If there’s one thing I love more than a hot, relaxing bubble bath, it’s a back and legs massage after a hot, relaxing bubble bath. After a long day working out and about in the city, it’s heaven.
That’s why I couldn’t resist Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil. It sounds like the perfect luxe pampering treat, doesn’t it?
But… is it? I’ve put it to the test to find out:
Key Ingredients In Dr Organic Moroccan ARGAN Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil
With a name like Dr Organic Moroccan ARGAN Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil, you kind of think the bottle contains only argan oil, right?
Wrong. Argan oil is “only” the 5th ingredients on the list. Blame it on the price. Argan oil is so expensive, brands often add only a few drops to their products – just enough for it to work its magic a little.
What does it do? Argan oil is loaded with fatty acids, moisturisers that create a barrier on the skin that keeps moisture in. They strengthen your skin’s protective barrier and make your skin soft, smooth and supple.
Linoleic acid, one of the main fatty acids in argan oil, has anti-inflammatory properties, too. It reduces redness, soothes irritations and just calm down inflamed skin.
Sweet Almond Oil
If argan oil is only the 5th ingredient in Dr Organic Moroccan ARGAN Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil, what tops the list?
Sweet almond oil. For a good reason, too. Its lightweight, non-greasy texture makes it the #1 oil for massages. It’s very moisturising, too.
Like argain oil, sweet almond oil creates a barrier on the skin that locks moisture in, keeping your skin hydrated for longer.
Dr Organic Moroccan ARGAN Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil has its good share of good oils. I’ve mentioned the main ones above, but you also get sunflower, jojoba, wheat oils and more. They’re all very moisturising.
Unfortunately, you also get a few that aren’t so good. Citrus oils like mandarin and orange make the oil smell amazing, but they can be irritating, especially if your skin’s sensitive to begin with.
While we’re on the subject, Dr Organic Moroccan ARGAN Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil also has patchouli and mint oils that again, smell gorgeous, but are problematic for sensitive skin.
Let’s be clear: just because these oils are irritating, it doesn’t mean they’ll irritate you. It depends on how sensitive your skin is and what it reacts to.
I’ve been using the oil for weeks now without experiencing any side effects. But my point is: if you know an oil or extract has the potential to be irritating for quite a few people, why use it in the first place? *shakes head*
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
First things first: Dr Organic Moroccan ARGAN Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil may be a BATH OIL but I wouldn’t pour it into your bath.
If you’ve ever washed dishes (and who hasn’t?), you know that oil and water DON’T mix. Pour the oil into the water and it’ll just sit on its surface.
Instead, I like to use it as an AFTER BATH massage oil. The texture is a little greasy to the touch (it’s an oil, after all), but super lightweight and sinks in quickly into the skin. It leaves no greasy residue behind. Just a lovely, glowing sheen.
I warm it up between my fingers before massaging it onto my skin for a few minutes. It’s incredibly relaxing and it leaves my dry skin soft and smooth for hours. I don’t have to reapply every few hours or so. Phew!
FYI, if you find this oil isn’t moisturising enough for you and your skin still feels dry afterwards, it may just be your skin is dehydrated, not dry.
Dry skin lacks oil that seal moisture in and Dr Organic Moroccan ARGAN Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil has plenty of those.
Dehydrated skin doesn’t have enough moisture to begin with. You can use all the oils in the world but they won’t be able to seal anything in. If that’s your case, you’re better off with a lotion that has glycerin, urea or hyaluronic acid – the good stuff that draws moisture into your skin from the air.
And then, you can seal the moisture in with an oil. 😉
Available at: £4.19 at Holland And Barrett
Ingredients: Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) oil, Triticum vulgare (Wheat) germ oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) oil, Rosa canina (Rose) fruit oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Tocopheryl acetate, Citrus aurantium dulcis, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) leaf oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) oil, Citrus limon peel oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) leaf oil, Aniba rosaeodora (Rosewood) oil, Mentha arvensis herb oil, Citrus nobilis (Mandarin) peel oil, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) fruit extract, Mentha spicata herb oil, Limonene, Eugenol, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Benzyl benzoate
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