What does Argan Oil smell like?
Factors affecting the smell of cosmetic Argan Oil
There are 3 grades of genuine cosmetic Argan Oil. Each grade has its own distinct smell.
There is also an edible Argan Oil that we make by toasting the Argan nuts before pressing. Culinary Argan Oil is produced for eating and is not suitable for cosmetic use and always has a distinctive toasted nutty smell and golden colour.
On the internet you sometimes see comments such as “my argan oil smells of..” goats, compost and more! In fact, with experience, the smell can be a good way to spot fake Argan Oil. If you oil smell anything that you would describe as like “goats”, “rancid” or “compost” it is most likely out of date stock purchased by commercial bulk resellers or fake.
Describing the smell of Argan Oil in words is not the easiest thing to do! So, if you have questions about Argan Oil we are always here to answer them – just get in touch.
1. Single filtered Argan oil – With Argan Nut Scent.
A naturally scented oil has a quite pronounced fragrance, very “organic”, not too strong. Possibly this grade of Argan Oil is not your best choice for hair treatments due to the smell. This Argan is the closest to a hand pressed traditionally made Argan Oil and may be best if you want to go for the most “natural” option. The smell of a genuine naturally scented Argan oil is similar to Olive Oil but perhaps with a light citrus fruit fragrance.
This grade of Argan Oil is recommended for treating skin problems such as Eczema or Acne. Some people say this type Argan oil has a light fish-like smell which could be due to the fact that fish oil and Argan Oil are both very high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty acids.
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2. Single 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.
3 Double Filtered – Odourless Argan Oil.
To meet demands for an Argan Oil which has no smell, which is more suitable for use on the face and hair, a near odourless Argan Oil is also produced. To make this the single filtered, naturally scented Argan oil, is passed through a second filtration process to remove a fraction of oil and the remaining sediment to yield a near odourless oil.
The chemical analysis a single filtered and Argan nut scented oil and a deodorised Argan oil show that they have virtually identical compositions. double filtered Argan Oil is recommended for anti aging skin care for face and hair treatments due to its lack of smell.
Factors that Affect the Smell of Argan Oil
1. The Effect of Climate on the Smell of 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
Does pure cold pressed Argan oil have an odour? In recent years the increased income provided from the international interest in Argan Oil has enabled historically poor regions, in which Argan is made, to invest in modern cold pressing machinery. All commercial production now uses cold-pressing machines.
Modifications during processing can alter oil quality. Traditional hand pressed Argan Oil had 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.
3. How Storage of Argan Oil Affects its Smell after Pressing
After pressing, the storage of the Argan Oil will affect the long term nutrient content and smell. Both scented and unscented cosmetic Argan Oil as well as culinary Argan Oil have very high vitamin E levels. 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. If your Argan Oil very old and has gone “bad” then you may detect a smell that is very sour, similar to butter that has gone bad. The final smell of your Argan Oil will also 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 is due to high levels of Fatty acids that thicken in the cold. 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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Why do Different Pure Argan Oils Smell Different?
In summary. The smell of Argan Oil is affected by a number of factors. On this page we discussed what the scent of Argan Oil is like, how to tell genuine Argan Oil by its smell and how to detect if your Argan Oil is old and gone bad.
Culinary Argan Oil smells completely different due to the toasting of the Argan Nut kernels to produce a rich, nutty aroma. Culinary Argan for eating has a strong roasted nutty smell and is not suitable for cosmetic use. Pure cosmetic Argan Oil can have a range of scents from a light citrus/Olive-like fragrance to no detectable smell.
But remember – just because one Argan Oil smells different to another does not mean that it is not pure Argan Oil!
Deodorised and Natural Scented Argan Oil Cost Differences
Buying online on in stores you are most likely to receive a Natural Scented Argan Oil which is the most commonly available. It is less expensive to produce, with only one filtration process, and so can be found at lower prices. We are the only Argan Oil specialists to offer both types of the most popular Argan Oils – simple filtered with the natural scent and double filtered oil where the smell of Argan nuts has been removed. You can view both types our on-line store or buy 100% pure, unscented Argan Oil from this page using the “add to cart” buttons.
Where can I buy organic Argan Oil for Skin Care?
Buy single filtered Argan Oil with a natural Argan nut scent and double filtered odourless Argan Oil from our full on-line store or buy unscented Argan from this page using the “add to cart” buttons.