7 Warning Signs Your Argan Oil is Impure

With Argan Oil gaining in popularity, there are a lot of products popping up on the internet and even in stores claiming to be “Pure Argan Oil”. Unfortunately, there are a lot of brands that you want to avoid.

If you’ve read our story, you’ll know that even getting your Argan Oil in Morocco doesn’t guarantee its authenticity.

As it is so difficult and time-consuming to produce, a lot of Argan Oil is completely fake, diluted or over-processed. So here are a few ways to decide if a particular brand is worth investing in or not.

1. The ingredients

The ingredients list should be very short. It should just say 100% Argan Oil or 100% Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil. If it has anything else listed (even water!) you don’t want it.

2. The bottle

We are be very wary of Argan Oil sold in clear or plastic bottles. Both make the oil deteriorate, and any producer of quality Argan Oil wouldn’t put this liquid gold in anything other than a dark cobalt or amber glass bottle. Light breaks down the oil’s best properties and dark glass is the only way to store Argan Oil.

3. The price

Argan Oil is very difficult to make. It takes hours of manual labour and that does not come free. So there is no such thing as cheap Argan Oil. $10 for 2 ounces/60 ml seems like a bargain, but if it’s just vegetable oil in that bottle? It’s no bargain at all. You might as well just step into your kitchen and use whatever you’ve got in the cupboard.

This is not to say that the most expensive Argan Oil is the best either. You might just be paying for elaborate packaging and extensive marketing.

Sometimes you can find authentic CULINARY Argan Oil at a more economical price. But know that even though this oil will taste amazing, it will not produce the best results on your skin, hair and nails. Raw, cosmetic-grade oil is from unroasted Argan fruits, and it is more difficult to extract oil from raw materials.

4. The scent

Strong-smelling Argan Oil that smells awful should obviously be avoided. The materials might have passed through the digestive system of a goat, and no one wants to put that on their face.

But at the same time, Argan Oil that smells like nothing is highly suspicious, too. It could be entirely fake, or at least diluted beyond olfactory recognition. Or, it could be machine-made and put through a “deodorization” process.

Genuine, raw, cosmetic-grade Argan Oil smells unique to the uninitiated nose. Most say it smells ‘nutty’. My daughter thinks it smells like popcorn. I used to think it smelled a bit like a rubber band. Now I just think it smells like pure luxury.

After a couple of days you become used to the scent and know what results the use of this oil brings, so you savour that raw, green, nutty aroma. Even if you never learn to love that smell, the scent always disappears after a few minutes on your skin, as true Argan Oil absorbs so quickly and beautifully.

However, many brands do put their precious Argan Oil through the damaging deodorization process. This strips the oil not only of its smell, but some of its healing, restorative properties. Sometimes chemicals are used in this refining process, or sometimes the oil is steamed to a very high temperature (over 400 degrees F for 30-60 minutes). But as mentioned, light and heat break down the oil’s best properties, so we firmly believe it’s best to leave this precious oil alone in its most natural state.

5. The texture

Argan Oil should be smooth and silky. Disappearing into your skin. It should not feel slimy, sticky or watery. It most definitely should not sting. Even on uncomfortable skin conditions, Argan Oil should bring a soothing effect, not a painful one.

6. The sediment

Authentic Argan Oil often has a tiny bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The highly refined or fake oil will not have this sediment. Saadia Organics Argan Oil does have a few traces of sediment in some of our bottles. Don’t be alarmed if you do spy a wee bit. Just let it settle and enjoy knowing that you have the real thing.

7. The results

As they say, “the proof is in the pudding”.

Every single day we get people telling us how much they love our product. Telling us they’ve tossed other things they were using for skin care, hair care and baby care. Some even have stopped using prescription medications* as our pure, raw Argan Oil works better on their psoriasis or on their child’s eczema. (Without the cost, potentially questionable ingredients or side effects.)

A handful of reviews are posted here and some others are here. Feel free to comment and add your own!


You might know that a woman named Saadia is our Production Manager over in Morocco. Not one drop of Argan Oil is imported without her stamp of approval. She is highly suspicious of fake, impure and refined Argan Oil. Recently, I took Saadia’s son, (my husband!) to check out a brand of Argan Oil found in one chain of stores. He seems to have inherited her discerning ways.**

So let’s run through our checklist of 7 warnings:

1. The ingredients list just said: 100% Argan Oil. Check.

2. Nice dark amber glass bottle. Check.

3. The price. On the high end. $58 (before tax)

4. The scent. Zero. It smelled like cooking oil. It has obviously been deodorized.

5. The texture. Slimy.

6. No sediment.

7. The results. Unsure. After failing tests 4 and 5 we would be unwilling to buy this product to bother testing it.

I hope you found this informative! We just want you to make an informed decision as you attempt to purchase this rather elusive oil only made in a rather elusive country.


*Speak with your doctor before discontinuing use of prescription medications.

** The view expressed in the video is just one by a person who grew up with Argan Oil.   It is not the official view of Saadia Organics.


New Testamonials

We love how open people are about telling us their experiences with our product.  Your reviews always make us happy!  Send ’em in! 

Just have a look at all these happy, glowing customers(Although I believe these models are trying to sell a tooth whitening treatment or veneers or something, but blog entries with photos are good, right?)

Now to the reviews!

