if you go to her site josie maran.com you will have your answers....anything that helps the women of the world, works for me, the product is fabulous.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
(HOWARD BEACH, NEW YORK)
To the best of my knowledge & according to the packaging it seems to be processed via traditional methods. However, you can do further research on this on Josie Maran's website per container instructions.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
the women produce this by hand. Josie Maran buys the oil from a cooperative (pool of women)) which uses part of the money for programs that benefit all of the women, rather than just paying each women. This is how our taxes provide us with roads, schools, fire stations, etc.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
Check out the video on www.josiemarancosmetics.com. It should answer all of your questions.
To obtain Argan oil, you need to A) get into the fruit to get to the pit, B) get inside the pit to get to the seeds (these fruits have the hardest pits of ALL fruits), and the C) either cold express the seeds (for cosmetic Argan oil) or roast them (for culinary Argan Oil).
There are many people locally in Morocco who try to make their living from selling Argan extracts of varying forms. The process just to get into the fruit, to get to the pit to extract the seed is incredibly laborous and time consuming. With that being said, there are many Argan harvesters who take shortcuts and basically pick through goat excrement, to obtain the seeds. The problem with this is that once that pit has gone through the GI tract of that goat, no matter WHAT they do to that seed, it will ALWAYS smell like an ANIMAL. They might try to roast the heck
out of that seed to de-stink it or mix it with other oils but it will always smell rather "gamey".
Soooo, the Josie Maran Argan Oil (which is supplied to her from another company, by the way) is NOT harvested in this manner. How can you know if an Argan oil you buy HAS been obtained from the excrement of goats? It WILL smell very foul. Argan oil that has been harvested and processed in the PROPER way (meaning, someone picks the whole fruit from the tree, cracks open the pit either by hand or machine, and then processes the seeds) will be nearly scent free and colorless, much like a Safflower oil. Culinary Argan Oil (which can be used for cosmetic purpose) will be a bit "nutty" smelling because the seed has been roasted, instead of cold expressed.
The "goat doodoo"method used to be the only way Argan oil was obtained, by the indigenous women many many moons ago, as they did not have the same sorts of tools and machinery that we have to make it easier to crack the pits and obtain the seeds. Needless to say, pretty much any Argan oil you find in any mainstream retailer will be from properly harvested Argan. you can buy Argan oil (culinary and cosmetic) via other places (Ebay, Amazon), just look for Ecocert label to make sure it HAS gone through some sort of certification to ensure it has been harvested properly. Ebay is tricky as there are many sellers who buy huge liter bottles of Argan oil from merchants in Moroccan villages (which may be "goat caca", ill-harvested Argan) and decant to smaller bottles to resell on Ebay. So let the buyer beware in that respect.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
I'm not certain, but I do know you can go to Josie Maran's website or one of the many, many sites about natural Argon oil from Morocco for full answers.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
I'm not sure how Josie gets the oil, however, I do know that the Argan tree is a protected species now in Morocco and that it is being harvested by the women's cooperative of this country and it's improving not only your life but the life of the country! Apparently these trees are the oldest on earth!
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
(West Hollywood, CA)