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How To Make Traditional Amlou

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Amlou is an addictive and decadent dip made from argan oil, ground almonds, and honey. This delicacy, which is rumoured to be an aphrodisiac, would traditionally be given as a gift to newlyweds.  It comes from the Berber region in Morocco where it has been made for centuries using ingredients which are found richly in the area.

On our recent team trip to the Berber villages 20km from Essaouira, Morocco, we had the pleasure of making traditional Amlou with Amina, a Berber Moroccan woman who we work with to produce our argan oil. We were so excited about taking some home to our loved ones and are pleased to share this simple recipe with you.


Ingredients:

  • 250g Toasted Almonds

  • 100ml Culinary Argan Oil

  • Honey to taste


Traditional Method:

Dry roast the almonds in a pan with their skin to produce a smokey flavour and a tasty crunch.

Using a hand held grinder – similar to that you would grind coffee beans – we scooped spoonfuls of the nuts into the grinder and coated them liberally with argan oil.

As you grind, gradually top up with nuts and oil in. 

Once you have a smooth paste stir in the honey to taste.

The consistency should be a bit runnier than a traditional nut butter.

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Tips or equivalent;

  • Honey can be omitted
  • Best to do by hand than via a food processor
  • Although not traditional – a pinch of salt works well. 

Typically Amlou is served at breakfast to dip bread in however, the versatility of the ingredients means it can be used to accompany sweet or savoury dishes.

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Dana’s Top Skincare Tips!

Dana Elemara, Skin Tips, Arganic, Founder, Entrepreneur, Arabic, Iraqi, Role Model, Argan Oil

What a weekend! We had such fun at Fare Healthy where our founder, Dana, spoke on a Soil Association panel where she discussed organic beauty. 

We wanted to pull together some of our top skin tips to share with you and thought what better person to ask than Arganic founder herself. 

 Quite often Dana gets mistaken for being in her early twenties – when actually she is sneaking her way through the dirty thirties -so we thought she might know a thing or two about skincare.


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Dana’s Top Skincare Tips:

Avoid the wrong fats: 

Healthy fat is essential for good skin, however, greasy food will eventually show up in your skin giving you clogged pores and blackheads. This means cutting down on those packets of crisps and fried foods and getting most of your fats from cold pressed ‘drizzling oils’, such as olive or argan.

Invest in a very good daily moisturiser:

Cheaply made emulsions will sit on your skin and never quite sink in. These are lethal as they will clog your pores and also ruin the oil balance of your skin. If you are on a budget I recommend something from Weleda otherwise I swear by Caudalie’s moisturiser and I’m also a fan of Ila spa

Foundation is the devil: 

It doesn’t let your skin breathe and really contributes to poor complexion and spots, the more you get used to using it, the more you feel like you need it. I recommend tackling this slowly but surely. Start to wean yourself off by using a tinted moisturiser, I love Caudalie’s Radiance Tinted Moisturizer. We all have different skin tones and you need to make sure the colour works for you. I blend the two shades they have to my liking depending on how tanned I am. 

Ultimately I’m a fan of pressed or loose powders, they even your skin tone and are far better for the skin than a liquid. I really recommend Dr Hauschka’s powders, they are natural and importantly they work very well – it’s a no-brainer. When you are on holiday or working from home etc. use this as an excuse to go completely make-up free. Over time this practice will have a dramatic effect and you will start to feel uncomfortable when you wear thick make-up.

I’m a big fan of eyeliner. You can subtly perk up your look without clogging your pores and sometimes the eyes will divert the attention away from the skin. Once in a while, you can do the full works and enjoy the impact!

Clean:

Clean makeup brushes! Clean pillows! Clean hands touching your skin, please!

Fresh fruit and veg will make your skin glow:

I eat a lot of raw fruit and veg. The vitamins and nutrients provided are just what your skin needs to flourish. When I miss out for a few days when I’m travelling and my diet is restricted I do notice the difference in my skin. Top up on your 5-a-day! 

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Argan oil:

This is genuinely one of the best things that happened to my skin. I used to be afraid of trying argan oil on the face since I had combination skin – oh how wrong was I!

Adding a non-greasy, easily absorbed oil like pure argan oil to your skin, means that your skin will stop producing as much oil. Thanks to this and the ridiculously high vitamin E content, it simply improved the condition of my skin. I no longer have combination skin and now I have a much more even complexion. I only need to use it 3 nights a week (in place of moisturiser) but I can’t be without it! 

