Posts Tagged ‘moroccan argan oil’

Skin Savers to have on hand

In Philippine Star Column on November 22, 2013 at 12:40 am

Having a first-aid beauty kit is an absolute must in this day and age of bi-polar weather, here- to-there traffic, and the work and social events that are starting to fill up your iCal. These add up to skin stress, and the last thing you want is to look as if the season had partied all over you. Many products are now available in travel sizes, so you don’t have to be weighed down when stashing a couple of them in your purse or leaving some in your office drawer or school locker for whenever you need a beauty boost.

Here’s a shortlist of how to keep the beauty blues away:

Bright wash

Clean, fresh skin is the base for all things beautiful. The SebaMed Liquid Face and Body Wash is 100-percent soap- and alkali-free, making it non-drying and perfect for frequent use. It is also a deep-pore cleanser, a highly economical one as one drop can already wash your entire face. With the humidity and pollution in the country, give yourself a clean slate with this gentle cleanser. Call 242-3636 or 244-6992 for info.

LiquidFaceBodyWash hi res

The great cover-up

Coming in different shades that are great for Filipina skin tones, the Aivee Teo Foundation with SPF 40 can cover up as well as protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays. In a pinch, it also acts as a clever concealer, evening out your skin tone and covering up dark undereye circles. P700. Call The Skin and Laser Clinic at 403-3245 to order.


Rosehips don’t lie

This is a miracle in a bottle. An itchy rash? A pimple? Use Venus and Mars Naturals’ Rosehip Oil for immediate relief. You may witness skin irritants disappear within a couple of days, if not hours. P800 for a 20ml bottle. Order through or call 0922-3092798.


A soft touch

Your hair, nails and other parts of your body also need some TLC so gently spread Souq International Moroccan Argan Oil on areas that need conditioning or a little softening up. It’s so rich, a little goes a long way. Works wonders on cracked heels and tired toes after a whole day in stilettos, too! P1,500. Available at

Moroccan Argan Oil

Buzz off

Not only are those pesky little buggers potentially dangerous (think dengue), but also nobody looks good scratching away at a mosquito bite. The lovely-smelling Cadenia Nature Anti-Mosquito Cologne is a great double agent to up your mood and keep you from getting bitten, especially when you have to party outdoors. P275 for 125ml and P375 for 250ml. Available online at

Anti-mosquito cologne

Have any (or all) of these products on-hand and you can save face no matter where you find yourself as the holidays come rushing in. Bonus: they’re all small enough that they’re travel- friendly too!

Top 10 products for an emergency face (and other beauty dilemmas)

In Philippine Star Column on November 25, 2011 at 1:47 am

Everyone has a beauty turnaround story, that one event where a makeup tip (or tips) was carried through for a lifetime. In my case, it came from a rather morbid event: the wake of someone very near and dear to me that took us from hospital, to the crematorium then to the wake all in the span of 24 hours. Suffice to say, if there was a moment in my life to look like a complete and utter mess, this was the time for it. Thankfully, my beauty angel was nearby and she whispered as she dropped me home to “freshen up” before heading to the wake. “Even if you feel like crap, you don’t want to look like it. Come with eyebrows, concealer, cheeks and lips.” Since that fateful day, this four-point “emergency face” has been the foundation of my daily routine. For example, I make it a point to never leave home without my eyebrows. Of course, there are other beauty bells and whistles that I add on when the occasion calls for it, but when it comes to no-fail products, the following have kept a permanent space in my vanity kit.

True Brow-mance: Le Sourcil de Chanel Perfect Brows

1. Le Sourcil de Chanel Perfect Brows. This all-in-one eyebrow kit is an absolute must. Coming with three different shades, two kinds of brushes, a magnified mirror and the pièce de résistance, a mini-tweezer. You can fill and shape your brows whenever, wherever (and in a pinch use a little powder as highligher or eyeshadow). A small investment, but it can very well be the brow-mance of your life. (P3,650 at Rustan’s)

See no Evil: Laura Mercier's Secret Concealer

2. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. I consider this my little pot o’ gold as it kept (and keeps) telltale signs of late nights, lack of sleep and emotional outbursts at bay. (P995 at Rustan’s)

Brownout: Shisiedo's Oil-free Bronzer

3. Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer. I don’t care about the Vampire fad; too pale, for me, is an epic fail. I use this for color and contouring, plus it’s oil-free which is an added bonus. It gave me much-needed flush when I felt I had been drained inside out. (P1,998 at Greenbelt 5 and Power Plant Mall)

Lip lock: Max Factor Gold Lip Liners

4. Max Factor Gold Lip Liners. This first came to me as a gift, and I’ve used it in different shades ever since. It’s perfect alone if you want a hint of tint on your pucker or under your favorite lipstick shade. Plus, it doesn’t fade altogether even after eating and drinking. (P500 at Max Factor counters in department stores nationwide)

Turn around bright eyes: Yamanko Natural Eye Drops

5. Yamanko Natural Floral Drop. To be treasured, this little gem of a find from the Salcedo Weekend Market works hard at soothing tired eyes. Made simply out of coconut flower extract and distilled water it has a cooling effect that is panacea to weepy, or dried out peepers. It is also used to clear the nose and throat so it is quite a little multi-tasker. (P150 at the Salcedo Weekend Market or call 363-5112 or 0912-3184400 to order)

I always look back at that rather sad day as an ironic beginning to a happier face in my life. Since then, I’ve made it a mini-mission of mine to find other products, both high-end and low-end that work wonders in minimal time like the following:

Self-absorbed: The moisturizer with the mostest, Moroccan Argan Oil

6. Moroccan Argan Oil. This is my pahabol or last-minute moisturizer for everything. Seriously. Whenever I travel, I never know how the weather is going to affect my skin, a drop of this when before I take off and when I land works wonders. It’s also great for dried out-cuticles, an itchy scalp and, I found out, insect bites. I got mine at a bazaar and a bottle costs about P1,500. E-mail or call 421-5745 or 0917- 5576955.

