Facial / Body Scrub With Cosmetic Argan Oil

January 9th, 2015

 

A luxurious natural exfoliating body scrub that softens and rejuvinates your skin. Combining between the softness features of Cosmetic Bio Argan oil and effectiveness features of micronized bamboo.
This scrub eliminates gently impurities and dead cells which may dull the complexion. This refreshing, moisturizing facial scrub deeply cleans and hydrates your face and body. Leaving it tingling fresh

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Results:
This refreshing, moisturizing facial scrub provides a gentle cleansing for beautiful, radiant skin.
Method:
Apply once or twice a week on damp skin. Gently massage the face while avoiding the lips and the eyes contour, then rinse with warm water. The exfoliating body scrub can be used all over the body.

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For the VIP accompaniment lightly massage with cosmetic argan oil to finish.

The Body Scrub is avilable from Shop Morocco in a 250ml jar

Loyalty Points

January 3rd, 2015

 

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The Gold of Arganeraie

December 27th, 2014

Piedmont Region for Moroccan women

In supporting the Slow Food Foundation’s project, the Piedmont Regional Authority aims to promote a number of women’s cooperatives producing argan oil in the Moroccan provinces of Agadir, Taroudant, Chtouka, Tiznit and Ait Baha. Argan is an endemic shrub which only exists on the southern coast of Morocco, whose berries provide an oil similar to olive oil but with a delicate almond flavor. It has always been a basic part of the cuisine of the Berbers, a nomadic people already present in North Africa before Arab settlement. Appreciating this product and using it through these recipes not only enables us to better value and understand Moroccan culture. It also helps development efforts for a group of women living in a challenging area of this magnificent country. Supporting argan oil and its many uses – from cuisine to cosmetics and natural medicine – has the added benefit of maintaining an ancient, mainly female tradition which has been handed down from mother to daughter through age – old rituals. We hope that the results achieved through our support to date can boost cooperative relations between Piedmont and Morocco and be the basis for greater mutual social and cultural understanding. In contributing to the defense and promotion of local food traditions, this initiative will also be an important factor in developing the economy of the area.

Mercedes Bresso

President of the Piedmont Regional Authority

Argan oil – all the implications of biodiversity

Argan oil, a Presidium since 2002, is one of the first non-European products Slow Food focused its efforts on. As far back as 2001, a producer cooperative received the Slow Food Award for the Defense of Biodiversity, before the oil became the subject of international attention and the number of argan oil producing companies proliferated. It was a far-sighted and perceptive decision to make the award to the argan producers. Not only did it accurately see the social value of their work and the positive effects that could flow to the whole region, but it also recognized the product’s incredible potential. Argan oil has outstanding biochemical properties, which have been comprehensively studied by Professor Zoubida Charrouf, a partner of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity in this project, and the driving force in setting up the first women’s cooperative. These properties make it valuable in cosmetics and a unique ingredient in cooking, as illustrated by the recipes contained in this book. But it is in particular a strong symbol of identity for the Berber people of Morocco. Ensuring that production is maintained means guaranteeing the survival of traditions, stories and practices that unquestionably benefit the rich heritage and cultural plurality of the country. Furthermore, protecting the argan forest is the only way of maintaining a natural barrier that is adapted to the environment and an economic asset, to oppose the steadily encroaching desert. It is disturbing to see small sand dunes taking over from aquifers which have dried out due to bores being drilled for irrigation in areas deforested to make way for glasshouses containing citrus fruit, bananas and vegetables. The artisan production of oil also allows groups of women from remote villages to organize themselves into groups, access world markets and see their work fairly rewarded. Ensuring fair remuneration is a key aspect of this project, promoted by Slow Food and its partners and funded by the Piedmont Regional Authority. The Presidium aims to produce high-quality oil which meets proper food hygiene standards, will not deteriorate and is the result of a production chain controlled at all stages—from harvesting to pressing and pay for the women—in opposition to various attempts at adulteration and imitation. Argan is now in the international spotlight, demand is increasing and the immediate risk of extinction has probably been averted, but efforts have only just begun. The project needs to be supervised and the work of these women encouraged and supported so they are not exploited by unscrupulous operators or pressured to sacrifice quality for quantity. It is a particularly delicate production process, combining a unique tree, the argan, with uniquely valuable environmental features. It would be unforgivable to think of it just as a resource to exploit and not as part of a system which must be preserved.
Piero Sardo

President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity

 

