Cosmetic Argan Oil Vs. Culinary Argan Oil

The Difference Between Cosmetic & Culinary Argan Oil

I’m Bader and welcome to our Argan oil „tidbit“ posts series.

We know your time is precious, so we took a look at the dozens of emails with questions we receive from our readers and clients and challenged ourselves to do these quick-shot series.

Each short post will provide one specific answer about Argan oil, do it in just few lines and you can read it in less than a minute.

Over the course of this series, you’ll also discover a wide range of quick tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of your Argan oil journey and how to use your Argan oil to quickly and easily reach the desired results with long lasting positive effects.

And of course, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot those in the comments section bellow. We’ll be happy to help you further.

So if you have a minute let’s get started:

Our very first step in this series is about the main difference between the cosmetic and the culinary grade of Argan oil.


A lot of folks, even in some areas here in Morocco still think there’s only one version of Argan oil: the culinary one.

The illustration above shows two modes of processing the Argan kernels. To yield culinary Argan oil (traditional Argan oil), the kernels are roasted on open fire then ground using a stone-mill.

To gain the cosmetic Argan oil however, the kernels are pressed in their natural state usually by machine. This is the version known today as “cold-pressed” Argan oil.

And that’s the Argan oil quick-shot for today. I’ll see you next time for another short post, until then we look forward to seeing you in the comments section.

Thanks for reading 🙂


  1. Hi

    Can you use cosmetic argan oil for culinary purposes?

    Many thanks


    1. Hi Karen,

      Thank you for your comment.
      Whether or not one can use cosmetic Argan oil for culinary purposes or not is a personal choice. However, I’m afraid it isn’t tasty for the majority of people.


  2. Hi, can the cosmetic grade argan oil be consumed then.. for example as a dip for bread or salad dressing? Thank you.

    1. Hi Lin,

      Thank you for your question.
      Whether or not one can use cosmetic Argan oil in food or not is a personal choice. However, I’m afraid it isn’t tasty for the purposes you mentioned!


    1. Hi Subhadersini,

      Thank you for your comment and interest in our products.
      Culinary Argan oil can be used for some light cosmetic purposes only. For issues like hairfall etc.. cosmetic Argan oil is the way to go, thanks to its potency.


  3. Can culinary argan oil be used to get rid of stretch marks? And can people use as a face and body moisturizer?

    1. Hi Anna,

      Thank you for your message.

      Sure, one can use culinary Argan oil for beauty purposes, but only for light issues (i.e. light skin dryness etc..).
      If one wants to enjoy the full impact with quicker, deeper and long-lasting results for beauty and cosmetic purposes however, cosmetic Argan oil is more potent that the culinary one.

      I hope this helps 🙂


  4. Thank you for your reply. Would you elaborate about what you meant by “hoewever only minor ones”? Do you also have Argan soap products ? Looking forward to your explanation.
    Septian Riza
    Jakarta, Indonesia

  5. Short but useful post with simple explanation about the two types of Argan oil.
    I also like the image on this page. May I use this image on my website? If not, no hard feelings 😉

  6. Assalamualaikum,
    Can people use Culinary Argan Oil to apply for hair and skin instead of Cosmetic Argan Oil. Are there any side effects ?
    Septian Riza

    1. Author

      Hi Septian,

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Yes, culinary Argan oil can also be used for beauty purposes, however only minor ones, and no, there are no side effects 🙂


    1. Glad you found it useful and thanks for stopping by 😉

    1. Author

      You’re welcome Naznin.
      Glad it helped 🙂

  7. Thank you for the awesome post and the simple, straight-to-the-point explanation.
    Keep up the great work 😉

    1. Author

      You’re welcome!
      Glad it helped you 🙂

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