The ethical argan oils benefiting Berber women

These beauty and culinary products are a collaboration between British brand Arganic and a Fairtrade Moroccan cooperative

Arganic beauty oil, from £24, and culinary oil, from £15
Arganic beauty oil, from £24, and culinary oil, from £15

For centuries the Berber people of Morocco have been hand-pressing the seeds of the argan tree into an oil that is high in antioxidants and vitamin E. British brand Arganic, founded by Dana Elemara, who had previously worked for Goldman Sachs, makes both beauty (from £24) and culinary (from £15) oils – the latter earning the Yotam Ottolenghi seal of approval and a place in his online “pantry”.

Arganic’s culinary oil has earned Yotam Ottolenghi’s seal of approval
Arganic’s culinary oil has earned Yotam Ottolenghi’s seal of approval

Arganic works exclusively with one farm, Sidi Yassine – a Fairtrade, organic company that employs about 600 Berber women, who are properly remunerated (more than 20 per cent above the national average) in an industry blighted by unethical working conditions. A crèche and classroom are provided for their children, and Sidi Yassine also pays the teacher’s wages.

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