There is no better feeling than being completely content with your bare skin. I’ve worked hard to get to this stage and so hope you will give my tips a try!


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Are you a Natural Beauty?

Timeless Classics found right in the ingredients in your Kitchen.


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Are you a natural beauty? No seriously – are you?

We have been told over the years that having your natural hair colour is a ‘natural beauty’ or wearing little to no make-up is a ‘natural beauty’ but no-one ever says that by just using natural products made using natural ingredients make you a genuine natural beauty.


Last Thursday we held an event at our Arganic HQ at Second Home to celebrate Organic Beauty Week with the Soil Association.

We delved into Green & Blacks vegan sea salt chocolate, sipped on Pukka Love teas and crafted natural body scrubs using just 4 ingredients: Sea Salt, Cacao Nibs, Argan Oil and a Scent (Fresh Rosemary, Fresh Lemon, Rose Water or Vanilla)

The space was alive with excitement…as we walked around the room the team started to hear stories from different guests about the timeless skincare advice that had been handed down through their families.

What was more impressive was that these beauty secrets being shared could all be found in our very own kitchens.

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These women were listening to their Mothers, Grandmothers and Great Grandmother’s who didn’t have access to the media bombardment of the ‘next new thing’ that will turn time back to your pre-adolescent skin.

These were tried and tested products that have been working for centuries!

Here at Arganic we don’t believe in fads; We believe in heritage and results.


Here are some of the Natural Beauty Skincare products which you can make right from your very kitchen.

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#Chocolate and Argan Scrub


We are sharing with you the recipe from the event in order that you can make your very own scrub at home

For the base:
Grind the sea salt and cacao nibs. Mix 1.5 tbsp cacao nibs and 3 tbsp sea salt. Add Argan Oil to make a paste. Add the scent you wish to use (our recommended measure see below), transfer paste to glass pot and top with 0.5cm of Argan oil.

Scent: Vanilla ½ tsp, Rosemary ½, tsp Lemon ½ tsp and Rose Water – 1 tsp

  • Exfoliating with sea salt helps remove dead skin cells.
  • Layers of dead skin cells can make the skin look dry and flaky; exfoliation with a sea salt scrub reveals the moist, shiny skin hidden underneath.
  • Sea salt scrubs invigorate the skin and help to improve circulation which will give skin its natural glow.
  • Scrubbing with sea salt also helps to remove bacteria from the skin and unclog pores.
  • Cacao is full of rich antioxidants and caffeine and also helps create a brownie scented scrub to invigorate the senses.
  • Argan oil moisturises your skin leaving your body supple and soft for more youthful looking skin.
    • Rosemary – antibacterial and antioxidant
    • Rose Water – cleanses and reduces pores
    • Lemon – antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
    • Vanilla – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

In our scrubs we used Ndali Vanilla. Ndali not only smells insane but their vanilla is fair trade and certified organic. Read more about Ndali story here.


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One of our founders favourite home made masks is a Manuka Honey Mask.

On a cleansed face apply a thin layer of honey and lie back for 15 minutes and let the mask work wonders. (it doesn’t matter if a little gets on your lips…it tastes delicious)
One of the reasons Dana loves Manuka honey is because it is naturally grainy which acts as a gentle exfoliator

  • Honey helps cleanse the face. It pulls the impurities out from the pores of the skin, reducing the size and leaving an even skin tone.
  • Honey has antibacterial properties which is amazing at treating spots and acne.
  • Honey helps retain moisture perfect for a weekly mask to help your skin feel radiant, supple and soft.
  • Honey is great at preventing wrinkles which in the long run will help your skin stay young.

Our favourite Seresin Estate Wild Manuka Honey can be bought online or in-store from The Modern Pantry

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# Rose Water and Green Tea Toner

Another wonderful addition was this homemade toner to use daily

Boil a kettle and brew some green tea. Once steeped for 5 minutes – remove – and chill in the fridge. Once chilled add a few drops of rose water in an airtight bottle and leave chilled in the fridge.

This simple toner applied with a cotton pad works wonders. After you have cleansed your face sweep gently to remove any leftover make-up and gently tone the skin.

  • Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin and is brilliant for acne and eczema.
  • Rose water is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.
  • Green tea helps close pores.

