Why I Stopped Using Coconut Oil as a Skin Moisturizer

Why I Stopped Using Coconut Oil as a Skin Moisturizer (and what I now use instead!)

Every winter without fail, I get terribly dry skin on my face. The day after the we turn on the furnace for the first time in the fall, it starts. My face – especially in my T-zone – gets itchy, dry, and flaky. After my shower, it feels tight and awful, like that feeling you get when wearing a face mask that has dried and is ready to wash off. I do not appreciate this facet of my undeniably otherwise-flawless beauty. 😉 Not cool, face, not cool at all.

So what’s a natural living, crunchy mama to do?

[Enter, stage left, hero character]

Coconut oil is the darling of the natural living crunchy community. Every real food blogger worth their (unrefined sea) salt will tell you that there are literally hundreds of ways to use the stuff, from eating it on toast to lubricating your guitar strings to lubricating your something else.

Ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Remember how Windex is the cure-all? Same idea, less hilarious and more natural.

It is often touted as the Awesomest! Moisturizer! Ever! For the last couple of years I’ve kept some in a little sealed container in my bathroom, carried it in my purse, and even packed it for trips, just so I could swipe a little out with my finger to help moisturize my dry skin. It worked… sorta. I also tried jojoba oil for a while (holy expensive, batman). It was better, but still not awesome.

My life was forever changed when an email landed in my inbox from Hannah at Taproot Farms. (I am totally not kidding, friends! This completely blew my mind.)

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Taproot Farms is a family-owned business located on an off-grid modern day homestead in  Chickaloon, Alaska. They offer a variety of products including lip balm, face/body oils, shea butter, perfume, and goat milk soap (made from fresh goat milk from the family homestead – how cool is that?!)

[annnd… now cue the dramatic music] 

She wanted me to review some skin care products from their shop. I was all like, OK, sure, sounds fun. Little did I know that my face moisturizing routine as I knew it was about to be forever changed.

I tried a few different products (the Creme Brulee Shea Butter – that stuff is to die for! I’m just shocked I haven’t eaten it yet because it smells like heaven.) I also tried a peach lip balm which works beautifully, and a sandalwood handcrafted soap – smells incredible, feels totally luxurious in the shower. I LOVE the silky smooth feel of it.


Then… I tried the Moroccan Argan Oil.

Backstory: when Hannah asked me what I’d like to try from their shop, I mentioned that the Argan Oil looked interesting (I had never heard of it before) because I had suffered from dry, itchy skin on my face for so long, and my current routine was not really cutting it.

This was followed by a discussion of the various oils and some brilliant explanations from her which pretty much explained everything as to why the other oils hadn’t worked for me. Here’s what I learned that blew my mind:

— “Jojoba oil isn’t actually an oil, it’s a wax that is very similar to the skin’s natural sebum. So, while it feels really nice on the skin, it can’t soak in and moisturize as deeply as an oil like Argan.”

— Coconut oil is a very light moisturizer that sinks in quickly, which appeals to a lot of people. It works well for some, but not those with very dry skin as it does not moisturize deeply enough.

Argan is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores, but it also moisturizes.

— Conversely, coconut oil is considered to be fairly comedogenic. That doesn’t bother many people, but if you have a tendency to get clogged pores (blackheads, etc), coconut oil might exacerbate that problem.

So while coconut oil might work well for people who have skin in the middle of the spectrum, it doesn’t usually work great for those of us who tend to have dry or oily skin issues.

ArganOil So I started using the Argan Oil every morning, especially after a shower (I don’t shower every day.)

The glass bottle comes with a dropper, and I dab a few drops on my driest areas (right between my eyebrows, forehead, around the base of my nose) and massage it in. It literally only takes a few drops, and my skin drinks it up thirstily.

It is especially effective if I give my face a quick exfoliation first. In the shower, I just rub my face vigorously with a washcloth and it works great.

Since using the argan oil, I have noticed an absolute 100% improvement in the way the skin on my face feels on a daily basis. As far as I can tell, the results are long-lasting too, because on the days I don’t shower, I sometimes don’t even use the oil because my skin is still happily moisturized from the day before.

It’s incredibly effective (this is about as close to defining something as a miracle product as I’ve ever gotten) and it’s frugal too, considering how little of it you need at a time. At the risk of overstating my case, to be honest, I am utterly blown away and thrilled with this product. Truly.

Now, not only does it work well and not cost me an arm and a leg, but consider these amazing factors as well:

Some fascinating facts* about the origins and production of Argan Oil:

— Argan oil is one of the rarest, most highly valued oils in the world. It is a plant-based oil that comes from the Argan tree, which is exclusive to Morocco. It is called the “tree of life” there, and it has been used by locals for centuries.

Every part of the plant is utilized: the fruit and leaves are used to feed livestock, the oil is used on skin and for cooking, and the nut shells are even used as fuel! Incredible.

— The process of extraction and selling this oil is done in a sustainable fashion. Almost all Argan oil is distributed by local co-operatives of women in Morocco. To this day, the most efficient method of extraction is hand-pressing the kernels, which provides valuable jobs to women in the country.

Argan oil’s composition is quite remarkable as well. It contains nearly 80% fatty acids and is extremely high in vitamin E, which are both traits held in high regard in the beauty industry. The industry often adds synthetic versions of these things to products to be able to market them as anti-aging and healing, but of course, the natural (non-synthetic) version is far superior.

— “Argan also contains active ingredients called phytosterols, which may have anti-tumor effects, reduce inflammation, and which also have cell stimulation properties.”

Taproot Farms is a small family business that prides itself on offering natural, affordable products of exceptional quality. They also value sustainability and top-notch service, which pretty well makes them my ideal company.

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Disclosure: All opinions expressed are my own. I honestly use and love these products. This post is sponsored by Taproot Farms, because it would have been downright wrong to keep this kind of info to myself. :)

What do you use to moisturize your skin?


I'm Beth. I created Red & Honey because I'm obsessed with the wild art of wellness.

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  1. Anu says

    FYI – every part of the coconut tree is used too!! Which is why they call it “Kalpavriksha”, which in Sanskrit, means the “divine tree”.

    I haven’t used Argan oil for my face yet but have used it on my hair and it made my hair too greasy and a bit brittle too. Coconut oil works for my hair and body (I massage my hands and feet with coconut oil every night). I don’t use oils on my face but sometimes I massage the face using coconut oil and it is effective in cleansing it. I wash it off later.

    • says

      Hi i don’t know about anybody else but I’m still getting over the fact that she actually said she doesn’t shower every day whaaaaaaaat why the heck not # 1 STINKY #2 unhygienic in more ways that I care to think about #3 and ur giving advice on skincare . As mch as I like to read great tips an advice I switched after reading that especially coming from a woman . Just yuk

  2. says

    I use coconut oil for as a hair mask.Will you believe it really works and gave good results.Moreover,it has many benefits in cooking,massaging,moisturizing,makeup removing etc. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Amanda Lyn says

    Great info! I have been searching online to see what natural oils I should be incorporating into my skin – I found everything I was searching for here.

  4. says

    It’s no surprise that I’m a huge coconut oil fan, for it’s the do-everything oil with next-to-zero downside. Coconut oil is loaded with good fats that provide us with energy, able to fight microbes in the body and excellent for cooking. It even smells amazing!

  5. Macarena says

    Interesting story. I just don’t like the fact that you don’t shower everyday. That bothers me.

  6. Zsaire Gable says

    I don’t wash my face daily. Manipulating the skin on your face everyday will lead to wrinkles as you age.
    I use, oddly enough, Coconut oil. If you put Emu oil on top it will take the moisturizing effects deep into your skin down to a cellular level.

  7. felicity says

    Olive oil is GREAT for your face. I dont use the food version because it stains pillows, but I do use the Made from Earth Olive Night Cream, which has the olive oil and olive butter on it. During the day, I use the Lady Soma Argan Oil on my face. I found that Argan Oil is fantastic at removing the flakes you get from the initial Retin-A “flash Burn”.

    One thing to remember is that if you are using a moisturizer, please apply the oil on top of your moisturizer. Moisturizers can’t penetrate oils, but the oils can penetrate the moisturizers.

  8. Dina H says

    Your body’s skin is thicker and tougher than the skin on your face so companies can get away with putting fragrances and cheaper ingredients in a body lotion. Dont use these body lotions on your face. I am like you also, I just like to use one product for face and body and go! I now use the Valencia Orange Lotion from Made from Earth – its designed for both the face and body. I use quickly on my face, then body, and I am ready to go. Its smells great and has made my skin super soft – and my husband loves the smell of light oranges on my skin!

  9. Rachel says

    I like coconut oil as a body moisturizer, but not for my face. I have a pretty oily complextion and have read that jojoba oil is good for that as it helps balance the oil, but I have never bought it because of the price.

  10. says

    I also decided to start making my own body scrub to see if that will help. I thought that scrubbing with my bath mitts would work but despite at least daily use, my legs are still too dry.

    Can anyone tell me there feelings on the difference between salt and sugar scrubs?

    • Jolene says

      This is a recipe I got from Ole Henrickson the Celebrity Skin Guru who was on Oprah. It’s 2:2:1 brewed coffee grounds, sea salt and sesame oil. Eucalyptus essential oil is optional, this is good for mornings as it invigorates so not good for bed time. My husband and I have used this for years and it’s wonderful! Do not wash off the sesame oil with soap, it helps to detox and moisturize. We use it on our face and body. Something I wanted to get back into is dry brushing before showers. I hope the recipe works for you. PS bring a cup if you don’t have a handheld shower head to rinse the tub surround. 😉

  11. says

    I love lotions and potions and all the skin care products out there. But in the last few months I’ve wanted to be more natural and have been using coconut oil and sesame seed oil for full body moisturizing. I have oily facial skin so really don’t use oils on my face too much. I live in MI and it gets cold which is drying to the skin. So I thought coconut oil would work at keeping my dark skin supple and ash free. Hmph! I recently began paying closer attention to my legs and feet and noticed that my legs especially are still very dry and a little flaky. I am 54 years old and even when my skin is dry it is still very soft, it just gets really ashy, ugh!. I have always had soft skin, even receiving compliments over the years from others, men and women alike. Now i am wondering if coconut oil is helping since my legs still show signs of severe dryness. I am probably going to go back to old moisturizing products previously used…Vaseline, Shea butter, etc.

