Mother’s Day is May 14th. Shop for Mom and receive a gift from us.

Mother’s Day is May 14th. We’ve got you covered with the perfect gifts for Mom.  Receive a complimentary Lemongrass Nettle Soap with every purchase until Mother’s Day.

Our gift to you. Antibacterial lemongrass combines with argan, coconut and olive oils for a gentle but effective soap for face and body.

Our 100% steam distilled organic Moroccan Rose Water comes directly from Morocco’s Valley of Roses. Ideal for all skin types and for a variety of uses.  Shop Moroccan Rose Water, $38

Our Moroccan Rose Beldi Soap will transport Mom directly to the hammams of Morocco. Together with our Kessa Mitt, this is the perfect skin softening indulgence.  Shop Moroccan Rose Beldi Soap, $46 and Kessa Mitt, $14

A great choice for sleep-deprived new mothers, our Prickly Pear Seed Oil Rollerball will help to keep Mom’s eyes bright and smooth. Shop Prickly Pear Seed Oil Rollerball, $40

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A decadent anti-aging miracle worker, our Moisture Mask will firm and smooth skin and reduce redness while providing intense moisture overnight. Shop Moisture Mask, $88

Transport Mom to the charming seaside village of Essaouira, Morocco, with this roll-on perfume made from 100% steam distilled essential oils. Bright notes of rose, sandalwood, geranium, lavendar and petitgrain make this the perfect summer scent. Shop Essaouira Perfume Oil, $78

 

We’re Planting Trees From Roses This April

For the month of April we’re partnering with The High Atlas Foundation to plant trees for community run nurseries in rural Morocco.  The income generated by these nurseries helps to raise the local population out of subsistence level farming and educate future generations about farming methods and the importance of protecting precious natural resources.

 

 

We will be donating 100% of the revenue from the sale of Moroccan Rose Water on our site to the High Atlas Foundation’s Plant a Tree Campaign.   We have already planted approximately 10,000 trees with HAF.  Help us reach our goal of 15,000 trees this year.  Shop our Moroccan Rose Water and plant 38 trees for each one purchased.

“The High Atlas Foundation is incredibly proud to partner with Katharine and Kahina Giving Beauty, and the women that deeply benefit from this enterprise,” Yossef Ben-Meir, President, High Atlas Foundation.  

 

ALLURE MAGAZINE FEATURES KAHINA GIVING BEAUTY’S ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

Kahina Giving Beauty is remarkable not only for top-notch products built around argan oil, but also in the way they’ve procured their superstar ingredient since the beginning.  Katharine L’Heureux came across the antioxidant-rich byproduct of the argan tree while on vacation in Morocco in 2007 and started her own skincare line the following year centered around the rich oil.  But L’Heureux knew from having grown up on a vineyard in California that the way the product was harvested was just as important as what was grown.  She ensured that the Berber women who harvest the argan oil using centuries-old techniques are fairly compensated, and that their quality of life is continually enhanced through education and social and financial independence.

This effort is so closely intertwined with Kahina’s other main initiative, the protection and preservation of the argan forest in Morocco.

“The argan forest, which is approximately 500,000 acres in the south of Morocco, has been in decline over the past 20 years due to unsustainable harvesting practices and improper uses of the trees by the local population, including cutting down the trees for firewood and allowing goats to graze in them,” says L’Heureux, an issue we reported back in 2015.  “At Kahina, we make every effort to preserve the argan forest through education of the local population and ensuring proper harvesting techniques that don’t damage the trees.  The wages that the women earn for their work create a strong incentive to preserve the trees.”

10 Uses for Kahina Moroccan Rose Water

Our pharmaceutical grade* Rose Water is derived from the freshest petals of the Damask Rose which grows wild in Morocco’s Valley of Roses. In Morocco, Rose Water is used to cleanse and tone skin, as well as for consumption as an aid in digestion and as an ingredient in cooking.

Rose Water is anti-bacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory so works to address a number of health and beauty concerns. Here are a few of the uses we’ve found for our 100% pure, steam distilled Rose Water:

1. Spray on cotton pad to remove dirt and makeup.

2. Soak rose water in cotton balls and apply to eyes to reduce puffiness.

3. Spray on face or into the air to elevate your mood.

4. Mix Rose Water into your favorite dry clay instead of water to create a deep cleansing and pore tightening mask. We love to use pure rhassoul clay from the Atlas Mountains.

