Review of Saadia Organics Argan Oil – by: Joyce Keller

Saadia and Joyce – Essaouira, March 2011

I guess I will start at the beginning about how I began using Saadia’s Argan Oil. My daughter, Joèl, called me one night in January 2011 and asked me if I would like to go to Morocco with her. It was a deal we couldn’t refuse. Since I had never been anywhere in Africa before, and with the encouragement from my husband, I decided to accept the chance of a lifetime to go.

The most exciting part for me was to meet Saadia, as what we had in common was the love for our granddaughter Eden. There was a language barrier between us, but we had no problem at all communicating with each other. We shared some great laughs together, even though we couldn’t speak the same language.

We soon found ourselves on a horse and buggy ride to the new store that had just opened in town. I bought a few things to bring home, and bought some gifts for Saadia.  I can honestly say that was the best shopping trip I have ever been on.

We spent the next couple of weeks together just being a family. I have to say, I loved her cooking. I have never had Moroccan food before, but couldn’t help indulging in her carefully made dishes.

Joyce, Joèl and Eden, in the medina in Essaouira, March 2011

I also fell in love with Essaouira. We were treated so well, and the people there couldn’t do enough for us. Our holiday went so fast, and soon it was time to leave. As a parting gift, Saadia presented me with a half litre of Argan Oil that she had made just for me.  I didn’t know too much about it at the time, other than what my daughter had told me. But I thought I would give it a try.

In the year 2000, I had gone through a very stressful time in my life. I found myself being the caretaker of my mom who was suffering with dementia. I was finding it hard to accept the changes that were happening. Needless to say, I aged very quickly in the 6 years to follow.  It really took a toll on me. And all of the tanning I did in my youth probably didn’t help either – it really seemed to catch up with me.

So I started using Saadia’s Argan Oil regularly as nothing else was helping. The skin on my cheeks was sagging, and the wrinkles were very noticeable. I used to compare my neck to a turkey’s neck.  And the vertical lines on my chest were that of an old woman. Needless to say, I would turn the other way when I would see someone I knew. That was not a nice feeling at all. I could sense the stares that I would get from old friends, knowing what they were thinking of me after I had aged so quickly.

I told Joèl I would give Saadia’s Argan Oil a review, but only an honest one. It has been over a year now that I have been using this liquid gold, as I like to call it. The difference in my skin is amazing. The skin on my face is now at least 80% better. I also used to have black heads on my nose and they have disappeared.  I always disliked my deep pores and they have also have been minimized a lot.  I would say by 90%!

I no longer have that turkey neck, and my chest is now nice and smooth. People can hardly believe the difference. I use the oil on my nails as well. I was always picking at the dry skin around my cuticles, but that doesn’t exist anymore. I use it in my coarse hair as an overnight treatment, and my hair is now soft and silky.

As I said, I would only write a review on this after I had some honest results. I noticed a big difference after 7 months of use.  Give it a try!

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How to Use Pure Argan Oil

Back to the basics!

In case you missed it on other parts of our site, here are a few tips on how to get started with your new bottle of 100% Pure Argan Oil.

Hair

Run a very small amount through your hair after washing and then style as usual. (Just a drop! If you use too much, your hair will look greasy. This is not a styling product, it’s a conditioning treatment.)

You can also choose to indulge once or twice a week and apply a generous amount to freshly washed hair at night…

Massage several drops of Argan Oil in your scalp for a few minutes starting at the back of the head and then working your way up. Finally, cover your head, then re-wash again in the morning. If you hate sleeping with a shower cap on, cover your pillow with a towel instead. Any traces of oil will wash easily out of towels and pillowcases, but of course, you can’t wash a down-filled pillow, so you’ll want to make sure that no moisture seeps through.

Nails

Massage a drop or two of Saadia Organics Argan Oil on your cuticles, nails and hands as needed. We like to do this several times a day for best results.

For a more intensive treatment, mix equal parts of Argan Oil and lemon juice and soak your nails in it for ten minutes. Then give yourself a nice massage, rinse your hands, and end with a few drops of fresh oil to massage into your hands like hand lotion.

Skin

For basic skin care, Argan Oil can be used as a daily moisturizer and as a makeup base. It is also useful for skin conditions such as: psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, contact dermatitis, inflammation, acne, wrinkles, scarring, minor burns and cracked heels. In arthritic and rheumatic conditions in which joints are damaged, Argan Oil soothes and reduces pain.

Argan Oil also produces excellent results on new tattoos by soothing the area, decreasing itchiness and helping the skin to heal quickly. In addition, it is ideal to use after waxing, laser treatments and even chemical peels.

Usage: Apply a drop or two (or more!) in a circular motion to clean skin morning and night until absorbed. Be sure to include the area around your eyes. You will be able to see a difference within a few days of consistent use.

Those with dry skin like to use it morning and night, while some with oilier skin like to just use once per day.

