I had the pleasure of meeting Katharine L’Heureux, founder of Kahina Giving Beauty, at the Elements Showcasein January. With her came a spirit of humility, gratitude, and an overall passion for life. She is the perfect example of sometime who is creating the change that they wants to see in the world, and that’s why this luxury organic skincare brand is going to be around for a long time.
Tell us about yourself and Kahina Giving Beauty.
I’m the founder of Kahina Giving Beauty, a simple and effective skincare line based on highest quality and ethically sourced ingredients from around the world. With organic and fair trade argan oil at its core, Kahina Giving Beauty provides real skincare solutions that advance people and the planet. A percentage of profits from the sale of all Kahina products goes to the indigenous Berber women of Morocco who extract the oil at the heart of our line.
“I am certainly ecologically minded and don’t believe I need to sacrifice my personal style to do so.”
Name one of Kahina’s recent successes, and tell us about your next big goal!
My latest business success was to be able to provide 100 sheep for the Berber women who source the argan oil at the heart of Kahina. My next goal is to provide them with clean, solar-powered cooking stoves so they don’t have to cut down argan trees for cooking.
Take us behind your brand, what does a day in your life look like?
Since I just returned from visiting my argan suppliers in Morocco, I’ll tell you what my day in the village of Tazghelilt looked like. After waking up to the sounds of donkeys braying and roosters crowing, I eat a breakfast of crepes and eggs in the home of my supplier. Then I’m off to see the sheep I donated living in the homes of the Berber women. I’m happy to discover that the sheep have grown big and fat. A quick visit to the center for weaving in the village, where I purchase some hand-loomed rugs from the women. After that I do an inspection of the facility where argan oil is cold-pressed by machine and have a meeting with my supplier before driving down the mountain toward Agadir, where I eat fresh fish at the port!
What part of your job do you love most?
My favorite part of my job is working with the Berber women and being able to help them materially. I also love developing fabulous new products for our line using argan oil and other amazing all natural ingredients.
Do you think it’s important to love what you do, or make good money?
I hope that if you do what you love, the money will follow.
Is owning your own business as glamorous as it sounds?
Owning a small start-up means I have to be ready to do most all jobs from doing interviews to packing up boxes for shipping and to sourcing the argan oil. Some of it feels very glamorous, but the majority of my time is spent doing pretty unglamorous work.
Would you consider yourself an Eco Diva?
I am certainly ecologically minded and don’t believe I need to sacrifice my personal style to do so. To the contrary, I believe that being conscientious is the most on-trend way to live – and hopefully will be for a long time to come.
What celebrity do you look at for style inspiration and why?
I love Tilda Swinton for her beautiful minimalist style – and that she doesn’t follow trends, but has identified her own individual style and adheres to it.
Where are Kahina products made? And how did you choose your supplier?
I import the argan oil from Morocco and manufacture products in the US. In selecting my argan oil supplier and my manufacturer, it is important to me that they share my vision of providing the highest quality products based on ethically sourced natural and organic ingredients.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
French fries and red wine
Favorite way to unwind?
French fries and red wine 🙂
What is your favorite travel hot spot?
I prefer to avoid hot spots, but my all time favorite destination is Fes, Morocco.