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Argan oil has long been appreciated by women in North Africa. That’s because it’s a superior hair and skin conditioner. This oil is taken from the nut of the Argan tree, which grows in Morocco.
In recent years, many high-end cosmetics sold in America have incorporated pure argan oil as a natural moisturizer. Before that, those of us living in the United States heard little about this Moroccan beauty secret.
Argan oil has earned a reputation for being able to combat dryness and to renew the skin. This oil is often credited with being able to reverse some of the visible signs of aging. This oil is rich in nutrients and antioxidants.
Nowadays, argan is often added to high-end hair care products. Lately, people have been using argan oil for dogs. As you can imagine, these are premium products, so they’re relatively expensive. However, that’s not why I’m not showing them here.
After an exhaustive internet search, I couldn’t find any suitable dog products with argan, which didn’t contain a laundry list of chemicals. I was able to locate one brand without the potentially carcinogenic and irritating sodium lauryl sulfate, but some of the other ingredients were questionable. (If my own dog had a nut allergy, I wouldn’t use argan oil. That’s because the oil is derived from a tree nut.)
If you know of any good dog products with argan oil, please let me know, In a year or two, things will probably be different. But, at the moment, if you want to use luxurious argan oil on your dog, your best bet is to buy some argan oil packaged for humans, and then use it in a DIY coat conditioner recipe. (I’d imagine it would also do good things for hot spots. Ask your vet about this.)
Argan Oil On Dogs
Because a growing number of people outside of North Africa are just beginning to appreciate argan oil, it hasn’t yet found its way into as many dog products as it has into human shampoos, conditioners and facial moisturizers.
But that’s okay. For the moment it’s really easy to whip up your own homemade dog conditioner with argan oil.
- 2 Tbs. of coconut oil
- 1 Tbs. of argan oil (available here)
- 1 Tbs of raw organic honey (available here)
- 4 drops of lavender oil (available here)
Rub this nourishing conditioner into your dog’s fur and let it stay in place for a few minutes. Wash with natural plant-based soap and rinse thoroughly.