Argan Oil & Moroccanoil | What’s the Difference?

Original article by Muslimah Beauty

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.

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