The Ibn Al Baytar association

The Ibn Al Baytar association for the promotion of medicinal plants was created through the efforts of Zoubida Charrouf, Lecturer in Chemistry at the Chemical Laboratory for Plants and Organic and Biorganic Synthesis at the Faculty of Science of Mohammed V University in Rabat. We asked Madame Charrouf to tell us about the creation and objectives of the association she founded and is President of, and to describe the characteristics of argan.
The name of the Ibn Al Baytar association derives from one of the most illustrious botanists of the 13th century: he was the first scholar in history to write a monograph on the argan tree and its oil. The organization’s objectives and priorities are: – to promote and conserve Moroccan medicinal plants; – to set up projects for medicinal plants; – to promote the integration and development of rural women; – make people aware of the need to conserve plants at risk of extinction. In addition to research activity, the Rabat University Faculty of Science and the Ibn Al Baytar association set up the network of the first cooperatives producing argan oil. This initiative was proposed so the scientific research could be followed with work to help the sociocultural development of the women producing argan oil. This was achieved by creating cooperatives of women with different origins, social and cultural backgrounds, but sharing the same geographical area and a connection
with the argan forest. Initial work focused on creating awareness, providing information and educating people about the value of the natural heritage argan forest and the need to defend it. It was necessary to teach them how to organize artisan production of argan oil, to commercialize the product, improve its use and consider the effects on members of the cooperative. Carrying out this work involved the association in other activities which brought about improvements in the lives of these women, their families and their villages. The collaborative venture with Slow Food and subsequently, with the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, consolidated the process. The project started in 2001, when I presented the Amal Cooperative project (Tamanar, province of Essaouira) and it won the Slow Food Award for the Defense of Biodiversity. From that moment on, with the creation of the Argan Oil Presidium, there was continual promotional activity, improvements to product quality and social conditions through participation in Slow Food’s main events (Terra Madre, Salone del Gusto, Origines). The opportunity to play an active role in these big events enabled the Presidium to develop, grow and learn. For example, the meeting with Coldiretti, the Italian National Farmers’ Federation, provided valuable advice about ecotourism, and the visits made to the Presidium by Italian experts in extravirgin olive oil, accompanied by staff responsible for the project from the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, were essential in achieving technical and production improvements to the argan oil project.

To sum up, the results achieved by the Ibn Al Baytar association, in collaboration with others involved in the project are: – most of those working on the argan project, including donors of funds, are active participants in the movement; – scientific information has been obtained which enables the propagation and regeneration of the argan tree and the production of quality oil; – a worldwide market with high demand for argan products has been created and the returns for the women producers have improved; – the women producers are coordinated through numerous cooperatives and membership in various groups. Their sociocultural status has significantly improved, enabling them to boost their living conditions and better contribute to the functioning of the cooperatives, the lives of their families and villages, at local and regional level; – a training system has been set up at all levels to provide the necessary skills throughout the production chain; – numerous jobs have been created; – the rate of planting of argan trees has been significantly increased.

 

The argan tree

The argan (Argania spinosa [L.] Skeels) is an endemic tree in Morocco, the second most important one in the country after the holm oak and ahead of the thuja. It can live up to 200 years. The argan forest extends for about 750 000 hectares, enclosed in a triangle between the towns of Essaouira, Agadir and Taroudant. The tree is in the Sapotaceae family and is particularly resistant to the prevailing climatic conditions of drought and heat in this region. It can withstand temperatures ranging from 3°C to 50°C and needs very little rain: in fact it dates back to the Tertiary Age and this has probably enabled it to adapt to very poor soils and harsh conditions. The argan grows spontaneously and abundantly in the arid and semi-arid areas of south-west Morocco, where it plays a vital role in maintaining ecological equilibrium and protecting biodiversity. Furthermore, its strong root system contributes to soil stability, resisting water and wind erosion, two of the main causes of desertification in the region. It is utilized in many different ways and all parts of the tree can be used as a nutritional and economic resource. About 3 million people depend on the argan forest for subsistence, 2.2 million of them small farmers, and it plays a major socioeconomic and environmental role in these geographical areas. The various products obtained from argan account for 20 million working days, with 7.5 million of them being work by women to extract oil. The applicable legislation (Dahir or Decree of March 4, 1925 and regulations governing agricultural practices involving the argan tree of July 20, 1983) make it a state-owned forest with

extensive usage rights for local people, from the right to gather food and wood for domestic use to the right of free passage and access. A victim of its wealth, the argan forest is now in a vulnerable state due to climate change and the development of new agricultural approaches. Exploitation of the land, erosion, the advancing desert, removal of trees (uprooting, felling) and their replacement by intensively cultivated crops are attacking this unique heritage. In less than a century, more than half the forest has disappeared and its average density has fallen from 100 to 30 trees per hectare. However, the importance of protecting the argan forest has not escaped the attention of local and international authorities. Many initiatives have been organized to protect it, develop it and in particular, prevent its further regression, and in 1998 UNESCO and the Moroccan state nominated it as a Biosphere Reserve.
In order to reverse current trends, the Moroccan government, some countries and many NGOs (including the Ibn Al Baytar association) are involved in a study program to examine ecological and economic issues affecting argan and the argan forest.

Argan oil

Argan oil is the main product of the argan tree. It is a food and dietary oil whose many benefits make it a valued substance in traditional medicine. Oil is extracted following ancestral methods kept by native women and handed down from generation to generation over many centuries. A mechanized method has been developed recently which allows production of oil meeting higher hygienic and sanitary standards, with easier working conditions for the women who extract the oil. “Two drops of argan oil will enhance any dish” proudly states Gad Azran, a Casablanca chef of Jewish – Moroccan origin. The precious rare substance is constantly used in Berber cuisine, often served as a condiment with a range of dishes – salads, couscous, tajines, meat and fish recipes and also desserts. It is used instead of olive oil in many recipes: a traditional snack is argan oil with bread, which is not only served at home but also in restaurants and cafes. This “green gold” can also be savored in amlou, a dessert made from roasted almonds and honey. It is inconceivable to cook fish or meat without first soaking or seasoning it with argan oil. Vegetable dips often contain argan oil, which is supposed to be used uncooked but in some Berber recipes is heated. Two tablespoons of the oil with a tablespoon of water allow you to brown onions and prepare a sautéed mixture for a classic tajine. It should not be used to excess: adding moderate amounts allows the full flavors and aromas of the original recipe to emerge. The chemical constitution of argan oil is mainly oleic acid (45%) and linoleic acid (35%). These fatty acids give the oil nutritional and dietary benefits for treating cardiovascular diseases and problems with dry or aging skin. Apart from its high fatty acid content, the oil also has appreciable amounts of biologically active compounds, particularly antioxidants and phytosterols.