  12. Mechelle Cranford says

    I was purchasing a well-known brand of oils that were already premixed with several oils and it was OK, but very expensive. So, I have started my own version…I use Argan oil during the day and coconut oil at night and sometimes, a dab of EVOO. I wash my face and neck with the oils and then moisturize with them, too. I started this regimen about a month ago and my fine lines, and even the deeper lines have all but disappeared. I have a few sun spots that have started fading, as well. My face is much more hydrated and glowing. People wanna know my secret and don’t believe I’m am a 48 yo, menopausal woman.

      • beatrix kiddo says

        it is widely known as oil cleansing. there are several ways you can go about it, but essentially you just use the oil to clean your makeup off and “wash” your face. it might sound counter intuitive as many think that the oil will make your face oily or cause breakouts, but if you use non-comedogenic oils they clean your skin and leave it feeling moisturized and supple. there are a lot of tutorials and different methods you can use available on youtube. I have been doing this since I was a teenager and have never had any skin issues. now i am close to 30 and people still mistake me for a high school kid lol.

      • Angela says

        Just use the oil like it’s soap, and wash your face with it. Then put more on after washing for moisturizer. I’m 49, and people tell me I’m looking younger and younger.

    • Donna Fink says

      Would you mind sharing which argan oil and coconut oil you use and your process of using them?

  13. lisa says

    True story , I love CCNO and use it regularly for lots of things . I found a recipe on pinterest for a cleanser using it and baking soda . It claimed to give you super soft skin . I had never had a break out in my life ! I woke up with an entire full on acne break out . It left permanent scars . I am 36 and now have acne scars just from this . So I commented and explained what happened . You would have thought that I suggested we all go murder kittens . People were up in arms telling me that my skin was just getting rid of toxins and you can’t possibly have a break out from coconut oil . Thank you for this post !! I thought that I was just some weird non crush worthy freak that would never be able to find a natural moisturizer .

  14. Sandy says

    What would you suggest for whole body moisturizing? Coconut oil is not cutting it for me either. I’ve never tried argan. Is it too expensive to use all over?? Any HELP would be appreciated :)

  15. Laura says

    I too, cannot use coconut oil on my face. Way to greasy and never fully absorbs! It literally just sits there. I love goats milk soap!!! I get mine from a small business too where they raise the goats. Rose of Sharon acres and Sassy Goat are both wonderful! Rose of Sharon makes a cream and lotion I find divine for face and body. Of course, it has the goats milk in it! I do make my own blend of facial oil I use from time to time as well.

  16. Jess says

    Thanks for this feature. I heard so much about coconut oil for flare ups of skin sensitivity, but even the fractionated (liquified) version would have repurcussions around my chin if I went too past my cheeks with it, and with any close recurrence. Jojoba is nicer for my oilier combo skin base. Trader Joes had it at a not-horrible, ie great, price. Maybe still. The goats milk combos sound very good. Anything shea blend usually deeply conditions for me, but facial skin can be more temperamental to heavy butters. I wonder if the goats milk balances out the fats better, for face.

  17. Jen says

    I used to use coconut oil but experienced exactly the same thing. I have super dry skin. I found a website http://www.goldclover.com that sells grass fed beef TALLOW which I had no idea what it was but it’s a type of animal fat. Tallow has worked great on my face, my feet and even on my daughter’s eczema. She adds essential oils and sells her them online from her small business in Redding, CA. Been great for me and my family! But I’m interested in adding the argon to nail those really dry spots, so thanks!! :-)

  18. says

    I’ve tried coconut oil, organic, I love it for tons of uses. It was too greasy for my face, but it did work. Since I am now prone to adult acne (32 yrs old) even though when I was younger , just five years ago I would literally have strangers tell me I had beautiful skin. I miss those days… I have also tried Josie maron argon oil and other of her products. I adore them ! They are less oily but I still tend to apply only on my real trouble spots where it’s dry and flakey. What I find that has never failed, is exfoliating one to two times a week with a charcoal face scrub, and applying a new face moisturizer called BELIEVE you find it at sephora. It’s water based and it does wonders from the first time you use it. I’ve tried tons of things, I either got acne, it was too greasy, or my face was still dry. I wasn’t sure about this until I got a free sample, and I also read about it in cosmopolitan and vogue as one of the top ten products celebrities swore by, in 2015. Sure enough, I tried it, and I WAS SOLD ! a little goes a long way too. It’s about $40 for a bottle, but it lasts a good while, and it’s well worth it ! Trust me !

  19. Brianne says

    I also use argan oil for my hair. It makes even the most damaged hair feel silky and easy to brush or comb. It even works as a mild heat protectant so feel free to blow dry with minimal frizz.

  20. ruby montemayor says

    Hola mi se me reseca muncho mi cara y e usado muchas cosas no me fusiona quiero saver donde vende es aisete de coco

    • says

      hola dice que el aceite de coco Es malo para la cara por que te saca barros, acne etc.. y por eso lo dejo de usar y ahora usa el aceite argan pero ojo tiene que ser el original porque ai muchos imitaciones de ese aceite tiene que ser el que diga organico y 100 porciento natural de morocco espero me aigas entendi do no se escribir muy bien en español

  21. says

    Different oils have different properties. It is a good idea to therefore combine these. Also, our skin can get ‘satisfied’ of one oil that means that the skin has got enough of the specific fatty acid combination your favorite oil is made of. That’s why it is a good idea to change your oil every three months. For example avocado or almond oil after 3 months of using argan oil.
    Always see to that you use organic cold pressed oils; these are not stripped off their vitamins, sterols, chlorophyll etc as all processed oils are.

  22. Dawn says

    I’ve had the same experience with coconut oil too. I used it for my lips and lips seemed more chapped. Same thing with my skin. Thanks for sharing.

  23. says

    I’ve never tried jojoba oil before, and the argan oil I only used it for my hair. I love the coconut oil even if my skin is really dry, I think it really depends on which version of coconut you buy. I have a bio, organic, unprocessed coconut oil that is scented and not only my skin smells amazing afterwards but it’s also very soft and hydratated. I have a huge problem with my hands being dry all the time and besides a body lotion from la Roche Posay, I don’t use anything else for my skin other than coconut oil. I love it also because it’s antifungal and because our skin absorbs about 60% of what we put on it and it ends up in the bloodstream, I think it helps with maintaining our bodies alcalin PH (only if it’s organic!). I wrote all about it on my blog. Good article!

  24. says

    I stopped using Coconut Oil because it clogged my pores. I couldnt for the life of me figure out what caused my cystic acne. I did some research and found that coconut oil was highly comedogenic. Who knew! I immediately stopped using it and used shea butter instead. What a difference. My skin care routine became very basic. Oil cleansing at night, a toner and moisturize. In the morning, warm water rinse, a toner and moisturize. Twice a week, a face mask. I have to keep it simple.

  25. Karen says

    I love Argan as a facial moisturizer. Its sinks in quickly and has improved my skin tone and texture so much. Cant go wrong with it!!

  26. says

    Just when I discover coconut oil, something else pops up. I have extremly dry skin under my nose. My whole upper lip. Sometimes extremly ted. No dr seems to help. Can you?

    • Reed says

      I had this same thing, and no doctor could help me. I finally went to a naturopathic Doctor and she gave me an IgE and an IgG allergy test, then told me to go off of gluten, dairy and eggs. All of my red, flaky, dry skin on my face disappeared in a month! Good luck!

    • says

      It sounds like you may be experiencing eczema? Just a guess. Eczema is typically caused by poor gut health and food sensitivities. Try removing common allergens to see if it clears up. My 3-yr-old son had eczema around his mouth for 6 months, and when we removed eggs from his diet, it cleared up within days. Other common ones to try would be dairy and gluten. Hope that’s helpful!

    • Laura says

      I used to get the same thing, for years! Red flaky skin under my nose. Sometimes it would even feel raw. It went away after I cut out dairy (im allergic, who knew!). It’s been probably two years since :-) Definitely check for food allergies/sensitivities.

  27. Sheryl says

    I have used Argan oil for not only my face but my Hair too….I found it way to greasy for me..not only did I have acne breakouts on my face but in my scalp, my back and even behind my ears…I would not recommend it..I use coconut oil mixed with backing soda and lemon works much better……for my hair I use coconut oil mixed with coconut milk works better thee…to say one is better then the other is wrong…for each person it is different. My niece has been using the coconut oil for years and she has amazing skin and hair….so each his own I guess..and I would think this is a testimonial advertisement for the company since she was a tester on the products

    • says

      Different things work for different people, for sure. If coconut oil works for you, then awesome! But every word I wrote above is 100% true, and I still use argan oil on a daily basis. Used it this morning, in fact. I didn’t say that coconut oil was “wrong”. I said it didn’t work for me.

      This post was written in partnership with Taproot, a small family-run business that sells amazing argan oil produced in Alaska, but it was written in response to my love for the argan oil… not merely as an advertisement.

    • Sandra Stewat says

      Thanks for your response, I tried Argon oil also and hated it. Now I am stuck with a very expensive bottle. I had the same problems as you did.

    • Heather says

      You just said “I use coconut oil mixed with baking soda and lemon works much better” but then you said “to say one is better then the other is wrong”. So it’s only wrong for people that aren’t you? lol

      I use straight up jojoba oil and have for years, works wonderful *for me*. Coconut oil dried my skin and chapped my lips and I gave a couple months to see if there would be any changes. Stayed the same. But I use it for many other things and love it for those.

      I use argan oil in my daughter’s hair.

  28. Charlotte Pennington says

    Your article interested me as I’m searching for something natural that can moisturize plus exfoliate and recently I’ve been reading that coconut oil isn’t as good as published. I visited the website and to my disappointmentor the #1 ingredient in all the bars of soap is coconut oil. Thought you might want to be aware and maybe change the name of your article.

    • says

      Hi Charlotte,

      Bar soap which uses coconut oil as an ingredient is a very different thing than slathering plain coconut oil on your skin as a moisturizer. I think it can be an effective ingredient in soap (for cleaning), but still not be an effective moisturizer for many people.

