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August 13, 2011

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We want to always provide valuable and informative advice.  The beauty of the internet allows us to find interesting articles that we think you will appreciate.  A great example is: “Consumer Reports anti-aging cream test – the TIA take”written by Marta Wohrle and found at  It reports on the efficacy or lack there of from many of the new anti-aging creams on the market.  Just look at the ingredients!  We are always surprised to see how much junk is actually put into these products yet the advertising so often suggests purity, naturalness etc.  We implore you to always look at the label .  Suffice it to say this report has  been critical of the results.  This is why we always hold true to the words:  “traditional, pure and Natural”.    Do read the article… and ALWAYS read the ingredients next time you are seeking the magic elixir.  Zakia

“Consumer Reports anti-aging cream test- the TIA take”

The September issue of Consumer Reports has a round up of wrinkle creams that don’t work.  After testing beauty brands that included Aveeno, ROC and L’Oreal, on had 79 people for 12 weeks, CR pronounced them all failures in the anti-aging department with Garnier performing “slightly better than the rest”.  Talk about a frenzied attack on a straw man. You don’t have to test these to know that they don’t work, you just have to look at the ingredients.

Consumer Reports doesn’t say how it went about selecting the products in the test, but what struck me is how similar they are – as well as being uniformly absolutely awful. Some of them are so awful that I hope the testers got danger money. Even the winning Garnier Nutrioniste Ultra Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer ($16) is stuffed full of irritants (like triethanolamine, which is frighteningly high up on the ingredients list, toxins (such as octinoxate, a sunscreen active that should not be used by pregnant women) and fillers (eg the stabilizer, polyacryloyldimethyl taurate).

The CVS contender is so bad, it’s almost funny – CVS Firming Anti-wrinkle Moisturizer ($12) seems to have tried to clone the winning Garnier but perversely left out anything that might remotely make it worth using  –  which is basically a smidge of argan oil.  The only thing that  could remotely be considered an active in the CVS is soy protein. I imagine that CVS considers retinyl palmitate to be a positive, but since it has been linked to cancer in sunscreens, I do not.

One of the more expensive products to be tested by Consumer Reports was Aveeno Active Naturals Ageless Vitality Elasticity Recharging System ($40). Its much-touted botanicals – blackberry leaf and dill, which are, by the way, the only things worth a tout – make a sadly token appearance at very end of the ingredients list.  And its “biomineral concentrate” is just silly – a mix of silicones with zinc and copper powder (not to be confused with copper peptide). There’s a spot of vitamin E, but otherwise this is basically an over-priced sunscreen and one that might give you cancer rather than prevent it. Several of its sunscreen actives are unstable and oxybenzone is a photocarcinogen, it has demonstrated an increase in the production of harmful free radicals and an ability to attack DNA cells; for this reason, it is believed to be a contributing factor in the recent rise of melanoma cases with sunscreen users. Some studies have shown it to behave similarly to the hormone estrogen, suggesting that it may cause breast cancer. It has also been linked to contact eczema.

The most shocking is the pricey Lancome Renergie Double Performance Treatment Anti-Wrinkle Firming ($80). The next time anyone says that my Five Best anti-aging serums are expensive, I am going to close my eyes and think of this. It is the world’s most expensive petroleum jelly – the fourth ingredient after highly sought after water and silicone.  What you are ostensibly paying for is hydroxyproline, a component of collagen – however, the body makes its own and a deficiency only happens if you are deficient in vitamin C (source), and anti-inflammatory butcher’s broom.

For those aren’t already too depressed, the rest of the rest in the Consumer Reports test were: Equate (Walmart) Advanced Firming Anti-Wrinkle Face & Neck Cream ($8), L’Oreal Revitalift Face & Neck Day Cream ($17), ROC Multi-Correction 4-Zone Daily Moisturizer ($19).

