Zakia's Morocco Moroccan Black Soap

Jennbizzle Reviews: Zakia’s Black Soap & Exfoliating Glove

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Zakia's Morocco

Zakia’s Morocco asked me to participate in an ongoing campaign launched by Brandbacker, and I happily accepted! This is the second in a series of reviews for Zakia’s Morocco line of products, the first being Zakia’s Morocco Clay Mask, and so far I’m loving the products. Also, like the first post, I’ve got a chance for my readers to win a $50 gift card to Zakia’s Morocco at the end of the post! This shipment was jam-packed full of stuff, so let’s get started!

About the Product

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 7.33.46 PMMoroccan Black Soap is a wondrous body treatment. It is rich in minerals helping clean and detoxify your skin while leaving an extraordinary smooth and silky finish. Enjoy what Moroccan women have known for centuries…Beldi Black Soap is the secret to clean, healthy, radiant skin.

The soap “BELD” is a 100% natural plant product. Based on an olive oil pulp this soap is extremely rich in vitamin E. It is a great emollient, exfoliator and moisturizer. It cleanses the skin by removing dead cells and toxins leaving the skin soft and silky to the touch. Thanks to this high content of vitamin E, it helps to revitalize the skin, acting against dryness, dehydration and aging skin. This soap lathers modestly and you will love the richness of its texture.

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  • Included: One (1) 8oz jar of Moroccan Black Soap and one (1) Kessa Exfoliating Mit
  • Retail Price: $39.99 (now on sale for $19.99!) + free shipping
  • Discount Code: ZMBLOG-128″ – good for 20% off your order!
  • Availability: on ZakiasMorocco.com

My Review

As with the last product Zakia shipped me, this one included a full guide on how to use the product, as well as personal tips & tricks from Zakia herself. In fact, when she read my last post, Zakia sent me an email and talked about how she loved my review and that I tested it with my husband. She also had a suggestion for my husband’s use of the Moroccan Black Soap, based on her husband’s recommendation. She said that he should lather it up and use it to shave his face with.


Note from Zakia

The product itself is brownish-black and gooey. I had to stick my finger in there to stir it around to mix the liquid and the thicker soap together. To be honest, it really reminded me of mixing natural peanut butter in with the oils that had separated after packaging the jar. I’ve never used soap like this before. It’s thick and greasy, almost like a lubricant, but it suds up and dissolves like soap!

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The packaging is very basic, similar to the clay mask powder. It’s sealed with plastic wrapping. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if that plastic is enough to keep the product sealed during shipping, as mine leaked all over the inside of the envelope and all over the other products. Everything was wrapped individually, so nothing was damaged. But it did make for a bit of a messy “unboxing”.

There are a few different scents that you can order, but I received the traditional Argan Oil scent. I really don’t notice a strong smell at all. In fact, after I’d used the Moroccan Black soap, the next time I used my regular body wash (Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion) I realized just how perfume-y my body wash smells. It was so overwhelming! It’s things like this that just make me so skeptical of these “natural” products on the shelves in major stores.

The first time I tried the soap, I did just as my handy guide suggested: Take a pinch of the soap from the jar, lather it up, and scrub with the Kessa exfoliating glove. My skin felt like I was scrubbing it with a brillo pad. But, you know how when you have a face wash or mouthwash that burns and that’s how you know it’s working? That’s how I felt about my brillo pad scrubbing experience.

I really love the humor in the How To Guide, when talking about exfoliating. It says, “Don’t overdo it on your first go. You want to only remove the surface dirt and dead skin and not your entire epidermis.” – HA!

The true test was using the product on my heels. I have cracked heels that I cannot get rid of. I used some of the soap specifically on my feet, but obviously the soap from the rest of my body had been running down to my feet during the entire shower. Then I scrubbed with the Kessa glove and then used my pumice stone. I literally watched as the skin came peeling off my feet. I’m definitely going to try some of the Moroccan Black Soap in a foot soak, followed by the Argan Oil (psst, that’s the next item I’m testing!) before bed.

  • Likes: It really did peel off my dead skin. My favorite part is that it’s totally natural and STILL delivers on its promise as a product. You can’t ask for any more than that, right?
  • Dislikes: The only thing that was bad about my experience was the product leaking in the shipping package. Also, as much as I understand the product and why it’s in a gooey form, I can’t help but think it would be so much more convenient in a bar form. But, I know that’s just the convenience of processed products that I’ve been spoiled (and probably poisoning my body) with.
  • Would I Purchase? I don’t anticipate running out of this stuff anytime soon. Seriously, I feel like I used so much and yet the jar is still full. If it really works to change my husband’s skin when shaving, I may need to purchase some more!

