Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment
1 fl. oz. for $56
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment is an excellent and unique fragrance & irritant-free option to consider for adding more emollients to your skin care routine—think of this as a "booster" for dry skin that won't feel greasy. This is best for those with normal to dry skin.

Pure Argan Milk is not 100% argan oil (so don't take the name "pure argan" literally). It's actually a mix of water, argan oil, a few emulsifying agents and lipids that feels exceptionally light on skin. It's an interesting spin off of Maran's original 100% Pure Argan Oil. We suspect that this alternative is designed to satisfy those customers who want to use a facial oil in their routine, but are put off by the heavy, greasy feel of applying almost any pure oil to their skin.

One question may be lingering in your mind—is argan oil the best plant oil to use? Not in any way; it just one of many good options. Like most non-fragrant plant oils, argan oil contains a mix of beneficial compounds, such as moisturizing unsaturated fatty acids and squalene as well antioxidant polyphenols, tocopherols, sterols, beta carotene and vitamin E (Journal of Chemistry, 2013). It is this mix of beneficial substances contained within this one ingredient that makes this product so well-rounded despite its brief ingredient list.

Argan oil is a great choice to consider, but as a reality check, many of its benefits are present in less exotic-sounding oils, such as grape seed, jojoba, almond and avocado. Nevertheless, Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment is a unique formula, and worth considering if you're in the market for a facial oil-type product.

  • Contains a beneficial mix of argan oil and other moisturizing ingredients.
  • Surprisingly lightweight; doesn't leave an oily finish on skin.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • None.

This revolutionary treatment serum pairs the deep hydration of purified water with skin-rejuvenating micro-droplets of Josie’s 100% Pure Argan Oil. Lightweight yet super-intensive, Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment penetrates deeply and absorbs quickly to fortify and repair skin—for instant, long-lasting hydration that produces a fresh, radiant glow.


Water, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Propanediol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Phosphatidylglycerol, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid

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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I love Josie's pure cold-pressed argan oil, but at 43 it is certainly not enough in the anti-aging dept for my skin. When Josie came out with he milk, it was fantastic to have a more treatment based version of organ oil of my skin to use as a "serum.' I have sensitive skin, so many serums irritate my skin;but this one is perfect! I also LOVE that clinical studies were done on 60yo model (Ann) @ QVC & Ann's results are spectacular! I love the milk as my serum!

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Stacey W.
Has Transformed the Texture of my Skin

I have been searching for a product that hydrates like this for years. I have even used Le Mer and never noticed any change in my skin. After using Argan Milk my skin looks luminous and the texture is so much smoother, even after I wash my face and all product is removed. My face felt like sand paper before I used this product. Now it feels like a baby's bottom.

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Janette F.
Great for dry skin

This is a beautiful moisturiser for dry skin,I was given a sample of this a few months ago and was hooked,I went and bought a bottle immediately ,I love this product.I do agree though with the previous comment about the stopper dispensing the product as I too have difficulty with this.

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Dispensing the Product

The product itself is wonderful! This is my third bottle. The issue I have is the way the product is dispensed is 100% flawed. The stopper does not pull in or dispense the liquid and therefore is completely unusable. I have to pour the liquid out of the bottle. Each of the three bottles had the same issue. I would suggest changing the bottle to a tube dispenser, which would work nicely as I have used products in the past that have the same liquid consistency. Thanks!

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Very nice for dry, sensitive skin

I had the absolute pleasure of testing this product through Allure magazine's test panel. I have extremely dry, sensitive skin, rosacea and can have horrible reactions to many products (especially fragrance and volatile plant oils). After I received the product, I did have several emails to confirm the ingredients before i ever applied it to my skin so as to avoid known allergens. After a month of twice daily use, It is fabulously soothing to those who have skin like mine, i highly recommend.

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