If you've ever visited the magical, faraway land of Morocco then I don't need to tell you how wonderful it is. If you haven't then you must plan a trip immediately.
There's something to be said for the rows and rows of dried herbs, spices and flowers stacked high at the souks. For less than $10 you could easily walk away with several organza bags and plastic bottles filled with beautiful petals and exotic oils.
There is divine beauty amongst Moroccan women, often concealed behind a veil or scarf. Discover some of the nation's favorite ingredients and traditions.
For Moroccans, the hammam experience is a way of life - a regular social occurrence that has a genesis in traditional Islamic cleansing ablutions. This cleansing and bathing ritual leaves you feel fresh and beautiful from head-to-toe.
It starts with a super-hot steam room, to open and clear pores; a smothering of olive-oil based black soap follows by an allover scrub with a traditional kessa glove to remove dead skin. To finish, a huge splash of cold water.
Recreate the experience at home with Red Flower's Hammam Travel set, which contains the Moroccan Mint Tea Silt Purifier.
Moroccan mint tea
Moroccan mint tea, which may also be referred to as Tuareg tea, is the signature tea in North African culture. It's jam-packed with beauty-full benefits, such as antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe redness, irritations or burns. This type of tea, which I tried myself in the middle of the dessert while taking a break from a camel ride, can also boost fat metabolism - so drink up!
Consider cleansing, refreshing and detoxifying your skin with Red Flower's Moroccan Mint Tea Silt Purifier, a blend of white sage, peppermint, spearmint and gunpowder green tea in a body wash inspired by the traditional beverage. It will encourage the natural elimination of daily grime and impurities by stimulating the sweat glands, reduce inflammations, relieve muscle pains and calm the nerves. Oh and it leaves skin super soft!
Rhassoul and green clay
Clays get their star for drawing out impurities but the reality is they do so much more, and Moroccans know it.
Rhassoul is derived from the Arabic word "rassala," which means "washing." Mined in the Atlas mountains of Morocco, this mineral-rich clay will perfect the skin and scalp, clearing your complexion and leaving you with supreme brightness. Try Skin Authority's Deep Detox Ritual Mask to combat daily exposure to thousands of pollutants and toxins that slowly accumulate in the skin, polishing and purifying it to perfection.
Green clay is also useful for clearing congestion. It minimizes pores and exfoliates skin, over time removing imperfections. Reach for Decléor's Clay and Herbal Mask to reap the benefits. This cocktail of green clay and herbal and plant extract will deep clean the skin without drying it out.
One of the many wonders of Morocco, argan oil is used for dipping bread or drizzling onto couscous an pasta but it's also touted for its transformative skin and hair benefits.
Beautiful Moroccan women purchase it in bulk and apply it as a nourishing treatment to hair, or smooth into the skin post-wash. Add a few drops of Russel Organics' Argan oil to your body moisturizer to make it work extra hard. It will help with stretch marks and keep your skin strong and satin soft. It also promoted healthy hair growth.
Moroccan rose oil
Moroccan roses are perhaps the jewel of Morocco's botanical crown. The exquisite petals are usually distilled into Moroccan rose oil - otherwise known as the queen of oils. It delivers remedial properties and if it's not already part of your beauty routine - it should be.
It takes tens of thousands of rose blossoms, which are picked as they unfold around sunrise, to yield just 1 ounce of rose essential oil. It's suitable for all skin types, high in emollient, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent benefits. It can refine skin texture, seriously moisturize skin, help with acne and calm the nerves. The best part? A little goes a long way.
REN has an entire line dedicated to this wonder ingredient, having recognizes its abilities to soothe and relieve aliments, regenerate tissue and impart a remarkable glow.