Please note: We still think these products are super, but want to let you know that this post was written before EH Canada switched to writing about Canadian products almost exclusively. Zakia’s Morocco is a US brand that does not operate any part of it’s business within Canada.
I recently had the opportunity to try Zakia’s original Moroccan Black Soap as well as their Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask Powder. These products are quite different from the skin cleansers that I typically use at home, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I always love to try things that are out of the ordinary for me, but I was especially drawn to the fact that Zakia boasts “a focus on buying USDA Organic and Ecocert Classified raw materials … natural and traditional methods and treatments.” While these products are not made in Canada, they do ship here and are also available for sale at Kaya Kama Day Spa in Edmonton, Alberta.
Moroccan Black Soap
The Moroccan “Beldi” Black Soap comes in a format that seemed strange to me at first glance. It’s a soft, almost jelly-like product that lathers nicely when you rub it between your wet hands and apply it to your skin.
The product is a non-abrasive exfoliant that gently loosens dead skin cells. They can then be removed easily with the Zakia’s Kessa Exfoliating Glove or even a washcloth. I was pleasantly surprised by just how well the product works, and I love that it doesn’t contain any microbeads!
The biggest surprise while testing the black soap came when I found out that my husband has been using it as well, after commenting one day that the skin on his arm felt softer than usual. I had no idea that he had even tried the product, let alone been using it regularly. Turns out he loves it!
I also found out that he had no idea that it was an exfoliant and had just been using it as body soap without following the instructions… It seems to be working just fine for him regardless.
Ingredients: Potassium Olivate, Aqua, Sodium, Potassium Hydroxide
Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder
I had no idea that I would be trying this product and I was pretty nervous when I found out that it was being sent. I have had some pretty terrible experiences with face masks in the past so they are something that I typically try to avoid. The sensitive skin on my face breaks out particularly easily if I use the wrong products.
When I received the jar the first thing that I did was browse the back for the ingredients list, which is a whopping one item long! Moroccan Lava Clay and nothing more.
Relieved, I moved on to reading the instructions. All you have to do is mix some water into a small amount of powder, apply to your face and/or body and wait for it to dry before rinsing.
The first time that I used it, I put the powder in my palm and added (not enough) water. It clumped up and was a difficult to mix even after adding more water. For my second attempt I added a small amount of water to a little bowl, stirring in dashes of powder with a teaspoon until I got the mixture to a nice consistency. The result was a way smoother paste that spread more evenly and felt a lot nicer to the touch.
I’m not sure if it was related to the improper mixing or if my skin was just getting used to something new, but the first time that I used the mask my skin felt itchy as the product dried. The feeling went away as soon as I began to rinse it off, and was not recurrent with future applications. There was no redness, and no breakouts – and in fact my skin now has a more even tone with less imperfections.
I’ve now tried the mask on my face, arms, back and chest; and my skin is always noticably silkier feeling for days on the areas where it has been applied.
There are so many skin care products on the market that sometimes it’s hard to find the ones that stand out. This is one of those products for me, and I am so excited to have discovered it. It truly gives my skin that spa pampered feeling from home!
Ingredients: Moroccan Lava Clay
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