What does Argan Oil Smell like?
Factors affecting the smell of cosmetic Argan Oil
There are currently 3 grades of genuine cosmetic Argan Oil produced in Morocco and each has its own distinct fragrance. In addition there is a Culinary Argan Oil produced for eating which always has a very distinct toasted nutty smell.
The smell is one of the ways you can tell a fake Argan Oil. So, what is cosmetic Argan Oil supposed to smell like?
1. Single filtered Argan oil – with Moroccan Argan Nut Scent.
This has a quite pronounced fragrance, very “organic” and 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. 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.
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.
3 Double Filtered – Odourless Argan Oil.
To meet demands for a scent free more suitable for use on the face and hair, a near odourless Argan Oil is made by passing it through a second filtration process. This removes a fraction of oil and remaining sediments to produce 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.
Due to the extreme amounts of work required hand extracted oil, made by creating an Argan nut dough mixed with water, is no longer produced for export. It takes 1 person about 1 week to make 5 litres of oil! Hand extracted oil also has a stronger smell and 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. 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.
Why do different pure Argan Oils smell different?
The smell of Argan Oil is affected by a number of factors. On this page we will discuss 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. 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 cosmetic use.
Pure cosmetic Argan Oil can have a range of scents from a light citrus/Olive-like fragrance to no detectable smell.
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. If your Argan Oil very old and has gone “bad” then you should detect a smell that is similar to “rancid butter”.
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.
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 online store here.