The North African country of Morocco is a great place to find a wide range of organic skincare products from perfumed oils to cosmetics and skin treatments. Visitors to the country will be intrigued by the many unusual products and exotic smells that are derived naturally from mother earth and sometimes still handmade. Listed below are some of Morocco's most popular beauty products that have been used for centuries.
Native to Morocco is the world renowned Argan oil that is used not only in skincare but also for hair. In its purest form, argan oil has been the number one organic product that has been used for generations by the Moroccan people to moisturise, nourish and protect their skin from the extreme desert like conditions, especially during the summer months. Argan oil is packed full of nutritious natural elements including a high level of vitamin E that is commonly used in many beauty products because of its skin benefits.
Prickly Pear Oil
Prickly pear seed oil is a relatively new product on the market to the western world but the Moroccan people have also been using this for generations. It is set to rival even argan oil due to its greater potency of beneficial fatty acids and high level of vitamin E. Prickly pear oil is already big in the United States and France, so we can probably be sure that it won't be long before we see this and beauty products that contain it filling our shelves in the near future.
Rose Oil and Rose Water
Rose petals from the Moroccan Rose are used widely in fragrances and other hair and skin care products. Rose oil is considered an essential oil that is highly moisturising and packed full of vitamins and minerals. This lightly fragranced oil also contains antioxidant properties.
Rose water is often used in face mists, cleaners and toners as well as hair products. It is produced by steaming the rose petals. The extracted liquid obtained contains small particles of essential oil as well as other beneficial ingredients.
One of the best places to buy rose products is in the village of Kelaat M’gouna in Morocco which means valley of roses. It is homeland to the largest rose production manufacturers in the country, and shops and sellers can be found everywhere. A rose festival is held late springtime each year during harvest time.
Something very interesting you can find in Morocco is solid perfume, a bit like a bar of soap to look at. These highly fragranced blocks are designed to be rubbed directly on the skin. They are an all natural alternative to traditional perfumes and the block will last for ages.
Natural khol is a black powder for the eyes that has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes as well as a cosmetic. It is believed to nourish the eyes and protect from UV rays and in the past was used by the ancient Egyptians to soothe eye infections. As a cosmetic, it is used as an eyeliner and eyeshadow not just by Moroccan people but also in many eastern countries. The product is applied to the eyes using a small stick called a mirwed.
Ghassoul (pronounced rassoul) is an organic clay powder that contains calcium, potassium and magnesium. It is harvested from the beds of the Atlas mountains and used on the skin to absorb excess grease and impurities (a bit like a mud mask) It is mixed with floral water to form the clay mask. Ghassoul is also used on wet hair mixed with water to form a thick paste to help with greasy hair.
Black Soap (Savon Noir)
Black soap or savon noir as it is often labelled, is very popular in Morocco as well as other parts of North Africa. It has been traditionally used in hammams and has moisturising and exfoliating properties. Savon Noir is used to rid the body of dead skin and toxins to leave the skin thoroughly cleansed and moisturised since it is also packed with vitamin E.