Argan possesses a range of medical benefits: – dermatological: it has nutritional and moisturizing properties and stimulates skin regeneration. The oil is also used to treat hair, scalp, dry skin and wrinkles. It is recommended for treating epidermal irritations, eczema, burns, cellulitis and chapped skin; – cardiovascular: clinical tests have shown that taking argan oil lowers the level of blood cholesterol (LDLs) and triglycerides and increases the level of “good” cholesterol
(HDLs). It also prevents arteriosclerosis; – it has additional uses in traditional medicine: argan oil can be used to treat acne in young people, chickenpox, and to soothe rheumatism and joint pain. Due to its deep-rooted association with south-west Morocco, argan oil could gain recognition as a Protected Designation of Origin product in Morocco and worldwide, securing intellectual property rights based on its geographical origins. This recognition would enable argan and the women producing the oil to be protected against any misuse of the name argan, food adulteration and unfair competition. Protection of argan oil within the PDO system would mean: – the name argan oil or argan would exclusively apply to products from south –west Morocco processed using specific methods; – rational organization of the production chain; – recognition and promotion of rural areas where the oil is produced (added value for goods sold, sharing of economic benefits among producers, exports, cooperative organizations etc.); – new prospects for developing tourist activities in this area (tastings, tours, hospitality and food etc).

The argan oil Presidium was created in 2002. Since then a number of activities have been developed through the efforts of Zoubida Charrouf, local producers and the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. The cooperatives have been visited by various Italian oil producers and tasters: Franco Boeri (producer of Ligurian extravirgin olive oil), Giuseppe Matticari (owner of the company Organic Oils), Mario Renna (technical expert in oil products), Diego Soracco (editor of the guides to extravirgin oil published by Slow Food Editore). This exchange of knowledge has enabled the Presidium to make significant progress in improving product quality and packaging. A draft set of production rules has been drawn up with various objectives: it aims to guarantee product authenticity and quality, safeguard the women’s work, conserve the arganeraie (forest of argan trees), thereby protecting the land from the advancing desert. Between 2002 and 2008 the wholesale price has risen from 15 to 20 per liter and the retail price from €30 to 40 (it takes 50 kilos of berries and 20 hours of work to produce half a liter of oil). But economic data are not the most significant aspect of the project. What has really changed in recent years is the social role of the cooperatives and the women. Harvesting the berries, breaking the shells and extracting the oil are above all an opportunity for social interaction: the women get together, attend courses, learn to read and write. They make bread and craft products together. Some Presidium coordinators have begun to travel, presenting the product in Paris, Monaco, Montpellier, Bilbao, Turin, and Caltanissetta, meeting distributors, restaurateurs and other producers. The Presidium now communicates with numerous institutions, such as universities, chambers of commerce and ministries. The international press has written articles about their situation and photographers, journalists, TV crew, university students and tourists have come to Morocco to visit the cooperatives and learn more. With the help of two projects funded by the Piedmont Regional Authority between 2005 and 2008, technical experts have been sent to improve the production process and training courses have been organized for the women. As part of the project, the Piedmont section of the Italian Federation of Farmers is helping the Moroccan women to develop agritourism ventures and sustainable tourism: Pierangelo Cena, President of Terranostra Torino (an association for agritourism, the environment and land) visited Morocco to analyze the local possibilities and representatives of the Presidium had work experience and training at Piedmontese agritourism operations. In recent years the argan oil Presidium has been the subject of several degree theses, articles, film documentaries, features, and not least, this cookbook. All these activities have been made possible thanks to significant financial, professional and voluntary support, coordinated by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.

 

Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity

Slow Food has created the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity to organize and fund projects that defend our world’s agricultural biodiversity. The Foundation works to promote sustainable agriculture that respects the environment, the cultural identity of local people, and promotes animal well-being. The Foundation believes in the rights of single communities to determine what they will cultivate, produce, and eat. Founded in 2003 with the support of the Region of Tuscany, the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity organizes and funds projects that defend our world’s heritage of agricultural biodiversity and gastronomic traditions: the Ark of Taste, the Presidia and the Mercati della Terra. These projects are being developed on all five continents, in over 50 countries (from Switzerland to Guatemala), but the most significant economic contribution occurs in the world’s less-developed nations. The principal project of the Foundation, from an economic and organizational point of view, is that of the Presidia. There are now over 280 presidia in 37 countries, which were created to protect small producers and to preserve the quality of artisanal products. Thanks to the initiatives of Slow Food’s network of members, leaders, researchers, writers, chefs and producers, the Foundation is able to help improve production techniques, come up with new products or new ways to use products and find local and international markets for then. The Foundation’s second important project is the Ark of Taste, the catalogue of quality food products that are at risk of extinction. Through the research of experts from all over the world who are integral to our 18 national commissions, over 700 products in 50 countries have been chosen for the Ark. The Slow Food Foundation also promotes the exchange of information and knowledge between members of different food communities through participation in Terra Madre. Terra Madre is an event held in Turin every two years and is attended by 5,000 producers from 130 countries. The last challenge for the Slow Food Foundation is to reduce the number of intermediaries between producers and distributors, which will lessen the distance food travels from field to table. The Foundation especially favors the development, diffusion and enforcement of the relationships between the farmers’ markets of the world. www.slowfoodfoundation.com

 

The Gold of Arganeraie, 33 Moroccan recipes based on argan oil

By Michela Lenta
In collaboration with Simone Beccaria, Serena Milano, Bianca Minerdo
Edited by Grazia Novellini
Illustrations, layout and design Mauro Olocco
Printed by La Stamperia – Carrù (Cn)
For the help in compiling this book, the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity would like to thank
Suad Aghla, Aisha Ibnou Al Kadi, Touria Laassouli, Gad Azran, Choumicha Acharki, Meryam Cherkaoui, Khaltuma Zitouni.