      I think you would be best to find something that can exfoliate first – maybe a DIY scrub using natural ingredients – my friend Stacy has a ton of recipes on her blog: http://adelightfulhome.com/ And then, if needed, follow that up with a moisturizer. Like I said in the article – my fave for that is pure argan oil.

      Thanks for your comment!

  29. ema says

    Oh my God! You don’t even know how i’ve been going crazy wondering why coconut oil was not working for me at all.I just started making my homemade butter from organic oils bought from amazon( cocoa butter , shea butter and coconut) Alas! I would smell nice and be nice and moisturised, but hours later be cracking up.I came to the conclusion that i need to buy all organic from local stored like whole foods, because organic from Amazon is not working for me. Thank you for this article ,like you said, everyone is praising coconut oil, and there is nothing out there negative about it. Keep up the good work and again thank you

  30. Lara Taft says

    I am a,Clinical Massage Therapist and an ex nurse. I am very picky and won’t use anything non organic. Interested in your argon since I formulate all my products myself.

  31. Lisa G says

    The best moisturizer I have ever used is this DIVINE body oil. It is organic and vegan and SMELLS LIKE HEAVEN. I discovered it when clicking on a link another user had posted and I cannot tell you how lovely and subtle the scent is. This blend of organic oils is perfect, sinks right in, and makes the driest skin silky and supple. I highly suggest trying it and guarantee you will be going back for the big size!! I did!! http://www.beechersbotanicals.com/#!our-products/kmt72/!/OUR-CURRENT-3-FAVORITES/c/16684685/offset=0&sort=nameAsc

  32. Amy Jo Dempsey says

    I have heard alot about Argon Oil, so awesome for you this product worked. Now, I have Eczema, since 6 mos. of age, if I watch what I eat and where I go, I can manage the Eczema myself, but the dreadful dry skin is horrid. I can not shower, jump out, and get dressed. I would crack apart in a sluff of crispy skin on the floor. My skin, I was told byan allergy Dr. at a University Hospital in Seattle that my skin is 1/3 as thick as a normal person. Great, I was a teen and now my skin wasn’t normal. I am so dry, I have resorted to Vaseline, multiple times a day layers of Vaseline. I am pretty, but now Im wrinkling. Im so dry and itchy oh my God I’m itchy. If I don’t shower and remove the dead skin, I chafe (spelling) which hurts. I want to try this Argon oil , but it looks like I’ll spend a fortune. Someone please help!!! I’m very frustrated Coconut oil made me rashy, altho felt greasy to touch, but did not go deep as vaseline. My hair is fine, thin, & curly. My pony tail is big around as a finger and my dry scalp prevents me from even wearing certain colors and barely grows.. Help! Help! If I could peel off my skin and my hair and start fresh, that would be amazing, but I can’t, do you think someone with that company might be able to help me?

    • says

      Put down the Vaseline. Please Google and read about vaseline – it is made from crude oil and has no nutritional value for the skin. It only gives a ‘nice’ feeling and will replace your skins own ability to produce oil (sebum). Don’t use shower gel etc. Only wash with soap once/week and preferably oil in your skin before. Olive or sesam or coconut oil is great for that. Moisturise with avocado or and argan oil, try shea butter. There are a lot of oilstuff out there. Always use organic, cold pressed oils! If you have any inflammatory skin problems or eczema try to cut out or replace dairy with plant based foods.
      Every email or question is welcome. I want to help you to get better skin. I am a organic holistic skincare therapist and have made my own skincare for over 12 years. Please visit http://www.andres.se (swedish) or email me your questions andrea@andres.se

    • says

      hi try to find rattlesnake oil but make sure is pure you need to shower first then put it on all over body and scalp the bad thing about this is the smell i do it every night and put an old big shirt I have I’m already use to the smell then in the morning I shower again and put a healing ointment that they sell at Walmart is call equate advance healing ointment is the same as the Aquaphor ointment but shipper o and I use only dove for sensitive skin soap try it to see how it works for you cause it has help me a lot

  33. Dale says

    The best thing you can do for your skin is not actually something you put on your skin, but something you put in your body. Eating things that are full of nutrition will heal your skin inside out. Back when i was someone who ate healthy my skin was beautiful. As i got older i let myself go and stopped eating as healthy and have gotten skin that’s not as healthy. Your bodies oils are the best that’s why you shouldn’t use shampoo everytime you shower as well, because a lot of shampoos strip you hair of the natural oils it uses to moisturize.

  34. michele says

    I am happy with coconut oil as a 62 year old. I am wondering how unbiased your promotion of your friend’s argan oil product is versus coconut oil.

    • unn says

      She doesn’t state that coconut oil is a completely useless product, she explains how it works for some but also how it may not work so well if you have a tendency for clogged pores. Argan oil is just a different option.

    • Yep says

      Exactly – the minute she brought up the company, I knew precisely where this article was going and why.

      I hate people who do this. There was absolutely no reason to mention the company at all if this article was simply about argan oil. She can dress it up and sugar-coat it all she likes – it’s still advertising disguised as advice, and it lacks integrity.

  35. Sara says

    I have already read on other sites that coconut oil is comedogenic so I prefer to not use it all over my face cuz i am prone to acne-oily face ,, I use it only under the eye area at night and for hair as well it it veryy good . but argan oil is the best ??

  36. Karen says

    I am currently using coconut for everything!
    I am reading this article and the product sounds great and all but where is the proof? Why don’t you show the different results? Sounds like you get free stuff to advertise
    for the brand.

  37. MaryLu says

    The only way to know if it does work. Is testing the product on myself. I’ll do it and later I ‘ll tell my experience ?

  38. says

    ahhhhhhARGAN OIL?????

    May I suggest Josie Maran on QVC
    Life size bottle , pure and for the size , economical . Miraculous stuff . Wrinkle remover , moisturizer , hair conditioner .1 drop rubbed in palms and applied to scalp after shampoo will do it .

  39. Zi Newton says

    Is this an advertisement or is it a real story? There are many advertisements or testimonials that are actually fake. I mean the testimonials are advertisements. I would appreciate to know the fact.

      • says

        Rather advertisement for a small local company offering handcrafted skincare purely made from plants, therfore bio degradable and from renewable sources instead of huge TV ads from global super groups like L’Oréal, Dove etc who use synthetic and polluting ingredients.
        As a small honest business it is hard to open people’s eyes so there is no evil in sending small tests to a blogger.

  40. Arlene Fugett says

    Just read the testamomy from customer using Argon oil. I am interested as I have dry skin and skin cancer . Am always looking for a product to help. I keep skin cancer under control by seeing a dermatologist regularly .

      • says

        That does not mean it is drying in the skin. ‘Drying’ here means it is an oil that dies not feel fatty or oily and that it is absorbed rather fast. If an oil is classified as ‘dry’ or ‘oily’ depends on its fatty acid composition. Coconut oil , shea butter, cocoa butter contain mainly saturated fatty acids and aran oil mainly mono- and poly unsaturated fatty acids. That’s the different. All plant oils and fats are different and have different properties.

  41. angi says

    I tried using coconut oil yesterday on my face and will never do that again. That was just plain painful. So I am very glad I found your article on Pinterest.com since I am on a new search for something that actually works and doesn’t make me wish I could crawl into a hole and hide from the world with my painful and dry skin.
    Thank you.

  42. Tallie says

    I have used the argon oil it tends to leave my face oily. I live in Tucson as. The desert it brutal on the skin… I have switched to bassu oil. From a professional hair care line called Surface. And my face (and hair) have never felt better and I bleach my hair and the bassu oil has saved my hair. This stuff is to die for!

  43. Andrea says

    Thank you for this! Everything I find on Pinterest regarding natural beauty leads right in the direction of coconut oil, and it’s really not good for the skin. I’ve been using grape seed oil and that seems to be working so far, but I may have to give argan oil a go at some point!

  44. arcinva says

    Definitely use what works for you. But I have to say, I fell in love with coconut oil for my skin a couple of years ago. I first heard about it as a possible way to help the keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and, when I started reading up on it, saw that it could potentially help with breakouts. I read that it was a close match to your skin’s natural oils and had antibacterial properties. Around the same time, my dermatologist suggested I switch to super-gentle products for my face (I have mild rosacea). So, with no expectations, I gave it a try. First, I was shocked that my face didn’t look greasy. And then, much to my surprise, the blackheads on my nose disappeared. Finally, I stopped breaking out around my chin at that time of the month. But, NO ONE’S skin is the same. So do what works for you.

    • Mellie says

      I agree with you. Coconut has been a miracle for me. I have tried virgin Argan oil for dry skin, facial moisturizer and as a dry and damaged hair treatment. Really, Argan oil only was beneficial as a hair conditioner. It was amazing for that one particular use. Since, I started hearing all these wonderful uses for coconut oil. I originally purchased 100% organic virgin coconut oil for oil pulling and a natural anti bacterial for my mouth as I was beginning to have gum and teeth issues. The coconut oil not only improved the health if my teeth and gums but my teeth became whiter… Naturally! Recently I came down with a nasty yeast infection due to the use of hormones. The treatment my pharmacists didn’t work. So as coconut oil is a natural anti fungal treatment, I decided to give it a try… Down there. After one treatment, I received much relief, and after the 2nd I had no symptoms .
      I am not saying Argan oil does not have it’s own wonderful benefits, but the uses I have found in coconut oil outweighs those I have found from using Argon oil.
      Coconut oil is also used for wound salve, weight loss and also cancer. As well as help with digestive problems.. The list goes on and on.
      Again this is my opinion and I don’t discount Argan oil for its remedies.

  45. Sue Kitchell says

    Finally, someone who does not care for coconut oil for skin. My skin suffered after using it for s month, thinking that something was wrong with me. My skin became very dry, scaly, and itchy. I stopped using the coconut oil quite by accident and my skin improved and went back to normal. I use Argan and Marula oil everyday and use it on my hair as well. Thank you for your post.

    • rene764 says

      I was using coconut oil for about a year before I realized I think it is drying out my skin. but does this mean all oils will dry out skin because your skin will stop producing oil??

  46. Sharon Pettigrew says

    Great information about both coconut oil and Argan oil; however, I must make a correction regarding The Tree of Life. Actually, the tree of life is the Baobab Tree or what some call the upside down tree. It is known as the tree of life because it grows in the hottest, dry places where little can survive. The oldest Baobab tree is well over 5000 years old and can be found in thirty-two countries.

