Argan oil comes from argan trees. Argan tree goes by the scientific name Argania spinosa, and this tree when well established can live for hundreds of years. The tree has twisted trunks and branches and has a deep root system, which helps them to sustain in the harsh desert-like climate. This tree produces small flowers during the April season which later on develops into small fruits which look like limes. Traditionally, the local Berber women collect the seeds from this tree to produce argan oil. It is also said that the seeds are recovered from goats waste. Their digestive system softens the hard shells of the fruit and the seeds are present in the feces. This makes the seeds less desirable. These are two methods of obtaining argan tree seeds.
Women tend to create argan oil by hand processing. They will remove any pulpy flesh of the fruit and obtain a hard seed. These seeds need to be cracked open. The fleshy part of the fruit is not very tasty and so is used as animal feed or mulch. Then the seeds are toasted, which gives them a rich and nutty flavor. Then they are grind and a dark brown paste is obtained. From this paste maximum oil is extracted and the rest of the waste is given to animals as a dietary supplement. There are many argan oil uses. It can be used to prepare various dishes or used for skin and hair care. It is also used to treat many skin disorders. This was about how argan oil is produced.
Difference Between Moroccan Oil and Argan Oil
As mentioned above argan oil is made by Berber women in Morocco. So, argan oil comes from Morocco. So, what is the difference between argan oil and Moroccan oil? The main difference between Moroccan oil and argan oil is that the term 'Moroccan oil' is used by various oil product manufacturers. There are various cosmetic argan oil products available today. These products contain argan oil in them as a main ingredient. Other ingredients like color, different types of oils, fragrance, vitamins, etc. are also present in such products. These products go by many names like MOROCCANOIL, Moroccan Argan Oil, 100% Pure Moroccan Argan Oil, etc.
These products are good and many consumers swear by their benefits, however they are not 100% argan oil. One can buy 100% organic argan oil, which is devoid of any other ingredients at a cosmetic store or online. Argan oil as mentioned above is used for various purposes. Argan oil is used to make a traditional Moroccan breakfast called Amlou which tastes similar to peanut butter. It is also used to make many other recipes of salads, veggies, meat, fish, etc. Argan oil is also used for skin moisturizing and treating skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, acne, sunburn, stretch marks, etc. It is also used to treat dry scalp and brittle nails. However, one of the most popular use of Argan oil worldwide is hair conditioning. It acts like a great hair serum and makes the hair more manageable and glossy. So, you can buy 100% organic argan oil and use it for many purposes, but you can only use Moroccan oil products for hair care.
I hope now you know the differences between both and will have a better idea when selecting any argan oil based product. Argan oil works good for controlling frizz and moisturizing the hair, but there are many similar products on market which cost less and work effectively.