Beauty that knows no borders....

One of the most buzzed about ingredients in beauty right now is argan oil. Ah, but my fellow Beauty Wonkettes already know that. Long before BW set foot in Morocco, she was blogging about the wonders of argan oil. It truly is amazing stuff. Beauty Wonkette still loves her MoroccanOil hair stuff, even if argan oil isn't the only thing - or even the primary thing, in there. But, when we're talking argan oil, a little bit goes a long way.

Found in Morocco, it is pressed from the nut of local argan tree fruit, where it has been used for centuries by Berber women as a skin and hair care cure-all for everything from acne and wrinkles to split ends and scar tissue. It is called the “gold of Morocco” for good reason. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, loaded with potent antioxidant polyphenols and packed with hydrating essential fatty acids like lineolic acid which deeply moisturizes the skin (or hair!) while protecting it from free radical damage.

Argan oil can be used on its all over your body, literally from head to toe. Starting at the top, it not only nourishes the scalp and hair, but leaves locks looking shiny without feeling heavy or greasy. You can use it on your skin instead of a traditional facial or body moisturizer, on your nails as a strengthener and on your cuticles to prevent cracks. Here in the US, it's a precious (read EXPENSIVO) elixir, but in Morocco.... Well, let's just say that Beauty Wonkette got into the habit of slathering the stuff everywhere. As great as the stuff is all by itself, BW has learned that when argan oil is blended into skin care, body and hair care products the results can be even more amazing.

One example is Mama Mio O-Mega Oil. This soothing oil is the miracle product for dry, itchy and uncomfortable skin. Formulated with three omega-rich oils, it improves elasticity while deeply nourishing and moisturizing the skin. Jojoba seed oil soothes and prevents premature skin aging, argan oil nourishes and helps the skin to stretch with increased comfort and safflower seed oil strengthens cell membranes. Apply this stuff once a day to shower damp skin, and you'll be amazed!

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcus (Sweet Almond) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Seed) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Citronellol, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Benzyl Benzoate (from Ylang Oil).

It isn't cheap. 7 ounces will run about $35. But, since a little bit goes a long way, the bottle will last.


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