Argan Oil Extraction // Global Beauty Series: MOROCCO

The benefits of Moroccan Argan oil are endless and well-known. It can be used to soothe dry skin, fade stretch marks, and treat bug bites and rashes. When it comes to hair, it is by far my favourite oil to use as it prevents split ends, controls frizz, and protects hair while maintaining a lightweight feel when styling. Maintaining luscious mermaid locks can be quite a challenge, but thanks to Argan oil, nourishing hair that may be damaged from bleaching and colouring processes is easier than ever!

Have you ever thought about how this seemingly magical plant oil from North Africa winds up in the cosmetics products we use daily? During my time in Morocco, I had the opportunity to learn about the traditional method of Argan oil extraction.

Women, armed with a base rock and a sharp stone, crack the Argan fruit open to remove the oil-rich kernels.

Once the kernels are removed, they are ground up using a traditional rock grinder to produce a dense liquid. Hot water is added to the oily liquid and hand-kneaded to extract the pure Argan oil.

The traditional method of extraction is advantageous because it maintains the quality of the oil and minimizes waste. The nut-shells are used as charcoal within the home and the dried remains of the dough left after extraction can be used for exfoliation, a crucial step in everyone’s beauty ritual.

Our guide was incredibly informative and gave me samples of the pure Argan oil mixed with lavender to create a tranquil fragrance. You can find Argan oil in soaps, shampoos, and a multitude of makeup products.

“Frizzy hair? Argan oil. No shaving cream? Argan oil. Dry skin? Argan oil. Bad credit? Argan oil. Boyfriend acting up? Argan oil.”

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