Argan oil is extracted from the nut contained within the fruit of the argan tree, native to Morocco. A whole industry exists around picking, peeling, roasting, grinding and pressing the small nut with the rich oil subsequently used for a range of culinary and cosmetic purposes. In some parts of Morocco it is common to find goats climbing the branches of the argan tree, eating its fruit; and across the arid, wind beaten plains of rural Morocco, it provides all-important nutrients and shade to a wide range of wildlife. The argan tree’s deep roots and tough canopy withstand harsh sunlight and desert winds, allowing more fragile grasses to grow under its watch.
Rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, argan oil is also intensively moisturising and has long been used throughout Morocco and other parts of North Africa to treat various skin conditions, including acne and dryness, and to help heal burns. Its mild, nutty fragrance makes for unobtrusive slathering from top to toe, leaving skin with a renewed colour and light sheen. More recently, argan oil has found popularity further afield, with a boom in sales for argan oil hair treatment.
As the world’s hair experts wised up to argan oil’s supreme hair saving qualities, a new movement has emerged within Morocco to protect and plant a large number of argan trees. Many women’s co-operatives are also dedicated to the production of the tree’s oil, and it is thought that argan oil production is now one of the main forms of employment for women, providing them with autonomy and financial independence.
In our blend, argan oil is combined with pomegranate – an ancient pairing owing to the two ingredients’ complementary fragrances and the combined effect of argan oil’s properties with the high levels of antioxidant found in the fruit of the pomegranate. Together they deliver lashings of skin goodness and the sun-drenched character of the bustling souk.
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