French actress and classic beauty Juliette Binoche is a devotee. And Catherine Zeta Jones credits it for her youthful appearance. Argan oil has been used for beauty and culinary purposes by Moroccan women for centuries. Now this exotic oil’s popularity is soaring worldwide, and with good reason!
Argan oil is extracted by hand from the nut of the argan tree by women in Southern Morocco. Rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, argan oil helps to neutralise free radicals and moisturise the skin and hair. The benefits of argan oil extend beyond beauty, with the sector providing incomes for women in typically poorer rural areas of Morocco. What’s more, the harvesting of the argan nut helps protect the endangered argan tree from deforestation.
Not all argan oil is created equal however, but never fear – I’ve found the best quality argan oil available in Australia for you.
Jamila El Maroudi, Founder of Mira’s Hand, migrated to Australia from Morocco in 2006. After discovering that the hammam beauty rituals of her homeland had no equivalent here in Australia, she launched Mira’s Hand – a range of premium quality Moroccan hammam-inspired beauty products.
Mira’s Hand 100% pure argan oil is pressed every three months, and is lab tested before bottled and air freighted to Australia three days after pressing. Only small quantities are imported at a time to ensure freshness and quality. The oil is packaged in dark glass bottles to protect against the deteriorating effects of sunlight.
I’ve been using Mira’s Hand argan oil on and off for a couple of years now. I apply a small amount on my face and neck in the evenings for its deep moisturising properties, particularly in winter when my skin is at its driest. It has a light, serum-like texture and the tiniest hint of a nut scent. I can also recommend the Mira’s Hand Rose Water Toning mist – I’m not a morning person so I use the toning mist for an instant pick-me-up in the morning or whenever I’m feeling a bit tired. Its subtle rose scent is so refreshing and reminds me a little of turkish delight which I adore. If you’ve ever wanted to channel your inner Cleopatra, try the the Moroccan Milk Bath and luxuriate in your tub surrounded by rose buds.
Mira’s Hand products are stocked by luxury spas around Australia, including The Darling Spa in Sydney and Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. They are also available for purchase at www.mirashand.com.au.