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Argan oil became popular over the last few years and is now a key oil in hair and beauty care all over the world. With the advent of this trend has come a lot of websites claiming they are selling pure argan oil. This isn’t always the case.
Because argan oil is so time consuming to produce, a lot of sellers tend to dilute or engage other methods to get it to the market faster. Fortunately, there are 6 obvious signs to look out for, which immediately let you know the oil you bought isn’t the right quality:
How to Spot Fake Argan Oil
- Price Point: A litre of argan oil can take as long as 15 hours to produce. This means it will not be cheap when it gets to the market. Authentic argan oil is expensive. A 2 oz bottle retails for the average price of $15 – $25 depending on the source. If it’s from unroasted argan fruits, the price will be on the high side.
- Ingredient Listing: Authentic argan oil has only one ingredient which is 100% argan oil. Anything else on the ingredient listing means it has been adulterated with other oils and won’t work quite as well.
- Smell: Original argan oil has a strong earthly and nutty smell. It should not smell fruity or delicious. The earthly and nutty smell varies across the board. It could be strong in some oils and not as strong in others but the distinct scent is unmistakable.
- Packaging: All oils should be sold in dark, cobalt blue or amber coloured glass bottles to promote freshness and longer shelf life. Storage in any other type of container should give you cause for concern.
- Texture: Argan oil is light and easily absorbed. It is smooth, silky and non sticky, and should melt into the skin with minimal effort.
- Colour: Pure argan oil has a light golden yellow colour. The cosmetic grade type comes in a golden brown colour because the nuts were lightly roasted before the oil was extracted. Any other shade apart from these two means something isn’t right with the oil.
With the above in mind, it should be easy to make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing argan oil in future. Always purchase fair trade, ethically sourced argan oil as this ensures the local women benefit from it. I have also made my favourite recommendations below:
Best Brands of Argan Oil
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