Argan Oil is a precious and rare oil extracted from the fruits of the Argan tree (Argania Spinosa), which is endemic to a region in southwest Morocco between Agadir, Essaouira and Taroudant.
Its ecological and social values make the evergreen Argan one of North Africa’s most precious tree species.
In 1999, UNESCO added the Argan tree to the World Heritage List, declaring the 25,000 square kilometres
of Argan woodlands a Biosphere Reserve.
The production of the oil is a very laborious, manual process performed by the Berber women. First, they separate the hard shell nut from the fleshy fruit, and then they crack the shell using a stone to collect the kernels, which have an oil content of more than 50%. In the video, (don’t change your settings, there’s no sound) you can see how every nut is cracked one-by-one. These women do this for hours and hours.
The kernels – roasted to produce culinary oil, and raw to produce cosmetic oil – are ground into a brown paste from which the oil is mechanically extracted by cold and dry pressing, with no added solvents or water.
To ensure top quality, our Argan oil is freshly pressed to order. This means that, depending on the volume ordered, the minimum production time is up to one week or more. As the 100% pure organic oil contains no preservatives, under ideal storage conditions the guaranteed lifetime is 12 months for the culinary oil and 24 months for the cosmetic oil.
(source: Nicci Talbot: a Moroccan tree with Medicinal, Cosmetic and Nutritional properties.)
This 100% pure, totally organic Argan Oil contains no artificial colouring or preservatives and offers numerous cosmetic and medicinal properties: