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Introducing “the most luxurious soap on the planet”

 

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Now, everyone’s favorite Moroccan hammam treatment comes scented with Moroccan Rose essential oil for a superluxe, skin calming take on the original.  InStyle Calls it “the most luxurious soap on the planet” turning “perfunctory bathing into a gorgeous routine” and The New York Times includes it in its story on cleansers that “very seriously detox, scrub and lather.” Kahina Moroccan Rose Beldi Soap can be used on body and face to calm, soften and cleanse skin.  Read about the famed damascena rose and the Rose Festival in Morocco and click here to shop.

Kahina’s Moroccan Beldi Soap rapidly rose to cult status after launching earlier this year.  The skin softening olive oil soap with its unusual soft gel consistency attracted attention from Town & Country and The Wall Street Journal.  Well + Good said  “This purifying black soap is incredibly loyal to the one used in a traditional hammam experience, where you’re lathered endlessly with a mitt and olive oil soap and doused with pans of water. Kahina’s has only two all-natural ingredients: traditional eucalyptus leaf oil and saponified olive oil, and it comes with a seriously exfoliating kessa (mit) for an all over skin-smoothing detox scrub. Grab one, fill your shower with steam, and you’ll be stepping into a beauty ritual that’s centuries old.”

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KAHINA FACIAL LOTION NOW CONTAINS RASPBERRY SEED EXTRACT

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Who doesn’t love raspberries and cream? This summertime favorite now comes together in our newly reformulated Facial Lotion, upgraded with the addition of Raspberry Seed Extract. In addition to being an excellent source of vitamin A and antioxidants, raspberries have been shown to help protect the skin against the sun’s rays.

A 2000 study found that raspberry seed oil provides a UVB protection of 28-50, and an SPF protection factor against UVA rays of around 8.  We recommend you use our Facial Lotion to enhance your existing sun protection.

As always, Kahina Facial Lotion features our highest quality argan oil, shea butter and sodium hyaluronate to protect and nourish skin in a lightweight formulation that is easily absorbed by the skin.  Tip: some of our favorite makeup artists swear by it as a natural primer for the skin to smooth skin in preparation for makeup application.

We’ve also eliminated Japanese Honeysuckle extract in our preservative system.

A note on Japanese Honeysuckle Extract:

Japanese Honeysuckle (lonicera japonica) is a natural ingredient with a similar molecular structure to parabens. At Kahina Giving Beauty we strive to formulate our products to the highest standard. While giving first priority to product performance and the health and safety of our customers, preservative systems in the product are weighed heavily in our formulation decisions. We have never felt that there have been any health and safety issues with the previous formulation containing Japanese Honeysuckle. However, after hearing some customer concerns, we decided to reformulate so that consumers wishing to avoid parabens of any kind may use our Facial Lotion without concern.

Ingredients: water/aqua/eau, Argania spinosa (argan) oil, glycerin, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter, maltooligosyl glucoside/hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, behenyl alcohol, glyceryl caprylate, glyceryl undecylenate, betaine, cetearyl alcohol, Acacia senegal gum, xanthan gum, Apis mellifera (beeswax) wax, sodium hyaluronate, Argania spinosa (arganyl) leaf extract, maltodextrin, Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed extract, phospholipids, glycolipids, Glycine soja (soybean) bean oil, Glycine soja (soybean) bean sterols, hydrogenated lecithin, PCA, arginine, levulinic acid, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate

Ingredients in bold are Certified Organic

17.75% Organic and 100% Natural

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New! Kahina Prickly Pear Seed Oil Now Available in Roller Ball Bottle

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Our bestselling Prickly Pear Seed Oil, featured in Allure, the Zoe Report, and Town & Country Magazines, is now available in a 5ml bottle with a stainless steel roller ball applicator. This new format makes this vitamin K and E studded product perfect for targeted application on the eye area to help reduce under eye dark circles, moisturize and fight free radical damage. The stainless steel roller ball works to cool and soothe the eye area to reduce puffiness.

To use: Roll under eye area as needed after cleansing. For daytime and nighttime use.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is extremely rich in amino acids, Vitamin K, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, and has been shown to:

• Moisturize and soften skin
• Restore elasticity
• Neutralize free radicals that cause signs of aging
• Brighten under eye circles and minimize spider veins

100% organic
Made in Morocco

5 ml/.15 fl. oz. $40 Shop here.

Kahina Facial Cleanser Makes Spirituality and Health Magazine’s Beauty 100. We’re making it our gift to you!

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We are thrilled to be among Spirituality and Health Magazines Beauty 100, its annual comprehensive list of the best in clean beauty in partnership with Insider’s Guide to Spas. Our Facial Cleanser is among the top ten Cleansers in the ever-expanding world of green skincare products.

To celebrate, we’re offering a free 30 ml Facial Cleanser with purchases of $50 or more. No code necessary. While supplies last, the option of “add to cart” will pop up when you’ve reached the $50 mark.  Shop our full selection of effective green skin and body care here.

