Common Names

Argan Oil

Botanical Name

Argania spinosa



Medicinal Uses

African, Hair, Skin Care, Wrinkles.


Emollient, Skin tonic.

Parts Used

Seed oil


fatty acids, sterols, tocopherols(vitamin e), phenols, carotenes, squalene.


Largely found only in forests in Southwestern Morocco along the border of the Sahara.

Side Effects

When ingested orally, argan oil may cause digestive upset including nausea, gas, or diarrhea. It may also cause loss of appetite or bloating, and some people may experience skin reactions like rashes or acne breakouts.

How to Prepare

Use as a skin care oil in massage blends and in hair care. Often combined with olive oil, which complements and resembles its chemical makeup.