March 25, 2012
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of argan oil. But not all “argan oil” labels and brands are created equal. Argan oil has become the it ingredient for most beauty and hair products now. Most are mixed with other active ingredients. The one that Souq Organics sells is 100% pure organic Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil from Morocco — the argan oil I blogged about. There are other brands that make 100% Moroccan Argan Oil like Josie Maran, John Masters and many more from Morocco. Just know that pure argan oil is unscented, gold-coloured, not cheap but it’s good for your skin, nails and hair. I also use other argan oil-based products in shampoos, lotions and creams – mixed with other additives. It is important to know what you’re buying – if its pure, organic or mixed.
In addition to the Souq Organics Moroccan Argan Oil, the shop carries other premier organic brands like Pangea Organics from the US, Fushi from the UK, Mukti Botanicals from Australia, and Huiles & Baumes from France.
I have to explain that I am not a vegan nor am I totally into organic products & food. I’m not even vegetarian. I eat anything and everything except innards. But I do try to live a healthy life. I don’t smoke and I don’t party hard. I excercise occasionally (but I plan to improve this aspect of my life). I use various beauty products – from Chanel, Estee Lauder to Olay. Purists will frown that some of the products I use may have parabens and chemicals. But I am at a stage where I like trying everything. And the more I read and test organic products, I’m appreciating the fact that we have healthier options now. Unfortunately a lot of these pure organic products don’t come cheap. From my experience though, when a product is something like a pure oil, you only need to use a little bit. So you get value for money. And all the other environmental benefits – eco-friendly, safer for the planet etc. When you factor in carbon footprint as well, then you should actually try to stick to local products – perhaps try virgin coconut oil as well.
The Souq Organics sent me some products – Mukti Refreshing Hydrating Mist Toner P1650, Fushi Really Good Hair Oil P2300, Argan Oil 30ml P1500 and Argan Oil Soap P350. I did a hot oil treatment on myself at home (minus the heat or hot towel) using the Fushi bottle. It felt so thick and rich. It had everything organic from argan oil, sesame seed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil. I used a very small amount and my hair came out so thick and bouncy after the wash. The oils are scented with jasmine so our whole bedroom smelled like an Indian spa which freaked out my husband. But after the rinse, the smell was less floral. I’m convinced it works. And now I want to try their “Really Good Cellulite Oil”, haha.
Here’s some good news for you, my readers. The Souq Organics is sponsoring a nice raffle for Daphne readers. There will be 3 winners. It’s open to anyone with a local Philippine address. So if you live abroad, you can still join, just give me a relative’s address here in the R.P. (I don’t like using P.I.). Just follow all the instructions in Rafflecopter. You may join once a day to increase your chances of winning, just enter through rafflecopter. Contest is open now, Sunday March 25 up to the evening of Wednesday March 28. Winners will be notified by email and will be announced here.
The prizes are:
One winner – Fushi Really Good Hair Oil 100ml, P2300
Two winners – 100% Moroccan Argan Oil and Soap, P1850 each
The Souq Organics
Ground Floor, Bellitudo Lifestyle Strip
79 Katipunan Ext.
White Plains, Quezon City.
Tel 421-5745 / 0917-5576955