Oil certified under Fairtrade production standards goes for even more. Those prices have led some to resort to less than savory tactics, passing off diluted Moroccan oil blends as 100percent argan. Its like the Mafia, says Afafe Daoud, a project manager who works with a cooperative near Agadir. The group of 60 Berber women produces Fairtrade argan oil under its own brand, Tounarouz, and sells it across Europe. Records of argan oil extraction trace back to the 13thcentury, when locals would gather the oil-rich nuts excreted by goats that climb trees to eat the plum-size fruit. Today, argan oil processors use nuts that havent passed through a goats intestines. Endangered by construction and farming, argan treesspiny evergreens with 150-year lifespanshave come under United Nations protection, and makers of the oil are seeking the same kind of geographic certification enjoyed by Parma ham and French champagne in Europe. The trees, which thrive in Moroccos semi-arid soil, are hard to cultivate elsewhere. But some are trying. Chaim Oren, an agronomist at Israeli argan oil producer Sivan, says he is growing what he calls the magical tree on 100acres in the Negev Desert.
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Argan Oil Reviews – Does It Really Work or Another Scam
While its uses and benefits are well-documented, there are other oils that have similar or complementary beauty benefits. Read on to learn about oils you might not have heard of and even some that, although common, have amazing benefits. Mango oil You might think of the mango as a great fragrance but not truly a beauty ingredient. Mango oil contains high levels of antioxidants and beneficial vitamins A, C and E. Just one cup of mango contains 80 percent of your vitamin C for the day and 25 percent of vitamin A. Studies have shown that vitamins A and C have a direct influence on hair growth, making these vitamins a vital contributor to healthy hair. Mango oil also is excellent to add and retain hair’s moisture. Try a product like Klorane’s Mango Oil (drugstore.com, $14). Tahitian Monoi oil Monoi oil takes coconut oil to the next level. The Tahitians place a fragrant flower (the Tiare flower)into coconut oil for a process called enfleurage.
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Argan Oil: Too Much of a Good Thing?
Natural antioxidants Apart from tocopherols, Argan oil has other antioxidants to benefit the users. All these antioxidants work together to help the user achieve the much-needed skin glow. Squalene – Its function is almost similar to vitamin E, thereby making it another effective antioxidant for promotion of overall skin health. It prevents collagen and elastin breakdown in the body, thereby helping the user look younger at all times. It also helps prevention or destruction of important vitamins in the body. Furthermore, squalene also has certain anti-bacterial properties, thereby making Argan oil effective in cases of eczema and psoriasis too. Essential fatty acids The high concentration of fatty acids in the Argan oil improves the moisture retention ability of Skinception Argan Oil. These also function as anti-inflammatories which work effectively to heal the human skin from wounds or other types of damages. Furthermore, it facilitates oil is easier absorption into the skin, thereby making it more elastic and firmer. Skinception Argan Oil pros This oil works effectively on even the stretch marks of the body It comes with a comprehensive money back guarantee Argan oil is highly effective on wrinkles and fine lines It is made up of all natural ingredients and doesnt have any types of preservatives or additives It is capable of treating skin problems such as damaged skin and acne It is an organic and pure oil It prevents the pores of the skin from getting clogged It is capable of repairing dry brittle nails It can repair frizzy hair and split ends Argan oil is very light and non-greasy It is also capable of treating psoriasis and eczema Skinception Argan Oil cons One will have to use the product for quite some time before she/he sees visible results. However, most of the customers get visible results in less than one months time.
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Argan Oil: It is Worth the Hype
In 1999, the argan trees were classified as endangered , and deemed an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO because of overgrazing, deforestation for agricultural reasons, and harsh environmental changes. Less trees to harvest the kernels from makes argan oil an even rarer commodity. Yet it is more popular than ever. So you may ask: why are manufacturers, doctors, aestheticians, celebrities, etc. promoting and mass-marketing a product produced from an endangered species? Doesnt that make the problem worse? On the contrary. Because of the increasing worldwide interest in argan oil and the benefits the local people have reaped from its production and exportation, the locals have begun new initiatives to protect the existing argan groves and plant new ones. Furthermore, the argan oil market empowers the Berber women who are responsible for harvesting and producing the oil. In order to meet the ever-increasing demand for argan oil, cooperatives of Berber women have been set up to produce large quantities of top quality organic argan oil in traditional and sustainable ways. Argan oil export solely financially supports millions of rural families in this region of Morocco.
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The best beauty oils: More than argan oil
Arguably, however, the most noteworthy impact of argan oil production is social. This rare oil has captivated a global audience, primarily because of its use in cosmetics. As a result, market prices have been on the rise (making it the most expensive edible oil in the world), and argan oil producerslargely local Moroccan womenhave been reaping the benefits. Because the process of extracting argan oil is extremely labor intensive (it can take 50 kilograms of seeds to produce just half a liter of oil), the women who produce it by hand are frequently part of production co-operatives, such as the UCFA ( Union des Cooperatives des Femmes de lArganeraie ). Founded in 1999, this innovative co-operative produces and markets argan oil and is supported by the Moroccan government as both a conservation and development strategy. Today, the UCFA unites 22 smaller womens co-operatives. The women who make up these groups gain status, a steady income, and, in some cases, an education through their work. Yet the argan oil boom has been a double-edged sword. Argan trees and the area in which they grow are threatened by overuse and deforestation.
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