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36 Hours in Essaouira

May 5, 2015

36 Hours in Essaouira

To celebrate the launch of ESSAOUIRA Body Serum, we’re giving you Kahina founder Katharine L’Heureux’s quick travel guide to Essaouira, Morocco, the town that inspired the new scent.

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 jostling among numerous vendors with their wares laid out in boxes on the ground or in carts to buy their fish for the day. A huge variety of fresh fish is on display, eyed by plenty of cats hoping for their chance.

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.

Otherwise, head back towards town where there is a row of open-air restaurant/stalls where you can choose the catch of the day from glass cases and they will serve you with a touch more formality.

After lunch take a stroll on the beach and watch the wind-surfers. Towards the end of the long beach, you can ride camels and gallop horses.

Make time in the afternoon for the hammam. There are two types to choose from, the traditional hammam which is a shared experience in a large room, or a private hammam session. Either way, treat yourself to the traditional beauty treatments of Moroccan women including exfoliation with savon noir, a rhassoul clay mask, and argan oil massage. 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.

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 galleries there. There is a good selection of restaurants for dinner in the medina to suit your mood and budget.

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. 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

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

Fish Market in Essaouira
Fresh fish can be grilled surfside for lunch

camels on the beach at Essaouira
Camels nap on Essaouira’s beach

Orange Cart in Essaouira

Inside the Hammam at Madada Mogador
The beautiful hammam at Madada Mogador

Argan forest
The argan forests are a fun day trip from Essaouira

On Essaouira

May 4, 2015

Katharine L'Heureux in Essaouira Morocco
Morocco is the heart and soul behind Kahina Giving Beauty. Our new ESSAOUIRA BODY SERUM is inspired by the breezy village by the sea.

Here, Kahina founder and CEO Katharine L’Heureux reflects on her experiences in Essaouira.

When was the first time you traveled to Essaouira?
Essaouira was my first stop on a journey to discover the argan forests in January of 2008. After discovering argan oil on a trip to Morocco the previous year, I returned to learn all that I could about the precious oil, where it grows and the methods of its production. The argan forests begin around Essaouira and continue south and east. I always make sure to spend a couple of days relaxing and enjoying Essaouira before delving into the more rugged argan region to the south.

What makes Essaouira different from all the other cities in Morocco?
Essaouira has a rich history as complex as the history of Morocco itself. Conquered by the Portuguese in the 15th Century as a fortress against the Spanish, it was reclaimed by the King of Morocco 150 years later. Under Moroccan rule, a French architect was hired to design the city in the 18th Century. So you have this amazing juxtaposition of Portuguese fortress, French architecture, and Muslim culture. Because it is in Southern Morocco, it can be very traditional, but Essaouira has also inspired generations of musicians, famously including Jimmy Hendrix, and so it attracts an interesting mix of visitors today. I love all the layers, but most of all I love that it is really just a sleepy port city without the bustle and glitz of Marrakesh just two hours away.

What is your strongest memory of Essaouira?
When I think of Essaouira, I think of beautiful blue everywhere – blue boats in the harbor, blue shuttered windows against whitewashed walls, blue taxis, all in the most beautiful shade. After the dusty chaos and sand colors of Marrakesh, it is always such a relief to arrive here and breathe the fresh ocean air and just relax.

What elements of Essaouira do you feel are captured in ESSAOUIRA Body Serum?
Fresh and crisp, yet sultry at the same time, I wanted a scent that would evoke the breeziness of the Moroccan seaside village. Floral notes mingling with citrus and wood make me think of rose geraniums in blue pots against white washed walls in meandering alleyways amidst vendors selling fresh orange juice and the scent of sandalwood wafting from the apothecary.

For Katharine’s Essaouira travel tips with can’t-miss spots, click here.

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Introducing Kahina ESSAOUIRA Body Serum

May 1, 2015

Kahina Essaouira Body Serum

We’re thrilled to introduce ESSAOUIRA Body Serum, a new all-natural scent for our classic body serum formulation.

What is the inspiration behind the name and scent? Essaouira is a Moroccan town by the sea and we wanted to create a light, breezy scent to match.

