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How is Argan Oil Made? – A Natural Product for Healthy Skin and Hair

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Have you ever been to Morocco? If your answer is “yes”, then you may already know about this wonderful natural product. It is has many benefits for your hair and your skin. But do you know what it is or how it is made?

In this article on the ‘How is Argan Oil Made?’, I will emplain how argan oil is made and its properties. Then I will outline how it can benefit our bodies and the different ways it is used, with a particular focus on skin and hair.

At the end of the post I will provide you with a link to a review called ‘Argan Oil Shampoo Conditioner Reviews’.



How is Argan Oil Made?


Argan oil comes from the kernels from the argan tree. These kernels can be found inside the argan fruit. The fruit is small and oval.

This fruit is so delicious that goats in morocco climb trees to get to it!

A peel covers the fleshy pulp and underneath this there is a hard nut. Inside the nut is where you will find the kernels, normally one to three. These kernels are oil-rich.

There are different methods for extracting the oil.

A common method is to air dry the fruit and remove the pulp. This can be used to feed animals so that it is not wasted.

A traditional method involves allowing the goats to eat the fruit and collecting the nuts from the droppings. This save a lot of the labor process but is not a modern practice.

The next step involves cracking the nut to access the kernels. People have tried doing this mechanically but have been unsuccessful. Therefore, this step in the process is done by hand and is therefore is time-consuming and labor intensive.

To make culinary argan oil, the kernels are gently roasted. Once the have cooled, they are ground and pressed. The mash forces unfiltered and pure argan oil to separate from the kernels. The unfiltered oil is decanted into containers. What remains are often fed to cattle because it is rich in protein.

A very similar process is used when producing cosmetic argan oil. The key difference in this process is that the nuts are not roasted before removing the kernels. This is to prevent the oil from having an excessive nutty scent.



Properties of Argan Oil


Argan oil contains the following fatty acids:

  • Oleic – 42.8%
  • Linoleic – 36.8%
  • Palmitic – 12.0%
  • Stearic – 6.0%
  • Linolenic – <0.5%

Its density is relative at 20 degrees Celsius or 68 Fahrenheit and ranges between 0.906 to 0.919.

Argan oil is high in Vitamin E and also contains carotene, phenol, scalene, fatty acids (eighty percent of which are unsaturated).

The phenol in argan are mainly natural and include caffeic acid, catechin, catechol, epicatechin, oleuropein, resorcinol, and tyrosol.

Argan oil is relatively resistant to oxidation and some types have been found to be more resistant than olive oil.



Argan Oil Benefits


Argan oil is a fantastic natural product that can be used in a variety of ways to treat several ailments.

1. Skin Moisturizer

Agan oil is most commonly used as a moisturizer for softening skin. Because it contains fatty acids and Vitamin E, it is the perfect product for giving skin a boost naturally.

It is non-greasy and non-irritating, making it a preferred choice for many people. It also absorbs quickly making a great choice for people who are frequently on the go.

2. Hair Conditioner

It is an ideal product for conditioning hair and it has been proven to increase the softness, silkiness and shininess of hair. It is also well-known for taming fuzziness and treating split ends.

3. Sleek and Shine Styling

building on what we mentioned previously about it being used to treat fuzziness; argan oil are often used as a styling product too. Using it makes hair easier to manage and gives it a healthy shine. I use it by adding a few drops to my hands, rubbing them together and then running my fingers through my hair.

4. Anti-aging

Not only is it a fantastic moisturizer, but it is also known for its anti-aging properties; giving skin a glow and reducing the visibility or wrinkles. It has the effect of an anti-oxidant and this is what makes this a fantastic anti-aging product.

5. Dry Skin Conditions

Do you or anybody you know suffer from dry skin conditions such as eczema? Symptoms of this condition are itchiness, dry and flaky skin which can also feel quite raw.

Argan oil will have positive effects on these symptoms, soothing the skin, adding moisture, reducing itchiness, repairing the damaged skin and preventing further dryness and irritation. Simply add a few drops directly to the area and gently rub it in to the skin.

6. Acne

Many acne treatments can actually make the condition worse. Argan oil soothes the skin and promotes healing. Some people have oily skin and are more prone to acne.

Because argan oil is non-greasy, it works by naturally balancing the skin by providing moisture. Anti-oxidants help by reducing damaged skin cells and inflammation.

I would recommend after cleansing, pat the affected area dry and then directly apply a few drops of argan oil to the skin. This ensures that the moisture and nutrients are being applied to clean and dry skin. You should also gently rub this in with your clean hands. This procedure can be repeated twice daily. It should help clear up mild acne and balance dry or oily skin.

7. Protection and Healing

Antioxidants are brilliant at healing skin that is burnt, irritated, cracked or damaged. Some people even say that it can help reduce the appearance of scarred tissue or speed up the process of healing minor wounds.

