Riyafa products are totally natural and hypoallergenic. They don’t contain the synthetic fragrances and chemicals that cause problems in commercial mass produced cosmetics.

Although it’s extremely unlikely, we can’t guarantee you won’t have a reaction to the ingredients in our products so you should read these notes carefully and if you have any concerns you should do a patch test before using them regularly.

If you have any adverse reactions stop using the products immediately and talk to your medical advisor.

Argan oil

Ingredients (INCI Names): Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil

Argan Oil is a hypoallergenic, natural, organic product that doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, or artificial additives.


Although Riyafa Argan Oil is derived from the nut of the argan tree it has rarely been reported to cause allergic reactions.

It’s possible that Argan Oil could cause a reaction in some people. This could include rashes, skin itchiness, and even difficulty breathing.

If you are at all unsure of your tolerance then doing a patch test before incorporating Riyafa Argan Oil in your everyday beauty routine is strongly recommended.

If you have any adverse reactions stop using Argan oil immediately.

Savon Noir Soap and Cleansing Makeup Remover

Ingredients (INCI Names): Olea europaea (olive) oil, aqua, olea europaea, potassium hydroxid

Savon Noir is a hypoallergenic, natural, organic product that doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, or artificial additives. It’s made from olives and olive oil and allergic reactions are very rare.

The most common allergy associated with olives is a seasonal pollen allergy although there have also been reported cases of contact dermatitis and food allergies.

Serious allergic reactions to olive fruit are rare, and skin reactions aren’t common but have been documented.

Crystal Deodorant

Ingredients (INCI Names): Potassium Alum

Crystal deodorant is a great natural option for most people. It comes down to personal preference and how well it works and reacts with your body. Many people find it is more effective than chemical alternatives.

When you first switch from an antiperspirant to the crystal deodorant you may find that you sweat a little more than usual. Most people adjust within a few days.

It can also occasionally cause a slight allergic reaction such as inflammation, dryness, or redness. If the crystal deodorant continually irritates your skin you should stop using it.

Note about Aluminium in Deodorants

You may have read reports raising health concerns about antiperspirants and the aluminium salts they contain, especially in relation to certain types of cancer as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

Of particular concern are aluminium chloride, aluminium chlorohydrate, and aluminium zirconium chlorohydrate complexes used in commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.

There’s no definitive peer reviewed research linking aluminum with the diseases mentioned, the connection has been proposed because elevated levels of aluminium have been found in patients with these diseases.

The Potassium Alum in Crystal forms a layer on top of your skin

The Potassium Alum in crystal deodorant is a natural aluminium salt designed to sit ON the skin and cover it with a microscopic antibacterial layer.

The Potassium Alum molecule is too large to be absorbed through the skin at around 480 Daltons in size. The maximum size that can be absorbed is less than 450 Daltons.

Critics claim that once dissolved in water the Potassium Alum module could be absorbed but this is not proven and to work as it does it needs to NOT be absorbed.

The EWG Skin Deep database of cosmetic ingredients lists Potassium Alum as a “low” overall hazard for health concerns. It also lists it to be suspected not to be bio-accumulative meaning even if it is absorbed then it isn’t retained in your body.

The Aluminium in commercial antiperspirants are designed to be absorbed into your skin

Commercial Chemical antiperspirants work by preventing your body from sweating naturally.

The Aluminium-based complexes react with the electrolytes in your sweat to form a gel plug in the sweat gland.

Blocking your pores in this way prevents perspiration but can also lead to an undesirable buildup of toxins.

Conventional Chemical deodorants and antiperspirants also contain some or all of these chemicals which are thought to be harmful to your health and may irritate sensitive skin:

  • Aluminum chlorohydrate
  • Aluminum hydroxide
  • Parabens
  • Steareths
  • Triclosan
  • Propylene glycol
  • Triethanolamine (TEA)
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Artificial colors and fragrences

Riyafa Ghassoul

Ingredients (INCI Names):

As a hypoallergenic natural organic bio product Riyafa Ghassoul is relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction but as always if you have any concerns then make sure you take appropriate precautions, including patch testing and stop using immediately if you have any adverse reactions.

Riyafa Ghassoul is very well tolerated by all skin types.

Riyafa Ghassoul shouldn’t affect chemically dyed hair but again it is worth testing on a small patch just to be sure.

Prickly Pear Serum

Ingredients (INCI Names): Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil

Riyafa Prickly Pear Serum is a hypoallergenic, natural, organic product that doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, or artificial additives, it’s less likely to cause any skin irritation or allergic reaction (Although of course you should always test for allergic reactions if you are at all unsure).

It’s extremely light and quickly absorbed leaving no oily residues.

Why the INCI Name on the ingredients list is far more important than the common name

The INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) name is the scientific name for an ingredient and is standardised throughout the world. It differs from the common name for the ingredient which can vary by region.

In many parts of the World including the EU, the US and Canada, cosmetic regulation laws require that ingredients must be listed by their INCI names.

INCI lets consumers check for ingredients they may be allergic to wherever in the World they may be.