Argan Oil vs Jojoba Oil

Both jojoba oil and argan oil can be used for face, body, hair, nail, wrinkles.

Here’s my take on how they’re different and similiar so that you can choose what works best for YOUR skin. Enjoy.


Similarities between argan and Jojoba oil

Both are ‘dry oils’ – they don’t leave your skin feeling greasy because they absorb really fast.

Both are premium priced oils.

Both can be used undiluted on your skin.

Both are suitable for all ages.

Both make excellent moisturizers and face oils

Both can be used during gua sha facial massage

Both are suitable for adding essential oils to.

Morocco-goats in argan tree

Morocco-goats climb argan trees



Both grown in hot arid climates and can be grown without pesticides

Both are cold-pressed to release the oil then filtered and packed..

Both are used for anti-ageing skin and hair care.

Both help your skin stay healthy. Both are natural and grown on plants.

Both can be used to soften dry lips, split ends, add shine to your hair.

Both work to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Both can be used instead of a body lotion or after shave blend.

Both can be used throughout the year although Jojoba is ‘lighter’ in texure so will absorb faster

argan seeds

argan seeds

The differences between Argan and Jojoba oils

Jojoba has a natural SPF factor of 4. Argan has none.

Argan has more vitamin E and sits on the skin’s surface for slightly longer.

Argan contains fatty acids (oleic and linoleic to name a few), phenols, squalene, vitamin E, and carotenes. It works to fade  scars and improve elasticity

Jojoba is actually a liquid wax and mimics our skin’s natural sebum. It was first used as an alternative to Sperm Whale Oil

Jojoba can be used on skin that is acneic – it helps the skin rebalance sebum production. It unclogs pores and hair follicles

The shelf life of jojoba is longer – 5 years vs 2 years for argan

Argan comes from Morocco, Jojoba comes from America or Israel.

Jojoba is clear in colour, argan is slightly yellow.

Argan’s Latin name is Argana spinosa while jojoba is Simmondsia chinensis

Argan contains the sterol spinasterol

Argan has more triglycerides,w hiel jojoba is mostly esters and fatty alcohols.

jojoba seeds

Jojoba kernels and leaves

Jojoba contains 66-71% Eicosenoic acid, which according to Pubmed is higher in the skin of Autistic people.

Argan is more suited to prematurely ageing skin, those with sun damage or stretch marks.

Jojoba is ideal for those with acne, eczema, dandruff, inflammatory conditions, dandruff.

Jojoba stimulates wound healing and collagen synthesis

Jojoba reduces hair frizz and breakage, and can be used on beards or post shaving.

Rub jojoba into blisters, calluses, and corns.

Rub jojoba onto your cuticles before a manicure or pedicure to soften them naturally



what’s inside jojoba oil or jojoba wax?

Questions about Jojoba Oil and Argan Oil

What colour are argan oil and jojoba oil?


I’ve poured soem of each into a clear glass bowl to show you the difference.

The yellow is the Golden jojoba, organic, unrefined.

The clear is the argan unroasted and organic.  You can buy clear jojoba oils that have been refined.

The unrefined has more ‘goodness’

face cream with argan jojoba oil

difference in colour between golden jojoba and argan oil

Is jojoba oil good for your skin?

Yes. Jojoba is 100% natural and mimics your skin’s natural healthy sebum.

It does not block pores and it protects and nurtures. How?

Becasue jojoba oil has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, it helps  with eczema, candida, ringworm, dermatitis and psoriasis.

It also promotes quicker healing of wounds, burns, itching, allergies and inflammatory skin conditions.

So yes, it’s great for your skin.


How do you use jojoba oil on your face?

Apply a few drops and massage into your face.

Can I leave jojoba oil on my face overnight?

Yes. Jojoba is a pacifier and neutralizer of all the three doshas in Ayurvedic medicine. So will restore balance when used to massage your face and body.

Jojoba has mild, moist, cooling, light and hydrating properties that help skin that is dry, inflamed or acne-prone.

“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.”

Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89.

How often should you put jojoba oil on your face?

It depends on how your skin feels – it can be used daily.

Judge for yourself how your skin feels.


What  does jojoba oil smell like?

Not much – it is a very faint and clean smell. Hardly noticeable.

How do you pronounce jojoba?

Ho-Ho (Like Santa!) – Bar



What is jojoba oil best for?

Everything! Hair, skin, nails, your body. All ages and skin types. All product types-serums, cleansers, moisturizers, makeup, lip balms, beard care, conditioners.

Can jojoba oil grow hair?

Massaging your scalp will improve circulation to your hair’s roots, that in itself will help.

Jojoba has many benefits to healthy hair including:

  • strengthen the roots of the hair,
  • enrich the scalp,
  • reduce dandruff
  • control frizz, treat alopecia and
  • promote hair growth.

Add some rosemary or ylang ylang essential oil to your jojoba massage blend and rub that into your scalp.

