Thursday, 16 June 2016

Josie Maran Argan Creamy Oil Cleansing Treatment

Describe the brand in five words.
Argan. QVC. Body butters.

That's it - I'm sorry I literally have no clue who Josie Maran, is, or what her background is. This is more to do with her lack of distribution in the UK than anything else though. I came across the body butter in Sephora, smelt it, bought it, loved it, bought it again. Searched for them in the UK and came across them on QVC. Saw this, thought 'Yes thanks.'

What is it?
'My California-girl roots inspired me to create innovative, multi-tasking Argan Cleansing Treatment, which makes great skin nearly effortless. It hydrates, exfoliates, and purifies in a hot minute, leaving your face glowing, energized, and never stripped. Achieving balance has never been so laid-back, or so luminous.'

Alrighty then. It's a traditional balm cleanser.

Who is it for?
It says all skins but I'd go easy if you have active acne. It's a proper oil balm, doesn't come off in one go.

What’s in it?
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Beeswax, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Behenate, Tocopherol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil.

What's not in it?
'No parabens, so sulfates, no phthalates: nothing you’d find in the final round of a spelling bee, and most importantly, nothing that’s toxic to your skin or the planet.'

I love the spelling bee comment, but let's pretend they didn't use the 'T' word.

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
shea butter

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No/unsure, but I doubt it.

How does it smell?
Not great. Which is weird, as they went to the trouble of putting fragrance in it. Odd. It's not even easy to describe the smell. I would just warn that if you are sensitive to smell you may want to try this first before you buy. It's bland, but 'there'.

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
It feels nice on the skin. Smooth, luxurious. Absorption rate not really appropriate on this one.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
All stages of cleansing. First, second and AM.

How long before you should see results?
N/A - immediate. Obvs.

How long did I test it for?
I've had this for about 5 weeks, used it maybe 7/8 times?

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
£32.00 from QVC. $48.00 in the US. 90ml. Depends how much you use. If you use it every evening you're probably looking at 4 weeks? If you use it for makeup removal, longer if not.

What’s good about it?
I'm torn about this one. It's a lovely texture, feels good with massage, it really does remove makeup very well.

What’s not so good about it?
It doesn't smell great. That shouldn't be important but it would almost be preferable if it was unfragranced. And despite removing well, I always feel a little residue.  I'm not a fan of the cloth it comes with either. Some people complain that cotton flannels are rough, but nothing drags the skin like a microfibre cloth. IMO.

Works well with?
A good acid toner afterwards for any residue.

What’s the website like?
Pretty basic. Easy to navigate.

Would I repurchase?
Probably not. There are other cleansers out there that do the same job/if not better and the strange smell just doesn't make it a pleasure to use. I'm sure I'm in a minority though, it's clearly a best seller. Do let me know if you love it.
The body butters however, are divine and they are always on my list.

Similar products?
Emma Hardie
Temple Spa

Josie Maran Argan Creamy Oil Cleansing Treatment is £32.00 from QVC in the UK and $48.00 in the US from


  1. I feel like some brands add fragrance, but make the smell unpleasant so it feels more natural.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. I have tried this and I found it to be terrible. I like to emulsify and with this one you really can't, the oil and water literally don't mix. I only use it as a first cleanse as it left a lot of residue on my face too. Only good thing is if you buy it from QVC and you don't like it you can return within 30 days and get your money back (minus postage and packing).

  3. This looks incredible. Josie Maran's entire Argan line is just so hard to resist as the products are such great quality!

    xoxo Mollie

    1. I love her line, but this is the one item I haven't tried. Her body butters smell great.

  4. Hi Caroline,

    I believe it is 90 ml/3 fl. oz.

  5. From the U.S. Sephora site about the brand. "Josie Maran believes that what we put on our bodies also goes in our bodies. Armed with this mantra, the supermodel debuted her natural-yet-effective line of beauty that was luxurious, healthy, and good for the environment in 2007. Each product--from the ingredients to the packaging--supports her dedication to socially responsible and eco-friendly beauty. "
    I have yet to find a product of hers that I would repurchase. I have not tried the body butters yet. I have used her argan cleansing oil and did not like the scent or the taste when I accidentally got some on my lips.

  6. Highly recommend her self adjusting foundation and tinted sunscreen. Body butters and oil are fab. I agree that the cleansing oil tastes terrible. Don't know how it keeps getting in my mouth. Usually not a problem I have washing my face.

  7. Josie Maran is an American model, her face was all over the Maybelline ads At the end of the 90s.
    Now when it comes to her cosmetics, I don't know where she gets the knowledge from.

  8. I'd really like to try her body butters and also the new foundation seems to be getting some great reviews. Sadly this cleanser doesn't sound like it'll be on my list.
    The Beauty Bloss

  9. Josie Maran is an actress, soz ya knows. ;) Thanks for this!!!

  10. Hi Caroline! I was just wondering why products that have sunflower oil as the primary ingredient are on the more expensive side and whether its actually a decent ingredient in skincare. I never really thought of sunflower oil as something I'd like to put on my face...thoughts? :)