ZWEENA Body Care – Argan Beauty Elixirs of Morocco only works with fair-trade cooperatives in Morocco that have their argan oil classified as a “Natural and Organic cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife” which means ‘a minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.’ To learn more about this certification, click here.
The argan tree (Argania Spinosa) can only be found in Southwestern Morocco, which makes it extremely rare. The tree is very resistant and can live up to 150 to 200 years. The argan tree’s deep roots are the most important stabilizing element in the desert. They protect soil against heavy rain and wind-induced erosion, maintain soil fertility, and have the unique ability to draw water from 100 feet below, allowing other plants in their vicinity to feed from their supply.
Taking action to preserve and regenerate the argan forest is therefore a priority from an ecological as well as an economic perspective in order to maintain a source of revenue for the local Berber people.
Because of the relative shortage of these trees and their importance to the local eco-system, argan oil production has been subsidized and encouraged by the Moroccan government. Most of the argan forest is owned by the Moroccan government, but families who have traditionally lived in the region are allowed to practice their traditional harvesting there. In 1998, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) took action to protect the argan forest declaring it an international ‘biosphere reserve’.