How to Know If You’re Buying Pure Argan Oil
By Lindsay Christinee
Pure argan oil is considerably pricey due to the difficulty in obtaining and extracting the oil. Many producers who sell the oil dilute it to make it cheaper. If you’re willing to spend the extra money, 100% pure argan oil could be beneficial in your kitchen and cosmetic cabinet. Learn what to look for in the ingredient list, color, packaging and price to ensure you’re buying pure argan oil.
Inspect the Ingredients and Bottle
Ensure that the ingredient list is short and only contains 100% argan oil or 100% argania spinosa kernel oil. If there are other ingredients on the list, it’s argan oil that has been diluted. Also, ensure that the bottle is a dark-colored amber or cobalt blue glass bottle or an aluminum or stainless steel bottle. Argan oil deteriorates easily in clear or plastic bottles because of the light exposure that breaks down the oil’s properties.
Check the Price
Don’t be fooled by a bargain. Extracting argan oil is a laborious process, and that labor does not come free. For instance, if it’s the price of your vegetable oil, it might not be 100% pure argan oil. If you’re buying argan oil for culinary purposes, it is usually sold at a lower price. If buying argan oil for your hair, skin or nails, look for the raw cosmetic grade that is usually higher in price.
Pay Attention to the Scent
Argan oil intended for culinary uses has a sweet, fragrant smell. The kernels used for this argan oil have been toasted beforehand. Argan oil intended for cosmetics has a nutty smell to it. Depending on what time of year it was made, the scent could be lighter or stronger. Avoid argan oil with a strong, offensive odor, as it most likely has gone rancid, and avoid argan oil that has no scent as it could be heavily diluted.
Inspect the Texture
See if the oil appears slightly cloudy and if there is sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Refined or diluted solutions will not have this cloudiness or sediment and will appear very clear. Also, know that pure argan oil has a smooth, silky texture that disappears on your skin. It should not feel watery, sticky or clammy. Sensitive skin types should not be irritated by the oil, but instead, should find it soothing on their skin.