Castor Oil and Argan Oil

Use this wonderful combination of castor oil and argan oil. This will help in nourishing your hair, skin, and face.

Today I discuss yet another complimentary 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 road trip (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

Advantages/benefits of using argan oil

Comparison between castor oil and argan oil

How castor oil and argan oil complement each other

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.

favorite argan oil

My choice on Amazon!

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 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 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 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! Follow me to get the latest articles on Castor Oil Guide!

Castor Oil and Argan Oil

Dr Helen Smith
Dr. Helen Smith provides food and nutrition consultation and treatment for obese as well as health-conscious patients. She holds B.S in psychology and completed her M.S in nutrition sciences from California State University. She has over five years of experience in advising and helping patients with the right nutrition and diet. Her mission is to make nutrition information accessible to everyone and help people follow a healthy lifestyle.

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  1. Hi Jane,
    I came across your blog about castor oil vs argan oil, as i am moroccan citizen there’s a very big quality in argan oil, because its very bio, you can find argan tree in naturely growth in rock and it don’t need water or some care. And its benefit for hair is extremely good.

  2. Well written & very informative. I came here looking to compare the various oils I’ve at my disposal & confirm if I can mix them to get the benefits of each and found exactly what I was looking for. Thank you

  3. Hi My Name Is Cha Cha And I Just Started Using Jamaica Black Castor Oil I Mixed It With Coconut Oil And Moroccan Oil. I Would Like To Know Is That A Good Mixture!.My Hair Grows Well But Shed’s A Lot!..So Would This Mixture Be Good For My Hair!..Thanks!..02/08/2018

    • Hi Ane, thanks for your comment and very sorry for the late reply 🙂 It will not come as a surprise but I highly recommend castor oil! If you want more details on how to use it for acne, you can check our complete article here. Thank you

  4. Hey Brittany,

    I would like to ask what your thoughts are on mixing castor oil with rosemary EO, argan oil and cedar wood EO.

    I have heard both castor and cedar wood oils are good to fight hair loss and strengthen our locks but I could not find anything related to these two in one mix.

    What do you think?

    • Hi there 🙂 When it comes to making your own mix, there are not really defined rules. More often than not, you will have to test for yourself as long as you understand the basic principles of essential oils (how strong they are, if you should dilute them in carrier oils…). Your mix seems well thought, you just need to find the right balance for yourself. All the oils you mentioned are great for your hair! Thanks for dropping by! Do let us know how this works out for you,I could share your recipes with our readers if you’d like! Sorry for replying so late 🙂

  5. Hallo, i have started using argan oik with caster oil and coconut oil. I just want to know, why should you wash you hair after using these product. Can’t you just leave it on for a two or three days?

    • Hi Katrina! Thanks for reaching out. I recommend washing right after because as you’ll see with application, the oily mixture really makes your hair feel-and appear-greasy (while it’s on). Also, you wouldn’t want to sleep 2-3 nights in a row with your hair soaked in castor oil because it would rub off on anything you touch! It’s better to do smaller applications (one overnight or for 2-3 hours during the day) a couple times a week than it is to just leave it on. I hope you like using argan, castor and coconut oil – those three are my favorites! Thanks for dropping by and see you again soon on COG.

  6. I mixed both castor oil and olive oil and the results are very positive,after a month my hair was longer tham it was,thanks,how frequent should one use the castor oil?is it daily ?

    • Hi Rahma! That’s wonderful to hear! You can use castor oil very often, I prefer to use it 3x a week on my hair (usually overnight) because doing it everyday takes a lot of work and I want to avoid overwashing my hair. You can use castor oil daily for your face, skin, nails. How many times per week were you applying? That’s great results! Thanks for sharing with me 🙂 Always happy to hear castor oil is benefiting other people too!

      • Hi Leesa! I’ve been using castor oil since 3 years now, and experimenting with carrier oils like castor oil and olive oil for about just as long, maybe around 2 years. Crazy how time flies! Thanks for dropping by COG and for your comment 🙂

    • Hi Alex, castor oil isn’t really effective for mole removal, though it can help soften the color of moles or dark skin marks. I’ve read before that you can use baking soda to try and “dry” the mole, and then use castor oil after to help heal and moisturize. But I’m not certain on the effectiveness of this method. There are other natural methods though with a quick Google search I’m sure you could find something, maybe apple cider vinegar? Let me know what you find if you can, I’d be interested in writing an article about it! Thanks for dropping by!

    • 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 🙂

  7. 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?

  8. 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?

    • 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.


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