Argan Oil & Moroccanoil | What’s the Difference?

Apart from the bottle (lol), there’s a huge difference between Moroccanoil and argan oil. I’ve only really started using Moroccanoil when I got it in my Cosmopolitan Blog Awards goody bag which I was so happy about because I’d wanted to try it for a while and I couldn’t really justify spending so much money on it. Before I discovered Moroccanoil, I was using argan oil for pretty much everything; nails, hair skin, facial massage and I also added it to my body butters. That’s the thing I really like about argan oil; it’s versatile and I can use it all over unlike Moroccanoil. Moroccanoil though has been sooooo great on my hair; I’d listened to the hype behind it but whenever there’s a hype , I tend to be a bit skeptical but Moroccanoil is truly one of the best products I’ve ever used on my hair!


I happen to have a lot of Moroccan friends and family and they’re always going on about the oil. They converted me into an argan oil lover. I’ve honestly not come across an oil quite like argan oil. It’s had the ability to transform my unruly locks into something quite extraordinary. When I wash my hair, I’ll apply it to damp hair after using leave-in conditioner then plait it. When my hair’s fully dried, I’ll undo the plaits and.. wow

Argan oil is Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil (its Latin name) in its completely unadulterated form. Nothing’s been added or taken out so you get the real deal when you buy 100% argan oil. With argan oil, you get essential fatty acids, vitamin e, squalene and carotenes. Because of argan oil’s properties, it’s an ideal oil for the skin because of the properties’ abilities to hydrate the skin, prevent aging, regulate sebum production and also keep dryness at bay. The fatty acids are amazing for hair because the protein aids hair growth and gets your hair all thick and gorgeous!


Moroccanoil is something else.. I really love this brand; their Intense Hydrating Mask is one of my favourite hair masks but the oil itself is hands down my favourite product from Moroccanoil. I’ve used a tonne of oils, serums and butters on my hair but Moroccanoilhas had a totally different affect on my hair. I use it on my damp hair and when it’s dried my hair is honestly in gooood condition! I don’t know what it is but, Moroccanoil makes my hair lighter, so so so smooth and I get no frizz whatsoever and it smells lovely too. I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like but it’s quite a deep scent.

The thing that sets Moroccanoil apart from actual argan oil is its ingredients:

Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Parfum, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha – Isomethyl Ionone, CI 26100 (Red 170, CI 47000 (Yellow 11). 

The only way to understand how Moroccanoil works is to know about each ingredient:

Cyclomethicone – A silicone that leaves the surface (hair or skin) smooth.

Dimethicone - Another silicone; it helps to keep the hair detangled.

Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract - Rich in essential fatty acids, aids hair growth and helps strengthen the hair.

Butylphenyl Methylpropional - A synthetic fragrance which gives cosmetics their scent.

Benzyl Benzoate - Uses include food additive, insecticide and a plasticiser.

 Alpha – Isomethyl Ionone - Another fragrance.

Moroccanoil is an amazing product but, I can say that the reason why it leaves my hair smooth, free of frizz and light is mainly because of the silicones Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone.

In my opinion, Moroccanoil and argan oil are two totally different things. I love Moroccanoil but, I wouldn’t entirely attribute it to the argan oil because there are another bunch of ingredients in it that do the trick. If you want anything with argan oil, I’d recommend actual argan oil without a shadow of a doubt because commercial products tend to hype up about their products when they only contain a particular percentage of argan oil.

29 Responses to Argan Oil & Moroccanoil | What’s the Difference?

  1. This sounds like a dream come true…BUT…I have really really really sensitive skin! The second oil touches it, I break out. The only oils that don’t break me out are olive oil and castor oil…would you say argan is similar!? My hair needs major hydration, and I could never use products like Kerastase and such because of how oily they were….my skin would go ballistic overnight, literally. So if Argon won’t cause problems, I’ll go pick some up tomorrow xx

    • Hey Mariam; oils break me out too with the exception of sweet almond, coconut and Argan oil. Argan Oil is quite different to many oils because it actually helps to regulate sebum which then stops excess oil so it’ll actually help with your break outs. Everyone is different though, so what may work for me might not for you but I’ve found it to be really great at keeping my acne at bay :)

    • Mariam, if you’re havin trouble with acne and using oils on your skin, I would definitely recommend jojoba oil. Like Argan oil, it regulates the sebum and prevents excessive oil production which can cause and agrevate breakouts. I’ve used it myself and it evens helps with scars. I would also recommend using vitamin c. It is anti inflammatory and helps the overall condition of your skin by increasing health skin production and overall cell turn over. But definitely try jojoba oil.

  2. wow! This is a really great and informative post hafsah!!! I love that you broke down all the ingredients!! I haven’t ever used either of the oils but I know what to look for if I ever do! x

  3. Such a good post. I’ve been interested in these oils, but haven’t tried them yet. Thanks for the good information! :)

  4. I’ve been thinking about trying Moroccan Oil for soooo long but like you have never been able to justify spending that much on it! However, I think this post has just convinced me and I’m going to treat myself! Thanks!

  5. annie flintoff

    hi, i have severely damaged hair after using sun in a few years ago. it has left my hair very dry and frizzy almost like straw. i have been looking into pure argan oil and plan to purchase some as soon as possible but i was just wondering if argan oil will work just as well to repair my hair as the moroccan oil? do you have any suggestions? thankyou x

  6. Hafsa Thank You so much for this post. I was very much confused now its all clear =)

  7. I enjoy looking through an article that can make people think.
    Also, thanks for allowing for me to comment!

  8. Where did you get that bottle of Argan oil from?

  9. Thanks! Is this bottle of Argan oil in its pure form? I read a couple of blogs that claim 100% argan oil is hard to obtain and even if you do, it isn’t going to come cheap. I looked up Paks store and found the product however, it’s ingredients are not advertised.

