Hidden in the hills and mountains of Morocco lie traditional Hammam bathhouses where ancient practices have been used for centuries to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin. Most modern skincare advancements cannot compete with the secrets of nature, as Moroccan traditions continue to reveal.
The Cleansing Power of Olives
Long before mainstream soaps and astringents were introduced, Moroccans were using olive oil to cleanse and detoxify the skin. The secret lies in powerful antioxidants that nourish while leaching out toxins at the same time. These nutrients combined with moisturizing fatty acids create a powerful all-in-one cleansing solution.
“Beldi” black soap is a thick, buttery infusion produced with rich olive oils and organic macerated olives. Some of the skin benefits its users enjoy are:
- Intense cleansing and detoxification
- A smoother, more balanced complexion
- Deep moisturizing
- Reduction of blemishes, blackheads, and blocked pores
- Relief from eczema, psoriasis, and acne
- Powerful exfoliation of dead skin cells
It’s important to note that Beldi black soap differs from other African black soaps, which are usually made from dried plantain peels, palm leaves (palm oil) and coco-pod ash. Moroccan black soaps are always based in pure olives and olive oil. What’s more, a traditional Beldi black soap, such as Zakia’s Moroccan Black Soap , will never contain parabens, mineral oil, silicon, fragrances, alcohol, or other additives.
Morocco’s Famous Ghassoul Clay
Found only in Morroco’s Atlas Mountain range, Ghassoul clay is unique in its composition, quality, and purity. Ghassoul is a purely-natural mineral product mostly composed of Stenensite, but it also contains iron, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Once mixed with water, Ghassoul becomes a smooth, silky paste that, after drying on the skin, absorbs surface and pore impurities, toxins, and grease. Even better, Ghassoul only works by absorption; it does not cause any harshness to the hair, skin, or mucus membranes.
When mined and refined properly, a pure Ghassoul clay mask contains 100% Moraccan lava clay from the Atlas Mountains. A good example is Zakia’s Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask Collection, which can be used for hair, face, body, and even very sensitive skin.