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Dokki, Cairo, Egypt.
Nefertari: Natural, Egyptian-Made Body-Care Products in Dokki
With over eight branches and kiosks located throughout Cairo, including Maadi, Zamalek and in Citystars, this beauty shop has been around for a few years now and their knack for producing quality body care products, all made in Egypt, has proven to be a success.
The shop in Dokki is located across from Alfa Market, near Viny Square. With just enough space to house their array of products, the set-up is clean – complementary to the shop’s overall sense of tranquillity and relaxation. The minute you walk in, you’re transported to a place far away from the cacophonic streets outside. Amiable, the sales attendant wasn’t pushy and was helpful with any questions we had.
If aromatherapy is of interest to you, this is the place to go for decently priced essential oils. Oils begin at 20LE and include standard scents such as a lavender, vanilla and peppermint as well as others. A great lift-me-up and energising oil is called neroli, and it could also be found available. For any questions regarding what oils serve what purpose, Nerfertari kindly provides a booklet with descriptions. Ceramic oil burners, in a variety of colours and designs, cost between 40LE and 60LE.
If you decide to reward yourself with a complete at-home spa day, stocking up on items in Nefertari won’t let you down. They carry plush robes and slippers, made from organic Egyptian cotton, as well as well-designed massage tools. Also available at Nefertari are a wide-range of scrubs, bath salts and other bath-time treats – all scented with one of Nefertari’s essential oils.
If you happen to be shopping for someone else, gift boxes are available ranging between 60LE and 300LE and include soaps, oils, washcloths and more. Nicely wrapped and well presented, they make a great gift option for anyone in need of a little pampering and care.
The options for natural self-care are endless and with Nefertari’s array of available products, it’s never been so easy. They’ve mastered the concept of simple beauty and beautification methods and it couldn’t be more refreshing. Step inside any of their heavenly-scented shops and you’ll instantly be impressed and taken away by the products they offer.
Although shopping has the magical ability to elevate the spirit, there’s something special about shopping for cosmetics and beauty products; the thrill of a simple lipstick or foundation transforming your look outweighs that of a new outfit which, unlike cosmetics, won’t be worn every day.
As glorious as it is to shop for cosmetics, spending a fortune is inevitable; when quality is indispensable, it’s better to endanger a bank account than putting health at stake. However, some brands manage to balance the equation by offering good quality products with decent prices, and Yves Rocher happens to be one of them.
Located next to US Polo in Mall of Arabia, the small shop boasts a collection of nature-inspired beauty products; from scented creams and anti-aging products, to makeup and fragrances. Starting with the makeup stand, Yves Rocher has all the items needed to make a decent makeup kit. Available in different tones, we tried the Zero Defaut creamy foundation (271LE), whose smooth texture gives full coverage without the dreaded cakey effect.
Of the same smooth texture, Yves Rocher has two lines of lipsticks, which share almost the same nude tones but differ in finishes. The first is reasonably priced (130LE), however, it has a slightly outdated shimmer that makes it almost impossible to wear these days, while the considerably more wearable second line, which boasts an almost-matte finish, costs a dear 190LE.
Since winter time demands well-moisturised skin, we shuffled through the stand where scented creams are on display along other complementary products like shower gels (400ml – 113LE). Yves Rocher has the usual fruity scents, like berries and coconut (50ml – 44LE), but those who are not into sugary scents will find Hydra Vegetal (119LE); a good option with an equally fresh scent – especially as it can be used as a facial cream.
But not everything at Yves Rocher follows the same good value-for-money; we noticed that the brand’s perfumes are a little overpriced. A 50ml-bottle of perfume, for example, starts from 375LE, and goes up to a hefty 575LE.
Apart from the expensive perfumes, though, Yves Rocher’s prices across their makeup, hand creams and moisturisers are actually quite reasonable if compared to other brands of the same calibre – making it one of those places where you enter looking for a certain item, but walk out of with a handful of products.