Global Gifts

Ever since I was ten years-old and I saw my Bahamian great aunt rub the gooey gel from an aloe vera leaf all over her face, I’ve been fascinated by the beauty rituals of women from other countries. Here are some of my favorite beauty secrets from around the globe. These are worth a try, ladies— they really do work!
: Rice bran to even out the complexion of the face and body. (pictured left)
Go Global at Home with: Fresh Rice Formula f21c Sake Bath ($75;

coconut oil
INDIA: Coconut oil for thicker, shinier, stronger hair.
Go Global at Home with: The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine ( $10,
AUSTRALIA: Tea tree oil for skin damage – sunburn, acne, dryness.
Go Global at Home with: Liz Earle Spot On RollerBall ($15,
BRAZIL: Coffee to plump and smooth skin.
Go Global at Home with: Uhma Nagri Amazon Aktya Espresso Body Smoother ($30;

—Mrs. Ayren

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  • krankin

    What about shea butter from the Motherland!

    Great post, Ayren.

  • Windy

    Rice Bran Oil is in all my homemade concoctions. I just made a body scrub and scented it with plumaria and it works very well at softening my skin. Rice Oil is loaded with vitamin E.