Winter meets its match with our new Moisture Mask

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Introducing our most luxurious product yet, Kahina Moisture Mask is a rich treatment mask that deeply hydrates, refines skin tone and texture and reduces redness.  Combining the anti-aging properties of red-wine grapes with the moisturizing and reparative properties of argan and prickly  pear seed oils in a creamy base with a lightly floral scent, this is the decadent experience that your skin will thank you for this season.

BENEFITS:
Increase skin’s water reserves to plump skin and improve barrier function with avena strigosa and a naturally occurring unique sugar compound. These combine with powerful ingredients that deliver essential fatty acids and potent antioxidants to neutralize free radicals that contribute to signs of aging:

  • Red wine grape extract with resveratrol – polyphenols provide powerful protection against skin aging
  • Prickly pear seed oil – Vitamin K brightens skin, Vitamin E repairs damage, antioxidants prevent skin aging and wrinkles
  • Mushroom extract – soothes skin and reduces redness
  • Sodium hylauronate – Draws moisture deeply into the skin
  • Aspen bark extract – anti-inflammatory to soothe irritation
  • Hordeum distichon and melissa offincinalis – powerful free radical scavengers

Scented with rose, geranium, lavender, neroli, blue tansy and sandalwood to relax and calm.

HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

The mask is phenomenal!  I’m serious.  I’ve tried so many moisturizing masks and this one really, really made such a difference.  Congratulations on this, Katharine.  Fantastic job.  I’ll be recommending this like crazy.
— The Green Product Junkie

Just in time is this new release from Kahina Giving Beauty, their luscious Moisture Mask.  I could not be more thankful to them for sending this to me for review.  Normally I wait a few weeks until I decide if I love a product, but after just one use, I am crazy for this pot of skin soothing gold.  When I applied it to my face this morning, my skin just drank it up.  I left it on for probably 20 – 25 minutes, wiped off the excess with a warm damp cloth and then warmed two pumps of Kahina’s Facial Lotion and two drops of Pai Skincare BioRegernate oil in my hands and put that all over my face and voila!  Ready to take on the cold with a plump and hydrated visage.
— Scent Hive

The Moisture Mask is amazing in transforming the skin’s texture plus improving the appearance of the skin.  Outstanding!!
— Former SVP Brand Development, REN Skincare

 

TO USE:
Apply a thick layer onto face, neck and around the eye area after cleansing.  Leave on for 15 minutes, then massage in and remove excess or leave on overnight for a deeply nourishing treatment.  Layer over oils for additional hydration.

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Kahina Serum gets a boost

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Our cult favorite gets a boost with the addition of Prickly Pear Seed Oil to its vitamin-packed ingredients. The addition of Prickly Pear Seed Oil to our beloved Serum makes this oil blend even more amazing!

BENEFITS:
Moisturizes skin, reduces redness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and offers protection against UV damage.

Loaded with vitamins K and E and essential fatty acids, Prickly pear seed oil has been shown to brighten, hydrate and reduce inflammation that can damage collagen, effectively preventing skin aging and wrinkles. In our Serum, it is combined with proven restorative ingredients including:

Carrot seed oil – offers natural spf, nourishes, tightens and rejuvenates skin
Pomegranate extract – effective in cell regeneration, UV protection, and anti-aging
Seabuckthorn seed oil –rich in vitamins C and A, promotes skin elasticity and cell regeneration
Coffee berry extract – rejuvenates aging skin while combatting UV damage
100% pure argan oil – rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids to heal and prevent free radical damage

Our Serum still has the same seductive fragrance – neroli, ylang ylang and myrrh make this effective oil blend a truly transcendent experience.

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The Season of Giving

Photo by Antillia Dufourmantelle

Photo by Antillia Dufourmantelle

As 2016 comes to a close, we at Kahina wish all of you peace, love and hope for the new year.

Because of you, our valued customers, Kahina was able to provide continued support to underprivileged communities in rural Morocco through donations to Education for All and to The High Atlas Foundation.

