Not everybody know, but beauty traditions are one of the hidden secrets of the Tanzanian coast. You will be surprised, spending some hours in the Spa of a luxury resort of Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar… get prepared to be treated like a sultan!
Traditional beauty treatments are a precious heritage that still shows elements of the cultures’ mix living in these areas during the centuries. The local production of natural cosmetics flavoured tropical fruit, flowers and spices is just incredible. Stunning settings inspired to the ancient time will make your experience unforgettable.
Amazing scrubs, made by dried ylang ylang, jasmine, rose and other flowers, clove, sandalwood, geranium and rose water, and many more, are probably the most typical treatment loved by many local women. Spas add also some aromatherapy and relaxing massages with oils and essences. The best of the best? Choose a Zanzibari “singo” scrub, and you won’t get wrong!
If you like henna decoration, you can request one as well. Henna is made by pounding the dried leaves of ‘mhina’ plant, which is then mixed with water to form a paste. Decorations (floral are the most typical in Zanzibar, but also the Indian style is quite diffused, especially in the area of Dar Es Salaam) can be made on hands, feet and ankles: after the application you have to wait until the paste is completely dried, before removing the excess brushing gently.
Before getting back home, don’t forget to buy some perfumes, oils and essences… the Tanzanian art of beauty spa is a local excellency and the perfect way to complete your adventure in this beautiful country.