Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Down and Out Beauty: Argan Oil

I was reading an article in a skin care publication the other day and came across some intriguing information about Argan oil. What piqued my interest was that all argan oil sold today is produced by a co-op of women belonging to the Berber tribe in Morocco. The profits from sales of the oil help provide education and healthcare for the entire community. The co-op has also established an ecosystem reforestation project so that the supply of argan oil will not run out.
Moroccan Argan Tree via everything weird
The oil is derived from the kernels of the Argan tree, which is one of the rarest trees in the world. It was brought to the brink of extinction by clear cutting and it's use for fire wood. The argan tree is endemic to Morocco, and due to its small and very specific growing area, the oil is referred to as "liquid gold". The women of the Berber tribe cold press the argan kernels to retrieve the oil. It's used cosmetically as well as in cooking.
via care2
The oil is incredibly rich in vitamin E, phenols, carotenes (vitamin A precursor), squalene, and essential fatty acids. What that means for skin care is you have a non greasy, scar healing, anti aging, blemish preventing, anti-inflammatory powerhouse oil. Its so rare to come across anything that works for every skin type, but this oil does it and is such a multi-tasker. You can use it as a hair serum, to soften cuticles, to treat eczema, psoriasis, hypersensitivity, and is safe for use on infants. I've compared it to the most expensive face creams, and this simple oil has higher concentrations of the most sought after active ingredients on the market.
via national cathedral school in morocco
You have to be a bit picky when buying argan oil. I've found it hard to find 100% pure argan oil. I found many products claiming to be pure argan oil but the dead give away that they aren't is the color. Pure argan oil is a clear, bright acid yellow and will have a strong smell. After much searching, I found Argan Oils Company and this is the real thing. I encourage you all to give it a try and tell me what you think.
Hope you all have a lovely week!
 -Layne
Layne is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist working at Urban Sanctuary in Athens, GA. She writes the bi-weekly column, Down and Out Beauty. 

Editor's note- I started using Argan Oil on my face, every night, after reading this post. I adore this stuff and highly recommend it.

18 comments:

Hell Notes for Beauty™ said...

I've been using argan Oil for quite sometime now and both my skin and hair is loving it. Def a must thanks for the post.

Claire Kiefer said...

I've heard about this for hair and am dying to try it.

Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

so lovely. x hivenn

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I've been using Moroccan Oil for years but I haven't heard of this. Thanks for the tip!

Beach House Living said...

I have used Moroccan Oil and it was great. A relative picked up some on a visit their for me. It was quite a treat.

ashley // chasing heartbeats said...

definitely going to hunt down some of this, it sounds AMAZING. Thanks for the post!

Carrie said...

Haven't tried the Argan oil yet but want too! I especially love the pic of the goats though! It made me laugh so hard.
XO Carrie
www.carriefabulous.com

Elizabeth @rosalilium said...

sounds fantastic, especially the oil produced by the cooperative. I must have a look into it.

Fouad Nassiri said...

I am a cosmetics chemist and I agree with most of the information in the post. However, 100% pure cosmetic argan is not smelly (nutty smell) if prepared and processed carefully. In contrast, culinary grade argan nuts are roasted and that gives them a stronger nutty flavor. Argan oil is requires extensive labor and that os why it is an expensive oil. There are some unscrupulous suppliers and sellers that will cut it with cheaper oils, but once you found a reliable source of argan oil, it is simply amazing! Personally, I recommend Mogador Argan Oil, it is 100% pure organic, it is moderately priced and is available online at http://www.CertifiedArganOil.com

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I always love seeing posts on organic skin care Christina. I used to get in trouble for writing about it because it wasn't chic enough and then it became all the rage. Now that green is less trendy, it's nice to see people still care about what they put on their skin. I used up a bottle of Josie Maran last year and thought it was really great!
xo Mary Jo

Down and Out Chic said...

Fouad Nassiri- thank you for the information and the recommendation. We will definitely check it out!

Mary Jo- thank goodness things that are good for our Earth are "in style" because otherwise, we'd be in a lot bigger trouble than we already are. xo

十十f十 said...

i'd love to try it but frankly a lil worried about the smell. i'm very sensitive about such things.

Lindsay said...

Soo interesting..I had no idea..I use it in my hair and love how to smells. Your blog rocks btw and I am not following you! Cant wait to read more..

-Lindsay
Delighted Momma

Anonymous said...

Argan Oils website correction

http://www.arganoils.com

Down and Out Chic said...

thank you anon. it has been fixed!

Acne Chicago said...

Thank you, thats very interesting information. I need to share with my friends.

Beauty Chic said...

Thanks for the great article about Argan oil! I found you while searching for in image to use in a post I'm writing for www.livebutterflyeffect.com. I've been carrying the Acure line and just started using the Argan oil on my face - it's truly an unbelievable products! Keep up the great work. :)

Anonymous said...

I love this stuff! I found Atri Artisans 100% Organic Argan oil especially effective after trying many different Argan oils. It's hair, skin and face care all in one!

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