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Everything you need to know about argan oil!

Everything you need to know about argan oil!

Everything you need to know about argan oil!

If you are a fan of aromatherapy and this blog, you already know and appreciate our practical fact sheets on essential oils. They can be downloaded free of charge from our blog, and can also be found free of charge in some Pranarôm outlets.

New for this new school year, a practical fact sheet has been created for argan vegetable oil.

What could be more judicious, as summer is behind us and winter approaches: argan will pamper, repair and protect our skin and hair!

To discover this handy new fact sheet, go to the store or read this article to download the fact sheet! It’s free!

Download the HV_Argan_Fact Sheet (click here!) It contains recipes!

Order “Les Huile Végétales Malin” from your pharmacist or organic store!
Order “Les Huile Végétales Malin” from your pharmacist or organic store!

This practical fact sheet was inspired by J. Kaibeck’s new and successful book “Les Huile Végétales, c’ est malin” published by Leduc. This comprehensive and recipe-rich book is also available from your Pranarôm dealer!

On the occasion of this article, we take this opportunity to make you (re)discover some more technical information on the precious oil that is virgin and organic argan, resulting from the first cold pressing of the almonds of the nuts of Argania Spinosa, in Morocco…


The organoleptic profile and the composition of virgin and organic argan oil deserve a detour:

It is a pale yellow oil, which penetrates well. Its smell is discreet if of good quality. In most cases, it is reminiscent of roasted walnuts, or in some cases the earth or goat if the oil is more doubtful at the level of its manufacture.

Average composition of virgin and organic argan oil:
A small half of monounsaturated fatty acids (omega 9).
One third of polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega 6).
Just under a fifth of saturated fatty acids.
Traces of Vitamin E.
Pranarôm’s virgin and organic argan oil, the best choice!
Pranarôm’s virgin and organic argan oil, the best choice!

It is this composition that makes argan oil particularly moisturizing, protective and repairing at the same time. An anti-ageing treasure trove, it is also very interesting in the context of a balanced Mediterranean diet. And gastronomes appreciate its taste, combined with vegetables, mashed potatoes, poultry or goat’s cheese.

Most common uses of argan oil:

Argan is used in a variety of preparations, pure or mixed with other oils, flavoured with essential oils or not. It is particularly appreciated for anti-aging cosmetic treatments, wellness massages, crevasses and chapped skin care, eczema, psoriasis… and of course in small doses on the plate for a gastronomic experience!

Different qualities of argan oil:

For the record, it is good to know that only virgin and organic argan oil should be used in your therapeutic care. Although it is claimed to be Natural or Organic, argan oil exists in different qualities. It is undoubtedly due to the fashion and media hype it has generated in recent years.

Nowadays rare, almost exclusively found in Morocco on the production sites, this oil is manufactured artisanally and traditionally. Sun-dried fruits are carefully shelled from their pulp. The roasted and ground almonds are reduced into paste and then pressed in water by hand to extract the argan oil.
This artisanal oil can be superb but is not bacteriologically controlled and is not biochemically analyzed to ensure its quality. Very fragile to the preservation, salt or pepper is sometimes added to it. This type of argan oil is intended for food consumption, it is darker in colour, due to the roasting of almonds.

The argan oil known as “goats”

It is rather rare because today criticized for its poor quality, argan oil from nuts rejected by goats has a very bad smell, bad taste and deteriorates rapidly. Acidity and peroxide index have been shown to be very high in this oil. In fact, the fruits are consumed by the cattle and after digestion of the pericarp, the excreted stones are recovered. An oil of inferior quality is produced in the same way as farm oil.

The “industrial” argan oil

It may happen that you find on the market a cosmetic or food grade “argan oil” that does not meet the quality criteria described below for virgin and organic oil.
In some cases, an oil is sold for pure when it is not. It may have been mixed with another oil or other components before bottling, or the plant may not have been respected before extraction (by heating it too hot or adding solvents). In these cases, the oil does not bear the designation “virgin”. Avoid such products.

Organic and virgin argan oil, an extreme quality
Argan oil is also ideal for a good massage.
Argan oil is also ideal for a good massage.

An argan oil certified organic by a recognized organization (logo AB or Ecocert or Certisys…) is an oil that has not undergone an extraction method damaging to the plant. Excessive heating and the addition of solvents is forbidden by organic certifying bodies.
Ideally, fruit is collected directly from the trees. Fruit shelling and stone crushing are carried out mechanically or by women’s cooperatives. The argan oil is extracted by cold mechanical pressure.

This oil from unroasted almond kernels is mechanically pressed cold and immediately filtered by cotton or bio-paper filters to preserve its natural and organic appearance. It thus retains the totality of its specific composition in active molecules which predestines it for dietary, nutritional and cosmetic uses.

This argan oil, intended for laboratories of cosmetology, pharmacy and parapharmacy has little or no smell of roasted walnuts. It is controlled by chemical and bacteriological analyses.

Pranarôm international uses exclusively this quality of virgin Argan oil.
One finds in particular a beautiful quality of argan in the anti-ageing serum of Pranarôm: Pranalixir RAFFERMIR, which combines argan with evening primrose and essential oils lifting.

When purchasing, make sure that only one component is present in the product entitled “argan oil”. This must be the Latin name of the plant (Argania Spinosa), and possibly the word “tocopherol” which designates natural vitamin E to better preserve the product.

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