How do you pronounce Essaouira? Roughly “es-uh-weer-uh”

What notes are found in the scent? Rose, lavender, geranium, sandalwood and petitgrain

How do you use a body serum? A body serum’s main objective is to moisturize. We recommend applying a generous amount after a bath or shower, with slightly damp skin. The water helps the oils absorb and hydrate even better. You can of course apply it to dry skin as well.

What are the key moisturizing ingredients? We’ve created a special blend of absorbent antioxidant- and vitamin-rich oils so this serum leaves with you soft, nourished skin. Those oils are argan, watermelon seed, sunflower seed, olive and coconut.

Available in 200 ml ($98) and 30 ml ($32) sizes.

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Conversations in the garden with my mother

April 26, 2015

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My mother started gardening in earnest at the age of 45, when her own mother, my grandmother Grace Kelham, died in 1977. That was the year my mother and father relocated from San Francisco to Vine Hill Ranch, the vineyard property in the Napa Valley that my grandparents had assembled, and moved into the grand house that my grandfather had designed and that was completed in 1960

My grandfather was a classically trained architect with an excellent eye for scale. For his wife and himself on Vine Hill Ranch, he designed a gracious modern home in the California Ranch style featuring spacious rooms with 10 foot tall pocket doors that open directly onto a classical garden designed by California landscape architect Thomas Church. According to Thomas Church’s design dictates; the house is sensitively sited, nestled beneath a saddle in the rolling hills of the Mayacamas mountain range and with sweeping views of the vineyard and the cliffs of Stags Leap across the valley beyond a shimmering blue Chanel swimming pool. This house could easily have been the setting for one of Slim Aarons photographs of the social set of the1960’s.

When my parents moved to “the big house”, my father retired from his job as the Western manager of a national brokerage firm based in San Francisco determined to create a significant wine producing enterprise and manage the vineyard full time, as my mother was busy completing her term as the President of the San Francisco Fine Art Museums. Following their transition from a busy life in the City, my mother fully embraced her version of “country life.”

We had always spent lots of time on the ranch. Summers and weekends were at “the little house” down the road on the 150-acre vineyard property. When we were kids, while Daddy worked weekdays in the summer, my sister Alix, 2 years older and my brother, Bruce 5 years younger, and I spent our time with our mother, riding horses, swimming in the pool, and playing games in the evening, pursuits to occupy younger children with no access to TV.

Once my mother and father moved to “the Big house”, with the kids now gone away to college and boarding school, my mother hung up her riding boots and took up gardening and raising chickens, roosters and exotic rabbits. There were strict limits imposed by Thomas Church’s garden design, its symmetrical lines not allowing for much experimentation by my mother. Instead she worked the soil around the house, planting an ever expanding perennial garden on the hill just above and behind the house, closest to her bedroom, with a rambling path through ancient redwoods leading over the old “wakishaw” bridge to an eventual pond my parents created from a seasonal stream that they had landscaped. On the other side of the house, near the kitchen, was the vegetable garden to which she was continuously adding new wooden planter boxes that my father would build for her. Each summer, she cultivated an impressive array of heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, artichokes, zucchini, peppers, herbs, lettuces, radishes and cucumbers mixed in with yellow and orange marigolds. The vegetable garden was just outside of my bedroom window and the sounds of my mother muttering to herself or the dogs provided comfort on the long lazy days of summer when I was home for vacation from college or my New York life.

I have deeply loved my mother, but I wouldn’t say that we had a particularly close relationship. She had a sharp intellect, a remarkable recall for history, was well-read and versed in politics, art and philosophy, but she had no time for small talk and expressed only a polite interest in my life, my friends, my children, their schooling and my work.  Easy conversation or displays of affection didn’t come naturally between us. For me, an interest in gardening became a way to connect with her. Asking about her plants and walking the garden with her was a way for me to please her.

When my husband and I purchased our first home in the upper Haight in San Francisco after the birth of our daughter Grace in 1993, the large garden in the back was a big draw for me (which I failed at miserably). Gardening is what one did at a certain stage in life, like dinner parties (which I also struggle with). Jump ahead six years, one more child, Jamie, and a move to Manhattan, when my husband and I purchased seventy acres of land with a nondescript house on a two-acre pond in the Hudson Valley as an escape from the City. Repeating the family mantra passed down from my grandfather, “it was all about the land.” During the many years that followed, and the birth of one more child, Armant, while I spent summer weeks alone with young children and my husband stayed in Manhattan to work, gardening occupied my time. It fulfilled a creative need as well as satisfying a more acquisitive desire. My trips to the nursery replaced shopping in New York City. I purchased every interesting plant I could, memorizing the Latin names as my mother had done. As my mother had also done, I frowned on easy color from annuals or showy roses, and focused instead on form and texture. Everything in my evolving garden was maintained with my mother as my gardening muse, her voice in my head guiding me. My garden became a running dialogue with her.

In preparation for my parents’ annual visits to the Hudson Valley house at varying times of year, I would jump into action to make sure the garden looked its best. Her visit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the native plant nursery in which she would buy a shrub or two for my garden, authoritatively declaring the value of the plant: “Oh, this snowball viburnum is very special,” and then a careful selection of where the plant would be situated. She would advise on gardening technique: “pull weeds by turning and pulling,” make cuttings of plants deemed desirable (once these were cuttings of an extremely invasive wild rose that I have since been trying to eliminate in a rare act of subversion), and comment on color stories. Her approval of something I had designed would ensure that the happy planting would remain in place forever, not subject to the constant rearranging and reshuffling that constitutes much of my gardening efforts.

Earlier this year, four months after the death of my father, my mother succumbed to a cancer that she had been treated for five years ago. Now, unable to leave her bed and struggling to stay mentally focused as the cancer moved into her brain, once again I turned to her garden to form a connection with her. Leaving her bedside at a loss for words during a visit from New York in early Spring, I went into a section of garden that she had started to redesign last year. I photographed the progress of the new plantings and some of our old favorites in bloom. As she was never one to communicate emotions readily in her lifetime, and as this seems to be one of the things I inherited from her, now it felt unnatural for me to say the things I wanted to say, to ask how she was feeling, to probe her about her feelings about her impending death, even to tell her I loved her. Instead, as I sat there showing her the photos on my iPad, my mother, who could not recall when or what she had last eaten, identified each plant by its Latin name – brunnera, euphorbia, salvias and pelargonium. The deathbed scenarios I had envisioned seemed only possible in movies. Instead, I looked for meaning between her words. On showing her the pictures of her garden she profoundly (or was it?) replied, “well, it was a good effort.”

Outside her window, an ancient weeping wisteria tree, planted by my grandmother for the original garden circa 1960 and propped up using traditional Japanese supports by Mr. Takahashi who worked by my mother’s side in the garden until his death approximately five years ago, stood with branches bare where there should have been an abundance of blooms. As if in solidarity, without words, its time had come.

GIVING BACK: High Atlas Foundation Spring Project

April 21, 2015

High Atlas Foundation Team to Make A Difference

I was contacted by the High Atlas Foundation in Morocco one month ago with an urgent plea for help. A one-room school outside of Marrakesh for boys and girls in Grades 3 – 6 was noticing a sharp dropoff in attendance by the girls. Without a bathroom for the children, there was no privacy or sanitation, an unacceptable situation for the parents of the girls, not to mention humiliating for the girls themselves. Kahina was able to provide the money for building and plumbing supplies, and the fathers of the children went right to work.

I met Abderrahim, the program director of the High Atlas Foundation and went with him to view the project on my trip to Morocco in April. I was amazed to see what the men had accomplished in just one month. A square structure built of cement blocks stood next to the school, complete with septic system and plumbed for four toilets, showers, and faucets. On my arrival at the school, I was welcomed by the school principal, teacher and the men of the village, as well as 50 boys and girls waving and calling out “Bonjour”. The children lined up and each one politely shook my hand, and, with huge smiles, repeated “Bonjour”. It is a tragic circumstance that so many lively, eager children should be deprived of a future over something we so easily take for granted, clean running water. I am grateful to all of our Kahina customers for participating in our efforts to make a difference in the lives of these children.

