A family-run business that was established in 2009, Zakia’s Morocco is not only a high-quality makeup and beauty product brand, but it’s also a company that empowers women and helps to preserve the environment. Products are organic, using the finest natural Moroccan ingredients. There’s a wide selection of argan oil items for the skin and hair, including a spicily scented moisturising oil that was developed especially with men in mind. There are handmade soaps, including the famous Moroccan black soap, face masks made with Ghassoul clay (clay sourced from the Atlas Mountains), shea butter moisturisers, facial sprays with lavender, rose water, and orange blossom water, and more. The gift sets make the perfect surprise for a loved one, or treat yourself.
Based in Morocco’s economic capital and the country’s largest city, Casablanca, BayaFlore has a range of luxurious and organic skincare and hair products. The company creates everything you need for a cleansing hammam, including black soap, Ghassoul clay, and quality argan oil. Using an exclusive formula, there are several products aimed at making skin look more youthful and energised. Aside for making your skin glow, their products smell divine too.
Henné Sahara Tazarine
Based in Marrakesh, Henné Sahara Tazarine is a top local brand for henna supplies. Henna plays an important role in Moroccan customs, especially related to weddings and other celebrations. Increasingly popular around the world for its aesthetic value, the brand manufactures and markets 100% natural and pure Moroccan henna. There’s henna powder for creating beautiful temporary designs on the skin, as well as powder to give your hair shine, vitality, strength, thickness, and colour.
Based in Agadir, Prime Aya is a family-run Moroccan company that specialises in organic argan oil and other natural beauty products. Established in 2014, it’s now one of the nation’s leading producers and exporters of argan oil. Prices are reasonable and the company operates using fair-trade principles. Other popular items for the skin and hair include Barbary fig oil products and prickly pear oil.
Did you know that the name Chahva means beautiful in the Berber language? Chahva’s products are designed to make every woman feel and look attractive. The brand is owned by the Casablanca-based Biorganics Campany. The natural and healthy products are not tested on animals and they do not contain silicone, artificial scents or colours, or other chemical ingredients. Many products are based around 100% pure argan oil, with moisturisers for the face and body, tanning oil, nail oil, hair treatments, and others. The brand also has prickly pear oil and black soap among its collection.
Heritage Berbere, based in Marrakesh, is a fantastic brand for anyone who likes to smell great. Specialising in fragrances, the nature-inspired perfumes aim to bring out the experience of the city’s vibrant souks. Great care and attention to detail goes into the long manufacturing process to ensure that buyers get the very best quality fragrances. French technology is used when making the deliciously aromatic products and whether fruity, floral, musky, or spicy, you’ll find the perfect fragrance to suit you here. There are perfumes for both men and women, as well as gorgeous sprays for the home and scented candles.
Another Moroccan brand based in the southern seaside area of Agadir, the family-run Fatima’s Garden is rather unique. Not only are the founders huge fans of beauty products and products beneficial for the body, but the family is also made up of scientists, specifically pharmacists and biologists. The brand seeks to promote women’s cooperatives that are responsible for the production of argan oil and also to adhere to high standards to ensure that the quality of local oils on the market is improved. There is a strong emphasis on sustainability too, and a desire to be able to grow to meet increasing demand. Specialising in organic oils, products are safe for use during pregnancy and suitable for use on babies and children, they are vegan friendly and not tested on animals, and the oils are free from GMOs and chemical additives. Packaging is biodegradable or reusable. Popular products include black soap, solid argan soap, cosmetic argan oil, anti-aging cream, and prickly pear oil. The brand also has argan oil for culinary use and jars of the argan-based food dip, amlou.
Bahia Cosmetics was founded by a Moroccan lady who has long valued the use of argan oil and traditional Moroccan products in her own day-to-day beauty and skincare practices. Indeed, the founder’s grandparents were Berber argan tree farmers. Products are packaged using recyclable materials, and Bahia uses ethically sourced ingredients from Moroccan women’s collectives. Staples include: argan oil, black soap, prickly pear seed oil, Ghassoul clay, and rose water. If you’re new to Moroccan treatments, the face sample set provides a great introduction.
Based in Agadir, the heart of argan country, Malak Bio is another Moroccan cosmetic brand that makes full use of the area’s much-sought-after ‘liquid gold’. They also have numerous other essential oils too, including fenugreek, garlic, ginger, clove, carrot, and bitter almond. The stylishly packaged G&G range includes anti-aging cream, hair conditioner, shower gel, and shampoo, all of which contain argan oil, as well as rose water and orange flower water. A fairly unique product from this brand is the traditional Berber lipstick and cheek tint of Aker Fassi, a traditional, natural Moroccan product. In powdered form, the vibrant lipstick is widely available throughout the nation’s souks, but rarely sold under a brand label.
Making just one item, henna powder, Sonya Henna is a leading choice for henna powder made from local plants. The henna plants are grown in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, with the leaves then taken to Marrakesh to be dried and ground into powdered form. The powder is available in different quantities, ready to mix into a paste for use on the hair, to create henna skin art, or to cleanse the body.
It’s clear that many Moroccan beauty brands focus on locally produced argan oil for their success. There are plenty more traditional products used within the country, though, with most being available in the souks and small stores that locals use. Look for pots of kohl powder to create the dramatic smoky-eye effect that Moroccan ladies are so famous for, clay pots or powders of the deep-red, traditional Aker Fassi lipstick, homemade soaps, and solid fragrance bars.