Today we are moving away from toxic ingredients in our personal care products. From the arid country of Morocco comes just such a product. Argan oil has become known as a miracle oil, that has amazing benefits when used on the skin as well as in haircare.
Known as the oil of a 1000 virtues, Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree (Argania Spinosa). Argan oil is made up of:
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.
Argan oil has many benefits when used in hair care and skincare products, but it just gets better and better.
Marocco is a poor country on the edge of the mighty Sahara desert in North Africa. Woman have few prospects and are generally not that well off. This is where the Argan tree comes in. Extracting Argan oil from the kernels of the Argan tree is a laborious process that cannot be mechanized. This work is done by Moroccan woman, and as Argan oil is expensive, it has become a valuable source of income. Cooperatives have sprung up that are owned by woman, and has done a great deal to empower Moroccan woman. And it gets even better. The Argan tree is a valuable resource, and being adapted to an arid climate is a very hardy tree. Large Argan plantations have been established and are continually expanded to cope with growing demand for Argan oil. This is actually helping to stop the ever expanding Sahara desert. The trees with their strong root systems stopping soil erosion and providing shade as well as food for animals and livestock.
So when you are buying a product containing Moroccan Argan oil you are not only buying a product with amazing properties to rejuvenate your hair and skin. You are also buying a product that is organic, and is socially uplifting for the woman of Morocco as well as supporting the environment as native Argan trees are planted.
Argan Oil can truly be described as liquid gold…