Children outside schoolhouse

Interior of schoolhouse

Katharine L'Heureux with children in High Atlas region

Just back from Morocco

April 16, 2015

I just returned from another trip to Morocco, visiting our cooperative, artisans, the High Atlas Foundation, and several cities.

Here, a few snapshots from my visit. More details soon!

xx
Katharine

Moroccan school children with new bathroom at schoolhouse Moroccan school children, with a new bathroom at their schoolhouse, thanks to Kahina contributions to High Atlas Foundation and local community support

Essaouira Archway Beachy, blue Essaouira

Prickly Pear Cactus by Katharine L'Heureux Prickly Pear Cacti are in full bloom this time of year

Katharine smiling in red shawl in Morocco Soaking up the late afternoon Moroccan sun

DIY Luminizer without coconut oil

April 6, 2015

Make your own luminizing balm

RMS Living Luminizer is a legend amongst green beauty products… but it also contains coconut oil, which can be problematic for some skin types. Its signature cool pearl tone works for most skin types, but it can be fun and useful to highlight in other colors. Here, we show you how to make your own highlighter sans coconut, with Kahina Lip & Face Balm. We used a rose-gold like powder for this, but there are powders in gold, silver, and lavender hues as well. You could also make a luminizing bronzer the same way.

Effect: pearluster, velvet finish, with a more concentrated, luminous result than using a luminizing powder on its own; rather than applying all over face, apply only in areas meant to be highlighted
Difficulty level: easy

What you’ll need:
Loose powder highlighter (we’re using Alima Pure in Lumina)
Kahina Lip & Face Balm
Any medium-size, dense brush
Sample jar (optional)

How it’s done:
Remove a small amount of Lip & Face Balm (using a clean utensil like a spatula) and place it either in a sample jar (great so you can store extras) or the back of your hand. Lift a small to medium (depending on how much of your face you’ll be covering) amount of loose luminizing powder into jar or onto back of hand, to the side of the Lip & Face Balm. Using a clean brush, work the two into each other, being careful not to put too much powder into the mix. The consistency should be like a smooth, thick cream. You may need to gently press your brush into it to release powder clumps and work into a paste. Once you have the desired consistency and pigmentation, apply onto desired areas like top of nose, above lips, above cheekbones, and in the corner of eyes. If you used a sample jar to do the mixing, just put the top on and store for use next time, being sure to use a clean brush every time.

Luminizer Balm Swatch

Luminizer Powder Swatch

Hello Spring!

March 31, 2015

Spring Skincare Tips by Kahina Giving Beauty

Slowly but surely, it’s starting to feel more spring-like in New York City. Before you know it, we’ll be donning trench coats in place of parkas (soon! so soon! almost?!) and toting umbrellas as April showers fall. Just as we update our wardrobes, we should update our wellness regimen. Here are 11 tips for adapting your beauty routine to warmer temperatures and more hours of sunshine:

1. Lighten up! You may find that your skin needs less – fewer products and lighter ones. Dry indoor heat and cold winter winds are no longer sapping moisture from your skin, so it’s perfectly OK to pare down your routine. This may mean swapping in Argan Oil for Serum, or not putting an extra layer of Argan Oil under your Facial Lotion. Try a lighter regimen for a few days and see how your skin responds.

2. Brightening Serum is a wonderful product to add to your regimen as the days get longer and there is more sun exposure. Brightening Serum is not just a hyper-pigmentation solution; it also acts as a protective serum to prevent environmental damage in the first place, with best results if used daily. It’s lightweight texture means that on warmer days, you might not need another moisturizer. You’ll be happy come September when those pesky brown marks fail to show.

3. Get a haircut to re-shape, thin layers (if necessary), chop off split ends, and even take a few inches off for a new, breezier look. Do a scalp treatment (apple cider vinegar is wonderful for removing buildup, whereas argan oil can be massaged in and rinsed to a treat dry, itchy scalp) and a hair mask (avocado and argan oil is a favorite here at Kahina HQ) to increase shine and health.

4. More complex than a hydrosol, less astringent than a traditional toner, Kahina Toning Mist is the ultimate weightless hydrator that can be used throughout the day and over makeup. It helps balance skin during the season change and is so refreshing on those warmer spring days.