When skin is dry or sore, try using the argan oil as a preventative as you the results will be better.

It can be used to speed up the healing process too. It is proven to sooth pain, reduce inflammation and increase the rate at which the skin heals.

8. Pregnancy

Many women suffer from stretch marks and sagging skin after birth. The vitamin E in the argan oil increases the electricity in the skin.

You can apply a few drops to the areas which are likely to incur this stretching (breasts, stomach, bottom and thighs), you will be far less likely to get these marks.

9. Foot, Hand and Nail Treatment

Brittle nails, dry hands, cracked and had skin can all be reduced and treated with argan oil because of its softening and moisturizing properties.

After using, you skin is going to feel soft and nourished and nails will be stronger and healthier.

I would recommend massaging a few drops into your cuticles, hands and feet each night.

10. Lip Moisturizer

Your lips are fragile and sensitive. It is easy for them to become dry, sore and/or cracked; particularly in hot or cold climates. Argan oil will help them to stay soft and moisturized so that they can move with ease.

I would directly apply the oild to the dry skin. A couple of drops should be plenty. Rub in and wipe off the excess.



Different Ways to use Argan Oil


Traditionally, people in Morocco used argan oil to treat skin diseases and to treat skin and hair cosmetically.

Over time, argan oil has increased in popularity for cosmetic uses. More and more companies are using it as an ingredient in their cosmetic products. For example in 2007 there were only two US products containing it. In 2011 there were over 100 products containing this oil.

Pure Argan Oil (without additives) is also on popular demand for cosmetic uses. Purchased in its pure form can be expensive but many consumers believe it is worth the money.


There are many ways that people use the argan food oil. For example, much like how extra virgin olive oil can be used, argan food oil can be used in salad dressings, poured on couscous or used to as a dip for bread.

In Morocco there is a traditional recipe called Amlou that is used for dipping bread. It has a similar consistency that is similar to peanut butter. It is made by combining roasted almonds and argan oil together and grinding them with stones. This is then mixed with honey for a sweet treat.

When eaten, argan oil can have fantastic anti-inflammatory and chemo preventive properties. This is because it has been found to have very high levels of y-tocopherol, higher levels than other oils.



Positive Impacts


Argan oil is not only a fantastic natural cosmetic product and food oil but it also has some notable positive impacts on our environment and society.


The Argan tree supports its environment in many ways. For example, it is a source of food, shelter and shade in the hot deserts. The deep roots of the tree help to preserve the desert habitat and promote its stability.

The production of argan oil has encouraged protection of the trees which has resulted in them not being cut down. In fact, many more of these trees have been planted to aid production.

An association called ‘Réseau des Associations de la Réserve de Biosphère Arganeraie’ (Network of Associations of the Argan Biosphere Reserve, RARBA) was started with the aim of ensuring sustainable development in the Arganeraie reserve in Morocco.

RARBA has contributed to many local environmental projects. For example, the anti desertification program which included local people, made improvements to basic infrastructure, managed natural resources, had activities that generated revenue, produced argan oil and worked at reinforcing capacity.


The production of argan oil promotes the social economic status of Morocco. There are over 2 million people being supported by this production in the main oil producing region – Arganeraie.

Most of the argan oil that is produced today is made by women cooperatives. The Union des Cooperatives des Femmes de l’Arganeraie is sponsored by both the Social Development Agency and the European Union. It is the largest union of argan oil co-operatives based in Morocco. It includes twenty-two co-operatives from that region.

Being part of a co-operative provides women with income that can be used to better their lives. Many of these women have spent their money on education for themselves or children. Morocco is traditionally a male-dominated and these co-operatives have provided these women with more independence, autonomy and aware of their human rights.

This co-operative model has been an inspiration to many other producers of agricultural products.





Argan oil is a labor intensive product and because of this it can be relatively expensive to purchase.

However, it has some really notable properties and can be used to treat a wide range of aliments. It is safe to use in its pure form and one bottle can be put to different uses. Some people do like to look out for products that contain it too but that personally isn’t for me.

Not only does it have cosmetic uses, but some forms can be used within the kitchen too. Let us not forget that it has many positive impacts on our environment and society as well!

This oil has changed the way I live my life and I hope to share this knowledge so that others can benefit from it too!

You can would like to read my review on the different companies selling argan oil. Please re-visit this site in a few days time and I will provide a link here.



A Few Final Notes


I hope that you enjoyed this review. You can have any questions about argan oil or would like to leave a comment, then please feel free to do so in the comment section below.

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Thank you for reading and have a great day,



Thank you to ‘Argan Oil World’ for some information contained in this post.



