So happy to come back and present you something new! This time the new beauty comes from far away countries…In fact I was contacted from Switzerland (not so far away 🙂 if I’d like to try some of their products. After checking everything, I said yes and I’m glad I did. It finished I had discovered unintentionally 2 great skin care products with beautiful stories behind. I’m going to review are Thanaka powder and Moringa oil, both very exotic. The Swiss brand that has put together the entire concept is called Argo naturals.
I was asked many times to review all sorts of masks from different parts of the world with different philosophies and as far as I’m curious, I don’t accept always “the challenge”. This time after reading everything carefully I was somehow attracted by the concept. As a beauty enthusiast I must say that I’m not a huge fan of face masks; I mean, I love them but I prefer to have a few, but good ones (cleansing and hydrating basically). Since I love scrubs too I wanted to give a try to this miracle of nature after I read here this article. First, I want to describe the product as I feel it and how it works for me. For all details about its benefits, read the previously mentioned article.
As you can see from the photo, Thanaka powder is packed in a beautiful jar (with inside 65g of mask which is a lot) made from bamboo with a tree engraved in the lid. I find this really a nice piece, it reminds me of old packages for powders. After you can also buy the refill without the box (plus points for being eco conscious!). What interests us the most is inside the jar of course 🙂 The powder itself has a pale yellow colour and is finely grounded with a special scent which is undefined and not strong at all. For making a face mask the recipe is easy, like with all powder masks; you mix equal parts of water and powder. For me it’s enough 1 teaspoon with water. I prefer to do a little bit more liquid paste by adding slightly more water. When applied it works also like a scrub because of its finely grounded particles. I apply it on my face with fingers and I do the mixture in the lovely bamboo bowl with the spoon. It looks like this:
I leave the mask on for about 15 minutes maximum, because I have dry skin and after 10min every type of mask from powder starts to tighten the skin a lot. After, I wash it away with warm water and I massage it gently off. This way I also do the peeling for my face. The result is really amazing! The skin is so soft! Especially because I came from summer vacation with the skin in need for some special treatment. I read that Burmese women use this powder not just for beauty purposes but also to protect it from sun. Well, I haven’t tried it for this purpose but I can say that the beauty result is awesome. Exactly as they claim it. The most incredible thing is that this powder makes the skin smooth and cleansed and at the same time (thanks to many natural antioxidants) it does not make the skin dry like clay for instance.
Interesting facts The small tree from southeast Asia, from Myanmar to be exact, is part of Myanmars everyday life. Every day and for every important occasion, the Burmese apply a paste on their skin made from the tree`s bark that is ground on a sandstone called Kyauk Pyin.
Being a huge lover of natural oils, I wanted to try Moringa oil as well. This incredible plant, called also the tree of life, has its own interesting background as well, about which you can read in this article. The Argo naturals Moringa oil comes in a 150ml dark bottle and the oil has almost no scent. When you apply it, is very thick in texture but on the skin it somehow disappears and absorbs quickly. It’s enough to use just a few drops and not exaggerate with it. The best is that it provides moisture to the skin without clogging the pores. Even more, it’s said that it can combat acne as well because of its anti-inflammatory benefits of natural vitamin E. In every case, I love the result that I got by using the mask first and later with a few drops of this oil. The skin is clean, soft and radiant. Really suggest to try this combination for all skin types!
Photo credit: Boris Gorjan