Meredith and I exchange a lot of things—recipes, ingredients, articles, and ideas. Out of all the things she’s introduced me to over the years, Argan oil is far and beyond my favourite (the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day cookbook series is a close second).

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I cannot say enough good things about it. Meredith discovered it one summer and filled me in the following September when our fourth year classes started. She gifted me the remnants of a bottle of Josie Maran argan oil, and I fell in love with it immediately. It absorbs quickly, and just a few drops softens and soothes my skin. It’s one of the rarest oils in the world, and has been used in Morocco for hair and skin for centuries. Because the trees only grow in a small part of the world, they are protected by UNESCO, and the production is still carried out by local women who earn a living thanks to growing demand for this awesome oil.

Everything but the price was perfect—15ml of Josie Maran argan oil is about $30 CAD at Sephora. Ouch. My love of it drove me to the internet (this was well before I had discovered New Directions Aromatics and was still in school, just dipping my toes into the world of DIY skin products). I found a seller on eBay who shipped my 100mL for $30, which was a significant improvement (and very exciting for nerdy me). Soon after I dived head-first into DIY and discovered NDA’s $12/100mL, and I’ve been hooked (and well supplied) ever since.

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Now, you can read about the benefits of argan oil online until the words “vitamin E” and “fatty acids” and permanently imprinted on your eyeballs. There’s nothing I can say about the composition of argan oil that hasn’t already been said. So, I’ll offer some anecdotal evidence instead.

After a few months of using argan oil, I got a bunch of new oils. So, I made myself a facial serum with all my fancy new oils, figuring it would be an upgrade. I used the new oil mixture for a few months, and then I happened to use some argan oil instead one night before going to bed. I woke up in the morning to find a few stubborn blemishes had healed up substantially overnight, and my skin felt much better. I switched back to argan oil immediately and never looked back.

I gave my mom some argan oil shortly after I started using it, and she refuses to run out. I’ve got girlfriends and ex-boyfriends hooked on it, and it’s all I’ll recommend for anybody’s face. I won’t travel anywhere overnight without it.

Lately I’ve taken to spiking mine with a few essential oils—helichrysum, South African chamomile, and lavender. All are good for healing and calming the skin, and as a plus, the combination smells fantastic.

My Favourite Argan Oil Serum

15mL | 0.5fl oz argan oil
1 drop helichrysum essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops South African chamomile essential oil

Measure all the ingredients into a 15mL (0.5 fl oz) dark amber glass bottle with an eyedropper. Cap and shake to combine.

You’ll need four or five drops for your face, once or twice a day. Because this serum is 100% oil based, you won’t need any preservatives and it should last for at least a year if stored somewhere relatively cool and dry.

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