Spreading the warmth

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This article was published in Spa Australia  (Jan 2013)

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Moroccan beauty secrets unveiled

Ever wondered why everyone is talking about Moroccan women and their beauty secrets?

Fir centuries we have practiced the same body beauty regimen in the communal hammam bathhouses or in the privacy of our own bathroom.

You too can achieve healthy, glowing skin in 3 easy steps, 30 minutes, once a week.

To find out how, download your free booklet here.

We are popping up!

We have moved into a pop up shop! Visit our store at 74 Johnston Street, Collingwood, Victoria. Come and check out some fantastic Xmas deals from us at Mira’s Hand, our friends at La Gaia and Spa Fresh Blends. 

Open 9.30am – 6.30pm daily. Last day of trading is Friday 20 December. 

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We will finish the year with an end of year party at the shop from 4pm onwards on Friday 20 December.

Email me to score an invite to come dance and eat and drink and be merry and all that jazz! 

Jamila 

 

 

making Moorish memories

One of my fondest food memories is eating Tunisian spaghetti at my uncle’s house in Noyon, a little town in France.

I was ten years old. My uncle’s nice Tunisian neighbor had made us children a big plate of spaghetti to share. We all dove in headfirst, the chickpeas in the spaghetti sauce where fresh and crunchy. The meatballs, oh my meatballs were larger than life and juicy and spicy and had a succulent smoky aroma, the tomato sauce was made from sun ripened fresh tomatoes, and the spaghetti was perfectly cooked. To this day the memory of that spaghetti makes me salivate.

We are so very proud to announce the launch of our new company Mira’s Table. Come taste our amlous (traditional Moroccan spreads) and premium virgin culinary argan oil at Lunch, Australia’s first industry event dedicated to the food-to-go market! If you are in the food biz register here for free.

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Tell me about your favourite food memory? I’d love to hear, email your story to win our complete new Moroccan gourmet range.

The truth about Argan Oil

‘Oh Moroccan Argan Oil, I put it in my hair, I didn’t know you could put it on your skin……’?

Moroccan Argan oil has become incredibly popular over the last few years as a hair care product and has been hailed as ‘the secret of Moroccan women’.

This statement always makes me slightly squirm. Last time I checked with my mother and the women in my family, we weren’t keeping a bottle of argan oil as a secret from the rest of the world in a box with our incense and jewels.

Many Moroccans say when asked about the oil ‘Oh Argan Oil, I dip my freshly baked warm bread in it, make Amlou or use it for cooking and salads’. You see the difference between cosmetic argan oil and culinary argan oil is that one comes from the unroasted argan kernel and the culinary oil comes from the roasted argan kernel. Pure cosmetic Argan Oil is incredible for SKIN, HAIR and NAILS.

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Fresh baked Moroccan bread

So how do you know if you are buying the real stuff?

1. Packaging
Clear or even worse plastic packaging is a gianormous no no!! This should be a very big red light alert! Any self respecting producer of Argan Oil knows the worth of this oil and would never ever put their precious oil in clear or worse plastic packaging. Clear packaging makes the oil detoriate. The light breaks down the great properties of the oil. So make sure your argan oil comes in a dark glass bottle.

2.Read
Read your ingredient listing. ‘Pure Argan Serum’, ‘Moroccan Argan Oil’, ‘Moroccan Berber Oil’ are a few terms that are being used by hair care brands to make you think what you are buying is pure. It’s very simple. If argan oil is the fourth, fifth or sixth ingredient on the list, it means you are not getting the full benefits of the oil. You might as well go and crack open that very expensive bottle of champagne, dilute it with 20 liter of luke warm tap water and say you are drinking champagne. Catch my drift?

3. Smell
Pure Argan Oil does not contain any added perfumes or scents. Cosmetic argan Oil has this beautiful slight nutty scent that dissolves after a couple of seconds after application. If your oil smells really strong, it might mean that the oil has gone rancid.

4.Pricing
I got a bargain and paid ten bucks for this Oil. That is not going to happen I am afraid. Argan oil is a labour intensive oil, it takes a long time to produce one liter of this precious oil. On the bright side, you only need a small amount for your skin, nails and hair. A bottle will last you anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

5. Quality
Like olive oil, there are differences in quality in Argan Oil. Unfortunately the industry has gone absolutely rampant and there is more demand in Argan oil. Some producers don’t wait until the nuts have ripened and try to harvest the nuts before they are ready, which produces bad quality argan oil. (I will talk more about the industry in a future blog post).

6.Sediment
Check your argan oil, if it is even and clear it might be too refined. Good quality cosmetic Argan Oil has some sediment or cloud. The less the oil has been put through strainers or deodorised the better.

7. Feel, look and touch
Pure Argan Oil has a beautiful light texture, it is not slimey and is absorbed by your skin immediately and has a light golden colour.

8. Age
The freshest argan oil is the best oil. Look for oils that are recently pressed, not ones that are gathering dust on the shelves of shops. Mira’s Hand argan oil is flown out every three months and pressed in small batches especially for us.

Read my follow up blog post here.

At Mira’s Hand we offer the highest quality available of pure Organic Moroccan Argan Oil.

Happy 2013 to you and all your fabulous wobbly bits!

Woosh! 2012 was quite the whirlwind year for Mira’s Hand.  Sharing our authentic Moroccan Hammam Collection has been more than just a lot of fun. Connecting with women and some men and discussing beauty rituals, touches a very basic core that is about self-love and appreciation for oneself. I am happy to see that many of us make time and like to pamper ourselves without feeling guilty.

Which brings me to a Moroccan expression I still use on a daily basis. ‘I am happy with myself’,which means that you can celebrate or do something nice for yourself for no apparant reason, other than that you like who you are and you are happy.

You are wearing a nice outfit for no special occasion and somebody asks you why you are dressed up? ‘I am happy with myself’.
You are having a party for no reason? ‘I am happy with myself.’
You go to the hammam and spend two hours there, and two more getting your hair and make up done for no occasion? ‘I am happy with myself’.
You are having cake with a birthday candle and it’s not even your birthday? ‘I am happy with myself’.
Sometimes I buy a gift for myself and have it gift wrapped, take it home and unwrap it. Why? ’Because I am so damn happy with myself.‘

Another big thing that we are very happy with is the fantastic feedback we have been getting from all the lovely beauty editors who got to try our Moroccan Hammam Rituals at the Spa at the Darling. Eugenie Kelly, beauty editor at Harper’s Bazaar nailed it on the head when she wrote in her review ‘it not only pummels cellulite, but boosts your lymphatic circulation, so besides your skin being left ridiculously glowing, your wobbly bits feel fabulous.’

Read the reviews here: Harpers Bazaar, Instyle Magazine, Rescu and Cosmopolitan.

So let’s make 2013 a year where we are happy with ourselves, where we don’t need a reason to celebrate and embrace our fabulous wobbly bits.

Jamila