Tuesday, May 20, 2014

6 Heart Review: UNi Moroccan Argan Oil Review

Disclosure: I received a free sample of this product as part of an advertorial.

Ingredients: 100% Organic and Natural Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil
Price: $35.99 (currently $14.95 + shipping on Amazon)
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

UNi Argan Oil is 100% pure organic made from Moroccan Argan Trees. This naturally light scented oil helps protect, hydrate, and restore elasticity to all hair types.

The high concentration of fatty acids and antioxidants helps restore the appearance of dull skin, hair, body, scalp and hands, and also reduces and removes frizzy and damaged hair.

The oil is excellent for cuticles—it helps prevent cracking and peeling of nails—and can treat all skin types as well.
  • Our fast-absorbing lightweight oil is smooth, and NON greasy compared to other brands.
  • Highest quality of oil production, it is cold pressed and unroasted. Comes rich in Vitamin E (Tocopherols) and Omega 6 (Linolenic Acids).
  • NO strong odors. Our 100% organic Argan oil has a light nutty smell and is fragrance free.
  • USDA and ECOCERT certification means high purity and authentic.
  • Can be used on sensitive and non-sensitive skin to reduce age spots and boost skin tones.
  • Manufactured in the Kingdom of Morocco and Packaged in the USA.
  • UNi Argan Oil comes in a beautiful smooth dark glass bottle with easy access dropper.
  • UNi Argan Oil are manufactured and bottled throughout the year to ensure freshness and quality.
  • Manufactured date is printed on every bottle with a shelf-life of 36 months.

Review


I've tried different products that contain Argan oil for my hair before, but this was the first time I'd gotten the chance to use pure Moroccan Argan oil.

The oil itself is completely liquid and very lightweight—not as thick or dense as olive or canola oil, but still heavier than water. It's a pure brownish-amber color like the color of the bottle. One of the first things I noticed was the terrible scent. Maybe it's because it's an unprocessed oil without any added fragrances, but the smell was NOT pleasant and nutty, but rather pretty strong, with a hint of motor oil smell. I didn't like it at all, nor did I like the idea of applying it on my body and hair, but had to for review purposes.

After showering, I used the glass dropper to put a few drops in my palms and rubbed the oil between my hands as instructed, then smoothed it through my wet, combed hair. It went on smoothly like a detangling product. I kept it in rather than washing it out to use it as a leave-in conditioner and was pleasantly surprised. When my hair dried, it was sleek and shiny like when I use other pricey leave-in treatments (such as John Frieda's). I would much rather use this all-natural oil than be putting processed products in my hair.

Apparently you can apply this oil to your face as a moisturizer, but because I have pretty sensitive and acne-prone skin, I didn't want to risk it. There is no indication of the comedogenic ranking of Argan oil on the UNi bottle's description, but either way, it's an oil so you can never be sure.

Instead, I rubbed this into my legs right after shaving and showering. Just a few drops go a looong way for your entire body. It absorbed right away and didn't leave a greasy residue like coconut oil does. However, because it didn't smell that good, I wouldn't use it regularly on my body; the scent seeped into my skin and I smelled like mild gasoline the entire day, yeeuch.

Pros


Absorbs quickly // Light oil, not heavy like olive oil // Makes hair really smooth and manageable // Great for dry skin, especially on hands

Cons


Really weird, gasoline-like smell that doesn't go away even after oil is absorbed // Dropper bottle is easy to use, but could be potentially unsanitary or prone to spillage

Verdict


UNi's 100% Pure Moroccan Argan oil is a great all-natural alternative for leave-in hair treatments and conditioners, as well as a great body and potentially facial moisturizer. If it weren't for the unpleasant smell, I would definitely add it to my regular beauty arsenal Americanflag

6 hearts: Decent to try, but I'm not going back; this product is decidedly average (whatever that means!) (x)

Tell me:
Have you used Argan oil for your hair, body, or face, before? What was your experience like?
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample of UNi Argan Oil in exchange for an honest and unbiased review via Tomoson.com. I was not paid or sponsored to write this review—positive or otherwise—and all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.