Argan Oil, Morroco's Liquid Gold

Argan oil is produced by several women's co-operatives in the South Western parts of Morocco. The most labour-intensive part of oil is extraction, the removal of the soft pulp (used to feed animals) from the hard nut. It is done by cracking the hard nuts by hand, between two stones. The seeds are then removed and gently roasted. This roasting accounts for part of the oil's distinctive, nutty flavour.

The traditional technique for oil extraction is to grind the roasted seeds to paste, with a little water, in a stone rotary quern. The paste is then squeezed by hand to extract the oil. The extracted paste is still oil-rich and is used as animal feed. Oil produced this way can be stored and used for 3 to 6 months. It will be produced as needed in a family, from a store of the kernels, which will keep for 20 years, unopened. Dry-pressing is becoming increasingly important for oil produced for sale, as this method allows for faster extraction and the oil produced can be used for 12–18 months after extraction. The oil contains 80% unsaturated fatty acids, is rich in essential fatty acids and is more resistant to oxidation than olive oil. Argan oil is used for dipping bread, on couscous, salads and similar uses. A dip for bread known as Aamlou is made from Argan Oil, almonds and peanuts, sometimes sweetened by honey or sugar. The unroasted oil is traditionally used as a treatment for skin diseases, and has become favoured by European cosmetics manufacturers.

Woman holding argan nuts

Argan Oil Contains:

• 44% Oleic acid
• 30% Alpha-linolenic acid
• 12% Palmitic acid
• 6% Stearidonic acid
• 5% Linoleic acid
• 3% Myristic acid

Why Use Argan Oil

Argan Oil has many benefits, including hydration, regeneration of skin and anti-wrinkle qualities. It reduces pimples, breakout scars, scaly patches, skin inflammation and dry, cracked skin. It moisturizes and nourishes skin and hair, leaving both soft, with a healthy glow. It strengthens nails ant repairs dry damaged hair and split-ends. It can be added to body lotion and shampoo and is therapeutic in a warm bath.

La Cure Beauté uses 100% pure Organic Argan Oil, free from any additives. It is rich in vitamin E, natural fatty acids and omega 6. Argan Oil is a natural prime antioxidant that combats premature aging of skin.