The Moroccan Beauty Secret
First Cold-Pressed Extraction Oil Traditionally Used for Both Skin and Hair
Our Argan Oil is a first cold-pressed extraction and is analysed in our labs in Paris, France. It is certified as “BIO” by the label “Qualité France Experts”, which means it is extracted without any chemicals in the process. Packaging for retail is by Noon Nabalsy in France to ensure the highest level of hygienic conditions.
This plant oil produced from the kernels of the Argan tree (Argania spinosa L.) in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco is one of the rarest oils in the world, due to the small and very specific growing region. Extracting the oil is also key to it’s value; first the fruit is dried in open air and the fleshy pulp of the fruit is removed. Then each argan nut is hand-cracked to access the kernel, since machine processing has to date not been successful. This makes the process time-consuming and labour-intensive. The kernels are then lightly roasted and cooled (when intended for culinary use), ground and pressed, while kernels are left unroasted when intended for cosmetic use to minimize the lovely aromatic nutty scent and flavour. The oil is then left to rest for 2 weeks to allow any solids to settle and further filtration is sometimes done to gain perfect clarity.
With wide-ranging benefits, argan oil has been used as a deep moisturizing oil treatment for all kinds of skin types and conditions: dry skin, flaky skin, wrinkles, and even healing juvenile acne, burns and rheumatism. For hair, it is known to nourish and naturally reduce frizz while it fortifies and gives a brilliant shine.
The production of argan oil is beginning to have noticeable environmental and social impacts. The rise in demand for this precious oil means that argan trees are now seen as a valuable resource. This has led to their preservation and care. The labour-intensive nature of argan oil production, now frequently carried out by unionized women’s co-operatives, has provided a steady income for many women and their families, improved the social status of some women and has encouraged producers of other agricultural products to examine the co-operative model. At present, argan oil production supports approximately 2.2 million people in the southern parts of Morocco.