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Moroccan oil hair treatment: look at the label

Another look at a top selling Amazon.com beauty product…

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment has been in the top 100 Amazon.com beauty products for almost two years! (It’s currently ranked as the 17th best seller.) It’s obvious that people really love this product; let’s look at the label to see exactly what it is they like so much. (Hint: it doesn’t actually have anything to do with Morocco.)

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone

These three silicones are what make this product work (as opposed to the small amount of argan oil that it contains.) The “cyclo” ‘cones are volatile which means they evaporate. They are used as a carrier for dimethicone which is what is really smoothing and conditioning your hair. The cyclo’s distribute easily through your hair, depositing a thin coating of dimethicone. Then *poof* they disappear. There are many other hair treatments that use similar ingredients so you can find cheaper products that do the same thing as Moroccan Oil.

Butylphenyl Methyl Propional

This is a little sneaky: this ingredient is really the primary fragrance in the product. By listing this ingredient by its chemical name and by listing a “fragrance supplement” lower in the ingredients (see below) I guess it makes this product look like its fragrance free. I’m not really sure why they would list it this way.

Argania Spinoza Kernel Oil (Aragan Oil)

This is the “magic” ingredient that this product is famous for (and named after) but it’s used at very low levels.

Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract

I’m not sure why they added this additional extract. It won’t add any benefit at low levels.

Fragrance Supplement

Again with the sneakiness.

D & C Yellow 11, D & C Red 17

These dyes are added to give the product a golden color so it looks more like “real” Argan oil. (The silicones which make up the bulk of the product have no color.)

Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

These chemicals are listed because they are known allergens that are contained in the fragrance.


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  • Willi February 15, 2016, 8:04 pm

    I read somewhere that some of the ingredients in these Moroccan oils can build up on your hair and leave a residue that does not let any of the good oils penetrate the hair shaft. Then your hair eventually dries out. Is this true? I’m trying to repair my hair using coconut oil overnight once a week, but I need something to tame the fly-aways on dry hair when I’ve gone a couple of days without washing.

    • Randy Schueller February 16, 2016, 7:45 am

      A lot of so called Moroccan oils contain cyclomethicone as the vehicle. Both this ingredient evaporates off your hair so it won’t block the good stuff.

  • Kara Carper January 29, 2018, 12:48 am

    I appreciate your research and information. But why do you have a link at the bottom of the article where people can buy the nasty Moroccan oil and help to benefit your company? I feel like if you had 100% integrity you wouldn’t support the purchase of it. Just confused….

    • Perry Romanowski January 30, 2018, 8:34 pm

      We don’t tell people what to buy. If you go through and read this post and still want to buy the product, you can do it through the link.

  • Kayla Somers November 15, 2018, 7:38 pm

    Wondering what chemicals are used in the fragrance of Moraccan oil

  • Darius December 7, 2018, 9:14 am

    Well done! Nice article, very informative (since nobody else had said it).

  • Millie Barnes August 8, 2019, 11:44 am

    I loved the product when I received the sample, but soon broke out in severe hives! Then I researched and realized there was very little argon oil in the product. All the silicone does in make the hair feel better when you use it but then begins to dry out the hair. Linseed oil is a common allergen and then there is all the other junk in it! Ugh.

  • Jen March 16, 2020, 6:45 am

    Late to the party but … ‘butylphenyl methyl propional’ is one of the twenty six EU fragrance allergens. These are required to be listed separately on the ingredients list under their INCI names on most cosmetic products.

    So potentially not sneaky, just revealing their target markets.