  47. Ginger says

    Good article. Argan oil needs a brief mention of where it’s from and how it’s made to truly appreciate it. Not many people know.

  48. says

    In truth it is the best hair product I have ever used and the quality
    of my hair is simply much improved. Working in the oil and gas industries has become a matter of
    pride for people. I believe this is a shame
    because it is both misleading as well as degrading of
    this noble oil.

  49. Iris Remillard says

    I’ve never been able to use coconut oil as a facial moisturizer (it never absorbed and left my face feeling disgustingly greasy as well as exacerbating my blackhead problem) and I stumbled across Chagrin Valley Soap and Salves, which seems pretty similar to Taproot Farms, honestly. I don’t want to turn this into a sales pitch for them but they have a facial oil which is mostly argan with some pumpkin seed and jojoba oils and it’s lovely for my skin. I’m very glad I was able to find an alternative to coconut oil!

  50. Jessica says

    This organic skin butter is non-comedogenic and can be used ANYWHERE on the skin, leaving behind only velvety softness with just 3 PURE ORGANIC ingredients:

    ARGAN OIL (Organic, Cold Pressed), known as liquid gold, is packed w/ vitamin E and essential fatty acids and absorbs deep into the skin, conditioning, repairing, balancing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
    AVOCADO BUTTER (Raw, Organic), rich in vitamins A, B, G and E, is incredibly softening, soothing, nourishing and hydrating with excellent penetrating properties.
    MANGO BUTTER (Raw, Organic) is packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals. It has emollient, healing, protective and regenerative properties
    Plus a touch of skin loving organic non-gmo vitamin e oil for an added dose of free-redical fighting anti-oxidants and softness.


    • Amy Jo Dempsey says

      I went on your wesite, looks amazing, I would love to try the in shower product, but I kno I would need after shower bodybutter, and hope it’s ok for the face. But $20 I am so severe I cant spend $20 on something IM not sure will help me. I wish I was tester just to give my opinion. Do u have a program like that where I could earn products or at a discount? Please reply, Im suffering so bad, and I dont want to be a wrinkly old maid that’s skin hurts so much to touch. I literally am in tears I need help.

  51. Bryce Smith says

    HOLY WOW! I would like to thank you so much! I believe that this just may be what I am looking for: Hi I’m Bryce, I’m 18 years old, still a hormonal high schooler and I used to break out in my T zone too! But now my skin is going through something TOTALLY traumatic and breaking out everywhere BUT! Which I find totally weird. I’m using X OUT from proactive, which is a one step sorta thing, but I do believe it can really work if I find a solid moisturizer! My skin is normal — not too dry but not too oily — but it does need a light moisturizer. I use to use the green tea moisturizer from proactive and it was perfect but I ran out and you cannot just buy it separate from the rest of a package. Do you think this argon oil will be right for me? I’m totally going to try it regardless. Thanks again!

    • says

      Try it – I’m 52 and break out . Hesitant to try I closed my eyes and PATTED it on .


      Sold ! Forever a user – go to product everywhere there is skin . And

      Don’t let your high school skin get you down – only you see every imperfection .

    • PuddleOfSunshine says

      If you want to talk to people who really know about this stuff, visit reddit.com/r/skincareaddiction or reddit.com/r/diybeauty. There are people and resources there with loads of information about the benefits of specific carrier oils and how you can incorporate them into your skin care routine.

  52. Kim says

    This sounds great! Never considered using argon oil as a face moisterizer! So what do you use to wash your face? And an anti-aging product?

    • Barbara McCleery says

      I’ve just started using Argan butter as a moisturizer for my face – love it
      I use coconut oil to wash my face, use warm water – not hot because the hot water can also dry out the skin
      I put the coconut oil into a cream based carrier, one of the creams that people use instead of soap

  53. Revie Maine says

    My skin is quite dry and especially so on my legs, being a woman of a certain age, and the Made from Earth Valencia Orange Lotion does the trick perfectly. Really like this skin cream! No horrible nasties in it. Smells beautifully of oranges

  54. says

    I used coconut oil as my main moisturizer and cleanser for over a year on my oily/combination skin. It worked great, but you’re right Beth–it’s not perfect. Then I discovered Beautycounter. Their face line is coconut oil based and they have three separate face oils that work just like your Argan Oil! They also have a body line (shampoo, lotion, body wash, sunscreen) and makeup (something I definitely couldn’t DIY safely even if I tried!). The best part is that all ingredients are tested and retested for any toxicity before they even come near their products. And the kicker: this week they’re on Capitol Hill lobbying for stricter regulation for the beauty industry. If there are any beauty products or cosmetics you’re still trying to find that work and are safe, I’d love to talk with you more!

    • says

      I’ve heard good things about BeautyCounter stuff. A few friends really enjoy it. Glad to hear that they’re campaigning for stricter regulations – that’s SO needed!

  55. Katie says

    Based on Jessica’s review, I tried the Beecher’s Botanicals skin butter and LOVE IT!!! It really makes your skin velvety soft! And now they just came out with an organic skin serum! It contains organic rosehip seed oil, organic triple extra virgin argan oil, and organic essential oils. It is anti-aging, nourishing, fast absorbing and they say it provides a lit-from-within gorgeous youthful glow!! I’m ordering tonight. This is my new facorite company! http://www.beechersbotanicals.com/#!product-page/cyb8/fbd0407e-6f6b-33b8-a7b7-28dce4ac5525

  56. Jesse says

    Thanks so much for writing about this! I’ve been dealing with dry patches on the apples of my cheeks lately and haven’t been able to find the right moisturizer to combat it. I definitely want to look into the argan oil now and see how my skin does with it.

  57. says

    This caught my attention because I too stopped using coconut oil as a moisturizer. I have oily skin it was def breaking me out and on my body kind of drying me out. I’m interested in checking out some the oils you mentioned, very intriguing. Right I’m using L”BRI PURE n’ NATURAL, an aloe based , pure of skincare, body care and cosmetics. > Love it, so amazing for my skin and dry skin types really seem to like it, too. Wondered if you had tried it?
    I have free starter sets available on my website, just cover the s & for a 2-4 week supply… http//:www.nfiles.lbri.com, I’d love get your opinion! (I actually give a mascara to anyone who tries it and gives me feedback.

  58. Andrew says

    I’ve tried every product out there and always went back to Organic Coconut Oil. I’ve tried every shea butter products on the market. While it’s okay for the face, it makes my face break out with hives and rashes. It doesn’t happened right away but after a few days, I start seeing it.

    I didn’t think it was the shea butter at first, but nothing else changed and once I stopped using it, it slowly got better.

    The best oil for my face is Organic Jojoba Oil. This oil is a miracle for the face. It doesn’t break me out and it doesn’t make my face oily like Coconut Oil. Jojoba also resembles our skin’s natural Sebum. It’s the closes match which is why it’s compatible with all skin type.

    Also, using the wrong soap can trigger hives other skin related problem. Even some of the organic soaps out there. The best soap I’ve used so far that helps reduces hives and eczema is sandalwood Soap by Bee & Flower. It does dry my skin however so I use coconut oil right after. This seems to be the best combo so far.

    I have tons of shea butter bottles that I can’t use because I think it causes rash. But it could be the new soap I got. (Dr. Bonners Magic Soap). Mainly the Hemp and Eucalyptus soap and the Kiss My Face Olive Oil soap. Those 2 soap break me out in hives and rashes like crazy.

    For now, I’m going to stick with sandlewood soap and coconut based soaps.

    • Emma says

      I have tried many oils on my face and I think they did trigger hair growth :-(. I have found an inexpensive brand that seems like a decent “compromise” product. Reviva Labs, I order from vitacost. At 41 I am the “old lady” at work, when I started there this summer the twenty somethings thought I was their age. Obviously, I’m happy with my moisturizer.

  59. Jessica says

    You would LOVE Beecher’s Botanicals’s SKIN BUTTER. It can be used on the face, body, hands, hair, nails – you name it! It contains no pore-clogging greasy coconut oil and no stinky shea butter. It has only three ingredients – Organic Cold Pressed Triple Extra Virgin ARGAN OIL, Raw Organic Avocado Butter and Raw Organic Mango Butter. There is a NAKED version that is unscented, or you can choose SKIN BUTTERs with different pure organic essential oils :) I LOVE this stuff. My skin has NEVER been so velvety soft! It is anti-aging, anti-oxidant, healing, protecting and softening. You should definitely check it out! http://www.beechersbotanicals.com

  60. CC says

    Hi everyone! Seems like there are alot of excema suffers here :( I don’t have this problem but my mother does, always had and has tried many things to clear it up…and sunlight does seem to help a bit, but over UV exposure isn’t ideal ..
    I just bought my mom a package of “redlight therapy” from a beauty salon.. a few months ago ..it is UV free but has cleared up her skin issues tremendously ! She goes about 2x week for 20 mins and finds it very relaxing. Great for anti-aging as well.
    Just thought I would mention it for the adult suffers!

    Love and Light, xo

  61. Nicoleki says

    I have always used coconut oil as a cleaner, and not as a moisturizer. I generally put some on my face, and once a week steam my face over a bowl of green tea; the oil slides into the bowl, and dirt, oil, and dead skin with it. My grandmother has done this for years and her skin is amazing. Thanks for an awesome post!

    • Olivia says

      Hi could you explain a little more on how you do the facial steam with the green tea? It sounds really interesting I would love to try it!

      • Mina says

        Basically make green tea as you normally would. Instead of having it in a cup put it in a bowl and place your face over the bowl and cover your whole head with a towel. The steam will rise up and you’ll feel it on your face. The towel helps to keep the steam rising around your face instead of escaping. This also works if you are sick and congested, it will help clear your sinuses and loosen up congestion.

  62. sue says

    I have a very dry skin so i mixed Coconut oil with Borage oil and it works great together, especially in winter time. I never spend money on lotions since it’s too expenses and doesn’t last long like this two oil.

  63. Sara says

    I use extra virgin olive oil mostly for my body, sometimes face. I also use a cream with oats for my face ( I struggle with exzema in my face) and it helps wonders. The brand is called A-derma exomega. Also I use a tad bit of coconut oil in my hair. I want to say that, exzema may be a yeast issue and an overgrowth of candida. If you think you have candida, theres many sites on internet that can help you to find ways to manage it.. Probiotics might help, amogst other ways.