5. Spring inaugurates sandal season. Consider a pedicure to slough off dead skin cells and give a pop of color to your toes. To keep soles soft, use Kahina FEZ Hand & Body Balm nightly on feet.

6. Exfoliation is a key step especially during seasonal transition. Kahina Antioxidant Mask is a non-drying clay mask that purifies while gently exfoliating away dull surface cells. Prefer a face scrub instead of a mask? Combine Kahina Facial Cleanser with a pinch of finely ground oatmeal and another pinch of either cornmeal (dry skin), baking soda (oily skin), or sugar (normal skin). Apply gently in circular motions and rinse off.

7. As always, it’s a wonderful time to eat seasonally. More and more colorful fruits and vegetables will be appearing at the farmer’s market. Consider them beauty foods and get plenty of servings in salads, smoothies, and snacks. Our Pinterest board has plenty of ideas for you.

8. Spring getaways lead to summer vacations, so it’s always a good idea to have your skincare basics at hand. Kahina Travel Basics comes with 1 fl. oz. sizes of Facial Cleanser, Argan Oil, and Facial Lotion for an easy, on-the-go routine for all skin types that you can tailor to your needs.

9. Do some spring cleaning in your beauty cabinet and toss items that have expired, recycling them if possible. If you find that you no longer use a product but it’s still good, offer it to a friend, relative, or co-worker. Don’t share items like eyeliner or lipstick, but things like body lotion, fragrance and hair products are perfect for swaps or giveaways. Often you can re-purpose beauty products by thinking of alternative uses – say, an oil blend you’re not wild about for your face may be a wonderful cuticle treatment or body moisturizer, or a shampoo you don’t like could be used to clean makeup brushes.

10. Don’t forget sun protection. You may want to ramp up the SPF as you spend more time outside in the warmer weather. Be sure to use enough product, reapply every few hours, and use SPF on all exposed skin, including neck, chest, hands, arms, legs, and feet. Alternatively, find a place in the shade or wear a scarf or hat to cover up from the sun’s rays. Keep in mind that 10-15 minutes of exposure without SPF should do the trick for a healthy dose of vitamin D. Antioxidants are our preferred method for repairing (and preventing) UV damage that can lead to signs of aging. Sun-worshippers take note: applying Kahina Argan Oil before sun and Kahina Serum and/or Kahina Night Cream after will make sure skin stays supple, moisturized, and protected.

11. Stay the course with eye products. Spring and summer is not the time to skimp on eye-specific treatments. Wear sunglasses whenever you are out in the sun and continue with Kahina Eye Serum, Eye Cream or both.

At Kahina, we always say to do what feels best for you and don’t be afraid of a little trial and error. If you’d like a more detailed skincare regimen tailored to your particular needs (& seasonal changes!) please email us at info@givingbeauty.com and we’d be happy to recommend an updated Kahina routine. Happy Spring!

How to Make Cream Eyeliner

March 27, 2015

Making Cream Eyeliner with Kahina Lip and Face Balm

In January we debuted Kahina Lip & Face Balm and introduced you to many ways to use it. Here’s another: making a creamy eyeliner. Here we use it to make a soft metallic cat eye.

Effect: glossier, more reflective eyeliner that’s easy to manipulate as you apply (and doesn’t get everywhere like a loose powder might); a little more “diffused” as the balm softens and decreases pigmentation
Difficulty level: medium

What you’ll need:
Loose powder eyeliner (we’re using Alima Pure) or shadow
Kahina Lip & Face Balm
Eyeliner brush
Sample jar (optional)

How it’s done:
Remove a small amount of Lip & Face Balm (using a clean utensil like a spatula) and place it either in a sample jar (great so you can store extras) or the back of your hand. Lift a small amount of loose eyeliner powder into jar or onto back of hand, to the side of the Lip & Face Balm. Using a clean eyeliner brush, work the two into each other, being careful not to put too much powder into the mix. The consistency should be like a gel or cream. This part’s fun – it should feel like you’re painting! Once you have the desired consistency and pigmentation, apply onto eye in whatever shape you’d like. If you used a sample jar to do the mixing, just put the top on and store for use next time, being sure to use a clean brush every time.

