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Marvin Church “Marv The Barb” now features Zakia’s Morocco

October 6, 2011

Marvin Church

Zakia’s Morocco is proud to be working with prominent groomer and stylist, Marvin Church, hailed as one of industry’s most talented and passionate professionals.  He is a visionary and consummate craftsman who lives by his creed of, “grooming is a lifestyle” and “personal image is everything.”

Also known as “Marv the Barb,” he has been practicing for the past 20 years, coast to coast while based in the heart of Washington DC. He has been sought out by DC’s top lawyers, politicians and power players as well as Hollywood’s leading celebrities, comedians and athletes. His uncompromising style and talent have led him to work numerous media events, movie sets, and television presentations such as the Espy’s Awards and the BET Honors.

Marvin’s impressive client list includes Wayne Brady, Stevie Wonder, Hill Harper, Darius McCray, Jay Z, Judge Greg Mathis, Chris Tucker, Lamman Rucker, Brad Pitt, D Nice, MC Lyte Joe Madison, Carlos Watson, Gordon Chambers, Tribe Called Quest, Michael Eric Dyson, Bobby Brown, NBA’s Javele McGee, Anthony Coley as well as an unending list of New York and Los Angeles’s top models. His reputation and commitment to excellence have positioned him as the principle movie, Groomer stylist for Dean Cain, Steven Guttenberg, Steven Johnson, Quentin “Rampage” Jackson, Lyota Machida, Houston Alexander and Runway model Isaac Sullivan.

Marvin has recently been featured in the Washingtonian Magazine’s article “A Cut Above”, Jet Magazine’s article “Era of The Gentleman” and as a guest groomer on Illusion Beauty’s BeautyTalkBlog. Over the years Marvin’s work has been featured in Ebony, Urban Kingdom, DC Law, I-Networx Magazine, Backlight Models Swimsuit Calendar, various advertisement campaigns and as a celebrated barber for The Art of Shaving. In 2004 he won Oster’s Golden Clippers Award. In 2007 Marv created an Educational video called “Subscribe to the Movement”. Marvin’s passion and dedication in giving back to the hair industry has inspired him to become an Educator and Image Consultant. His platform artistry has influenced him to become an author and director of his first book of hair images called “Look Book”.

Marvin is a member of International Barbers Association, National Cosmetologist Association, United Nations and Princes George’s County Chamber of Commerce.

With future plans to open an exclusive men’s salon, release of a professional groomer’s product line and a television show dedicated to male grooming and lifestyle, Marvin has excelled beyond his own expectations. Currently, you can make appointments with Marvin Church of Marv The Barb L.L.C. online at .


Skin benefits from Argan OIl

October 6, 2011

ZakiaI have decided to start writing some articles on Argan Oil and related beauty products.  A copy of my first “article” is below.  Unlike so many that try to spin 1000’s of articles from the same subject I hope to bring something a little different each time.  I know that you will all tell me if I am failing to do so.  Of course, we want to increase sales of our products on our home site, Zakia’s Morocco but we really want to branch out and work to make a better place for those that bring us our products and those that enjoy our products.  Zakia

What skin benefits do you find with Argan Oil

September 30, 2011

Zakia’s Morocco has just created a great new moisturizing milk that includes two great ingredients – Argan Oil and Shea Butter.  You can’t find a better combination plus it has a deliciously, delicate rose fragrance.  It is absolutely wonderful for those dry patches around the elbows, knees and hands, but also as an everyday body moisturizer.  We have launched this in a travel size bottle of 50ml for only $9.99.  Your skin will love you for it.   Visit for details.

August 13, 2011

Knol Photo

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!

New Argan Oil Cuticle Serum

June 24, 2011

Zakia's Argan Oil Cuticle Serum

I thought I would comment on the value of social media as it pertains to Zakia’s Morocco.  Of course, we have all seen the remarkable transformation unfolding before us with the Arab Spring.  We have also seen the unsightly side (literally) and ramifications thereof from an errant finger that brought the unceremonious resignation of Anthony Wiener.  However, much closer to home for us has been the use of Facebook to launch a new product.  Following numerous email requests from our FANS at Facebook (Zakia’s Morocco Facebook Page) we have launched a new, exciting Argan Oil Cuticle Serum.

TRADITIONALLY PURE – is Zakia’s Morocco.  That is the basis of all our product formulations.  Our cuticle serum is no different and couldn’t be simpler.  Just 100% pure, organic Argan Oil and 100% pure, organic Geranium Essential Oil.  Nothing more and nothing less.  What else could you ask for?  The extraordinary revitalizing qualities of Argan Oil formulated with healing Geranium.  The perfect serum for perfect nails.

Forget all those other “fashionable” or cheaper formulations – you don’t want to be using formaldehyde, toluene, DBP or other nasty stuff on your nails and cuticles do you?

Stay true to yourself – Traditionally Pure – with Zakia’s Morocco

Your nails will love you for it!


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….


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