5. Rose Water can help to alleviate sunburn symptoms. Spray directly onto the affected area.

6. Rose water can provide relief from itching from insect bites.

7. Rose water can help treat acne and balance skin’s PH. Spray on a cotton pad and gently dab it on the affected area or spray directly onto skin.

8. Combine Rose Water with epsom salts to make a beautifully scented disinfectant for your home.

9. Rose water keeps hair soft and frizz free. Simply spray it directly onto dry or damp hair.

10. Mix 1 TBSP of Rose Water in a cup of water or tea and drink to aid in digestion, relieve stress and anxiety.

*A note about pharmaceutical grade versus food grade: Food grade ingredients are unregulated while pharmaceutical grade must pass the strictest guidelines of the FDA. Potency and purity are guaranteed under this guideline.

Introducing our Moroccan Rose Water, 100% Pure Steam Distilled From Wild Damask Rose Petals

The Valley of Roses sits at the base of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco.  Here, in a 30 km stretch of land, Morocco’s Damask Roses grow wild. The water used to steam distill these roses flows from high in the Atlas Mountains down to the Dades Gorge, infusing our Rose Water with its mineral rich content and delicate, sweet scent.

Each Spring during the rose harvest, the Berber women of the village of Kelaat M’Gouna rise before dawn to hand pick the roses, preserving their fragrance from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays.

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The flowers are brought to the kasbahs and carefully sorted in order to separate the petals from the buds.  Only fresh petals are used in the rose water, while the rose buds are dried for potpourri.

The petals are then carefully steam distilled. The steam distillation process results in more health and beauty benefits than rose water made by mixing rose oil with water. Our 100% steam distilled Rose Damascena is made without added preservatives, alcohol or water. Shop our Moroccan Rose Water here

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH 15% OFF

International Women’s Day (March 8) “is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,” according to the organization. A cornerstone of Kahina is our work to help further the economic and social independence of the Berber women of Morocco while preserving their cultural heritage. In thanks to our loyal customers who have helped us to further these goals, we invite you to take 15% off of your Kahina order with code CELEBRATEWOMEN. Offer expires Thursday, March 9, 2017.

To honor International Women’s Day, Kahina Founder Katharine L’Heureux was invited to answer some questions for Canadian retail partner Oresta.ca. The following is a transcript of the interview.

An interview with Katharine for International Women’s Day by Oresta Organic Apothecary:

Today, we introduce Katherine L’Heureux, founder of Kahina Giving Beauty. We first met Katharine in 2012 when we launched Kahina at ORESTA. She spoke about the magic of argan oil: Morocco’s ‘liquid gold’ and her creation of Kahina: a luxurious holistic line of organic argan oil skin care products.

Katharine is a dynamic and inspiring woman who exudes radiance and grace. Kahina’s philanthropic philosophy is ‘Women Helping Women Through Shared Beauty Rituals’ and Katharine works with the Berber women of Morocco who extract the argan oil using techniques that have been passed down through generations. All of Kahina’s products are produced from start to finish with consideration of cultural and environmental sustainability. Katharine visits the women’s cooperatives in Morocco and donates a percentage of Kahina profits to support programs that improve the lives of these women whose signatures grace Kahina’s packaging. 

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

K:   International Women’s Day has never felt more meaningful than it does this year.  As a US citizen who grew up in the 70s and 80s, I witnessed much change in the status of women and in our ability to make choices and accomplish things that an earlier generation would not have dreamed of.  I was fortunate to come of age and to enter the workforce when these rights were becoming norms.  As these rights that I have taken for granted become challenged under our new administration, I appreciate them as privileges worth fighting for.  My daughter is 23 years old. I want her to grow up with the same opportunities that I had, without fear of oppression, aggression or inequality, and with the confidence that anything is possible.

What woman has been an inspiration to you?

K:   I hold a great deal of respect for Meryl Streep at the moment.  Not only she is incredibly talented but she is using her spotlight as a platform to bravely speak out against injustice.

What impact does the Kahina brand have on women?

K:   A cornerstone of the Kahina brand is to provide economic opportunity to the Berber women of rural Morocco who do the work of cracking the nuts for the oil at the heart of our line.  We also donate a percentage of our revenue to contribute to programs that support them and their families.   We have seen a significant improvement in the lives of these women since I first began Kahina almost 9 years ago.  For one thing, in the village where I source my oil, the homes now have electricity and running water where there was none before.

I’ve been lucky to be an early founder in the green beauty movement.  I hope we have helped to elevate the conversation by raising awareness of the health importance of using clean ingredients, demonstrating that a green brand can be every bit as luxurious as its traditional counterpart, and that beauty goes deeper than simply using cosmetic products.

