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Product Review: Naturelle d’Orient 100% Pure Argan Oil

My Life Store is a newly set-up online business based in Singapore with a passion for wellness and a strong belief in the goodness of natural ingredients. It offers quality lifestyle products like 100% pure essential oils, natural skincare solutions and vegan nail lacquers. Some of the brands include Essence Vale, Naturelle d’Orient, SpaRitual, Sundari and VitaMan.

Two weeks ago, they asked me whether I’m interested to try out one of their popular products – the Argan Oil. And I said, “Sure, bring it on!”

Okay, to be honest, I don’t really know much about Argan Oil. So, I Googled it and this is what I’ve found:

Wikipedia describes it as oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree, endemic to Morocco, that is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. It remains one of the rarest oils in the world due to the small and very specific growing areas.

Some websites describe it as “liquid gold” and the “ultimate cosmetic product”. It is rich in Omega 6, Omega 9 and Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Argan Oil has fantastic anti-aging properties and it can also help to hydrate, nourish and protect almost every part of your body.

But good product usually doesn’t come cheap. Argan Oil is produced under tight control and restrictions, plus its rarity, thus leading to its high cost.

This is Naturelle d’Orient Argan Oil – it is 100% pure and organic certified. It is suitable to use on face, body, hair and nails. This is how we should use the product:

Face:

Apply few drops on a perfectly clean skin. Gently massage avoiding contact with the eye. For a better effect, a monthly treatment is advised every time it is needed.

Body:

Ideally after a scrub, “warm up” the oil in your hands and proceed with a massage with large movements. Ideal for giving a well-being sensation and for toning up, protecting and regenerating the skin. Use one to three times a week.

Hair:

To recover strength and shine to your hair, apply to the tips 30 minutes before shampooing. You can also apply it for an all night long treatment. Use once or twice a week.

Nails:

To strengthen your nails, give them a regular regenerating bath in a mix composed of equal parts of Argan Oil and lemon juice (soak for 15 minutes).

I started to experiment with the Argan Oil as soon as I received it. I have cracked heels due to my dry skin and frequent wearing of open backed shoes. So, I apply the oil on my heels and put on my socks before I go to bed. Amazingly, my feet feel so much smoother after a few treatments.

Sorry, I can’t post the before-and-after pictures because my cracked heels are too ugly. (I don’t want to affect your appetite after reading this post).

Next, I try it on my hair. I just had my hair colored last week, so I need to nourish it after the chemical process. I massage a few drops of Argan Oil onto my hair, focusing on the tips and I shampoo it half an hour later. My hair feels so soft after the treatment.

Initially, I was a little skeptical about applying the oil on my face. You see – I have oily skin and as much as possible, I avoid using skin care products that contain mineral oil. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a try.

I wash my face and dry it with a clean towel. Then, I put a few drops of Argan Oil on my palm and gently massage the oil onto my face avoiding my eye area for about two minutes. After that, I wash my face using my facial cleanser and Clarisonic.

My face did feel slightly smoother after the treatment. But I guess I have to use it regularly for long-term effect.

This is the product information:

  • Naturelle d’Orient Argan Oil, 50ml for S$69.55.
  • 100% pure Argan Oil for face, body and hair.
  • Organic certified.

It may sound expensive for a small bottle like this, but it can last for at least 3 months. You only need to use a very small amount each time. This product is multi-purpose; I can skip my cracked heels cream, cuticle cream, hair treatment products and massage oil. That’s why I said it’s not expensive at all.

Here’s a good news for you. I have two bottles of Argan Oil to give away (kindly sponsored by My Life Store). All you have to do is to “Like” My Life Store Facebook Page and Our Little Smarties Facebook Page. Please leave a comment here with your Facebook Name and e-mail address so that I can contact you (if you win).

Two winners will be picked randomly. Contest ends on Sunday, 11 March 2012, 11.59 pm (SG Time). Open to all readers with a local Singapore address.

Lastly, there is an International Women’s Day Sale at My Life Store this week. You can get a bottle of Argan Oil for just $38!

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WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT! Congratulations to Florence and MinH, you’ve won a 50ml bottle of Naturelle d’Orient 100% Pure Argan Oil worth SGD69.55. THANK YOU to everyone who joined the giveaway!