  64. Jenny says

    I used argan oil once because my sister just purchased a bottle. But it dried my skin and made it itchi. I was upset because I was so excited before. Argan oil sounds so exotic. Well different oil works differently for different people I guess. I went back using my reliable coconut oil.

  65. shean massey says

    @Beth Hi, I love the way you work! I’m a software developer / data scientist and I once worked 3 years for one of the giant online marketers. During that time I had never seen anything quite like this. I find your approach just awesome. The “Why I stopped using X” has a ton of potential, and I see so many of parallels.

    Would you mind sharing your conversion numbers/stats (for this particular article would be great)? I have no plans to ever play in health or beauty markets. I’d like to use any figures you could share as a benchmark against an “IT Service Provider” parallel who’s using a similar method. I will share all of my findings in exchange for your participation.

    If you would like to keep your numbers private, I could understand, but please let me know in either case!

    Many thanks in advance.

  66. Dr. Dumatsz says

    Be careful with argan oil, some people have extreme allergic reactions to it. I personally get bad burns on my skin from argan oil, as I am allergic to the argan nut (discovered after using the oil).

  67. Imogen says

    Great post, really nice to just see a simple explanation of why these oils are good/ad for skin. (shall be avoiding coconut oil soon for my blackheads!) I have been using witch hazel to clean my face for years and it worked wonders! But now that I am no longer a greasy teen I feel it is drying out my skin too much. I am keen to use the simplest routine on my skin and have been researching essential oils. Do you have any experience with rosehip seed oil, as I feel that is an incredibly popular one that hasn’t been mentioned here? Thank you :)

    • Beth says

      True argan oil smells very woody. I have 1 gal of it. Now morrocan oil they put perfumed scent in it and it smells pretty. I’m not too sure I’d use true aran oil on my face or hair. I find it to be more greasy than coconut oil plus the smell is offensive. I spent over $230 on the gal that was awhile ago the shelf life is long. But I now use it for cooking. I intended to use it for my face and hair.

  68. Courtney says

    So glad you wrote this! I was just about to start using this on my baby, but now I think I’ll try some of the other natural and possibly more effective alternatives. Thanks!

  69. Odysseia says

    Many women make the mistake of not knowing what their skin really needs..Is the skin dry or dehydrated?? If the skin is dry it needs a combination of oil and water. If it is dehydrated, it’s water it mostly needs instead of oil as it tends to ‘choke’ the skin with something it does not need making it unable to breathe! Most women are very dehydrated therefore water should be the main ingredient in their body lotions and face creams. One of the best moisturizers would be a combination of aloe vera and olive oil, aloe vera and coconut oil or aloe vera and apricot kernel oil or just plain aloe vera for some types of skin. Add seaweed and you’ve got yourself an super anti-aging skin!

    • Caroline says

      Very true about the skin being dehydrated as opposed to being dry as is the case with my skin. I have fair, sensitive and highly reactive skin on my face (if you touch it too much it gets red) . I used different oils – oil cleansing method (jojoba, coconut, castor oil) on my skin and at first everything was fine. Then, after about two months my face looked heavy, very dry and really clogged. Needless to say, my esthetician told me that my skin needs water not oil! My pores were so clogged it was crazy. I stopped using all oils (used GM Collin products), to normalize my skin. It got back to normal, but now I’m using jojoba oil, honey and apple cider vinegar (The Love Vitamin) in equal parts to wash my face at night to remove light makeup. Appears to be working, keeps my face clean and I’m watching the pores. The only problem so far is that my skin is dehydrated on the cheeks and the rest of my face needs more moisture. I sometimes put a dab of jojoba oil on the dry spots but it doesn’t “cure” the dryness like a good moisturizer. I have tried aloe vera gel on my skin to moisturize and it works great, but it’s not enough to get rid of all the dryness. I will try mixing it with an oil as suggested by Odysseia. I’m so tired of experimenting with my skin, but I really want to go off all chemical products. I recently went for a facial and my face is so dewy from the moisturizers used by my esthetician, so how can I get that feeling from a natural product or something made at home? Btw, avocado oil is great for reducing fine lines under the eyes, but it is very rich and will make you break out.

  70. HTTR says

    Argan Oil is okay, I have using it for years but as I get older I need something that works really,really well (I will be 46 in two months). I need something that not only moisturizes & gets ride of my dry winter skin but can also work on my lines/wrinkles & reduce the redness/scars that I have from previous Acne. I started using Marula Oil not to long ago. I use Acure Marula Oil, I usually order it from vitacost.com, it works like a charm on older skin. Once the heat comes on & the fireplaces start up I know it’s time to change my Oils.

    As far as everyone out there suffering from eczema, sure Argan Oil, Marula Oils, Coconut Oils etc.. can help but have you ever tried using Dragon’s Blood? It’s sap from a Tree not real Dragons Blood. It has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. There is a balm called Dragon’s Blood Body Balm by Caseb Naturals. It’s a bit pricey imo but you can find many,many others on Amazon. You can take DB internally as well. It has been known to cure eczema, Psoriasis, or Seborrheic Dermatitis & a lot of other skin issues. Just make sure you get a good one that has the best ingredients. I am sure you know what to look for. As far as taking it internally make sure it’s Food Grade & as close to 100% as possible. I gave this advice to an older woman that I know that has been suffering from Psoriasis all of her life & she can’t stop thanking me. I am just glad she isn’t suffering anymore. I hope this helps.

    • Susan Winslow says

      Thank you so much for the suggestion of the Dragons Blood. My 16 yr old daughter has suffered from excema her whole life. She has always used coconut oil with not such great results. She is now studying in Spain and begging me to send her something. I will look into this right away.

  71. Jessica Carter says

    Are there any oils that fall in between coconut and argan oil as far as how well they moisturize?

    I was so glad to find an explanation of jojoba oil, and also finally another person in the world that doesn’t think cocnut oil is very moisturizing! Thanks!

  72. ItIsWell says

    I use to suffer from a dry face that burned and peeled deep. I now make my own lye soap with coconut oil and then after rinsing use coconut oil as a extra cleanser to make sure all makeup is removed. When I am sure I am completely clean I wipe everything off and massage coconut oil one more time all over face and neck. It feels greasy but it works awesome. After about ten minutes my skin absorbs it. I am 34 and started doing this when I turned 30 because I had noticed my skin was aging. My skin looks better now then at 30 so it must work. I do a glycolic peel every now and then as well.

  73. Aisha says

    Gadzooks! I’m so happy I read this blog and the comments!

    I’ve been using coconut oil as my facial moisturizer for 1.5 years (36 y/o, vegan for 1.5 years) and after reading the posts, I realized – THAT’S IT! – that’s what my face was looking like! Dull, itchy, most pronounced lines, and just recently, the super duper dry cheeks with peeling and flaking and small acne! I have super mild rosacea on my jaw line but it’s barely visible (no, I didn’t blush my jawline). I’m blaming it on the coconut oil! It was semi-fun, coconut oil, but you’ve gotta go.

    I’m currently waiting for my all-natural rosacea wash and serum to arrive from Gratitude Bontanicals (https://www.etsy.com/shop/gratitudebotanicals). Maybe my rosacea just advanced? Well, see.

  74. Eileen Fox says

    I’ve been using organic coconut oil as a moisturizer for a year now and my skin feels awful. Anyone ever had this problem?

    • Bethany says

      Yes! I have black heads like crazy.. Pimples on cheeks (I never had them there), I’m dry and peel, VERY red. It was making me wonder if I had a slight allergy to coconut. I tried jojoba and didn’t love it, rose hip seed oil was so-so, argan oil felt incredibly drying to me. I’m interested in this dragon’s blood as well as manula oil . I’m 36 and have the skin issues of a teen these days. :/

      • says

        I have been using coconut oil for nearly two months now. I have very dry skin! I was looking for good oil for my skin as I want to get rid of the chemicals. For the first month, my skin was clean, glow and moisturized. But now I have alot of break out on my cheeks and forehead! Also my whole body feels very dry and tight! I never had this before. After reading about side effects of coconut oil, I realized that I need to stop using it! But anyone can suggest me good oil for very dry skin?

  75. Luc Seto says

    I am a life-long sufferer of extremely severe eczema. I’m 18 y/o now. The skin of my face does get pretty dry. I am currently using Organic Coconut Oil and it does great things for me. I apply it right after my shower, and let it sit on my skin for a few minutes (2-3). I move on to using my ring and middle finger to gently press the oil into my skin some more. It’s relaxing and that way the oil isn’t just sitting on top, because we all know that’s a gross feeling. After pressing around and giving my face a mini massage, I stop! Then, after a couple more minutes if there’s any more oil I press gently again. If there isn’t I move on to a face cream. What I’m using is Dior’s Hyrdra Life Creme Serum – Hydration Jeunesse (Youth Essential – Hydrating Essence in Creme.
    Doing great! Also, if my skin gets dry throughout the day, I carry a small pump bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and apply, gently pressing into the dry patch. :)

    • Vicki Cannon says

      Luc: After 10 years of expensive and ineffective eczema treatments from the dermatologist, I launched an extensive investigation to learn how to ‘cure’ my eczema. Ultimately, I created my ‘cure’ with a combination of on-going vitamin supplements and lotion, and a one-time 3-week diet. I have been eczema free for 4 yrs. If you are interested, I’ll send you (and anyone else) the details. No charge—just want to help others who suffer like I did.

      • says

        Dear Vicki, I have daugther with eczema. I tried all possible emolients, also lotions that are in Lithuania. That is the main reason why i tried to make my own cosmetics: lotions and body butters using only natural bio vegetal oils and butters as well as essential oils in order there were no unnecessary ingridients like Parabens and other chemical stuff. Nothing helps except regulation of food. Also shea butter and coconut oil helps a bit , but only if situation is not too bad. She is only 3 years old and suffers a lot from itchy skin. Thank you for your answer.

