Kahina’s Summer Solstice sale

June 17, 2016

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To celebrate the longest day of the year (and my 25th wedding anniversary), we are offering customers 20% off all Kahina products on our website through June 20 with code SUMMERSOLSTICE20. Its a great time to stock up on your skin and body care essentials for the season! Shop now and make sure to sign up for our email newsletter to receive information on all promotions and sales.

A Kahina Ritual for Summer Skin

June 7, 2016

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Memorial Day has always been the unofficial start of summer for me, as the thermometer in New York these past two weeks would corroborate. The season’s hotter temperatures create the need for lightweight moisture, and pore-clogging sunscreen and sweat make cleansing and exfoliating a must. Here is our recommendation for an ideal program to keep skin healthy all summer long.

1. To keep pores open and skin cleansed, apply our Antioxidant Mask twice weekly.
2. Cleanse night and day with our Facial Cleanser, infused with skin calming Blue Tansy and Neroli.
3. Gently hydrate and tone with our Toning Mist. Aloe Vera-based, it works to protect and heal skin from sun damage, before and after sun exposure.
4. Kahina Brightening Serum works to prevent dark spots from occurring due to sun exposure, while correcting existing damage.
5. Our Face Serum contains naturally occurring SPF from Carrot Seed Oil. Sea Buckthorn Oil, Pomegranate, and Argan Oil provide powerful antioxidant protection against harmful UVA rays.
6. Our Argan Oil is the perfect summer product, easily absorbed and full of vitamin E to repair sun damaged skin. The ideal multi-tasking oil, it is perfect for summer travel to use post sun on face and body, apply to hair before swimming to protect from salt and chlorine, and afterwards to condition.
7. Finish with our Lip & Face Balm applied to rough patches on face and to chapped lips – or use as a replacement for lipstick and to add a healthy sun-kissed glow to cheek and brow bones.

 

 

Kahina Lip & Face Balm

Kahina Eye Serum now contains Prickly Pear Seed Oil

May 23, 2016

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Our bestselling Eye Serum has received an upgrade with the addition of 100% organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil. Prickly Pear Seed Oil (aka figue de barbarie), with its high content of naturally occurring vitamin K and vitamin E, moisturizes and helps brighten dark under eye circles, making it the perfect compliment to the existing actives in our Eye Serum including:

Peptides boost collagen production and improve cellular oxygen consumption and blood flow
Sodium hyaluronate aids in moisture retention
Betaine offers superior hydration to the skin and can temporarily decrease the depth of wrinkles.
Polygonum fagopyrum (buckwheat) inhibits fat synthesis resulting in long term reduction in the appearance of bags under the eyes
Saccharamoyces cerevisiae increases microcirculation and reduces the appearance of dark circles
Rhodiola root extract helps skin maintain strength and elasticity and improves barrier function
Argan oil heals and repairs

The lightweight texture and consistency of the product that our customers have come to know and love is unchanged.

By incorporating more of this amazing ingredient into our products, we further our mission of providing exceptional skin care products while preserving, protecting and enhancing the resources (natural, human and cultural) behind the brand. Our high quality Prickly Pear Seed Oil is sourced from the same location as we source our Argan Oil in Morocco’s south, and provides an additional source of economic opportunity for the women in the region.

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The slightly revised INCI is as follows:

INCI: water/aqua/eau, betaine, Saccharomyces cerevisiae extract, Rhodiola rosea root extract, Argania spinosa (argan) oil*, glycerin*, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, hexapeptide-11, Opuntia ficus indica (prickly pear) fruit oil*, sodium hyaluronate, caprylic/capric triglyceride*, Polygonum fagopyrum (buckwheat) extract*, Argania spinosa (arganyl) leaf extract, maltodextrin, Olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, hydrogenated lecithin, sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, p-anisic acid
99.88% of the total of the ingredients are from natural origin
8.5% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming
Natural Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com

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In Celebration of Morocco’s Roses

May 11, 2016

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Each May, in the town of Kelaat M’Gouna in Morocco’s Valley of Roses, the rose petal harvest is celebrated with the Festival of Roses. Kelaat M’Gouna is the country’s largest producer of rose water and rose oil. Its Damask roses, originally brought to Kelaat M’Gouna by the French in 1938, are prized around the world for their fragrance. It takes approximately 3 tons of rose petals to obtain 1 liter of rose water through steam distillation. The petals are carefully separated from the rose buds, which are dried and sold. As the scent of roses wafts through the streets, the harvest is celebrated over three days of traditional Berber food, music, dancing and a parade culminating in the selection of the Rose Queen.

