Argan oil is like the Beyoncé of the oil world ― rare, transformative, and luxurious. It is produced from the fruit of the argan tree, which grows only in a very small area in a specific region of Morocco. Argan oil has been used since ancient times by the native Berber people who are now seeing ever increasing demand as more people find out about its healing and rejuvenating powers. Fortunately, the Moroccan government has seized on this opportunity to make life better for a huge section of its people and has plans to increase argan oil production. The majority of argan oil comes from argan nut processing facilities in Morocco which are typically owned and operated by Berber women co-operatives. The argan oil boom has worked wonders in liberating Berber women and making them economically independent and able to take better care of themselves and their families.
The lengthy process follows a very traditional method of extraction which begins with collecting the kernels, washing them, and cracking them open using stone grinders to make a brown paste. Further refinement with the grinders extracts the oil. It is interesting to note that separating the kernel from the fruit is still done by hand as efforts to mechanize the process have been unsuccessful. Not surprisingly, this makes extracting the oil quite a time consuming and labor intensive effort (it takes about 20 hrs to produce one liter of oil by hand). For these reasons, argan oil is priced at a premium.
Arzoyi is a small family run company based in New Jersey. It's a labour of love borne out of the search for high quality, reasonably priced argan oil that the founder, Dr. Jasleen Lyall, could use on her pregnant belly (she named the company after her daughter). Arzoyi is committed to argan oil production that is pure, organic, ethical, environmentally sustainable, socially responsible, and GMO free. It's certified ECOCERT ICO and USDA Organic and is a proud supporter of Vitamin Angels, an American non-profit helping expectant mothers, new mothers, and children under five gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals. The end result of Arzoyi's ethos is a pure, handcrafted two ounce bottle of argan oil, the sole product available on their site.
When the amber bottle of Arzoyi Argan Oil arrived, I did a little dance (as you do when packages arrive) and proceeded to get pumped about all of the possibilities for use. Argan oil has extremely high levels of Vitamin E and is eighty percent fatty acids which makes it perfect for healing and moisturizing. It's full of vitamins and antioxidants and forms an excellent base for skin and hair care products (hello, DIYs!) or it can be applied directly to hair, cuticles, or skin. Here are just some of the possibilities:
- A hot oil treatment - blend 2 tablespoons argan oil with 6 drops of rosemary essential oil in a glass container. Set in a hot water bath to warm up. Work the warm oil throughout your hair and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Shampoo as normal.
- Put a few drops into the palms of your hands, rub your hands together, and run your fingers through your hair to create shine and tame frizz.
- Use in the Oil Cleansing Method - it restores elasticity and leaves skin feeling plumper and softer while anti-oxidants help heal damaged skin cells and reduce inflammation.
- Use on lips to make them plump, soft and supple.
- Mix a mask of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3 teaspoons of Greek-style yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 drops of argan oil. Apply and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
- Add a drop or two of argan oil to your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer.
- Add a few drops to body lotion to boost elasticity and moisture.
- Add to pure aloe for after sun care.
I immediately used the precious liquid on my dry and itchy legs. Shaving makes them dry, but the argan oil soothed them and absorbed faster than the coconut oil I normally use. Following a trip to the gym, I mixed up a hot oil treatment for my hair. I let it work while I shaved my legs and then shampooed and rinsed. I've got some split ends going on, but after the treatment my hair was soft and shiny. I know from prior use, argan oil does not break me out, so I added a few drops of Arzoyi to the oil blend I normally use to cleanse my face at night. Argan oil heals acne and combats signs of aging, so it's a fantastic addition to oil cleansing. Since a little of the "Moroccan gold" goes a long way, I still have plenty left to address all of my moisture needs. I highly recommend Arzoyi Argan Oil and celebrate their commitment to sustainability and purity.
Arzoyi Argan Oil is available via Amazon.com. It is reasonably priced, arrived quickly, and is a pleasure to use.
* I was gifted a bottle of Arzoyi Argan Oil. I only promote products I genuinely believe in and that I would use myself.
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