What would you like young women to know about International Women’s Day?

K:   Don’t take the rights you have for granted.  You have grown up in a time of unprecedented freedom.  These freedoms were hard won by many fearless women who came before you.  Continue the fight in their spirit for yourself.  Use the advantages you were born with to fight for women around the world. 

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Kahina Night Cream Gets a Face Lift

We’ve changed the name of our bestselling Night Cream to Kahina Face Cream.  With the same nourishing ingredients and actives that defend against signs of aging, and with the same rich yet absorbent texture and fragrance, this product is suitable for daytime as well as nighttime use.

WHY THE NAME CHANGE?
Because you can’t have too much of a good thing.
PRODUCT REVIEWS:
“This is THE moisturizer to have in my book and in fact when people ask for recommendations on a good, clean moisturizer, this is the one I’ve been recommending. …Not only do I think this is one of the best products in the green beauty world, I would consider it to be one of my favorite products in general. Clean, proven ingredients and wonderful results make this a winner.” – The Beauty Idealist

“I am LOVING the night cream. MAGICAL!” – Jessa Blades, Make-Up Artist and Natural Beauty Expert

“I LOVE IT!! Not greasy or heavy, yet incredibly moisturizing. Exactly what I would expect from you guys. A top notch product that I cannot live without!!” – Sherri Edens

“Easily the most amazing skincare product I have EVER tried. As soon as I had rubbed this into my skin, MAGIC. Pure Magic. I have really red, super sensitive, oily awful skin. This immediately calmed all the redness out of my face and wasn’t greasy at all yet still a thick moisturizer. It smells like chamomile in the most soothing way. I normally do not say this about anything- ESPECIALLY anything this expensive but at $105 it’s actually worth it. It’s been on my skin less than an hour and it’s done amazing things. Things that no other skincare item has ever managed for me.” – honeyandthemoon, via Instagram

“If there’s one thing you need to know about Kahina Giving Beauty’s Night Cream, it is this: it is nothing like any other night cream you’ve ever tried before. Why? The main reason being is that it is incredibly smooth and light. Yep, that’s right, light. Whenever I think Night Cream, I picture a heavy cream that will sit on my face for the entire night, hydrating it, but not really allowing my skin to breathe, which is the exact reason why I don’t usually use one. This cream is the polar opposite; so soft to the touch and spreads so easily, it’s a true joy to use.” – The Green Product Junkie

“The beautiful texture alone would be enough for me to love this cream because a rich moisturizer that does not clog/irritate my skin has not been easy to find. So far I have been loving the results, because every morning my skin looks smooth and supple,with no excess sebum on my forehead and nose. If you are looking for a good night-time treatment and you like the idea of a light, quickly absorbed cream, this is totally worth trying. It has a luxury price tag, but it delivers and you get a lot of use from one jar because you need so little product for each application.” – Genuine Glow

“The cream is a cream-colored, fluffy mousse that smells divine. For a few days, I massaged it into my face after washing for a relaxing ritual that was enhanced by its smell. It’s moisturizing, but not too heavy, so that I feel comfortable laying my head down on the pillow right afterward. My skin drank it up.” – Alden Wicker, Ecocult.com

TO USE:
Massage onto face and neck  after cleansing.   Layer over oils for additional hydration.  Shop Kahina Face Cream here

Try Our New Moisture Mask and Provide Needed Healthcare for Immigrant Farmworkers in the Napa Valley

KAHINA IS DONATING $1 FOR EVERY MOISTURE MASK PURCHASED THROUGH 2017 TO OLE HEALTH

We believe in giving back to the people who work to provide the raw ingredients at the heart of our line.  Historically, this has meant aiding the women of Morocco who do the hard work of extracting our argan oil.  To launch of our Moisture Mask, which contains resveratrol from red wine grapes, we have decided to donate to a cause closer to home.  Specifically my home in the Napa Valley, Vine Hill Ranch.

With the reversal of Obamacare and stricter immigration policies under the current administration, the Napa Valley, with its reliance on migrant workers to serve its core industries (farming and hospitality), finds itself at the center of issues surrounding affordable healthcare and immigration.

  • Immigrants make up 23% of the Napa Valley population
  • Immigrants make up 33% of the workforce in the Napa Valley
  • 73% of immigrants in the workforce work in agriculture
  • Only 30 percent of Napa’s immigrants become citizens
  • More than 300 people have been deported from Napa County since 2010 under the past federal immigration policy; 73 percent had a misdemeanor conviction or no conviction.  Obviously, this number is expected to grow under the Trump administration.
  • Among adults, 46 percent of immigrants have less education than high school; 60 percent are not proficient in English.