Skin is revitalised and ready for a few drops of Argan oil to moisturise.

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#Cold Showers

Kay Duffy has shared her favourite natural and cost effective tips with us: Cold Showers

Enter Shower: Cold Tap

  • Cold Showers help improve circulation which is important to leaving your skin looking smooth and youthful.
  • Cold Showers leave you feeling extra clean and revived (particularly relevant when living in a metropolitan area)
  • Cold Showers have been shown to relieve depression symptoms due to the intense impact of cold receptors in the skin, which send electrical impulses from the peripheral nerve-endings to the brain. Thus boosts mood, making it a sustainable, natural pick-me-up !

Cold Showers have also been linked to keeping your pores closed and boosting shine on hair whereas hot showers can dry you up and leave your pores open to fill up with dirt and grime.

Homemade Body Scrub


#Anti-Cellulite Scrub

Cyntra homemade coffee scrub not only wakes you up but helps in those stubborn areas

Ingredients:
1 cup of coarse brown sugar
1/2 cup of coconut oil
2 tbsp. ground coffee

How to make it:
Mix all the ingredients together well and store in an airtight jar. This should last up to a couple of months outside of the fridge.
To use, massage around 2tbsp of mix onto wet skin on the buttocks and thighs.

  • Coffee can spike circulation and temporarily shrinks fat cells
  • Caffeine can tightens and provides antioxidants to the skin when applied topically

Exfoliating is great for circulation which can help shift pesky fat cells

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#5 Argan Oil for Hair, Skin and Nails

Argan oil is fantastic used on topically for your hair, skin and nails and also ingested.

  • 100% Argan oil has been used for centuries as a natural skin elixir. Used on all skin types it can ease your skin from acne, nourish dry skin and also help re-balance combination skin.
  • Vitamin E helps promote the growth of hair and nails and used on your cuticles can soften to let your natural nails grow to their full potential.
  • Where do we even start when it comes to the benefits Argan oil has for your hair. You can read more on the how Argan oil can nourish your hair and re-energise your locks here.

That is your hair, face, body and hands all rejuvenated using one ingredient… Argan oil. We take pride in knowing that our oil is single origin and produced by hand using the highest quality methods which means that when you use it on your beautiful skin – you will instantly notice the difference.Natural beauty scrub


On a serious note: the beauty industry is not regulated. That means that any ‘green bottle with organic’ written on it could have any number of chemicals and harmful ingredients inside it. The Soil Association Beauty have been working hard on their campaign #lookforthelogo to help consumers pick natural beauty products by finding the soil association logo on them. Read more about their campaign on their site and remember to check those ingredients!

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We are proud to have the logo!

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So are you a Natural Beauty?

Please share with us your natural remedies in the comments. A winner will be chosen and that lucky person will receive a treat from the team here at Arganic! (remember to leave your email)

All photos were supplied from our wonderful guests at the event. See our instagram page for more!

 

5 Tips To Get Big and Beautiful Hair

5 Tips to Get Big and Beautiful Hair with Argan Oil


Many of you may have heard the term ‘Moroccan Oil’ and wondered what on Earth is that? Well the term coined ‘Moroccan Oil’ is referring to an ancient oil known as Argan oil.

It comes from the fruit of the native Argan tree in Morocco, which is where the term ‘Moroccan Oil’ got its famous name.

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You may be wondering where this oil comes from. It is made from seeds inside of the Argan fruit. We collect those seeds and we cold-press them to get a highly nutritious oil of the highest quality.

What makes the oil so beneficial is that:

  • It’s rich with vitamins A, C and E, as well as being loaded with antioxidants.
  • It can help boost cell production which results in healthier skin and hair
  • With just a couple of drops your skin and hair will be transformed.

Charlize Theron claims ‘the oil rescued her hair when she used it as a conditioner after too much dye caused it to split and break…’


Purity Matters

Many Argan Oils or Moroccan Oils on the market are not fully the real thing – quite often they are filled with a mixture oils or other chemicals.

When you have high quality single origin cold pressed Argan Oil you will notice the difference! We are so proud of our oil we are the only UK company to put our partner farm Sidi Yassine on our bottles!

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Always check the ingredient list. It should have just one ingredient: 100% Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa) Kernel Oil.

Our Beauty Oil is 100% pure which means its full of all the essential nutrients that will benefit your hair with no greasy residue! We are so proud of its purity we even put our Moroccan partner farm on the bottle Sidi Yassine.


