About:Victoria Akkari Organic Culinary Argan Oil New York

About: Victoria Akkari

I always dreamed of travel

Every since I was a child, I always dreamed of traveling. My mom had a friend that gave her an old dusty stack of travel books when she moved away. I found them one day in our basement and I would sit flipping through every page of different countries and imagine what it was like to be there.  This is where my story really begins and it eventually led me to Morocco.


I went to Morocco in search of something

My background is in jewelry design so my journey lead me to Marrakech. There I decided to search for artisanally made products. I wanted  to create a platform for artists to sell their products in New York. Instead, I stumbled upon an oil I never heard of before. I had always refused to use oils on my face because in the past I suffered from terrible breakouts but this oil left my face smooth and moisturized. It wasn’t well known in the America so I bought as many bottles as could to take back home. I also purchased the same oil, apparently used for cooking.  I had wandered upon a little shop off the beaten path that sold everything from medicinal herbs and spices to beauty products. The shopkeeper told me it was like olive oil.

Argan oil changed my life

Back in New York I was about to make dinner when I realized that I didn’t have anything to sauté my freshly chopped onions and garlic. Then I remembered that small bottle of oil still in my suitcase! Desperate, I pulled it out and poured it into my cast iron skillet. I thought to myself what is this again? When I tasted the  delicious nutty flavor with a hint of smokiness I had to look at the bottle to recall its name- argan oil.  It was like nothing I had ever tasted before so later that night I began researching it . I was astounded by all of the health benefits associated with culinary argan oil. Why hadn’t I never heard of this oil before? I knew at that moment, this was my reason for going to Morocco.

I had been longing for something new in my life. Far away from my jewelry background, it was time to create a different path for myself. Argan oil unexpectedly discovered me and I’m so thankful that it did. It’s  been responsible for changing my life in such a profound way. It has become part of who I am. Every time I inhale the nutty  aroma of this golden elixir I think of Morocco, where my journey is only  just beginning.