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Zakia’s Morocco is not only offering a 20% off discount code (ZMBLOG-128) for my readers, but is ALSO sponsoring a giveaway! Use this link to enter to win one of ten (10) gift certificates for $50!

What do you think about the Moroccan Black Soap & Kessa Glove? Have you tried them yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

Jennbizzle Reviews: Marc Anthony Curl Defining Lotion

Jennbizzle Reviews: Marc Anthony Curl Defining Lotion

No Compensation

When I first got my hair cut short, I tried to get them to give me a light perm so that I could have soft, beachy waves in my hair that’s typically weirdly-wavy in some areas, and stick straight in others. But the stylist burst my dream hair bubble when she said she’d have to charge me for a full perm and people are rarely satisfied because a light perm comes out very quickly. I was determined to get beachy waves and decided that I’d go get ALL THE BEACHY WAVES PRODUCTS because then all would be right in the world. Then I got to Ulta and realized just how expensive all the products were. So I went for a product line that had items for under $10 each and had decent reviews. This is the result of that curly product binge.

About the Product

Strictly Curls™ Curl Defining Lotion is the perfect product for those who love and want to enhance their curls. This alcohol-free, lightweight, non-sticky formula enriched with Vitamin E and Vitamin B binds to the curl strands to create definition, while leaving your curls bouncy and soft to the touch. Curl Defining Lotion will give you lasting curls while repelling humidity, locking in shine and giving you the ultimate frizz control.

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  • Included: 1 8.3 fl. oz tube of product
  • Retail Price: $7.99
  • Availability: on Amazon.com or at your local drugstore.

My Review

This product comes in a tube and looks suspiciously like gel. It smells nice and it isn’t sticky like gel. It feels more like the texture of shampoo than gel, and it goes in your hair much the same way. It doesn’t leave your hair crunchy, but does provide some “hold” and definition to existing curls.

I was looking for something that creates curls, so to get this product to work, I’ve got to do a TON of diffusing before and during use. I usually use a curl creating product and diffuse. Then, when my hair is half dry, I add some curl defining cream. I finish diffusing until dry and add a bit more cream where necessary. It’s not a bad product, I just wish it did more so I have to do less work.

  • Likes: The citrus-y smell + it’s not extremely sticky on your fingers like gel.
  • Dislikes: It doesn’t create enough curl for my wavy hair. It would probably be better suited to ringlet-style curly hair.
  • Would I Purchase? I won’t purchase this product again because it doesn’t work for me.

What do you think about the Marc Anthony Curl Defining Lotion? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!

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Where has the time gone?

I haven’t been doing very many updates on the Peanut lately. Mostly, time just got away from me. I’ve got so much to say about so many different products that in the teeny tiny breaks that I get during naptime, I focus on those and forget that I should probably show off my kid every once in a while! (Oh, and hey, if you’re in a reader you should click through and see my little design update!)

Peanut is nine months old and BOOOOOOOY is he active. He’s got four teeth and has been crawling for two months. He’s taken his first step, said his first word (mama!), and he’s eaten just about everything under the sun. Including things he really shouldn’t be eating. Also including things that aren’t supposed to be edible, like paper, because he puts EVERY SCRAP OF ANYTHING in his mouth.

Peanut Collage: Months 1-8

So there he is, in all his glory. The nine month photo shoot didn’t go fabulously, I admit. But we got a couple of really cute pictures of him just last week on the fourth of July.

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There you have it. That’s my beautiful, challenging, outrageously intelligent son. I’ll try to post a bit of updates more often, but with this one trying to run around and set the house on fire every time I look away, I’m not making any promises.

Jennbizzle Reviews: Zakia's Morocco Clay Mask

Jennbizzle Reviews: Zakia’s Morocco Clay Mask (+ Giveaway!)

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Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask

Zakia’s Morocco asked me to participate in an ongoing campaign launched by Brandbacker, and I happily accepted! This is the first in a series of reviews for Zakia’s Morocco line of products, and I can’t be more excited to tell you about my experience with Zakia’s Morocco Clay Mask. Also, stay tuned until the end of the post for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Zakia’s Morocco!

