Save vs. splurge: Argan oil hair treatments

I have no idea whose back-of-head this is, but I’m admiring it all the same—because who wouldn’t want hair this shiny, smooth and glossy? That’s right—nobody.

One way you could get it is with this little miracle-worker:

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The star product in the argan oil-laced Moroccanoil line (available at salons), the Moroccanoil Treatment does it all: fights frizz, imparts shine, protects from UV, strengthens hair and intensifies colour. (Read my review to find out why Moroccanoil is a miracle-worker for any hair type.)

But it’s also $39 for 100 mL. Ouch.

If you’re not looking to splurge—after all, we ARE in a recession, even though I tempt you every day with new beauty products—why not try this just-launched alternative from Live Clean:

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At just $11.99 for 110 mL, the Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Treatment contains (obviously) the same non-greasy but shine-producing argan oil, along with certified organic grape seed and olive oils and vitamin E. It’s also free of silicones, parabens, phthalates and phosphates.

It actually won’t set you back much if you decide to snap up the entire line—besides the treatment oil, it includes a shampoo, conditioner and a “smooth & shine cream,” each only $6.99.

Want to know more? Since I’m not terribly frizz-challenged myself (lack of body is my Hair Achilles Heel), check out this glowing review of the line by my lovely (and more wavy-haired) editor Rhonda over at Best Health.

Live Clean is at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.


my hair loves argan
Friday, February 5/2010 at 2:27 pm

That hair photo is amazing! Thanks for the tip; I’ll give Live Clean a try.


Monday, June 21/2010 at 10:48 am

I figured I’d weigh in as I’ve now tried both products.
I purchased the live Clean argain oil 2 weeks ago. I was excited to find an organic alternative that has a high percentage of actual argan oil, as well as some other nice natural oils.
I have fine, wavy mid-back length hair. For me, this oil was a tad heavy and almost a bit sticky. I would never consider even trying to use it on tangles (which is my hairs’ main feature….).
Rather than return it, I’m now using it as a pre- wash treatment. The price is too good & the ingredients too nice so an hour or two pre-wash I’m putting a bunch in my hair. Can’t hurt, right? : ) This oil is completely clear, no color.
I purchased the brand name Moroccanoil last week. Very different product that does contain silicones before argan oil. It’s much smoother and silkier (no doubt thanks to the ‘cones). I used a small amount after washing & towel drying and it wasn’t sticky at all and did make my hair very soft. It is a bit of a light amber color so I’ll be carefully watching for any color transfer to my blonde highlights.
Hope that helps some others trying to decide between the two.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, June 21/2010 at 4:26 pm

Great feedback, Retrospectiv – thanks for the detailed reviews! I guess even though it would be nice to go organic, sometimes you have to sacrifice that for performance. So many have raved about the Moroccanoil, I’m not surprised that one worked best for you.


Wednesday, June 22/2011 at 12:46 pm

Retrospectiv, I think you and I got tricked the same way with the live clean product! I spotted it in the store, double checked the ingredients (always!) and snapped one up right then and there. I went home thinking it was too good to be true, I mean really, a high Argan concentration for only 12~ish dollars? HEAVEN!

Upon getting home I took a second look at the ingredients and realized how I was duped: after the water content, there is a bullet point and the word “with” followed by the argan oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, etc. Then there’s another bullet point followed by standard leave in conditioner ingredients, some of which leave that sticky film (I experienced it too) which feels almost like there’s dried shampoo in the hair.

So the product doesn’t actually have a high concentration of those oils, but the marketing department which was probably aware of the increasing savviness of the cosmetic consumer, decided to insert the “feature” ingredients right into the top, protected by those bullet points so they can get away with doing what they did.

The ingredient in the highest concentration besides water is sorbitol, which acts very much like liquid sugar on the hair, goes on silky, then dries and feels sticky. It is a good humectant (so is sugar) but it doesn’t create the ultra touchable hair that a consumer would, rightfully, expect from this product.


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