Moroccan Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of Argan tree seeds which are indigenous to Morocco.
The Argan Tree is a species of tree endemic to the calcareous semi-desert “Sous valley” of southwestern Morocco.
For centuries, the extensive work of removing the oil from the Argan nuts has been done by indigenous ladies of North Africa known as Berber women. To this day, these women are still the only people responsible for gathering the nuts and producing the oil.
Generally produced by hand, the oil is removed by stripping the nuts off their soft pulp and then sun-drying them. The dried out nuts are cracked utilizing stone device to extract the seeds, which are then mixed with water and grounded into a thick paste. This paste is then pressed to harvest the Argan oil. The overall process is extremely time consuming, needing about 110 pounds of Argan fruit and 20 hours of work to produce half a liter of this precious oil.
Pure Moroccan Argan Oil itself is a multi-purpose product and can be used directly on its own, or as an additive to other products.