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Thuya Wood

December 21st, 2014

Thuya the amazingly resolute coniferous tree is indigenous to the Western foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The Latin name for the tree is Tetraclinis Articulata. The local name Thuya, is a Berber word of the original inhabitants of the area. Thuya is an aromatic, exotic wood and gives off an aromatic odour for protection from parasites. This plesent odour tends to stay with the wood for many years. Thuya woods beauty has been recognised since ancient Roman times. Furniture made of Thuya wood has been found in Roman ruins.
The trunk wood is a light brown colour, The unique effect of Thuya wood products is achieved by using the root wood. It’s the outgrowths on the roots that give Thuya wood its unique distinct pattern. The unique blend of this burled grain is exclusive to the region.

 

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The beautifully magnificent appearance of polished Thuya wood, is what really sets it apart from other woods . With its many spectacular eyes, which genuinely shine, thuya is totaly unique in the world of woodcraft. Each piece handcrafted, rubbed by hand for hours. Lemon juice and vegetable oil are polished into the wood revealing Thuya’s natural beauty in the burled grain. makes Thuya an extra special gift. The beauty of Thuya wood complements any décor.
The manufacture of these products are a long-held Moroccan tradition. Great skill is used to create these beautiful gifts. These are traditional skills which have been passed down from generation to generation. And is a tribute to the artisan craftsmen of Morocco.

 

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Top 10 Argan oil Tips

December 14th, 2014

Get the most out of this incredible oil, with Shop Morocco’s top 10 Argan oil tips.

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1. Anti-Aging
The anti-aging effects is best achivedbest when applied and left over night. Simply massage into your face and neck before bed. Argan is a moisturiser and anti-ager all in one. Not only does argan oil act as an effective moisturiser, it will give skin a youthful glow and reduce the visibility of wrinkles. The anti-oxidant effect of Argan oil makes it the ideal anti-aging product. It restores elasticity and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

2. Skin Hydrator
Argan oil is easy to use all over the body, face and neck. Simply apply a few drops onto your skin, using gentle rubbing motions massage the oil till it is absorbed. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is the ideal product to give skin a natural healthy boost. It is absorbed easily, it’s non-greasy and non-irritating, Its a perfect natural skin moisturiser. Use daily as a skin moisturiser to hydrate and soften your skin.

3. Acne
After cleansing and patting dry, apply a few drops of argan oil to the afflicted area. Argan oil ensures that essential moisture and nutrients are introduced to the skin. Rubbing in gently and repeating twice daily can help clear up mild acne as well as balancing oily or dry skin. Many oils and moisturisers can increase the severity of skin conditions such as acne. Argan oil actually soothes the afflicted skin and promotes healing. Containing anti-oxidants which help to heal damaged skin cells and reduce inflammation.

4. Protection and healing
Use Argan oil as a protector, best used as a preventive for dry or sore skin, but it can also be used to speed up healing. antioxidants in argan oil are generally beneficial for healing skin which is irritated, cracked, damaged or even burned. Its properties include reducing inflammation, soothing pain and increasing healing rate. Massaging a few drops of argan oil into sore or damaged skin helps to speed up the healing process.

5. Enzema
Eczema can leave skin raw, flaky and itchy Regular use of Argan oil can provide relief and encourage healing. People suffering from enzema can benefit immensely from argan oil. The vitamin E and fatty acids in argan oil are excellent for repairing damaged skin and providing nutrients which will prevent further dryness and irritation. Apply a small amount of oil directly to afflicted skin and massage gently, The ingredients in Argan oil soothe and repair the skin.

6. Hair Conditioner
Using argan oil to condition your hair is extremely easy. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair. For best results leave on Overnight. Massage well into your hair, ends and scalp, a generous amount of argan oil. Wrap your hair and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash your hair and you’ll have luminous, soft locks.

7. Styling
Argan oil can be used as a styling agent. Due to its ability to tame frizzy hair Argan makes hair more manageable and adds a healthy attractive shine to any hair style. After blow-drying. Rub a few drops of argan oil over your palms and then run your fingers through your hair to create shine and tame frizz.

8. Feet, hands and nails
The softening properties of Argan oil are ideal for brittle nails, dry hands and feet. It both moisturises and softens skin, leaving hands and feet supple and soft and nails strong and healthy. Massage a few drops of argan oil into your cuticles to soften and moisturize . For cracked heels and hard skin on feet, use as an overnight treatment. Massage a genourus amount into your feet and toes. Cover with socks and wake up to soft supple feet.

9. Lip moisturiser
Argan oil is ideal to ensure soft supple lips. Gently Rub a drop or two into dry lips as a balm. Especially effective in cold or dry weather when lips can easily become sore, dry and cracked. Use daily or whenever your lips feel dry.

