The beauty world is all abuzz about Moroccan oil. What has the New York Times calling this “the latest miracle ingredient?” Find out what natives of this beautiful North African country have known about the benefits of Moroccan Argan oil for centuries.
Argan oil has recently become madly popular in the west, as women and beauty companies discover that it:
- Is an anti-aging moisturizer, which helps prevent the formation of wrinkles
- Works as a fabulous, non-clogging moisturizer
- Is full of beautifying vitamins and fatty acids
- Acts as a restorative hair treatment
- Can even reverse the signs of aging
This truly sounds like the fountain of youth! But before we go there, take a moment to absorb the rich history and culture behind Moroccan Argan oil.
History of Argan Oil
Cultivated in the arid desert regions of Morocco, North Africa, Argan oil has been a staple in the life of Berbers (indigenous Moroccan tribes) for centuries. The versatile oil is used for cooking, as well as various cosmetics and beauty aids.
Argan oil was first discovered by westerner countries in the sixteenth century. A specimen of this miracle plant was transported to the British estate belonging to the Duke of Beaufort, and cultivated by the noblewoman Lady Beaufort. The British gentry saw the wonderful benefits of Argan oil, and now every woman can take advantage of this luxurious moisturizer.
Harvested and pressed by the local women, it takes an amazing 10-20 hours of work to make one liter of this highly prized oil. The Argan nuts are dried in the sun and then cracked with stones. The seeds found inside are then roasted and ground by hand into a thick paste. The oil is later squeezed and filtered from the paste and bottled.
Not easy work for sure, but thanks to fair trade co-ops, the women who make this prized oil receive fair wages, literacy training and access to quality healthcare. Buying fair trade Moroccan oil supports and empowers your sisters across the world!
Old World Extraction Process
Well, the traditional old-world way of harvesting and extracting Argan oil is quite interesting. Because of the twisted structure of Argan trees, goats that roam in Morocco climb the trees to eat the Argan fruit.
The goats leave the pits on the ground, which the local oil producers gather. However, sometimes the goats swallow the pits and they are then excreted in their stool. It makes me a bit squeamish to think about it, as the pits are harvested from the goat stool, cleaned and used for oil.
I’m happy to say that not many co-ops used goat processed Argan pits to make oil anymore, but I thought this was a story I just had to tell! Fair Trade Women Co-ops.
Argan oil is obtained a bit differently today. Harvested and pressed by the local women, it takes an amazing 10-20 hours of work to make one liter of this highly prized oil. The Argan nuts are dried in the sun and then cracked with stones. The seeds found inside are then roasted and ground by hand into a thick paste. The oil is later squeezed and filtered from the paste and bottled.
Not easy work for sure, but thanks to fair trade co-ops, the women who make this prized oil receive fair wages, literacy training and access to quality healthcare. Buying fair trade Moroccan oil supports and empowers your sisters across the world.
The Beauty Benefits of Moroccan Argan Oil
So…how can Moroccan Argan oil make you more radiant that you obviously already are? I’ll not keep you in suspense any longer. Here are the wonderful benefits Argan oil offers women of all ages:
- A 100% natural moisturizer that won’t poison your skin or bloodstream-always a plus
- High concentration of Vitamin e, which prevents aging and gobbles up damaging free radicals
- Contains carotenes- a natural source of vitamin A, which counteracts the signs of aging and promotes a healthy glow
- Includes squalene, which helps to fade stretch marks and dark marks, soften skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles
- Heals dry skin and is super nourishing if you have eczema or psoriasis
- Regulates oily skin
- Argan oil reduced the appearance of scars
- Reduces inflammation associated with acne
- Strengthens nails and cuticles
- Is one of the best face moisturizers, going on smooth and non-greasy
- Chock full of essential fatty acids, which can reverse sun damage, reduce fine lines and blemishes
- Use as a hot oil treatment to heal dandruff and promote long, healthy and shiny hair
Tips for getting the most from your Moroccan oil
A few drops are all you need as a facial moisturizer. This exquisite oil is highly concentrated. Moroccan oil can be used to de-frizz hair on those humid days. Just rub a few drops between your palms and run through your hair. Voila!
Use a few drops around the eyes before bedtime and watch crow’s feet and under eye wrinkles diminish considerably after a few weeks.
Add a few tablespoons to your bath for a luxuriously moisturizing soak
Use as a hot oil treatment to heal dandruff and promote long, healthy and shiny hair.