The Party’s Over…

…but Eden’s Pajama Project is still in full swing.

Below you’ll find a video update from Eden about what’s been happening with the donations. We thought she’d collected 41 pairs by the end of the day of her party, but many of the packages contained 2 pairs together! So there were well over 50 pairs for sure. Many thanks to the friends and family who were so generous. We were so glad that you could celebrate with us in this way!

Saadia has been receiving packages in Essaouira, too. Thanks again to those of you who are donating directly. She was particularly excited about one that arrived from New York City!

So far, the plan is to give many of the donations to school kids in the countryside, and there is another small town where there is already an existing charity to kids in need — many of them orphans. As we will be in Morocco in October, we plan to be visiting at least one of these two locations to give out your donations personally. Eden is really looking forward to meeting all of the kids.

I also want to take this opportunity to offer special thanks to some of our dear friends for helping us get the word out about this project.

Veronika at Veronika’s Blushing

Stephanie at Stephanie Snowe: The Blog

Yvonne at My Halal Kitchen

Anyway, here is the video… And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about how you can help make bedtime better for Moroccan kids this year – joel@saadiaorganics.com. And please do continue to spread the word about this project. We really want to reach Eden’s goal of 300 pajama packages.

j~

 

 

 

Argan Oil 101 for Guys

Not too long ago I asked my Moroccan husband if Moroccan men used Argan Oil.  His response?

“No.  Not really.”

“But YOU do!” was my response.

“Yeah, when you let me!” was his reply.

He was kidding.  Sort of…  I admit I’m a little bit stingy with our personal stash of Argan Oil even though it was HIS mother that made it for us.  I know the hard work that goes into making it, so it’s hard for me to be too terribly liberal with it.

However, if a man wants to indulge, here are some main ways for guys to use Saadia Organics Argan Oil.

1.  Razor Burn:

This stuff can take away the rash that your quick shave with an old razor left behind.  Just put it on the effected area a couple of times a day and you should see a considerable difference within a day or two.

2.  “Monkey Hands”:

If you don’t have a dainty desk job or if you are doing some major overhauls on your car or house, your hands can take a toll.  They’re dry, cracked, leathery and just plain unhappy.  Certain fabrics cling to them like velcro.  Argan Oil will take that away.  Use a few drops at least twice a day.  Don’t ignore your cuticles.  Again, you should feel a difference in a day or two.

3.  “Gorilla Feet”:

Even though I think it’s cool when guys go and get a pedicure, some wouldn’t be caught dead in a nail salon.  But summer is coming and crusty feet are gross even on a guy.  Massage Argan Oil onto your feet morning and night before you dust off your flip flops.

4.  Scalp:

Argan Oil will take care of dandruff, dry scalp and oily scalp.  (I know it’s weird that it knows how to deal with both dryness and oiliness, but trust me, it works.  It knows your problem and will give you the solution you need.)   Just massage it on your head let it sit for a while (or overnight) and then wash it out.  If you sleep on it, put a towel over your pillow first.

5.  Hair:

Many Moroccans say that Argan Oil helps with hair loss.  Hey, it’s worth a try, isn’t it?

Otherwise, don’t be afraid to treat your hair to some Argan Oil once in a while.  It will soften dry hair or de-greasify oily hair.  You can apply it, then wash it out.

Or if you want to sport Brad Pitt’s new look, don’t wash it out – as it can give longer hair “shine and natural-looking separation.”

6.  Face:

You might have heard about Argan Oil’s bizarre ability to smooth out wrinkles.  So give it a try on your face if you want to look a few years younger.  (Or preserve your youth.)  At the same time, it will be working on any dryness or oiliness you might have.  It also will work to fight any acne that might be hanging around.

7.  Skin:

Do you have eczema?  Psoriasis?  Any rashy patches?  Many of our guy fans buy Argan Oil for these purposes.  One said that he saves a tonne of money now.  The stuff he used to get for his psoriasis cost $85 a month and had a bunch of nasty stuff in it.  A $45 bottle of Saadia Organics Argan Oil lasts him almost 3 months.  Do the math.

8.  Burns, Cuts and Gashes:

Sure, your mom always told you to “BE CAREFUL”, but sometimes… stuff happens.  Argan Oil to the rescue!  It has anti-microbial properties which will help protect against infection.  And it has a pile of Vitamin E which helps wounds heal quickly. So wash the area with a mild soap first.  Pat to dry, then gently put some Argan Oil on to the area.

9.  Achy Joints:

Argan Oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can ease your pain.  Moroccans have used it for rheumatism and arthritis for centuries.  Massage it in and feel better.

10.  Tattoo Repair:

Getting a tattoo?  Argan Oil is the ultimate product to heal it.  It soothes the area, takes away the itch and repairs tattoos beautifully.  Click here for a how-to guide.

