FIRST THINGS FIRST....
I've tried various brands and types of oils and had recently noticed this difference in labeling with Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Oil. If you don't know what Argan Oil is, it's actually an plant oil that is created from the kernels of the argan tree. It can be used in a variety ways in such as: culinary processes like for bread dipping or cooking and in cosmetic uses such as a moisturizer for skin and hair/nails and for the treatment of acne!
When it comes to Argan Oil and its effectiveness as well as its quality and purity, the extraction method is key. The kernels can be hand-roasted or left non-roasted, with the oil being left for around 2 weeks- while also allowing the sediment to settle. An additional process can be taken after this that involves a filtering of the mixture to achieve better clarity and purity.
Now we get to Moroccan Argan Oil, which yes- you guess it! This Argan oil sets itself apart because it IS indeed from Morocco- the place where Argan Oil and the tree itself originated! There IS a difference in these oils even though they are both Argan OIls! Not only have I been able to personally see and feel the difference myself, but after some research on the differences I can now say I know why.
OK...SO THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT ARGAN OILS...DOES IT REALLY MATTER?!
The verdict is in and it turns out the answer is YES! The main reason being it's actual source :) As the tree is endemic to Morocco, the Argan Oil that actually comes from Morocco will be of a higher quality and generally more expensive; but you do get what you pay for, which is top-notch quality Argan Oil. Moroccan Argan Oil usually works best with dry hair and will take away frizziness and roughness, yet it can be used in a variety of cosmetic and culinary products.
The Moroccan oil is is often produced with the traditional method of Berber women grinding and pressing the kernels in order to produce the oil. Argan oil however, is mostly best used exclusively for skin and is in a thoroughly unrefined/untouched form. It tends to be unfiltered, could contain sediment, and may be cost less. As for myself, I have chosen to go with the Moroccan Argan Oil; it seems to have worked the best for me- being the most effective and of a better quality.
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It only takes a couple of drops for my hair and nails and a couple for my face and neck areas if I feel that my skin needs it. This product works fabulously on my nails and hair, leaving them super conditioned and soft with ultimate shine! I've really noticed the difference :) The bottle is well-designed with a nicely made glass dropper that actually goes the entire length of the bottle which means you will be able to get all of the product without too much effort!
As for shelf-life, your looking probably about an average of a year and a half, as my product that recently arrived has an expiration date of next year- in the middle of November. At 2 ounces, you should have the product for a good while of time, even with daily and regular use. Not only do you get a good quality Moroccan Argan Oil, but you also get a highly effective and ultra-affordable product too! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who would like to add an excellent, less-expensive, and organic moisturizer alternative for themselves or as a great gift!