        • anna says

          Hi, I was pretty much born with eczema, and a wheat and soy allergy.
          Doctors always prescribe steroids which thin the skin over time and break down the immune system. By eating small amounts of wheat and soy for years I slowly built an immunity to them. Taking a high quality omega 3 on a regular basis along with proper iron intake made a huge difference in my skin. Also, a high quality water filter is imperative.
          All topical products must be fragrance free and simple. Sea Salt applied topically can greatly soothe inflamed skin. As far as I’m concerned sunblock is harmful and I protect from the sun with hats and clothing although 15 minutes of sunlight can also help…but that’s it, 15 minutes. If eczema is acute then immediately eliminate All dairy and sometimes meat.

          • says

            Dear Anna,

            Thank you for your answer! It helped a lot. Also, i have made my own emolient, which was very helpful for my daugther’s skin. It contains shea butter, sweet almond oil, water, glycerin and i used emulsifier derived from wheat (She does not have allergy for it), also tea tree essential oil, which helps to prevent infections on skin. Good luck! :)

        • Alayna says

          eczema is usually complicated/caused by breakdown in the immune system. My son has been taking a high end natural probiotic for over ten years and that stopped his. That and WATER- seriously, minimum 1/2 oz of water for every pound you weigh. There’s a reknown gentleman named Dr. Batman (short for his very long real name) who studies the effects of water on our body. “you’re not sick, you’re thirsty”- best read of your life. It changed evry aspect of my life- might be worth checking into.

      • Sheryl says

        I am also suffering from eczema. I hope you can share with us your tips on how you ended your eczema problems. I will be forever grateful.

      • Sue says

        Please send me the info. I have a 2 yo worth terrible excema. Of my seven children he is the only one with the problem. Incidentally he was a c-section baby due to dire situation whereas none of the others were.

      • JenJen says

        VICKY Please help!! 3 year old with SEVERE ECZEMA…. sadly to only thing that sometimes helps is an aweful steroid ointment. She now has hair on her legs because of it :( . We are done with prescription medication. But daily and nightly she goes through HELL… bleeding and oozing it has recently spread all over her body, including her face. Willing to try anything at this point. Thanks justfourjen@yahoo.com

        • Elizabeth says

          Try looking into hazelwood at hazelaid.com , I got to review a necklace for free through someones for my daughter. She still had a reaction when she came in contact with perfumes but her skin would heal up so much faster and felt smoother after only wearing it for a day. She has had eczema since birth and sometimes her reactions to perfumes (looks like burns) have been so bad I literally cried for her, she is 2. I actually just ordered another necklace and their hazelwood zinc ointment today. I hope you can find help for your toddler, I understand how hard it is to see them suffer and not knowing how to help and literally trying anything to get them relief!

        • mrs sadler says

          I have a 3yo with eczema(more so than me or my other kids but I have also suffered with it all my life) I did some research and developed a program which has so far kept me and the kids eczema free for 6 months now ! Firstly the most important thing is diet… only fruit veg and lean meat, whole grains (no wheat!) And lots of nuts and seeds. No dairy. I also put everyone on a course of high dose omega 3 fish oil. Secondly, I only wash myself and the kids with oats. Yeah I know it sounds strange! Every bath time we are covered in porridge but it works! I had awful red eczema around my eyes and the only tjing that would soothe it is the water squeezed from a handful of oats in a muslin cloth. You can use a cloth to scrub as well. Soaps and commercial body washes are over rated. You can be perfectly clean without them. Thirdly, a good moisuriser with no nasties. Dr organics rescue cream is the only thing I trust to put on my face and my kids bodies. Lookinginto natural sunscreens next as all commercial brands bring us out in contact dermatitis. Added to that we are all extremely fair and cannot get the slightest bit of sun on my skin otherwise… hives. Hope that all helps!

      • Mary says

        I have dry and itcy skin on the palms of my hands,could you send me the ingredients, I have tried every thing. I have had this for 3 years. I am 60 years old. Thanks

      • Aishia says

        Hi, I’m very interested in your natural cure for eczema, as I have an 8 year-old and a 5 year-old with a bad case (scars on legs, etc.). I’m also beginning to notice early signs of psoriasis with me (I’m 38 years old).
        Thanks for your help.

      • Hannah says

        I would love your info on eczema! I am 28, had a baby 4 months ago and have had the worst eczema on my face for the past couple of years and am willing to try anything! Thanks so much!

      • Elizabeth says

        Vicky PLEASE send me your findings and remedy!!!! I have suffered with eczema since I was a child and now as a 43 yo have dermatitis on my hands. I work with the public and it is quite embarrassing. THANK YOU! You are a true blessing.
        Please email to elizabethhobson4204@gmail.com

      • Kristin says

        Ahhh! Please send me everything you’ve ever done to clear up your eczema. I suffer real bad in the fall and winter and it seems to never clear up after that.. It’s a vicious cycle really. The dermatologists keep insisting on creams that never work and it’s real annoying. Steroid pill treatments are the only things that semi work but I hate taking them all the time (especially because of all the weight I gain with them). I would greatly appreciate the info! Kstarr809@gmail.com

        • Muusa says

          I had a big issue with my hands back after babies. Suffered about 5 years with dry, itchy, cracked and irritated skin. Tried every cream and so on. Got sick that wear cloves/ put a lot of cream thing. Cold and water dit it worse. Finally i did a few changes thanks to a friend. I switched dishwasher liquid, shampoo, soap and body wash to organical with as few ingridiens as bossible. Ate more fish (omega 3), almonds (vitamin e) and some hair and nails supplement (zinc, silicon…) And now it is first fall when my hands don’t bleed and i don’t put cream on everyday but my hands are normal.
          So… IF you have skin problems start with good diet and maybe you have an allergy for something you wear on your skin.

      • Sarah says

        Hi Vicki,
        Thanks for your post. I’ve suffered from eczema for over 7 years now. It has gotten much better and I use only organic products or diy for years now. I have it on my hands now and just can’t get rid of it. I would love to hear your methods.
        Thanks, Sarah

  76. Robophilia says

    For my skin, the only oils that seem to moisturise me well so far are avocado, jojoba, rose hip and argan. Coconut oil has always make my skin feel as if I’ve just stepped out of the shower after bathing myself with clay. Another thing is that due to its drying properties, I found coconut oil wrinkling my skin and making it itch. Additionally and contrary to more evangelisation, I found it too light to be used in my hair and it promoted scalp dryness. Should I add that its scent stales very quickly and not pleasantly either?

    Basically, I think it’s best ingested.

  77. Katie says

    My skin broke out right after Christmas. (I have oily skin & am in my 30’s). Despite continued use of proactive & other OTC methods, it wouldn’t clear. 3 weeks in, I began using Tea Tree oil as a spot treatment. Saw no significant improvement. Then a week later, I ran across a post for oil cleansing with coconut oil. It suggested adding some frankenscence, but I didn’t have any on hand. After 8 days of using coconut oil, my skin in almost completely clear and baby soft. Simply cleansing with coconut oil at night and washing with warm water. I also followed a recommendation to do a weekly baking soda scrub once a week to remove blackheads, followed by a natural toner (I used lemon juice and water.) I have less blackheads and my face is clearer than it has been in years. I really hope the good results continue. I haven’t noticed an increase in oil on my face during the day, but I still suffer some oiliness in the t-zone area. I’d love some suggestions for natural oil control for daytime use.

    • Peach Lee says

      Can you share the Baking Soda Scrub formula and instructions, please? Happy your new regimen is working so well!

  78. walli says

    This winter’s been very rough on my skin, but ive been using the somaluxe argan oil has helped immensely. Its for hair and skin and you can use it on your face – thank god for this. It smells so good and doesnt leave me greasy.

  79. Moniq says

    I have a few dark spots on my cheek from my pregnancy fourteen years ago and some pigmentation on my forehead from coloring my hair at home. Any suggestions on how to get rid of the spots?

  80. maria says

    I’ve been reading in a lot of places that coconut oil is very good as a moisturizer. I was just wondering if that would apply to my skin type. My face is pretty oily and is prone is to acne and I’m 16. . I’m just asking if this would make me breakout. Would the oil clog my pores? I was planning to use it as a moisturizer but i’m worried that i would breakout more.

    • Nicky says

      I have oily skin too and I found that the more moisturizer I put on the less oily my skin would get. The excess oil is usually due to your skin trying to balance itself after being too dried out by soaps etc. even as a teenager I found that a plain natural soap mixed into a paste with baking soda and water worked great as an exfoliant and makeup remover. Just soap for eye makeup. Currently I use Nubian Heritage lotions for my entire body. I use their hand lotion on my face. I like the African Black Soap lotion the best because it has the least fragrance. I do have argan oil and I’ve used coconut oil for cleansing as well. I felt the coconut oil didn’t give enough moisture unless my face was still moist from the hot washcloth. Even then I felt I needed more. I will try my argan oil again since I still have some (usually use it for my hair because I color it and it’s dry and blonde).

  81. says

    For the past 3 years I’ve used a Moringa based skin care system that penetrates 7 dermal layers and adjusts to your skin. Completely natural. Simple system that keeps my face happy ask year and reverses the signs of aging. There is an oil that is made from the seeds and I carry it everywhere I go. (Great for burns, cuts, etc.) This year my 12 year old son was bit on the ankle by a copperhead. I applied the oil to his leg and his skin tissue never died. 9 days after the bite you could barely see it. (This treatment was only for his skin, he still had tio get the anti venom Crofab) GenM skin care is all I’ll ever use!!

  82. Julie says

    it quickly became apparent that coconut oil was too light for my very dry skin. I’ve been oil cleansing with it for years, but I do have to use a bentonite clay treatment to remove blackheads every few months.

    What really moisturizes my face best is beef tallow. I made my own, but my rendering technique needs improvement because the tallow stinks to high heaven – it’s really gross. At first it was so awful, even after liberal amounts of lavender eo were added to try to mask the scent, that I nearly gagged each time I used it. But I kept using it because my face looks and feels better with tallow than anything else.

    I read somewhere that the saturated fat in tallow helps our skin keep its cellular structure, and maybe that helps, but for me, the tallow completely prevents the dry flaky patches I’ve been prone to all my life. My face is just right now – not dry or greasy at all. I even put tallow under my makeup in the morning. I’m 50 years old, but people always think I’m younger. Just throwing this out there in case it would help anyone.