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42 comments on “How is Argan Oil Made? – A Natural Product for Healthy Skin and Hair

I happened across this post after slathering my face in Argan oil. lol So funny how that works sometimes.
Just kinda hoping after reading this that my oil was not collected from goat dung. 🙂
Although I’m a chef I’d never heard of using the oil in my cooking. That is pretty amazing! What I find even more awesome-er than that is that most of the oil is produced by women cooperatives! That’s so cool! Thanks for the informative post. I learned something new today!


Hi Jennifer,
I think that is highly unlikely! That is a traditional method that isn’t really used today.
If you are going to use argan oil for cooking, be sure to purchase argan oil that is made for that purpose as there are two different types.
Yes, I really like the fact that it is made in woman co-operatives too!
Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a great day!


Wow, argan oil sounds so good for our skin! I need a good moisturizer and want a natural oil like this one. Thanks for the information, I will definitely check your site out again for skin moisturizers 🙂


Hi Danielle,
Yes it really is. I am delighted that the post has been helpful to you and that you will be getting some yourself.
Delighted to hear that you will be stopping back again.
Take care and look forward to hearing from you again.


i am gonna try some argen oil!Lt sounds like really good stuff
thank you for sharing


You are more than welcome Laurie!
Thank you for reading and commenting. I am really pleased that you will be giving it a try.
All the very best!


Howdy there Catherine! This was a very good article about the Argan Oil. I enjoyed the parts where you talked about where it can be used as a skin moisturizer and that it can be used as that Moroccan treat! Yum yum that is and very great on my hair! Great job 🙂


Hi Evan Cruz,
I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed this article.
Yes, it really is a fantastic skin moisturiser. I have visited Morocco and that local delicacy is delicious!
Thank you and have a great day!

Kahlua Gordin


I did not know all of the benefits of argan oil!

I definitely used it for my hair but didn’t even think of skincare or for stretch marks. Actually, the other day my girlfriend was showing me her dry skin.. it almost looked like eczema and now I will recommend argan oil to her.

Thanks a ton!


Hi Kahlua Gordin,
I am pleased that you were able to learn something new about argan oil. Yes, from my experiences, many people think that it is only used on hair. I hope that your girlfriends dry skin clears up and I am happy to hear that you will be recommending argan oil to here.
You are more than welcome, all the best!

holly knudson

Thanks for this interesting article on argan oil. I have used it before but it’s been years. This is a good reminder to start using it again. I knew argan oil was good for skin and hair, but didn’t know it could help acne or be used internally. I’m going to give it a try as a lip moisturizer. Awesome!


Hi Holly, thank you so much for stopping by, reading and commenting on this post.
I am happy to here that you are already familiar with this product and will now be looking into re-purchasing some.
Having naturally oily skin myself, argan oil is a fantastic resource for me.
All the best with it and I am pleased to hear that it has helped you.


What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for healthy skin and hair creating and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for natural product for healthy skin and hair creating.
I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)



Good morning Ali,
You are more than welcome, I am glad that you enjoyed reading it. Really I ought to say Thank You for the positive feedback. I am also pleased to hear that you were able to find my article at just the right time for you. Please do visit again, I look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to receive an email notification when I publish new articles, please just sign up for the ‘Community Email List’ using the subscription box on the right hand side of the page. Thank you once again and all the best!

Roopesh Govind

I was researching Argan oil as I was looking for something that could help with improving the thickness of my hair. I was pretty impressed with the amazing benefits that this oil offered, Not only am I going to try it on my hair, but my brother as well got a medium case of Acne.

As you had mentioned, the side effects of conventional medications can be pretty nasty. I am excited to purchase a bottle(as an alternative) and let him try it out as well.

I will now be checking out your sources that you recommend, for me to buy the product.

Thanks for such a helpful article.
Kind Regards and Take Care


Hi Roopesh, I am happy to hear that you will be using argan oil for both of the ailments.
Yes, some medications do indeed have some negative side effects, and as far as I am aware, this has none.
I hope that you and your brother enjoy it. If you get a chance, I would love to hear how it worked out for you.
Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.
All the very best and have a good day!


Hi there Catherine! I never heard of Argan oil before. I am always interested in finding something for my skin. I hate dry skin and I’m always looking for a good moisturizer because nothing ever seems to work.
My nails do get cracked and my hands are so dry from the sanitizer that I use all the time.
I’ve tried vitamin E cream for my skin but I’m hoping the Argan oil will do a better job!
Thank you 🙂


Hi Rob,
I am delighted to hear that you learnt something new today. I have tried multiple products in the past, including vitamin E cream and argan oil is my favourite. You are more than welcome – I hope to hear from you again. Take care!


