Celebrities and Argan Oil: The Lowdown

Celebrities and Argan Oil: The Lowdown

What do Taylor Swift and Salma Hayek have in common with the Berber women of Morocco?

They all use argan oil as a beauty product.

When Swift prepares to, say, talk to the ladies on The View or Hayek gets ready for a photo shoot with Vogue, chances are they’ll use an oil that comes from a little known North African plant to make themselves look beautiful.

Argan oil – believed to be one of the rarest oils in the world — comes from the nuts that grow on the argan tree, which is found growing in Morocco, where it thrives on the country’s dry, rocky soil.

People there have used the oil as a health and beauty product, saying it can help treat conditions like dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles.

Women in Morocco are responsible for turning the fruits of the argan tree into the oil to prepare for sale all over the world – including to health/beauty conscious celebrities – but they’ve also used it themselves for centuries.

Other famous women using argan oil to keep their skin and hair moisturized. include actress Selena Gomez, Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, acclaimed actress Julianne Moore, talk show host Kelly Ripa, British actress/model Susie Amy, English author and former model Sophie Dahl and actress Eva Mendes.

“Argan oil from Morocco is my total skin secret,” Mendes was quoting as saying in a recent interview. “It’s spectacular!”

Model/actress Josie Maran had devoted a portion of her cosmetics line to argan oil.

She argues that argan oil is essentially a “super food” for the body, filled with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Proponents say the oil has amazing conditioning, anti-aging and healing properties for the skin and hair.

Her company also supports the efforts of women in Morocco making the oil, who have set up co-ops to turn their age-old craft into a business.

Many of these co-operatives offer childcare and educational programs, and have inspired other women to go into business making argan oil as well. They’ve also used some of the proceeds from the oil to help reforest argan trees, allowing argan oil sellers in America to market the oil as environmentally beneficial.

Of course, argan oil can nourish the whole body, as it has become a popular cooking ingredient as well as a beauty product.

A quick google search finds home cooks using argan oil in recipes inspired by the likes of celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, Rachael Ray and Nigella Lawson.