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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!

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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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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!!