Why You Should ONLY Buy Pure Argan Oil




You should insist on buying only pure argan oil, undiluted, without additives or preservatives. Diluted argan oil with preservatives can degrade the product of its antioxidant content. This will reduce its effectiveness as a cosmetic treatment.



How does being ethical sound to you? To many consumers, this often-repeated term is a catch-all phrase for products and technologies that are deemed sustainable, which in itself is a common phrase used to refer to products that are made with minimal exploitation of humans, animals or the environment.


Argan oil is plant-derived oil extracted from the kernels of the Argania tree of Morocco, which is valued for its cosmetic, therapeutic and medicinal properties.


Argan oil can be regarded as multi-purpose oil in the natural skin care industry, because of its wide usage in treating a variety of ailments, including acne, wrinkles, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. Besides its application in skin care, Argan also makes an effective hair conditioner and is often used to strengthen finger nails.


How is Pure Argan oil being produced?


Argan oil has been used for at least 3,500 years in what is today Morocco. In ancient times, the argania tree, from which it derives, covered much of North Africa, and the Berber people developed a process to extract argan that changed little until the 20th century.


To extract argan oil, the Berber women would collect the ripe argan fruit around June which is to be dried in the open air after which the flesh of the fruit is then peeled off and to get the argan nut. The next stage involves cracking the argan nut by hand between two stones to obtain the argan kernels or seeds. Attempts to mechanize this process have been unsuccessful, thus making it a time-consuming and labour-intensive process.


If the argan oil is to be used for cooking, the women would roast the kernels at the temperature of 100 degree Celsius to enhance the flavor of the oil (argan for cosmetic use often skips this step), which they would grind in a stone quern to produce an oily paste.


Until recently, Berber women would typically squeeze the paste in between their hands to extract the oil, and then decant into bottle to be left to rest for 2 weeks. After this the oil is filtered to remove any impurities.


But in the early 1990s, the European cosmetics industry noted the high antioxidant content of argan and its many beauty and skin applications, automated the extraction process and set up factories in Casablanca that monopolized production.

Pure Argan Oil and Fair Trade Production


Due to the increase in demand and popularity for argan oil as a cosmetic treatment in the late 20th century, the traditional method of argan oil extraction which were mainly done by Berber women is been replaced by large scale commercial production done in modern factories, located at hundreds of miles away from the arganeraie region.


But the modern method of argan oil extraction results in a loss of quality control, to say nothing about the loss of economic benefits of argan oil to the Berber peoples who performed the process over thousands of years.


Around this time, a study by the German Government Development Agency (GTZ) chronicled the plight facing the Berber women, often falsely portrayed by major argan oil producers as having played a large role in argan oil production and benefiting greatly from this economic activity, when in reality, the women received little benefit from surging argan oil sales, and the actual effectiveness of the product for skin and hair care becoming diluted in the process.


In the light of this development, in 1995 the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the GTZ worked closely with the Moroccan authorities to transfer argan oil production back to Berber women who will work in fair trade cooperatives where they will be fairly treated in the form of enjoying competitive wages and flexible working conditions so that they and their children can have better health and education opportunities.


In addition, another objective was to develop a sustainable production process, in which the argan tree was protected, and the region designated a nature reserve, to prevent further degradation of the relatively small growing area.


To support this effort in protecting the Argan forest, UNESCO had designated the arganeraie region as a protected biosphere in 1998. Since then, bulk of the argan oil production has shifted back to Berber women, now active in these co-ops that provide economic protection and benefits to the traditional makers of this rare oil.


How You Can Help as a Consumer


As a consumer, you should be aware of those larger skin care manufacturers that dilute argan oil with preservatives which can degrade the product of its antioxidant content. This will reduce its effectiveness as a cosmetic treatment. Moreover such argan oil products are mostly made in factories in Casablanca, with very little benefit flowing to the Berber women and their families.


Due to this reason, you should insist on buying only pure argan oil, undiluted, without additives or preservatives. This is because pure argan oil (which is also called organic argan oil or Moroccan argan oil) is most likely to be produced ethically by Berber woman.


ONLY buy cosmetic argan oil from small or mid-sized skin care companies. Though they may be more expensive than products from the big labels, but what you are getting is of the highest grade argan oil. Such high quality argan oil is mostly to be made by the knowledgeable Berber women, in a fair trade co-op, with the economic benefits to reflect that endeavour.


As a suggestion, you might try Skinception Cold-Pressed Cosmetic Argan Oil, which meets the prerequisites listed above, and which offers the cosmetic benefits of this revered oil product with the promise that it was made ethically, by the Berber women, in a fair trade co-op.


For more information about pure argan oil, visit the Skinception™ Cold Pressed Cosmetic Argan Oil Homepage


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