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Kahina for Beauty Heroes – Giving is Beautiful

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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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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!

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