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Argan Oil for Beauty – 7 Tips for Getting the Best Quality and Quantity

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Over the last few years, Argan Oil from Morocco has emerged as one of the best natural beauty secrets. A New York Times article called the oil made from the nuts of the argan tree “liquid gold” and went on to say that it “has become one of the latest miracle ingredients in the beauty industry. High in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, it is believed to help all sorts of skin conditions: dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles.”

At first, argan oil was hard to find since Argan trees are indigenous to Morocco however recently it has exploded into the marketplace and you’ll see brands, big and small, use it in their formulations.

Many companies name their products “argan oil” but how much actual argan oil is in the product? Is it enough quality and quantity to reap the benefits?

The best quality argan oil is 100% pure, organic, raw, cold-pressed and preserved in a dark bottle. When heat is used to press the oil, the essential fatty acids, nutrients and vitamins in argan oil are compromised and you don’t reap all the benefits. Read labels carefully.

When shopping online and in stores, use these seven tips to help you find the best quality argan oil for your beauty needs.

1) Is it 100% Pure Argan Oil? You want your argan oil to be pure. There are sellers that cut it by adding cheaper oils into what they call “argan oil.” It must be from a reliable source and be 100% pure and fresh. Larger companies that order huge amounts of argan oil ship by sea and may take months to arrive in the US. Smaller artisanal companies have the ability to ship by air so the argan oil is fresh.

2) Look at the placement of Argan Oil on the ingredient list. After reading the front of the label, go to the Ingredient List to see where Argan Oil is placed. If you want 100% Pure Argan Oil, it should be listed first as Argania Spinosa. On labels, ingredients are listed in order of highest concentration to lowest so the first one to three ingredients will be the bulk of the formulation. If argan oil is listed as the fourth, fifth or sixth ingredient, you’re getting very little of the actual oil.

If the first ingredients are water, alcohol, or toxic silicones and preservatives that is the majority of what you’re putting on your body.

3) Does it have a USDA or ECOCERT organic certification? Since the beauty industry isn’t regulated on the wording of “organic” and “natural,” it’s easy for the company to misrepresent the terms. It’s only organic if the label has the certifying agency’s seal and the argan oil is bought from a certified organic supplier. Morocco uses a French organic certifying agency and it will be labeled “ECOCERT.”

4) Is it Cold-Pressed? If the oil is not cold-pressed, much of the nutrients are destroyed in the heating process. Large companies adding argan oil to their formulations (selling millions of products) might not be cold-pressing the oil. Using heat will produce more oil but at the expense of the nutrients.

5) Look to see if it’s deodorized. Argan oil has a natural nutty scent. Some companies deodorize their argan oil to eliminate the aroma. Again, this process destroys some of the vital nutrients in the oil. Buy oil that is raw, virgin and unprocessed.

6) Is the oil made in fair-trade women’s cooperatives? In 2002, the Moroccan government helped the local Berber women, who’ve been making argan oil in the traditional way for centuries (see them in this CNN video), to organize cooperatives. It’s important for these women to earn a fare wage and be treated well. Find companies that source their oil from fair-trade co-ops where the women reap the benefits from their arduous labor.

7) Does it come in a dark bottle? Oil can go bad quickly when it’s stored in a clear bottle and even Amber bottles don’t preserve the oil in the best way. The shelf life of your oil depends on the bottle so buy argan oil that comes in a dark bottle. These bottles don’t allow ultra-violet rays to penetrate the oil and allow it go rancid. Glass is always better and it’s recyclable.

Argan oil is a luxurious, multi-use oil that absorbs quickly into your skin. It hydrates, protects and rejuvenates the face, body, hair, nails and much more. If you buy it wisely, you’ll reap loads of benefits.

Click here to discover ten simple ways to use it in your daily beauty regime.

Click here to buy 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil directly from a Berber women’s co-op in Morocco.

 

Alicia Keys: Make-Up Free and Liberated!

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We want to congratulate Alicia Keys for her liberating decision to stop wearing make-up! She wrote about her struggles and stress for having to look a certain way in public in this great article for Lenny. The first time she was make-up free for a photo shoot she said “I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt.” We love her final thought and hope it will begin the shift of consciousness that will emanate out to all women.

“I don’t want to cover up anymore,” Alicia wrote in Lenny. “Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”

Sounds good to us! Let’s let our natural beauty, love and brilliant ideas shine out for all to see.

Beautiful Body Gratitude Prayer

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A Prayer for Whole Body Blessings 

We love this prayer of self-love by Laura Vesta. We recommend you look in the mirror and say it every day! Feel free make it your own.

Mother Goddess who I love,

Creator, Universal One

(insert your beloved life force name here),

I call upon you in gratitude for this life and

all its beauties. I call on my ancestors,

my guardians and guides in the spirit of blessing,

of joy and remembrance for all that has come before.

I offer my heart in blessings and ask for your blessing in return.

 

Bless my eyes that I may see the wonder of the present.

Bless my lips that I may form words of love and reverence.

Bless my tongue that I may taste variety and be fully fed.

Bless my nose that I may recall the depth of the senses.

Bless my neck and shoulders, that they may carry my chosen weight.

Bless my arms that I may fully embrace the YES with love.

Bless my breasts that I may give and receive nourishment.

Bless my systems within, breath and pulse, miracles all.

Bless my belly that I may realize fulfillment.

Bless my sidewaists that make stretching into joy.

Bless my hips and pelvis, generous gravity, container of the holy womb.

Bless my womb and ovaries, gestation home, creative seeds.

Bless my ass that I may remember when to sit, when to jump.

Bless my vagina, her wisdom and her pleasure.

Bless my legs and feet, the journey is their strength.

Bless my hands, the channel for my art.

Bless my head, my brain, my mind and spirit.

 

Bless all that made way for this body and this life, right now.

May I go forward in beauty, whole and wholly loved.

From The Moon Divas Guidebook by Lara Vesta

 

Anti-Aging Face and Body Massage with Argan Oil

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It’s essential to practice daily self-care rituals to stay healthy, happy and balanced in our lives.

 

Body Massage

Ayurveda, a 5,000 year-old system of natural healing from India, promotes daily self massage called Abhyanga to maintain good health. It connects you to your femininity and offers the healing power of touch. During this type of massage, you anoint and massage your body with warm botanical oils. You can use sesame oil as your base oil and add a dropper full of organic Pure Argan Oil for ultra-nourishing moisture.

Some benefits of Self-Abhyanga:

  • Releases physical stress
  • Nourishes skin with moisture
  • Boosts immune system
  • Circulates lymph
  • Stimulates internal organs
  • Benefits sleep patterns

Here’s a video showing how to give a self-Abhyanga massage. Doing this once a week would be a wonderful gift of self-care.

Face Massage

As you continue your self-care, you can massage your face with Pure Argan Oil or Argan Rose Face Serum to slow the aging process. Pure organic argan oil from Morocco is full of anti-oxidants with over 80% essential fatty acids that nourish, heal and protect the skin. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals which slow down pre-mature aging from the sun.

Here’s a great facial massage video by Lisa Gusto. It’s a perfect nightly anti-aging ritual.