Tree, Argania spinosa from Sapotaceae family and grows only
in Morocco. The trees can live from 150-200 years. For centuries
traditional cosmetic products produced from Argania spinosa have been a
well kept secret known only to Berber women in Morocco. Argan oil is
believed to be one of the rarest oils in the world.
Argan oil has been used for a
long time, but for some reason it is not well known in the United
States. Argan oil has almost twice
as much vitamin E or a-tocopherol as olive oil and it is much richer in
anti-ageing properties, due to high levels of vitamin E and
saponins (which soften the skin), are well documented. Tocopherols are
very important to human health because of their anti-oxidant actions and
free radical scavenger affects. In traditional Moroccan medicine, Argan
oil is used for the care of the body and face to counteract the effects
of age or weather.