The growth of our business also meant that more women in need were able to benefit from fair wages earned by harvesting and cracking the nuts for our argan oil and prickly pear seed oil.  Read more here.

Beyond providing them with the means to earn a living wage, we were able to donate directly to these women and their families. This year, the money was used to purchase winter clothes and boots for the children living in the Anti-Atlas Mountains.

As important as this support in Morocco is, this year we could not ignore the suffering and devastation in Syria. While we usually concentrate our aide to support the women who do the work to produce the ingredients at the heart of our line, we were compelled to donate to the International Rescue Committee to support their work in Syria and in refugee placement around the world.

This year our message of connectivity, support and inclusion feel more important than ever before. In a year such as the one we’ve had, it is important to reinforce our humanity. There are so many organization that need help.

Here are a few others that we recommend and personally support

Planned Parenthood

American Civil Liberties Union

Natural Resources Defense Council

International Rescue Committee

World Wildlife Fund

Remember that “it is your light that lights the world” – Rumi

In light and friendship,

Katharine and James L’Heureux

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FROM KAHINA

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Its not too late to Give Beauty this holiday. From our pure, fair trade argan oil to our straight-from-the-hammam Beldi Soap,we’ve got something for everyone on your list. Order before Tuesday, December 20 and we’ll gift wrap your selection.

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Our Gift to You – a Complimentary Rosemary Lavender Soap with your purchase of $50 or more

Kahina Rosemary Lavender Argan Soap

Through December 30, receive a free Kahina Rosemary Lavender Soap with your purchase of $50 or more. The perfect stocking stuffer or gift for yourself.

• Antioxidant-rich argan oil with olive, coconut and shea oils leaves skin soft, smooth and moisturized
• Coarse-ground rosemary polishes skin and stimulates circulation
• Fresh scents of rosemary and lavender uplift and invigorate with natural antiseptic properties
• Paper wrap inspired by Moroccan tile designs and created by Archive New York

This Argan Soap cleanses, exfoliates and conditions for a supple, toned finish.

 

No code necessary.

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Kahina for Beauty Heroes – Giving is Beautiful

Photo by TLV Birdie

Photo by TLV Birdie


 

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We are huge fans of Jeannie Jarnot and her fresh and intelligent approach to the subscription box, offering full size products from one brand per month in her Beauty Heroes monthly mailing. Jeannie’s prior career in the Spa industry gives her the knowledge and experience to bring an informed opinion to the curation process and she has established herself as a thought leader in the green beauty world. We were thrilled that our Eye Serum was selected as a Hero for last year’s September box. This year, we are over the moon to be selected for a very special 13th discovery box.

 

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The theme of the special edition box is “Giving Is Beautiful” and we couldn’t agree more. The box includes a full sized Beldi Soap and kessa mitt, with a travel size of our Essaouira Body Serum and a Essaouira perfume oil sample. The perfect gift for someone special. Jeannie and Beauty Heroes are also donating to one of our favorite causes, Education For All, Morocco, so If you decide to keep it for yourself, you can still know that your purchase is making someone very happy.

 

 

Kahina Giving Thanks

Photo by Antillia Dufourmantelle

Photo by Antillia Dufourmantelle

Thanksgiving is upon us – a time when we celebrate and share abundance in our lives.   At Kahina Giving Beauty, we have much to be thankful for. We acknowledge and thank those people who work to create our products and keep Kahina running smoothly: from the women who harvest and crack the argan nuts in Morocco, to our chemist and production team, and the small group in our office and in the warehouse who take your orders and get your products to your door. We are grateful to you, our customers. Thank you for your support, encouragement and kindness in helping us to build this brand. We know that without you, we wouldn’t exist.