I’ve come to learn about argan oil’s existence not too long ago – maybe a year or two ago. I knew about some of its benefits, but you’ve expanded my knowledge on it so much…I had no idea it could be so beneficial and useful. I might start looking for it more often now. Thanks a lot!


Hi Andrew,
i am delighted that you were already aware of this natural product and through reading my article, you were able to learn some more valuable information. Please do look out for it because it really is incredible stuff!
Thank you for reaching out to me today – all the best!


So nice article. I like your article because it gives alot of helpful information.



Hi Piseth,
i am glad that you enjoyed reading my article and that you found the information useful.
Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting.
I wish you a wonderful day!


Wow, I have been thinking about getting argan oil for a while now and I think this post gave me the push that I needed.

I have curly hair that will go frizzy if I don’t put oil in it. I will definitely give argan oil a try. It’s great to know that it can help with my skin too.

I am constantly looking for “greener” ways to do things. I will definitely be back here 🙂


Hi Catherine – great name by the way!
I am really happy to hear that my article has inspired you in this way. Yes it really will help in both your hair and your skin.
I look forward to hearing from you again in the future, all the very best.


I have been buying hair care products with Argan oil for about a year now, and I just love the way my hair feels. And my hair always looks so shiny and clean.

Do you recommend any particular brand of Argan products? I am looking for some quality Argan serum for a once in a while treatment.


Hi Irma,
I am happy to hear that you have already been using argan oil. Funny enough, I am currently writing a review on some of the argan oil serums that I have tried. Please check back again in a few days time. Alternatively, you can register for email alerts by joining our community email list on the right hand side.
Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful day!



I had no idea that you could use argan oil to treat acne! I am 34 and I struggle with breakouts, I will be trying this instead of my usual products!
I found all of the different processing methods interesting to read about, I have always wondered how they processed argan oil!


Hello Brianne, I am happy to hear that you will be using it to treat you acne. Best of luck with it and I am so happy that this post has helped you. Kind regards.

Kima Rose

That was a great article. I actually do sometimes already use argan oil for my skin and nails. But, I had no idea that you can eat it, and with so many benefits. I mean, I guess it makes sense that you can eat it, but for some reason, I’ve just never thought of doing it. I really like this post and now I think it’s worth a shot. Great article.


Hi Kima Rose,
I am delighted to hear that you are already using this oil for beauty purposes. Please be aware that it is a different type of argan oil that is purchased for dietary needs. Thank you for reading and all the best.


This is an awesome post that reminded me to try argan oil because I’m looking for the best oil for my hair care regimen. This is an oil I always forget about despite hearing all these great things about it constantly. I’ll try a bit harder to remember to pick some up the next time I’m out and about!


Hi Aria Len,
I am pleased to hear that you will be looking to get some at the next opportunity.
Please cec this post again later this week for a link to a review post about my recommended purchasing options.
Thank you for visiting and take care.


Oh, I come to know from this article that argan oil is expensive which bespeaks of its value to be very useful, and the kernels that made it.
I chuckled a little to learn that goats in Morocco climb up the tree to get the fruit due to yummy taste.

This stuff becomes even more exciting to know that it also has anti-aging properties for skin and wrinkles.
I have a dry skin and want to know if this oil will be suitable for my skin or any other green oil that you know can be recommended.

Thanks for the useful article.


HI, I am pleased that you liked my article and yes the fact about the goats is awesome!!
I would certainly recommend argan oil for dry skin.
Thank you for reading and all the best.


Thanks Catherine. Very interesting post. I did not know that about argan oil. It has many uses that this household can benefit from. Someone here is always having a skin issue and it is usually me. This is really a good find. Thank you so much


Hi Donald, I am really pleased that this article was helpful to you. Thank you for reading and all the very best.


I don’t like my hair looks and I will use argan oil. However I wonder how long later it will start having effects? I also have oily skin. Will using argan oil be good for that?


Hi Furkan, I too have oily skin and in my experience it is very effective for treating it.
I notice the effects on my hair instantly, but to really see its full potential I would recommend and overnight soak.
Thank you for stopping by today.


Thanks for the great information about Argan oil. I have been using it for my hair since I discovered it in London a couple of years ago. Really is so good!


Hi Mariette Chapman,
I am happy to hear that you have been using argan oil in your hair and that you support my views.
All the best and thank you for reading.


You have done such a great job of presnting Argan oil.
It was very interesting the process of how it is made.
The benefits of this is numerous.
It feels every home should have this!
You covered every aspect of this product.
Great job.
Not to mention I am now wanting to try it out 🙂
All the best to you and your site.
Many thanks.

Di 🙂


Thank you Diane,
I am really please that you enjoyed reading my post and all the details that I included.
I agree with you, argan is amazing and many people can benefit from using it.
I am delighted to hear that you are now wanting to try it.
All th best and thank you for reading.


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