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Argan Oil Berber Women Cooperatives

Argan Oil & the Moroccan Berber Women’s CooperativesBerber women making cosmetic Argan Oil in cooperative

A story of how family groups came together to create the Argan Oil women’s cooperatives owned entirely by Berber women.

Of, how one Moroccan university professor’s interest in the economic preservation of the Argan tree transformed a traditional craft into a global trade.

A project that improved health. education and increased their the members income by more than ten times.


Who owns the Argan Trees?

Map showing location of Argan forests and Argan trees in Morocco
Map: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology: Project Turner

Argan Oil has been made for hundreds if not thousands of years by the native inhabitants of… Continue reading

Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Certification by Ecocert and the USDA

Organic Argan Oil Certification by Ecocert and USDAHow is Organic Argan Oil Certified?

All genuine Moroccan Argan Oil is grown organically.

The Berbers that own the forests and tend the Argan trees have no need or interest in pesticides and fertilisers.
They also do not have the financial resources to buy agricultural chemicals even if they saw a reason to use them.

What does Organic Mean

For a product to be certified as organic farmers must preserve the environment and avoid pesticides, most synthetic materials and chemical fertiliser.
Organic producers must follow standards laid out by government bodies. These standards cover soil quality, water quality, pest… Continue reading

What is Moroccan Argan Oil Made From?

What is Argan Oil made from?The Four Stages of Argan Nut Processing

The Argan Oil Production Process

Argan is made from the fruit Argan tree. Argan fruits ripen around June or July when they are bright green/yellow. The fruits are almond nut sized and ovoid. At harvest time communities come together to pick the precious fruits from the trees and collect any that have dropped onto the ground.

Inside of the fruit there is a milky pulp, covered by a thick peel. This covers a very hard shelled seed which is the Argan nut. The Argan nuts contain up to three oil rich white… Continue reading

The Chemistry of Moroccan Argan Oil

The Chemistry of Argan OilThe chemistry of Argan Oil

What is in Argan Oil that makes it so good for skin, hair?
Why is Culinary Argan Oil so popular for use as a health supplement?

Argan has a high nutrient content and a complex chemistry.
It is this complex blend of biologically active compounds that gives it its benefits for skin care and health.

Here we discuss all the most active nutrients from Triglycerides to Saponins.

– Argan Oil Triperpenes
– Omega Fatty Acids in Argan Oil
– The Amazing Effects of Plant Sterols
– Antioxidants in Argan Oil


What is in… Continue reading

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