Argan Oil & the Moroccan Berber Women’s Cooperatives
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: 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
How 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 Argan Oil made from?
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 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.
What is in… Continue reading
What Does Argan Oil Smell Like?
There are 4 grades of genuine cosmetic Argan Oil each of which has a different scent.
There is also an edible Culinary Argan Oil which has a nutty smell
Below we reveal the different types of Argan Oil you may see for sale, their smell and what it means.