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The organic toiletries in Riad Ariha and Riad Chi-chi

December 9, 2011

Many of our clients are delighted with the toiletries provided in our riads—Riad Ariha and Riad Chi-Chi. So we thought we would write a little bit about them.  We order the shampoo and shower gel from a company called Nectarôme because they use all-organic products, plus they smell so nice!  We found out about them at a trade fair – at the time we purchased a long block of glycerine-based soap shaped like a loaf of bread that we cut into smaller pieces. Months later that soap still had a powerful and wonderful aroma of lemon verbena so we knew it was good quality.  On our last trip to Marrakech, we decided to go and visit their organic garden that is located in a small village in the Ourika valley.  We wondered at first if we’d come to the right place as we lurched from one pothole to another in the narrow village street.  But we had, and tucked away in the village was this wonderful perfumed garden – cleverly organized with patches of rosemary, verbena, geranium and other aromatic plants. We were absolutely entranced with masses of tiny pinkish butterflies that hovered above.  We purchased some wonderful Moroccan oil – from the argan tree – that is supposed to banish all free radicals and give you a wrinkle-free skin. Our skin certainly drinks it up and feels great. We see it advertised on the internet and in magazines – but you can get it much cheaper in Marrakech!

So if you come to visit us in Riad Ariha or Riad Chi-Chi, we can organize a day trip to the Ourika valley and include this organic garden.  If you just prefer to purchase the products, we also have them for sale in the riad, in beautiful hand-crafted bottles with tassels on.

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One of those tiny butterflies


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