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A girls’ drive, the bumpy roads of Mexico, giggles, discoveries, and suddenly, a community out of the world and time.
This is how Mawena begins: like an adventure.
Helena, our founder, was at the time a negotiator in international affairs. During a trip to Mexico with her sister and their friend, they decide to go to meet the Mayan tribes in the difficult to reach region of Chiapas. They then come across a remote village, far from everything, where time seems to have stood still. And if the villagers are fascinated by Helena because of her black skin, she is captivated by the beauty of that of her hosts! It is during a session of temazcal, the Mayan equivalent of the sauna, that the inhabitants of the village reveal to Helena their best beauty secret: the tepezcohuite, also called “skin tree. Skin Tree, literally “skin tree”. It is a plant that is only found in two places in the world, in Mexico and Brazil. Used by the Mayans since the dawn of time thanks to its extraordinary regenerating properties, tepezcohuite was all the rage among scientists after an incident of fate.

In 1984 and 1985, explosions and earthquakes ravaged the country. Having heard of the disasters, the Mayans then descended from their mountains, their arms laden with tepezcohuite, assuring the doctors that it was the perfect plant against burns and wounds. The result was so convincing that the scientific community quickly developed an affection for the plant.

Still little used in cosmetics because it is difficult to find, tepezcohuite is, in addition to an ancestral Mayan beauty secret, a real bomb of benefits for the skin: rich in tannins and saponosides, it is antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, stimulant and antioxidant.

In other words: hello skin not only more resistant to stress, UV rays and aging of the skin, but also more plump, more unified, with tighter pores and a brighter complexion. The dream of all skin types, especially the delicate, sensitive and problematic.

A real treasure of Nature. It didn’t take much for the click to happen in Helena’s head: the tepezcohuite had conquered her, she had to pass it on to other women.

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