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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’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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Become a Loyal Friend of Kahina

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You can now earn points toward future purchases when you shop on our website. Here’s how it works:

•Go to My Account and register

•We’ll give you 100 points for registering

•You’ll earn 1 point for every $1 spent

•Earn 100 points and receive a credit for $5

•You choose when to spend your credit.

Become a loyal friend today and start earning toward future purchases!

NEW: Pottery With Purpose for Kahina Limited Edition Soap and Dish Set

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Perfect for gifting, this very limited edition gift set comes packed in a box. Created by Terrice Basler of Pottery With Purpose, St. John’s Island, Newfoundland, this ceramic soap dish was custom-made for Kahina Giving Beauty and inspired by Moroccan textiles.

Terrice’s creations are inspired by a rural upbringing, blended with influences of her 20-year career in humanitarian development, especially in Africa, the Balkans, and China. As an activist and global village potter, Terrice seeks out engagement with like-minded enterprises and artisans, always looking for ways to make a difference in the world through clay.

More images from the studio of Pottery With Purpose:

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Springtime Skincare Ritual

 

 

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Spring is in full swing.  To prepare for warmer weather, we’re sloughing off winter skin, revealing dewy, glowy fresh air-ready skin.

Springtime Morning Skincare Ritual:

  1. Gently cleanse and exfoliate with Kahina Facial Cleanser.  Massage cleanser into damp skin and rinse.
  2. Tone and hydrate the skin with Kahina Toning Mist. This preps the skin for oils, treatments and moisturizers and helps to lock in hydration.
  3. Brighten dull winter skin with Kahina Brightening Serum. Apply a few pumps to fingertips and apply to face and neck.
  4. Let rest on face for a few minutes, then massage Kahina Argan Oil to face and neck in upward sweeping motions to hydrate and repair.
  5. Follow with Facial Lotion to seal in moisture and protect skin from harmful environmental factors.
  6. Dab brightening and hydrating Eye Cream around your eyes.  You’re ready to face the (warmer) day!

 

 

Join Kahina in offsetting CO2 emissions while empowering rural communities in Morocco

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Did you know:

According to American Forests’ Carbon Footprint Calculator, an American who drives on average 13,000 miles a year would need to plant nine to sixteen trees in order to offset their carbon emissions.

Kahina Giving Beauty is supporting The High Atlas Foundation, working with farmers and families across Morocco, to reach the organization’s goal of planting over 1 million trees this year. Not only does planting trees offset CO2 emissions, but it also provides rural Moroccan families with the skills and tools needed to achieve economic sustainability through fruit tree agriculture. At a price of $0.50 cents per fruit tree sapling, a little can go a long way!

We’re donating all proceeds from the sale of Kahina argan oil on our website for the month of April to the High Atlas Foundation as part of their Plant a Tree campaign. That means that for each large bottle of argan oil purchased, we can plant 164 trees! For each small bottle purchased, we’ll donate enough money to purchase 72 trees. Please help us to reach our goal of raising the money to plant 5,000 trees by Earth Day, April 22!

Interview with 312 Beauty: Beauty My Way

I first met Laurie Leopold of 312 Beauty at A Night For Green Beauty in Chicago.  I have long been a fan for her intelligent writing and grounded approach to beauty.  Case in point:  the last statement in her manifesto reads  “I may write about pretty things but let’s not get it twisted—things are not what the world is about.”  Love that!  I didn’t hesitate when she asked me to answer some questions for her blog.  The full interview follows.

Kahina Oils and Moisturizers

 

My gateway into the skin healing world of face oils was argan. There weren’t many around marketed for your face and face alone about six years ago. Now, it’s widespread. One of the early adapters of argan oil – maybe thee founder among indie brands – is Kahina Giving Beauty’s Katharine L’Heureux. Katharine works closely with the Berber women of Morocco to ensure that not only is she making the highest quality products but doing so while protecting the natural, human and cultural resources that help make it happen. I think it’s awesome that her business is founded in supporting and protecting women and she is also bringing Moroccan beauty rituals to us in really luxurious and special ways. Beldi soap, anyone?

For any of us that think we know the path we’re on, I hope you’re as energized as I am by Katharine’s story of personal and professional transformation from PR girl to mom to beauty globetrotter. Life is unexpected but it’s the connections we make throughout it that can change everything.

