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Maryam Montague
January 14, 2015

No trip to Marrakesh would be complete without taking in the aromas of the East. Perfumeries and beauty stores here devote themselves to pure and chemical-free products, and there’s a nice array of natural scents, oils and perfumed candles from locally-grown sources.  Fashionistas and beauty queens in the know stock up on oils derived from the local Argan tree and from prickly pear seeds.  There are also a plethora of products (especially fantastic creams) made from the country’s ubiquitous roses.  And of course, you’ll find a wonderful range of products used in Moroccan hammams, including sabon el beldi, an olive oil based soft soap, and rhassoul, a special Moroccan clay mask.  So it’s time to push your French perfumes and cosmetics aside and consider some Moroccan alternatives.   Discover Marrakesh through its aromas and you won’t be sorry, given how fragrance is neatly woven into this culture.

Here are some of my favorite perfumeries and beauty shops in Marrakesh.

Heritage Berber

Down the street from the Majorelle garden, this perfumery uses French technology to make the most vibrant memories of Morocco come alive. They have an impressive selection of perfumes and candles with amazing silage.  Their fig scents are my favorite.  

Natus

In this shop, you’ll find a generous assortment of perfumes, oils, and hair products.  You’ll also find a variety of goodies to create your own hammam experience at home. Everything is very gift-able—so stock up for holidays and events, especially given that nothing will take up much room in the suitcase.  

L’Orientaliste

Located in the Gueliz, L’Orientaliste is a destination for home goods.  However, savvy locals make a beeline there for their covetable range of scents, from amber to orange blossom and everything in between.  The craft packaging with henna designs is jaw-dropping stunning.  I’m a frequent buyer.  

Keros

With a shop in Sidi Ghanem as well as one in the Medina, Keros offers a wide range personal fragrances and scents for the home. Many hotels and stores in Marrakesh have signature scents custom made—so chic!  Italian owner Massimo Guadagno is charismatic and suave man around town. 

Les Parfums du Soleil

Ethno-botanist Abderrazzak Benchabane was responsible for restoring Marrakesh’s most fashionable green space, the Majorelle Garden.  Inspired and encouraged by Yves Saint Laurent, he’s created his own range of perfumes and they are hard to forget.  Exotic and Arabian in nature, think ingredients like musk, patchouli, jasmine and amber.  

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