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We changed our policy and are now offering FREE STANDARD POSTAGE AND HANDLING on all orders Australia wide!

Also, if your order is over $60, you will receive FREE EXPRESS POSTAGE AND HANDLING.

Order before 1pm and your order is posted out to you the same day.

Happy shopping!

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Jamila

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 

 

 

The journey

This is along overdue posts on our recent trip to Morocco in July/August.

It was time to go, to go and visit the women that make all of this possible. We booked our tickets, packed our bags and made the long journey to Morocco.

First, we met with Dr. Zoubida Charrouf in Rabat, we were nervous and asked her many questions. She was calm, gracious and generous. You see Madame Charrouf formed the first women’s co-operative in Morocco many moons ago and is the authority on the subject of Argan trees, Argan Oil and anything Argan related. Watch a recent CNN documentary here.

Dr. Charrouf and Jamila at her office in Rabat, Morocco.

We continued our journey to Marrakech where we caught up with old and new friends and had a little bit of downtime at a fabulous Hammam spa or two. We ventured down all the way to Agadir, via Essaouira, meeting old and making new friends and visiting more hammams*. Our friend Ayoub who runs arts café Picasso in the seaside town of Essaouira taught us to play the guembri (a three stringed skin-covered bass). We crushed Argan nuts at a women’s co-op near Agadir and ate freshly churned butter with warm steamy bread out of the stone oven in my fathers town. We soaked our bodies and minds in the sun, enjoyed the stories, the food and the music.

Cracking nuts and jokes with the lovely women at the co-operative.

The trip was fabulous and gave us energy and inspiration to continue with what we are doing. While we are in Morocco we received many Facebook messages and tweets urging us to organise a tour as we were sharing our experiences on our social media pages.

Which led us to:

Mira’s Hand Women Only Wellness tours to Morocco will take place in September 2013, where we will guide you on a tour to discover the real Morocco that I grew up with. In association with my personal contacts and friends, the tour incorporates visits to a variety of personally selected spas and hammams, shopping destinations, cooking and yoga classes and dancing.

The Spa at the La Mamounia

The upcoming September2013 tour concludes at a women’s Argan co-operative where the group (maximum of 12 women) will experience a private afternoon of celebration that includes, music, dancing and eating fresh Moroccan food, prepared by the women of the co-operative but with your involvement. The aim of the 2013 tour is to immerse you in the authentic and revitalising spirit of Morocco, which culminates in a presentation to the co-operative of a donation to assist in paying for the healthcare insurance of the women and their families, a small, but potentially life changing contribution.

To register your interest in the tour contact  Rosie Richardson at JetSet Travel via email rosie.centralmelbourne@jetset.com.au or phone 03 9642 5138.

*Our article on Hammams will appear in the November 2012 issue of Spa Australasia, a specialist spa services and operations publication.

What do you believe, hype or tradition?

I come from a country where women, rich and poor share the same beauty regime. Passed down from mother to daughter and in my case grandmother to daughter, recipes for beauty treatments consists mostly off natural and pure ingredients.

One essential ingredient is the versatile Argan Oil also known as Moroccan Oil or liquid gold because it only grows in the South Western region of Morocco, is very labour intensive to extract and the rarest of oils.

And so when I moved to beautiful Australia, I was surprised to see that none of these authentic, pure and natural ingredients were available. I quickly arranged for my family and friends to send them to me or stock up during my yearly travels to Morocco.

I am not surprised to see that there are an increasing number of products that attempt to harness the benefits of Argan Oil, given it’s wonderful and well established health benefits.

For those who seek out natural and authentic products to use on your skin, hair and nails, without nasty, unnecessary ingredients, it is worth paying attention and taking the time to read the ingredients on the label and understand what you are using before you put it on your skin, hair or nails.

Some commonly found ingredients in many products include Dimethicone & Cyclomethicone (silicone oils) and when Argan oil is added, it typically only makes up a very small amount (in volume) of the actual product.

On further investigation other ingredients you might find in some Argan based products include:

  • Cyclopentasiloxane – a binding agent for silicone oils
  • Dimethicone – derived from silica (a naturally occurring component of sand and quartz); emollient, water repellent, adds shine to skin and hair.
  • Cyclomethicone – a silicone oil used in hair and skin care products to impart shine and silkiness
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional – a synthetic fragrance compound.

Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa) is often listed somewhere amongst this complex list of ingredients and in such small quantities one would have to the question that its benefits might be negligible.

If you want to experience the full benefits of Argan Oil in it’s pure form without exposing yourself to this cocktail of other chemicals or ingredients, then only use 100% Pure Argan Oil that Mira’s Hand offers.