The Kingdom of Morocco is a country on the northwestern tip of Africa. I had the privilege to explore Marrakech for a week, the City of Red and one influenced by its French colonial times and a unique mix of Arabic, Berber, European and African cultures.
Just about 350 kilometers away from the city of Marrakech is Tinghir, the foothills of the Atlas mountain range and an enclave of beauty secrets of the Moroccan people. Rich in natural ingredients native to their country, my journey from Tinghir to the Sahara saw me some of Morocco's best ingredients.
Argan oil is derived from first picking the fruits of the Argan trees native to Morocco and drying them in the sun. The nut is extracted from the fruit and hand-cracked with stones and pressed by a rotary press stone.
Argan Oil is rich in Vitamin A and E and antioxidants. The oil is an amazing moisturizer, absorbed quickly by the skin and will not clog pores. It’s moisturizing properties work very well on damaged or coloured hair, reducing frizz and making it look luxurious and soft.
Nestled between the Atlas mountain range and the Sahara desert is Rose Valley, a treasure cove of where the Damask rose grows wild.
Roses are picked and sent to cooperatives to be extracted to rose oil and water.
Rose extract oils and water are known for their anti-inflammatory, regenerative and aromatherapy qualities.
REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash 200ml4.8 Stars 10 Reviews
Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil 30ml
Just about 10 hours drive away from the city of Marrakech is Merzouga, the gate to the Sahara Desert.
Closing to the Algerian border and casted by the shadows of the Atlas Mountain range, the region is arid and lacking in moisture. Locally known as “Su’bar”, meaning enduring; the cactus plant has an amazing ability to store and retain water and is known locally for its medicinal and cosmetic properties.
Inspired by the secrets of the Saharan Desert, Huxley is a Korean cult beauty brand where its products are based off the Sahara prickly pear cactus seed oil extract that the women of Morocco used to replenish their skin’s moisture.
In the Sahara where it is absolutely dry, with harsh sandy winds, hot in the day and dropping to low temperatures at night, I found my skin screaming for help after a day in the desert.