La Bedouine: Is it Any Different from other Argan Oils?

"Handmade for the woman who camel-treks by day and slips into silk at night."
These products were made for my Aunt LoxyQ, circa 1971.

After falling in love with Argan oil, the owner of La Bedouine set out to learn more about this oil, so precious to many. When she traveled to Morocco, she found that many of the Argan oil cooperatives, which were supposed to help women make a living cultivating this oil, were actually just diluting it with cheaper oils. And the Argan oils were being made in a factory, not by the Berber women. Even the oils in the souks were not produced by the women the world thought were making the oils. The company sought out a traditional Berber family who still practiced hand pressing, and whose oil is now sold by La Bedouine. Undiluted, rich and luxe, this oil is claimed to be a truly rare product on the world market.

But is it any different from other Argan Oils? I decided to find out. I was sent a bottle of their 100% Pure and Organic oil to try (along with a few other goodies). But how do I evaluate the product? I don't have a lab and I'm not a real scientist, so all I have to go on are my observations. In my attempt to get to the bottom of this, I picked four oils and tested them, Gouldylox style.

I took 100% Pure Argan Oil from New Directions, Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil, Melvita 100% Pure Argan Oil as well as the oil from La Bedouine and decided to see if I could spot any differences.

I wanted to see if one of the formulas was thinner or thicker than the others. Again, I'm not sure if one is more pure than the others, I'm just looking for differences in the oil. I'm certain any difference I find could be chalked up to the pressing and refining process. But I do like experiments...

So I put three drops of the oil from each on one of my arms. I then turned that arm sideways to have a turtle race of oils. On your mark, get set, GO! I'm not sure what this shows, other than which oil is thinnest. Here are the winners:

In fourth place is the New Directions oil.
In third place is Josie Maran.
Tied for first is Melvita and La Bedouine, which managed to run almost all of the way around my arm.

Next, I wanted to test absorption. Granted, I'm testing this on myself and I'm fairly certain this holds no scientific results that could be proven in a court of law, but it's too late to turn back now.

I placed one drop of each oil on the other arm to see which would be absorbed the most quickly. In results that make no sense whatsoever, the New Directions Oil was absorbed the most quickly, followed by La Bedouine. Third place went to Melvita and last place went to Josie Maran. When I rub them in, Melvita and La Bedouine go into the skin more quickly than Josie Maran. The New Directions oil takes the longest to go into the skin when I manually rub it in. How does that make sense? I can say when I apply them to my hair, New Directions feels heavy and La Bedouine feels light and doesn't weigh hair down.

Since scientifically this isn't going anywhere, let's look at the products. It's clear to me that La Bedouine and Melvita are different from New Directions and Josie Maran. The latter are the "clunkier" of the oils.

La Bedouine is a light oil and absorbs easily when you manually rub it into the skin or hair. It does not make hair feel heavy or greasy, as other oils I've tried seem to do when they aren't blended with a silicone. This oil feels light and hydrates my skin beautifully. It also imparts a beautiful glow to the skin after it's been applied. I really, really enjoy using this oil!

La Bedouine also offers a Mousse d'Argan, which helps cleanse the face, soothe and nourish. Any time you plump the skin, fine lines disappear. Who doesn't like that? This cleanser isn't really mousse-like. It's more of a whipped gel, which is an odd consistency. This cleanser foams when you rub your hands together with water. It leaves the face feeling clean, hydrated and extremely smooth. I have to say, I kind of love this cleanser.

Finally, they also offer one of the most gorgeous products I've run across in a long time. Berberian Lip Rouge is worn by Berber women on their wedding day. The lip stain is made from pomegranate bark and Coquelicots, a poppy-red flower. The botanicals are crushed into a paste by mortar and pestle and the paste sunbaked in small terracotta pots. The mirrored compact is carved of native Thuya wood in Essaouira exclusively for La Bedouine. It's a beautiful piece and looks lovely on any vanity. The lip stain itself is a pretty reddish bronze color that requires a bit of hydrated lip base to extend wear and avoid cracking.

(Wearing Berberian Lip Rouge. It's a natural stain, so it wears unlike other stains you may have tried. Reapplication will be needed if you plan on wearing this for a significant amount of time.)

You can even request samples of the product for free if you would like to try them before committing. 
All in all, I really like this line, especially the cleanser. If you are looking for pure Argan oil this is nice product to consider.

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  1. The Berbian Lip Rouge sounnds beautiful. I'm fascinated by historically inspired perfumes and beauty products. I really want to try it someday.


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