Josie Maran Argan Oil is a fabulous product.
The oil is labeled a face product but I actually bought it to use on my body and especially my legs as a pre-summer and mini skirts treatment. It worked great and I liked the oil well enough for the occasional use on my face. The oil sinks quickly into the skin and doesn't leave a greasy coat. It softens rough patches and I'm pretty sure it helped a a scratch and a bruise heal more quickly than usual. After a week or so of use on my legs I noticed an improvement and no longer needed as much moisturizing. There are some magical anti-aging properties attributed to the oil from the argan nut. I don't believe in miracle potions, and face-wise I still prefer creams to oils, but this Josie Maran product is great and so far made a real difference in my body care routine.
Pure argan oil is not just a cosmetics product. It's also a condiment and can be found in delis and upscale food stores. I bought a bottle at Fairway (our Whole Foods didn't have argan oil at the time) and we used it occasionally for salads (then forgot all about it and ended up tossing it out when deep-cleaning the kitchen cabinets before we moved). The oil had an orange color and a nutty-toasty aroma and taste. I should have used it on my legs instead of letting the precious oil languish on the shelf. The thing is, the current price of a 250ml (8.5oz) 100% organic argan oil bottle is about $43-$45. A 1.7 oz (50 ml) Josie Maran 100% organic argan oil costs $48.
See my problem?
Josie Maran Argan Oil is available from Sephora. It comes in a brown glass bottle with a dropper (quite convenient). The oil is actually colorless, which surprised me. I tasted a little and did not get any nutty scent or flavor. It makes it more appealing for cosmetic use, but I don't know why and how it differs from the bottles you find at the grocery store.
Goats on an argan tree in Morocco from neatorama.com
Argan oil from gourmet.chefshop.com