If you’re a fan of argan oil in your skin-care routine, I have a bit of historical (er, biological?) trivia for you.
It begins with the stout seeds of the shrubby Moroccan Argania spinose tree …
Seeds that are gathered by … goats.
That’s right, we’re talking about those wacky tree-climbing goats that scream, “Photoshop!”
But there’s no technological trickery at work here.
These goats do defy gravity, and while they are loping about in the limbs of trees, they eat argan seeds.
Can you see where I’m going with this? (Just be glad you get your argan oil from a bottle.)
Here’s the history of argan oil, in a nutshell, according to Michael Graham Richard of Mother Nature Network:
“Argan oil is quite popular these days in skin- and hair-care products, but this is nothing new. Indigenous Berber tribes in the region actually did something similar, though they didn’t get the argan oil out of a bottle that they bought in a store; goats would climb up argan trees and eat the fruits, swallowing whole the core, which looks a bit like an almond.”
Okay, we’re all caught up to that point, so …
“This nut would pass through the goat’s digestive system and end up in goat droppings, where it would be collected. To get at the oil inside, you would then have to crack it open with a stone, and grind the seeds inside. The resulting oil was then used for cooking and as a skin treatment.”
Now you know.
As with so many modern manufacturing practices, the middlemen (middlegoats?) have been cut from the process of processing argan oil, but that doesn’t stop them from climbing trees to eat seeds.
Watch and laugh: