Budget Alternative to MoroccanOil

by cate on September 15, 2010

I wrote about MoroccanOil earlier this summer in a piece called “Have You Tried MoroccanOil Yet?”  In that piece, I praised the discovery of MoroccanOil as a blessing to my hair as it has made it healthier and more manageable. One thing I was cautious about was the price tag. While you can find the original MoroccanOil at a slight discount online at places like Amazon.com and Ebay.com it is still a fairly steep price for recessionistas to be paying.  One of my commentors mentioned that Sally’s Beauty makes a “generic” MoroccanOil at a fraction of the price. The review wasn’t too positive so I put on my beauty snob attitude and dismissed the idea of buying something so cheap when I was using the name brand oil.

Original MoroccanOilAs my bottle inched closer and closer to empty I started thinking about what I was going to do. I thought it would be a no brainer. Pay the $43 and buy a large bottle next time I was at the hair salon but I rethought that idea once I stepped into a Sally’s to buy my dry shampoo, Batiste. The bottle of Argan Oil was fairly large and it was under $10. I thought I should at least try it so I could review it on my blog. I mean what kind of beauty blogger was I if I was going to be a snob at the mere mention of an off beauty brand. Really! So I brought it to the counter and checked out. If nothing else it was just $10 and I could donate the product to Salvation Army if it truly sucked like the Treseme dry shampoo I hate.

Argan OilRather than hating the product I actually like it. I do find it to be a tad more watery than the MoroccanOil brand so I have to be careful how much I am spreading throughout my hair. I found too much makes my hair fall flat and it doesn’t matter how much gel I put in there, my hair isn’t going to do a darn thing! I also learned that putting in a dab before going to bed (with dirty hair that is) helps absorb some of the oil at night. Random I know but it is true.  I haven’t noticed my hair being different in any other ways. It is still shiny and healthy. No frizz in general and no tangles. I still take my various vitamins and eat lots of fruits and vegetables each day which I’m sure helps but overall I think the Sally’s Beauty version of MoroccanOil is a good budget friendly alternative for budget recessionistas looking to get in on the MoroccanOil/Argan Oil trend.

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hedy September 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm


Syrell October 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I noticed that CVS pharmacy sells a moroccan oil for 8.00 and I am curious if that one works well, do you know anything about it?

cate October 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I have not tried the version at CVS. I did a quick search on the CVS website and the brand I found was the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo. I’m not sure if that is the one you are referring to (pretty medium-light bottle?). It appears to be slightly cheaper than the Sally’s brand but one thing to note is that the actual Argon oil isn’t mentioned until the 9th ingredient vs. the Sally’s brand lists it as the 7th ingredient. If you aren’t familiar with labeling, the ingredient list begins with the item that composes the majority of the product and descends until the smallest component of the product is listed.

Now I know this is a post about budget alternatives to the expensive stuff but I will mention that you can buy MoroccanOil products on Amazon.com. For example the 33 oz bottle I bought at my salon for $76 can be found on Amazon for $50. When you think about it 1 regular size bottle (8oz) is $22. So if you don’t mind the upfront cost the best bang for your buck is the Amazon deal. You definitely won’t have to worry about buying shampoo for the next year and a half to two years.

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