12.17.2014
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Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil
Rating
2.2 fl. oz. for $28
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Argan Infinity Cream is a rich, buttery moisturizer that contains a mild amount of fragrance, but is loaded with an array of beneficial, non-fragrant plant oils.

This is a good option for a body/hand cream without SPF, but we wouldn’t recommend it for the face (despite its description as a multi-tasking face/body moisturizer).

The single regret that kept it from earning a BEST is the aforementioned fragrant ingredient—tangerine peel oil. There’s only a small amount so it shouldn’t be a problem for most, but its presence nonetheless excludes it from consideration for those with sensitive skin.

Marketed as a cream form of trendy ingredient argan oil, this treats dry skin to so much more, which is what you want because no single ingredient can do it all. Safflower, avocado, coconut and argan oil, along with shea butter and beeswax are absolutely beneficial for smoothing and moisturizing dry, rough areas, and actually do a lot more for skin than just applying pure argan oil.

Pros:
  • Contains several beneficial moisturizing agents for dry skin.
  • Dries quickly without a greasy residue.
Cons:
  • Contains a minor amount of fragrance, making this a better choice for the body & hands, not the face.

More Info:

All of Josie Maran's products contain argan oil. Despite how they market this ingredient, it isn't a cure-all or a must-have for your skin. Argan oil is merely a good, non-fragrant plant oil that's best for dry skin. Like all non-fragrant plant oils, it is a natural source of beneficial fatty acids (skin-repairing ingredients) and antioxidants. You can read more about the folklore and genuine benefits behind argan oil here.

Claims
One creamy oil, infinite possibilities. This makeup-artist must-have delivers all the moisturizing benefits of argan oil in a portable, nongreasy, creamy oil form. The innovative formula starts as a cream and melts into an oil, making your complexion more luminous while tightening facial contours and preventing inflammation.
Ingredients
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Dibehenate, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Behenate, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Abyssinian Oil (Crambe Abyssinica) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Soybean Glycerides, Linoleic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Aleurites Moluccana Seed (Kukui Nut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil.
Brand Overview

Josie Maran At-A-Glance

Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin; uniquely effective gel blush.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some products are potently fragranced.

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokesperson Josie Maran. Almost every Josie Maran product is centered on the ingredient argan oil, which the brand attributes many beneficial qualities—some of which are true, and some claims made stretch the facts a bit. According to the brand, this non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin.

Argan oil does contain beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants—but we should note that it isn't the only oil with such properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.

Fortunately, the Josie Maran brand does include many beneficial ingredient’s in some of its best products, and does have some unique offerings to consider. It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it’s less beneficial to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara. It does add a unique quality to some makeup, however, especially in a few of the brands lip formulas.

We should note that while the brand relies heavily on the natural theme in its marketing—and there isn’t anything wrong with that—it doesn’t talk about the beneficial ingredients used that aren’t so natural. There isn’t anything wrong with using naturally-derived ingredients, but it strikes us as disingenuous to not tout the benefits of synthetic ingredients such as silicones, preservatives, coloring agents and film formers that also appear in many of Josie Maran products.

As is the case with many brands that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils to be wary of, as these can be problematic for any skin type (but especially so for those with sensitivity concerns). However, there are a few products here that are absolutely worth considering and unique—see our individual reviews on the brand for more details.

For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

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04.10.2015
Great oil

I love this stuff!

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Jennie K.
11.12.2013
Like this!

I love mixing this with my Paula's Choice Clinical Body Butter before applying to my feet and hands at night!

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