Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment
1 fl. oz. for $56.99
Category:Skin Care > Body-Care Products > Face/Body Oils
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; smooth, natural-looking pressed powder; uniquely effective gel blush.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the cleansers contain irritating citrus oil; malodorous lip gloss; lackluster to poor mascaras; the Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation is an epic fail.

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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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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