Do you ever feel like you have too many unnecessarily complex products and steps in your skincare routine that you want to go back to the basics? I have been feeling a lot like that lately. I was judging The Beauty Shortlist awards last year, and I was getting up to 30 new products sent to me each week. The more products I received, the more I wanted to pare back my skincare routines and go back to pure, unadulterated products. I found myself gravitating towards 100% natural products with minimal ingredient lists. However, it was a challenge to find premium-quality skincare basics. Luckily, my friend Samantha Sargent of Be Naturally You introduced me to a UK-based brand called Moroccan Natural that focuses on sourcing the best natural ingredients, most of them from Morocco.
To be completely honest, I was a little skeptical about it when I first saw their offerings. I’d already tried things like African Black Soap and Rhassoul Clay from other brands, and while I hadn’t minded them, they didn’t wow me. Carole Fraser, the brand founder (who coincidentally happened to be in Kerala when I was there), was confident I’d like them and contacted Samantha to send me samples of some of her products. Below are my reviews of the products she sent me:
African Liquid Black Soap (£10 for 200ml): I’d tried African Black Soap from a number of brands and found it unpleasant to use. They’d all left a film behind on my skin, and as a shampoo, left my hair flat and lifeless. I was very hesitant to try this, but Samantha assured me she wasn’t a fan of it, either, until she used Moroccan Natural’s version. What makes Moroccan Natural’s version so amazing is the quality of its ingredients. It cleanses and foams really well, and I find that it works equally well as a body wash and hair shampoo. It does not leave a film behind and does not cause body breakouts (the way some others did). It doesn’t have much of a smell, and I find it really great for everyday use. It’s a great multitasking product, and it’s super travel-friendly. Very affordable, too. As you can see from the picture, I’ve almost run out of it. Big thumbs up.
Pearl Powder (£25 for 15g): Containing just 100% natural freshwater pearl powder, you can add this ultra-fine white powder to a liquid of your choice (water, milk, honey, argan oil, beaten egg white) to make a mask. Used by ancient queens like Cleopatra and Wu Zetian, it improves collagen production and enhances radiance. This very non-drying mask is one of the best lightening masks I’ve used. It’s great if you have pigmentation issues or if you are looking to get rid of a tan. I have been adding a large pinch of it to all my masks to boost their brightening properties. Carole tells me that it can also be added to smoothies to support skin, bone and eye health.
Rhassoul Clay (£5 for 100g): Rhassoul Clay is one of the best clays for sensitive skin, and it is richer in silica, magnesium, potassium and calcium than other clay forms. This micronised clay powder can be used either as a mask or shampoo. I was amazed by how well it works as a shampoo. All you need to do is just mix it with water until it asssumes the consistency of whipped cream, and massage it on wet hair. It leaves my hair soft and shiny (and not dry and matted, like I thought clay would). It works well as a mask, too, but you’ll need to add a few drops of face oil to it to stop it from becoming too drying.
Organic Argan Hair Treatment (£19.50 for 30ml): Rich in argan, seabuckthorn, rosemary, cedar and lavender oils, this soothes my scalp and makes hair soft, shiny and manageable (and never oily). It’s a thick oil, and you only need a couple of drops per use. I like to apply it to towel-dried hair and let it air dry.
Final Thoughts: Moroccan Natural is a fantastic line of pure, unadulterated products. It’s fantastic for skincare basics. Most products only contain one ingredient, and they perform well. The price point is amazing for the quality, and I can’t wait to try more of their offerings in the future.