INCI name: Argania spinosa
We’ve all heard of Argan or ‘Moroccan oil’ but what does it actually contain, what is its history and what can it be used for? Find some great nuggets of Argan oil info here!
It naturally contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, proteins, minerals, Omega 6 & 9, which are all excellent for skin. It is a very stable oil that is used today in skincare and cooking.
Argan Oil PLANT DESCRIPTION
Argan oil is made from the kernels of the Argan tree, in southwestern Morocco, hence it also being known as Moroccan Oil or Moroccan Gold. Over 2.5 million hectares of land has been made into a biosphere reserve named the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve in order to preserve the land for Argan tree use, employing and supporting approximately 2.2 million people of the region.
Argan Oil HISTORY
The Argan tree is a tree species born from the Tertiary Period (65 million to 1.8 million yrs ago) making it one of the oldest tree species on the planet, it is able to withstand drought and other harsh conditions.
The process of extracting the oil from the Argan nuts is an age-old method carried out by the Berber tribe women of Morocco, it is a long multi-stage process. Modern cold-pressing techniques are now used as the funds to buy machinery have become available to some farms, but there are some parts of the process that still have to be done by hand. Women’s cooperatives now exist which ensure payment and autonomy for the women, the establishment of these cooperatives has been supported by various international organisations, and there exists the UCFA ((Union des Cooperatives des Femmes de l’Arganeraie) the largest union of Argan oil cooperatives in Morocco.
ARGAN OIL SKINCARE PROPERTIES
It has been used on the body from top to toe, including
- To nourish hair that is dry
- To style hair (helping frizz)
- Aiding healing of cracked heels
- Hand and nail treatments
- Nourish and remedy dry flaky skin
- Reports that it can remedy acne through its balancing & non-greasy nourishment, reducing inflammation and working on scars
- Anti-ageing treatments through its antioxidant-rich nutrient content
- Helping to reduce and heal stretch marks, for example in pregnancy
- Forming a breathable protecting layer on the skin, for example preventing cold weather damage
Argan Oil really is a wonderful oil and we are honoured to have it in our oil repositories.
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