A Berber woman crouches next to her R’ha – a large rock used to extract Argan oil – and grinds the argan fruit rhythmically, collecting its rich brown liquid. Moroccan women have been doing this for centuries, using the oil in everything from cooking to cosmetics.
An embodiment of the richness of Morocco, Argan oil takes you on an exotic journey, naturally nourishing and enriching the skin and hair and giving it a luminous glow.
Argan for cosmetic purposes;
The Argan fruit is taken from the tree during the harvesting period (July August), it is then laid out to dry for around seven days.
Once dry, the pulp is removed to get the argan nut out (known as ‘Akkayn’ in Arabic). These nuts are then cracked open to reveal the kernel.
Extracting Argan oil from the Argan nut is a laborious manual process;
It takes 2 days just to crack 1.5kg of argan nuts and extract the kernel.
The process itself is very physical, as women traditionally use stones to crack the argan nuts
Unlike culinary argan oil which is first roasted, cosmetic argan needs a lot more work to be processed into a paste which is traditionally made with a stone hand mill. This part of the process is particularly labour intensive for the Berber women.
The argan paste is finally further squeezed to produce the argan oil.
It takes a staggering 25-30kg of argan nuts to produce just one litre of argan oil! Which makes you understand just how precious this oil is.