Let’s be honest: Argan trees are not the most beautiful plants to look at. These trees, which grow mostly in southwestern Morocco, are pretty thorny looking, with twisted, gnarled branches and trunks.
But goats in the region love them; they deftly climb up to get closer to their lunch – the fruit and leaves. The fruit takes a full year to ripen, so great care is taken to keep the goats away from the trees until that time. But then the goats eat everything but the hard little nuts inside the fruit, and that’s where the magic begins.
Each nut contains one to three oil-rich kernels. Several women’s cooperatives in the area then harvest the oil from the kernels using traditional methods. Companies like Shea Terra Organics source their argan oil at a fair price from these women and turn it into nourishing hair and skincare products, like the 100% pure argan oil in the January Yuzen box.
Shea Terra Organics’ argan oil is certified organic and undiluted, with no fragrance or alcohol. With vitamins A and E and anti-aging squalene, argan oil has the amazing ability to repair skin damage, and it provides all-day protection against moisture loss. Give it a try, and if you need to restock, visit www.sheaterraorganics.com and use the code YUZEN20 at checkout to score 20% off.
While you’re there, you also can learn more about the company and their other wild-harvested ingredients, like gold tree butter, baobab, and African potato!