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In the lands of Morocco grows the Argania spinosa, a plant endemic to the southwest of the country, which is called argan. From the seeds of the fruit of this tree is produced an oil that transcends borders, and is highly valued in the world of cosmetics and beauty for its incredible virtues.
Argan oil is rare, highly prized and expensive, because it is only produced in a certain part of the world. For these reasons, the region where argan oil is produced was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1998 for its ecological value and economic importance.
Argan oil has become very popular with women, as they prefer to use natural and organic substances on their skin, rather than artificial or processed chemicals. Argan oil requires a manual extraction process, which requires a significant amount of time to extract an interesting quantity, which accentuates its value on the market and is an additional reason for the appeal of argan users.
Because of its properties, more and more companies specialized in cosmetics incorporate it in their product lines. Knowing that more and more companies want to offer argan oil products at competitive prices, it is important that you are able to recognize the products that are made from pure argan oil.
Continue reading to learn more about how to recognize a pure argan oil and not to be fooled by false imitations.
The first thing to know is that you must be able to differentiate cosmetic argan oil from that used for cooking.
This is the first element of differentiation, because the seeds for oil for cosmetic use are not roasted, they give the color a touch of bright yellow and somewhat transparent.
Culinary argan oil, on the other hand, made from roasted seeds, has a more intense golden yellow color, close to brown. By comparing the two, you will be able to see a real difference between the colors of each.
The smell of this oil has a nutty aroma similar to hazelnut. For cosmetic use, this oil is cold pressed to preserve its properties.
It differs from culinary argan oil by a strong odor and very unpleasant for some, giving the impression that it may seem rancid, strong and bitter.
If you smell the bottles of argan oil, and you have the impression that they smell of sunflower or paprika, then there is a strong chance that this oil is not pure argan for cosmetic use. Moreover, if it has no smell, it is not the real thing.
Argan oil is soothing, silky and smooth. It is quickly absorbed by the skin. Try a little on your hand and wait a few minutes. If it was absorbed by the skin, it is real. If after using it, the oil has difficulty penetrating the skin and remains on the surface, then it would be a strong misconception being visibly a signal of a non-pure argan oil.
The pure argan oil found in quality cosmetics is usually packaged in small bottles, duly labeled, displaying the ingredients that compose it and the place in Morocco origin.
The selected product must be composed of 100% argan oil (Argania spinosa kernel oil). It must not contain preservatives, perfume or even water. Anything mixed in will degrade the effects and properties of argan oil.
A small additional test to reveal the true nature of the oil would be to place it in the refrigerator to prove its authenticity, because if it freezes, it is a pure solution. If the argan oil does not harden, it is not authentic.