When I last left off on my argan oil adventure, the freezing weather roughed up my skin. Josie Maran’s argan oil just wasn’t cutting it for my dry skin. However, as the weather warmed up, it moisturized my skin splendidly. So I decided to buy some more.
This time, I decided to try a different brand at a more affordable price. After some research, here’s what I learned:
- There is a big difference between 100% argan oil and contains 100% argan oil. Many inferior argan oils are actually a mix of oils.
- Argan oil is pressed from the nuts of the argan tree, an endangered species found in southwestern Morocco. Due to the precarious state of this species, I want to purchase from a company with legit fair trade practices that cares about the local ecosystem and its employees.
So from there, I began digging into each brand.
- Only weird websites like squidoo.com and health-solutions-blog.com mentioned that Watts is fair trade and even then, it would be the same exact phrase on every website. Sketchy.
- I couldn’t find any information about the Whole Foods argan oil and its sources. Some reviews said it worked well enough though. Side note: John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, is super annoying. I know that has nothing to do with argan oil but still… he’s irritating.
- The Shea Terra Organics brand got amazing reviews about both the quality of their products and their fair trade practices. So, I chose this brand. For less than the price of a 1.7 ounce bottle of Josie Maran argan oil ($48), I purchased a 2 ounce bottle of argan oil, a peach shea butter body cream, and two bars of fair trade chocolate for ST. After a 30% coupon, I paid just under $40 with the $6.95 shipping cost included.
My order arrived at the perfect time. We just got back from Orlando and my face got sunburned. I hope the argan oil will help repair some of the damage.
- The first things I noticed was that the STO oil has a strong odor. To me, it evokes scents of cooking oil or roasted nuts. This makes sense, since argan oil is pressed from nuts. ST said it smelled like coffee, which he likes. I don’t like it and I’m surprised no one else mentioned this.
- The JM oil is thicker and feels more luxurious. It is a slight difference, but one nonetheless.
That’s pretty much it – no deal breakers. I will update in a few weeks about the effectiveness of the STO oil.
So I’ve been using the Shea Terra brand for about three weeks now. I’ve noticed that my skin tone is brighter. The only difference between the two brands are what I mentioned already – nutty smell and variation in consistency. Other than that, the Shea Terra seems to be working just as well as the Jose Maran brand.
Has anyone tried the Whole Foods or Watts?