Fair Trade Argan Oil from Morocco
The Arganeraie in southwest Morocco is the only region in the world where the Arganie thrives. The Fair Trade project Argand´Or has set itself the goal of preserving both the traditional harvesting and processing by Berber women and the survival of the dying trees. Both are now protected by UNESCO. The oil is extracted by hand in a process lasting up to 24 hours. With natural antioxidants, the “liquid gold” ensures particularly smooth, supple skin.
The Women of the Arganie – Unique in the World
The Arganie thrives world-wide only in the southwest of Morocco, harvest and processing of the Argannuss lies for nearly 800 years in the hands of the Berber women. Since 2005, our Fair Trade Partner Argand´Or has been supporting the continuation of traditional local oil production. The resulting financial independence and access to reading and writing lessons also promote equal opportunities for women. Since 2014 the Berbian culture around the Arganie is also appreciated by the UNESCO: The hand pressing is considered meanwhile as protected world cultural heritage, the unique cultural landscape of the Argan trees as protected biosphere reservation.
Traditional processes for highest quality
Since the Arganie is under nature protection, the women collect only the fallen nuts from the ground – often they are on the way for days with donkeys and baskets. After the fruit has dried, the hard kernels are broken by hand. They are ground with hand-operated stone mills. The pulp obtained by grinding is stirred and kneaded until the oil escapes – the process can take up to 24 hours from the grinding of the almonds to the actual extraction of the oil.
With “liquid gold” to smooth skin
Morocco’s “liquid gold” has long been valued for its caring properties: it is an integral part of the Moroccan Hamam culture. The regular use of products containing argan oil promotes cell regeneration and can help smooth wrinkles and improve the freshness and elasticity of the skin. This anti-aging effect is mainly due to the tocopherols it contains, strong antioxidant vitamin E variants. These antioxidants protect the skin from premature aging caused by free radicals. Even stressed hair benefits from these active ingredients, overall skin and hair become smoother with regular use.