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Click here to peruse the full Beauty 100 which includes top ten products in the categories of Bath Soaks and Soaps, Face Oils and Serums, Face Washes, Body Scrubs, Body Potions, Sun Care Products, Mists to Spritz, Hands and Feet, Eyes and Lips, and Natural Haircare.

A Kahina Ritual for Summer Skin

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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.

 

 

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Kahina Eye Serum now contains Prickly Pear Seed Oil

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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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36 Hours in Essaouira

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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.

Fish Market in Essaouira

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.

Essaouira Market

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.

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Iconic blue boats in Essaouira’s port

Introducing our All-Natural Essaouira Perfume Oil

EssaouiraPerfume_Boxandbottle_inprogress copyWarmer temps are finally here and we’re ready for the lighter scents of the new season.  Following on the heels of our beloved FEZ fragrance, which Elle Beauty director adopted as her signature scent for winter 2016, we’re excited to introduce ESSAOUIRA, a perfume oil inspired by the breezy seaside village of Morocco and based on the scent of the Body Serum of the same name.

A 100% natural perfume oil made from a blend of pure steam distilled essential oils, the new Essaouira Perfume Oil is a fresh, crisp fragrance combining sophisticated floral notes with a hint of the exotic. Rose, lavender, herbaceous geranium and woodsy sandalwood provide a soft floral scent while petitgrain lifts and brightens, a combination that evokes the essence of the Moroccan port town.

Worlds collide in the blue and white washed coastal town of Essaouira (pronounced [es-uh-weer-uh]), just over two hours outside Marrakech. Essaouira literally translated means “beautifully designed.” It is a town rich in culture and beauty, merging 18th Century European design with the mysteries of Morocco, drawing in those seeking a more carefree, unhurried lifestyle with a boho vibe.

The travel-sized roll-on package is made of recyclable violet glass to block out damaging UV rays and preserve the natural ingredients inside. A fresh take on traditional Moroccan tiles and the indigo dye native to the region, the outer packaging was designed by our friend Amira Marion of Archive New York.

100% Natural 88.73% Certified Organic
Size: 15 ml / 0.5 fl. Oz

Winter Skincare Ritual Highlight: Kahina Eye Cream

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Our ultra hydrating Eye Cream tackles fine lines and plumps wrinkles while strengthening the delicate skin around the eyes.

Starring:
Sea Fennel (Crithmum) Naturally derived from a maritime plant, it is rich in sea-minerals, vitamins A, C, E, amino acid peptides and polyphenols and is considered a bio-available form of retinol. Sea Fennel Extract stimulates cell renewal, boosts collagen and elastin, reduces fine lines, speeds cell turnover and evens out skin discoloration and texture.

Sodium Hyaluronate Derived from the fermentation of a vegetable source, sodium hyaluronate mimics the exact structure of hyaluronic acid, a necessary constituent of body tissues and fluids. It immediately plumps skin cells while increasing their moisture retention capabilities over time. By binding collagen and elastin fibers together, hyaluronic acid makes skin smooth, firm, and flexible.

Tea (Camelia Sinsensis) Scientific studies have shown that the polyphenols in tea are highly effective at reducing the inflammation and oxidative stress that can degrade skin cells. Tea contains significant amounts of catechins, a powerful group of water-soluble polyphenol antioxidants. These catechins have been shown to help maintain and improve skin health by enhancing viability of skin fibroblasts. In addition, tea enhances the activity of the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which helps neutralize free radical attack.

Betaine Derived from beets, this ingredient boasts a unique molecular structure that allows it to retain moisture and offer superior hydration to the skin. It is an anti-irritant and can temporarily decrease the depth of wrinkles.

Link to our website at http://kahina-givingbeauty.com/shop/kahina-eye-cream/ for more information and to purchase.

Winter Skincare Ritual Highlight: Kahina Eye Serum

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Dark under eye circles show up even more when our skin is at its palest, and cold weather can lead to more stagnant circulation and undereye puffiness.  Our Eye Serum brightens and strengthens skin, and decreases puffiness.

Starring:
Buckwheat (Polygonum fagopyrum)
A phytosterol rich extract that inhibits lipogenesis (fat synthesis), resulting in long term reduction in the appearance of bags under the eyes.

Hexapeptide-11
A natural source of peptides, it increases collagen and improves cellular oxygen consumption and blood flow.

Rhodiola Rosea Root
Rhodiola rosea helps skin maintain strength and elasticity and improves barrier function against environmental stressors including UV, pollution and cigarette smoke. It contains powerful polyphenols of the same variety found in grape seed and green tea, known for their ability to protect from damaging oxidation.

Saccharamoyces cerevisiae
Also known as baker’s or brewer’s yeast, it is the simplest single-cell organism and operates in a manner similar to human cells. It helps to increase microcirculation and reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Link to our website at http://kahina-givingbeauty.com/shop/kahina-eye-serum/ to learn more and to purchase.

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