This week is an argan oil kind of week. Up for review are the Tony Moly Floria Nutra-Energy line and the Nature Republic Argan 20° line.
Argan oil as an ingredient
It’s a lightweight oil that comes from the argan tree, which is mostly found in Morocco. It is very hydrating and can plump skin, making it look more youthful.
More about the products
Tony Moly Floria Nutra-Energy
I haven’t used any Tony Moly stuff outside of their nail stuff. Their nail stuff is amazing, for anyone who wants to know. A saleswoman even gave me a whole, tricked-out manicure once! It was the best thing ever!
Tony Moly’s Nutra-Energy line is a whole skin care line, consisting of: massaging cream, cleansing cream, toner, emulsion, essence, serum, cream and eye cream.
Again, I only have the toner, emulsion and cream – bare basics of the set.
Besides argan oil, the line also boasts 10 per cent safflower oil and witch hazel. These ingredients are also quite hydrating.
Nature Republic Argan 20°
Nature Republic’s take on argan oil. Like Tony Moly, this line is a whole skin care line. It includes toner, ampoule (serum), steam emulsion and cream. Not as intensive as the Tony Moly line.
The only difference is that this line is made of fermented argan oil.
Yes, that’s right. It’s fermented.
Now fermentation isn’t a new concept, nor is it unique. The famous SK-II Essence is touted to be effective because of its key ingredient, pitera. Pitera is the liquid from fermented yeast.
I’m assuming the fermentation process is supposed to hydrate more effectively than regular argan oil. For anyone who knows the real reason, please share in the comments below. I am very curious to know!
As far as I know, the Tony Moly line isn’t composed of fermented argan oil. It will be even more interesting to see how these two lines will compare!
Both lines are said to be best suited for dry and dehydrated skin.
I’ve tried both lines and both tend to be slightly hydrating. Right now, it’s a bit too early to tell if the toners are working especially well, but I find both brands of emulsion to be pretty moisturizing.
(At the moment, I have combination skin that is skewing more normal given the change in weather.)
Both lines – the Nutra Energy and Argan 20° – have subtle, nutty smells that are pretty nice.
Check back on Friday when I weigh in on this week’s offerings.