OK, confession time, I am about as late to the Moroccan Oil party as can be. Actually, I tried it years ago, when everybody else was raving about it and I didn’t get the hype. My brother, who had been travelling in Morocco brought me back a bottle of “real” Moroccan oil as a souvenier. If I was using it wrong that’s on me, but it made my thin and fine hair lank and greasy, and in frustration I retired it thinking it wasn’t for me and my hair type.
About 12 months ago I had a culinary disaster and burnt off a chunk of my hair (because that is just the sort of thing I do). And as the front part of my hair has grown back it is still a bit dry and frazzled, and sticks out at a curious angle, and no amount of frizz ease has managed to tame it. Hair oil seemed like a reasonable solution. After checking a few out I picked up the OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Miracle In-Shower Oil and now I couldn’t function without it, I seem to be finding more and more uses. Here are five miracle uses I have discovered, with this multitasking gem.
Let’s start with the obvious bit, what this stuff is marketed for, hair oil. My last foray into hair oil I had been using this post shower, now I pop it in before I shampoo, focusing on my burnt frizz and my ends. It gives my hair the boost of moisture it needs, because I love a bit of volumising shampoo, which is notoriously dehydrating, this is the fix my thirty hair needed. My hair is not just moisturised at the front, which is what I needed, it is glossy throughout.
I didn’t know you could even use Moroccan oil on your skin, but the bottle suggests it as a use. So I gave it a quick blast, because it couldn’t hurt. My skin was silky and smooth, in fact my dry winter skin hadn’t looked so plump in months. I have been using it as a weekly face mask letting it sink into my skin while I take a bath, it all feels super luxurious.
If you read my post on cleansers, you’ll know I’ve had a couple of runs in with eczema over the last couple of months after reacting badly to new cleansers. There is nobody alive that wants that on their face, and I have been desperately seeking a quick fix cure that isn’t the usual doctor prescribed steroid cream (been there and done that with previous outbreaks, I’m yet to be prescribed one which works). I’ve been massaging in a barrier of Moroccan oil to the affected areas while showering. It’s certainly helped in bringing down the redness and easing the irritated feeling of my skin. A quick google told me that Moroccan oil is rich in a rare form of vitamin E which helps repair the skin. As the eczema has fade I have found that my skin hasn’t been left with an scarring which I have suffered from previously.
We’ve all tried out baby oil to shave with before, but since Moroccan oil seems to be the multitasker supreme of the beauty world I thought I would give it a whirl. After all there isn’t much point keeping around two products which have the same function. Performance wise there isn’t a whole lot of difference between them, luxury wise, this one wins hands down, and my skin looked less red and irritated in more sensitive places. I’d definitely recommend this over the baby oil, especially if you don’t often use oil to shave.
We all love an at home manicure right? I’m not exactly skilled with nail varnish, but that doesn’t stop me. I’ve used it a few times now as a cuticle oil before letting loose with the polish. I wish I could say it really makes it look like I’ve had a professional manicure, but … my skills only extend so far, but it makes my nails look so much healthier, and if you’re having a pampering session then this really adds to the experience.
Do you have any other uses for Moroccan oil? Some amazing hack that you think is life changing. I’d really love to hear it, as finding hand uses for this product has become a bit of an obsession.