5 tips to Big and Beautiful hair?

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#1 Treatment for dry and damaged hair 

If your hair is dry and brittle, once a week, treat it with the Beauty Oil

Warm 6 to 8 drops in your hands and massaging it into your hair and scalp.

Work it through your hair starting at the roots and working down to the tips.

Once you can applied it wrap your hair up into a bun and place a shower cap over it.

This will help keep in the natural heat and also protect your pillow case.

If you do not have enough time to leave it overnight – simply pop it in your hair in the evening and wash it out as you would normally until the residue has all gone.

Your hair should feel fuller and more full of life after two weeks. We recommend applying this treatment once a week to maintain healthier hair.


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#2 Say goodbye to dry scalp and dandruff

 

The high content of vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants naturally found in the oil naturally moisturise the scalp are also believed to help reduce skin inflammation and prevent dryness.

By following a bi-weekly treatment you will be able to help eliminate dry itchy scalp and dandruff.

Warm 6 to 8 drops in your hands and massaging it into your hair and scalp.

Work it through your hair starting at the roots and working down to the tips.

Leave in your hair for 30minutes to an hour

Wash it out as you would normally until the residue has all gone


#3 Leave in to repair split ends
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Argan oil can be used as a leave-in conditioner to help prevent repair split ends. The oil naturally nourishes your hair keeping it healthy and strong meaning you can reduce split ends and aid natural growth.

After washing hair apply just 1 to 2 drops to the end of your hair before drying

If hair is very thick you can also apply 1 drop warmed in the hands to help finish off your look

Within a couple of days your hair will start to feel stronger and glossier and ends will look healthy and stronger. Check out our founders hair… she is our best model.


#4 Reverse the damage of heat from straighteners and blow dryers

Straighteners and hairdryers and a staple for all of us but can take their toll on our hair. Before using any styling tools, apply 2 to 3 drops of Argan oil using your hand, palm first.

Then use a brush or comb to distribute it evenly throughout your hair from roots to tips which coats it with the oil, keeping it protected from heat damage.

Use your tools as usual and reap the benefits of having big and beautiful without the long term damage.


#5 Treating hair loss

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Many people, both men, and women suffer from hair loss. Argan oil is an excellent oil for stopping hair loss and even helping to promote new growth by treating the scalp three times a week.

Place a few drops of the oil onto your fingertips and massage it into your scalp.

Massage for 15 minutes to allow the oil to help stimulate blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles.

Multiple studies on the oil’s effect on hair re-growth have found that it can stimulate the scalp due to its rich nutrient content to produce more hair. Other research has indicated that it helps hair grow faster in a shorter period of time.


To start reaping the benefits of Big and Beautiful hair pick up one of our liquid gold elixirs from our Online Shop

 

 

 

 

Festive date filled pastry recipe to celebrate Eid al-Adha

Eid Mubarak to friends around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha

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Eid al-Adha

Around the world today people are celebrating Eid al-Adha. It is a time when people join together to feast and share with friends, family and those less fortunate than ourselves.

Traditionally delicious date and cardamon filled pastries will be enjoyed at the table. Big batches will often be made to celebrate Eid with Grandmothers, Mothers and also the children joining in to make these tasty treats.

We at Arganic love to share and feast together and today we want to share with you these delicious date and cardamon cookies created by our friend Iraqi Chef Philip Juma of the Juma Kitchen. Our founder Dana is from Iraqi descent and her face lights up with memories and joy just from the very thought of these cookies.

All around the world people will be joining together to celebrate this time including all our colleagues in Morocco at Sidi Yassine who wont be making any Argan oil during this time as they will be celebrating with their families. Don’t worry though we still have our delicious Argan Oil in stock during this time.

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These cookies, also know as Kleicha, are perfect for sharing with those around you and Philip suggests best enjoyed with a nice cup of tea. Philip was kind enough to share his delicious recipe with us and what kind of friend would we be to keep this all to ourselves.


Ingredients: (makes 40)

600g plain ‘OO’ grade flour
200g melted butter
1 tbsp dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
½ tbsp salt
5 tbsp water
2 tbsp nigella seeds
600g packet of date paste (can be found in most Middle Eastern supermarkets)
3 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp cardamon
2 large sandwich bags (cut open)
1 egg

Dates

Method: (Evening Standard Magazine – Philip Juma)

For the pastry

Begin by making the pastry. In a food mixer, add the flour, melted butter, yeast, and sugar. Next add the salt, but please ensure you place the salt as far away from the yeast, as they cancel each other out.

