Pure and fresh actually organic Argan oil
When a few years ago, I used Argan Oil for the first time, I thought that I am not going to be an avid argan oil user mainly because of the scent it had, which was far too strong and not a pleasant one for me. I still have that bottle of argan oil sitting on my dresser that I did not manage to finish.
I hear other beauty lovers talk and rave about argan oil, so I wonder how can they use it if it smells so strong. First by way of intro, what is argan oil and where does it originate from? Well, according to wikipedia: "Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.) that is endemic to Morocco. In Morocco, argan oil is used to dip bread in at breakfast or to drizzle on couscous or pasta. It is also used for cosmetic purposes."
My opinions on argan oil drastically and suddenly changed when I received this bottle of Argan oil which I am told is very pure and fresh therefore no heavy smell. I also learned that only the oils that have been 'sitting' for a while are those that develop that rancid smell.. hum.. Interesting!
I want to also give you a little more information on argan oil so you know exactly what it is we are talking about and if you should continue to read this post.
The fruit of the argan tree is small, and round, oval, or conical. A thick peel covers the fleshy pulp. The pulp surrounds a hard-shelled nut that represents about 25% of the weight of the fresh fruit.
The nut contains one to three oil-rich argan kernels. Extraction yields from 30% to 50% of the oil in the kernels, depending on the extraction method.
Extraction is key to the production process. To extract the kernels, workers first dry argan fruit in the open air and then remove the fleshy pulp. Some producers remove the flesh mechanically without drying the fruit. Moroccans usually use the flesh as animal feed.
The next stage involves cracking the argan nut to obtain the argan kernels. Attempts to mechanize this process have been unsuccessful, so workers still do it by hand, making it a time-consuming, labour-intensive process. Berber women often engage in this arduous task.
Workers gently roast kernels they will use to make culinary argan oil. After the argan kernels cool, workers grind and press them. The brown-coloured mash expels pure, unfiltered argan oil. Finally, they decant unfiltered argan oil into vessels. The remaining press cake is protein-rich and frequently used as cattle feed.The name of this company is Actually Organic and the argan oil they chose after several manufacturers from Morocco sent them a bottle, is apparently their number one choice, totally pure and not mixed with anything else and without a rancid smell.
Cosmetic argan oil is produced almost identically, though the argan kernels are not roasted to avoid an excessively nutty scent.
The decanted argan oil is left to rest about two weeks so that solids suspended in the argan oil settle to the bottom. The clearer argan oil is further filtered, depending on the required clarity and purity. Pure argan oil may contain some sediment.
I have kept this bottle of liquid gold in my makeup bag and today during the middle of the day, I took two pumps and applied on my face and the remainder on my hair.. No smell, I love the bottle and the pump and know that this product is really a natural product that will benefit me with long time use.
To describe this bottle, it is cute and small, the quantity is not large, just 30 ml and I like that. When you press down on the pump, it works perfectly well and dispenses the product in the palm of your hand. The viscosity and fluidity is not too liquid-y, and it has just the right consistency. Also it is pure and no other oils have been mixed with it. The pump is working well and you will not have a lot of amount in the palm of your hand.
So if today I am out there looking to buy argan oil, it would be without hesitation, this particular brand and bottle. My trust in the manufacturer is complete since I corresponded with them and asked far too many questions and all my questions have been answered.
This is a picture of the oil on the back of my hand, see the color, not too dark and look how quickly it has been spreading on my hand!
Did you know it also has culinary uses, other than cosmetic uses.. here is what wikipedia says about the uses of argan oil:
Argan oil has a relative density at 20 °C (68 °F) ranging from 0.906 to 0.919.
Argan oil contains tocopherols (vitamin E), phenols, carotenes, squalene, and fatty acids, (80% unsaturated fatty acids) The main natural phenols in argan oil are caffeic acid, oleuropein, vanillic acid, tyrosol, catechol, resorcinol, (−)-epicatechin and (+)-catechin.
Depending on the extraction method, argan oil may be more resistant to oxidation than olive oil.
CulinaryCulinary argan oil (argan food oil) is used for dipping bread, on couscous, salads and similar uses. Amlou, a thick brown paste with a consistency similar to peanut butter, is produced by grinding roasted almond and argan oil using stones, mixed with honey and is used locally as a bread dip.
Various claims about the beneficial effects on health due to the consumption of argan oil have been made. A research article published in 2010 found that argan oil contained higher levels than other oils of γ-Tocopherol, which possesses strong chemopreventive and anti-inflammatory properties.
CosmeticMoroccans traditionally use un-roasted Argan oil to treat skin diseases, and as a cosmetic oil for skin and hair:
"In cosmetics, Argan oil is advocated as moisturizing oil, against acne vulgaris and flaking of the skin, as well as for 'nourishing' the hair. This oil has also [sic] medicinal uses against rheumatism and the healing of burns. Externally, Argan oil is used for hair as brilliantine, to fortify and in the treatment of wrinkled or scaly dry skin."
Argan oil has become increasingly popular for cosmetic use. The number of personal-care products on the US market with Argan oil as an ingredient increased from just two in 2007 to over 100 by 2011. It is sometimes mixed with pomegranate seed oil due to its antioxidizing benefits, with vendors promoting this blend as an all-in-one serum both for skin and hair. Argan oil is also sold without additives as a natural skincare and hair care product.Now about this young company that brought this amazing product here. They have received about 25 different types of argan oil from Morocco and have tested all of them and it is only this particular bottle of oil that has caught their attention and that is the purest and best from the 25 sent to them. Here is what they say about this product.
The increasing popularity of Argan oil has prompted the Moroccan government to plan for increased production, with their aim being to increase annual production from around 2,500 to 4,000 tonnes by 2020.
No Rancid Smell. No other oils mixed in. No Fragrances to cover up poor quality. This is not synthetic Argan Oil. No preservatives and No Chemicals. No Heat - Cold Pressed. Only Pure Argan Oil.
We lab tested over a hundred sources of Argan Oil and what we found out was just because it’s organic doesn’t mean it’s good, pure, or even real. Out of these 100+ sources we obviously chose the best. Give it a try. You will not be disappointed.
Younger, Firmer Looking Skin - As a natural source of essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, argan oil has anti aging properties and can be applied as a daily moisturizer for healthier looking skin.
Body, Hair & Face Treatment. Restores elasticity, softens wrinkles and fine lines, heals dry scalp, and restores nutrient content to skin cells treating an array of skin conditions. Argan oil can nourish and moisturize, eliminating scaly, flaky skin, and has been found to help with skin conditions.
Finally a word on the price: the 30 ml bottle that I have photographed here, costs about $11 on amazon plus $5 shipping. Not bad!