About the Product

Jennbizzle Reviews: Zakia's Morocco Clay MaskUnique to Morocco, this ancient clay is naturally found deep under the Atlas Mountains and mined for its unique properties. The Moroccan clay is also called Ghassoul clay, derives its name from the Arabic word for cleansing, ‘Rhassala’. This mineral rich clay is known for its extraordinary power of absorption of impurities from skin and hair. It can be used as soap, skin conditioner, shampoo, and facial and body mask. As Rhassoul contains higher percentages of silica and magnesium along with potassium and calcium, than other clays, Rhassoul appears to be far more effective. In addition to this, due to its greater smectic qualities, (i.e. its ability to swell with the addition of water) Rhassoul achieves better results in skin treatment. Zakia’s Clay Mask contains no PETs, no mineral oils, and no parabens.

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  • Included: One (1) 8oz jar of Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder
  • Retail Price: $19.99 (now on sale for $10.99!)
  • Discount Code: ZMBLOG-128″ – good for 20% off your order!
  • Availability: on ZakiasMorocco.com

My Review

First I really want to talk about the presentation of the package I received! In came in a normal mailer, but Zakia herself included a personalized letter and How-to Guide addressed to me (not “Dear blogger,” like I’ve received in the past!) and signed in ink at the bottom of the note. I really appreciated the extra effort included in the shipment!!

Now, about the product: I don’t know what I was expecting when I signed up to receive “clay powder”, but I was surprised by what I received. My initial thought was, “Oh no. I’m totally going to mess this up.” Then, I read the How-to Guide, with step by step pictures included, and it was so easy that I surprised myself!

I took pictures of the process and I hope I can recreate the guide for you here as well as it was presented to me!

Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask

Mix 1 part clay powder with 5 parts water (1:5 ratio) for a thin, cookie dough texture. Zakia suggests 1 tablespoon of powder to 5 tablespoons of water. I tried this, but I found my consistency ended up too watery so I had to add a bit more powder. That was okay, because I really needed more than 1 tbsp of product for my body anyway. The next time I mixed, I just poured some powder in the bowl and then added a little water at a time until I found a consistency I liked.

My favorite part of the guide was where it actually instructed me to apply a thin layer to SAVE MONEY! That was a huge deal for me, as it proves that the company isn’t just out to make money by scamming you with a cheap product. You know the instructions on any shampoo bottle: “Apply, rinse, repeat.” Who actually repeats the shampoo process? No one, because that’s a lot of extra money! Give me a product that works the first time, and I’m happy. Go above and beyond and tell me to only use a tiny amount to save money, like Zakia’s Morocco did? You’ve got my loyalty.

Testing the Product

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The guide says that you can apply the mask to your face, your hair, or your whole body. My husband and I went swimming one afternoon and then felt like our skin was so dry, so we took the opportunity to make this test a bit of a “mini DIY date” and get muddy before taking a shower. I sort of felt like I was in an episode of the Bachelor, so that was the best thing.

The Bachelor Mud Date

It was really awesome to have fun with a beauty product, for once!

I found the powder to be so finely ground that it almost feels like baby powder, but without that chalky feeling. The powder itself has almost no scent, but once mixed you can smell just a bit of mineral scent. It’s not overpowering at all and it’s probably the least-scented clay mask I’ve ever tried. Also, the powder actually expands when wet, so you’re getting a lot more than 8oz worth of clay mask compared to a wet product.

As for results, I felt like my skin had immediately recovered from the time spent in the chlorine and sun all day. And I did see a bit of acne pop up a day or two later (which I consider to be a good thing!) as a result of the minerals pulling impurities from my skin. My husband liked it, so I’d say that’s a win!

  • Likes: The versatility of the product, the amount you receive in one package, and the muted scent.
  • Dislikes: The only real negative thing I can say is that the recipe seemed a bit off for me, in terms of amounts you mix together. I really have nothing negative to say about the product itself!
  • Would I Purchase? I would probably purchase again to have another “spa day date” with my husband. Though, I’ve still got 3/4 of a jar left so I won’t need to purchase for a while!

GIVEAWAY!

Zakia’s Morocco is not only offering a 20% off discount code (ZMBLOG-128) for my readers, but is ALSO sponsoring a giveaway! Use this link to enter to win one of ten (10) gift certificates for $50!

What do you think about the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask? Have you tried it yet? Love it or leave it?
Tell me in the comments below or on twitter @jennbizzle!