Despite the hype it’s still difficult to find a one hundred percent pure, certified, cosmetic grade argan oil in London.
Some products have no certification. Others are mixed with cheaper oils. Some contain artificial silicon. Others are suspiciously neutral-smelling. Cosmetic grade argan oil should have a faint nutty odour. If it smells of nothing it may have been heat-treated which kills some of the goodness. Others have a strong nutty odour, meaning it may be cooking grade argan oil. Others come from a country other than Morocco, meaning the tree may have been genetically modified to increase yield.
Havenessence has sold a certified, one hundred percent pure, cosmetic grade argan oil in central London for over two years. Our oil is exported all over the world. We have hundreds of repeat orders. Customers can try the oil before purchase and discuss it with experienced staff. Our oil is sourced only from Morocco.
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Argan oil is derived from the argan tree (Argania spinosa), a UNESCO-protected tree endemic to Morocco. It reaches 8–10 metres high and lives for up to 200 years. It grows in semi-arid soil and its deep root system helps protect against soil erosion and the advance of the Sahara Desert. Oil from the argan tree is one of the rarest oils in the world.
Argan trees are thorny with gnarled trunks. The leaves are 2–4 cm long. The flowers have pale yellow-green petals. Flowering is in April. The fruit is 2–4 cm long with a thick peel surrounding a sweet-smelling layer of pulpy pericarp. This covers a very hard seed, which contains usually one, but occasionally two or three, oil-rich kernels. The fruit ripens in June or July.
Traditionally, women from the Berber tribe produce the oil. In times past, goats were sent up the trees to eat the fruit and the women would then gather the undigested seeds from the goat excrement. The seeds would then be cracked and the kernels pressed to produce the oil. Argan oil used in cosmetic and culinary products today has most likely been harvested directly from the tree without the intervention of a goat!
Culinary argan oil is produced by lightly toasting the kernels before pressing. Cosmetic grade argan oil is cold-pressed without toasting.
Argan oil contains tocopherols (vitamin E), phenols, carotenes, squalene, and 80% unsaturated fatty acids.
Argan oil production today supports some 2.2 million people in the main argan oil producing region of Morocco (the Arganeraie) with much of the oil controlled by women’s co-operatives. It has had a major socio-economic impact on Moroccan women.
Havenessence has sold a scrupulously sourced cosmetic grade argan oil for almost two years. Details here.
The havenessence argan oil family is increasing! Pure organic argan oil in 10ml, 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes, plus a new range of argan oil roll-ons mixed with 100% natural essential oils. Add to that our gentle, sulphate-free, argan oil shampoo and conditioner…
Come and see us in London’s Piccadilly, two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus, or order online.
Our sister site, havenessence, has published a useful article on argan oil hair treatment, making the point that the most important matter when applying argan oil to the hair is to ensure that the substance you use really is argan oil. More … Continue reading