil for just $19 for a one ounce amber glass bottle. If you've ever purchased Argan Oil before, you know that this is a very fair price.

I really love the one from 100% Pure because I know that I am using a high quality product that is Gluten Free and Vegan and I know nothing has been done to this to dilute the healing properties of the Argan Oil.  This happens sometimes when you buy premium oils--they often come diluted and it can be hard to tell if you're unfaimilar with high quality Argan Oil.

Josie Maran also offers a pure form of Argan Oil. It is much pricier than the 100% Pure, but it is another trusted source for a truly pure product of this kind.

Prices of the Josie Maran: $48 for 1.7 ounces

SheaTerra Organics is another good choice for pure Argan Oil.  Theirs sells for $24 and can be purchased on their website.  I have not personally tried this brand, but have heard positive comments from friends who have.