White & Green interviews our founder Ikram Benzila

Each week,  White & Green features a ‘What Matters Most’ interview with a revolutionary leader from the business and activism world about what is most important to them in their life and work. They are deeply inspired by these people and  hope their readers will be too.

The most recent interview features a profile of Pure Argan Co Founder Ikram Benzila.

I am Ikram Benzila, born and raised in Fes, Morocco, I have been living in London, United Kingdom for just over three years now. I am 29 years young, and a mother of 3, 2 beautiful girls and my business Pure Argan Co. Master graduate in Finance and Management Accounting and also Founder of Pure Argan Co. 

Our brand USP is simple, sourcing the finest quality Argan Oil from a female co-operative in Morocco’s Agadir region and retailing it at an affordable price point. The oil is cold-pressed and currently the only Fairtrade certified, Vegan and Cruelty-Free Argan oil on the market

To read the full interview please click on the link below:

https://whiteandgreenhome.com/blogs/what-matters-most/ikram-benzila-founder-of-pure-argan-co

About White & Green

We work directly with our organic cotton farmers and our Fairtrade factory in India. We combine our classic designs with the finest handpicked cotton and master craftmanship to create quality bedding that is made to last. By cutting out the middle men, we keep our products much more affordable than other luxury bedding brands.

Beauty Reign Review of Pure Argan Co

 

New to me brand Pure Argan Co. products are made with Fairtrade ingredients that are produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. Founder Ikram Benzila, who now lives abroad, realised that it was difficult to find pure Argan Oil of similar quality that she has been using back home in Morocco, so she began looking into finding a way to bring authentic Argan oil to the market.

I was kindly gifted this 100% pure Argan Oil to review. It comes packaged in a beautiful cardboard canister. The glass bottle is 100ml and come with a glass dropper. The colour of the oil has a pale translucent yellow with a similar scent to olive oil and is rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It is also Organic, Cruelty-Free, Paraben Free, Vegan and with no Synthetic Fragrance.

It’s also good to soften, hydrate and nourish hair, skin and nails, it does this by reducing the appearance of fine lines, improves skin elasticity and skin tone, helps repair damaged hair and prevents split ends as well as tames and conditions frizzy hair. It also soothes the symptoms of common skin ailments such as acne, eczema, stretch marks and psoriasis.

To read the full review please click on the link below

https://beautyreign.blogspot.com/2018/11/benefits-of-using-100-pure-argan-oil-by.html

About the Beauty Reign Blog

Established in 2013 by Bernadette as a hobby to share her personal views and experiences, the Beauty Reign blog has developed into a serious and successful passion. Beauty Reign is based in Sydney and is a PR friendly Beauty & Lifestyle blog.

Pure Argan Co featured on the Luxury by London Website

Many lifestyle magazines and lifestyle columns praise Argan oil as one of the most remarkable all-natural beauty products, but not all brands of Argan oil are the same. In today’s digital world, it is easy to lose our connection with nature. Most supposedly all-natural products are made with methods that pollute the environment, so how can we be sure we are treating ourselves and Mother Nature as best as we can?

Luxury by London looks into Pure Argan Co, and its simple goal of providing the best quality Argan in the world, in a way that is both fair and sustainable.

About Luxury By London.com

Inspired by a passion for luxury and fashion, Luxury By London Magazine showcases style, beauty and lifestyle creations by London brands and artisans. The online magazine aims to uncover, promote and nurture emerging talent, while also following London’s most loved brands in how they evolve in today’s fashion world.

Through their digital and print edition pages, they help new brands and artisans reach more connoisseurs of elegant and sophisticated creations. We also dig deep into the inner workings of influential brands that shape the London fashion scene.

To read the full story please click on the link below
https://www.luxurybylondon.com/beauty/2018/8/11/be-naturally-beautiful-everyday-with-pure-argan

Miracle or Snake Oil? Celebs Swear by it, Beauty Brands Put it in Everything. But is Wrinkle-busting Argan Oil All it Seems?

Miracle or Snake Oil? Celebs Swear by it, Beauty Brands Put it in Everything. But is Wrinkle-busting Argan Oil All it Seems?

When celebrities including Catherine Zeta-Jones and Charlize Theron are asked how they keep their skin youthful and their hair glossy, they all seem to rave about one product above all others: Argan oil.

Charlize claims the oil rescued her hair when she used it as a conditioner after too much dye caused it to split and break. Catherine has said she ‘saturates’ her face with it to nourish her skin as she sleeps and prevent it feeling ‘like a Walker’s crisp’. And they’re far from alone. Argan oil, which has been used for centuries by Moroccan tribespeople to treat dry skin and joint pains, has become the beauty elixir du jour.

‘Argan oil contains carotenoids, vitamin E and fatty acids such as Oleic acid, making it an effective antioxidant that protects the skin against damage,’ says Dr Rabia Malik, a cosmetic doctor based at Grace Belgravia in Knightsbridge, London.

‘But there’s no such thing as a miracle product. And with argan oil, there are a lot of factors to consider when talking about its benefits.’

The argan tree is grown almost exclusively in the barren lands of south-west Morocco. Traditionally, Berber women would collect the Argan fruit and extract its oil by drying it, extracting the nuts, cracking them to reveal the kernels and pressing them to release the oil.

