10 Recipes to Make with Argan Oil

If you’ve spent much time around these parts, you know that argan oil and I have a long-standing love affair based on a mutual love of my skin looking awesome. Argan oil is the first oil I ever put on my skin (after much reassurance from Meredith, who swore up and down putting oil on my skin wouldn’t trigger the breakout to end all breakouts), and despite my initial hesitation, I fell hard and fast. In fact, you could probably blame argan oil for all of Humblebee & Me, which seems like a lot to put on the shoulders of a humble oil from Morocco, but there you have it!

10 Recipes to Make With Argan Oil

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Argan Oil

What is it? A liquid oil pressed from the kernels of the Moroccan Argania Spinosa tree.
Appearance A golden liquid oil.
Texture Smooth and rich, though relatively light.
Scent The unrefined variety has a slight nutty scent that I really like, the refined variety doesn’t smell like much.
Absorbency Speed Average; if you apply very little and spread it around it absorbs in a flash.
Why do we use it in recipes? It’s a beautiful, rich oil that’s high in vitamin E oil. It’s beautiful in lotions and serums, but due to it’s relatively high cost, I prefer to use it in projects like serums rather than soaps and lotions so it can really shine; like all carrier oils, if you use it highly diluted in a lotion or body butter, you won’t be able to appreciate its awesomeness as much.
Do you need it?  Argan oil was one of the first oils I ever purchased and I’ll never be without it. I only ever purchase 100ml/3.3fl oz at a time as I tend to only use it neat or mixed with one other pricier carrier oil.
Refined or unrefined?  I prefer unrefined.
Strengths  A fantastic all-in-one serum, rich in vitamins and minerals. Your skin and hair will love it!
Weaknesses  It is a little pricey as far as carrier oils go.
Alternatives & Substitutions  As a serum ingredient, it’s irreplaceable. If you are planning on using it in lotions, body butters, or soaps, you can easily swap it for other average absorbing carrier oils like jojoba, sweet almond, or olive.
How to Work with It I love it in serums and used neat. A funnel always helps getting it from one bottle to another, and I recommend discarding the orifice reducer/dropper top your bottle might come with—it’s a pain!
Storage & Shelf Life  Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, argan oil should last up to two years.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks  Try transferring some to a 15ml/half ounce glass bottle with an eye dropper lid for easy daily use.
Where to Buy it  For the love of your pocketbook, don’t buy it from shops like Sephora, even though you can. Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Recipes that Use Argan Oil

Argan Oil Bronzer

The first argan oil I ever tried was Josie Maran‘s—a friend had got some, and as a gift she gave me the bottle with the last few remaining drops to try out. As I’m sure you can surmise, it was instant love. Anyhow, since then, Josie has really beefed up her line of, err, argan inspired products that bear her name. Some are a bit of a stretch (her magic markers don’t even contain any argan oil), but some are pretty cool, containing mostly natural ingredients.

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10 Recipes to Make With Jojoba Oil

Today we’re looking at ten of my favourite recipes you can make with sunny jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis). There’s a good chance jojoba oil is one of the first oils you purchased—it’s very popular in the world of DIY/natural skin care, and is widely available. Unrefined jojoba oil is a beautiful golden colour, while refined jojoba oil is clear. It’s a bit more expensive than carrier oils like sweet almond or sunflower (depending on the amount you purchase and where you live you’re probably looking at spending at least $10–20 for 100–250mL), but well worth owning in my opinion. I used it throughout my book, Make it Up, for its long shelf life, silky feel, and wonderful emollient properties. It’s a very diverse oil that’s definitely worth having in your pantry!

10 Recipes to Make With Jojoba Oil

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Conditioning Ginger Oak Moss Beard Oil

It’s been a while since I made a beard thing, and since I’ve been working with this lovely ginger oak moss essential oil blend quite a lot, I got to thinking… goodness. Beards should smell like this…. I could make beards smell like this. And here we are, with a lovely, simple beard oil recipe that will make beards smell like deep, sweet, mysterious goodness. Like wandering through a quiet forest in a plaid shirt, carrying an axe for no particular reason, with an unfailingly happy Labrador named Beau. Like cozy cottage bedrooms and sunsets on the dock and… I think I miss summer. But this beard oil is also lovely, and also makes a great body oil if you do not have a beard.

How to Make Conditioning Ginger Oak Moss Beard Oil

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