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Alright gentlemen.  There you have it.  Give it a try.  One product can do a lot.  Your wife/girlfriend/mom/daughter/female co-worker might want to borrow it, but it’s up to you if you want to share or not.

Cheers,

joèl~

 

 

 

 

 

PS  No, the guy at the top of this post isn’t my husband.  My husband is way better looking than that.  Love you Greg!  xoxo

Remembering Amina

I’m not sure how many of you have heard about Amina Al Filali. She’s a sixteen year old Moroccan girl who found herself in an unthinkable position.

At fifteen she was raped. And under current law, her rapist had the choice to go to prison or to marry her. He chose the latter and forced Amina into marriage.

Needless to say, the marriage was not a pleasant one.  It is not surprising that he was often violent. Amina’s mother told her to be patient with him. But this young girl’s patience ran out and she bought the rat poison that ended her life.

To our eyes and ears this story is absolutely outrageous. And it is. But it is true, and many are fighting to have this law, which is originally found in the Old Testament, be abolished. Here is an article discussing the latest developments of this movement.

This story has haunted me since the first moment I heard about it over a month ago. I most often like to celebrate and bring attention to the marvelous things about Morocco. It is a country I’ve visited many times. I’ve married into one of its wonderful families. But like every other nation of the world, it has its shortcomings. Some of them major – especially with regard to women’s rights.

Women are now being educated in Morocco. They are able to go to university as long as they’d like to at absolutely no cost to them. Although even with a university degree, there is no guarantee of employment. Getting a job is certainly not a guarantee for the older women who have not had the privilege of going to school at all.

The West’s recent interest in the wonders of Argan Oil helped Moroccan women for a little while at the women’s cooperatives. But then the men saw that there was money to be made and they got involved. The female workers in the co-ops are now being paid very little for their back breaking labour. The average daily wage for a woman working in an Argan co-op is 40 dirhams per day. That amounts to only $4.74 US for 10 or more hours of hard work. That’s barely enough for that woman to buy a simple lunch for her family.

We can’t imagine paying Saadia (our Production Manager) and her team anything less than we’d have to pay in Canada. Canadian wages go a long way in Morocco. And we hope that our company will go a long way in helping women who would otherwise be unemployed or painfully underpaid.

Amina deserved to have a chance to go to university. To get a job. To marry a kind man of her choosing.

All Moroccan women – all women period – deserve those choices. As Saadia Organics grows, so do the opportunities for women young and old in Morocco. Thanks for being a part of that.

joèl~

 

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~

Lips and Fingers, Knees and Toes

The other day while moving items in my office, a board fell on my ear. It was incredibly painful and immediately looked like I had just played a brutal rugby match. Days later, it still hurts. It made me think about how the smaller the body part, the more painful and annoying the injuries seem to be. From hangnails to badly chapped lips, these are the pains that keep us up at night.

That’s why I’m proud to declare that Saadia Organics Argan Oil will help you with your small but intense pains. No, it won’t heal a broken arm… but in a way, that doesn’t seem to bother us as much as badly cracked heels anyway.

At my house, Argan Oil has become the main healer. When my son scuffs his knee, we use Argan Oil. When my husband burns himself, we use Argan Oil.  It seems to be saving us a tremendous amount of money. Instead of ten different specialized products, we now use one.  And it works!

Tell us, how has Saadia Organics Argan Oil helped you and your family?

Ainslie

The Business of Fake Argan Oil

As a hair stylist, I ask every single person in my chair what products they use on their hair. And as Argan Oil is becoming more and more popular, I am hearing from many clients who have experience using it.

Having co-founded Saadia Organics, I am especially interested when my clients mention it. I want to know everything: where they bought it, how much it cost, what it smells like, what changes have they noticed in their hair.

Sadly, I have yet to come across a client who has actually found real, authentic Argan Oil.

It’s always the same story: they found a big bottle that cost very little that says something like “authentic Moroccan Argan Oil” on the label. Either it smells floral or like nothing at all. It is generally watery and even slimy in texture. The biggest reason I know it’s fake? I always bring out the sample bottle of Saadia Organics Argan Oil for my clients to try. And they can’t believe the difference!

Of course, there will be fake Argan Oil in the market. There is fake everything on the market. The problem is that even the fake stuff seems to work to some degree.  Putting any oil on your hair will make a small difference. My clients have noticed small changes and seem to like the fake Argan Oil. However, because it’s not real, the effects of the oil are not amazing. And so they are unaware of the true value of real Argan Oil.

Luckily, I am able to share a sample of the real thing with my clients. And when they try it, they fall in love with it.

So, how can you prevent yourself from wasting your money on fake oil?

You no longer have to worry. Saadia Organics actually has the genuine stuff! It is handmade by Saadia Organics co-founder Joèl’s mother-in-law and her relatives. And Saadia herself sends the oil directly to Vancouver.  And my clients couldn’t be happier!

Ainslie

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: