What Is Moroccan Oil?

by Hunkar Ozyasar

Moroccan oil is another name for argan oil. This edible oil is a moisturizer for skin as well as hair. A company called Moroccanoil also exists, specializing in professional products featuring argan oil.

Definition

Moroccan oil is another name for argan oil. The oil is made from the nuts of the argan tree, which grows in the southwestern part of Morocco and almost nowhere else on earth. Argan oil is a little darker than olive oil and has a reddish color. It is high in natural anti-oxidants.

Uses

Argan oil is edible and used both for cooking as well as in flavoring salads. The oil is also an effective moisturizer for the hair and skin. After the oil is extracted from the argan nuts, a paste is left behind, which is used as a breakfast dip in parts of Morocco. Pure argan oil is difficult to extract and very expensive. Most of what is sold as argan oil on the roadside in Morocco should therefore be treated with suspicion.

The Company

A company based in Morocco is the world's largest distributor of argan oil-based beauty products and calls itself Moroccanoil. The firm sells a variety of professional hair care products to beauty saloons and every one of its products contain argan oil.

Photo Credits

  • my long hair image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Hunkar Ozyasar is the former high-yield bond strategist for Deutsche Bank. He has been quoted in publications including "Financial Times" and the "Wall Street Journal." His book, "When Time Management Fails," is published in 12 countries while Ozyasar’s finance articles are featured on Nikkei, Japan’s premier financial news service. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg Graduate School.