October 27, 2017
Traveling with Mayella Pt.5 A WHOLE OTHER WORLD [ MOROCCO]
Walking through the winding streets of Morocco you are instantly transported to another world. From the sounds of the bustling markets, the feel of the local’s stare as they lay their mysterious eyes on you to the overwhelming smells of the freshly ground exotic spices, Morocco is for the adventurers. Every corner you turn is […]
Walking through the winding streets of Morocco you are instantly transported to another world. From the sounds of the bustling markets, the feel of the local’s stare as they lay their mysterious eyes on you to the overwhelming smells of the freshly ground exotic spices, Morocco is for the adventurers. Every corner you turn is a perfect photo opportunity with the stark lighting contrast from the bright sun combined with the shadows of buildings.
Arguably the biggest appeal and most loved aspect of travel is the ability to explore different cultures in depth being right in mix and flesh of it all. Seeing how different other people live their life can give us a retrospective view on our own lives and reassess how our own societal structures work. Going beyond the present times, learning the history and myths that form these cultures helps us to piece the pieces of the puzzle together.
From history of Kings, Queens and Emperors, to historical events to different traditions of behaviour and clothing, one thing we at Mayella like to explore in particular is the different beauty routines between the cultures.
Legend holds that Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was one of the most beautiful women in human history. Admired for her seductive tendencies, personal talents and overall radiance, her beauty routines and secrets were sought out by women for centuries.
One of her most well-known secrets was her regular habit of taking baths that involved soaking her skin in milk, almond oil and honey which is allegedly the reason for her secret for soft glowing skin. Relying on the lactic acids to help hydrate her skin and refine away rough, dead skin cells.
This is where we drew inspiration from Cleopatra’s beauty routine for our AHA Exfoliating Serum. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) are naturally occurring molecules that originate from various sources such as sugar cane, apples and milk. The serum is extremely powerful in helping to support the release of dried up and dead skin cells that can restrict the absorption of nourishment to the skin effectively and promote renewal leaving the skin with a glowing, dewy and fresh appearance. Exactly what is needed to help gently but effectively rub away dead skin cell build up after wearing sunscreen, more make-up and changing environments.
3 Interesting facts about Morocco:
- Be sure to check clothing guidelines when visiting countries with different cultural and religious backgrounds such as Islam. Females must be sure to wear clothing that goes past the knee and over the shoulders, and it is highly recommended to cover your head and hair.
- Tea is the most popular drink in Morocco and a variation of Green Tea combined with fresh mint and sugar is most favourited. Brewing and serving tea to guests is considered almost an art form and holds strong cultural value and significance. So, if you ever find yourself being offered a tea by a Moroccan, politely accept the offer as it is considered rude to decline.
- One of Morocco’s most iconic cities is Chefchaouen, a small town with winding streets is known for it’s striking electric blue walls and architecture that line one another. Supposedly, Jewish refugees painted the town this way as they believed it help scare off mosquitos. With a lot of Morocco visually recognisable for its warm tones and hues of red sand and dusty pink buildings, there is a surprisingly large amount of colour celebrated throughout the cultures decorations and décor.
- As opposed to wearing a depressing, gloomy black like we do in the West in times of loss, white fabric is the choice of coloured clothing to represent mourning in Morocco. After the loss of her husband, a Moroccan widow will wear white for 40 days. The colour white is derived from Islam, and represents wisdom, honour, dignity and purity.