ARGAN OIL – History and Origin
The history of the beloved argan oil is long. Argan trees are among the oldest trees in the world and are also considered a relic from the Tertiary period. That was 80 million years ago. While it used to grow from North Africa to what is now Central Europe, today, the argan tree only thrives in a desert-like region of about 8,000 square kilometres in south-west Morocco. This area has been recognised by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve, and the centuries-old knowledge and practices of using the tree and its fruit, as well as the production of argan oil, as UNESCO World Heritage. The tree, which has spiky branches, can grow to a height of about ten metres, but the diameter of the tree crown can be up to 50 metres. Its distinctive roots reach up to 30 metres into the soil – thus preventing soil erosion by wind and water. The drought-resistant evergreen argan tree, also called argania, is able to withstand long periods of drought and temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius without any problems. Its life expectancy is up to 400 years.
Today, argan oil is one of THE beauty best-sellers, but the argan tree and thus its oil had a kind of shadowy existence until the mid-90s: Little value was placed on the argan tree, argan oil was poorly marketed. The consequence: During the 1970s and 1980s, hundreds of hectares of argan trees were felled to make room for other crops. Today, this is shocking. But over time, the value of argan oil was recognised due to its special composition: Rich in various fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega 6, the argan fruit, which looks like a yellow plum, tastes extremely bitter. Their shell is as thick as a hazelnut and quite hard. Hidden in the flesh are seeds as big as sunflower seeds. The most valuable and expensive oil in the world is extracted from these. Around 30 kilograms of kernels have to be pressed to obtain one litre of argan oil. This also explains why argan oil is called “Gold of Morocco“.
Goats and the production of argan oil
Anyone who has ever been to Morocco has certainly seen them: Goats nimbly climbing argan trees and enjoying themselves at lofty heights. Do they break the trees? No! But goats are an important part of argan oil production! Since the goats live in a desert-like region, there is hardly any grass and other ground plants. Despite thousands of hard thorns, the goats manage to eat the leaves and the calorie-rich fruits of the argan tree. It has to be said that goats are truly hardy, very intelligent and true survivalists. Of course, the goats also eat the seeds of the argan fruit – from which the oil is extracted – but do not digest them. The seeds come out the back end undigested. Thus, the goats provide a great help to humans. Due to the large number of thorns, harvesting by hand is impossible. So the Berbers, the Moroccan peasant and nomad people, only have to wait until the seeds are excreted by the goats or the ripe fruits fall to the ground. The seeds can then simply be picked up from the ground and further processed. On the other hand, the Berbers would have to laboriously harvest, peel, grind and process the fruits. The harvest time is mainly between July and September – a very short period. As you can see, the production of argan oil is very elaborate and time-consuming – of course, this is also one of the reasons why argan oil is expensive.
The sun-dried seeds, which contain up to 60% oil, are broken out of the shell by the Berber women with two stones. The shells are stored and used as animal feed after the drying period. The almonds, as the seeds of the argan fruit are called, are then either cold-pressed to produce argan oil for cosmetic purposes or roasted for culinary purposes. Cold-pressed means that the almonds do not come into contact with water.
Nowadays, argan oil production hardly ever takes place in painstaking manual labour. The argan oil is extracted industrially using the most modern methods and machines, whereby the addition of water is completely omitted. The quality of the oil is in no way inferior to conventional hand pressing and the yield even is somewhat higher. In total, there is an annual yield of about 11 million litres of argan oil – in comparison: There are around 2.3 billion litres of olive oil!
Why Argan Oil
There are many things in nature that we do not know or that we cannot find. Argan oil, which is extracted from the argan fruit of the argan tree in southwest Morocco, is a true miracle of nature. Not only is it of great benefit to our health, but also to our beauty.
Argan oil is not only a blessing for the hair, but it is the most natural moisturiser for oily, sensitive, normal or dry skin. In addition, it provides fast healing for acne and pimple problems, has great anti-ageing properties, prevents the formation of and reduces stretch marks, is the best solution against eczema, psoriasis and rosacea diseases, nourishes the eyelashes, makes them thick and is the perfect care for hands, feetand lips. It is suitable for care, as well as for cleaning and taking off make-up. There is no more all-round care product that is more natural. Unlike many other oils, argan oil does NOT have a drying effect, even with long-term use, and it is NOT comedogenic.
Why Arganim Argan Oil?
Argan oil is often sold under the guise of “organic argan oil”, although it is not pure at all and therefore brings harm instead of benefit. Unfortunately, quality does not play a role for many manufacturers. But if the argan oil is not of good quality, it will not work.
For many years, we as a family have been using argan oil and have experienced the many positive effects ourselves. This made us want to produce our own argan oil of the best quality and with the hope that it would give everyone these wonderful results. It is not easy to control every stage of the production process. We closely monitor every process from fruit collection to drying, pressing and packaging. It may sound like a cliché, but Arganim Argan Oil is the best quality you can find on the market – it is 100% pure, contains no chemical additives or perfume. We have it freshly pressed and import it directly to Germany. Read more
Several thousand people already place their trust in our young brand and experience their own argan oil miracle. We are looking forward to you trying it out for yourself and appreciating the benefits of argan oil.