10. Stretch marks
Argan oil increases the elasticity of skin due to its vitamin E content. Making it the ideal protection against stretch marks and sagging skin associated with pregnancy and birth. Gently massage a few drops of argan oil into the breasts, stomach, bottom and thighs during pregnancy to reduce the likelihood of developing unsightly stretch marks.

 

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Reviews – customer reviews

December 5th, 2014

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 Customer Reviews                                              

I will keep adding to this post as they come in. A big thankyou to all the customers that take the time to send reviews as it’s very much  appreciated.

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I was a little doubtful

I was a little doubtful, kind of on the fence with this product. Mainly because of the price. But I took the risk anyway and bought the big bottle. I have to say it’s been so worth it. I use it every single day, mainly at night, sometimes during the day. I even use it under makeup. It as made my skin really soft and it moisturizes it really well. Malak Bio from Shop Morocco is one of my favorite products. I can’t imagine life without Argan oil. ~ Joan Wilcox ~ USA

 

Exfoliating body scrub

After much hesitation and conflicting advise, A friend put me onto Shop Morocco. They have a superb range of Argan products. The one that caught my eye was the exfoliating body scrub. I placed my order and with great supprise my order arrived within 5 days. So I finally got to try this luxurious natural exfoliating body scrub that softens your skin. It  is nothing less than incredible , the moisturizing facial scrub deeply cleans and hydrates your face and body, leaving a lovely tingling fresh feeling were ever you use it. , I use this in conjunction with cosmetic argan oil. I feel 10 years younger.  ~  Suzy  Gooney ~  FR

 

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I was amazed

I have dry skin that gets extremely dry in the Winter, Cosmetic argan oil has been a lifesaver for me. I use it in the day instead of my regular moisturizer, I put my makeup over top of this and have never had a problem with it being too oily. At night I use Moisturizing Balm With Bio Argan Oil. Both products are by Malax Bio. I was amazed how little you use, you really only need a tiny bit of it for your whole face, I put a few drops on both cheeks, forehead, and my chin, it sinks in to the skin so beautifully and makes your skin look nourished, healthy and refreshed. When I use it under my makeup, I give it a couple of minutes to sink in before applying anything else. ~ Anne Cooper ~ UK

 

My hair is much softer

I have found that argan oil does make my hair much softer and easier to detangle than any other oil. I’ve tried coconut oil, broccoli seed, castor, etc. But nothing compares. To apply I take a drop, rub it between my hands and then smooth the hair past my shoulders down with my hands, then grab my hair as if I’m going to tie a ponytail and distribute the rest of the oil on the underside. I do this when my hair is not completely dry, but still partially damp. I think it works a little better in terms of softness. ~ V Tunny ~  UK

 

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I LOVE IT

After trying every oil type under the sun to soften, detangle and tame my frizyness. I have finally found a winner. This was my last chance. I was fed up and disillusioned. However, I am so glad I decided to purchase this oil. It makes my hair feel like pure silk. I don’t even want to wash my hair because I looks great even after days of wear. I use Malak Bio Argan Oil and use about 10 drops in my long hair. Best hair decision I have ever made! This is an absolute must in my hair care regimen. I use is day and night, I LOVE IT!  ~ Kristi Homes ~ UK

 

Culinary Argan

A friend recommended Malak Bio culinary Argan, after trying it himself. I was amazed by the taste. I will never revert back to olive oil. The antioxidant virtues are really an added bonus for me. Boring salads have become amazing with a very special taste. I love the nutty flavor!, I even take a spoonfull on it’s own every morning. I also ordered the cosmetic version for my skin and hair, and its equally as amazing. My skin has recovered its elasticity and radiance. I’m A Happy customer.  ~ John Lowe ~  USA

Hooked for life.

After using Argan oil for a couple months I could really see a difference in my face, my skin felt smoother, toned and hydrated.  It’s even reduced wrinkles. I also started to put it on my neck and upper chest. Then a friend at work asked me what I was using on my face & neck. Well  I was hooked. She had noticed an improvement in the skin on my face and neck. Now I’m  useing it on my arms & legs aswell. A little goes a long way and I feel cost is fair. I buy Organic cosmetic oil from Shop Morocco. The shipping to the states is a little expensive, but the cost of the oil is very reasonable. Making the overall purchase very competitive. Plus it’s a great product. Guess I’m hooked for life. ~ Jule Dent ~ USA

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Anti Acne

 I have oily, acne prone skin which can be a bit temperamental at times. Hearing so much about Organic Argan oil and how great it is for all skin types including oily skin, I decided as I had nothing to loose, to give it a try. Two weeks into using it, my face started to clear. Argan is a great oil for the under eye area. I love it, I use a very small amount around my whole entire eye area nightly and by morning the skin around my eyes is so soft and hydrated. Argan oil soaks in within minutes of application. You only need a small amount. I have no wrinkles, dark circles, or crows feet, but I do have a few fine lines and since using this oil there has been major improvements. I will continue to use it for preventive measures. The fact that it’s natural and doesn’t cause any irritation around my eyes is a definite plus for me. Argan oil is a great natural alternative to irritating eye and acne creams.       ~ Diane Collins ~ USA

 

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This really is natural shine in a bottle. I use a brand named Malak Bio, a bio argan oil from Shop Morocco. I have use’d it on my fine hair, for several weeks now, mostly a few drops on the dry ends and to give my hair a nice shine. This is such a great alternative for all the chemical serums that are loaded with silicones! I use it both on wet hair (as a leave-in conditioner) and dry hair (as a finishing/smoothing product) and it never makes my hair too oily. I Love love, really love it.                  ~ Sally Jones~ UK

 

 

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Now my hair is in great shape.

