Updated: Aug 22, 2020
Muzon Ashgar founded MZN Bodycare, the first Saudi natural skin & body care brand. They pride themselves on creating products that are ‘Made In KSA’. A majority of their workforce is made up of women which is unique to the Saudi manufacturing sector. By using fragrances like oud, musk, powder, white flowers and more, MZN includes its heritage into its products. Combining their Saudi heritage with the local ingredients, MZN creates products that not only rejuvenate the skin but also instill a sense of nostalgia and tradition.
Muzon explains: “As MZN grows, we look at expanding our staff by hiring more women and providing them with adequate training and knowledge to excel in the field”. All MZN Bodycare products are made in their own female run workshop in Dammam.
Team Ezal approached Mrs. Muzon and asked her about the idea behind MZN bodycare and about the journey of her company’s growth.
Mrs. Muzon, can you tell us about how you started MZN Bodycare?
I grew up in a family that appreciated arts and crafts, my mother, an art teacher, instilled in me a love of handmade crafts and products. I have fond childhood memories of her working on craft projects to create beautiful home accessories.
I attended the College of Architecture and Planning at King Faisal University, where I graduated top of my class with a degree in interior architecture. After getting married, I traveled to the UK with my husband where I undertook a master’s degree in design. I then returned to Saudi Arabia and started working as a college lecturer.
What inspired you to start a body care company?
One day I invited my friends to a spa party, and I decided to make them giveaways that matched the theme. After doing some research online, I decided to create some DIY skin care products. I began to search for the raw materials and packaging with a degree of interest and detail that I could not explain at the time. Because I'm a designer, I also designed a “MZN” logo for the gifts and also designed some labels. My friends were so happy with their gifts that they asked me for more.
I decided to have a go at selling the skin care products I created, when I heard about new family bazaar events where artisans can sell their handmade items. When the stock sold out at my first bazaar, I knew that this was something I wanted to explore further and see where it could lead.
After that I ran my fledgling brand from home, taking over the family kitchen, which was filled with different kinds of butters, essential oils and empty containers. I signed up for skin-care formulation and soap-making courses, while continuing to sell my products until I received several offers from local pharmacies, boutiques and online stores to sell the products through them.
None of this came easy; there was lots of hard work and long hours to prepare the products, design labels and to stand and sell my products at the bazaar while taking care of my family.
You have a lot of female employees and you aim for women empowerment. Why is it important to you?
Women have been all but absent in the Saudi manufacturing sector. As MZN grows, we look at expanding our staff by hiring more women and providing them with adequate training and knowledge to excel in the field.
We have suitable working hours for moms and a child-friendly environment. We have also conducted workshops on natural skincare & soap making to educate and empower aspiring young women who are looking to start a business in the same field.
I have always looked up to female entrepreneurs because most of the time their businesses leave a positive impact in their societies by hiring women and empowering them to achieve their goals.
What makes the MZN body care products unique?
Because we live in a dry and extremely hot environment, we are focused on creating products that moisturize and keep the skin healthy and glowing. We also produce products that are inspired by the local flora and traditions of the kingdom.
Where are MZN bodycare products made?
All MZN Bodycare products are small-batch, hand-crafted, artisan products produced in our own female run workshop in Dammam.
We only use the highest quality natural raw materials. We produce a selection of body moisturizers, scrubs, traditional soaps, body mists, lip care products as well as gift sets.
What are the different product ranges that your company offers?
MZN products are natural skin care products that are free from harmful chemicals. We produce body butter that is made mainly of shea butter, which is a very well known moisturizer. However, we offer a more refined and luxurious version of the one that is sold locally but at an affordable price. We also produce scrubs and soap scrubs that are made with coffee, sugar, local sea salt, and sweet almond oil that remove dead skin and leave the skin moisturized and smooth.
Additionally, MZN also produces natural soap bars that are suitable for face and body, made with locally sourced aloe vera juice and beneficial skin extracts. Our current customer favorite is the activated charcoal with tea tree extract.
MZN body care is one of the few Saudi based skincare companies. How do you include Saudi heritage in your products?
We use fragrances that are loved and familiar to our customers (oud, musk, powder, white flowers ) and our products use local flora and plant extracts as active ingredients in our products. We use date seed oil, prickly pear, aloe vera, pomegranate and hibiscus extracts. We also use frankincense and myrrh extracts as they are known to be beneficial for the skin.
Ezal got a chance to try out some of their exquisite products and here is what we have to say about them:
Rich with moisturizing sweet almond oil, and pomegranate seed and hibiscus extracts, your skin will be toned and moisturized after using this gentle scrub, full of softening sugar granules & invigorating ground coffee.
Ezal review: There’s a reason why this product happens to be one of MZN’s best sellers. The coffee scrub is pure caffeine bliss that gently exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling smooth. That combined with its amazing smell of ground coffee make it a must try.
Lavender body oil
This body oil absorbs into the skin quickly and is rich with plant oils such as Shea oil, Prickly Pear Oil, and date seed oil. The body oil, which is full of antioxidants, helps tone and firm the skin through intense hydration.
Ezal review: This product works best when used post shower. The body oil not only moisturizes the skin but also leaves it glowing. Its lavender fragrance is soothing to the senses and lasts a long time after application.
Powder body mist
Natural mist to perfume your body and hair. The mist contains glycerin to moisturize. Alcohol free, scented with a hint of floral and musk notes, just like baby powder the mist leaves you feeling refreshed and clean.
Ezal review: MZN's power body mist not only has a gentle scent but also helps moisturize the skin and leaves it smelling fragrant. The mist's floral scent is perfect to spray on for a day out with your friends!
Whipped soap scrub in Pink Musk
A luxurious and foamy product that will transform your shower experience! The whipped soap scrub is full of sugar granules, and boasts a whipped, airy texture that will gently exfoliate, cleanse & hydrate your entire body in the shower.
Scented with A feminine blend of lily of the valley, sugared strawberries, pink grapefruit and white sandalwood.