Argan Oil

The argan oil is undoubtedly one of the rarest vegetable oils in the world, and consequently one of the most expensive due to its small and slow productivity rate. It has the appearance of a dense, golden liquid at room temperature and is extremely rich and diverse both in minerals and vitamins. It is considered a luxury oil by many.

The argan tree is an ancient tree that is only endemic to Morocco, meaning that it is only confined to regions in Morocco and is not usually found anywhere else in the world. Argan oil is obtained by pressing the tiny seeds of the argan fruit (a nut). This is either done manually by hand by the locals or by large machinery if it is for industrial use. After extraction, the oil is either roasted or sent directly for processing. The roasted version of the argan oil is used for culinary purposes and has a mildly nutty flavour whereas the unroasted argan oil is mostly used in cosmetic products. Although edible, the argan oil is not commonly utilized for culinary purposes due to its high price. Argan oil has traditionally been used by locals in Morocco to effectively cure various skin ailments and diseases.

Argan Oil Benefits

Argan oil contains an unusually high concentration of Vitamin E (also called tocopherols) and carotenes (a form of Vitamin A), both of which are vital components that make up a healthy skin. Most cosmetic companies prefer to add argan oil into their products because of its rapid absorption rate into the skin and its vitamin-rich content which can produce instantly noticeable effects when topically applied onto the skin. They are mostly found in high-end cosmetic products like moisturizers, shampoos and sunscreens.

Although found in various products, you can use argan oil directly on your skin. This is usually done in massage therapies where argan oil is massaged slowly and spread out all over the body. This instantly enriches the skin with vitamins and can help minimize the chance of any possible skin infections. It is proven to be effective in fading wrinkles and stretch marks when used consistently over a period of one month.

Argan Oil For Hair

Argan OilThe argan oil is versatile and its use is not limited to the skin only, but is commonly used to treat damaged, dry or brittle hair as well. Argan oil can strongly hydrate your hair and seal in the moisture by forming a non-evaporating layer around it. This layer retains the moisture in your hair until it is washed off, making it a very powerful and long-lasting moisturizer. The moisture retained in the hair gives off an attractive and healthy glow.

It also helps strengthen the hair shaft and promotes elasticity, thus preventing any form of hair brittleness from occurring. Damaged hair can easily be repaired by daily application of argan oil as it revitalizes the hair with all sorts of vitamins and minerals.

People suffering from hair loss can naturally prevent it by using argan oil. Argan oil can help prolong hair life and stimulate hair growth by increasing the amount of keratin produced, which is an essential part of the hair.

It is for these reasons that argan oil is found in luxury shampoos and hair conditioners. Most people, however, prefer to directly apply pure argan oil instead.

Culinary Uses

Argan Massaging OilBecause argan oil is made up of more than 80% unsaturated fats, it is considered a healthy “superfood”. People suffering from heart conditions can greatly benefit from the high amount of unsaturated fats it contains. Besides that, the argan trees in Morocco are not usually treated with pesticides or other chemical agents, which automatically makes the oil they produce natural and safe to use. This means that most argan oil produced today is organic by nature and does not contain any form of contaminant, making it safe to consume. Typically, argan oil can be stored for up to 2 years if kept in shady places and not exposed to sunlight.

Some Considerations

  • When buying argan oil, make sure that it is 100% pure and no extra preservatives have been added into it. Anything foreign mixed with argan oil significantly lowers its effectiveness and purity.
  • Try to get argan oil which has been extracted by cold pressing. Any other method which involves heat will destroy and degrade the rich minerals contained in the oil.
  • Make sure you do not purchase the roasted version of the argan oil if you do not plan on using it for culinary purposes. The roasted version contains a mild nutty scent and is not suitable for cosmetic applications.
  • Check that your bottle of argan oil has been certified by government regulatory bodies to meet their standards. Some counterfeit oils may claim to be argan oil but is entirely different from it.

The market for argan oil is growing and its productivity rate has been increasing steadily over the past few years as demand for it constantly rises. However, this flexible, diverse and effective super oil is worth every penny.