The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil - review


It hasn't been the easiest week for blogging for me because I managed to write so many posts during September (over 70: my highest yet) that I effectively cleaned out all the draft posts that were ready to go, which of course has left my hands tied and it's been difficult to pick out posts that I'm ready to write.

Hoh well. Given that I do have so many posts still in my drafts, some of them have slipped through the cracks and this is one of them: I completely missed it, but I've been using this product for months now so it's definitely time to review it.

I like it. It's cheap. It works. 'Nuff said.

The Ordinary claims/product details:

  • This formulation uses 100% pure Moroccan Argan Seed Oil, extracted through a cold-pressing that preserves the integrity of the oil's fatty acids, vitamins, phenols (including caffeic acid) and carotenes
  • Argan oil's main fatty acid content is made up of oleic acid and linoleic acid
  • Supports healthy skin and reduces the appearance of flaking
  • Adds soft sheen and strength to hair
  • Completely unrefined and imparts a natural scent; this scent is not an indication of rancidity: argan oil that does not have a scent is refined and offers reduced benefits
  • To use: (hair) work through damp, clean hair daily or as needed; (skin) apply a few drops to the entire face once daily or as needed
  • Ingredients: Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil
  • RRP $12.90 AUD for 30ml, but do shop around


I think this is a nice facial oil, although it is quite heavy so it mightn't suit those with oily skin - but for my dry skin, it's perfect to use when I'm drier than usual or when I've just done a chemical peel, because it gives my skin some nourishment and also coats and protects it.

It's a thick, pale yellow-coloured oil and it does have an unrefined, seed-like scent that I personally don't mind because it smells very natural.

It spreads well enough but it doesn't go on as thinly as other oils because it's thick, so I need to use more of it each time than I do with other oils. This doesn't bother me personally but it's worth mentioning because I am getting through it faster than I would normally.

Also, while it does absorb well, it still leaves behind coating on the skin that won't be for everyone: my skin feels tacky after use. If you have oily skin, you may prefer to try one of The Ordinary's other oils because this one might be too rich and heavy for you. But if you have dry, dehydrated skin like I do, you might really enjoy this.

I often use mine in the evening after my serum and I find that it keeps my dry skin feeling comfortable until morning. There's something about this product that not only targets dryness, but also leaves a coating on the skin that feels protective. Plus I feel like it strengthens my skin while I'm using it so that my skin feels more resilient.

Worth noting especially is that my face can feel a little sensitised after I've done an at-home chemical peel or treatment, and I find that this product helps soothe my face and also protect it afterwards so it doesn't feel as sensitised on the day after I've done the treatment.

Does this oil perform somersaults? Well no. It hasn't made me look younger or done anything magical for my skin over time, but it's been a great product to have on hand for occasional use when I'm especially dry or sensitised, so I do recommend it for those who suffer from similar issues.

Overall I think this is a good, basic oil that does the job - it nourishes, hydrates and protects my skin - and it's very reasonably priced so I feel that it's good value for what you get and I would absolutely buy it again.

Worth trying.

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