Like a kid on her gap year abroad who's filling her feed with Angkor Wat Instagrams, the beauty industry is returning home with an expanded idea of what "beautiful" can be—and a suitcase full of juice masks and ghassoul to play with as a result. Its latest (re)discovery? This clay pot that turns into lip stain when you wet it.
Sold as "Aker" or "Aker Fassi," this North African/Berber product is made of red ochre terra cotta that's been blended with powdered poppy or rose petals and wax. When you rub it with water or oil, the pigments dissolve, creating a sort of natural Benetint you can use on lips and cheeks. (H/T to stylist assistant Beverly Nguyen, who mentioned it in her Into the Gloss interview and sent readers spasming/to the darkest recesses of the internet in search of their own clay pots.)
Here it is in action:
Sourcing has always been the problem with non-Western cosmetics, but with the aforementioned gap-year vibes and borders collapsing thanks to the worldwide Web, you've now got a few options for acquiring one:
A. Book a flight to Paris and buy one at Officine Universelle Buly, the chicest beauty emporium in the world
B. Wait for Buly's website to restock
C. Travel to Morocco, where you can allegedly get one for the equivalent of €1
Though, if we could, we'd go for a fifth choice: all of the above.
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