I have just received my first bottle of cosmetic Argan oil. All the way from Morocco, this oil comes from the Argan tree, one of the rarest trees in the world only to be found in the south west part of Morocco. The Argan tree can live up to 200 years. Moroccan women make a living out of collecting the Argan nuts and grounding them into an Argan paste and extracting the oil, this process by hand can take up to 10-12 hours per litre. Argan oil is one of Moroccos beauty secrets and has been used for centuries to protect and nourish the skin. In the west it has been gaining popularity as the “miracle ingredient” for the beauty industries, It has extremely high levels of Vitamin E which helps stop free radical damage. It also contains 80% fatty acids which makes it great for healing many skin aliments like acne, psoriasis, eczema and unwanted scars have all been improved by the oil’s topical application.This unique oil is also perfect as an anti- wrinkle ointment.
Culinary Argan oil on the other hand is a lot different to cosmetic Argan oil. (Please be careful and make sure you read the label properly as they are both processed in different ways and are not interchangeable). Argan oil is not used for cooking but more for garnishing as it has that nutty taste and can be used on salads and other light dishes. It has some great health benefits like lowering cholesterol, strengthening the immune system, increasing circulation and decreasing inflamation in the body.