Gratitude, appreciation, humility and the wise use of resources – these are some of the most valuable lessons I have learned from my time spent with the Berber women of Morocco over the past nine years.   There has never been a more apt time to live up to these ideals than Thanksgiving 2016. I recently stumbled across this article on the Fifteen Principles of Thanksgiving by Peter Breggin, M.D. for The Huffington Post. A couple points particularly resonated:

Gratitude is the antidote to self-pity… It takes little imagination to know how much worse it has been for other people in previous ages and in other places. Be grateful for this life.

 Everything good requires courage. Find the courage to love, to be grateful, and to live by sound ethics. Especially be brave enough to speak when you are afraid

Read on for the full article:

  1. Love is joyful awareness. Love life—people, animals, nature, gardening, art and music, sports and exercise, literature, God—anything and anyone that brings you a joyful awareness of the wonder of being a living creature.
  1. Gratitude satisfies the spirit. Be grateful for all that you love and if you cannot think of anyone or anything that love, then be grateful you still have a chance to love. Be especially grateful for the opportunity help and to serve other people and good causes.
  1. Gratitude is the antidote to self-pity. Feeling sorry for oneself is ruinous. Especially don’t fall into believing that we live in the worst of times. It takes little imagination to know how much worse it has been for other people in previous ages and in other places. Be grateful for this life.
  1. Ethics guide the good life. Put ethics and principles above pleasure, convenience, safety, income, career, your presumed place in the world, and the way others view you. Living a principled life is the key to a satisfying life.
  1. Everything good requires courage. Find the courage to love, to be grateful, and to live by sound ethics. Especially be brave enough to speak when you are afraid.
  1. Dare to seek romantic love. Abiding love for a partner in life is the nearest we get to heaven this time around.
  1. Make a living by doing something that you love. Many people find a way to do it. Your occupation should feel like a privilege, a pleasure, and an opportunity to serve.
  2. Approach every single challenge in life with determination to master it. Otherwise you won’t handle it. Feeling helpless in the face of adversity is a prescription for failure. Deciding to take on the challenges is a prescription for self-satisfaction and makes success more likely.
  1. Don’t hide from or stifle your painful emotions. Feeling pain signals that there is something wrong in your life that needs immediate attention. Invite your painful emotions to tell you everything they can about what you really want out of life. All psychoactive substances, from illegal drugs to psychiatric medications, suppress our real emotions and should be avoided, especially in time of suffering and fear when we especially need to know what we are feeling.
  1. Reject being labeled with a psychiatric diagnosis like depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety. There are no “psychiatric disorders;” only life disorders. All of us have to struggle, to go through hard times, and to find a way of becoming more in control of our emotions and more successful in our actions.
  1. Don’t think of yourself as a survivor. Intending to survive guarantees little more than getting by. Think of yourself as some who intends to triumph.
  1. Forgiving other people liberates us from hate. You won’t get even by hating, you’ll get miserable, bitter and spiritless. Take care of yourself by forgiving, and if necessary by avoiding hurtful people, but don’t waste a minute hating.
  1. Seek a worthwhile life rather than happiness. The search for happiness will distract you from what matters and even make you crazy. Happiness is often a matter of luck—the way we are shaped by childhood, where we happen to be born, health, and circumstance.
  1. No one knows the meaning of life but it’s certain that life is best lived with love, gratitude, ethics, courage, and a determination to give it your best effort. A sense of worth is guaranteed and happiness will often tag along as well.
  1. Let your spirit be touched, and touch the spirit of others, with love.

 

Morocco’s tradition of gifting

Rania Soussi Temli

Rania Soussi Temli

The holiday season is almost upon us and our attention turns to securing the perfect gifts for friends and family. In Morocco, the gifting ritual is important all year long. We sit down with our newest Kahina team member, Rania Temli, to discuss the importance of gifting in Morocco.