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What was life like pre-Kahina for you?
My life pre-Kahina was very different from what it is today. I had an early career in public relations, but became a stay-at-home mom in New York City in 2001 when my children were young. I rarely traveled except to our family vineyard in the Napa Valley. Now, I have just a twelve year old at home (the other two are in college), I travel 1-2 weeks out of every month and am busy with the day-to-day operations of Kahina.

How has travel impacted your life? Do you view the world differently?
Travel has enriched my life in so many ways, and given me a perspective on the world that I wouldn’t otherwise have. It has been especially enlightening to spend so much time in Morocco, a Muslim country and meet lovely people I have come to know there. I am fortunate to have had experiences that help me see beyond political rhetoric and to have made good friends that allow me to see beyond simplistic labels.

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The Berber women extracting argan oil

What beauty traditions and rituals have you learned from other cultures that you now practice?
When I discovered argan oil on my first trip to Morocco in 2007, I was unaccustomed to using pure oil on my face, which I have since learned is a traditional practice in many cultures. Now, I can’t imagine going without it. I am most intrigued by holistic beauty rituals incorporating regional ingredients and traditions passed down through generations. In Morocco, these include argan oil, prickly pear seed oil, rhassoul clay, rose water and beldi soap. Not only do these natural ingredients work, their farming, harvesting and production techniques help to preserve centuries-old knowledge and traditions while supporting rural populations. The awareness of the history of these ingredients and the people behind them enriches my own beauty experience.

What makeup and haircare do you bring with you on trips?
I keep it really simple when I travel. Argan oil is my best friend for giving me glowing skin and making my hair more manageable. Makeup is minimal, usually our Kahina Lip & Face Balm and sunglasses. If I want something a little extra, I’ll wear a little lipstick (Ilia) and mascara (W3LL People). For shampooing, I use Acure Organics.

 

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You just released a new perfume oil inspired by the Moroccan coastal city of Essaouira. What is the story of this scent and what you wanted it to convey?
Essaouira is a very laid-back beach town on the Atlantic Coast 2 hours outside of Marrakech. The charming port town colonized by the Portuguese in the 1500’s has been attracting poets, scholars, craftsmen and artists for centuries and remains a dynamic center of art and music today. Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley both famously spent time there, making it a big draw for music lovers and giving it something of a hippy vibe today. I love how many worlds collide in this small town, which combines European and Moroccan influences, while maintaining its low-key beach vibe. In Essaouira, we wanted to emulate this breezy, exotic and somewhat sophisticated flavor with rose, geranium, lavender, sandalwood, petitgrain and blue tansy essential oils.

Is there a moment in Kahina’s history that stands out in your memory?
Kahina has been such an amazing adventure since it began almost 9 years ago, with so many stories and lessons learned along the way. I’ll never forget my first, order of argan oil from a cooperative. I had no experience in international commerce. I was dealing through a translator with women who only spoke Berber, so we couldn’t communicate directly and they had never shipped their oil to the U.S. before! I ordered 20 liters of oil and had it shipped via the Royal Moroccan postal service. I didn’t even get a receipt or tracking information and assumed it was lost. Three months later, I received a call from the post office at our house in Ulster County New York saying that a suspicious looking wooden crate nailed together was there with my name on it. I am amazed it ever arrived. My name and address in the US, scribed by these women, were barely legible, literally scrawled on the wood in black ink. The US Postal Service earned my respect that day. Of course, things are a bit more buttoned up at Kahina now.

Thanks, Katharine!

 

 

A Look Inside Kahina Giving Beauty: Goodbeing Q&A with Katharine L’Heureux

Kahina’s Brightening Serum is featured in this month’s subscription box from Goodbeing. Katharine took a moment to answer a few questions for their blog. Read the full interview below and check out Goodbeing’s wonderful, personalized natural beauty and wellness boxes here.

