Castor Oil and Argan Oil

Today I discuss yet another complementary oil to castor oil… ARRRRGAN OIL! Castor oil and argan oil go hand in hand.  I actually discovered this interesting oil thanks to my bf’s brother.  He traveled to Morocco for a famous Renault roadtrip (that is popular among university students) and brought us back a small bottle (and some adorable moccasins for me!)

In this article you will find…

  • A brief explanation of argan oil
  • Avantages/benefits of using argan oil
  • Comparison between castor oil and argan oil
  • How castor oil and argan oil complement eachother
  • My top selection of argan oils

Argan Oil | What is it?

Originally from Morocco, the argan tree is known as “the tree blessed by Gods”, according to the Berber women. Indeed, the argan tree is an ancient tree that grows on the sunny side of Mount Atlas.  The plantation area that guards these ancient trees was classified in 1999 as a World Heritage Site (UNESCO) for it’s environmental value.  Argan trees are used by the local populations for multiple reasons (culinary, cosmetics..). The fruit produced from an argan tree is about the same size (perhaps a little bigger) than that of an olive.  It becomes ripe at the end of each spring season before falling off the tree at the end of summer.  The fleshy fruit contains a hard outer shell, inside which are argan-rich kernels.

These argan-rich kernels need to be cold pressed in order to obtain argan oil in it’s purest form.  Argan oil appears transparent and yellowish, with a particular yet subtle odor.  The locals use argan food oil for small culinary plates such as for dipping bread, couscous, etc.  It is believed that consuming argan oil on a regular basis has several health benefits. Reducing cholesterol or preventing obesity and cardiovascular diseases, are but some examples. Argan oil is not only used for culinary purposes, however.  Indeed, due to its extraordinary benefits for skin and hair care, argan oil is heavily used in cosmetics!

Argan Oil | Benefits

    • Protects, revitalizes, and moisturizes dry or flaky skin
    • Nourishes the hair
    • Stimulates and replenishes to treat acne or reduce wrinkles
    • Naturally heals burns

Like for the other oils that I mention on this blog, it is very important that argan oil is virgin cold-pressed.  This assures that the oil will not be treated with heat or solvants in order to extract the oil, which would result in it losing all its natural and beneficial properties.  For best health and beauty results, always choose the highest quality castor oil and argan oil.

Castor Oil and Argan Oil | Comparison

 Argan OilCastor OilWinner
Hair efficiency90/10090/100Both oils are extremely effective!
Skin efficiency95/10090/100Very small advantage for argan oil
General efficiency85/10095/100Our castor oil remains unbeatable!
Texture80/10070/100Argan oil is more subtle
Odor80/10080/100Rather neutral odor, nothing really catchy for one or the other
Easy to apply80/10075/100Argan oil is more fluid so easier to spread
Average price65/10080/100Argan oil is a bit more expensive
RESULT82.14/10082.85/100Castor Oil 🙂

Argan oil isn’t too far behind castor oil! But I may be biased towards castor oil (as in every comparison haha).  Nonetheless, argan oil has exceptional health and beauty benefits.  I especially appreciate argan oil for it’s skin care abilities.  I find it to be better for nourishing dry or flaky skin (which during the winter is crucial!!) I also enjoy the fact that this argan oil is still traditionally made in southwest Morocco and in parts of Algeria.  Even the goats over there LOVE it!!! (no seriously they do, check out this video…)

Complementarity | CO and AO

Castor oil and argan oil indeed have their individual benefits.  However, when we put the two together, we can create an additional masterpiece of natural health and beauty remedies.  For an extra boost, you can also incorporate essential oils to the mix for even more benefits.  Below are some ideas for using castor oil with argan oil and other complementary oils!

Hydrating mask for hair 

  • 1 tbsp of castor oil
  • 2 tbsp of argan oil
  • 50-100 ml of coconut milk (depending on your hair length/thickness)

Revitalize your hair

  • 2/3 (proportions) argan oil
  • 1/3 jojoba oil
  • 1 drop of ylang ylang essential oil
  • 1 drop of geranium essential oil

Apply this mask before bed at night and wash off in the morning (shampoo at least twice and rinse well).

For dry/flaky skin 

  • 3/4 argan oil
  • 1/4  musk rose
  • 1 drop of carrot essential oil
  • 1 drop of red myrtle essential oil

Apply 2-3 drops of this mixture to your face at night (after washing your face thoroughly!)

My Selection | Argan Oil

 ProductQuantityPriceQuality
Foxbrim Organic Argan Oil4 oz$$5 stars rating
Majestic Pure Organic Argan Oil 4 oz$$rating 45

What do you think of this castor oil and argan oil comparison? Do let me know your thoughts in the comment section below! And always, don’t hesitate to send any questions my way.  Hope you enjoyed reading about these two wonderful oils! Subscribe to get the latest articles on Castor Oil guide!

6 Comments

  1. Brenda Grant said:

    I am an African who have natural curly hair. I use jamacain castor oil mix with olive oil. Can you mix olive oil with argon oil?

    January 9, 2017
    Reply
    • Hi Brenda! Thanks for dropping by! Jamaican castor oil is a great choice indeed! As for olive oil and argan oil, they can me mixed at your convenience. It’s all about trying to find the right balance for your hair! Olive and argan oil are both wonderful for hair health. I wrote articles for both oils, you can find them here.

      January 9, 2017
      Reply
  2. Sara said:

    Hey, I was wondering if I could use coconut oil, argan oil and castor oil all together and if so in what quantities should I use each of them?

    February 15, 2017
    Reply
    • Hi there! Thanks for stopping by! It depends what you want to do with it but I would say you can mix 1/3 of each.

      February 16, 2017
      Reply
  3. g said:

    i mixed castor oil & argan oil both were clear transparent oils but after mixing the combination has become milky is it safe to use?

    February 23, 2017
    Reply
    • Hi there! First, you should double check what kind of oil you bought. Is it cold pressed? Is it a virgin oil? Is it hexane free? If it is certified organic, I wouldn’t worry too much. Just make sure you know exactly where your oil come from and if you can trust the supplier. When you have checked that both oils are good, then you can be sure your mix is safe to use. If you are not sure where to buy castor oil, I wrote a guide that you can check 🙂

      February 23, 2017
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