 There are lots of oils that are great for hair, but without doubt pure argan is a great option for dry hair ends as it is fairly light yet very effective. More important for me it’s 100% natural. I use it overnight on my ends once a week, you only need the tiniest amount so it’s great value. Just make sure it’s cold pressed if possible and, more importantly, 100% pure; it should smell toasted/nutty. I use a different oil blend on my scalp, again overnight, and remove the lot with a very gentle clarifying shampoo the next morning followed by my usual shampoo and conditioner. My hair looks very shiny, bouncy and split ends are transformed. It’s easy to go overboard so use the smallest amount to start off with. This regime has replaced my weekly Aphogee regime now my hair is in great shape.  ~ Ivonne Keene ~ USA

 

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 Face mask

I made my own face mask, after reading a little on the internet. As a base I used Greek style yogurt, about 4 teaspoons, 2 teaspoons of honey and several drops of Cosmetic Argan. The quantity of argan depends on the person and I suppose the pocket. I used about 6 drops. Mix well and apply to a clean dry face. leave  on for at least 10 – 15 minutes, then wash of with warm water. It always leaves me feeling fresh and rejuvenated and my skin silky soft. Argan oil is definately the best natural hydrating toner out there.                            ~ Jenny ~ FR

 

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 It is delicious drizzled on a salad

Culinary Argan oil has a beautiful amber color and a smell similar to roasted peanuts. The flavor is unique to argan oil, nutty and complex. It can be used as a cooking oil if the tempreture is kept low, but is best reserved as a flavoring oil. It is delicious drizzled on a salad, with couscous, or on a pizza for, Used similar to the way sesame oil or fine olive oil is used. It also works very well with sweets, as in amlou (a delisious blend of argan oil, honey, and almonds). Culinary oil can also be used on the body. Just a few drops of argan oil conditions the skin, nails, cuticles, or hair, and it doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy.                                                       ~ Caroline Batsford ~ UK

 

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It keeps me looking young and beautiful

100% Pure Argan Oil is legendary. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. It’s grown organically in Morocco and is 100% natural. Argan Oil can be used with many benifits including hydrating and nourishing skin. I use daily as a moisturizer and skin treatment, On my hair treating spilt ends, and my hands and feet softening cuticles. It’s gentle enough to use on all skin types and is believed to help with skin conditions including acne. Argan Oil easily absorbs into skin to give you a youthful, dewy glow. Argan oil has astonishing healing, conditioning, and antiaging properties. Keeping your skin and hair nourished and revitalized. I like to think it keeps me looking young and beautiful from head to foot.              ~ G Derby ~ UK

 

 

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Facial body scrub

Have you tried this yet?  Facial body scrub with cosmetic agan oil” From Shop Morocco, it’s nothing less than fantastic. I bought a 250ml jar which for only €12.50, I felt a real bargain. It’s wonderfull, leaves my skin feeling fresh and radiant. It’s like I have a buzz in my skin for hours afterwards. I would definately recommend it. They say “This scrub eliminates gently impurities and dead cells which may dull the complexion. This refreshing, moisturizing facial scrub deeply cleans and hydrates your face and body.” and I have to totaly agree. ~ Sarah Grey ~ UK

 

Instantly transformed my frizzy mess

Over the years, I’ve pretty much tried every lotion and potion, at times I believed these dry, coarse, frizzy locks of mine were untamable. I cannot believe it has taken me so long to discover Argan oil,  it is truly a miracle hair product. Useing it for the first time it instantly transformed my frizzy mess. My hair dried in a fraction of the time and the straighteners just glided through it, leaving it all soft and swishy, you have to trust me, this has never happend. Don’t be fooled by the hype into thinking that all Argan Oil treatments are the same, they are not. 100% pure organic is the one for me. I would recommend “cosmetic argan by Malak Bio”.  ~ Ingrid McGrady ~ GER

 

Great oil for the under eye area

The brand I use is Malak Bio, from Shop Morocco. I use it not so much for my entire face. But it’s a great oil for the under eye area, I have oily, acne prone skin which can be a bit temperamental at times. I’ve heard and read so much about Argan oil and how it’s great for all skin types including oily skin, so I decided to give it a try. One week into using it, I experienced a couple of breakouts. Not sure if it was from the oil or my occasional hormonal breakouts, so I stopped for a while and returned back to it a few weeks later. The same thing happened again. So I quit using it for my face and started using it for my under eye area. I love it, it’s a great oil , . I use a very small amount around my whole entire eye area nightly and by morning the skin around my eyes are so soft and hydrated. It’s not that oily and soaks in within minutes of application. I’m always sure to use a small amount. I have dark circles (I had) and a few fine lines and since using this oil there has been major improvements. I will continue to use it for preventive measures. The big bonus for me is the fact that it’s pure and natural, It doesn’t cause any irritation around my eyes is a definite plus for me. What a great natural alternative to those irritating eye creams.  ~ Maxine Vensala ~  CA

 