    • Hafsa Issa-Salwe

      In the bottle itself there’s also sweet almond oil, but you can find pure 100% argan oil on sites like Sheabutter Cottage and Essence of Morocco :)

  10. thanks for a great blog, I’d been wondering about the two! Definitely want to give argan oil a go; like you I wash, condition then plait and sleep on it!x

  11. I found 100% Pure Argan Oil at a Sophora (sp?) store in a JC Penney. It is by Josie Maran and it cost me $14.00 for .5 oz. Only tried it once so I can’t really comment on it yet!

  12. Robert Marcos

    All natural oils are too heavy to put into your hair. If you do your hair will look dirty. Silicone derivatives like dimethicone and cyclomethicone are MUCH lighter than oil, so they can coat the shaft of the hair without weighing it down. This is why Moroccan Oil is primarily made of silicons. Also because as your previous commenter mentioned – 100% Argan oil is super-expensive.

  13. Moroccanoil is made in Israel

  14. I just bought the real deal Argan Oil from Fez in Morocco, last day here today and the beginning of their Ramadan, when shops are closed for a week. Our official guide took us to the Medina where I bought 500ml for $200au plus a few other herbs and spices. Waiting til I get back home to use it. There are other Argan oils from Israel and Spain but the best is from Morocco this is not to be confused with the Moroccan Oil blue label which is loaded with chemicals.

    • you meant the ending of Ramadan :)

    • you meant the ending of Ramadan :)…
      i join all of you and agree that Argan is the best treatment you can give to your skin,nails and hair, and i have been using it since…i don’t even remember :) anyway it was the only treatment that helped me get rid of my acne and God knows who many different medicines i have tried.

      Just keep in mind that ,for cosmetic purpose, you will need UNROASTED Argan.(the roasted one it s for Culinary purpose)

      Argan (Argania spinosa) grows exclusively in an area of southern Morocco, between Essaouira, Taliouine, Tiznit and Agadir. so no wonder why it¨s expensive.

      I have seen in some blogs that using the moroccanoil on blond hair gave a yellow ish color, i have a black hair so i can’t confirm or refute this info, but thought worth sharing :).

  15. #moroccanoilingredients: It’s astonishing what people nowadays smear on their hair and skin in the name of beauty!!!
    100% pure Argan oil is the way to go!

    • Silicones are not necessarily a bad ingredient at all. For whatever reason they have made a bad name for themselves, because people only believe in 100 organic products nowadays, even though they have no knowledge of silicones whatsoever – and unknowingly use/consume other products with far worse and harming ingredients .

      There are a load of different silicones, and they each serve a different purpose.
      I have collected most frequently asked questions about silicones here:

      Do silicones dry out your hair because it stops moisture from getting in?

      No one really knows, but in theory it could happen. However the hair would have to be stripped from moisture, and most often the opposite happens – The moisture you have in your hair is locked IN. So, the myth is partly true, but not necessarily a bad thing!

      Can you wash silicone out of your hair?

      YES, always. However regular use of products containing heavy insoluble silicones require a special cleansing shampoo to be removed completely, so it really depends on the type of silicones and whether or not you have applied multiple products containing heavy silicones. Some are easily washed out, some aren’t!

      This is what The Beauty Brains website says:

      “The properties vary depending on which particular silicone is in the formula. Some silicones do leave a heavy coating on the hair that can be hard to wash off. Others are very water soluble and do not buildup at all. Dimethicone, for example, is the heaviest of all silicones used for hair care. It provides the most smoothing effect but it is also the hardest to wash out. Cyclomethicone on the other hand, gives great slippery feeling while you are rinsing your hair but it quickly evaporates leaving nothing behind.”

      Will silicones mask the hair damage, so you won’t be able to tell your hairs condition?

      Yes it certainly will.

      I have tried both Moroccan (silicone) oil and 100 pure argan oil and I like both. I think its a shame people hate products JUST because they contains silicone – they are not dangerous and are of especially good use in the beauty industry since they can lock moisture and have many other benefits :)

      Anyway, I would just like to share this info.

  16. Kristina Blackshire

    I have been using Moroccanoil Treatment on my hair and I Love It! It is not 100% Argan Oil, it has additional chemicals in it. If I like what it does for my hair needs and is less costly, I’m going to continue using it. I have not used 100% Argan Oil so I have nothing to base an opinion on regarding it’s attributes.

  17. so what should i use?

  18. Thanks for the tips!
    They were really helpful!

    “argan olie”

  19. More like Israeli oil, check where your products are made.

  20. Sreekala Vijayarudran

    I am from India, please suggest me a trusted brand which i can purchase online. Its really hard to get it over here…. i really am in a need to try argan oil….

  21. Argan oil is way worth it – I use an argan oil that has no harmful chemicals, and can be used on hair & skin – its the Somaluxe Argan Oil – I love this product it leaves my hair smooth, silky, and shiny! I couldn’t keep my hands out of my hair because it was so soft and it’s light or at least for my thick straight hair! I just hate that it’s only one size but will definitely repurchase. I never do reviews on products but it’s so good that I had to tell someone!!

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