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Naiad argan cream

The natural healing power is shared for everyone.

Words / Jas Tse
Translation / Iris Heung
Product Photography / Courtesy of wazawaza わざわざ

如果習慣了隱藏掩飾,會漸漸忘了真正重要的吧。

日本品牌naiad專門生產天然保養品,全部產品也不過幾種,製作工房卻遍及泰國、尼泊爾、摩洛哥與印度。因為每個地方都有其美妙的大自然珍貴,與當地人的智慧和手藝,naiad便採集這些美好製作對皮膚最剛好的滋養。滋養大地,回歸身體,但不榨取,如此建立更長遠健康的生態。

這瓶argan cream的成分很單純,只有摩洛哥堅果油和蜂蠟。摩洛哥堅果樹是世上最古老的樹之一,在缺水的沙漠中成長,為人們遮蔭、提供生火的木材,堅果的油脂養分豐富,除了人類會食用堅果油,山羊更會爬到數公尺高的樹上吃果子,場面怪異得來很可愛。

People can easily forget what is most important to them if they get too used to hiding their true self.

The Japanese brand Naiad specializes in natural skincare products. Although they only sell a handful of products, their workshops can be found all over the world from Thailand, Nepal, India to Morocco. All of these countries are blessed with astonishing natural resources, as well as the locals’ wisdom and craftsmanship. Naiad’s job is to collect these nourishments directly from the earth to create the best skincare products for our bodies, as a way to attain a more sustainable ecosystem.

This argan cream is simply made from only two ingredients, which are Moroccan argan oil and beeswax. The argan tree is one of the oldest trees on earth. Argan trees that grow in deserts do not only provide shade and wood fuel, but the oil from argan seeds is also a valuable source of nutrients. No wonder not only humans consume argan oil, but even goats would also jump meters high to reach the argan seeds on the tree. Looking at goats standing on tree branches is such an interesting misplacement.

堅果油塗在皮膚能躲避陽光輻射過度時的傷害,也能安撫粗糙與炎症,讓皮膚變得健康,建立足夠士兵保衛身體堡壘,蜂蠟則會幫助油分慢慢滲透皮膚。蜂蠟的花原來自泰國北部的龍眼花,散發著蜜香與淡淡龍眼花氣,曾看過一位養蜂人說起蜂蠟提煉後放置幾天,便「總有抱著它們睡覺的慾望。」可見其甘美如飴啊,而根據採收年份的不同,季節的氣味也會跟著變化。

argan cream在泰國的工房裡生產,位於清邁20公里外的一個鄉村,由當地婦女手工製作。用陶器盛載,奶白瓶身透著細細冰裂紋,溫潤的模樣盛著的像奶油,是清邁著名的青瓷。

功能單純,但能體貼日常,不但可用於臉上,還可塗在身體和頭髮。用小刀像刮牛油取一點,放手心微溫,塗在想讓它舒適起來的皮膚上。如果存放久了還沒用完,也可作為蠟去擦亮皮革品和木製品呢。每當想到是經過多少才能集大自然最好的放到面前,便會想到,其實人自然的模樣很好,也可以受傷,像摩洛哥有晴朗藍天與豔陽,也有撒哈拉沙漠炎熱和乾燥的風,又有來自大海溫和的雨和霧。受傷了就抱棵樹,抱身邊的人,得到的力量是最自然的癒力。

Argan oil applied on skins form a protective layer against the radiation of sun, coarseness, and infection. This natural ingredient acts like an army to keep your skin and hence your body healthy. The argan oil makes skin soft and sweet while the beeswax let the oil gently penetrate into the skin and protects the skin from drying. The beeswax from Thailand has a sweet aroma of longan fruit. I once read about a beekeeper’s desire to embrace the refined beeswax in his sleep. This probably explains how lovely is the smell of the beeswax. Its fragrance also changes according to the seasons and years.

The argan cream is produced in a workshop 20 km away from Chiang Mai, Thailand, and all handmade by the local women. The container is made of a local ceramic in creamy white color, with subtle cracks on the surface, creating a delicately warm look.

It is a simple product that fits just right for our everyday needs. This skincare product can be used for our skin, our body, and our hair. Just use a small butter knife to take some cream out from the jar and warm it up in our palm, then you can apply it onto the body parts that need to be rejuvenated. If in some rare cases that the cream is not used up for a longer time, you can use it as wax to shine leather and wood goods. Imagine how diverse the climates in Morocco are. The bright sun in the blue sky, the dry desert in the Sahara and the rain clouds coming from the coasts. All these precious ingredients have come a long way into our hands. In a perfect world, the natural healing power is shared for everyone.