The process used to be done by hand and producing one litre of oil took around five stone of fruit and 15 hours of labour.

Now, the nuts are still cracked manually, but electric cold presses are often used on the kernels, speeding up the process considerably but leaving the oil undiluted. The problem is that since being discovered by major cosmetic brands, the chances of getting this unadulterated Argan oil in the majority of products available on the High Street are slender.

‘Many of the products that use the words ‘Argan oil’ as a marketing claim will have only a very small percentage of the actual oil in them,’ says Dr Malik. ‘A drop of Argan oil in a product isn’t going to offer many benefits.’

Dr Malik warns that there are some products on the market that have Morocco and oil in their names, but don’t actually contain any Argan oil. ‘They could be any sort of oil, so don’t make the assumption that it’s Argan oil just because it claims to be from Morocco,’ she says.

Indeed, the amount of ‘Argan oil’ exported from Morocco every year is believed to be double the amount that the trees could produce. Perhaps the biggest drawback of Argan oil is its scarcity – the very attribute that has fuelled its popularity.

‘The high price of Argan oil and burgeoning demand are raising concerns over its sustainability,’ says Amarjit Sahota, director of Organic Monitor. ‘There are concerns that the Argan nuts are not collected properly.’

And there are fears that as demand for the oil increases, producers will be tempted to harvest directly from the trees to try to keep up, instead of gathering fruit from the ground.

There are also fears that some producers may be adulterating the oil. Studies have found it’s often tainted with sunflower, vegetable or olive oil.

The trees, which take 50 years to reach maturity, act as a natural barrier against the advance of the desert, preventing soil erosion and protecting water resources.

To prevent deforestation, co-operatives have been created to involve local people, particularly women, in the Argan industry. These co-operatives provide the women with an income and, in some cases, an education and access to healthcare.

There is little doubt that in its pure form, Argan oil does offer many benefits. For the face and body, it’s a rich moisturiser that’s unlikely to clog pores. For the hair, it’s an effective conditioner that can reduce frizz and improve manageability.

As for whether it’s a wonder beauty product, Dr Malik remains skeptical. She says that even 100 per cent pure Argan oil is not the best anti-ageing product available. ‘I believe in taking the best of what nature has to offer, but a natural product alone won’t necessarily give the best results,’ she says.
‘For that, you need the benefit of technological advancements.’

Her advice for those who want to sample the Moroccan magic?
‘Look for reputable brands with products containing few ingredients – the fewer the better – and a good concentration of the actual oil,’ she says. ‘Good skin is about protecting it from the elements, not smoking and drinking too much, and being healthy internally.

‘No one miracle product will transform your appearance – whatever celebrities claim.’

Except from an article by Sue Dunbar for the Daily Mail.

To read in its entirety please visit www.dailymail.co.uk

 

Craving Some Sweet, Fluffy Pancakes Dipped in Honey?

Craving Some Sweet, Fluffy Pancakes Dipped in Honey?

Try our Moroccan authentic hassle free recipe for pancakes or “baghrir” as called in Moroccan language.

Baghrir is a Moroccan twist to pancakes but they are very light and spongy and for sure very delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 300gr semolina
  • 50gr plain flower
  • 1tsp yeast
  • 14gr baking powder
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 600ml warm water
  • Vanilla extract (optional)

Cooking time: 25mins

Directions:

  1. In blender put semolina, flower, yeast, baking powder, sugar, and vanilla then pour water and blend them for about 5 mi.
  2. Leave the batter aside in room temperature for 15 min
  3. In a non-sticky fry pan, start cooking the pancakes just one side (don’t turn them over), once its cooked you will see the batter forming 1000 wholes
  4. Make sure you pour honey on them while they still warm and enjoy them with a cup of Moroccan mint tea

Pure Argan Co Featured In Refinery29’s Best Vegan Skincare Products List

Pure Argan Co Featured In Refinery29’s Best Vegan Skincare Products List

Veganism is on the rise. There has been a 9-% increase in Google searches for the term, and one of the most exciting developments for the plant devotee among us is the boom in vegan beauty. Refinery29’s Georgia Murray give us a list of their picks of the best vegan products and vegan brands stepping up their green game. She highlighted our Fairtrade Pure Argan Oil for skincare, not only because of its high amount of essential fatty acid and restorative properties, but also the way it is produced: naturally, fair and sustainable.

About Refinery29

Refinery29 is a trailblazing digital-media and entertainment company for young women with a global audience footprint of 550 million across all platforms.

As the original next-generation women’s media company, Refinery29 has changed the way content and storytelling speaks to and represents women, always sparking the conversations that matter most. Delivering on that mission, they’ve driven intention-fuelled initiatives such as Shatterbox Anthology, a short-film series dedicated to increasing opportunities for women in film; The 67%, dedicated to more and better plus-size representation and equality; 29Rooms, an art-fueled funhouse for the digital age that reimagines live events; and Strong Opinions Loosely Held, where we blend pop culture and feminism. Refinery 29 celebrates imperfections, banish taboos, and always strive to be real and relatable.

To read Georgia Murray’s full story please click on the link below

https://www.refinery29.uk/2017/11/178176/best-vegan-beauty