Product Type: Argan hair care products
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Jumping on the Argan Oil Bandwagon
Argan Oil Shampoo
Member Name: fizzywizzy
Argan Oil Shampoo
Advantages: Can be bought cheaply; it's a perfectly fine shampoo for regular use; nice fragrance
Disadvantages: Some nasty ingredients; it's just very average
Argan oil comes from the kernels of the argan tree, which is unique to Morocco where it has long been valued for its medicinal and cosmetic properties. It's been possible to buy argan oil commercially for many years but it's only recently been used in a form that is more practical to use and it seems the time came when some bright spark realised how this very traditional product could make a lot of money by repackaging it for today's consumer.
That argan oil cosmetic products are becoming cheaper may be attributable to the strategy of the Moroccan government to increase the production of argan oil (it is hoped annual production will be almost doubled by 2020) but also to the fact that cheaper brands are adding an argan oil range to their collection. I bought this Argan Oil Shampoo from Home Bargains; it's from a company called Xpel Marketing which operates as several different brands which are sold mainly in low cost retailers (Poundland, B&M Stores, etc) and some supermarkets such as Tesco.
When I saw it I wasn't sure whether this was a decent brand that was being sold cheaply, or a low quality product that had been made cheaply with the intention of jumping on the argan oil bandwagon. With its matt brown and olive packaging it did look quite upmarket and, I suppose, it looked like a natural product which is probably exactly what Xpel Marketing wanted me to think. I gave the reverse of the tube a cursory glance, scanning quickly for the presence of nut derived products to which I am allergic and seeing none I ignored the huge number of ingredients (with the now controversial sodium laureth sulphate jumping out as the second ingredient) listed and stuck this in my basket. If I was willing to spend more time researching my purchases and moving from store to store to cherry pick the ethically sound, fairly traded and free of dubious ingredients items I want to buy at the best price I'd probably never buy anything containing sodium laureth sulphate*: SLES as it is also known, is derived from coconuts originally but is altered by the manufacturing process during which it is said to be contaminated with a potentially carcinogenic by-product. It's not my intention here to discuss the risks (or not) of this ingredient which is used in thousands of products) including some like toothpaste that we ingest, but as Holland & Barrett have recently announced intentions to stock only cosmetic and skincare products that do not contain SLS or SLES, I feel it's worth mentioning that this product is far from natural.
This product is described as being suitable for all hair types and Xpel claims that it 'nourishes and moisturises leaving hair shiny, smooth and healthy' and that it will 'help protect and moisturise the hair'. As I wasn't looking for a remedy for a specific problem, this sounded like a middle of the road product that would be suitable for day to day use. It is packaged in a flip cap tube (150ml) which is easy to open with wet hands. The shampoo has a very pleasant, light and fresh citrus fragrance but I find that the fragrance does not stay in the hair once it has been rinsed and dried.
Only a small amount is needed as this shampoo froths very easily (no doubt due to the plethora of artificial ingredients). It rinses easily and leaves no noticeable residue on my hair. After rinsing my hair feels clean and only one wash is needed. My hair type is normal with a tendency to become slightly greasy from time to time. My scalp is not sensitive and I've not experienced any dryness or irritation from using this product.
My wet hair is easy to brush through and I can dry my hair without feeling it necessary to use a conditioning product after every wash. I can't say that I think the condition of my hair has improved from using this shampoo but I haven't any complaints about its ability to cleanse effectively and the resulting condition.
Were it not for the ingredients that I'm increasingly feeling inclined to avoid I'd happily use this shampoo but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it and I wouldn't evangelise about its special powers. It's an average shampoo that perhaps performs better than its price and heritage might suggest but it's not really anything special. With so many ingredients, and argan oil coming in at number six on the list, it's difficult to know whether the benefits of this product can be directly attributed to its inclusion.
Looking for price details online suggests that either I got myself an absolute bargain or there are some sellers overcharging for this shampoo. Granted I bought while this was on special offer but sellers on Amazon have this listed at £3.99, reduced from £7.99 which seems crazy to me.
The Argan oil range from Xpel includes conditioner and intensive hair treatment.
(*Note - sodium laureth sulphate is claimed to be slightly less of a hazard to health than sodium lauryl sulphate, known sometimes as SLS).
Summary: Cheap argan oil product but far from natural