How to buy Argan oil the right way
Nowadays, the possibility to buy Argan oil is available all around the globe and all over the net. Yet, to make sure you´re purchasing 100% pure organic Argan oil, it takes unfortunately more than just a close look on the product label. To secure the best deal for your money in buying pure organic unadulterated Argan oil, it’s crucial you take many factors into consideration. To provide you with a better understanding, here’s the check-list about things you may want to pay attention to before you buy Argan oil:
5.Buy the right Argan oil version: Culinary vs. cosmetic (aka. Cold pressed) Argan oil
Let´s clear some misleading terminology first: There’s a lot of confusion and ongoing controversial debate out there about the legitimacy of the “cold pressed” (more accurately: natural unroasted) as well as the “first press” descriptions attributed to the mechanically extracted Argan oil. Whether you agree or disagree about the validity of these terms, it’s up to you of course, but one thing is sure though, despite the propaganda you might hear or have heard: this hype originated from the olive-oil-industry mafia, as the only benefit of a cold-pressed oil is the highly profitable yield of this specific extraction procedure.
In the Argan oil case, the pressing of the Argan kernels (without roasting them) to gain cosmetic Argan oil, allows for a longer shelf life than the culinary one. Furthermore, to describe any Argan oil as “first press” is in my opinion a big fallacy simply because there’s no “second press” Argan oil.
Once the kernels are pressed, the resulting dough contains no more oil!
Yet a certain number of industrials as well as some “know-it-all” folks out there, pretend they know better than methods which have been preserved for hundreds of years (and preach that the culinary one can’t be used for cosmetic purposes), not because of lack of evolution but because of their simplicity and efficiency: Traditional lore.
I’m not against evolution, provided it is all-embracing (and preserving the full oil potential in this case!) Many newbies wishing to buy Argan oil ask also about which is better: the culinary or cosmetic Argan oil. Although this is the “how-long-is-a-piece-of-rope” kind of question, in the case of Argan oil, it is noteworthy that the culinary Argan oil has been used here for hundreds of years as a multipurpose product not only for culinary but also healthcare and beauty purposes alike, whilst the cosmetic one is used for beauty matters only.
Besides, according to my personal experience as a native who has the possibility to try both the culinary and the cosmetic Argan oil, the results for my needs were almost the same.