Argan oil has been increasingly popular over the years, mainly because of its many uses as an all-around body product. The argan oil is extracted from the nut of the argan tree. This tree is endemic only to southwestern Morocco, which is the reason why argan oil is so hard to come by and expensive to boot. The Berder women of the Agadir region of Morocco are the ones who harvest the argan oil. They extract the oil from the nut by hand, first by using stones to crack the nut, then grinding the kernels into a brown paste, and kneading the paste to extract the oil. The extraction procedure usually takes a Berber woman 3 days and 16 pounds of argan nuts to make just one liter of argan oil. The painstakingly long process, backbreaking work and isolated location of Morocco are just a couple of reasons why the argan oil has earned its moniker of “liquid gold”, because getting one will literally cost you the earth.
The argan oil is rich in vitamins and minerals, and has loads of Vitamin E, fatty acids, and antioxidants, which are good for the skin, hair, and nails. And since it is organic, it does not contain any harsh chemicals or parabens usually found in drugstore beauty products.
Argan oil is used mainly as moisturizer for the skin. The oil is so lightweight and non-greasy it can also be used as moisturizer for the face. It also makes cuticles softer and promotes nail growth. It has been used to alleviate skin problems such as mild acne, eczema, psoriasis, and stretch marks made during pregnancy. On its own, it can be used as a leave-on conditioner for the hair as it is known to tame frizz, produce shine and smoothness in lacklustre tresses, and also prevent dry scalp and split ends.
With so many uses of argan oil, you can actually save in the long run despite of its high cost because you will be ditching a lot of products and only use this one instead.