Two sisters means we have two favorite brands of argan oil and two love stories about our oil of choice. Here goes!
KATHRYNE: PURA D’OR
I found Pura D’or argan oil on Groupon. That’s right, I said it. At the time, I wasn’t even actively seeking it out. I had just heard really great things about it online: that you could use it on your hair, face, body, cuticles, you know. It seemed like an ideal product for someone like me who is always searching for a new way to de-age myself. Preserve? I don’t ever want to go under the knife or needles, so preservation is key!
I had this idea in my head that pure, organic argan oil was super duper expensive, thus it was a purchase I delayed for some time. When I saw a Groupon offering 4 oz. of Pura D’or’s 100% argan oil for 20 bucks, I jumped on it! In addition to being cheap, most brands sell argan oil in 1 or 2 oz. vials, at most, so this seemed like a killer deal. I researched the product and the company before I bought it, and it not only had stellar customer reviews, but it was praised as being “the real thing.” There are companies out there that are slapping together various oils, including soy and sunflower, in addition to argan oil, and marketing it as “pure.” I wanted to make sure I was getting true argan oil, and by golly, when it arrived, it was glorious.
I am not the first person nor the last to sing argan oil’s praises, but let me tell you three reasons why I love this oil, and why it is my #1 favorite beauty product of all time (for now, at least!).
- It is light. It absorbs quickly into my skin, and leaves it feeling so supple, flexible, and soft. It has improved the overall look and quality of my skin over time, and with this 4 oz. bottle of Pura D’or, I have used it for over three months and still have close to half the bottle left. Me likey.
- It’s simple. This is one ingredient that holds a powerhouse of antioxidants as well as vitamin E. It reduces fine lines, dark spots (like old acne scars, or any old scar, for that matter), it is fragrance-free, and a little bit goes a long way.
- It’s versatile. I can’t think of many products that I can use on my face, my eyes, stretch marks on my body, my cuticles, my split ends – I mean, you name it! It’s a wonder oil. A must-have for the all-natural beauty!
JENNIFER: ACURE ORGANICS
Argan oil is kind of like…the president of the natural beauty world. As soon as I started researching natural skincare last year, argan oil, which is extracted from the seeds of argan trees, native to Morocco, rose to the top of the noise. It graced the pages of almost every natural beauty blog and online store I perused. It’s listed as the “holy grail” ingredient in lawwwd knows how many serums, creams and product lines that I browsed. Plus, thanks in part to Josie Maran’s argan oil based skincare and cosmetics brand, argan oil has gained major mainstream popularity, far beyond the green beauty space. It’s typically marketed as an effective moisturizer and an anti-ager, providing springy skin and minimizing fine lines, discoloration and scarring.
Well, what can I say? The hype is real, at least in my book! Argan oil was one of the first “green beauty” products that Kathryne and I tried out. I went with Acure Organics because, frankly, I love a bargain (clearly Kathryne does, too..sistas much?!). High-end, 1 oz. bottles of argan oil retail for $30+ (pretty much to infinity and beyond), so $14.99 for 1 ounce of certified organic, sustainably harvested argan oil that feels luxurious on the skin seems like one heck of a deal. I’ve even seen it for around $10 on vitamin and natural beauty sites. Whaaaaat!
As my first skincare oil, it definitely took some time for me to adapt to its consistency – especially compared to the heavy, lotion-based facial moisturizers I was used to. But once I got accustomed to applying a few drops of oil every morning and night, I was hooked. Acure Organics’ argan oil is impossibly light, absorbs quickly and moisturizes super well. I can’t speak to the anti-aging effects…I always find it really hard to tell whether a product is working in that arena (any tips?). But as a daily moisturizer, I absolutely love it.
While argan oil can be used for added moisture and elasticity pretty much anywhere on your body (literally from your hair to your cuticles to your feet), my face doesn’t really like to share. Even at a good price, argan oil feels too precious to smear elsewhere! BUT, I do love it on my cuticles. It’s magical.
Since getting on the argan oil bandwagon, I haven’t strayed from the Acure Organics brand. In fact, I’m halfway through my second bottle!