Moroccan beauty secrets

On my recent trip to Marrakech, I couldn’t resist sampling
the beauty scene (all for blogging, of course).
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:

Argan Oil  

Argan oil from Marrakech
Argan Oil
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
here.

Black soap

A tub of black soap from Marrakech
Black soap
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.

Solid perfume  

Solid perfumes of rose, musk and amber from the Moroccan souks
Solid perfume

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 ones I bought were:  
Jasmine – described as the Moroccan Chanel no.5 by the shop
owner.  Though 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 I’ll blog about
separately.  
  
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