Category Archives: TAKE CARE

Moroccan Beauty

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After my trip to Morocco, I wanted to hare some beauty tip inspired by my travel. I’ve come to realise that I use many traditionnal moroccan beauty products in my routine. My friend who lives there ofn brings back products when she comes to visit but all of those can be easily found in France.

+ ARGAN OIL
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A wonderful oil. I use it mixed with my body cream for an ultra rich moisturizer. It is also perfect as an hair mask before our shampoo. I also buy a finer argan oil for the eye contour.

+ HAMMAM
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Unfortunatly I don’t go as often as I would like but I love turkish baths and the scrub that comes with it. It makes me feel so light, relaxed and revitalized. Not to mention, that it makes my skin so soft !

+ BLACK SOAP
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Essential for the hammam, I use it very often in my own mini turkish bath – my bathroom. After a hot bath, I use the black soap all over my body, rinse and give myself a good scrub with a glove. I’m particularly found of the fresh smell, mostly essential oils.

+ RHASSOUL
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Rhassoul is in fact volcanic clay from the Atlas reduced to powder. I make a cleansing mask with it using raw honey (mix half raw honey with half rhassoul) and let it sit for 10 minutes. Very effective and soft for the skin.

+ROSE WATER
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Perfect in the morning, after waking up. It really hydrates and soothed the skin. You dive into a bouquet.
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Aesop

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A beauty interlude, to talk about my favourite skincare brand : aesop. I first learned about the brand thanks to my mom who brought back some products after a trip to Australia 15 years ago. Back then, beauty trends were not about natural products or scents of essential oils that are all the rage right now. I think this really appealed to my mom and of course the very distinctive look of their bottles.
A natural, humble, minimalist luxury.
Since then, the brand has grown, we’ve seen the brand develop into a more precise and unique image and open beautiful shops.
I really admired the work that has benn put into building such powerful brand image, with the bold packaging choice since the beginning, an image that is not all about skincare but evoque a whole aesthetic.
Take their newsletter for example, it talks about everything but their products : an art show in Milan, a scientific discovery in the us, a trendy restaurant in Melbourne or a symphonic concert in Paris. And their shops, each one is unique and a design jewel.

Their range – I’ve only used the skincare product- is large and even if it is quite pricy, the products last forever, you can use a little bit of product at once. The different products mix well together and I love the soft vegetal scent. Of course I would live to own the whole routine but here are my favourites

Cleansing oil with parsley seed : lasts forever
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Primerose mask, very detox
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Tea Tree facial scrub, mix it with you cleanser
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Fabulous face oil, for winter
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But also :

Mandarin hydrating cream, for the summer
Parsely seed serum, very good value

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Take a bath

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There is this small luxury that I indulge in often, it’s taking baths. I love this moment, just for myself, I light some candles, do a face mask or exfoliate, but mostly I try to relax and enjoy the steam. Yes I love really hot baths, the ones that are not so good for your blood flow, but makes you all soft and wrinkle your fingers. But it’s the best thing to warm up after a rainy and windy winter day or after a tiring sport session.
Of course, as you can imagine, I love bath products : oils, salts, foaming baths. I’ve tried different products, I’m quite fond of Primavera‘s bath oils and Hevea‘s bath nectar that my mom got me for Christmas.
But recently, I’ve been using mostly the ‘Liv Tyler Method’ as I call it. Let me explain : I’ve read her interview for Into The Gloss‘s Top Shelf where she describes the baths she takes twice a week, to sweat out the toxins. She mixes Epsom salts and baking soda in a very hot bath. I’ve tried and approved her method and uses every time as a base for my bath. To keep things easy – I hate to pull out the big box of Epsom salts or run to the kitchen to get the baking soda – I prep my bath salts in advance with some essential oils. I store them in an airtight container and use 4/5 tbsp each time.

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A few tips :

Proportions

1 cup of bath salt
1 cup of Epsom salt
1/4 cup of baking soda
5-6 drops of essential oil ( I love this relaxing mix : lavender, ylang ylang and grapefruit)

Mix all the ingredients and store in an airtight container

Where to find the ingredients

I buy all my product on Aroma Zone , but most of those can be found on Amazon or at your local health store. Just be careful to buy good quality essential oils.
Your turn !

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