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Kahina Giving Beauty created by Katharine L’Heureux is a stunning Organic Skincare brand that preserves, protects and enhances the ritual experience by harnessing the power of nature in a sustainable way, and lifting the people who work hard to grow, harvest and produce the ingredients used in these gorgeous formulations. Take a peak inside the world of Katherine L’Heureux with us below.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three (beauty & wellness) products could you not live without? You have food and water.
Argan oil, beldi soap for cleansing, lipstick (am I there alone?)
What is your morning beauty routine? evening?
I drink a cup of warm water with lemon first thing when I wake up. Then cleanse with Kahina Facial Cleanser, spritz a little Toning Mist on, then apply a few pumps of Brightening Serum. I follow this with an oil (right now I’m loving our Prickly Pear Seed Oil), then moisuturize with our Facial Lotion. I always finish with a couple dabs of our Eye Serum.
I shower in the evening with our Beldi Soap, using the exfoliating mitt a couple times a week. While I’m in the shower I apply our Antioxidant Mask, letting it sit for a few minutes before massaging it into my skin for polishing. Out of the shower I apply a Body Serum while still damp. For my face, I cleanse, then spritz with Toning Mist again and follow with the Kahina Serum. Afterwards, I massage the Night Cream into my skin and follow with the Eye Cream.
What 3 tips or tricks can you share for feeling and looking your best?
Plenty of water and good fats, staying active, and a great natural skincare regime
What’s your favorite part about running Kahina?
The opportunity to travel, and the amazing people I meet along the way
What’s a trend in the beauty industry you’d like to see grow?
More green niche brands doing it right
What beauty trend would you like to see disappear?
The concept of beauty trends. Individuals need to discover what works best for them, regardless of trends, and stick with a product if its doing the trick. This doesn’t only apply to the beauty category.
Of the products you make, which is your favorite?
I don’t play favorites. I use each of the products in the line, and find each one to be absolutely necessary. But if I have to choose one, I must admit that at the moment I am loving our Prickly Pear Seed Oil.
What sets Kahina apart from other lines on the market today?
Kahina was one of the pioneers of the “luxury organic” category, bringing luxury packaging and efficacy to the natural market. We combine time-tested organic and natural ingredients with modern technology to provide effective formulations and package them for the discerning customer. But what really makes us stand out, I think, is our dedication to sustainability from the ground up, beginning with sourcing the best organic ingredients, to our recycled and recyclable packaging, and finally to our support of the women who extract the oil at the heart of our line. At Kahina Giving Beauty, we go beyond Fair Trade requirements and donate an additional percentage of our revenue to support the Berber women of Morocco.
We all know healthy beauty starts with what we put in our bodies. What 3 tips can you share about beauty from the inside out? (think superfoods, supplements, teas, elixirs and the like)
I am a huge proponent of eating healthy fats, like avocado and wild-caught salmon. I try to get my vitamins through food, but take a Women’s One Daily vitamin and fish oil. In the winter, I add some liquid Vitamin D. For a little extra boost, I love “8 Immortals Dragon Drops” from Dragon Herbs and Virgin Raw Foods’ Bee Panacea, Kusmi Detox tea and Probiotics by Health Force or Clean Program. Is that more than 3?
Serious stuff. Which ingredients do you avoid at all costs?
I am not that rigid in my life, and believe that most things are fine in moderation. I make an effort to stay away from processed foods, especially white bread and sugar. The only thing you would probably never see me consume is soda. As to what goes into my products, I am much more strict.
What do you do to stay active and why?
Living in New York with a twelve year old at home keeps me active. I walk everywhere I go, which adds up. When I feel that I need something extra, which isn’t often, I will do yoga or head to the gym. In the summer, I swim and hike.

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Skincare Quiz: Five Answers and a Winner

Congratulations to Aubrey K., winner of our Skincare Quiz. She had all the right answers, plus the lucky chance to be selected from the many correct respondents.

Curious to check your answers? See the right responses in bold below.

      1. What is another name for soothing and calming blue tansy?
        • Violet pansy
        • Tanzanian bleuets
        • Moroccan chamomile
      2. Prickly Pear Seed Oil requires ______ of prickly pear fruit to get 1 liter of oil.
        • Nearly a kilo
        • Nearly a pound
        • Nearly a ton
      3. Why can dark undereye circles be more dramatic in winter?
        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. 
      4. What is the benefit of rice in our Toning Mist?
        • Moisturizing
        • Antiseptic
        • Plumping
      5. What plant is this?

What plant is this?

        • Rhodiola rosea
        • Betaine blossom
        • Prickly pear cactus flower

 

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