    • says

      Hi Julie — I LOVE tallow, too… it is closest to ANYTHING in nature to our own body’s sebum. In fact, in Latin “tallow” and “sebum” are interchangeable.

      I make a tallow night cream but use 10% liquid oil, in the past I have used avocado, sweet almond, jojoba. But I am thinking of trying out the argan oil with the tallow.

      I also am going to do a body butter — I have a good recipe now but I am going to add tallow to it and possibly a bit of argan oil, and also jojoba oil, and whip it up. I will be working this month on perfecting my homemade recipes!! I can’t wait. But I also LOVE tallow and nothing works as good as it on my skin :)

      I am 40 but have skin like a 25 year old. In fact, my mid-20s sister who has decent skin always complains that I have better skin than her!!! I will stick to my tallow :) I know it works.

      • K Ruth says

        Also am in love with tallow!!! Tried coconut but I seem to be sensitive to it…makes my skin blotchy. For my body balm, I mix the tallow with 10 percent emu oil and that is wonderful. I too have to add many, many drops of lavender essential oil to mask the scent. It must work though because I get loads of compliments on how I smell. I have given out samples as well with good feedback on how well it moisturizes. I do have argan oil and might just add that to the mix when I make my next batch. Thanks for the post.

  83. Chris says

    I’ve known about the magic of coconut oil for about 2 years now but for some reason never bothered to use it as a moisturizer. I just started 3 nights ago since I ran out of BareMinerals moisturizer (haha) and I’ve noticed it’s really making my skin glow! I have oily skin but it will be VERY dry right after a shower, so a little coconut oil helps and as the hours progress my skin still looks perfect not too oily or dry. I guess if you have mainly dry skin it’s not going to be for you but yeah the products you mentioned do sound nice as well! Wish I could try. For now I’ll see what happens with the coconut oil for the next month or so.

  84. mumu says

    I m using coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil and some vitamin e.. It actually works good in my skin. Even it helps me to reduce my my acne scar. But I make coconut oil in my home with our own coconut fruit.

  85. Brittany says

    Any suggestions for a very moisturizing oil to use for the whole body? I have absurdly sensitive and dry skin, and it’s EVERYWHERE, so an expensive oil like Argan isn’t going to work (as lovely as it sounds!). I use Eucerin and it helps a bit, but I’m trying to go more natural, and Eucerin is pretty darn expensive too, especially when you go through it as fast as I do.

    Based on the comments I think I’m going to try olive oil next, but any suggestions would be really appreciated!

    • Busi says


      Try a mixture of olive oil and coconut oil, if that doesn’t work for u try mixing Eucerin with olive oil. Or any other body butter/lotion with a generous amount of olive oil usually does the trick…

    • Brooke McW says

      In my bath I put Epsom salt, baking soda, coconut oil and a couple of drops of whatever essential oils I want to put in (lavender, citrus, stress away, ect. I usually mix up some in a concoction of smell good happiness lol) Its great though, you come out of the bath feeling great and you sleep awesomely. I would love to try Moroccan Argan oil.

  86. Clara Golding says

    I have a skin disease call scleroderma and us with this disease we are alwasy searching for product not only help our skin for moisture but also from itching. Iam not sure how you are connected to Taproot Farms, maybe possibly you would be willing to send me sample to try and I could inform the Schleroderma Foundation and the support group that I belong to about your product/s. Thank you so much for reading this email.
    Clara Golding

    • Keidre Raeanne Shaw says

      If you aren’t allergic to nuts & dont have bad acne breakouts; use coconut oil or vitamin E oil with pure, pharmaceutical grade peppermint oil in it.
      I suffer from chronic hives and have awful dry skin; and itch until my skin breaks. (I know…”I shouldn’t”, it’s hard to stop once it starts)
      At nighttime I’ve been putting something similar to lanolin on after the oils & in the morning it’s pretty much faded.

      Vitamin E is great, although as you put it on, it seems to draw out the redness. I have it pure with Vitamin C added. I bought it for $7@ Publix

      Coconut oil does leave skin feeling softer. (Get unrefined, organic, cold pressed) This usually costs $10-$16

      The peppermint oil will be the most expensive. Stores sell the crap kind for $10….pharmaceutical grade will cost around $25. I have Young Living and it’s 26$- a little goes a loooong way. Peppermint will help cool the inflammed skin and stop the itching.

  87. Miriam says

    I will give Argan oil a try. I have oily skin, and haven’t used moisturiser for years. I recently made my own moisturiser, coconut oil, olive oil and some others. I put some on one morning and then put my home made powder on, later that day at work I was at a meeting, I was asked if I was hot, it was a hot day. Later I looked in the mirror and noticed streams of muddy streaks running down my face. That was the last time I used the coconut oil moisturiser in the mornings. I still use my natural, mineral free face powder. Now I rub some of my home made hair gel on my face in the morning (gelatine, and EO) the gelatine is a natural collagen, it is a little drying at first but then feels great

    • Johanna says

      Hi! Do you use this combo on the face? And if so, do you ever struggle with clogged pores? I got the Argan oil and so far I like it, but I wouldn’t mind something a little more lotion-y

  88. says

    Interesting article, I’m forever reading up on oils for an eczema laden boyfriend, but I hadn’t thought of trying argan oil – I only know of it for for dipping into pittas! It’s got some pretty decent evidence for cancer-prevention and reducing cardiovascular problems when ingested – and contrary to the comments about it being endangered – argan oil is usually produced by woman’s co-operatives pretty sustainably and with some great impacts on their social and economic status (I know cos I have to supply chain track at work!) I’m going to buy some and give it a whirl on the boyf – cheers!

  89. Kyan says

    Hi Friends…Thanks for the great info about Argan Oil….will try it for my face also….does it help to remove adult acne?
    I am over 50 and I have some red bumps on my face like adult acne…so will this Argan oil help older adults with adult acne…
    will this oil get rid of the acne completely or is there something else for this condition of adult acne…
    My skin looks & eyelashes & hair are thicker when I take Flax oil internally but the acne did not go away…I never put it on my face so not sure if it would help the face to remove the acne bumps…anyone here use flax oil on the face? Used to take Coconut oil internally but it caused acid reflux after awhile so I stopped using it…as coconut oil may not agree with everyone…I have learnt that not every agrees with everyone…we need try it to see if it agrees with us or not…it is not for everyone…some oils may be good for someone here and not good for their friend or family member as they need to try it on themselves first…

    I used to use Seabuckthorn oil in the past for about 2 years then started getting acne clogged pores bumps on my face…
    Then I tried olive oil on the face & it felt a bit greasy on my face…& the acne was still there…I still love to use olive oil in my food daily…Right Now I am using Vit E oil in a dropper bottle on my face the kind that people take internally as a supplement…my face glows & looks younger when I apply it…but it could also be blocking pores as the acne is still there….none of these oils removed the acne…What else can I do to remove this adult acne? I only wash my face with water and sometimes us baking soda to wash my face, is there something I can use to wash my face that would remove the adult acne…Will the argan oil heal the acne & also
    moisturize at the same time?

    Thank you friends for the great posts & info about all the different oils :-)

    • Beata says

      Hi I just both that argon oil for my face yesterday September 15/2014 ,I don’t know yet if is working but I like it I put that oil on my face when I went sleep and in the morning i don’t have to washed my face .

  90. says

    I have been using this amazing and incredible Argan OilI on regular basis and I cannot tell you that how much this anti wrinkle product blessed me. It gave me beauty, attraction and perfection. It removed all bad signs of wrinkles, furrow lines and dark circles around eyes from my face.

  91. says

    Nice post, I’m Jamaican and it’s really very informative for me. I currently use coconut oil at night. I feel to use this to help me for extra glow of my skin and also remove my daily makeup and I even use it when I’m not wearing makeup. This oil provides my skin with a really healthy looking glow and it keeps my skin hydrated and soft. I also still use this as my body lotion daily. Please suggest me some other herbal and organic ideas for Cruelty free makeup as comparable like coconut or other relevant nature ingredient made products.

  92. Ariane says

    Aha ! Mystery solved as to why I have blackheads all over my thighs after switching to coconut oil a couple of weeks ago… I’m excited to try Argan oil for my face.

  93. Suzy says

    I have always had very dry skin and find argan oil works wonders on my long, thick hair and scalp, Bio oil every where else and treat myself to coconut shea body butter a couple of times a week after a bath; I can’t resist the smell and using it in that formula it has never dried me out. I use the argan and bio oil morning and night and always get compliments and questions, you would never think I had very dry skin!

  94. Yaya says

    I have teRrible acne and I have trouble finding a moisturizer that helps. I’ve been using coconut oil but it might be making my situation wOrst because it’s fairly comodogenic as mentIoned in the post. Just started mixing it with jojoba oil to see if that helps but now I’m curious about trying argan oil out and to see if that works. Do you have any recommendations for acne prone combinaTion skin?

  95. Bobbie says

    Thank you for the argan oil tip, I’m going to look in to it. But I had another question. What would you recommend for prevention of stretch marks that is also natural for the skin?

  96. Mahatma Paul says

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been trying to switch over to all natural products and coconut oil, while making my skin smooth, does nothing to seal in the moisture! I’ve applied right out of the shower like everyone suggests and within the half hour of applying, my skin appears dry and cracked as if I didn’t put any moisturizer on at all. I eventually have to put on commercial lotion again and it really bothers me that this product that seems to work wonders for everyone else doesn’t work for me :(
    I will definitely give Argan Oil a try though. I want to be able to throw out my commercial lotions.

    • BettyMel says

      Unfortunately, I have the same problem! I really want to be able to use natural products, but every time I stop using my commercial face moisturizer to try the natural products, I end up with little pimple like bumps on my face (not like acne though) and my skin starts to feel more leathery. I also notice that my crowsfeet become more noticeable. I always end up going back to using the commercial one too :(

    • Melissa says

      I have the same issue. Coconut oil dries my skin out terribly. Like to the point of flaking off.

  97. Liz says

    Hello, just want to ask a question here. I only read that you’ve been using coco oil on your face, but how about on the body? Does coco oil work well for very dry skin on the body? I have been using some only on my body & was wondering if you meant doesnt work well for dry face. Thank you.

