Today I discuss yet another complementary oil to castor oil… ARGAN 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 theste 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 extraction process avoids treatment with heat or solvants, 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 Oil||Castor Oil||Winner|
|Hair efficiency||90/100||90/100||Both oils are extremely effective!|
|Skin efficiency||95/100||90/100||Very small advantage for argan oil|
|General efficiency||85/100||95/100||Our castor oil remains unbeatable!|
|Texture||80/100||70/100||Argan oil is more subtle|
|Odor||80/100||80/100||Rather neutral odor, nothing really catchy for one or the other|
|Easy to apply||80/100||75/100||Argan oil is more fluid so easier to spread|
|Average price||65/100||80/100||Argan oil is a bit more expensive|
|RESULT||82.14/100||82.85/100||Castor Oil 🙂|
Argan oil isn’t too far behind castor oil. But I might hint a sense of bias 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!)
Also, I 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
|Foxbrim Organic Argan Oil||4 oz||$$|
|Majestic Pure Organic Argan Oil||4 oz||$$|
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! Follow me to get the latest articles on Castor Oil Guide!