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Smarter Review: Top 5 Best Hydrating Argan Oils of 2017

Get Silkier Hair and Skin with These Top 5 Hydrating Argan Oils

Smarter Review: Top 5 Best Hydrating Argan Oils of 2017

At Smarter Reviews, we employ a comprehensive evaluation system to analyze and measure the full value of products, by looking at the ingredients, safety, projected effectiveness, return policies, and overall customer satisfaction. This method is known as the Smarter Reviews Ranking System.

In addition to ranking products, we also collect research from the latest studies and clinical trials. Choosing the best product is easy with Smarter Reviews. We offer a clear-cut system that covers the most important criteria, and takes into account the experienced personal reviews of our valued Smarter Shoppers. We've taken the guesswork out of the process, so you can shop smart, and save on time and money.

Argan Oil 101: What Moroccan Women Have Known for Years

Argan oil is grown off the coasts of Morocco and is extracted from the kernels of argania spinosa trees. It contains amazing properties that are believed to moisturize and encourage age-defying benefits for the hair and skin. This oil has been used by Moroccan women for centuries to maintain their youthful radiance.

So what is argan oil exactly? At its core, argan oil is composed of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E. These antioxidants can help revitalize your skin, hair, and nails. Argan oil can also promote skin health with regular use.

Smarter Reviews has spent months compiling extensive research in this extremely competitive category, and here's what we found:

Research Has Shown That Argan Oil Can Help With:

  •  Hair Maintenance1*
  • Hair strength1*
  •  Hair vitality2*
  • Shine3*
  • Appearance of scars4*
  • Nail beds
  •  Appearance of stretch marks4*
  •  Skin glow
  • Defying age5*
  • Moisturization of feet6*

Top 10 Ways to make smart Use of Argan Oil

Below are the top ten ways Smarter Shoppers have been using argan oil based on the reviews, tips, and tricks we've uncovered:

  1. Leave-In Deep Conditioner - The antioxidants and vitamin E work together to help give your hair a healthy glow while promoting shine and strengthening follicles. It assists by hydrating your hair, keeping it elastic and soft.*
  2. Acne Medication - Argan oil has been proven to reduce sebum levels in individuals with especially oily skin.7 It's in high linoleic acid, which can help to promote smooth skin appearance, and keep skin cells looking healthy and undamaged.*
  3. Exfoliator - Creates a DIY all-natural exfoliator that also conditions and moisturizes your skin by adding in brown sugar and honey.
  4. Hot Oil Hair Treatment - Warm roughly a quarter-sized amount in the microwave for a few seconds. Cover whole head, including scalp. Wrap your hair in a silk scarf, then wash in the morning for a silky treatment.
  5. Makeup Remover - Use a few drops on a cotton ball, gently rub all over face (or wherever cosmetics have been applied) to remove makeup.
  6. Scar Cream - Rub a few drops daily on scars (such as stretch marks) to apply its healthful properties. Argan oil also helps to keep skin moisturized.
  7. Burn Cream - Chill the oil and apply directly to burned area. The antioxidants can help you maintain comfort. Mix with aloe for extra soothing support.
  8. Skin Toner - Add a few drops to your skin toning routine. This will help to keep your skin moisturized.* Use daily on face and neck as a natural toner too.*
  9. Lip Moisturizer - Rub one to two drops onto your lips for the best all-natural chapstick you could possibly find. It will help keep lips moisturized and soft.*
  10. Nail Hydration - Dot a small bit of a drop onto each nail and massage it into the nail bed and cuticle after removing polish. This promotes moisturization of the skin that surrounds your nails, and keeps those areas well-hydrated.*

How to Choose the Right Argan Oil FOR YOU

Here's our top "Dos" and "Don'ts" of selecting the right argan oil:

  • Don't pick an oil with a clear or plastic bottle. Light can break down the beneficial properties in the oil. A good oil should come in a tan, brown, or blue glass bottle or container.
  • Don't buy an oil that is watery. Pure argan oil is a bit thicker. It will be smooth, non-sticky, and should melt into your skin, leaving it silky.
  • Don't believe a deal that's too good to be true. Argan oil is difficult to make and can be costly. You don't need the most expensive argan oil on the market. You want to pay attention to all potential factors and make an educated decision. Try to look for something in the $25-$60 price range, depending on the size.*
  • Do pick the oil with 100% argan oil or 100% argania spinosa kernel oil. If it has anything else listed in the ingredients, you don't need it.
  • Do smell the oil. Pure argan oil should smell a little like tree nuts. If it has a stronger, more putrid smell, it has gone bad. If it smells strongly of flowers or any other scent be sure that it is 100% pure and has not been mixed with any additives that could devalue the oil's benefits.
  • Do look at the color of the oil. Pure argan oil has a golden yellow color color. If it's more brown that might be a culinary argan oil (which is great for salads) but not nearly as beneficial for your skin.

SMARTER REVIEW: Top 5 Argan Oils of 2017

Based on our own extensive research, the metrics provided by our Smarter Reviews Ranking System, and consideration of numerous reviews by Smarter Shoppers just like you, we've compiled a list of what we've found to be the top five products in 
this category, on the market today.

