Behind The Scenes: How Argan Oil is made
While in Morocco, we stopped by the Elixir Argan Cooperative on our way to Paradise Valley. Seeing first-hand how this is made was a one-of-a-kind experience. First is the harvesting of the fruits from the Argan Trees. They are then dried and the thick peel is removed. The inner flesh is also removed by hammering it with a large flat stone. The nut inside is the size and color of an acorn but incredibly hard. The next stage involves cracking the nut to release the small soft almond-like kernels. This part of the process is the most time-consuming and explains why the oil is so expensive.
It takes one woman SIX days to produce a kilo of Argan kernels; 2.2 kilos are needed to produce just one litre of oil. The traditional method of pressing involves grinding the kernels to a paste by crushing them between two flat round stones turned by hand..it is extremely labor-intensive.
Women are the only ones who make the Argan oil is because it is an extremely tedious job. Argan Oil is a natural moisturizer for the skin and hair and has become increasingly popular all over the world. It is creating a positive impact and empowering women in this small region of South West Morocco.