Josie Maran Argan Balm


For the past several years, beauty brands – niche & luxury – have been striking gold with ancillary body oils. Argan, responsible for getting the masses behind the use of oil for face and the bod, is the leading kingpin in this tightly knot collective of organic ingredients. Not surprising as one of the leading trends in skin care is for brands to introduce whole-wellness body products to flank their hero star ones. So, it was a real treat to be given* a tub of Argan Balm ($42) by Josie Maran.

Maran’s venture into body care makes sense. Sometimes an oil doesn’t cut it. Wintery winds or dehydrating derm treatments sometimes call for something a bit more dense, more plush, and more healing. Your body may be at rest while you sleep, but your skin is working hard to repair itself from sun and environmental damage. Which is why a multitasking miracle in a tub is what you need. Maran sticks to bare basics with Argan at the core of the treatment, with Shea Butter, natural Beeswax, Calendelilla and Carnuaba waxes for structural support. Temporal fluid lines of Crambe Abyssinica Seed, Jojoba, Avocado, Olive Fruit, and Coconut oils are tendered blended between melts of Mowrah and Mango Seed butters. Mowrah differs from Shea in that is lends dried skin some flexibility while reducing degeneration of skin while simultaneously nourishing dehydration. And, Crambe Abyssinica Seed oil is a botanical conditioning agent. Right here, these two rare seen ingredients give the supple balm its tender uniqueness.

You know me. You know I’ll gripe about the scent if it’s not wafting from the tin packaging seconds from opening. While this metallic tub doesn’t dare to go above a whisper with the Tiare extracts, I’m always relieved to see the essences used were natural, not synthetic. Of course, I wished for the angelic allure of Gardenia to sing its venerable graces with a soft, tranquil hum. But, better for sensitive skins, who may not appreciate the wonder balm being scented, as you can use this baby anywhere. I mean, everywhere. Tame furry brows, slick frizzy flyaways, and massage in craggly cuticles. It’s a bit stiff at first open, but dig deep to get a chuck out and watch it spread with ease.

In short, it’s a multisensory delight with low maintenance frills that may just save you a few bucks as you’ll drop the need for hand creams & lip balms.

Price: $$$
Scent Classification: None
Texture: Stiff salve

*My warmest thanks to Annie for sharing this balm through the most unusual, but highly appreciated of ways.