 Ingredients in Garnier: Active Ingredients: Ensulizole 1.7%, Octinoxate 7.5%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Myristyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Palmitic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Alumina, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract†, Beeswax, Benzyl Alcohol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Citral, Coperinicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Linalool, Methylparaben, PEG-20 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Retinyl Linoleate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Fragrance.

 Ingredients in CVS: Active Ingredients: Ensulizole (1.7%), Octinoxate (7.5%). Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerine, Myristyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Palmitic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Beeswax, PEG-20 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinyl Palmitate, BHT, Tricaprylin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Myristoyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Fragrance, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate.

Ingredients in Aveeno Revitalizing Day Moisturizer SPF 30:  Active Ingredients:  Avobenzone (3%, Sunscreen), Homosalate (12%, Sunscreen), Octisalate (5%, Sunscreen), Octocrylene (1.7%, Sunscreen), Oxybenzone (3%, Sunscreen). Inactive Ingredients: Water, PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Neoheptanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hexylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Silica, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Maltodextrin, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Bisabolol, Fragrance, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cetearyl Glucoside, Urea Sodium PCA, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylisothiazolinone, Mica, Titanium Dioxide. Biomineral Concentrate:  Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Silica, Zinc, Divinyldimethicone / Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Copper Powder

 Ingredients in Lancome: Water/Aqua, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, PEG-40 Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Hydroxyproline, Zea Mays Kernel Extract/Zea Mays, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Caffeine, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Sorbitan Tristearate, Disodium EDTA, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract/Ruscus Aculeatus, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Soybean Protein/Glycine Soja, Palmitic Acid, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Fragrance/Parfum, Blue 1/CI 42090, Yellow 5/CI 19140, Red 4/CI 14700, B5949/2

Ingredients in L”Oreal: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Myristyl Myristate, Shorea Robusta Seed Butter, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, PEG 100 Stearate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 20 Stearate, Acrylamide Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Acetyl Trifluoromethylphenyl Valylglycine, Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Polycaprolactone, Crithmum Maritimum (Crithmum Maritimum Extract), Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Butylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hexylcinnamal, Limonene, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methlyproprional, Geraniol, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Amyl Cinnamal

Ingredients in ROC: Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (8%), Octisalate (4%), Octocrylene (3%) Inactive Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Ascorbyl Glucoside, Behenyl Alcohol, BHT, Bisabolol (L-Alpha), Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), C30 38 Olefin/Isopropyl Maleate/MA Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Copper Gluconate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolyme, Isononyl Isononanoate, Laureth 23, Laureth 4, Magnesium Aspartate, Methylparaben, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 60, Propylparaben, Retinal, Sodium Hydroxide, Squalane, Steareth 2, Steareth 21, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Water, Zinc Gluconate

Ingredients in Zakia’s Morocco Argan Oil:  Active Ingredients: Argania Spinosa Oil (Argan Oil) 100%!  You will appreciate the difference.


August 10, 2011

We thought we would splurge during the hot summer months.  From today until the end of the month we are offering a 2 for 1 special.  Buy one 100% pure Argan Oil and get a second absolutely FREE.  We know just how important it is to treat your skin with the best products possible.   Argan Oil is great as an after sun moisturizing and hydrating treatment.  It is also great for unmanageable hair especially after all those trips into the water, frequent showers and blow drying.  Fabulous!

We hope you will take advantage of this great offer as it only has a few more weeks to run!

Zakia’s Morocco at Kaya Kama Hammam & Day Spa

April 10, 2011

Zakia’s Morocco Argan Oil Beauty Products is proud to be associated with Kaya Kama Spa and Hammam in Edmonton, Canada. Kaya Kama is a Hammam and Day Retreat, with its team of gifted international spa and massage therapists specialized in a wide range of wellness, rejuvenation and beauty therapies. Their signature treatments draw on the wisdom of Middle Eastern and Indian Ayurveda traditions. At each Kaya Kama Spa, you will find Zakia’s Morocco exclusive range of natural Hammam products such as Zakia’s “Beldi” Black Soap, Atlas Mountain Lava Clay and of course, 100% pure Argan Oil. This compliments their unique Ayurveda products designed as per their guests skin analyses and requirements.