Swatches of Cream Eyeliner copy

 

Spotlight on Kahina Serum

March 25, 2015

Kahina Giving Beauty Serum

If you’ve ordered from us recently, you may have noticed there’s a new sample in town: Kahina Serum.

THE RATIONALE
Kahina Serum was one of the original four products in the line and debuted back in 2009 as Katharine’s answer to a super-powered oil-based treatment. Argan Oil is wonderful on its own, but Katharine wanted to include other healing, antioxidant-rich ingredients for a more potent solution to fine lines, sun damage, dryness, and oxidative stress. Serum’s earthy essential oil blend provides both sensory and skin benefits.

THE FORMULA
Kahina Serum’s argan oil base, which lends its signature vitamin E and skin-balancing properties, is further enriched by seabuckthorn, pomegranate, carrot seed, and coffee bean oil, as well as a synergistic essential oil blend. These oils contribute additional antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins.

Pomegranate: calms and heals irritated, dry skin; promotes skin’s self-repair system and stimulates regeneration
Seabuckthorn: known for wound healing and alleviating sunburn
Carrot seed: contains carotene, which is rich in vitamin A, and can help deter wrinkles
Coffee: caffeine content is believed to help alleviate puffiness from water retention and is antioxidant-rich
Bisabolol wood oil: has three times the purity of chamomile; has anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-bacterial properties
Neroli: rejuvenating and calming, especially for sensitive, dry skin
Lavender: regenerates skin, minimizes scarring, reduces inflammation
Roman chamomile: anti-inflammatory

HOW TO USE IT
Recommended protocol:
Wash face with Kahina Facial Cleanser. Spritz with Kahina Toning Mist. Apply 1-3 drops of Serum to face, neck, and décolletage. For additional moisture, apply Facial Lotion or Night Cream over.

Tips:
– Let it absorb for a few minutes. Your face should never feel greasy. If it does, you’ve used too much.
– Never layer Serum and Argan Oil, as Serum has sufficient quantities of Argan Oil to make that pairing redundant.
– Serum can be used morning and evening; there are no photosensitizing ingredients.
– Many customers with normal skin use Serum only at night as a regenerative treatment. For those with dry or mature skin, Serum can be used twice daily (AM & PM).
– Apply Kahina Antioxidant Mask once or twice weekly. After removing, spritz with Kahina Toning Mist and apply Kahina Serum for a restorative beauty ritual.
– Some clients use Serum post-laser or post-peel to help aid recovery process.

WHO SHOULD USE IT
– Those looking for anti-aging benefits beyond those offered by argan oil
– Those who enjoy and appreciate an essential oil scent blend
– Those with mature or dry skin

Kahina Serum Samples

FAQ

If I have acne-prone skin, can I use Kahina Serum?

In some ways, Serum is ideal for acne prone skin as it contains a broad range of anti-inflammatory ingredients. In addition, argan oil has been shown to balance sebum production over time. However, it is slightly more viscous (heavier) than argan oil and for some, essential oils can be irritating (though the ones in our Serum are in concentrations that should be helpful, not detrimental or irritating). For that reason, we’d recommend trying a sample. We can include a sample with your order, while supplies last – just email us as you place it, or you can order a Sample Pack; sorry samples are not sent out individually. You can also take advantage of our 30-day money back guarantee (when purchased on givingbeauty.com).

I’m confused. Should I use Serum, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, or Argan Oil?

In some cases, you could benefit from all three! Some customers use Serum at night or in cooler weather, then sub in Argan Oil for day or warmer weather. Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a wonderful addition; you can add PPSO drops into your Serum, or alternate it with Serum, using either every other day.

But I want to start with just one.

Argan Oil: oily to normal skin types, primary goal is moisture with secondary goal of anti-aging; wants a single ingredient with no scent
Serum: normal to dry skin types, primary goal is anti-aging with a need for richer moisture; tolerates/enjoys essential oils
Prickly Pear Seed Oil: normal to dry skin types, primary goal is anti-aging with a need for richer moisture; wants a single ingredient with no scent

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Katharine L'Heureux in Morocco

KATHARINE L'HEUREUX

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.