Simple Beauty – Argan Oil

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


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Argan oil is is a rich oil high in anti-oxidants, linoleic acid, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is non-comedogenic and is suitable to use on the face, body, and hair. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties and linoleic acid content, it can reduce inflammation and redness caused by acne. It has a smaller molecule size, which means it will sink into the skin quickly. Vitamin E is very soothing and healing for the skin so argan can be great for eczema, razor burn, dry skin, and stretch marks. Argan oil can be used on the hair to smooth frizz, retain moisture, and soften.

I have used Josie Maran Argan Oil and few random organic, cold-pressed argon oils and i can honestly say I didn’t notice a different between the oils. I know Josie Maran makes an Argan Oil Light, but I have not tried that one. I really enjoy argan oil for my hair especially. It is a little heavier and oilier than other plain beauty oils that I own and my hair drinks up oil like nothing else so the heavier, the better for me! I do wait until after styling to use argan because if I put it on my dry hair before straightening it, the oil can’t take the heat and just smells horrendous and that smell lingers all day! Because it is a bit heavier oil, I also like using argan oil on dermatitis is get on my body. Even thought argan is appropriate for the face, it’s a little too heavy for me – I don’t like the nutty scent and it never really fully sinks into my skin.

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Leahlani Skincare – Aloha Ambrosia – Review

In a Few Words
An oil moisturizer that repairs, strengthens, and softens the skin.

“Aloha Ambrosia has a feather light consistency, making her ideal for daytime use. She absorbs like a dream and moisturizes to perfection. This beauty will help to strengthen, soften, and repair the skin while filling in fine lines. Your skin will feel soft and supple, and ready to take on the day… Jasmine oil helps to restore the skin by balancing moisture, reducing dryness, gently fading scarring and minimizing breakouts due its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.”

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In a Few Words
An oil moisturizer that repairs, strengthens, and softens the skin.

“Aloha Ambrosia has a feather light consistency, making her ideal for daytime use. She absorbs like a dream and moisturizes to perfection. This beauty will help to strengthen, soften, and repair the skin while filling in fine lines. Your skin will feel soft and supple, and ready to take on the day… Jasmine oil helps to restore the skin by balancing moisture, reducing dryness, gently fading scarring and minimizing breakouts due its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.” Leahlani Skincare’s Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir comes in a 30 mL glass bottle with a pump and is $52.00.

I bought my Aloha Ambrosia on Leahlani’s website about a year ago and have used the entire bottle. I had a love/hate relationship with this product. I loved this moisturizer as an SOS product – it is so intensely hydrating and soothing on irritated skin. This elixir was the perfect rescue treatment if my skin was dry and irritated from too much retinol, changes in weather, or a sunburn. With that being said, even in those situations, I would never use this in the morning if I planned on leaving the house… which leads me to the hate. This moisturizer was so heavy and greasy. It never fully absorbs into the skin and even hours later your face is still an oil slick – and I am dehydrated so my skin usually drinks up everything! On top of being too oily, it has a heavy floral scent that never really dissipates – though, I might be extra sensitive to the smell because I hate florals. For those reasons, I never used this elixir in the morning and saved it for PM routines only. If this moisturizer did not have the heavy floral scent, I would repurchase this in an instant. Unfortunately, the smell is a deal-breaker for me. I could accept the greasiness because I knew that, no matter what state my skin was in, I could always turn to this moisturizer.

Aloha Ambrosia is extremely hydrating and healing, but it is also very heavily scented and never fully absorbs into the skin.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Squalane
Jojoba oil

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Mineral oil
Parabens

Possible Irritants:
Essential oils

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
No

Complete Ingredients:
Organic cold pressed olive squalane oil (Squalane), Organic cold pressed jojoba oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), organic aloe (Aloe Barbadensis), organic acerola cherry oil (Malpighia Glabra), organic mangosteen oil (Mangosteen Pericarp), organic goji berry oil (Lycium Barbarum), organic passionfruit seed oil (Passiflora Incarnata), organic cold pressed kiwi seed oil (Actinidia chinensis), organic guava oil (Psidium Guajava), organic sunflower oil (Helianthus Annuus), proprietary blend of essential oils and LOVE (Aloha).

Simple Beauty – Squalane

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Squalane is found naturally in our skin, but it is also a beauty oil created from plants (mostly sugar cane and olives  – in my brief research I didn’t really see a big differences in quality/effectiveness based on the source, let me know if you are aware of any! ) . First squalene is extracted from plants, then it goes through a hydrogenation process (adding water, but it’s not watering it down because … chemistry … the oxygen atoms run away and the hydrogen atoms stay to party) creating squalane. Squalene is an unsaturated oil that can go rancid quickly after being exposed to the air or heat while squalane a very stable oil that doesn’t expire quickly and can be exposed to air and heat.

Squalane is a great moisturizer for all skin types, it promotes skin regeneration, is antibacterial, and is an antioxidant. If you are oily, adding squalane to your skincare routine can help regulate your skin’s sebum production. If you are dry, squalane can deeply hydrate your skin. Squalane absorbs quickly and is non-comedogenic. It can be used to treat eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Squalane can also be used in the hair to  prevent moisture loss and breakage and, because it is stable at high temperatures, it can be used as a heat protectant too!

I have only used Deciem’s The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane, but I think that any squalane from a company you like and trust would work the same – products range from The Ordinary’s for $8.00/oz to $17.00/oz for one from Biossance.  I use squalane both morning and night – it mixes well with other oils, is so intensely hydrating, absorbs quickly, and is not greasy. I like making a cocktail of oils for my moisturizer and squalane noticeably amps up the hydration and plumpness of my skin… I especially notice the plumpness in my lips! Also, I started using it in my hair as a heat protectant and it totally works! The thing I like best about using squalane in my hair over other oils is that fact that it has a very mild scent (even when heated) so it doesn’t compete with my perfume or smell weird while heat styling.