On a low setting, mix the ingredients together. You are looking for a pizza dough-like texture. Add water gradually and if you feel the mix needs more, then add. When you feel it is close, add the nigella seeds.

Once blended, push the dough with your hand, there should be a spring in the dough and it should feel moist.

Place in a bowl and cover with a towel – leave to rest for 40 minutes to allow the yeast activate.

For the date mix

While the pastry is resting, start on the date mix.

Begin by heating a large saucepan with the sunflower oil. Add the date mixture. It will seem hard at first, however, as the pan heats up, the date mix should begin to soften. Add the cardamom powder.

Keep stirring and folding it. You are looking for a soft texture that can be easily rolled.

After the pastry has risen, separate it into four pieces.

On a floured surface roll the pastry out into a rectangle shape. You are looking for the longest part to be vertical and the shortest, horizontal to you.

Separately, take your sandwich bag and place a ball of date paste (size of a small apple) on top, and then place another sandwich bag on top of the date. Roll the date paste out to a similar shape of the rectangular pastry, it should be easy to shape/mould.

Peel away the top layer and place the dates on top of the pastry. Remove all of the plastic from the dates. Any gaps on the pastry, you can just fill it in with extra date paste.

Next, shape your cookies. Begin from the vertical side and roll from right to left. You are looking for a tight roll. Start from the top and work your way down.

Take your rolled pastry and cut the Kleicha as you see fit. Traditionally, 2-3 inches in size.

Brush with beaten egg and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 180°C. You are looking for a golden colour and the smells should be wonderful.

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Repeat for the other three batches.

What’s On at Arganic HQ

An update on all the highlights and upcoming exciting events at Arganic


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It has been a busy few months here at Arganic and the momentum is picking up!

The team is expanding, we have new stockists, features in incredible recipe books and we are celebrating Organic September with the Soil Association.

We want to share with you all the on-goings from Headquarters and to celebrate some key milestones and invite you to the next exclusive event… Read on for more details


Symmetry Breakfast, M’smmen using Arganic 

Symmetry Breakfast

First and foremost we want to say a huge congratulations to our friends Michael and Mark at Symmetry Breakfast. This year they launched their first book Cook-Love-Share to bring breakfast to life in kitchens all around the world.

If you haven’t heard about this visionary concept already get ready to have your breakfast revolutionised.

Symmetry Breakfast was born when Michael’s partner Mark moved in with him. After rearranging their apartment and gaining a new dining table (the table seen in the photos) Symmetry Breakfast came to life. With a Chinese and Scottish background – Michael grew up with a different concept to what is considered ‘normal’ and harnessed this to develop one of instagrams best loved pages. Learning and discovering the traditions of where food comes from inspired him to create a new breakfast every single morning with no repeats.

Both on a personal and professional level we at Arganic love Symmetry Breakfast and the incredible author behind it. Congratulations Michael.

(p.s. Symmetry Breakfast are also fans of Arganic and use our Culinary Oil in their wonderful M’smmen – click here for the recipe)


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Whole Foods Market 

Secondly, another great achievement we are celebrating at HQ is the launch of Arganic in Whole Foods Market. Through sheer determination and a side order of cheekiness Arganic is now stocked in Whole Foods Market in the United Kingdom to bring our Culinary Oil to more tables throughout the country.

We celebrated in style at Second Home with delicious food prepared by Jago and dressed by Arganic #dresstoimpress


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Pure Beauty Awards 

We are honoured to be Shortlisted for the Best New Organic Product 2016 Pure Beauty Awards! We are proud how our 100% pure fully traceable Beauty Oil and to be nominated as well as shortlisted has put a big smile across all of our faces.

Send some love and click here to Vote Us Best in Category


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Arganic x Soil Association

This month we are celebrating Organic September with an amazing event collaborating with the Soil Association, Pukka and Green & Blacks.

We are hosting an Event at our headquarters at Second Home. Creating Chocolate Body Polish which is full of skin loving ingredients including our very own Beauty Oil.

Everyone who attends the event will leave with a bag full of goodies plus our 50ml Arganic Beauty Oil.

Tickets are selling fast – click here to snap up the last few!!