Rosemary and ylang smell grat and also improve hair growth, which is why they’re used in shampoos and conditioners.

Does jojoba oil clog pores?

No, it’s similar in its structure to healthy natural sebum. It also rebalances sebum production so if your skin is oily it will rebalance it towards normal.

How good is jojoba oil for your face?

Awesome, read the section on Similarities.

jojoba based moisturizer

jojoba based moisturizer

Jojoba oil for beard

Yes, jojoba make s great beard oil – either as a standalone ingredients, or blended with other dry feeling oils.

Is argan oil good for rosacea?

Yes. It has a high  content of Vitamin E which is anti-nflammatory.
Argan is really soothing on skin that si dry, sensitive or suffers from rosacea.

Which oil is best for rosacea?

Argan, jojoba and rosehip are both excellent.

Substitute for jojoba oil

Hmm this is hard. Jojoba is actually a liquid wax so not really any substitutes around.

The closest feeling to it is olive derived squalane.

Jojoba is actually a replacement to Sperm Whale Oil.

Which oil is better for face Argan or jojoba?

It depends on your skin.. the weather, your age, what else you are using on your skin, the stress levels you have and if you have any spots, redness or dry patches.
Both are great for skin. What is best for you, today, might not be best next month or next year. Nothing in nature remains the same.
So to answer your question, you need to experiment on your own skin. Try both. Use your bare hands to feel the difference they make and then you will know.
If you have acne or olier skin patches, I’d suggest you begin with jojoba.
And acne is a sign that your body is filled with toxins and undigested protein.  You will need to address what food you eat. Get a food list tested by a kineseologist or a true empath.

Which is better for your hair jojoba oil or argan oil?

I would say it depends on how fine your hair is. Finer hair mind find argan a bit heavier.
Both do work so play around with proportions.
Another great hair oil is sesame. (The virgin unrefined of course, not the cooking variety)

Can we mix argan oil with jojoba oil?

Of course!
Mixing makes what’s called synergy where the sum is greater than the parts.
You can play with the ratios and see what works best for your skin condition.
Argan  contains antioxidants and fatty acids that regenerate and revitalise mature and dry skin, while jojoba mimics your body’s protective sebum so keeps your skin supple and soft.

Does jojoba oil help with acne?

Yes. it mimics sebum so helpss rebalance your skin’s natural oil(sebum) production. Sebum keeps your skin protected so you do need it.
 Acne skin is too enthusiastic with oil production. Stripping oil away with harsh cleansers or alcoholic toners makes it worse. You end up with dry skin patches AND acne,  double ouch. Instead use a gentle jojoba based cleanser like Jardin de Fleurs.
Acneic skin is often deficient in linoleic acid. You’ll need to eat foods rich in linoleic acid eg hemp seeds.
Remember to shower promptly after sweaty exercise like HIIT and spinning.

Does Argan Oil reduce redness?

Yes, it is calming and soothing. You also need to watch your diet and drink enough water. Cut back on caffeine, alcohol, smoking and late nights too.

How do you use argan oil on your face?

Apply a few drops after you have washed your face. Massage them into your face using gentle circular motions. Use this time to breathe slowly and be present to the feel and touch of your hands on your skin.

What are dry oils?

Dry oils are those that soaks intot he skin rapidly. Theyt don’t sit there like an oil slick for ages.

However if you’re doing an aromatehrapy massage, you don’t eant the oil to sink in too fast, or esle you’ll be creatign heat and friction on the skin.

Dry oils are typically used on ther face and hair where you dont want an oily sheen. They vanish liek you cast a spell in Potions class at Hogwarts.

Also, in summer you use drier feeling oils during the day to stop your skin getting all sweaty.

Do dry oils replace a moisturizer?


While a dry oil in summer is great for during the day vs a heavy night cream, you still need a moisturiser before bed. Night time is when you skin does it’s repairing. A moisturiser contains elements that hydrate and protect.

Other dry feeling oils great for humid summertime include:

  • Arctic cranberry seed oil
  • Blueberry seed oil
  • Borage oil
  • Blackcurrant seed oil
  • Camellia oil
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Red Raspberry seed oil
  • Rosehip seed oil
  • Sea Buckthorn
  • Sesame oil
  • Strawberry seed oil
  • Sunflower oil

Use richer oils in winter when your skin feels dry and scaly as they leave a fine layer on your skin that prevents water loss.

What is the best dry oil?

Jojoba is one of them – especially as it’s suitable for those with nut allergies.

Is coconut oil a dry oil?

No, it’s very greasy. It stays on the skin’s surface for ages. It can even dry out your skin if you have Celtic skin or rosacea so beware.

Is almond oil a dry oil?

No it’s not. It lingers on the skin so makes a good oil for massage.


Suggested Reading:

  1. Carrier Oils: For Aromatherapy and Massage by Len Price, Shirley Price
  2. Liquid Sunshine- Jan Kusmirek