Nine Naturals Ingredient Story: Moroccan Argan Oil

At Nine Naturals, we’re on a mission to make beauty simple, smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be.  Integral to that is understanding our ingredients’ science and benefits. Today, we launch Nine Naturals Ingredient Story Series with ongoing features on the natural, plant-based ingredients behind our high performance beauty products. 

You’ve likely heard about argan oil in advertisements for cosmetics and hair care products. Does the ingredient deserve the hype? Absolutely.

Known as the “Moroccan miracle,” argan oil has taken the beauty world by storm with its rich compounds and advantages for health-troubled hair. Read on to learn more about the argan oil sensation.

The Science & Extraction of Argan Oil

Argan oil is produced from the nuts of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.) from Morocco. The argan nuts are dried in the sun and then the flesh is removed to reveal the (1 to 3) kernels within. The pulp from these kernels is roasted and then pressed and ground to produce unfiltered argan oil. After it is decanted, the oil is ready for prime time, whether for cosmetic or culinary purposes.

Interestingly, most of the process of extracting argan oil from argan nuts continues to be manual. Attempts to mechanically separate the kernels from the outer flesh and the pulp from the kernels have largely proven inferior to manual methods.

The oil contains high levels of vitamin E, omega fatty acids (especially linoleic acid), sterols, squalene, and phenolic antioxidants. A word on linoleic acid: the compound is an extraordinary remedy for dry, weak, and frizzy hair. This makes argan oil all the more optimal for beautiful locks. As an added plus for pregnant women, argan oil is also naturally non-fragrant.

Benefits of Argan Oil

Argan oil wins even more appeal for serving as a secret weapon for exceptional hair. It’s an extraordinary moisturizer, instantly hydrating hair and lending a beautiful shine. Extremely lightweight, argan oil absorbs almost instantly and leaves a non-greasy finish to the hair and fingers. It nourishes and strengthens both the hair and the scalp, promoting growth in your locks and warding off itchiness and dandruff. In short, argan oil is a wonder oil for women who value high performance beauty products.

Why Nine Naturals Loves Argan Oil

Having researched argan oil’s benefits, we knew we had to incorporate this great ingredient into our Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner for its high levels of vitamin E and for its contribution to beautiful luster in hair. Argan oil also helps to correct damage to follicles and gives them strength, making it a great ingredient for colored or frequently styled hair. Argan is also great for pregnant women, as it can help hair survive the impact of hormones both before and after baby’s birth. The oil achieves this because it can deeply penetrate the follicles and increase hair’s natural elasticity.

Argan oil is a beauty marvel. We build on argan oil’s assets by pairing it with other powerful ingredients like macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and Vitamin B5, all of which contribute to a healthy, natural and intensely restorative conditioning for your stunning hair.

Argan Oil Among Many Others!  

What ingredients pique your curiosity? Allantoin, Vanillin, Broccoli Oil …? You can learn more about the carefully selected ingredients behind Nine Naturals products in our Ingredients Glossary.