tried & tested: Moroccan Natural
After a couple of years of trying to grow my hair out. Well, that’s a lie. I’ve been trying to grow my hair ever since I first chopped it all off when I was 16. You see … I wasn’t blessed with perfect hair that looks fabulous, bouncy, sexy or anything that remotely resembles like I’ve just walked out of a salon. I must confess that I don’t even own a hairdryer. Very rarely do I spend any time on my hair in the morning. I was a simple tie it back in a ponytail kind of girl. I say “was” because I recently reverted back to my teenage ways, and got it all chopped off. Really short. I was hoping to grow out the years of colour-abuse to my hair, so that I could miraculously achieve that beautiful long hair that girls are “supposed to have”. That was until I saw some recent pics of me looking frightfully daggy with long hair, so I immediately booked in to see my oh-so-lovely hairdresser to chop it all off.
Over the years I’ve had many conversations with George (my hairdresser) about natural versus conventional shampoos and conditioners. Personally I prefer natural and it would most certainly show when I went to see him, as my bleached hair would be split and in not-so-good condition. His thoughts were “natural works really well on natural hair, but with hair that has been colored, dyed, bleached and abused etc, then you need the non-natural products to help keep it in good-looking condition.” Ok, so those weren’t his exact words. Obviously he was a lot more technical and elegant in the way he said it, but you get my point. I must say that I do agree with him. I challenge anyone to use a completely 100% natural shampoo on bleached hair and for it to bounce, shine or glisten. In fact, I challenge anyone to find a completely 100% natural shampoo. I have been searching for over a decade and whilst most natural and organic brands have good shampoo and conditioners that are made from “naturally derived” ingredients, if you know anything about chemistry, naturally derived does not mean natural. Naturally derived means that the natural ingredient undergoes processes in a laboratory that completely changes the molecular structure. Translation: the end result is not a natural ingredient. Sure, it may not be harmful or detrimental to health, but it certainly isn’t something that naturally occurs in nature.
So, imagine the jumps of joy when I am introduced to Moroccan Natural’s Hair Care range that is 100% natural. Could it be true? After a brief meeting with Moroccan Natural founder, Carole Fraser – who I can’t wait to introduce you to next month with a MEET THE MAKER interview, as she is truly fabulous! – I was oh so generously gifted not only the hair care products but a collection of products from the Moroccan Natural range. You can imagine my excitement.
What I tried
African Liquid Black Soap
Organic Argan Hair Treatment
Organic Argan Body Oil
Rhassoul Wonder Bar
Organic Argan Oil
Organic Argan Rose Serum
Yep, I tried it ALL.
As soon as I had an opportunity to give it the time it deserved I did a deep dive in to the beautiful collection of Moroccan Natural. In the mornings I showered with the African Liquid Black Soap; alternated washing my hair with the African Liquid Black Soap and the Rhassoul Clay 4 days apart; and cleansed my face with the Rhassoul Wonder Bar each morning. I used the Organic Argan Rose Serum in the mornings and the Organic Argan Oil in the evening. I did a weekly mask with the Rhassoul Clay and my skin literally drunk up the Organic Argan Body Oil leaving my limbs soft and smooth all day long. And would you believe it, I have been spending a minute in the morning applying a little of the Organic Argan Hair Treatment to style my new do.
What I particularly love about the Moroccan Natural range:
If I had to choose just one product then the African Liquid Black Soap would be my pick. It is amazing, incredible and unbelievable all rolled in to one. This stuff really works. For starters it is 100% natural and wildcrafted. The full ingredient list is: Water + Cocoa Pod + Coconut Oil. Nothing else. What it does to the hair is really something to get excited about. Everything I’ve always hoped for in a natural shampoo and conditioner and more so. I urge you to try this product*. It’s seriously that good. I even shock myself as I type these words, but I now have “good hair days” with beautiful bouncy hair that looks like I’ve just walked out of a salon. 😉 All thanks to Moroccan Natural. Oh, and did I mention that this product also supports local Africans as it is a natural formula sourced from villagers who have been producing it long before the advent of chemically based substitutes. I could literally write a book on the amazing-ness of this product.
* please note that I have virgin hair (i.e. not colour treated). Moroccan Natural African Liquid Black Soap works AMAZING on virgin hair, but not as amazing on colour-treated hair. Understandably.
The other products I particularly love are:
Rhassoul Clay – a beautiful face mask that left my skin looking clean, clear, smooth and calm. I will definitely be using this again. Also doubles as another amazing hair care product. Doesn’t leave your hair as bouncy or fluffy as the African Liquid Black Soap. But, it is ideal for cleaning your hair when you want to style it afterwards. I love it for when I am heading out and want a more edgy “styled” look to my hair.
Organic Argan Rose Serum – what more to say other than hypnotic beauty in a bottle. Contains argan oil + rose geranium oil + rose oil and nothing more. Helps to nourish and replenish skin that has been damaged by environmental pollution, sun, wind and toxins. Also helps to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I particularly loved using this in the mornings as the scent is heavenly.
Rhassoul Wonder Bar – this product certainly lives up to its name “wonder”. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever think that I would wash my face with soap. But I did and I now have to eat my words, as it works beautifully in the morning as an all over face and body cleanser to help promote soft smooth and clean skin.
Organic Argan Oil, Organic Argan Hair Treatment and Organic Argan Body Oil – three beauty cabinet essentials. Argan oil is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, and is believed to contain twice as much vitamin E as olive oil. It is said to contain saponins, which helps to soften the skin and restore the skin’s water lipid layer, thereby minimizing wrinkles. It can also be used to ease cases of acne and eczema helping the skin to maintain a youthful, glowing appearance. Argan oil is easily absorbed in to the skin and helps to reduce skin irritation. It also helps to repair brittle damaged hair and stops hair from frizzing. Yes, please to all of the above!
As you can most likely tell, I genuinely loved ALL the products. Seriously. Wholeheartedly. So much so that I have just ordered boxes of Moroccan Natural to make it available for all my fellow Aussies here at the Be Naturallyou Shop