I’ve talked before about the astonishing markup that Josie Maran sells their argan oil at—closer to $1/mL than the $0.12/mL New Directions Aromatics sells it for. If that’s ridiculous, you’ll understand why their new “Argan Milk” is sadly hilarious. It’s mostly water with a touch of argan oil, and it sells for close to $2/mL. They are literally charging you twice the price for watered down argan oil. Wow… That’s all I can say is wow!
This lovely hair “milk” is wonderful and it is not going to cost $2/mL (closer to $0.02/mL, in fact). It’s also really amped it up, taking the opportunity of adding water to introduce some amazing water soluble ingredients. The first change was to swap the water for aloe vera juice, which is a fantastic skin soother and healing agent.
Also added are silk peptides, which are a natural protein with a composition very similar to that of our skin. That means they help boost healing and manage moisture depending on the condition. They also add a hint of a silky sheen to the skin that translates to a nice silky glow.
Emulsify the mixture with a natural blend of guar gum and Turkey red oil. Guar gum is a natural emulsifier and thickener. I used a little extra here to help give the milk a bit of body so it’s more like whole milk. Turkey red oil is castor oil that’s been treated with sulfuric acid, which amazingly makes it automatically emulsify with water.
Lastly I added a few drops of lavender essential oil. This is optional, and you can swap it for a few drops of something that works better for your skin if you’d like. Chamomile, helichrysum, carrot seed, and tea tree are all lovely choices, depending on your skin type.
The final product is lightweight and moisturizing—fantastic when you need an extra bit of moisture. If you find you need something a little more moisturizing, you can trade a gram or two of the aloe vera juice for an extra gram or two of argan oil. If you encounter emulsion troubles, add another drop or two of Turkey red oil and you should be fine.
11g aloe vera juice
1 pinch guar gum
1 pinch silk peptides
10 drops Turkey red oil
3g Argan oil
1-3 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
15mL bottle & dropper
Whisk the guar gum, aloe vera juice, silk peptides, and turkey red oil together, and then whisk in the argan oil and essential oil.
*If you plan to sell this product, I recommend using a broad spectrum preservative. For personal use, I store in the fridge for up to a week.
Decant into a 15mL bottle with a dropper top.