I was doing more research on argan oil and ran across a report by CNN about the Berber women in Morocco where the argan tree is found. There has been an increase in cooperatives staffed and run by local women. While part of the extraction process has been mechanized, the women still manually crack the nut to extract the oil. It takes 20 hours to produce one liter by hand. It's labor intensive, but it is providing 5,000 jobs for Berber women, who live in rural Moroccan communities.
Years ago the argan trees were nearing extinction, but an increased interest in this "liquid gold" in cosmetics, helped bring attention to the declining forest. The Moroccan government established laws to protect the trees and to plant new ones, which brought opportunities to women, providing them with a means to take care of themselves and their children. Some companies like Josie Maran Cosmetics, which uses argan oil in its products, has partnered with these cooperatives.
I believe the first argan product I used was Josie Maran's 100% Argan Oil Moisturizer. I initially used the oil on my locs but have since started using it sparingly on my face. I used it last winter when I developed rough, dry patches on my cheeks.
These days there are an abundance of hair and skin care products that contain argan oil. If you're looking for pure argan oil, you need to make sure it's 100% argan oil. You can learn more about argan oil by reading Argan Oil For Beauty.
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