What does Argan Oil Smell like?
Factors affecting the smell of Argan Oil
Why do different pure Argan Oils smell different?
The smell that an Argan Oil may have is affected by a wide range of factors. Just because one Argan Oil smells different to another does not mean that it is not pure Argan Oil!
There are two distinct types of Argan Oil. Cosmetic Argan oil, used for skin care and hair treatments and Culinary Argan oil for eating. Culinary Argan for eating has a strong roasted nutty and is not suitable for cosmetics.
Cosmetic Argan Oil can have a range of scents from a light citrus/Olive-like fragrance to no detectable smell.
The 3 Types of Cosmetic Argan Oil
There are currently 3 types of genuine cosmetic Argan Oil available for export. You can buy two of these from our online store to compare the fragrance and qualities of each oil.
1. Cold pressed and filtered oil.
This has a quite pronounced fragrance, perhaps too strong for some particularly if used for hair treatments. This is the closest to traditional Argan Oil and may be best if you want to go for the most “natural” scented option.
I would describe the smell as natural and similar to Olive Oil but perhaps with a light citrus fruit fragrance.
2. Cold pressed filtered and “active carbon” deodorised.
This oil is produced by adding inert carbon powder which settles through the oil and reduces the scent. In this case it makes the scent slightly “sweeter” and perfume like but there is still a detectable olive smell.
To meet cosmetic requirement Argan is passed through a second filtration process. This removes a fraction of oil and produces an near odourless oil.The chemical analysis of “original” and deodorised Argan oil show that they have virtually identical compositions.
4. Hand Pressed Argan Oil
Due to the extreme amounts of work required you are no longer likely to find hand extracted oil anywhere. It takes 1 person about 1 week to make 5 litres of oil! Hand extracted oil also has a high water content which shortens the shelf life to about 3 to 5 months.
1. The effect of climate on the smell of Argan Oil for skin and Culinary Argan Oil.
Like wine the variations in soil, in heat, humidity and water vary from year to year and like wine these variations in climate affect the final taste, smell and chemical make up of Argan Oil.
2. Traditional vs Modern Argan Nut Pressing
In recent years the increased income provided from the international interest in Argan Oil has enabled the traditionally poor regions in which Argan has been made to invest in modern cold pressing machinery.
Modifications during processing can alter oil quality. Hand pressed Argan Oil has a greater water content as well as more Argan Nut kernel fibre residue than cold machine pressed oil. The texture of machine pressed oil is “richer” and creamier as well as having less of an Argan Nut fragrance.
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3. Storage of Argan Oil
After pressing, the storage of the Argan Oil will affect the long term nutrient content and smell. Argan Oil for skin and for hair is produced from the untoasted Argan nuts. The benefits of the high vitamin E content are a good long term shelf life of up to 18 months without the need for artificial preservatives. It is advisable to keep the oil out of strong , direct sunlight to prevent oxidation and degradation of the nutrients.
The smell of the Argan Oil will be affected if exposed to excessive high or low temperatures. Like Olive Oil, if Argan Oil is stored for any length of time at temperatures close to 0 degress a white, gel like precipitate will form in the oil. The oil simply needs to be warmed to dissolve the precipitate. Although this does not adversely affect the quality of the oil it can result in a changed smell that is more fruity – like Olive oil.
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