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Slop it on

The hell with a few drops, the trick is to slop it generously on your face, and massage for several minutes. Then leave it overnight. Don’t worry  that it’s oily when you sleep, it’s worth it. When you wake up the next morning your face is immaculate!! Forget make up. You can even skip the concealer.  I wake with my face totally transformed literally overnight from red and super dry and pimply to soft glowing and clear. At first I didn’t like sleeping with it on my face, but you soon get used to it. I have tried and used several brands but now I’m down to two and both are awesome. Aadaguen and Malak both are available from shop Morocco online. The only beauty product I need.   ~ Kari Lovich ~ UK

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My experience with argan oil

I have oily but dehydrated skin, I’m extremely prone to acne with sensitive , clogged pores. That easily get eczema and/or rosaceea. In short I have horrible skin.
I have managed over the last year or so, to keep it fairly clear by diet and simple routine ,but i still felt it needed a little more. So I figured to adjust my routine by adding an oil . A friend suggested Argan, So after many long hours of reading reviews and articles. I decided to give Argan oil a try.
Being wary and a little sceptic, I started a small patch test on neck area. Massaging a few drops of argan oil. I left it on for about 15-20 mins then washed it off with cleanser.
In just a few weeks my neck is wonderfully smooth and I could feel that the argan oil had worked wonders, because at the same time. The untreated area of my neck and jaw line was covered in clogged pores and tiny spots.
Obviously I use it on all my face and neck area now, and I’m so pleased with the results. I love the way my skin now feels. It’s a pity I never found Argan oil earlier.
I would most definitely recommend Argan oil, It’s changed my life.
~ Anne Bauer ~ GER

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I suffer with joint pain

For 2 months I’ve been using this product. It was recommended by a friend who has a simular problem, I suffer with joint pain and artritis in my hands and knee joints. I use cosmetic argan on my surface skin, plus I take a teaspoon full of argan culinary every morning. It took a while to build up to a full spoonful but now I’m used to it I actually  love the taste. 2 months down the line and I feel better, I know this is a long term treatment. But the early results are promising, especially as it’s now winter, and thats when I normally suffer the most. The products I use are by Malak Bio from Shop Morocco. Who I wholeheartedly recommend.                               ~  Stefan  ~  USA

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Argan day cream

Argan Oil day cream from shop Morocco is creamy and full of moisturizing ingredients. This is my favorite cream because it absorbs into my skin without leaving a greasy feeling, it leaves my skin feeling and looking healthy. The fragrance, it’s not too strong or too mild and after a couple of hours, I can still smell it on my skin. I have extremely dry skin and I love that this product is super-moisturizing.     ~  Connie ~  USA

Moroccan Artisan Carpets

November 27th, 2014

 

 

Morocco’s biggest appeal to travelers has to be  Artisan, Although normally reasonable priced, for those gifted with the art of bartering a even better price can be achieved. Amongst Jewellery, ceramics and pottery. One of the most sought after items in Moroccan market is carpets. Which can be seen hanging on nearly every street corner. For those armed with the knowledge of what makes a quality carpet and a basic price range to begin the wheeling and dealing, buying a carpet in Morocco can be a rewarding experience (plus making your living room look astounding).

The local Moroccan women who make the carpets are not often the ones who end up selling them. In some small villages however, where women’s cooperatives exist, the women are involved in pricing and selling process. They might even have set prices, which are what many travelers prefer, especially if they aren’t into bargaining while sipping tea for two or more hours in a crowded medina alleyway. Personally I enjoy the tea and bargaining can be fun. As long as you remember to start at your lowest of lowest price. It’s a lot easier to go up than down. A good rule of thumb is start at half or below the asking price.

If possible, attempt to visit a local artisanal shop or women’s cooperative to have an idea of what prices are fair for different types of carpets. One type of carpet is the heavy woolen type that is available throughout the country. In Rabat, which is one epicenter for these types of carpets, travelers can search the medina – which happens to be one of the most laid-back souk areas in the entire country. These types of carpets are different than others you’ll find elsewhere in Morocco because of their design that holds true to basic Islamic Art patterns. Usually, these carpets have one central motif that works its way to a highly detailed border. Before looking at a carpets central theme, look over its border. If it is detailed, solid, and thick, then the carpet will cost more money than another without the same outer-edge workmanship.

Knowing the different prices for carpets is quite difficult. The rule goes: If a buyer is happy with the price, then it is a fair price to pay. While this thought process is a little different for western travelers who would rather have something fixed, you’ll begin to understand the mentality better after a few days’ experience in various marketplaces. An old antique carpet that is more than 50 years old, for example, will be worth quite a bit of money, especially if it has been taken care of and withstood the tests of time. Other, more modern carpets may appear bright and illustrious, but their colors will fade over time – something that actually adds to the original look and feel of the piece. Knowing the difference between what chemical and natural (or vegetable) dyes will help.

Overall, a carpet can be judged by how many knots it has per square meter (or yard). Excellent carpets that fetch the highest prices might have nearly 350,000 knots in it per square meter (or about 300,000 per square yard). This type of workmanship is hard to find, but can be had if one looks hard enough. If a carpet vendor claims that their carpets have more knots than this, then you know that it is a far-fetched tale. Additionally, outside of the Rabat region, carpets vary in length, design, and craftsmanship. With hundreds (if not thousands) of types available, it will be dependent upon your taste and ability to spot a well-made piece that determines what sort of carpet you’ll bring home. These patterns will include geometrical patterning and not have outlandish repetitions of the same design. These carpets are often called hanbels or kilims. Other carpets, which are thicker and well made, are called zaneefi designs, while a shoedwi is a type of carpet that is usually made up of mostly black and white designs.