OLE HEALTH in Napa provides a range of healthcare services to the community regardless of ability to pay, no questions asked.  Founded in 1972 as Clinic Olé to serve the Latino speaking community of farmworkers and their families, OLE HEALTH offers reproductive care, nutritional and behavioral therapy, dentistry, pediatrics and more to a growing community of underinsured and uninsured people.   Kahina is donating $1 for each Moisture Mask sold to OLE HEALTH through 2017.

OLE HEALTH development director Rachel Cusick recounted the story of a woman who had recently lost her husband and went to work in the fields to support her family.  The OLE HEALTH team went to her in the grape fields to provide the guidance and resources she needed to take care of her and her family, including health care for her family, resources for food, and a provider who understood what she was going through and could communicate with her in her native language.

“Her story is so similar to others who work in Napa Valley to pick grapes every day in a community that is unfamiliar to them, they are scared to seek help and can often feel hopeless.  If left untreated, many of the farmworkers resort to alcohol abuse or worse to help alleviate the depression of being so far away from home without their families. OLE Health is there to be there in their time of need and help them get back on their feet,” says Rachel.

The statistics above were obtained from a study by the Napa Valley Community Foundation on Napa Valley Immigrant Population.

Shop our Moisture Mask here and show your support for OLE HEALTH or donate directly here.

 

 

 

A Kahina Routine for Healthy Winter Skin

Grace L’Heureux. Photo by Wyatt Hackett

With cold winter temperatures upon us, our skin needs extra TLC.  As the chill and wind create tiny cracks in our skin, it is left less able to protect itself, leading to a loss of hydration and increased inflammation. To combat the effects of falling temperatures, give skin special pampering with super hydrating and soothing products that reduce irritation. The following are our recommendations for a winter skincare routine to keep skin healthy and glowing until spring.

1. Cleanse: It is especially important now to use a gentle cleanser without harsh exfoliants or detergents that will strip your skin of its natural oils. Kahina Facial Cleanser is a gentle, delicately scented milky cleanser with anti-inflammatory willow bark extract, argan oil to replenish moisture, and papaya enzymes to gently exfoliate skin.

2. Calm and prep: Kahina Toning Mist is an aloe vera based formula with calming rose and anti-inflammatory aspen bark extract as well as sodium hyaluronate to reduce inflammation and provide gentle hydration. Perfect for prepping skin for oil application and to mist on face throughout the day in over-heated offices.

3. Brighten: As our skin becomes paler, dark spots are more noticeable. Even skin tone and boost radiance with our Brightening Serum.  This lightweight formula contains Japanese seaweed to reduce hyperpigmentation and white lily to inhibit melanin production for a luminous complexion.

4. Nourish: Kahina Serum is our most nourishing oil blend, recommended for dry, mature skin. Argan and prickly pear seeds oils combine with seabuckthorn seed oil, carrot seed oil, pomegranate and coffee berry to provide skin with a hefty dose of antioxidants and vitamins E, A and K as well as light sun protection.  The grounding scents of ylang ylang, neroli and myrrh offer aromatherapy benefits.

5. Eyes: A richer eye treatment such as our Eye Cream works to moisturize and firm the eye area and reduce fine lines and wrinkles without being greasy. For even more moisture and to minimize dark circles, apply prickly pear seed oil underneath the Eye Cream with our convenient prickly pear seed oil rollerball.

6. Treat: Our new Moisture Mask deeply hydrates, soothes and smooths skin. Use this as a simple face mask by applying and leaving on for approximately 20 minutes. Let it absorb into skin before wiping off excess with a warm damp cloth. Or leave on overnight and wake up with a soft, even-toned complexion.

7. Moisturize: For daytime, follow the Moisture Mask with our Facial Lotion to prime skin for makeup, seal in moisture and protect against environmental factors, including pollution and UV rays.

8. Lips: Treat chapped lips with our healing Lip & Face Balm featuring calendula, immortelle, carrot seed oil, seabuckthorn seed oil and mango butter.

9. Exfoliate: Twice weekly, slough off dull skin with our exfoliating Antioxidant Mask.  Rhassoul clay from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco works to draw impurities from the skin while restoring collagen; Argan Oil replenishes moisture; and eucalyptus and mint provide healing aromatherapy benefits.

Et voila!  The radiant, even-toned and nourished complexion you’ve been seeking.

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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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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