On subsequent trips to Morocco, Katharine met with the Berber women who extract the argan oil: a labor-intensive process using techniques passed down through the generations. It was in getting to know these women and listening to their stories that Katharine realized that argan oil was more than a mere cosmetic ingredient, but a beauty secret kept alive through the sharing of traditions. Inspired by their warmth of spirit, Katharine decided to foster a giving form of beauty that would honor the Berber women and their craft while helping to improve their lives.
Kahina Giving Beauty is a holistic line of organic skin care named for a Berber Queen and prophetess, a symbol of empowerment and a heroine for the Berber women. Kahina Giving Beauty donates a percentage of profits to support programs that improve the lives of these women.
Since founding her company in 2008, Katharine has made multiple trips to Morocco to personally source the oil and ensure the ethical treatment of the women who work to extract the oil. As a testament to the essential role the female artisans play in the effectiveness and beauty of the Kahina line, their actual signatures grace the packaging on every product.