Josie Maran Moroccan Argan Body Oil | Balance

If any one essence enjoys its historical accolades, it’s the ephemeral Rose. The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. The Greeks says Aphrodite wanted to heal Ero’s bee stung hands, so she dropped her bottle of fragrance onto the foliage of white roses that were slowly turning red from his blood droplets. Indian Ayurvedic practitioners have mentioned the Rose’s healing power way back in 200 BC. Persians used the flower to create rose water. Quietly discovered, universally loved, the Rose now makes its way into Josie Maran’s newest collection of scented Argan body oils. Balance ($35) includes the ever popular earthy Rose Damascena into the classic Argan to bring a more unified experience to body care.

Roses are aplenty. So, I’ll skip the discourse on why so many varietals should matter to you. Rather, I’ll do defer this discussion to Ayala Moriel, who gives a fantastic breakdown of the joyous blooms and their origins. Josie Maran’s rose is one dimensional, a welcomed treat for you red flower purists. Dowdy, it’s not. The heart is simply enchanting without veering towards overt richness or sweetness. It remains uncluttered in the blend of Argan, Apricot, Sweet Almond, Safflower, Sesame, Avocado, and Olive Fruit oils. What impressed me initially is the retro charm of the Rose (100% pure essential oil) with its slow spread from the first inhales. Meditative in scent in a split second, you’ll quickly use up this bottle because it smells just that pretty. As a hair mask, you’ll forget you’re wearing a treatment. On skin after a shower, it harmonizes nicely with just about every mist I tried. And, you’ll never buy a bored old cuticle oil, as this one will turn your mani into a truly luxury one.

What makes this oil different from Josie’s prior Argan basics isn’t just the expanded roster of carriers. Discreetly blended into the abovementioned oils is Pomelo Grapefruit oil, which is applied to the skin for muscle fatigue, hair growth, toning the skin, and for acne and oily skin. It’s an oil rich in Vitamin C (and I'm sure fatty acids), but that’s about all I could find on it.

Given the number of oils I have tried and loved, it’s still nice to see Argan get a contemporary makeover. I can now imagine some forthcoming exotic blends that will capture the spirited soul of those rustic Moroccan souks. But for now, I’ll just say – thank you Josie for giving Argan aficionados a sentimental choice to reckon with – unscented purity or scented beauty.

Price: $$$
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Slightly viscous (4/10)