Argan Argania spinosa
Argan, Argania spinosa, is a native tree commonly found in the semi-desert area of south western Morocco. Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the nut, and has been favoured by Moroccans for its culinary and cosmetic uses for ages.
The journey of making argan oil begins with hand-cracking the argan nut to obtain the kernels. An intensive process of grinding, pressing and filtration follows. The yield of argan oil is very limited. On average, to produce 1 liter of oil, 30kg of kernels and 16 hours of work are required.
Argan oil is naturally rich in Vitamin E, which plays a significant role in intracellular antioxidant defense mechanisms by fighting against nitrogen-based free radicals. Argan oil also contains relatively high concentrations of squalene, one of the vital lipids produced by human skin cells. The unique composition of argan oil makes it a powerful and natural anti-wrinkle and age-defying alternative to synthetic cosmetic products.