Keep it hand-y: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

7. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. The name pretty much says it all. This little bottle pours on a base, color and topcoat with a single stroke. I read somewhere that “Nail polish is the new black” which I will interpret as it’s now a staple item on your person. This takes about 10 minutes to apply and dried pretty quickly. (A shade or two for P399 at leading department stores)

8. The Farm Kiss Bomb. I’m obsessed with lip balm, and this one, made out of coconut oil and other natural ingredients from The Farm at San Benito does exactly what it says. It heals, soothes and protects. (P100 at The Farm Manila Sales Office, Shop 11, G/F Peninsula Manila Hotel)

Hair apparent: Ilog Maria Honey and Propolis Shampoo

9. Ilog Maria Honey and Propolis Shampoo. This is the bee’s knees. This shampoo is not overly perfumed and foamy, indicating that it has more of the good, less of the bad (chemicals). In this humid climate this is the gentlest on the scalp for regular use. (P140 for a big bottle at the Echostore in Serendra and The Podium)

Go the extra smile: Colgate Wisp Mini-brushes

10. Colgate Wisp Mini-brushes. This goes into my bag due to frequent meal-to-meeting schedules. The tiny brush has toothpaste gel in it and does not need water, so you just brush and throw. There’s even a little toothpick at the end of the brush for those nasty bits of food that stubbornly lodge in between your teeth. (Set of four for P220 at True Value)

SOUL TRAIN By Katrina A. Holigores (The Philippine Star) Updated November 25, 2011

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Argan oil: Morocco’s best-kept beauty secret

In Philippine Star Column on March 18, 2011 at 4:25 am

You’ve got gold: Moroccan argan oil is oftentimes referred to as “liquid gold” and is coveted for its rejuvenating and healing properties.

Weekends always find me foraging through the now very popular “markets” around Makati and the Fort. One Sunday found me at Whitespace looking over food and flora offerings of Margarita Fores, the piña stylings of Rambie Lim, and a small booth, decorated with a lot of golden leaves, selling argan oil. Taking a look at the products, I dismissed them as just another beauty product with the ubiquitous “natural” seal of approval. Our world is flooded with all types of heal-all oils and balms but I did take some time out to listen to a bit of sales talk about the product and decided to try a bottle, adding it to my already-bare-as-bones beauty routine. So what are the reputed benefits of argan oil? It is supposed to decrease wrinkles and scars, soften skin and guard the skin’s elasticity. One can also apply it on the hair where it can reportedly restore shine, nurture the scalp to help with hair growth, and prevent split ends; on the hands, it helps in rejuvenating brittle nails, and on parts of the body to prevent stretch marks. It seemed like a wonder oil indeed, and its purest form contained tocopherols (vitamin E) which is great for anti-aging, schottenol and spinasterol which have anti-inflammatory properties and may help the arthritic, rheumatic and even those with excessively dry skin conditions. There were a bunch of other ingredients such as essential fatty acids (omega 6 and squalene) and high molecular weight proteins that are said to help in the firming effect on the skin. Sounded a little too good to be true to be honest, and since I have oily skin, I wasn’t too sure I wanted to add to that by adding more oil to my face. But the product in its original form, (in other words, not a diluted imitation) is 100-percent organic, hypoallergenic, non-comodogenic and fragrance free. So, wouldn’t hurt to give it a test run and see if all the claims were true.

There's gold....

I put it on my face that night right before going to bed. The oil went on instantly and spread fairly quickly and, to my amazement, didn’t feel sticky or, well, “oily” in the greasy sense. I have had far messier outcomes with commercially-pushed high-end night moisturizers. There was, I have to say, a slight odor, but it wasn’t unpleasant (I guess this was what “fragrance free” meant) and it didn’t leave my face smelling like a bed of roses — which normally is a sign that a lot of chemical components have been infused into the product. I started using the argan oil for the next several days, allowing the oil to settle in as I would any other moisturizer. Again, I was pleased that it didn’t weigh heavily on my face and I could still apply makeup after a couple of minutes. I told some friends I was using it, and one even commented that she was happy the product had come onto the market because she had been using it for years for her hair. Suffice to say I’ve never seen her have a bad hair day; she constantly blows out her hair yet it remains shiny and soft. I’ve also begun to apply the oil to my nail beds since I’m always using my hands and there is a visible difference, so I’ve continued to apply small drops to my feet, especially after a long day of walking in heels or a workout session. One evening after an especially grueling day, I decided to experiment and I rubbed some of the oil into my hands and massaged it into my calves. The effect was immediate: I felt a warming all over the muscles I had massaged and the aches diminished. It may have been psychosomatic on my part but it did feel good and the warmth on my legs was undeniable; I was quite happy that I had found another “use” for my weekend purchase.

Also comes in massage oil form

The production and sale of argan oil also goes to support the livelihood of the Moroccan women in cooperatives in the Essaouira region of Morocco. As a quick backgrounder, argan oil comes from the nuts of the argan tree which is grown exclusively in Essaouira. It can also be used as a salad oil or for food. But of course, most would rather use its oil for its restorative and age defying effects. I am now in the process of applying some oil to a little scar I have from an old sports injury; it has lightened somewhat so I am hopeful for more little beauty miracles that come from a little bottle.

* * * Moroccan Argan Oil is distributed by The Souq International. Call 0906-2441537 or visit: for more information.

Reposted from SOUL TRAIN By Katrina A. Holigores (The Philippine Star) Updated March 18, 2011 12:00 AM