You don’t have to visit Morocco to indulge in the “liquid gold” of argan. Argan comes from the fruit of a tree grown almost exclusively in Morocco. The oil which is believed to have age-defying properties is the hot new ingredient in many beauty products found in France and all around the Mediterranean.
High in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, argan oil is believed to help all sorts of skin conditions from wrinkles, dry skin, eczema and acne to psoriasis. In Morocco this magical oil is slathered on skin, hair nails and even Moroccan babies.
The oil comes from the nut of the argan tree. The nut looks like a cross between an almond and a walnut and are found in the area around Essouira. During certain seasons you can even see goats on top of these craggy trees feeding off the fruit. They are harvested exclusively by women who have organized Argan cooperatives and collectives. They crack the shells with sharp rocks, then grind down the seeds into a paste that looks a lot like chunky peanut butter. The paste is kneaded by hand to extract the oil and then it’s send to nearby presses to extract the oil. There it is made into soaps, lotions and crèmes.
Introductory price of $4.00 for the 100g soap bar and $15.99 for the large 10.14 fl. oz. bottle of lotion.