Cheap Argan Oil: What Is It Worth?
I’ve been wondering since a while now, about the real reasons that trigger people to opt for the “cheap” Argan oil instead of going for the real thing. But it wasn’t until some weeks ago, after a chat with one of our new clients, that I started to get important insights into the “The Cheap Argan Oil” phenomenon.
These insights, though, triggered more questions than answers, and one of these questions is: How can people believe that such a rare and valuable natural gift could possibly be offered for dumping prices (to say the least)?
I mean, does anyone believe it’s possible to get genuine gold for cheap prices? I don’t think so.
Of course you might find some price differences here and there depending on the location and the purity.
Yet, if someone offers you a 1kg gold bar for let’s say 1000$, there’re only 2 options: either you’re buying stolen stuff OR what you’ve been offered isn’t gold at all. Period!
This is exactly the same for pure and genuine Argan oil.
And although this double standard is completely incomprehensible to me, all I can do is pipe a warning call to any Argan oil fan or new-comer out there.
Why One Must Be Very Cautious?
Let me put the provenance as well as the amount of hard-work put into extracting Argan oil in a nutshell for you, so you can understand that there can be no cheap Argan oil whatsoever.
The Argan tree is of a rare and endangered resource species growing in a limited number of hectares only here in the southwest of Morocco.
Furthermore and without talking about the backbreaking Argan fruits harvesting journey,
if you consider only the extraction process, you’d reject any product stating to be “cheap” Argan oil:
After drying the fruits to make them ready for the extraction process, the women here in the Argan oil cooperatives start by removing the dry pulp then cracking the Argan nuts to reach for the kernels used to yield the oil, using only their hands and two stones in a very time-consuming and cumbersome process.
After that, in the case of the culinary version, the kernels are roasted then the women grind them using a hand-driven stone-mill to yield a thick, dough-like mix.
This mix is then processed with hot water to separate the Argan oil from the rest. Only after that, they put the extracted oil in jars and let it rest for some time so the sediment can settle down.
And though the Argan kernels are processed in their natural state using modern machines in the case of cosmetic Argan oil grade, the initial laborious process to reach the kernels is the same.
To get an even clearer idea about the extraction process, let’s talk numbers:
The yearly crop of the Argan tree ranges from 120 to 180 Kg.
To yield 1 Liter of pure Argan oil, the women have to process around 30 Kg of Argan fruits to gain only 2 Kg of Argan kernels. This first step takes 2 days in average!!
In the case of the culinary version, the kernel roasting procedure takes around 30 minutes.
And the cumbersome grinding of these 2 Kg kernels consumes up to 3 hours in time!
Some folks would still argue about the large quantities of inexpensive (and allegedly top quality!) Argan oil on the markets, both off and online.
The answer is simple if you think about it for a minute:
Without talking about the additional expenses: import costs, customs handling fees, product packaging costs, marketing campaigns ect…
If Argan oil is sold in Morocco, the origin of this precious gift, at a justified high price, how can it be possible for any seller in other countries around the world to sell it for half the Moroccan price?
Do you still believe there could possibly be any cheap 100% pure Argan oil out there?
I don’t know how you feel about it, but would you really play Russian roulette with these kind of products in the name of “cheap”, especially when the price is your own health?
Unfortunately, although all this might seem unbelievable to you, it ins’t one of these hear-say fairytales:
a lot of folks still fall for (so-called) cheap Argan oil deals and dubious bargains, only to get home (or receive the package) and realize their coveted new purchase is an epic fail.
To remove any misunderstanding out of the way, though, let’s face it:
There’s NO cheap genuine Argan oil.
Either you buy pure organic Argan oil which has its price and its amazing cosmetic potential benefits OR you buy a lab concoction á la frankenstein, with only God knows, what stuff was crammed inside.
In the best case, you’ll be buying a shelf-warmer with some days left to its expiration date!
Besides, if you make sure to buy pure, organic and pure Argan oil, you’re not only securing a high-end product and hence the amazing natural potential that comes with it, but you also support a worthy cause and contribute your part to maintain a sustainable value chain and consequently indirectly help preserve this God-sent miraculous Elixir for the future generations.
Did you make any bad experiences buying Argan oil? Let me know about it in the comments below!