Argan Wonder Oil

A Brief History

Argan Oil, Argania spinosa, is a created from the fruit of the argan tree (sometimes called the tree of life) that is almost exclusively found in Morocco and Israel.

For centuries, this oil was favored as a sought-after food and wellness enhancer since it contains a dense nutritional profile; although, it was only during the early 2000’s that it came into full view in mainstream U.S. cosmetic markets (1).

Dating back to the 1550 B.C., history reveals early uses of the oil by Phoenicians as a beautification supplement to alleviate blemishes and condition hair (2).

The immensely diverse benefits of the oil has come to dub it “Liquid Gold” by scientists, chemists, manufacturers, and DIY enthusiasts across the globe.

Today, you can easily find a wide range of argan oil in products from hair conditioner and shampoo, anti-aging serums, healing ointments, stretch mark creams, and lip balms to name a few.

So the question becomes: what is so great about argan oil?

Compound Examination

The oil contains five key compounds that contribute to its benefits including: Oleic, Linoleic, Palmitic, Stearic, and Linolenic acids.

While each provide different benefits, the entire combination leads to a super-oil for the skin, hair in topical applications.

Oleic acid is a special omega-9 fatty acid that penetrates the skin to re-moisturize and establish a healthy skin foundation with great anti-inflammatory benefits (3).

The properties have been shown in cosmetics to reduce dandruff and promote thick hair growth, reduce wrinkles and the appearance of aging, and maintain soft radiant hair (7).

Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid that rebuilds cell membrane strength and helps restore natural, healthy looking skin (3).

The active effects of linoleic acid in beard care ingredients helps moisturize the hair, alleviate skin irritations, and promote moisture retention – the best value for any serious outdoorsman (7)!

Palmitic acid is a natural occurring fatty acid that supports the regulation of hormones and bodily functions with the blood and immune systems (4).

This acid also has a grade A score for moisturizing skin and hair without a greasy residue (7).

Stearic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid that helps break down oil so that it washes off the skin among other benefits (5).

For beard care, stearic acid is fantastic for cleansing the skin and hair from excessive skin oil production and unwanted impurities like sweat and dirt (7).

While steric acid is popular for its purifying properties, it’s also renowned for its protective conditioning effect that is hard to find in other compounds naturally found in carrier oils.  

It helps lock in a great conditioning feel while simultaneously softening the skin (7).

Lastly, linolenic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid that restoratively conditions the skin – a benefit that has been studied in depth with research (6).

Conclusion

Argan oil comes with a wealth of benefits and was dubbed the “Liquid Golden” for a good reason.

At Brohana, we love the benefits so much that this oil is a key component to all our products: beard oil, beard balm, shampoo, and soap bars.

For men who appreciate for the overall care of their appearance and groomed look, argan oil is a go-to ingredient that will leave your beard looking like it has been given a new serum of super juice!

Not only will this oil help reduce the amount of wild frizz that many beard types get, it will also provide vital nutrients to strengthen the follicles and increase moisture retention - allowing your facial hair to look hydrated with a balanced shine.

The time to rethink how we approach topical supplements is here and it is more important than ever!

As a consumer, there are so many options out there are recommend that you use – for good reason.

That’s why understanding the ingredient list before purchasing is so important - some ingredients simply should not be used!

Stay informed and visit https://refuse20.com/ to learn about the basic chemicals to avoid in your skin and hair care routine. 

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Recommended Resources

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Cited Sources

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/feb/12/lucy-siegle-argan-oil-hairdresers
  2. https://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/blog/products/all-about-argan-carrier-oil.html
  3. https://volcanics.co/blogs/news/oleic-and-linoleic-acid-are-you-using-the-right-balance-for-your-skin-type-strong-p-p-p
  4. https://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/palmitic-acid?gclid=Cj0KCQiAkKnyBRDwARIsALtxe7jwrALicBXqZN8EDn6h4SqvKwMBPtFa2Osx9UDika0_RVTP_AWaNnYaAkx1EALw_wcB
  5. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredients/706311-STEARIC_ACID
  6. https://www.paulaschoice.com/ingredient-dictionary/skin-restoring/linolenic-acid.html
  7. https://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/blog/products/all-about-argan-carrier-oil.html