At Shop Morocco we have a wide range of Moroccan Carpets

 

Two New Argan Products!

November 23rd, 2014

(1)    “Say goodby to Dry Hair”
This latest oil treatment from Malak Bio. It combines many pure organic and essencial oils. It is organic Argan oil based and has been specially formulated for dry hair. Because of its moisturizing properties it can be used with great results on all hair types.

Composition;
Organic Argan oil
Sesame oil
Corn oil
Olive oil
Aloe vera oil
Prickly pear oil
Rosemary oil
Mint oil
Natural perservative
Vitamin E

Directions for use;
Put a small amount of oil in the palm of your hand. Apply gently to the scxalp to stimulate and help the active ingredients penitrate.
Recommended to wash with shampoo after 1 – 2 hours

(2)   “A Slimming massage oil that works”
Slimming massage oil, stimulates blood circulation, dispels the effects of fatigue and muscle cramps. Is a powerful venous tonic. Lightness of movement of the legs is immediately felt.

Composition;
Organic Argan oil
Sesame oil
Corn oil
Olive oil
Lemon oil
Eucalyptus oil
Rosemary oil
Lavender oil
Natural preservative
Vitamin E

Directions for use;
Massage 2 – 3 times a day useing friction for quick action that lasts long after the massage.

Both oils are available from Shop Morocco, and come  decorativly boxed,  making great gifts.

Anti Aging Cream

October 31st, 2014

Malak Bio Anti Aging Cream

 

Pure Argan oil, when applied to the skin or taken internaly. As been proven to have  both healing and anti-aging properties. Maltak Bio have put together a Anti-Aging Cream Which not only  contains Bio Argan Oil, but also Primrose, Pollen and Macademia. This anti-wrinkle cream, reduces expression lines by virtue of natural royal jelly and honey, and prevents skin aging through Chamomile.
The results speak for themselves, wrinkles and signs of aging are reduced and smoothed. Skin is perfectly nourished, hydrated and protected. Leaving it supple, extremely gentle
Product Rating :
Malak Bio anti aging cream is a cosmetic product for external use on the Face and neck.
Instructions for use :
For best results use daily. Apply in the morning and evening after taking a bath on all zones of face and body especially to very dry and dehydrated skin.

Malak Bio Anti-Aging cream is available through Shop Morocco

How to use Malak Bio, Argan Oil

October 26th, 2014

“How to use Malak Bio, Argan Oil”

For best results, Malak Bio should be gently massaged into the skin, hair, nails and lips as a matter of routine. Argan oil is non greasy and absorbs easily into the skin.
Only a small quantity is needed, about 2-3 drops . Warm the oil in clean hands and gently massage into the required area in an upward and outward circular motion on the skin, fingertips, Take care when applying around the eyes and other sensitive areas.
When left over night, Malak Bio Oil is a fantastic moisturiser and night cream!
Bathe with Malak Bio, for a luxury bath add about 2-5ml of Malak Bio to the bath water before the bath is fully filled to ensure an equal consistency in the water.
For stretch marks, eczema, chicken pox, acne, psoriasis, scars, inflammation, arthritis and joint pain massage more generous amounts into affected areas. One or two times a day.
Malak Bio is extremly effective on dry damaged hair. For dry and damaged hair, or to reduce frizziness and improve the natural shine of your hair. Simply rub a small amount of Argan oil into the hair starting at the roots and massage to the ends. Leave on for about 30 minutes and then shampoo out on either wet or dry hair. For badly damaged or very dry hair, you can leave it on overnight.
Here are some tips and other uses for Argan oil in your daily life.
1. Face Moisturizer – After washing gently massage a few drops of Malak Bio directly onto your face and neck. Malak Bio is not a greasy oil and absorbs quickly into the skin . You can also use it as a serum by applying your night cream after the oil absorbs into the skin.

2. Lip Scrub and Moisturizer – For soft and smooth lips, add a few drops of Malak Bio and vanilla extract to fine brown sugar. Lightly massage into lips using circular motion and rinse off.

3. Rejuvenating Face Mask – Make your own face mask by mixing 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3 teaspoons of Greek-style yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 drops of argan oil in a bowl. Apply on a clean, dry face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

4. Hydrating Toner – Add a few drops of argan oil to Rose or Orange Blossom water to make your own toner. Or add a few drops of Malak Bio to your favorite facial toner to hydrate and tone simultaneously.

5. Healthy Face Glow – Add a few drops of Malak Bio to your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer for a dewy, luminous healthy glow.

6. Leave-on Conditioner – While your hair is still wet, add a few drops of Malak Bio to your hair, ends and scalp to hydrate and moisturize. It’s especially nourishing for dry hair.

7. Hair Styling Shine – When your hair is dry, use as a styling product by adding a few drops of Malak Bio to the palms of your hand. Rub your hands together and run your fingers through your hair to create shine.

8. Overnight Hair Treatment – Massage a generous amount of Malak Bio into your hair, and scalp. Then wrap your hair and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash your hair and you’ll have luminous, soft nourished locks.

9. Cuticle and Heel Softener – Massage a few drops of Malak Bio into your cuticles to soften, moisturize and encourage nail growth. To nourish cracked heels, work a good amount of argan oil into your feet and toes. Cover with socks and leave overnight.

10. Body and Bath Oil – Add a few drops of Malak Bio directly into the bath or body lotion. It’s safe to use on a baby and also helps to minimize stretch marks on a pregnant belly too.