Happy Hump Day everyone!
Today I want to highlight a very special vendor I met at the Be Well Expo: Mouna de Laine and her Moroccan Argan Oil.
As someone who has tried various brands of Argan Oil, I have to say that I wasn’t the biggest fan. All the brands I’ve tried have been on the greasy side, and leave my hair feeling oily and limp. Walking up to her booth, I was wary but willing to give Argan Oil another shot. I allowed Mouna to try a small amount on my arm and I couldn’t believe how fast it dried down. The smell was light and intoxicating at the same time. My skin looked as though there was a glow coming from within, without dripping with oil. I asked Mouna what made her Argan Oil so different than the ones I’ve tried at the store, and here’s what she told me.
Mouna, now a resident of the United States, came from Morocco, where most of her family still resides. She travels back home once a year, where her aunts and cousins physically grind and break down each Argan nut by hand and squeeze out the natural oils. She collects the oil from them and brings it back to Los Angeles, where she now lives. Then, she and other women bottle the products in her own home. For the hair oil, she herself submerges herbs and botanicals in the oil and lets it sit in her home before the bottling process.
Mouna, well aware of other Argan oil brands’ marketing ploys claiming “they get their Argan oil from Morocco” brought along videos and photos showing her own family members hard at work in the old country. As someone who has tried all kinds of Argan oil, even those same “natural brands” who swear their oil comes from the same place, I have noticed a significant difference in the product. The way it feels, the way it dries down and the way it smells all testify that Mouna’s Argan Oil is the real deal.
Here are some questions I asked Mouna:
What makes Argan Oil so great?
MOUNA: “Argan Oil is known to visibly correct sun damage, discoloration and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Native Moroccans have been using this for centuries!”
What’s the difference between the hair oil and the regular oil?
MOUNA: “The hair oil has been infused with herbs and botanicals that are proven to improve your hair’s texture, and comes with a dropper for easy application. The regular oil comes with a pump. You can use it on its own or mix it in with your favorite lotion.”
What other products do you offer in your line?
MOUNA: We offer the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay, which sucks out impurities in the skin and stimulates cellular regeneration as well as protects skin tissue. We also offer our Moroccan Olive Cleanser which gets rid of old surface skin cells and moisturizes.
Why buy your Argan Oil as opposed to other brands?
MOUNA: “I have personal ties to the Moroccan community and I make sure that the money we make goes back to the women in our cooperative who work so hard to make this amazing product by hand. Our product is made for women, by women!”
Side Note: Last night I applied this stuff to the ends of my hair and I woke up to bouncy, soft hair. I had completely forgotten I had put in the oil and I was wondering why on earth I was having a good hair day lol.
To purchase Mouna de Laine’s Moroccan Argan Oil, please click here.
Have questions? Reach out to Mouna on her Twitter page: @mounadelaine