Argan oil has been valued for its abundant cosmetic and medicinal substances for centuries by the Moroccan people. It’s been a well-kept secret known only to Berber women in Morocco who use it to nourish their skin, hair and nails. A rich source of antioxidants and Vitamins E, A, and F, argan oil contains 80 percent unsaturated essential fatty acids including Omega 6 and Omega 9. It is produced from the kernels of the rare and ancient Moroccan argan tree. Many consider argan oil a “superfood” for the skin due to its healing, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Known in Morocco as ‘liquid gold,’ Argan’s anti-aging properties are well documented due to its high levels of Vitamin E and skin softening saponins. It helps to reduce wrinkles by restoring the skin’s water lipid layer and soothes inflammation. Its anti-oxidants help neutralize free radicals, thereby protecting the skin from harmful environmental toxins. Argan is a dry oil that absorbs quickly and will not clog pores. Here are the benefits of argan oil for your skin, hair and body.
Indigenous to Morocco, the argan tree produces a yellowish argan fruit which is gathered after ripening and laid in the sun to dry. The fruit contains a nut that is hand-cracked by local Berber women in fair-trade cooperatives. To preserve the high grade “virtue” of ZWEENA Pure Argan Oil, the oil is first cold-pressed from the raw argan kernels.
Argan oil is very precious and takes hours of physical work for the women to produce. In the cooperative, it takes three days and 16 pounds of argan nuts for one woman to make one liter of Pure Argan Oil.
We regularly visit with the Berber women to observe their traditional techniques and feel honored to help them with each purchase of argan oil. The cooperative gives these women the opportunity to earn a fare wage, provide for their families and receive an education.
*unscented and organic
*virgin and unrefined
*made with no artificial or chemical additives
*paraben and cruelty-free
*freshly poured in small batches
*bottled in premium dark violet glass to preserve the nutrients and extend shelf life