When it comes to beauty products, essential oils appear to have taken the shelves by storm. From highly acclaimed Aveda products, to Young Living’s combo techniques involving pure essential oils straight up, it is clear essential oils are definitely a big hit in the self-care sphere.
This is not surprising, as essential oils have been used in beauty and hygiene regimes since ancient times. Taking a quick look at old scriptural texts in the Old Testament reveals how hyssop was used to clean one’s body and alabaster bottles crafted simply to contain these precious and hard to produce manually treats. Let’s not forget the three wise men who visited the baby Jesus of Nazareth, born under a star. What did they offer him again – frankincense and myrrh…
Moroccanoil Smoothing Conditioner
Today, we take a look at a well-known product: Moroccanoil brand’s Smoothing Conditioner for hair.
This hair care conditioner claims to condition and detangle while working to smooth and tame unruly and frizzy hair. Moroccanoil® Smoothing Conditioner apparently features the brand’s proprietary AminoRenew™ ingredient, which supposedly restores depleted amino acids to strengthen and align hair’s natural keratin structure. Strands of hair are nourished with antioxidant argan oil and argan butter, leaving it with a healthy-looking, calm, manageable and smooth appearance. When used in combination with Moroccanoil Smoothing Shampoo, results are supposed to last up to 72 hours.
Well, let’s analyze the ingredients of this product and see if their is tuft to their stuff?
Starting with Argan Oil
Native to Morocco, Argan Oil comes from the Argan Tree. This golden-colored oil is extracted from kernels produced by the tree. Coveted for centuries, Argan Oil is highly prized as both a rich gourmet ingredient for betterment of health, as well as an age-old beauty secret. Studies on the ingesting Argan oil reveal the nutty-flavored oil may have heart-health benefits similar to that of olive oil. As a beauty regime, however, Argan Oil has many benefits. It contains very high levels of Vitamin E and fatty acids, ideal for helping to treat many skin ailments and blemishes.
Argan oil has multiple beauty uses. It can be applied to the face, body, hair and cuticles, and is often added to other products. It helps to treat split ends, treat acne, dry and irritated skin, and prevent scarring from unwanted blemishes. Argan Oil is also touted as an effective anti-aging product, helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder this oil is highly prized and also said to be highly expensive.
Now Moroccan Oil, if you haven’t already guessed, yes, this is Argan Oil too. The difference here is Moroccan Oil often has additional ingredients already added to it. These additives can include silicones most often, Aloe Vera, and various other components. Made with Argan oil, Moroccan oil is a lesser pure form of Argan Oil, so if you’re looking for the liquid gold and nothing else, be sure to read the beauty label ingredients. That being said, however, Moroccan Oil still has many of the same great benefits as Argan Oil. It can help improve the appearance of dry, damaged hair, rough skin, and delivers brilliant shine to any mane. So are there any real downsides to using either?
Due to the limited supply of Argan Oil, the cost for this natural beauty agent is very high, making price a definite factor in many people’s choice to try it. In addition, the fatty acids found in these oils, while beneficial, can also sometimes cause skin breakouts and acne. This is due to the presence of oleic acid, which can clog pores and cause inflammation.
So, although the name might be slightly confusing in this regard, Moroccanoil’s Smoothing Conditioner containing the key essential oil ingredient Argan Oil can most certainly live up to the hype of giving really great looking hair refreshment. I would have to say, this product is a definite “thumbs up” in performance for the price due to the quality of their ingredients.
Have you tried Moroccanoil products or Argan Oil directly on your scalp? Let us know in the comments section below.
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