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Beauty products these days can be really expensive, not to mention full of nasty chemicals. This holiday season why not try making your own using Argan oil? Trust me you’ll end up with a much more powerful product that is way more natural, and to top it all you’ll save loads of money!

Argan oil has become a kind of synonym for beauty care and health, to women all around the world and it has found its place known as ‘liquid gold’ withi n Hollywood's beauty industry. Beauty conscious celebrities like Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie (to name but a few) know that this rare plant oil works like heaven on your skin and hair Argan oil will be sure to transform your nails from brittle to strong; your hair from dull to shiny and your skin from blotchy to clear and beautiful. Mixing it with essential oils and other natural wonders make great beauty products for yourself. Not only will they work like a charm and leave you feeling confident and beautiful, but they will also make thoughtful gifts for friends and family this Christmas. If you don’t believe me, read on and try out these three easy home recipes. And don’t forget to make extra, because this will be the most authentic gift your loved ones have ever received for an extra special Christmas .

Ok so let’s start with cuticle and brittle nail issues. Most people don’t realize that many cuticle creams that you find in stores, contain so many chemicals that they are actually harmful to your nails. But not pure Argan oil, which is my absolute favorite becau se it absorbs so quickly without making everything like my face and clothes super greasy. And the fact is if your cuticles are not kept well moisturized, then they will be prone to break, crack and infect. Try out this Cuticle Cream Ointment which you can keep in your bathroom, in your kitchen, at your desk to apply on both your cuticles and brittle nails throughout the day.

If you don’t have a double boiler you can improvise by placing a small pot of water on the stovetop over medium heat. In a second pot, placed on the top of the first, combine 2 tablespoons Argan oil, 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil, 1 and a half tablespoons beeswax pellets and 2 tablespoons shea butter. Stir occasionally and allow to melt slowly. When fully melted, remove from heat and stir in 20 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of tea tree essential oil and 10 drops of lemon essential oil. Then quickly pour this into 1/2 oz tins, this will fill about 5 tins. Wait until completely cooled down to place on lids, then design your labels and enjoy. Homemade cuticle cream would make a personal gift that any woman would absolutely love to receive.

Are you battling with dry and dull hair? Do you blow dry every single day? Using Argan oil as a deep conditioner can help everyone get back a head of shiny vibrant hair. In a small mason jar combine: 4 teaspoons of Argan oil, 2 teaspoons Epsom salt, 2 teaspoons honey, 4 teaspoons coconut oil, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 3 drops peppermint essential oil and mix well. Design your label to include directions:

To use, shake well, and apply the conditioner especially to the damaged ends of your hair, then wrap your hair in a warm towel. After 30 minutes, rinse your hair thoroughly. If you love this product consider making several batches to give to your friends this Christmas, use your imagination decorating your mason jars and have fun!

Create your own Argan oil facial serum to keep your face hydrated this Christmas. Simply mix 15 drops of frankincense essential oil and 15 drops lavender essential oil in 2 oz of Argan oil. Mix well by shaking and keep in a dark amber glass bottle with an eyedropper. You’ll need four drops for your face, once or twice a day. You can use and appreciate this oil or give it away to your friends, or even better do both! Either way you will feel like gold this festive season. Merry Christmas!



Recently Madonna said: “I can’t live without Morocc an Argan Oil.” In a few short years argan oil has skyrocketed to one of the most prized oils in t he western world. Today if you walk down the aisle of any drugstore, dozens of products now prof ess to contain argan oil, and claims abound as to its miraculous properties. But is it really t hat good? I decided to investigate.

The first issue I found, is that there are a lot of imitations out there. A lot of watered down argan oil claiming to be real. The trick is to look at the ingredients, you want the pure stuff. The ingredients should simply be: ‘’100% Argania Spino sa Kernel Oil’’. Honestly, if there’s anything else listed, you just don’t want it.

Now when you get your hands on the pure stuff, that’s when the magic happens. Bes ides its traditional culinary uses, local Moroccan woman have also used argan oil cosmetically for hundreds of years. They have used it as the main ingredient for their traditional beauty recipes, to protect their hair, skin and nai ls in a dry desert environment. Traditionally the oil has also been used medicinally, as a topica l oil to treat various skin ailments. The properties of this oil are definitely restorative and healing. However despite what some well-known brands are saying, to date there have not been big scale expen sive clinical trials, to back up what Moroccan women have known for centuries. Most clinical trial s have been focused on the culinary use of Argan oil(which has also revealed some astounding anti-cancer health be nefits) but little has been actually proven on the topical use of pure Argan oil. However, what we can do is break it down by examining the composition of the oil, and looking at the rese arch done on each of these compounds individually, which are found within Argan oil, to find out more.

So, pure Argan oil contains: vitamin E, essential fatty acids, prostag landin, phytosterols, polyphenols, ferulic acid and a whole lot of other precious compounds that ar e probably too much of a mouthful for you right now. It does sound complicated, but remember that each of these compounds are powerful, have specific functions that help your bo dy and have been proven to do so many times over. Firstly, argan oil is high in tocopherols (vitami n E ). Vitamin E is well known as the elixir of youth– a powerful antioxidant that slows down aging. It is important in protecting your body from harsh environmental conditions, such as s un exposure and pollution. It has been proven to significantly help in the reduction of sc arring from wounds and the appearance of stretch marks.

Argan Oil is 80% unsaturated essential fatty acids . The most abundant of which are Omega 9 (Oleic acid) and Omega 6 (Linoleic acid). T opically applying these can have a number of hugely positive effects on the skin. Fatty acids improve moisture retention and keep the skin elastic and firm. It has been proven that they are particularly healing to extreme dry skin problems like eczema.

Fatty Acids also play an extremely important role i n the formation of prostaglandin in our body, a natural anti-inflammatory that reduces pain, swelling and inflammation, while stimulating blood circulation. That’s why a massage with argan oil can be so effective for stiff arthritic joints and aching muscles.

Argan oil naturally contains phytosterols , which have anti-aging benefits because they encourage new collagen production in our body that is lost from sun exposure and aging. One of the contributing factors to aging is the breakdo wn and loss of collagen (the main component in connective skin tissue). As the body ages, it is not able to produce collagen as it once did. Though many skin care products and brands boast abo ut the fact that they contain collagen, the fact is, collagen is too large to be assimilate d directly through the skin. Taking a collagen pill is not the answer either, because your body will be unable to use it to build your collagen level. The most effective way (besides actually injecting collagen into your skin which is very painful and expensive) is to use phytosterols to boost your own body’s collagen production.

Argan oil is also rich in ferulic acid , a super antioxidant that is found in the cell walls of plants. Antioxidants prevent skin damage caused by free radicals and assist in skin repair and rejuvenation. And get this! Incredibly, this super antioxidant was found in a recent study to increase its activity when exposed to UV rays. Let’s get this right that actually means that it increases its activity the stronger the sun’s rays get! So, not only can it help protect your skin from future damage, but it will also help heal damage from the past.

My investigation continues but the evidence I already uncovered supports Madonna’s statement and a whole lot of other celebrities shou ting out the benefits of this rare plant oil. In fact Argan oil has now found its place known as ‘’liquid gold’’ within Hollywood's beauty industry. Get in on the secret and try the pure stuff on your skin, hair an d nails today! I promise, you won’t be disappointed


"Good value. I use the Lavender oil at my office with reeds to create a lovely smelling work space, instead of those nasty "fragrance oil plug-ins" that can be loaded with hundreds of toxic chemicals. Co-workers like to come into my closed space because of how it smells."

Mar 27, 2016