Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Argan Oil 

This did not initially wow me but it’s actually a great all rounder. I bought it for my hair but in a surprise twist, I’ve found myself using it more and more for skincare.

When it is treating my locks, I just put a couple of drops into my hand, rub my palms together then run it through/over dry ends. Don’t use too much with this or you’ll end up looking like the girl from the ring. I also occasionally use it on damp hair after I’ve shampooed to improve its condition, but the former is my preferred method.

With regards to skincare it’s fairly straightforward. Apply however much (usually a couple of drops) onto skin. In particular, I’ve found it to be a great morning moisturizer as it sinks right into my skin so there’s very little waiting time before I apply my makeup.

Argan Oil is said to improve moisture retention, skin and hair elasticity, tame frizzy hair and split ends as well as improve complexion by reducing the appearance of fine lines and blemishes. What I particularly like about the John Masters Argan oil is that it’s 100% organic and that it supports the local women’s cooperative in Morocco that harvests the Argan. There are however, cheaper options out there.

Price: £30
Ingredients: Argania Spinosa (argan) Oil 100% Organic

Shine On

I can’t see myself repurchasing this one. I like it (or at least it’s inoffensive), but I can’t work out exactly what it’s for or how to use it! ‘Shine’ I suppose, but it doesn’t seem to particularly excel in this department when compared with other products. Softness? It does make my hair feel lovely and soft but there are other, cheaper products that also do this. Manageability perhaps, but I have no evidence to suggest that this is the case… It’s all a bit of a mystery.

It’s described as a leave-in hair treatment that forgoes the synthetic silicones so often found in hair care products. Instead, organic kelp smooths and softens (this is where the shine should come in), marine phytoplankton improves moisture retention, calendula provides a little TLC for the scalp while fagus sylvatica extract and carrot seed oil provide keratin, moisture, carotene and vitamin A… This is the kind of stuff I love to hear a product promise (hence the purchase), but I think there are probably similar but cheaper products that provide similar benefits – a simple conditioner springs to mind.

At the moment I just apply it to the ends of damp hair then run my tangle teaser through it… I feel like I’m missing a trick so if anyone has any experience with this product, I’d love a few pointers!

Price: £25
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera leaf juice) gel,* aqua (water), glycerin, guar gum,* sodium alginate, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil,* olea europaea (olive) oil,* calendula officinalis (calendula) extract,* anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract,* xanthane gum, methylcellulose gum, macrocystis pyrifera (kelp) extract,* marine phytoplankton, fagus sylvatica (beech) extract*. * NOP Certified Organic

I love the John Masters ethos and the top quality of his products. I want to delve a little further into his range, perhaps try the Green Tea and Calendula leave in conditioning mist or the Lavender and avocado intensive conditioner. Any recommendations?