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We’ve incorporated the Moroccan Damask Rose into several of our products for their fragrance as well as their skin calming and soothing effects. Featured here are our Night Cream, Toning Mist, Essaouira and Fez Perfume Oils and Body Serums.

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Happy Earth Day! Kahina joins HAF to plant 5,000 trees in Morocco

April 22, 2016

 

Walnut tree seedlings planted by High Atlas Foundation. Photo by Heather Binns.

Walnut tree seedlings planted by High Atlas Foundation. Photo by Heather Binns.

 
Happy Earth Day! As a result of our campaign to raise money for the High Atlas Foundation’s “Trees For Life” initiative this month, we’ve succeeded in reaching our goal of raising the money to plant 5,000 trees! Thank you to all who supported us in our efforts.

The “Trees For Life” campaign is estimated to have lifted approximately 50,000 Moroccans out of poverty by by planting fruit trees to generate income and end their dependence on subsistence agriculture.

Here’s how it works: HAF has received land for the project from various organizations, including government agencies, local cooperatives, schools and women’s associations. Native tree species are planted in nurseries on the land and grown without the use of pesticides. Once the trees reach maturity, they are distributed to the surrounding population. Additionally, land management practices are put into place to prevent soil erosion and desertification, creating a simple program that ensures the longevity of Morocco’s people and environment.

To learn more about The High Atlas Foundation and its initiatives in Morocco, click here.

 

 

Photo by Heather Binns

Photo by Heather Binns

Become a Loyal Friend of Kahina

April 19, 2016

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You can now earn points toward future purchases when you shop on our website. Here’s how it works:

•Go to My Account and register

•We’ll give you 100 points for registering

•You’ll earn 1 point for every $1 spent

•Earn 100 points and receive a credit for $5

•You choose when to spend your credit.

Become a loyal friend today and start earning toward future purchases!

NEW: Pottery With Purpose for Kahina Limited Edition Soap and Dish Set

April 14, 2016

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Perfect for gifting, this very limited edition gift set comes packed in a box. Created by Terrice Basler of Pottery With Purpose, St. John’s Island, Newfoundland, this ceramic soap dish was custom-made for Kahina Giving Beauty and inspired by Moroccan textiles.

Terrice’s creations are inspired by a rural upbringing, blended with influences of her 20-year career in humanitarian development, especially in Africa, the Balkans, and China. As an activist and global village potter, Terrice seeks out engagement with like-minded enterprises and artisans, always looking for ways to make a difference in the world through clay.

More images from the studio of Pottery With Purpose:

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Springtime Skincare Ritual

April 11, 2016

 

 

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Spring is in full swing.  To prepare for warmer weather, we’re sloughing off winter skin, revealing dewy, glowy fresh air-ready skin.

Springtime Morning Skincare Ritual:

  1. Gently cleanse and exfoliate with Kahina Facial Cleanser.  Massage cleanser into damp skin and rinse.
  2. Tone and hydrate the skin with Kahina Toning Mist. This preps the skin for oils, treatments and moisturizers and helps to lock in hydration.
  3. Brighten dull winter skin with Kahina Brightening Serum. Apply a few pumps to fingertips and apply to face and neck.
  4. Let rest on face for a few minutes, then massage Kahina Argan Oil to face and neck in upward sweeping motions to hydrate and repair.
  5. Follow with Facial Lotion to seal in moisture and protect skin from harmful environmental factors.
  6. Dab brightening and hydrating Eye Cream around your eyes.  You’re ready to face the (warmer) day!

 

 

Join Kahina in offsetting CO2 emissions while empowering rural communities in Morocco

April 3, 2016

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Did you know:

According to American Forests’ Carbon Footprint Calculator, an American who drives on average 13,000 miles a year would need to plant nine to sixteen trees in order to offset their carbon emissions.

Kahina Giving Beauty is supporting The High Atlas Foundation, working with farmers and families across Morocco, to reach the organization’s goal of planting over 1 million trees this year. Not only does planting trees offset CO2 emissions, but it also provides rural Moroccan families with the skills and tools needed to achieve economic sustainability through fruit tree agriculture. At a price of $0.50 cents per fruit tree sapling, a little can go a long way!

We’re donating all proceeds from the sale of Kahina argan oil on our website for the month of April to the High Atlas Foundation as part of their Plant a Tree campaign. That means that for each large bottle of argan oil purchased, we can plant 164 trees! For each small bottle purchased, we’ll donate enough money to purchase 72 trees. Please help us to reach our goal of raising the money to plant 5,000 trees by Earth Day, April 22!