The Kaya Kama team is committed to offering you the finest in holistic treatments within a luxurious spa setting, soothing music, blissful happiness and total relaxation…

If you are visiting Edmonton and need a relaxing spa or Hammam treatment don’t forget to visit Kaya Kama ( You won’t find a friendlier nor more professional establishment.

Of course if you want to experience traditional Hammam products at home you may visit us directly on line at

Happy Pampering….


The ultimate Hammam Spa Treatment

January 24, 2011

For all of you wanting the ultimate Hamman experience then you should try the La Mamounia, in Marrakesh Morocco. This is the quintessential elegance of Morocco and has been the place to go for over 50 years for presidents, celebrities and the like from the world over. But, I digress…lets read what the British Telegraph reporter found on her visit to their luxurious Spa Hammam:

The spa The weary winter traveller to La Mamounia finds an oasis, not just a spa. The famous hotel, Winston Churchill’s favourite retreat, is an opulent Arabian Nights palace where marble fountains tinkle in inner courtyards and carved wooden archways conceal velvet-seated nooks. The hotel has just had a major facelift, and the newly extended spa (2,500sq m) boasts a large indoor pool and candlelit chambers, delightfully perfumed by the hotel’s signature scent, created especially by Olivia Giacobetti, one of the world’s great “noses”.

The symptoms After an important work contract had fallen through, and elderly parents had been diagnosed with different but serious conditions, Spy was suffering from professional and emotional burnout.

The prescription The therapist recommended a one-hour deep tissue relaxing massage (£68) on the first day, and on the following day a hammam, the Moroccan equivalent of a Turkish bath. A day pass costs £38.

The procedure The massage, carried out by a young man, was blissful, but left Spy totally unprepared for the exotic rigours of the hammam. This is not for the faint-hearted. First, Spy was left gently to broil in a sauna to open her pores. Then, semi-naked, she was showered like a baby by her masseuse, who then proceeded to rub her with a grainy, all-natural exfoliator, and finally apply cream to her body using an argan oil mixture. This procedure was repeated twice – and by round two, Spy felt raw, if very much alive.

The verdict The massage left Spy feeling pampered and – for the first time in virtually a year – relaxed. The hammam, instead, after the initial tingly sensation, left her feeling invigorated and ready for battle. Her skin was silky to the touch and her face glowed. The treatment had an additional benefit: Spy slept deeply and uninterrupted for 10 hours each night.

The medical opinion “Massage is much the most effective physical method of inducing sleep,” writes Dr James Le Fanu, “activating the parasympathetic nervous system to cause the body to relax. Several scientific papers have confirmed its restorative powers for those suffering from chronic exhaustion – as well as relieving tension headache and lower back pain.”

The feelgood factor A revitalising experience in luxurious surroundings has transformed this burnt-out case into a bright-eyed action woman. A good thing too, as the delights of the nearby souk and Marrakesh’s old city are worth leaving even La Mamounia for. For more information visit

Of course, if you want to try an at home Hammam experience without the young man visit for all you Moroccan beauty needs.

Happy travels,

Zakia’s Morocco new Argan Oil Collection Design

January 22, 2011

I have been getting a lot of questions recently regarding our packaging.  Almost 100% is complimentary; I hear great things about our shampoo and exfoliant “soft touch” bottles and the elegant packaging for our Argan Oil Collection.

However, I have also received questions as to why we  changed the lovely round bottle.  Well friends it was really a matter of economics.  My vendor advised me that this design had become a “special” order and they would only accept orders of 100,000 or more.  I am really excited about our prospects, but I just don’t have the room to store 100.000 bottles; so we did the next best thing and that was to change the bottle.  Moreover, we also changed the serigrapher (printer) because sometimes on the round bottle the letters would rub off.  Anyway, we hope you enjoy the new packaging and remember, it is still the great Zakia’s 100% pure Argan Oil inside.  Do enjoy!


