Argan oil is a plant oil that is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.), which is native to Morocco. It is a rich source of fatty acids, including oleic acid, linoleic acid, and palmitic acid, as well as tocopherols, phytosterols, and squalene. These components provide various health and cosmetic benefits, making argan oil a popular ingredient in personal care products.
The fatty acid composition of argan oil is unique, with oleic acid and linoleic acid being the most abundant. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid that is known for its moisturizing properties, while linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is important for maintaining healthy skin and hair. Palmitic acid is a saturated fatty acid that helps to stabilize the oil and improve its shelf life.
Argan oil is also rich in tocopherols, which are a type of antioxidant that help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Tocopherols also have anti-inflammatory properties, making them useful for treating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Phytosterols, which are plant-derived compounds that are structurally similar to cholesterol, help to strengthen the skin barrier and improve moisture retention.
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CAS #: 223747-87-3
EINECS #: N/A
Botanical Name: Argania spinosa
Description: Clear yellow oil with a neutral smell and odor.
Origin: Vegetable oil obtained from Argan seeds by cold pressed expression and deodorized.
Appearance: Clear pale yellow liquid.
Physical Status: Liquid.
Flash Point (Closed cup): > 150°C.
Refractive Index: 1.397 – 1.545 @20°C.
Relative Density: 0.870 – 0.962 @25°C.