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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.

 

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

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’s Summer Solstice sale

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

In Celebration of Morocco’s Roses

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

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

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