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Need a little pampering? DIY Hammam (Moroccan Bath House)

July 11, 2012

Moroccan Hammam

I had the pleasure of visiting a Turkish hammam a few years back.  I was steamed, sudsed, scrubbed, massaged, and moisturized for one, blissful afternoon.  I never thought to recreate that experience at home until I discovered the Amal Oils products.  This amazing skin and bodycare line is made with 100% argan oil so it smells amazing and softens hair skin and nails from (literally) head to toe. Plus, all of Amal’s 100% organic argan oil is processed by Berber women in Moroccan communes, offering them a way to support their families and a sense of empowerment. Pure karma!

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Amal Oils Moroccan Hammam Collection

The Moroccan Hammam Collection from Amal Oils is on sale at gloss48 starting Friday, July 13th 11am ET / 8am PT.

We caught up with the founder of Amal Oils founder, Jalila Bouchareb to get a step-by-step guide to a DIY hammam.  I highly recommend it!

Q.  Catch us up here – what, exactly, is a hammam?

The hammam is a traditional Moroccan steam room where women and men go for a sensual, ritual-based body treatment that includes aromatherapy, detoxification, steam, massage, and relaxation.  To destress and detox, there is no better way than to visit a traditional Moroccan steam bath and have a deeply relaxing treatment.

Q.  How can I create an at-home hammam?
The Moroccan Hammam is such a wonderful experience that can very easily recreated with the Amal Oils line – actually pretty simply. It will take you about 15-20 minutes from start to finish – a reasonable treat every week or two for you and your skin.

  • The best way to appoach it is to pretend you are creating a steam room in your bathroom – so the first step would be to allow your skin to get warm and moist and let your pores open up.
  • Then it’s just a simple step by step application of products starting with Savon Noir, a natural black soap that is make from olives that softens the skin and swells the dead skin cells allowing them to be easily removed.  Use the Exfoliating Glove (or Kessa) to lightly scrub your body from head to toe.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Next, massage Moroccan Rhassoul Clay mask into the skin.  The clay is known for its ability to absorb 1.66 times its weight in toxins and oils and it is filled with amazing natural minerals. Let the clay sit for about 15 minutes.  Keep your shower running for a nice, warm, steam room effect.
  • Rinse and towel off to allow the pores to close.
  • Then, apply the Rose Water Toning Mist.  Moroccan Rose Water Toning Mist is a gentle, balancing toner that minimizes pores, calms skin irritation, replenishes moisture and increases the efficacy of moisturizers.
  • Finally, apply a healthy dose of Amal Oils 100% Argan Oil to moisturize and soften the skin.  This product is also great for moisturizing nails and cuticles and taming frizzy hair.
Q.  If you could only pick one product from the line to use forever, which one would it be and why?
100% Organic Argan Oil.  It is such a versatile product that is simple, easy and certified organic.  It moisturizes, balances and protects skin, hair and nails and such a small amount of product goes a long way. There is nothing more that I could ask for in a product.
Q.  One of the things we love about Amal is that the oils are produced by Berber women in Moroccan cooperatives.  Have you visited?  Can you share a story or experiences?
Yes, of course.  Apart from having used argan oil since I was young, one of the most exciting parts of starting Amal Oils was discovering the argan forest, the women cooperatives and the strength in women in the region.  The women are so empowered and they believe in themselves, which is not very common given the demographics, education levels and location.
I remember my first trip to the argan forest when I was in search of cooperatives to work with.  I visited over 40 on that trip and one of the first that I visited was nested away in the mountains about 30 minutes from Agadir and it was my first attempt at cracking an argan nut myself… It was SO HARD! If order to break open the nut you have to hit it at just the right spot between a small stone and a large, I hit my finger probably 50 times before I figured it out… It’s truly amazing that women can do this all day long and have perfected the art.  I can remember struggling, laughing, and dancing all within a matter of 30 minutes, but the first that I cracked the entire cooperative broke out into dance and song. It’s something I will never forget, and very symbolic of the commencement of Amal Oils.
Berber Women
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