Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil

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$28 - 2.2 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
12/17/2014
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Tested On Animals:
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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.

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.
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.

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokeswoman Josie Maran. By almost any definition, Maran is an iconic beauty. Like Cindy Crawford before her, who launched a namesake product line, Maran used her notoriety from modeling to do the same thing.

Anytime a model with celebrity status launches a cosmetic line, the curiosity among consumers is intense. The question lingers: Is Maran so beautiful because of these products? Of course not! She was magnificent long before her products were launched, and being born beautiful is not a sign of skin-care knowledge.

Almost every Josie Maran product is centered around the allegedly miraculous argan oil. This non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin. Argan oil isn't a bad ingredient, as it contains beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but it isn't the only oil that has these kinds of 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.

It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it's gimmicky at best to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara, but that's what you'll find in Maran's line. Oil in a mascara and eyeshadow will make those products slip and slide off your face and lashes, but there is barely any in her makeup products so not to worry. Even if argan oil had benefit in makeup, it wouldn't remain stable—it would quickly turn rancid when exposed to air.

Despite some high points, the makeup fails overall because when compared to less expensive options at the drugstore, Maran's color options are more average than exceptional.

Although makeup comprises the bulk of this line's offerings, Maran has several skin-care products, too. None of them are must-haves, although a handful of them have decent formulas. Like most lines that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils present that smell great, but they can irritate your skin and lead to collagen breakdown.

Many of Maran's products are labeled as having a "natural formula," which often is not the case; there are plenty of synthetic ingredients present, including silicones and a synthetic film-forming agent. Those are not bad for skin, but it just shows that you can't trust the company's claims.

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

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    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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    • 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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