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.
The Different Grades of Cosmetic Argan Oil
1. Argan Oil with a Natural Argan Nut Scent
Naturally scented Argan oil has been cold pressed and passed through a single mechanical filtration process.
The smell is “organic” but not too strong. It is similar to Olive Oil but with a light citrus fruit fragrance.
Some people describe the natural Argan Oil smell as pungent or like “manure”!
However, we have never had an Argan Oil with such a strong smell.
This grade of Argan is the closest in smell and texture to a traditional, hand-pressed Oil.
2. Sweet Smelling “Active Carbon” Deodorised.
This oil is made by adding inert carbon powder which settles through the oil.
As it settles it removes more sediment. This reduces the natural smell.
The oil smell becomes “sweeter” and perfumed.
It is unlikely that you will find this grade of Argan Oil as few producers use this process.
3. Unscented Argan Oil
The demand for Argan Oil which has no smell started after Argan Oil became popular in Europe and the U.S.
To meet this demand a near odourless Argan Oil was produced. Odourless Argan Oil is more suitable for use on the face and hair.
To reduce the smell of single filtered Argan oil, is was passed through a more advanced second filtration process. This removed a fraction of oil and remaining sediment to yield a near odourless oil.
The chemical analysis a single filtered and a deodorised Argan oil show that they have virtually identical compositions.
4. Deodorised Argan Oil
This grade of Argan Oil has absolutely no smell. It can be identified by it’s clear or even has a pale pink colour.
Totally deodorised Argan Oil is made by passing the oil through a steam process in a vacuum. It is normally used as an ingredient to make cosmetic product such as soaps or shampoos.
There is a lot of comment on the internet that this destroys the natural properties of the oil. However, oil is not affected much even at high temperatures. Furthermore, because the process is carried out in a vacuum there is little chance of oxidation. We don’t sell this grade of cosmetic Argan Oil.
Factors that Affect the Smell of Argan Oil
Traditional vs Modern Argan Nut Pressing
In recent years cooperative incomes have been increasing.
This is due to new, world-wide interest in Argan Oil. More income has allowed the poorer regions, in which Argan is made, to invest in modern cold-pressing machinery.
Traditional hand pressed Argan Oil had a greater water content as well as more Argan Nut kernel fibre residue. This lead to a shorter life and higher bacterial content.
Argan Oil that is produced by cold pressed is “richer” and creamier in texture, has a longer shelf life and less Argan Nut smell.
How Storage of Argan Oil Affects the Smell
Long-term storage of Argan Oil will affect its nutrient content, smell and colour.
Argan Oil has very high vitamin E levels. Vitamin E is a powerful, natural anti-oxidant. This means that pure Argan Oil should be in great condition up to 12 – 18 months.
Exposure to strong, direct sunlight or exposure to air will speed up this process. This will adversely affect the natural smell.
If Argan Oil is stored under 10 degrees a white, gel-like precipitate will form. The is a good sign as it 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.
The Effect of Climate on the Smell of Argan Oil.
Variations in soil, heat, humidity and water supply vary from year to year.
These variations in climate affect the final taste, smell and chemical make up of Argan Oil.
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!
How to Spot Fake Argan Oil by its Smell
Smell is a good way to spot fake Argan Oil.
Natural oils that are way past their best-before date will start to become rancid and have a very sour smell.
By contrast a totally odourless oil may also be a sign that it is fake.
However, you need to be aware that some single filtered Argan Oil can have quite a pungent smell.
Likewise there are subtle differences between the smell of our double filtered Argan Oil and a totally odourless oil!
So it does need some experience to tell the difference.
What to Choose – Deodorised or Natural Scented Argan Oil?
I believe that we are the only Argan Oil specialists to offer both types of cosmetic Argan Oil.
So, why do we sell both?
Natural Scented, single filtered Argan Oil, is the grade most commonly found. It is less expensive to produce and if often cheaper.
Customers say that the naturally scented Argan Oil id better for inflamed skin and problems such as Eczema or Acne. Some people say this type Argan oil has a light fish-like smell.
Our pure double filtered Argan Oil has a longer shelf life and virtually no detectable Argan nut scent.
This makes it the best choice for facial skin care and hair treatments.
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