Pregnancy

Moroccan women use Argan Oil liberally on their expanding bellies while pregnant. Several drops will do the trick. They do this to prevent drying, itchiness and discomfort from rapidly stretching skin. They also apply Argan Oil in hopes of avoiding stretch marks. Because Argan Oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids, it helps to prevent a loss in elasticity of the skin. It is most beneficial to use Argan Oil as a preventative measure against stretch marks. However, it is very rich in antioxidants, which will substantially reduce any existing marks.

Baby

Say goodbye to diaper rash. Protein-rich Argan Oil will both prevent and treat it. It soothes inflamed skin while repairing, moisturizing and revitalizing it. Argan Oil is a fantastic daily barrier for sensitive baby bottoms. Massage a few drops onto baby’s skin during diaper changes.

And since it absorbs quickly in the skin and has a non-greasy texture, Argan Oil is excellent with cloth diapers.

Argan Oil is also the perfect thing to use on your little one’s eczema, dry skin, cradle cap and baby “acne”. Again, just a drop or two will do the job well. And you don’t have to worry about harmful ingredients. This is one product with one ingredient that is so natural you can eat it. Hence, it’s perfectly safe to soothe your nipples if you are nursing.

It is also the ideal oil to use for infant massage as it is such a safe and healthy oil. It is also nut-free so you don’t have to worry about allergies. A few drops go a long way. Be sure to check out You Tube for infant massage techniques.

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Don’t hesitate to drop me an email if you have any further questions about how to use Saadia Organics Argan Oil ~ joel@saadiaorganics.com

And of course, let me know what kind of results you’re enjoying!

xo, j~

Ainslie’s Finger Blues

As a hair stylist, my hands are very important. Sadly, they are also usually the most mangled part of my body. Constantly in water, chemicals, and handling very sharp tools, my fingers became more and more embarrassing to me. Aside from those factors, I had a terrible habit of picking at them when I became stressed. They became worse and worse and were very painful.

During the holidays, I made a resolution: to fix my fingers. Being ashamed of your hands is awful. And I was sick of it.

It took me two weeks to heal them completely. I consciously stopped picking. I washed them with organic and natural soaps and kept them well-hydrated and protected with Argan Oil.

The first night, after I scrubbed my fingers with a brush, they ached. But as soon as I applied the Argan Oil, they immediately began to feel better. It was very soothing.

Within one week, they were almost completely healed. And now, two weeks later, they are better than they have ever been. I am actually proud of my hands now.

What I used:

  • Organic vegan soap
  • Saadia Organics Argan Oil (several times a day and overnight, applied directly to nails and cuticles immediately after washing)

And that’s it!  Have a look:

 

A Conversation at Saadia’s House

Our family went to Morocco in March.  This is when I received our first batch of hand-pressed Argan Oil from my mother in law, Saadia.

I was so excited to start using it and importing it that I wanted to know more about Argan Oil right from the source.

In my last post I mentioned that my husband, Greg, had often tried to get me interested in Argan Oil.  But now that I was interested, he seemed to tune out a little.  Actually, he tuned out a LOT.  As is clear from this snap shot of a conversation at his mother’s house.

A Conversation at Saadia’s House:    “Men Just Don’t Get It”

Joèl:   Greg, ask the ladies how they use Argan Oil.

Greg, bored:  You just use it on your face and in your hair and on your nails.

Joèl:  Well I know THAT.  There has got to be more.  Ask them!  Please.

Greg, in Derija:  Blah blah blah blah blah.

The Ladies, in Derija, all at once:  Blah!  Blah blah blah!  Blah!  Blah blaaah blah blaaaaah blah blah!   Blah!  Blah blah blah!  Blah!  Blah blaaah blah blaaaaah blah blah!

Joèl:  What did they say?

Greg:  They said you use it on your skin, hair and nails.

Joèl, disappointed:  That’s all?  What does it do to your face?

(The Ladies commissurate)

Greg:  Ok.  So it’s good if your skin is feeling dry like old snake skin.  It’s also good if you have zits.  Even if you have lots of zits they will go away.  It fixes many skin problems and it’s great after going to the hammam.  They said that they don’t like to put it on right before going out in the sun because they are afraid their faces will fry like a fish.  So to be careful of that.  It also closes the holes on your face.

Joèl:  Holes?  What holes?

Greg:  These ones (pointing to Joèl’s pores).

Joèl, slightly annoyed but pleased to be getting some info:  Really?  Cool.  What else?

Greg:  It’s great if you are in pain and feeling old and aching everywhere.  It’s good for massage for rheumatism and whatever else is making you miserable.

Joèl:  How about hair?

(The Ladies commissurate yet again)

Greg:  They use it on wet hair and dry hair.  It works good.  Makes it soft and beautiful and gorgeous.

Joèl:  Does it make your hair look greasy if you use too much?

Greg looks over at all of the women present with their hair completely covered with brightly coloured scarves.  Then he glares at Joèl.

Joèl:  Sorry.  I guess you wouldn’t know.  What else?

Greg asks.  The Ladies chatter away.

Greg, really bored and distracted:  It’s good for cooking babies.

Joèl:  FOR COOKING BABIES?  They don’t eat babies!  No one eats babies!  Tell them you just told me it’s for cooking babies!

Greg translates, the Ladies gasp.

