The secret of Moroccan Argan oil is quickly becoming a leading product in the cosmetic and culinary world.
Argan oil is derived from the nut of the rare Argan tree which is indigenous to only a 2,100 acre certified organic forest in southwestern Morocco, which was named an international biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1999. Argan oil is natural composition yields an amazing ability to provide long last moisture for skin, hair, and nails.
For centuries, Moroccan women have utilized Argan oil as part of their cosmetic improving their skin quality Only in recent years the oil has been made available in the United States.
Argan Oil is mechanically pressed from the olive-sized fruit of the ancient Argan tree Argan Oil is a product of women-run Moroccan cooperatives. The production of the oil is a cultural tradition handed down through countless generations of Moroccan women.
The hardy Argan tree (argania spinosa) is a short and broad evergreen, and has survived from the Tertiary period which ended 1.6 million years ago. When the outer layer of the fruit is disposed of, a hard-shelled nut is exposed. Inside of the nut are almond-shaped kernels, which encapsulate the oil.
The task is precise and laborious: it is said that twenty hours of work produces only 20 liters of oil. Women collect the fruit directly from the Argan tree and allow it to dry in the hot Moroccan sun. The sun-dried fruit is cracked open and the nutty center hand-separated . then it is pressed using cold press technology and filter the oil before being bottled for sale.
Dedicated to improving the environment and reforestation, each woman in the cooperative plants no fewer than 10 Argan trees each year to replenish the endangered tree.