Don’t know if it’s my imagination or not, but once I’ve rubbed rub the oil around my eyes it seems my wrinkles aren’t as noticeable.  I hope that’s the case and not just my wishful thinking?

My toddler still wears a diaper at night and kept ending up with some heat rash in the morning.  After using the oil, there’s no rash to be found.

I have quite a few tattoos.  The healing process is never fun, so I was open to trying Argan Oil on my new sleeve.  It helped it heal really well.  The best part?  NO ITCH. Awesome.  Have you seen what itching does to a new tattoo?

I work in harsh conditions and my hands feel like sandpaper at the end of the day.  I borrowed my wife’s oil to see if it would help.  It really did.  And I didn’t smell like a flower factory after.  She’s not too impressed that I keep grabbing for it, though.  I guess her face is more important than my hands?

My little one is a thumb sucker.  The skin on that poor thumb doesn’t look good some days.  Argan Oil has been helping.  It’s nice to know that it’s only one, natural and edible ingredient that we’re putting on.

I bought one of those laser hair removal packages.  My skin isn’t very happy after a treatment.  But now I have my magic oil from Morocco.  It soothes the area and helps the redness and swelling calm down really quickly.  I wish I would have known about this oil when I was waxing.

We were lucky enough to be able to take a beach vacation last month. (Yay!)  And we got sunburned (Boo!)  Argan Oil helped ease the pain and keep the area moisturized.  Usually I feel rough for a few days, but this really seemed to speed up the process.

My baby had a few spots of eczema on his abdomen and feet. This Argan Oil cleared it up in a couple of days. Nothing else worked. It’s so nice this is natural, too.

I am sensitive.  VERY sensitive.  I’ve tried a lot of hair treatments and had some terrible results on my scalp and surrounding skin.  This Argan Oil smooths out my curls without any irritation or redness whatsoever.

Joèl’s Big Mistake

It will come as no surprise to you that every night before bed I go crazy with my Argan Oil.  Face, neck, décolletage, hands, feet, et cetera!  I slather it on after a long bath and settle in for the evening.

My love for Argan Oil arose from my Angry Eyelid Issue, which I talk about here and here.  As you can imagine, my eyelids get a lot of love nowadays.  But one night I overdid it with the Argan Oil.  I got a bit in my eye.  It didn’t hurt at all, but it did make my vision blurry, so I was having a hard time reading my beloved book, and that made me cranky.  So I rinsed out my eyes, was a bit more careful with the oil and then went to bed in the middle of a really good chapter.  I woke up the next morning with my vision restored and my eyelids soft, hydrated and happy.

Of course, I didn’t want that to happen again, so I didn’t put as much Argan Oil on my eyelids the following nights.  (I had to finish and return my book to the library after all..)


(You thought getting the oil in my eye was the mistake.  Oh no!  You are… erm, mistaken.)

After a few days of conservative Argan Oil use on my upper and lower lids I was so very sorry.  There was a half centimetre of dry, miserable skin around my lash line.  Top and bottom.

For the love of frog, was I ever mad.  My concealer didn’t want to go on.  My eyeshadow looked like I’d just put it on a snake that was about to shed her skin.  Don’t ask how it felt to put liquid eyeliner on.

Fortunately, it only took a couple of days to fix My Big Mistake.  I have my awesome lids back once again. I just make sure that I’m DONE reading for the night before I really go nuts with the oil.

xo, joèl~

A Giveaway!

RUN – don’t walk – over to one of my favourite blogs – Veronika’s Blushing.

The lovely Veronika reviewed our Argan Oil and is hosting a giveaway for us.  A fun little basket of Moroccan goodies and Argan Oil awaits you.

Good luck to all who enter!




Goodbye Frown Lines!

I have never been one to take great care of my skin. When I first met my husband, we were both living in Taiwan. We both drove scooters everywhere. And while driving, I frowned. He named my frown “scooter face”.

It was many years later, through him constantly pointing out my frown that I realized that “scooter face” is usually just my normal facial expression. I frown when I think (and I think too much), I frown when I watch tv, I frown when I write, and I frown when I listen. And as you can imagine, scooter face gave me some impressive lines. But I didn’t really care too much about lines.

I just grew my bangs a little longer and forgot about it.

After all, if my facial lines and skin were that important to me, I would probably use an expensive cleanser instead of bar soap. And I would probably wash my makeup off before I go to bed at night. But I don’t. It’s my dirty little secret (literally, I guess).

I have definitely bought anti-aging skin care lines. And I have used them religiously for the first month or so after I bought them. Just as I floss religiously for the first few months after a dentist visit. But then it all ends up falling apart for my skin. I start getting lazy. The bar soap rears its ugly little head in the shower and the anti-aging cleansers, toners, and magic potions start collecting dust.

But a year ago, I got my hands on some Argan Oil. So far, this has been the most consistent part of my tiny little almost non-existent beauty ritual. Aside from water, it is the one thing that touches my face every day. I don’t know why it’s different than other products that I’ve used. But it is. It feels soft and luxurious. My face craves it now. It feels almost stiff until I apply my oil.  It has even inspired me to change my facial bar soap to something much milder (but still in the bar soap family…baby steps).

So what about my scooter face lines? They’re GONE! Seriously… gone. I still have a few small lines on my forehead, but my deep-set frown lines are gone.  My face is soft and smooth.  I can’t believe it. I really do look cute with shorter bangs too.  And I am free to make scooter face day and night now.