Review

teddie organics Organic Argan Oil

Total Ranking

883 votes

9.4/10

A

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 9.7/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 9.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

  • Value
  • 9.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Return Policy
  • 9.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.8/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 9.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Pure, cold-pressed, organic argan oil
  • Absolutely no synthetic or artificial ingredients
  • You have the option of purchasing a 4 oz. or 1 oz. bottle
  • Not tested on animals

CONS

  • Even though the product is 100% pure argan oil it has no noticeable scent
The Bottom Line

Teddie Organics Argan Oil was voted number one by Smarter Shoppers just like you. This 100% pure formula is great for for making DIY hair, skin, and nail mixtures. It has no synthetic ingredients. You just get 100 percent pure, organic argan oil with no additives. It also comes in two convenient sizes. 

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

Young4Life 100% Pure Certified Organic Argan Oil

Total Ranking

591 votes

8.1/10

B

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 8.8/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 8.3/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

  • Value
  • 8.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Return Policy
  • 7.4/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.8/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 7.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Pure, organic argan oil

CONS

  • No trial period or money-back guarantee
  • Does not have a website
The Bottom Line

Young4Life argan oil is available on Amazon.com and does not have a website for further verification purposes. Reviews are only available on Amazon.com and via YouTube videos.

Smarter Shoppers have reviewed the product to be useful for moisturizing the skin, cuticles, and hair.* However, some have questioned the quality of the product due to an off-putting odor and color.* Some had even reviewed the product as having been expired by the time it reached them.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

Poppy Austin
Pure Argan Oil

Total Ranking

415 votes

7.5/10

C

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 6.8/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 7.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

  • Value
  • 7.7/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Return Policy
  • 7.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.8/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 8.4/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Pure organic argan oil
  • You have the option of purchasing a 2 oz. or 4 oz. bottle
  • Website offers free shipping for orders over $30

CONS

  • No trial period or money-back guarantee
  • Produced and shipped from Europe
The Bottom Line

Smarter Shoppers love the product for its moisturizing properties when used on the hair and skin. Some criticisms of the product include qualities that are unlike that of 100% argan oil products.* Many Smarter Shoppers have issues with the shipping and getting their product in a timely manner since it's sent from Europe.*

Some have suggested that there are fillers included in the product and that it is not cold-pressed as it claims on the label, based on the shade of the oil.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

Josie Maran
Argan Oil Light

Total Ranking

294 votes

7.3/10

C

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 7.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 7.4/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

  • Value
  • 7.7/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Return Policy
  • 7.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.8/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 6.8/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Lightweight and extremely absorbent formula*
  • A product of Josie Maran 100% argan oil

CONS

  • Made of argan isostearyl ester - technically is not 100% pure argan oil
  • A chemical process is used to extract the esters from argan oil*
  • Does not contain linoleic and oleic acids, which are vital fatty acids*
The Bottom Line

Though the light formula absorbs faster and has been reviewed as a great body product, it is not a product that contains all the benefits of 100% pure argan oil. With regular application, Smarter Shoppers have reported smooth, healthy skin.* Some users found the formula too light to see any noticeable properties in their hair or on their skin.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

MorocCanoil
m Light

Total Ranking

487 votes

7.1/10

C-

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 7.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 7.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

  • Value
  • 6.7/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Return Policy
  • 7.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.8/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 6.8/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.9/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Designed for thin or light-colored hair*
  • Lightweight formula absorbs faster than original*
  • Free shipping offered through their website

CONS

  • Mixed with many other ingredients, including perfumes and dyes
  • Not 100% pure argan oil
  • May be too harsh for use on skin or body*
  • Not an all-in-one product*
The Bottom Line

The Moroccanoil brand is well known and has many highly reviewed products. However, this formula contains dangerous fillers including silicones which can damage the hair.* Some Smarter Shoppers found the lighter formula was too weak for favorable results and needed to use double the amount than normal.* The quality and potency of the product made the price point too high for most to repurchase.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Citations

  1. Journal of Cosmetic Science, 60, 273-280 (March/April 2009) ADRIANA FREGONESI, CARLA SCANAVEZ, LEANDRA SANTOS, AMANDA de OLIVEIRA, ROBERTA ROESLER, CASSIANO ESCUDEIRO, PRISCILA MONCAYO, DAISY de SANCTIS, and JEAN LUC GESZTESI.
  2. International Journal of Cosmetic Science. Oct 2005, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p299
  3. Hornby, S. B., Appa, Y., Ruetsch, S. Kamath, Y.
  4. Boucetta KQ, Charrouf Z, Aguenaou H, Derouiche A, Bensouda Y. (2015). Research Team on Formulation and Biopharmacy, In: Research Center for Drug, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco. 10:339-49. DOI: 10.2147/CIA.S71684. (PubMed)
  5. Tichota DM, Silva AC, Sousa Lobo JM, Amaral MH. (2014). In: Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Porto, Portugal. 9:3855-64. DOI: 10.2147/IJN.S64008.(PubMed)
  6. Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacology 2010; 62: 1669-1675
  7. Debrov, H. Department of Dermatology, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. J. Cosmet Dermatol. DOI: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2007.00306.x (PubMed)

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