  98. says

    I want to thank you for the great post! I have been using coconut oil for a while now but it doesn’t seem to help my combo skin, which gets dry so I think it overproduces oil to compensate. I have read about Argan oil a few times and every time I search for it online (because the store-bought stuff isn’t pure) they want $30-$40 for a small bottle. Being a broke college student can’t afford that but I CAN afford $14, so thank you for letting us know a place that is reasonable! (:
    – Shaina

    • says

      Hurray! I’m so happy that you found this post – having dry skin really sucks, and I was getting so frustrated with the coconut oil, too. I don’t know if you have ordered some argan oil from Taproot or not, but if you haven’t done so – make sure you click on the ad at the top of my sidebar right now – they are sponsoring my site this month and next, and have set up a fantastic discount offer for R&H readers! :) :) :)

    • says

      Hi Tamara! The winner was Kate, she was notified by email. Thanks for asking – I had meant to update the post to let people know, but had forgotten. Thanks for reading :)

  99. says

    I do okay with coconut oil. I find it works really well for keeping the itchy, after-shaving, red bumps away, but I don’t care for it on my face or hands at all. I feel like it sits on top of my skin rather than soaking in, and I want to wipe ‘the excess off’.

    After reading a chapter in an Alice Walker novel where olive oil is being rubbed into dry, hurting skin, I gave it a try and was astounded at the relief I felt in skin that I didn’t know was hurting. Some olive oils have worked better than others, and I understand that this has to do with the pollution of many olive oils with cheaper oils. However the Mountain Rose Herbs olive oil works so well for me, and is affordable enough for me to use it as a body oil as well as face oil.

    • says

      Hi there! I’ve been using olive oil too! I’ve read that it contains squalene, a natural occurring substance found in our bodies and it helps moisturize skin too. It’s like the natural way our bodies retain moisture. Indeed, some olive oils have been contaminated with cheaper oils, but there are some brands that remain pure 100% olive oil. I now buy the bigger bottle of olive oil than before because my skin loves it. I also drink a lot of water because it’s got so much benefit as well, with none of the bad side effects.

  100. says

    Awesome. I’m gonna give these products a try. I was using coconut oil as well but it didn’t moisturize as well as I wanted and I still had to use a face cream afterwards. I finally found Dr. Organics but the Argan oil sounds like something I’m gonna have to try. Thanks for the info!


  101. jennifer says

    I just started using coconut oil on my skin ( arms & legs) not my face. It makes me itch for a few minutes and then the itching eventually goes away. Have you ever heard of this happening? It does not seem to be working for me, do you have any other suggestions as to what I could use to relieve my dry, itchy skin?

  102. Jordan says

    I had been using coconut oil as my facial moisturizer for a couple years – with mediocre results. Just like you mentioned, I get the dry flaky spots on my skin during winter. I finally randomly started using something else (simply because the container of coconut oil that i keep in my bathroom had run out and I was too lazy to fill it back up), and my dry/patchy spots immediately cleared up. Right around that time I read somewhere that coconut oil can actually be rather drying for some people/certain skin types. Now I moisturize with a homemade tallow balm and it is incredible! No more dry spots in winter. No more tight skin feeling, ever. It always feels perfectly balanced – not greasy, and not dry. I might give the argan oil a try as well!

  103. Nickie says

    I have tried all of those for my poor face–I have terrible rosacea, so sensitive doesn’t even begin to describe my skin. And DRY. I do like Argan oil, but I also love Sea Buckthorn seed oil. You only have to use a tiny amount, but it helps my skin immensely. I also notice a huge difference in my skin when I am taking large doses of cod liver oil.

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  104. Nicole S. says

    Wow, I didn’t know that jojoba oil is really a wax, how interesting! I actually have some argan oil that I have not been using, I think I will give it a try as my moisturizer and see how it compares for me.

  105. Alicia says

    Also have dry winter skin & hair. I really enjoy Argan oil on my hair and in a beautiful skin elixir my friend makes. Bonus it’s a 2in1 little bottle I can take anywhere. Although I haven’t moisturized my face at all in years it feels like it’s peppy and meets all my skin/hair needs. Plus Im in full agreement that a 2oz bottle has lasted all year and there is still more to go..

  106. says

    I’ve been using Argan oil for a couple of years now and while I still use coconut oil in most of my salves and such, I way prefer Argan oil for my face. I use it for oil cleansing too and like you said, a couple of drops go a long way.

  107. Michelle says

    I am so glad to have stumbled upon this blog post! I’ve been using coconut oil on my face for the past 2 years. I struggle with really dry facial skin, especially above my eyes. I wonder if your skin builds up a resistance to coconut oil over time because when I started using it it really seemed to help but for like the past year it didn’t seem to moisturize as well. I ordered some of the Argan Oil. I can’t wait to try it! I hope this is the answer I’ve been seeking!

  108. says

    C’mon, SERIOUSLY?! I ran out of my lovely facial moisturizer my friend makes and I wanted to try making my own, but I haven’t had time to order anything, and I’ve been using argan oil on my hair for years! YOU MEAN I CAN USE IT ON MY FACE TOO?! Hold the phone, my dry skin has been rescued!!

  109. Elizabeth T says

    I’ve been wondering why my skin feels so dry not too long after putting coconut oil on it. I just ordered some of the argan oil and couldn’t help but get the apple jack spice goat milk soap!

  110. says

    Glad to have come across this post…I’ve been looking for a good moisturizer to use on my dry skin. I currently use jojoba to clean my face but it doesn’t work well as a moisturizer. I’ve also tried to moisturize with coconut oil but it seemed to irritate the skin around my nose and mouth where I sometimes have perioral dermatitis. I’ll have to give the argan oil a try. Thanks!

  111. heather r says

    Thanks for this lovely give away. I personally use coconut oil Andros hi just saw that I make myself and it works great but the argon oil sounds fantastic. I make my own products and I’m excited to try the argon oil for that. everybody is different therefore things work differently with everyone else I’m glad that you found what works well for you. I just happened to stumble upon your website on Pinterest today loved it signed up for the newsletter. Also I tried to pin this on Pinterest but couldn’t figure out how to put the URL on it from my phone so hopefully my other for entries make me a big winner lol thanks again

  112. DawnFowler says

    Wow…this oil is ALOT more expensie than the Jojoba oil. you can find 4 oz. of organic Jojoba for the same price as this 1 oz. bottle.

    • says

      Actually it’s not, when you consider how much less you need of the argan oil. I literally use a couple of drops per day. When I was using the jojoba oil I needed much more than that for the level of dry skin that I have.

      • Dawn Fowler says

        Thanks for the info, it certainly seems worth a try then..I guess it will last longer than I’d assumed. I appreciate the response.

  113. says

    I have not tried Argan oil before. Not sure about the sustainability of it, and the price is what has strayed me away from using it.
    Organic Coconut Oil is still the best oil for your skin. It has actually helped control my oily/combination skin. The KEY here is to get 3 tbsp./day EATEN as well. Applying it on the skin is great, but you need to be moisturizing from the INSIDE as well. A lot of creams etc. only address the symptom on the outside, and not the health of the body that is demonstrated in the skin.
    I also do oil pulling twice/day and this has helped heal my skin tremendously.
    A combination of Organic Coconut Oil with Castor oil in an oil cleansing method is what has helped my blackheads the most. Search “oil cleansing method” and it has great explanations on why you would want to use an oil to dissolve the oils clogging your pores.

    • says

      I don’t think that you can really definitively say that coconut oil is the best oil for everyone’s skin just because it happens to work well for you. Like I said – because of the compositions of the various oils, they work differently for different skin types. I do ingest coconut oil daily, and that did not make a difference to how it worked on my skin.

      Also, I’ve read lots on the OCM. I don’t personally have blackheads – the post just says that coconut oil *might* exacerbate that problem for some people. You can google that to find lots of stories.

      Thanks for your comment!

  114. says

    I stopped using coconut oil for the same reason. I had also used to it to ‘treat’ my daughter’s eczema and was told the reason it wasn’t working was because it doesn’t stay on the skin long enough for it to moistureize as deep as needed. So I make lotion bars for both of us with beeswax, avacado oil and cocont oil and it’s great for my daughter, good for me. I will definitely check out the argan oil!

  115. Alicia says

    Coconut oil wasn’t cutting it for me this winter until I added in some Vitamin E drops. Now it works just great! The ratio was 1 tsp. E to 1 cup coconut oil, whipped up for a few minutes.


  1. […] There are certain skin changes that can be naturally expected over your lifetime. A few more freckles, wrinkling, an unexpected rash when you scratch an insect bite too hard. But your epidermis does need to be monitored, in case it acts up more than it should. Awareness of your skin health should play the same role in your general health monitoring as thinking about your digestion. If things are going wrong, you should notice them early and track them properly, rather than just hope they’ll go away. (And no, you can’t just fix everything with coconut oil.) […]

  2. […] There are certain skin changes that can easily be naturally expected over your lifetime: a few more freckles, wrinkling, an unexpected rash when you scratch an insect bite too hard. However your epidermis does need to be monitored, in case it acts up more compared to it usually should. Awareness of your skin health must play the same role in your general health monitoring as thinking about your digestion; if points are going wrong, you must notice them early and monitor them properly, quite compared to merely hoping they’ll go away. (And no, you can’t merely fix everything along with coconut oil.) […]

  3. […] There are certain skin changes that can easily be naturally expected over your lifetime: a few a lot more freckles, wrinkling, an unexpected rash as quickly as you scratch an insect bite too hard. However your epidermis does have to be monitored, in case it acts up a lot more compared to it usually should. Awareness of your skin health need to play the same role in your general good health monitoring as thinking concerning your digestion; if points are going wrong, you need to notice them early and monitor them properly, pretty compared to simply hoping they’ll go away. (And no, you can’t simply fix every little thing along with coconut oil.) […]

  4. […] What kind of skin do you have – dry, normal, or oily?  Different lotions will have a different ratio of oil to water in them.  A higher oil content is more suitable for those with dryer skin.  For instance, coconut oil is light and absorbs quickly into the skin but may not be moisturizing enough for people with very dry skin (it’s also not recommended for daily facial moisturizing since it can clog pores). An oil like argan oil is non-comedogenic and suitable for the face because it absorbs deeply and contains a healthy dose of Vitamin E to promote cell regeneration (Redandhoney.com) […]

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