As a pure Berber born in the South of Morocco and who grew up in Tangier, I was raised in a culture where expressing gratitude and appreciation is second nature. In Morocco, gift giving is intertwined with Islamic traditional belief. In Islam giving a present is one of the best ways to show love, respect, honor and appreciation towards another person. For this reason, people really value the concept of gifting. If you are invited to a traditional Moroccan family’s home, you will most likely be given a lot of food and a ‘thank you’ gift for coming and accepting the invitation. A guest might receive olive oil, sugar cones or tea. Likewise, it is very appreciated for a guest to bring a gift to the hosts as a symbol of “thankfulness” or “A Choukr” in Moroccan. Typical hostess gifts are nuts, pastries, or flowers.

Join us in welcoming Rania to our Kahina family. She will be at ABC Home in New York City on Friday afternoons. Who better than Rania to help you find the perfect Kahina gift for someone you love?

Andrea’s Fall Beauty Routine

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Meet Andrea Lee, Kahina’s Manager of Operations. If you’ve called to place an order or with a question about our products, you probably already know how sweet and helpful she is. In addition to her naturally upbeat disposition, she has enviable glowy skin and shiny hair that always seems perfectly coiffed, even on ponytail days. Read below for Andrea’s personal beauty routine and Kahina favorites.

As summer transitions into fall, I’m sure of two things:

1. Wedding season has finally come to an end
2. Wellness & skincare changes are in order

While New Years Eve/Day marks the end and beginning of the year, in my mind, fall is the true restart button. It’s the perfect time to repair my body and skin after a busy, sun-filled season. Being as fair-skinned as I am, I spent the last 3.5 months coating my body (especially my face!) in sunscreen. Now, I make a point to exfoliate my body and face multiple times a week to get rid of the dead skin, cleanse, and improve overall skin tone. I love coffee in any and every form. I want it in a large mug and on my body. I recently made my own scrub out of Kahina Argan Oil and coffee grounds – Its ability to help diminish cellulite when applied topically, improve blood flow and make skin glow has me incorporating it into my routine in every way possible.

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On my face I’ve been using the Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask 3x a week, followed immediately by the Toning Mist. I follow with the Brightening Serum to help take care of any sun damage and discoloration that may have occurred during the summer. October in New York requires extra-moisturizing products for my skin due to the decreasing temperatures and finicky seasonal changes. Time to step up the hydration! I have normal/dry skin and have been using the Kahina Giving Beauty Night Cream during both the day and night as well as the Eye Cream. The face serum has been my favorite, “can’t live without, go-to product”. I use it in the morning and in the evening, and also put a few drops into my cream for extra moisture. The serum is my everything.

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Wellness emerged as an October priority. So far, my summer-fall wellness transition has been slow. But, I’ve started incorporating green smoothies into my diet multiple times a week (which, let’s be honest, should be a year-round practice…) and had my comeback to yoga at Yoga To The People. I’m a seasonal runner and am partial to cooler temperatures. I only run during fall, winter and spring and once summer begins, I [temporarily] retire my running shoes until the temperatures drop. I live a short walk away from Central Park, so exploring all of the paths has been an incredible running adventure so far. Exercise is known to improve circulation, so hopefully the post-workout glow and healthy habits will stick!

 

The Beauty of Giving Beauty

Photo by Antillia Dufourmantelle

Photo by Antillia Dufourmantelle

Aside from the concept of elevating the Berber women at the heart of our line, Giving Beauty also reflects another idea – the power of beauty rituals to heal, connect and to build self-esteem. In Morocco, the public hammam is a place in which bonding between mothers and daughters, sisters, and friends, occurs. One sister can be seen brushing another’s hair, a mother bathes her daughter, two friends scrub each others backs. These are intimate expressions of caring that are encouraged within the confines of the hammam. Closer to home, consider the experience of getting a facial or massage: the generosity in the act of performing a treatment. The best practitioners give their energy and focus to create a sanctuary that allows another to feel safe and special in their most vulnerable moments, in their skin.

We can also create these experiences by giving ourselves permission to take time to nurture ourselves, to treat our senses, to believe “we are worth it”. What a simple gift that is! In Morocco, this isn’t considered a luxury or indulgence, but a necessity.

 

photo by Antillia Dufourmantelle

photo by Antillia Dufourmantelle

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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