MARACA – A Sensory Journey…
For those of you who have not yet heard of MARACA, take note now – I predict this is going to become a name synonymous in NZ skincare, spa and home fragrance.
MARACA founder, Chris Lim, was inspired to create his original range after travelling through Europe. Speaking to locals in small communities, he discovered plants and herbs that have been used in eastern medicine and spiritual practices for centuries. These ancient methods of boosting vitality and health are just as relevant today. Every scent, every colour and every texture tells the story of the precious benefits to be found within every ingredient. With his strong passion for quality skin care and previous involvement with well-known global cosmetic companies, Chris developed the MARACA range using this precious knowledge.
I actually covered MARACA on Gurlinterrupted.com several months ago (you can read my original post here: Introducing MARACA) and since then the brand has grown and changed significantly! Now MARACA has a new look, direction and several new collections.
The collection I picked up recently (the ‘Bloom’ collection) prompted me to find out a little more about the inspiration behind MARACA’s new look (which I have to say has a very ‘Chanel-esque’ look and feel, with its crisp black & white packaging, finished with gold-foil detailing. Again, not surprising given Chris’ previous work with global cosmetic and perfumery brands). Chris wanted a more minimalistic, yet luxurious, clean look and feel, befitting his new streamlined collections. Moving away from producing a plethora of products, Chris focused only on the items that his clientele favoured. In skincare – body washes, body lotions and hand creams. In home fragrance – candles and diffusers.
Each collection is personally developed and created by Chris using sustainable practices that do not support animal testing, nor the use of parabens. He is devoted to the ethical use of the finest natural and nourishing plant essences, and all packaging is 100% recycled and 100% New Zealand made!
The BLOOM collection includes a body wash, body lotion and hand cream of the highest quality, with the most beautiful & delicate scent that lingers on your skin throughout the day. Oh, and the candles are also incredible (I grabbed one from the MARRAKESH collection). The MARACA candles fill your home with a delicious scent that seems to last all day, after only an hour or two burn-time.
Now, Chris isn’t one to boast (so I’m going to do it for him), but lets just say the well-known global cosmetic companies he worked for are some of the biggest names in the beauty industry, and it’s within this industry that Chris has built a reputation for having expert knowledge in perfumery, along with the rare ability to create the most exquisite combination of scents, each unique and perfectly balanced to tell any story requested of him, purely through a sensory journey. So much so, I happen to know Chris has been personally requested to create a unique perfume for not one, but two, rather well-known New Zealand media personalities. Yes, he’s that good!
To find out more about MARACA – head to www.maraca.co.nz (you will find many of the original collections here), or head to one of the many MARACA stockists to get your hands on the new collections now. For a list of stockists: www.maraca.co.nz/stockists/
A Girl Interrupted By Fashion, Beauty & Anything Pretty That Catches My Eye