36 Hours in Essaouira

March 27, 2016

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To celebrate the launch of our ESSAOUIRA Perfume Oil, we’re publishing Katharine’s quick travel guide to Essaouira, Morocco, the breezy port town that inspired the scent of the Body Serum and new Perfume Oil.

First a little history:  In 1506, the king of Portugal ordered a fortress to be built in Essaouira, then called Mogador by the native Berbers who inhabited the location.   After Morocco regained control during the 16th century, various powers including Spain, England, the Netherlands and France tried in vain to conquer Mogador.  In the 18th Century, the name Essouira, translated as “beautifully designed,”  was adopted and a French architect was hired to build the medina surrounding the original fortress.  Ideally located to benefit from trade between Africa, Europe and the Americas,  Essaouira thrived as a Morocco’s most important trading site.

Essaouira is a perfect place to escape to and unwind after the hectic pace of Marrakech.  The temperature stays a moderate 75 degrees all year, due to the trade winds blowing off of the Atlantic, which also make it an attractive destination for windsurfers.  It is an easy daytrip from Marrakech, but I prefer to stay a night or two to really benefit from the laid back spirit of the beach town.

Day 1:
The first thing in the morning, wander down to the docks to watch the fishermen bring in the days haul. The locals will be there buying their fish for the day, jostling among numerous fish mongers with their wares laid out in boxes on the ground or in carts. A huge variety of fresh fish is on display, eyed by plenty of cats hoping for their chance.

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If you’re feeling brave, do what the locals do. Choose one of the vendors based on what looks good (even if you can’t identify the type of fish) and buy directly. There is a guy with a few tables and a grill at the end of the dock who will cook your fish and serve it to you on paper plates with bread for just a few dirhams.

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From the docks, I’ll continue on to walk the long, flat beach, stopping along the way at one of the sidewalk cafes across from the boardwalk for bessara, the traditional bean soup served for breakfast in Morocco.  At the far end of the beach, you can opt to ride camels and/or ponies surfside.

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For lunch, head back towards town where there is a row of open-air restaurant/stalls where you can choose the catch of the day.

Make time in the afternoon for the hammam, Morocco’s health and wellness tradition, which includes plenty of heat and steam, exfoliation and cleansing.  There are two types to choose from, the traditional version which is a shared experience in a large room, or a private session. Either way, treat yourself to Morocco’s foremost beauty products including: Beldi Soap, rhassoul clay, and argan oil.  If opting for the traditional version, make sure to stop at the souk and pick up your own products to bring with you on the way.

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Afterwards, make your way to the old fortress to watch the sun go down. Stroll along the walls of the medina on the way to browse the shops and art galleries there. There is a good selection of restaurants for dinner in the medina to suit your mood and budget.

Essaouira is known for its vibrant music scene.  Luminaries who have spent time in Essaouira include Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, whose presence is still felt today in the town’s low key, boho vibe.  Essaouira is the host of the annual Gnaoua World Music Festival, but it is not unusual to stumble across an improptu concert in the main square.

Day 2.
Take a drive south toward Agadir. It’s a beautiful drive through the argan forests. You’ll see goats in trees and some typical Moroccan villages. There are several argan cooperatives along the way to stop in and see how the nuts are cracked. Make sure to try the amlou with bread, a mixture of almonds honey and argan oil.

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If you are feeling ambitious, continue approximately 2 hours south to reach Agadir. There is a beautiful stretch of unspoiled coastline before you reach Agadir and multiple spots for surfing. Have lunch at any of the restaurants along the boardwalk of Agadir before heading back.

 

Where to Stay
L’Heure Bleue $$$
Luxury in a traditional Moroccan riad decorated in a Colonial Style.  I recommend lunch by the rooftop pool with a great view of Essaouira.

Madada Mogador $$$
A boutique hotel decorated in traditional Moroccan finishes with rooms on the ramparts overlooking the water and the medina.

36 Hours in Essaouira
Iconic blue boats in Essaouira’s port

Katharine L'Heureux in Morocco

About Katharine

Katharine's lifelong pursuit of natural skincare that works finally culminated in a trip to Morocco where she discovered the effectiveness of pure argan oil. Working with a chemist specializing in organic cosmetics, she developed the Kahina line to fulfill her own desire for a simple yet effective organic skin care regimen.

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