Support Moroccan Women
The women of Morocco depend on the fruit of the argan tree in order to live. In the past few decades, statistics have shown that over 20million work hours have been produced as the result of the argan tree, and millions in dollars in revenue has been given to the women and families of Morocco as a result of the production, distribution, and supply chain that has been created from this simply amazing product.
What has stimulated this intense growth, is the popularization of the product in the United States and Europe. Many American companies are marketing argan oil as an organic product that is great for your skin. This is nothing new to Moroccan men and women – they’ve been using it for 1000s of years, and do not know any other way of moisturization.
It seems as though no matter how far we continue to get with science, we keep going back to the basics.
See this video on how argan oil is made:
And another one, this one really goes into a lot more detail:
The Moroccan women continue the reforestation project of West Morocco, by continuing to not only produce the oil from the argan tree, but to continue to plant more and more argan trees by hand so that thier industry can continue to flourish. This is also a response to the demand that has been created by Europe, Australia, and the United States manufacturers of the product.
Up until 2010 – the argan tree has been on the protection list by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) that is responsible for protecting plants and other foliage that may be considered extinct. The extinction process is weighed by the sheer number of trees/plants that there are in a given area compared with the amount that there were in the years before that. UNESCO says that the Argan Tree is now on the rise since the women of Morocco have been continuing to plant the argan tree over the past decade.
The argan nut looks somewhat by a date, grape or prune and makes a cracking sound when it is harvested (or “cracked”) If the argan nut is not harvested and it is left on the ground around and near the argan tree, it is normally used to feed the goats and other grazing animals that surround the cities and towns which have the argan tree in it in Morocco. The waste that is produced from the process of making argan oil, is very bitter and not usable in ordinary cuisine. It is however used to make fires and in different arts and crafts throughout different cities in Morocco.
Harvest argan oil
Argan oil is produced by cracking the argan nut from the argan tree. Mainly, it is harvested by hand and then also cracked by hand, but there are some machines that are used to crack the argan oil. These machines more or less crack the nuts and then squeeze the oil from the waste that is produced from the nut. The oil then runs down through a chamber in the machine and then is collected into a glass jar for exportation or for use in Moroccan villages throughout Western Africa.
Water is added in the last step to seperate the waste from the oil. There are actually two different types of oils that are produced: argan oil for hair and skin, and then argan oil for cooking.
The animals that are in the villages near where production happens, eat the waste from the cultivation of these argan oil nuts.
The women that produce argan oil have the most amazing skin in the world! Why? Well – they spend all day every day sticking their hands in the paste and the oil all day, so it is almost like they are constantly moisturizing themselves. If you were to look at argan oil in a jar, you would probably think to yourself that it is olive oil. It is the same color and consistency as olive oil and even somewhat has the same smell.
The women of Morocco manufacture argan oil into their own products, these have been handed down for generations:
- Argan oil general moisturizer
- Argan oil eye cream
- Argan oil for hair
- Argan oil for cooking
- Argan oil nightcream
This is a booming multimillion dollar industry that has been supporting Morocco for thousands of years.