Omani women have been using home beauty tricks for centuries. Until today, some of those tricks are still used! Not just at home, some parts of town, it is used in salons and beauty centres as well. It's hard to convince the majority into the new chemical world when you can always have everything natural and safe.
1. Henna: is a natural type of dye found in a plant called “lawsonia inermis” or just, henna tree! This plant happens to grow in Oman almost all year. Henna can also be referred to the temporary body art resulting from the staining of the skin which is normally done during occasions, however, it has been used to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool and leather.
2. Neem Leaves: this tree would grow in our back yard, literary! I am Personally suffering from eczema and other types of skin conditions. Unfortunately, back in the day, it was difficult to find creams that used to help ease the itch without containing large doses of steroids. My mom would use the leaves to soak it in hot boiling water until it changes colour to green. This concentrated water was added into another bucket of cold water. Next, all I had to do is rinse my body with it before bedtime, that way I would itch all night.
3. Omani bun coffee: Just like any coffee bean, Omani coffee is rich with antioxidant factors and it is an excellent natural body scrub, leaves your skin exfoliated, radiant and soft. To add, it has also been said to reduce cellulite. Just rub it directly into the skin in circular motion and rinse off with tap water.
4. Flax seeds, Coconut oil, Caster oil: Sometimes the combination of those ingredients are used and sometimes each on its own. Omani women care for their beautiful long, thick, black hair, those oils and along with other oils and hair care technique is used to keep the hair from falling. Not to mention, promote new hair growth yet keeps the hair strong as well as healthy in order to protect it from heat.
5. Sandalwood powder: is a class of woods from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, brown, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic kinds of wood, they retain their fragrance for decades. Sandalwood oil is extracted from the wood as well. But, the sandalwood powder is used by mixing it with yoghurt, honey, and drops of lime and then applied to the face or body as a natural mask.
6. Omani Kohl: Kohl in Omani means eyeliner, Believe it or not, we do have our own natural eyeliner. Now let's get into the facts: Natural Kohls found in Oman can be made of different bases depending on what region it has come from. It appears to be in powder-ish form, due to the fact it is extracted from x-ray diffractions. Other’s however, are mineral based, others contain high levels of Pb (Galena) and others are iron-based. And based on studies conducted about the chemical combination of kohl in Oman, the result shows that carbon-based kohls possess much lower levels of toxic elements than mineral-based kohls; consequently, the former can be considered as less hazardous kohls.
7. Gold: Yes Gold! For centuries, Omanis believe that wearing gold is one of the natural ways of showing off your beauty! Weird? not really. It's weirder to be a bride and not wear sets of gold almost every day, or at least at every gathering. Some wear silver, but gold is the wow factor of beauty.
8. Turmeric Face mask: The anti-inflammatory qualities of the turmeric can target your pores and calm the skin, it is also known to reduce scarring. The combination of this spice with yoghurt as well as honey can be used to help your face clear up from acne breakouts.
9. Aloe Vera: Where to begin with this one? Aloe vera is one of those plants that have multipurpose uses. Aloe vera juice can help you lose weight, that’s a fact! But externally, it is used to enhance hair quality and skin conditions. In Oman, a lot of homes grow it. By simply cutting its arm, warming it in the microwave or stove for some time, you may directly massage the gel into your hair as a mask, or rub it on your skin, leave to dry then rinsed off.
10: Shebah Musk: or Omani deodorant? It is the type of scent that is popular here in town. Shebah is a form sour-sweet kind of powder found in Omani market and used as a beauty powder especially in sensitive parts around the body. It helps brightened dark areas and get rid of the smell of sweat. Normally the Sheba is mixed with musk, oud, sandalwood or other powders or liquids and used as a body deodorant.