Moroccanoil For Body Collection — Nobody Does Argan Better!
Considering that Moroccanoil was the first mainstream company to tout the benefits of argan oil with the launch of its hair care collection, it’s only fitting that the brand would expand its offerings to include a range of body products meant to soften, hydrate, replenish, and protect skin. Inspired by the colors, scents, and ingredients that distinguish the Mediterranean region, the Morocannoil for Body line’s packaging reflects the feel of the architectural structures in Santorini, Greece. Two of the key products are packaged in white or persimmon orange squeeze tubes, their flip-up caps a slightly tarnished gold hue, while another two products come in squat, round, resplendent containers in either an azure shade or an earthy orange hue reminiscent of tamarind juice, with silver-colored twist off caps giving the bottles the appearance of cathedral roofs in Athens an Agios. Similarly, the products are infused with three fragrances formulated and conceptualized using Mediterranean notes: Signature Moroccanoilm Honey-Lavender, and Orange Peel.
The Moroccanoil for Body collection — available at luxury spas like those in Four Seasons, Canyon Ranch, Mandarin Oriental, and Trump properties — consists of five products: the Moroccanoil Body Buff ($42), a body polish formulated with orange peel, which naturally sloughs off dead skin to reveal a glowing layer of skin, and enriched with hydrating argan oil, softening avocado oil and sweet almond extract, and antioxidant-rich vitamin E, grape seed oil, and sesame oil; the Moroccanoil Body Soufflé ($52), a decadently rich but easily absorbed body butter formulated with argan oil, shea butter and aloe vera; the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Treatment ($27), a concentrated gel that, upon contact with the skin, dissolves and becomes a warm and soothing oil, healing parched, dehydrated, and itchy skin; the Moroccanoil Hand Cream ($28), a lightweight lotion made with argan oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, and avocado butter; and the Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar ($10), a soap bar that gently cleanses the skin, the argan oil and shea butter in the formula both hydrating and softening skin, the glycerin content helping to boost skin elasticity and improve moisture retention. and the Luzenac talc controlling perspiration and odor.
I tried four out of the five products in collection (everything but the body polish) and was smitten with most of them. My top pick would, of course, be the Moroccanoil Body Soufflé since it not only hydrates, but it improves texture so that skin feels softer and smoother while also appearing more radiant and healthy. Normally, I think of body soufflés and body butters as being a no-no in the summer season since they tend to be so rich that they leave you feeling stifled, as if you’d been walking around in record-breaking humidity and had emerged feeling sticky, greasy, and balmy. The Moroccanoil Body Soufflé, however, doesn’t have any such unfortunate side effects. Sure, it’s richer than your standard lotion but it’s still relatively milky, featuring a yogurt-like consistency (the result of it being a whipped hybrid between a body milk an butter). Most importantly, your skin will practically scarf down the product, leaving behind no sticky residue. The key ingredient in this formula is, of course, argan oil, which has a fatty acid content of 80%, making it an invaluable healing agent and anti-aging substance, and which also features vitamin E and sterolins to improve moisture retention, reduce inflammation, and protect skin from free radicals. Other ingredients include aloe vera, known for its cooling and soothing effects, and shea butter, one of the most popular skin moisturizers and softeners. I love how smooth my skin feels after applying the Body Soufflé but what’s most impressive is that, oftentimes, the results are even more tangible as many as 8 to 12 hours after application, which is itself indicative of the formula’s long-term benefits. The aroma, meanwhile, is earthy yet buttery, at once slightly nutty and milky.
If your hands are perpetually dry (as mine are), you’ll appreciate the transformative effects of the Moroccanoil Hand Cream which has a similar scent to that of the Body Soufflé, albeit with more of a citrus-y kick. The hand cream also contains argan oil but to maximize its therapeutic, moisturizing properties, the formula also boasts shea butter, avocado butter, cocoa butter, and mango butter. I’ve actually been keeping this hand lotion on my nightstand since my skin, nails, and cuticles have been as dry as an arid desert. Fortunately, by applying the lotion 2-3 times a day, I’ve been revitalizing my skin so that my hands not only feel softer, but they’re more protected from potential chapping or cracking.
Those of you who have been spending a lot of time in the sun may be noticing tat certain body parts — like the heels of your feet or your elbows — have been feeling drier than usual. When you need an ultra strength treatment to tackle such chronically dry body parts, you’ll want to rely on the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Treatment. Boasting a sweet and relaxing honey-lavender scent, this targeted treatment resembles a gel when it’s first squeezed out of its tube. When it’s massaged into the skin, however, the gel practically melts, becoming a lightweight, aromatic, healing oil that can easily penetrate the top layers of skin. Featuring argan oil, organic chamomile water, organic sunflower seed oil, vitamin E derivatives, and glycerin, the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Treatment soothes aching, cracked, chapped, and rough skin, improves texture to create a smoother surface area, increases moisture content, and heightens elasticity.
Now, the one product I didn’t care for was the Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar, which I felt left a bit of balmy, tacky, almost Vaseline-like coating on my skin. That being said, I generally feel that way about all body cleansing bars — hence why I prefer body washes — so it’s hardly fair to single out Moroccanoil’s Cleansing Bar as the only culprit. Instead, I would simply advise that, unless you generally favor bar soap, you steer clear of this one offering and focus more heavily on the moisturizing treatments available.