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Almond Oils vs. Argan Oil

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The almighty almond. You have probably come across all the health benefits of eating almonds but it has a plethora of topical skin benefits too. Sweet Almond Oil has become a favorite of many because of its vitamin content and neutral smell but how does it compare to Morocco’s “liquid gold” Argan Oil? With so many different beauty oils on the market it can be hard to choose between them all. Keep reading to find out more about these two popular oils.

Sweet Almond Oil is most famously used as a carrier oil. It’s mixed with essential oils--such as lavender--that can be used to create a soothing massage oil. This oil is also high in zinc which aids in relieving skin rashes. Those with sensitive or very dry skin benefit from using sweet almond oil because of how quickly it penetrates skin.

Argan Oil is filled with vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. It is mostly known for being an ingredient in many hair care products that hydrate, protect, and prevent further damage to your strands. The high vitamin E content restores skin elasticity leaving skin plump and soft. Because of this, many pregnant women choose to apply argan oil to their bellies daily to prevent and reduce stretch marks.

Both oils help heal dry skin and protect it from external UV damage. Almond oil does this through its high vitamin A content and argan oil through its high vitamin E content. While the two oils seem similar in their benefits and uses, once you get into the composition of each oil the differences begin to emerge.

In skincare, fatty acids are essential in creating a healthy and smooth appearance by protecting our skin’s natural oil barrier. Below are the most common fatty acids and the percentage found in each of the oils.

Fatty Acid

Sweet Almond Oil

Argan Oil

Palmitic Acid

4.0 - 9.0 %

11.0 - 15.0 %

Palmitoleic Acid

0.6 %

0.3 - 3.0 %

Stearic Acid

1.0 - 3.0 %

4.0 - 7.0 %

Oleic Acid

62.0 - 86.0 %

43.0 - 49.0 %

Linoleic Acid

20.0 - 30.0 %

29.0 - 36.0 %

Linolenic Acid

0.4 %

0.2 %

Overall, argan oil has the highest concentration of fatty acids compared to sweet almond oil. Because of this, argan oil works better and faster giving you the most amount of skin benefits possible.

Argan oil can be used on the face, body, hair, and nails. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave behind greasy residue making it the perfect multitasking product. When buying argan oil make sure to purchase one that is cold-pressed, chemical, and preservative free to get the most benefits possible.


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