Get access to the newest and best products from high end beauty, lifestyle and grooming brands.

Scroll to Info & Navigation

Natural Healing: Tiossan’s Top 3 Organic Ingredients

image

Last week Magatte Wade, the founder of back-to-basics skincare line Tiossan, paid a special visit to Birchbox HQ. Not only did we get the chance to sniff, dab, and blend Tiossan’s all-natural products firsthand, but we also got a mini skincare lesson direct from Senegal-born Wade—whose radiant complexion, we might add, speaks volumes about her skincare habits.

Having grown up among traditional Senegalese healers, Wade has always been fascinated by ancient knowledge of natural beauty aids. And her globetrotting ways—she’s lived everywhere from France to Silicon Valley—have given her a well-rounded perspective on what works (and what doesn’t). “It has been my little game to take the best of each culture and put them together in a combination that is mine,” she says. (Just one sniff of her sugar-infused Body Scrub, and we were itching to jump in the nearest shower for a test drive.)

And Tiossan’s mission extends way beyond skincare: 10% of profits are earmarked for founding innovative schools in Senegal. Wade aspires to use Montessori-style teaching methods to help unlock students’ creativity—and foster more of the entrepreneurial spirit she’s put to such beautiful use.

image

In addition to French-inspired fragrances, Tiossan’s products are based around three traditional Senegalese ingredients. Here, a quick primer on their skin-saving powers:

Organic aloe vera: This trusted succulent makes skin supple in two different ways: It has water to moisturize, and oil to hydrate—meaning it locks in the moisture that’s been added.

Organic unrefined shea butter: According to Wade, the unrefined version is ideal because it retains the built-in vitamins and fatty acids your skin needs. With extra fatty acid action, your skin’s elasticity and moisture levels get a boost.

Organic black seed oil: This powerhouse oil is a natural anti-inflammatory that’s renowned for its myriad healing properties. “The elders believe that it could cure anything—except for death,” says Wade. While death may be too much to ask, this antioxidant-rich balm packs a wrinkle-defying punch when applied to skin.

—Amary

Want more Tiossan? Check out more products in the Birchbox Shop.

The African Body Butter That Rescued My Dry Hands

Start treating chapped hands with this heroic body butter. (Photo at top: blueplanetbiomes.org; Photo at bottom left: natural-homeremedies.com

Even though I’m a beauty fanatic, I rarely give my dry hands the TLC they need. From ravaged cuticles to an awkward fear of handshakes, the evidence of my neglect is clear. But with New Year’s resolutions fast approaching, I decided to turn this sad situation around.

While there’s no shortage of dry-hand treatments out there, many tend toward the greasy side and offer only quick fixes. For a lasting solution, I knew it would take something different. Enter Shea Terra Organics BANANAS & BAOBABS Whipped Shea Butter Ultimate Moisturizing Body Crème.

Read more

Ingredient Decoder: Shea Butter

Photo via Fekkai

Earlier this year, I hit the ultimate beauty jackpot: eight bottles of free Fekkai shampoo and conditioner from their Essential Shea Collection. No, I didn’t raid the pricey Fifth Avenue salon. I was actually at a bar trivia night, and my team was divvying up a prize of donated spa goodies after winning first place. I guess no one else liked to wash their hair, because the precious Fekkai products remained untouched until I slipped them into my bag. Who knew my knowledge of Pippin and other obscure musicals would eventually pay off in the form of great hair? 

Read more