A couple months ago Shanti and I were lucky to be gifted some Josie Maran products. All of you know we are not huge fans of trying new things but we have to admit that some of the gifted items surprised us in a big way and have made their way into our daily beauty regimens. Please note, this isn’t a paid review, it’s a real review.
The Conscious of the Company
Josie Maran was started by a former model who after working with some of the most world renown makeup artists, grew weary of the toxic chemicals in the makeup that they used on her. She began to question; does luxury require not having a conscience? After traveling to the South of France, she was introduced to Pure Argan Oil by some of the women there and was amazed by their youthful appearance. After that, it was a wrap. She started Josie Maran Cosmetics in 2007 with Pure Argan Oil as the signature product.
Josie Maran uses pure, Fair Trade Argan Oil, grown and harvested responsibly by co-ops of Moroccan women who earn a living wage. We partner with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations, use eco-friendly packaging, and we never stop striving to improve our products and our impact on the world.
The Staple: Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil
This oil is the ish! I am already on my second bottle. This will be in my beauty regimen for as long as I live. This product is an organic, chemical free, saving grace, known as the ‘liquid gold of Morocco’. Argan Oil is loaded with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, so it has amazing healing, conditioning and repairing properties—for skin, hair, feet, nails, your baby’s bottom.
This product is light weight which allows it penetrate easily, while being extremely powerful without coating the skin with greasy residue. I apply it on my face every morning and night after cleansing. It, along with my vitamin C serum has helped fade my dark spots, calmed my redness, and soothed my crows feet while keeping my skin well hydrated and acne free. I’m really serious y’all. I was so self conscious about my skin that I wouldn’t leave the house without a full face of foundation and now I have traded in my foundation for a light cc cream. And I don’t even wear that unless I have a show or audition. My boo thang even commented on the change in my skin over the past couple of months.
Shanti also using this on her skin as her hair. She recently mentioned it in her Post Big Chop Update.
The prices range from $96.00 for a large luxury size bottle. $48.00 for a medium sized bottle. Keep in mind you only need to use a couple droplets, 2-3 each application so the bottles will last quite a long time. I had been using my first bottle for 3 months and had over half my bottle left until I spilled the remaining oil in my gym bag. SMH. Anyway, I went out and bought another that day. I’m dedicated.
BUT, if the price is off putting or cause for concern I would suggest purchasing the small travel size bottle for $16.00 and test it out. The oil also comes in a ‘light’ formula for those weary of using too much oil. They are available at Josie Maran’s online shop or at sephora. Keep in mind it’s vegan, cruelty and paraben free and completely organic.
The Beach in a Bottle: Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist
I wasn’t even going to try this product. The name alone had me skeptical. I thought to myself, “That was nice of them to give me but nah! Have they seen my hair? I am never going to achieve those beach wave curls donned by the Sports Illustrated and Victora Secret models without a curling wand and some hair spray. Nope. Maybe, I’ll give this to my blonde hair blue eyed girlfriend at work.” I couldn’t have been more wrong ladies.
After speaking with Shanti, she told me that she tried it and liked it but thought the benefits would show better on someone with longer hair. I then tried it and loved it. It contains Himalayan Pink Sea Salt which adds just enough roughness to the hair to create body without causing it to be dry and brittle. Have you ever gone to the beach and after getting in the water your curls were poppin? That’s pretty much what this does. It’s the beach in a bottle.
I will warn you though, too much of this product (similar to any other) will cause your hair to feel brittle and sticky. You also, because of the salt component, want to be sure your hair is moisturized before adding the product. With that said, I would recommend this product for hair that has some length, is less coarse and easily achieves a lot of movement.
I apply my leave-in conditioner to wet hair and then spray 5-8 sprays of the hair mist to my hair. I then style with my diffuser as usual. I’ll do a video soon of my new regimen to show you exactly how I achieve the look.
This hair mist costs $22.00 and lasted me about 3 months. It is cruelty and parben free, made with natural ingredients, vegan and contains no synthetic fragrance.
The Bomb: Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter
This butter is whipped is extremely hydrating despite it being light and fluffy which makes it extremely easy to spread across your body, insuring that a little goes a long way. It’s ingredients include antioxidant packed argan oil and 10 plant oils. This is the stuff you take out when you want your body to feel soft, smooth, and irresistible. It’s a natural added allure. This butter will definitely have your back and your front ; )
It’s also vegan, cruelty and paraben free and completely organic.
All in all, Josie Maran’s products are amazing.
We highly recommend them to everyone around the way. OH! AND you can find them at Sephora, so if you don’t believe us, go on in and get yourself a sample. A video on the Bohemian Waves Mist is coming soon!