A visit to a new place can help balance our perspective, renew our gratitude and tap into our creative flow. Traveling allows us to connect with different local cultures, opening our eyes to fresh possibilities and reinvigorating our appreciation for the beautiful planet we share. Our roots at Poethique are grounded in connecting with indigenous cultures and learning from them: nature didn’t intend for our skin to be slathered with harsh chemicals and toxins and cultural beauty knowledge from around the world reflects that. From the beaches of Peru to the mountains of India here are some of the places that have helped inspire us.
Marrakech is an eclectic mix of unique culture, art, and adventure. The heady city has a vibrant atmosphere, bursting with rich sights, smells and sounds. Exquisite artistry is everywhere you turn, from the breathtaking architecture to the delicious cuisine. Visit the souks, ancient markets with an endless supply of shops, galleries, and cafes. Outside, the streets are lined with elaborate mosques, palaces, and gardens begging to be explored. To soothe and restore your mind and body head to the hammam, traditional Moroccan bathhouses. Treat yourself to a steam, massage, and treatments with essential oils. For a more personal experience, stay at a riad instead of a hotel. These luxurious but affordable guesthouses allow you to truly experience what Moroccan culture is all about.
Set on a small archipelago in the Mediterranean, Malta is the perfect getaway for anyone who loves sun, sea, and history. Full of beauty and culture, it’is a rich mix of breathtaking architecture, prehistoric temples, and hidden ocean coves. The island is home to some of the oldest buildings in the world including numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and underground halls that date back to 4000 B.C. Gorgeous beaches and saltwater pools carved into the cliffs make offer the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. During the day, visit one of the many restored historic sites, explore secret caves in Gozo or relax on the beach. At night, the city of Valletta is bursting with clubs, wine bars, and little restaurants along the water.
Kolkata and Darjeeling, India
Kolkata is an intellectual, artistic and cultural hotspot known for its romantic architecture, cultural festivals and vibrant food scene. There’s always something to do, see, or taste in the busting streets. Once you’ve had your fill, switch up the pace with a visit to Darjeeling, a gorgeous mountain town nestled the Himalayan foothills. From there, you can head up into the mountains for a train, trek or glamping trip. It’s also a great base from which to explore the surrounding monasteries. Whatever your speed, make sure to soak up all the local knowledge the area has to impart. This knowledge is what inspired us to utilize neem oil as a key ingredient in our skin cleanser. Cold pressed from an evergreen tree indigenous to the heartland of India, neem is frequently referenced in ancient Ayurvedic writings for its use in treating a wide range of skin issues.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is an ancient ecosystem that has provided an essential function to our oceans for thousands of years. But the window to save this vital natural wonder is closing fast. In recent years, a rise in ocean temperatures has caused several mass bleaching events that have impacted over fifty percent of the once vibrant reef. Conservation efforts rely on your tourism dollars to make a difference. Make sure you’re supporting ethical businesses while you’re there – mismanaged or irresponsible tourism can cause even more harm to the already delicate reef. You can help spread the word by sharing what you see on social media and with researchers who are tracking the health of the reef. Our caviar limes and wild plums in our facial serum are sustainably sourced from Australia, reflecting our commitment to protecting and preserving the environment.
Northern Peru is often overshadowed by the Machu Picchu region, which actually works to its advantage. It’s quieter, more peaceful and relatively less expensive than some of the busier areas of the country. Head to Mancora, a beach town that draws a big surf crowd for its world-class waves and chill vibe. It’s the perfect place to be outside during the day and party at night. Another must-visit is Cajamarca, a little town hidden in the mountains and celebrated by locals for its delicious cheese, chocolate, and natural hot springs. We source our sacha inchi oil from small farmers in the jungles of Peru. Legendary for it’s hydration and revitalization properties, it’s one of the main ingredients in our facial elixir.
From camping to climbing, there are tons of ways to soak up the natural beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak. The mountain is encircled by a forest that is home to many different species of endangered animals. You can drive through the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, stopping off at basic or luxury campsites along the way or, if you’re into it, hike up the mountain. If you are planning to climb, make sure to time it right, do your research and go prepared. The best time to go is between late June and October and between late December and February. At other times heavy rains make the forest slippery and cover the routes to the summit in snow. Whatever you decide to do, while you’re there make sure to be respectful of the land and the animals.