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This is an extremely belated post, but around the middle of this year, I received a bottle of Shea Terra’s amazing Argan Oil from Marissa of prettyfreshshop.com to review!
In this post, I’ll cover a bit about the brand itself, Shea Terra Organics, as well as the properties of argan oil and my personal thoughts on the Shea Terra Argan Oil product itself!
What is Shea Terra Organics About?
The vision behind the skincare company, Shea Terra Organics, is to create a viable market for Africa’s amazing quality products, and to ensure not only that customers are getting products straight from the source, but also that the people behind it are treated fairly for their work.
It cuts out the need for a middleman to distribute these products and then sell African skincare products like shea butter and argan oil at ridiculously sky high prices while the creators themselves are earning much less! So what Shea Terra has done is to reduce artificially high prices for customers, while ensuring job stability for communities in African regions.
When Shea Terra first began about a decade or so ago, argan oil was pretty much unheard of outside of Africa. So as you can imagine, Shea Terra’s mission has been to deliver these relatively unknown African beauty secrets to the rest of the world, while making sure that the people creating the Shea Terra products are able to sustain and support themselves.
It’s a great initiative and these efforts to give back to society while offering new, quality, organic products to customers around the world is what really sets Shea Terra apart from any other beauty brand in the world.
But with Shea Terra’s Argan Oil, it’s 100% organic argan oil from Morocco.
How do I know? You can tell from its appearance. It’s pure (or at least very close to it) because the oil is shimmery, golden, and clear. If it’s cloudy and kind of opaque, then you know it’s been diluted and not 100%, and you’re probably getting ripped off if it says “100% pure argan oil”. But it’s not the case here, so you don’t have to worry about getting conned. There’s no water, no dilution, just pure, amazing argan oil from Morocco.
Argan oil is known for its high Vitamin A & Vitamin E content and squalene, which makes it a great anti-aging product, for it quickly brings back the skin’s elasticity, and repairs the skin. It would be recommended to use a drop or two of Shea Terra argan oil on your face at night if you have concerns as to preventing aging skin, or taking care of dry skin. Argan oil improves the skin by reducing wrinkles and sagging, while at the same time, hydrating and softening the skin. So argan oil will give you nice, youthful, soft skin. All this while, for many decades, it’s been one of Morocco’s best kept natural beauty secrets.
Honestly, this stuff is like liquid gold, almost, for your skin. It’s pure, untouched, and contains no alcohol or additives, or fragrances.
The smell at first was unusual, but like most oils, the smell of argan oil is calming. All oils have a scent of their own, and they are always pretty recognisable, e.g. the smell of jojoba oil. The closest thing I can compare the smell of argan oil to is olive oil, but a little different. The bottle of argan oil describes it as: “the aroma of this product is due to its unprocessed, unrefined nature, and therefore is natural”. Yep. No artificial aromas or chemical smells here.
A Quick User’s Guide to Argan Oil
Shea Terra Argan Oil is also non-clogging, and non-greasy, so you don’t need to worry about it clogging up your pores or greasing your hair. It might appear too oily at first (key word: appear), but that’s because it takes several minutes (maybe 10-20 minutes) for the argan oil to be absorbed. It isn’t one of those instantly absorbed kind of products you get out there.
If you’re worried about the greasiness or oiliness on your face or hair, I’ll recommend applying just a tinyyy drop to see how much you need for your face, body, or hair. If you feel like you need more you can always top up!
As for hair, just add a little argan oil to the palm of your hand, put your palms and fingers together (get the argan oil distributed evenly) and kind of massage it through the ends of your hair and allow it to air dry.
Personally, I think it’s best to use argan oil before I sleep (because it’s calming and soothing) or to use it on the ends of my hair when I wake up so that there’s time for the oil to be absorbed before I leave the house! Also, the argan oil helps to ensure that my hair looks lively and not flat. The argan oil also helps to reduce the tangles in my hair and also soften and tame the hair just a little (no more bad hair days!).
Most importantly I think for me, is to condition and care for my hair and body with certified organic argan oil, not something with nasty, hard-to-pronounce chemicals in it!
For the month of December, prettyfreshshop.com is offering free local shipping (in Singapore) on all orders, meaning you can shop for as much skincare, bath and beauty products without having to pay a dime to get it delivered to your doorstep!
And if you want to try out this Shea Terra Argan oil, or any other Shea Terra product, prettyfreshshop.com offers worldwide shipping! Yay.