Josie Maran Cosmetics

Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick

0.55 fl. oz. for $ 22.00
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Although argan oil isn't a miracle ingredient (see More Info below for details), it is a good non-fragrant plant oil that joins similar ingredients in this product to create a moisturizing balm for dry lips or skin.

Although a mix of plant oils and waxes can help skin heal and prevent moisture loss, in this product they're joined by irritating ingredients that hurt skin's healing process. Rosemary and lemon oils plus menthol are all best avoided if you want to have healthy skin. The irritation these types of ingredients produce can cause collagen to break down, hurt the skin's healing process, and inflame skin.

If you're intent on seeing how argan oil works for your dry skin, consider Josie Maran's Argan Oil 100% Pure Organic Moisturizer instead, or consider far less pricy versions of 100% argan oil found online or from natural-oriented grocery or supplement stores.


  • Contains some very good emollients and plant oils to help improve dry, chapped lips and/or skin.
  • Convenient stick form makes for easy application on-the-go.

  • Contains rosemary and lemon oils plus the potent irritant menthol. These ingredients hurt skin's healing process and cause collagen breakdown.
  • The irritants can make chapped, cracked lips look and feel worse.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This multi-purpose balm offers all the benefits of the nourishing oil, which includes anti-aging ingredients rich in fatty acids and vitamin E. A head-to-toe spot treatment for dry areas in need of moisture, this soothing balm conditions and repairs skin as it hydrates. Use it to moisturize chapped lips, soothe dry skin, tame fly aways, alleviate itching and stinging from insect bites, moisturize dry cuticles, relieve chafing skin, and much, much more.

Josie Maran At-A-Glance

Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin.

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 ingredients 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, its 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, 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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