Moroccan Oil vs Argan Oil

Moroccan Oil vs Argan Oil

Moroccan Oil vs Argan Oil

Moroccan oil vs Argan oil – Are they different?  When it comes to the battle of oils, so many beauty brands feature Argan oil or Moroccan oil as their key ingredient in their formula. For that reason, I wanted to find out exactly where the difference lies between these two oils and what makes beauticians prefer one over the other. In this article, I will brief you up to speed with clear and interesting facts to prove to you that the two oils are actually different.

Argan oil

For decades now, Argan Oil has gained popularity as being the “miracle beauty product” due to its tremendous benefits for the hair and skin. Argan oil is also nicknamed “Moroccan oil” as it’s extracted from the kernels of Argan trees found in Morocco.

When compared to MoroccanOil products, it is the purest and most powerful oil. Why do i say so? This is because Argan oil isn’t mixed with other substances thus making it 100 percent pure and natural.

In addition Argan oil contains lots of vitamin E, fatty acids and antioxidants; which are all great for hair and skin (unlike moroccanoil products). In fact, it is a good moisturizer, heals blemishes, helps fight acne and scars, acts as the most effective anti aging oil and helps prevent wrinkles making it a popular brand to use on the skin.

However, many products such as Moroccanoil are now branding and marketing themselves as “Moroccan oil/argan oil”. But, in fact they are not 100 percent Argan oil.


In many cases, MoroccanOil is marketed as containing huge amounts of argan oil. But, most people fail to see is the fact that is contains a mixture of other substances such as added chemicals, silicones, and synthetic fragrances. When the MoroccanOil was examined, it showed that it contained more than only pure argan oil.

It contains some added ingredients including Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Parfum, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil , Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone and CI 26100 (CI 47000 (Yellow 11, Red 17)).

To understand how the Moroccanoil works, you must understand how each ingredient works. Below are some of these ingredients and their roles.

Cyclomethicone – This is a silicone that leaves the hair’s or skin’s surface smooth.

Dimethicone – This is another silicone that helps keep the hair detangled.

Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extract – This extract is rich in Fatty acids thus aids in hair growth and in strengthening the hair.

Butylphenyl Methylpropional – It’s a synthetic fragrance that gives scent in cosmetic products.

Benzyl Benzoate – some of its uses include insecticide, plasticizer and food additive

Alpha Isomethyl Ionone – It’s another fragrance.

Another difference to note is that MoroccanOil is produced as styling and beauty product. Its only used for hair as a hair treatment product, hydrating mask,shampoo and a hand cream product. On the other hand, Argan oils are used for both skin and hair.

In addition, even though they are known as MoroccanOils, they are in fact not made in Morocco. Instead, they are manufactured in Israel.


Those are some of the differences and similarities between Moroccan oil and argan oil. I hope that now you have a better understanding of Moroccan oil vs Argan oil.

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