Greg:  Sorry.  They use it for cooking for babies.

Joèl:  Really?  For making baby food?

Greg attempts to clarify yet again.

One Auntie makes eye contact with Joèl and points in the general direction of her nether regions.

Joèl:  Does she mean diaper rash?

Greg:  YES!  They said it’s good FOR babies.  They don’t have to worry about diaper rash when they use Argan Oil.

Saadia then makes a motion with her hands as if to show a big pregnant belly.

reg:  Ladies also use it on their bellies.  Lots of it.  They don’t want to get those purple tiger stripes that some women get when they are pregnant.  Mom says that some Moroccan women get very big bellies while their babies are growing.

Joèl:  Canadian women, too.  You can tell them that.

Greg translates.  The Ladies smile broadly and nod.  Pleased to share this in common with women far away on the other side of the world.

Joèl, victorious:  See Greg!  There’s more to it than “just put it on your face, hair and nails”!

Men certainly don’t get it.   At least mine didn’t that day.  😉

joèl~

How I Fell in Love with Argan Oil

I had been to Morocco a half dozen times and I didn’t give this Argan Oil stuff a second thought.  I’d even visited a nice little co-op just outside Essaouira.  I’d heard my Moroccan husband telling me about this ‘fabulous stuff that’s only made in Morocco’.  I couldn’t have cared less.  Then I saw different products popping up here at home containing a bit of Argan Oil.  And I STILL didn’t pay much attention.

Then during an eyelid-related crisis a year ago I finally got curious.  My 35 year old eyelids aged 20 years.  They were bright pink and burned.  Nothing helped except 2.5% hydrocortisone cream which can thin the skin terribly.  I was beyond desperate.  Then I moaned to my husband and he grabbed some Argan Oil (for cooking!) from our kitchen cupboard.  First, it smelled divine.  I wanted to drizzle it on a salad.  Second, it felt *amazing*.  The pain was gone.  Then I asked him to ask his mother to buy me a teeny bit of raw, cosmetic grade Argan Oil.

And she flat out refused.

Instead, she offered to make me some with her own two hands.  She knows how hard it is to find quality Argan Oil — even in Morocco!

I had known this lovely woman for 8 years and I didn’t know that she had this amazing skill.  (And I’m embarrassed to admit I wouldn’t have cared all that much before last winter.)  In March we went to visit and I went home with a few litres of this amazing stuff.

And now?  I’m hooked.  I put it on my face, neck, and chest twice a day.  I use it on my hands and feet.  And I can’t imagine what my hair would be like without it.  Vancouver is not kind to a girl’s hair.  But my Argan Oil keeps any frizz at bay and makes it so soft and shiny.

I also love it for my four year old daughter.  She asks for it on her face.  On her scrapes.  On her mosquito bites.  On her little feet.  She even gets a bit in her hair now and then.  She believes there is nothing that it can’t fix.

As for my poor husband.  Once in a while he has a complaint and asks where our bottle of Argan Oil is.  But I’ll be honest.  I’m stingy with this stuff.  The very same stuff he couldn’t have paid me to pay attention to for the majority of the last decade.  Now I hide it.  I horde it.  I’d hate for even one drop to be wasted.

I have tried and bought countless different beauty products.  Some have given me decent results.  But I’m now at the point where I don’t like to use stuff on our skin that has a list of ingredients a mile long.  Containing words that remind me of Organic Chemistry class in my second year of University.  I remember that lab.  I wouldn’t want any of that stuff we messed with on my face.  But this?  I can pronounce it.  I know exactly what’s in it.  I know who made it.  I know I can trust it.  And I know I’ll get the results I’m looking for.

Have you tried authentic, raw Argan Oil yet?  What results have you enjoyed?

joèl~

Hello from Saadia Organics!

We, Joèl and Ainslie, are so excited to get the purest, most authentic, eco-friendly Argan Oil from Essaouira, Morocco to Vancouver, BC to you.

Unfortunately, there is a LOT of Argan Oil out there that is of poor quality.  Much of it isn’t even Argan Oil at all.  But we know exactly who is making our oil and how it is being made because I (Joèl) am related to these fabulous women.

Our company is named after my mother in law, Saadia who has been making Argan Oil for cosmetic and culinary use since she was a young girl.  She is our Production Manager and makes much of our Argan Oil herself.  As demand increases, so does her staff.  Fortunately, we have a lot of relatives over in Essaouira, and they love gathering together to get this Argan Oil made for you.

So whatever you need Argan Oil for:  Troubled skin.  Wrinkles.  Your hair.  Your nails.  Your baby’s bottom.  Your child’s cuts and scrapes.  (Plus a myriad of other issues.  The possibilities are endless.)  We guarantee you’ll love the results you’ll get with our product:  Organic.  Vegan.  Nut-free.  And environmentally friendly.  (We don’t just take from the precious Argania spinosa trees, Saadia is planting new ones on the farm that she inherited!)

We look forward to changing your life with our Argan Oil.  We admit that we were the biggest skeptics, but we are believers now.  And we’re constantly amazed at the results that we, our families, friends and customers are getting.