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Within just one decade, argan oil went from complete obscurity to total ubiquity in the U.S. beauty market. While it first trickled onto the scene back in 2008, it’s actually been used for thousands of years by Mediterranean woman. The potent oil is harvested from a nut produced by Argan trees that grow in Morocco, coveted for its hydrating, smoothing, and luster-boosting qualities for both hair and skin. Once this well-kept beauty secret got out, the race was on to get argan oil into everything from hair treatments to body butter.
Here, the best argan oil treatments for your needs.
Best Overall: Shea Moisture 100% Pure Argan Oil
We love a good multitasking product. This one is made with straight-up argan oil—no filler ingredients in this formula—and can be used on hair, skin, cuticles, etc. Just a few drops can soften dry skin, boost your glow, add shine to hair, smooth frizz, and make your unruly strands more manageable. Seriously, it does it all.
Best for Hair: Moroccanoil Treatment Original
It’s the O.G. of argan oil products. This is the hair product that puts the ancient ingredient on the mainstream beauty map. Stylists love it for its ability to detangle, add shine, smooth frizz, and speed up drying time (by filling in porous spots in your hair shaft, hair dries faster).
Best Budget: OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Extra Strength Penetrating Oil
This argan product is a bestselling hair treatment oil. It’s a blend of argan oil and other smoothing ingredients and is designed to moisturize, tame, and add shine to even the driest, coarsest strands—at a fraction of the price of some other argan oil treatments. As it's not a big investment, it's a smart buy for those who aren't sure about jumping on the argan oil for hair train.
Best for Face: Avalon Organics Intense Defense with Vitamin C Antioxidant Oil
While you can use just about any argan oil on your face, you might as well get the most bang for your buck. In this facial oil, you get moisturizing and antioxidant-rich argan oil alongside another skincare powerhouse: vitamin C. Together the ingredients boost skin’s barrier function, helping seal in moisture, and protect skin against environmental offenders (such as sun and pollution), which can damage skin cells and speed up the visible signs of aging.
Best for Frizz: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment
Frizz happens when the hair’s outer cuticle lifts up (from dryness or damage), giving your strands a less-than-smooth look. Plus, moisture (a.k.a. humidity) seeps into the open hair shaft, causing it to swell. The solution? Seal down the cuticle layer so hair looks smoother, shinier, and lock in moisture so outside humidity can’t get in and cause trouble. That’s where this oil treatment comes into play.
The treatment combines smoothing and hydrating argan oil with Garnier’s fruit protein blend. Dry, frizzy hair gets the right balance of moisture and hair-strengthening protein.
Best for Stretch Marks: Poppy Austin Argan Oil
Stretch marks are tough to fade. We get them from abrupt changes to our skin, like weight gain and weight loss, or pregnancy, and then we’re left with telltale purplish-red marks. So, what gets rid of them? Research says not much, but there is a ton of anecdotal (read: word of mouth) evidence that says vitamin-E rich oils and creams can help. And since argan oil came on the beauty scene, it’s also getting buzz for helping to fade the appearance of stretch marks. Why? The do-it-all oil is also rich in vitamin E and helps improve skin elasticity (that’s what lets skin stretch and snap back easily).
Best Body Butter: Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter
Not an oil fan? No problem. You can still get the moisturizing, antioxidant benefits of argan oil in this butter—a best seller for the brand. Here, 100% argan oil is whipped into a rich cream that melts into the skin and leaves it softer and smoother instantly. It’s also infused with shea butter, white tea extract, and avocado oil for extra moisturizing.