On my recent trip to Marrakech, I couldn’t resist sampling the beauty scene (all for blogging, of course). So just for you, I’m sharing the Moroccan beauty secrets I picked up.
From browsing the souks, and exploring the hammams, it struck me that Moroccans are very passionate about skincare and cleanliness. Also, they look to natural sources for their beauty regime. As many scientific tests have proven, mother nature knows best when it comes to skincare.
So here are a few of things that I have bought, and the Moroccan beauty secrets I uncovered:
One of the natural beauty products which originate from Morocco is Argan Oil. Sold at an extortionate
price in the UK, Argan has been hailed a bit of a skin wonder for its anti-ageing properties due to its high vitamin E content. It has been recommended as a moisturiser, hair treatment, heel softener and bath oil.
However, I’m always a little suspect of the versions sold in the UK, as I’m not sure how pure they really are. I bought a bottle from a fantastic little souk in Morocco that specialises in just skincare and spices (very fragrant combo). My humble bottle cost a mere 30 dirhams, which worked out to be around £2.50. Also, it smells very ‘nutty’, a lot more authentic than perfumed versions you get over in the UK.
A traditional staple of Moroccan hammams, black soap is made from Olives and has deep moisturising properties. I’ve tried this in a hamman in Marrakech, and it really did soften my skin (after it was stripped and pummelled beforehand though). The soap cost under £1.
You may have seen something similar in Lush, but this is the real deal. Morocco is known for its
natural fragrances which are sold in small blocks. Simply rubbed on the wrist and neck, these perfumes lightly fragrance your skin without the added alcohol and other ingredients.
The se make lovely gifts, so I’m planning to dish out to my nearest and dearest, and keep some for myself (obviously).
In terms of wearability, I’m already pretty impressed with these little guys, as they have managed to strongly fragrance my handbag, just as I was carrying them through the airport. This is even more impressive given that they were wrapped individually in plastic bags!
I can also vouch for their longevity, as my husband was given a block of musk my bid friends two years ago, and it’s still fragrant to this day.
The solid perfumes I bought were:
Jasmine – described as the Moroccan Chanel no.5 by the shop owner. Without the hefty price tag.
Rose – I couldn’t resist, it’s like an undiluted, untainted version of Paul Smith’s rose.
Amber – a stronger earthier perfume than jasmine or rose.
Musk – a failsafe perfume though its stronger musky fragrance makes it more suited to men.
I also bought some non-beauty items, which you can read about here