Here are some interesting facts about Argan!
What is Argan oil?
It is an oil that comes from the Argan plant/tree (also known as Argania spinosa). The oil is produced from the seeds of the Argan nut/fruit.
Where does the Argan tree comes from?
It is from the southwestern part of Morocco.
How long can an Argan tree live?
It can live between 150 - 200 years.
When is the Argan fruit picked?
The fruit will turn yellow and ripened, and will fall in May. The fruits are collected in June and July.
How many Argan fruits are needed to produce 1 litre of Argan oil?
The production of Argan oil requires an extensive amount of time due to the hard manual work required to extract the oil from the nut. Yes you heard it right, in order to achieve the best quality cold pressed Argan oil, manual labour is used with no machine help at all! Apart from the amount of time and hard manual work required to produce the oil, it takes between 25 - 30 kg of Argan fruits to gain around 2 kg of Argan nuts to produce 1 litre of pure Argan oil.
What are the benefits of Argan oil?
Argan oil is well known for its benefits in cosmetic purposes ie. for face, skin and hair. Also known as the "Liquid Gold of Morocco", it has been a beauty secret of Berber women for centuries. Users can benefit from the use of PURE Argan oil (no additives) as a natural product for their skin and hair as it comes directly from the oil plant. There are many benefits you can get from applying this 'liquid gold'.
Some of the best properties in the oil include a high content of Vitamin E which helps in prevention of wrinkles and delays aging - restoring its layer of skin cells making the skin more elastic and smooth. Another excellent property would be its content of unsaturated fatty acids which gives hydration benefits to skin - moisturizing, revitalizing and nourishing it. Together with the other golden properties in the oil, it provides the following benefits:
1) Skin hydrator & moisturizer
Argan oil acts as an effective moisturizer which hydrates and softens skin. The high content of Vitamin E and fatty acids in Argan oil makes it an ideal product for skin moisturizer. Its smooth and silky texture absorbs into your skin quite quickly, leaving your skin non-greasy and naturally moisturized.
2) Anti-aging, antioxidants
Its antioxidant property makes it a perfect anti-aging product. It can also reduce the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines and gives skin a youthful glow. It restores skin elasticity leaving it feeling softer and plumper.
3) Dry skin
Argan oil is excellent to soothe dry skin conditions ie. eczema which can leave skin feeling itchy and flaky. The Vitamin E and fatty acids properties in the oil helps repair damaged skin and provide nutrients which will prevent further dryness and irritation. Argan oil also contains ingredients which soothe skin. It should not sting, even on sensitive skin conditions.
4) Reduces acne
Acne is often the result of oily skin. Argan oil promotes healing and soothes troubled skin. Since it is non-greasy and absorbs into your skin rather quickly, it helps to balance skin by providing natural moisture.
5) Protects & heals
The antioxidant property in the oil is beneficial for healing skin which is irritated, cracked, or even burned. It is best used as a preventive for dry or sore skin. It can also be used to speed up healing. Its properties include reducing inflammation, soothing pain and increasing healing rate. It also helps to heal damaged skin cells and reduce inflammation.
New moms and moms-to-be can use Argan oil before and after pregnancy to prevent or reduce stretch marks. In addition, it is believed to help reduce cellulite, wrinkles, crow’s feet and fine lines under the eyes. Argan oil increases the elasticity of skin due to its Vitamin E content. Using a few drops of argan oil to rub into breasts, stomach, bottom and thighs during pregnancy will reduce the likelihood of developing unsightly stretch marks. Argan oil is also ideal for keeping skin and hair soft, healthy and hydrated during pregnancy.
7) Foot, hand & nail treatment
Argan oil’s softening properties are ideal for brittle nails, dry hands and cracked hard skin on feet. It both moisturizes and softens skin, leaving hands and feet supple and soft, and nails strong and healthy. Massage a few drops of Argan oil into cuticles, hands and feet before bedtime.
8) Lip moisturizer
Lips can easily become sore, dry and cracked especially in cold or dry weather. Argan oil helps in hydrating your lips so it stays hydrated, soft and plump.
9) Hair repair & treatment
Argan oil can repair and treat hair making it softer, shinier and silkier. It is ideal as a hair conditioner as it helps to treat split ends and tame frizzy, brittle, dry hair.
10) Culinary purposes
Argan oil is also available for consumption ie. cooking oil, dipping oil for breads and salads, etc. Benefits of its consumption are such as prevention of cholesterol, obesity, cancer and heart diseases.
How do I know if my Argan oil is 100% pure?
Let's get real, there are Argan oil products that are mixed with other ingredients claiming to be 100% pure. We would hate for you to be misled like that. Here are some tips to share with you to spot if your Argan oil is fake or not.
1. Check the ingredients
Read the ingredients. It should only lists 100% Argan Oil or 100% Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil. If it has anything else listed, means it is not pure and has most likely been processed with other additives.
2. Type of bottle
Be cautious of Argan oil sold in clear or plastic bottles. They can make the oil deteriorate, breaking down its properties. Most producers of quality Argan oil would not put this liquid gold in anything other than a dark coloured glass bottle ie. amber glasses. Reason being light breaks down the oil’s best properties and keeping it inside something dark is the best way to store Argan oil and preserve its properties.
3. Oil texture
Argan oil should be smooth and silky absorbing into your skin quite quickly. It should not feel sticky, slimy or watery and should not sting. Argan oil should bring a soothing effect, even on sensitive skin conditions, not a painful one.
4. Oil scent
The oil should have a slightly nutty smell as it comes from a fruit/nut. Avoid anything with a strong smell and be suspicious of odourless oil.
5. The cost
Some products may appear costly, some may appear very cheap. Given the significant no. of hours and manual labour needed to produce a small batch of pure argan oil, there is no such thing as cheap Argan oil.