December 24, 2014

Moroccan Hammam - Natural Beauty Care

Not everyone has the time to jet off to Marrakech. I get that, so let me bring Marrakech to you! With Moroccan Hammam, you can transform your bathroom into an exotic sanctuary that is luxurious enough to rival the best of spas. This is because Moroccan Hammam isn’t just a line of products: it's an experience. They blend the invigorating ritual of traditional Moroccan hammams with 100% natural, organic products that are straight from the source: Morocco itself. Moroccan Hammam keep things pure and simple, free of any harmful chemicals and dyes, because that's the way nature intended.

I was given the chance to try the Moroccan Hammam kit that will help you recreate the traditional hammam experience at home! The kit contains four Moroccan Hammam products that I could not all try properly because of topical steroid withdrawal, but I am at least able to give you a first impression.

The first and essential step of the Moroccan hammam ritual is the famous black soap ($33 for 180mL) known for his extraordinary gentle exfoliation, thanks to its concoction of organic soil, olive pits, hash, olive oil and salt. Unlike traditional soap, the black soap has a toffy-like texture in the jar and doesn't really foam. For a proper Moroccan Hammam experience, the soap should be rubbed between your hands until it turns white, and then applied by massaging evenly the moist skin during a bath or a hot shower. Let the product on the skin for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse. The skin is rejuvenated and becoming soft and silky after a single use and gives incredible results after several uses.

The kessa glove ($17), made of granular tissue indispensable for a deep skin scrub for purification and blood circulation activation, is best used following the black soap, and is suitable for the whole body, except the face. It is recommended to thoroughly rinse the kessa glove with hot water before  rubbing vigorously the body to get rid of all impurities and dead skin cells, however, I found it gentle enough to use dry, and on dry skin, before showering or bathing - it left my sensitive skin incredibly soft and smooth! 

The rassoul ($33 for 180mL) is a natural mineral clay rich in nutrients such as silica, magnesium, iron, potassium, and sodium, and its high mineral content makes it an ideal toning treatment for the whole body. Instead of repelling the dirt, it absorbs impurities, making it an ideal treatment for sensitive and allergic skin. It claims to be suitable even for dyed hair, although I have heard horror stories about it stripping the hair color so I personally would not try it, but apparently it makes your hair incredibly shiny. The rassoul has a super strong but pleasant eucalyptus scent and its texture is a bit like mud. After the exfoliation with the black soap and the kessa glove scrubbing, apply a thin layer of rassoul on the whole body still wet. Relax and let dry about 10 to 15 minutes. When the clay dries, you will feel the absorption on the skin and will see the color of the rassoul becoming paler. Finish by rinsing thoroughly with water.

Used at the traditional hammam for generations, the application of argan oil ($14 for 70mL) is the reward following the black soap treatment, the scrubbing with the kessa glove and the rassoul exfoliation. The Moroccan Hammam 100% organic argan oil will provide you hydration and protection against external aggressions. It has restorative, nutritional, and invigorating qualities. I was very excited to use pure argan oil on my hair for the first time, and I was blown away by the results - amazing shine and silky softness! I have to be careful not to use a full pump though since it will leave my hair greasy. I can't wait to be able to use it on my skin!

The Moroccan Hammam kit is available on the Moroccan Hammam website for $99 (currently on sale for $43)

Disclaimer: One or more products were sent to me for consideration to review. I am not affiliated with this company and the fact that the products were free absolutely does not influence my opinion.

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