After 30 years living the dream, she realised that actually, she wasn’t. An entrepreneurial streak runs in the family – her Dad always wanted to go out on his own, but never quite got there. Though if he had, he knew what he’d call his brand: Merumaya combines the first two letters of every family member’s name, so by using it, that particular dream has also come to life.
When Maleka talks me through her range I am genuinely excited. The ‘Integrative Effective Skincare’ approach combines the best that nature has to offer with the most scientifically proven ingredients, to fight further aging while reducing the existing signs. The products are packed with powerful active ingredients in anti-blemish formulas: they sound exactly the answer to my current skincare woes.
|Manual Cleansing Brush|
Currently the range includes cleansers, a moisturiser, eye-cream, face mask and peel, along with a manual cleansing brush and daily cleansing cloths (which are heavier than muslin to retain the warmth of the water, but lighter than a traditional face cloth). Everything feels high-end and luxurious, with melty, sensorial textures and the gorgeous Merumaya trademark scent. The cleansing balm particularly interests me: I think I may finally have a contender for Liz Earle’s place on my bathroom shelf.
Pricewise, I am in for a pleasant surprise. Nothing is more expensive than €43.50 (that’s for the serum, and the sterling/euro conversion is fair and decent, too). Maleka is saving costs on advertising (there isn’t any), on packaging (simple, hygienic and effective), and by taking an initial hit to her bottom line.It surprises me how much I’ve enjoyed the meeting. At one stage, Maleka is talking about the importance of feeling good as well as looking it. “You know when you see a woman who’s 100% confident in herself and what she’s doing, and it’s so attractive - it draws people in?” I think anyone who’s ever met her will know exactly what she means.
Merumaya Integrative Effective Skincare launches in Arnotts in February. I’ve just started my regime so watch this space for my reviews in a few weeks’ time!What’s your favourite skincare brand?