I have also had to change our exfoliant bottle!  This is a real shame because I love the tall soft touch bottle, but Argan Oil Exfoliant is just too thick and creamy to get out.  (It isn’t easy to get in either!)  So we have changed to a pot just like our Moroccan Black Soaps and Atlas Mountain Lava Clays.  If you have other ideas or requests do let me know.  We are always open to following the advice of our friends and customers.



Argan Oil – Treat And Prevent Wrinkles With 7 Effective Methods

December 14, 2010

This is an article that we came across from which I believe we can all learn: The author is Jacob Schiffer and I found this on Of course, he refers to the benefits of Argan Oil, but then also makes other suggestions.

One of the reasons people get wrinkles is because as they age, their skin loses elasticity and becomes drier. Nowadays, dealing with wrinkles is not a problem anymore because there are effective ways you can follow and special skincare products you can use. You have probably heard of argan oil and anti aging benefits that it offers. The following methods can help you avoid developing lines and creases:

Shield skin from the damaging rays of the sun

One major concern with sun exposure is that it is the number one cause of wrinkles. The sun can cause drying of your skin due to loss of natural oils, and it is then more likely that you will be prone to wrinkles. That is why it is important to avoid direct exposure of the sun. When you go out into the sun, apply sunscreen lotion which contains adequate sun protection factor (SPF) onto your open body parts to protect yourself from the sun. Aside from skin dryness, exposure to sunlight can cause many skin conditions including sunburn and irritation.

Break your smoking habit

Smoking not only takes toll on one’s overall health, but also has aging effects on the skin. The term “smoker face” comes from the effects of smoking on one’s physical features. These include the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the smoker’s face, especially around the lips, corners of the eyes and the lower jaw. Giving up smoking straight away is the finest and most potent answer to avoid the unwanted repercussions.

Relieve of your physical or mental pressure

Stress has always been said to make skin look aged and unhealthy. It is best to make a regular practice of unwinding after work and stressful activities. It is highly encouraged that you maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and remain optimistic. Make sure that you also get enough rest each night.

Avoid dehydration

Skin dries out easily due to dehydration. You should drink a minimum of 64 oz. of water daily, or possibly more depending on your caffeine and alcohol consumption. In addition, after exercising or doing any demanding physical activity, drink plenty of water to replenish what your body has lost.

Put on some tretinoin lotion or creams

The vitamin A in tretinoin creams helps stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. Dermatologists prescribe these products to treat a variety of skin ailments that result from sun exposure like age spots and wrinkles. You may ask the advice of a dermatologist and whether a Tretinoin cream is right for you, as this treatment can only be dispensed to customers with a prescription.

Make use of alpha hydroxyl acids

Some research has shown that alpha hydroxyl acids are effective at removing wrinkles and age spots. However, since this treatment makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight; it should be used with care.
Users of alpha hydroxyl acids should minimize sun exposure because it could damage and irritate the skin. When it comes to this kind of treatment, it is highly recommended seek expert advice.

Try laser treatments

Erbium lasers and carbon dioxide lasers are well-known treatments for wrinkles. These laser treatments are considered a minor surgical procedure, and yet they are quite expensive.

Aging skin is a fact of life, but there are treatments available to keep your skin healthy and wrinkle-free.

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Zakia’s Argan Oil in Sweden!

December 5, 2010

Hi everyone –

We are delighted to announce our new blog in Swedish.  For all of you suffering from winter skin and winter hair, AnnBritt’s blog will help.  She is our representative in Scandinavia and LOVES Argan Oil.  Once she tried it she had to work with us.  We couldn’t be happier.  No one is more helpful and supportive of Argan Oil Beauty Products.  Thanks AnnBritt and


Visit for all your Argan Oil Beauty needs in SWEDISH!

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