We’re thrilled to be included in Elle’s August 2014 issue. The article announces the launch of both Kahina Fez Hand and Body Balm and Kahina Rosemary Lavender Argan Soap. Go behind the scenes on this article here.
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Everlane, a fashion e-tailer that’s made a name for itself with pared-down styles at “radically transparent” prices, is hosting their biggest pop-up yet in NYC this June. We’ve been a fan of Everlane ever since it launched, so we were thrilled when they asked to include Kahina Argan Oil in their model home.
From their site:
“We’ve created a “home space” in our shop where all of the objects will be accompanied by their origin and cost stories. To uncover these, we researched household items and partnered with Taavo Somer’s creative agency Friends & Family and a number of like-minded brands, including Kaufmann Mercantile, simplehuman, and ABC Carpet & Home.”
You’re invited to stop-by, try on Everlane’s signature styles, and tour the house of the future, featuring Kahina Argan Oil.
Where: 199 Lafayette St, NYC
When: Housewarming launch party is Friday, June 13th, 7-10 PM. Otherwise, stop by every day from 11 AM to 6 PM from 6/13-6/28
More information: Click here
Mark your calendars: Katharine L’Heureux, Kahina founder, will be speaking on a panel at EcoSessions: Made in Africa hosted by Magnifeco at FIT.
EcoSessions have two goals – one to build community and share stories within the design industry and the other to educate consumers through storytelling. For this event, 12 panelists will talk about the benefits and challenges of producing (sustainably) in Africa in three arenas: beauty, accessories and fashion. Hear Katharine representing Kahina Giving Beauty on the beauty panel with The Body Shop, Tiossan and Rain Africa as they discuss the hows and why they love making beauty products with ingredients from African countries.
EcoSessions are free and open to all; we hope to see you there! Register here.
DATE: Monday, June 2, 2014
WHEN: 4:30 to 8:30 PM
WHERE: Great Hall at FIT, New York, NY
RSVP: sign up for free admission
Kahina Giving Beauty is excited to announce our newest addition: KAHINA ARGAN SOAP TRIO in Rosemary Lavender. Formulated with very high concentrations of 100% pure and certified organic Kahina Argan Oil, these handmade soaps also contain shea, olive, and coconut oils. Lavender essential oil and coarse-ground rosemary create a fresh, uplifting scent while also imparting their antiseptic properties. Coarse-ground rosemary is an all-natural scrub that polishes skin and stimulates circulation. We love to use our Argan Rosemary Lavender soap as an exfoliating and moisturizing body bar, but you can also lather it in your hands for a face or even scalp soap.
Each set contains three 100-g bars, handmade in the USA, in a custom paper box. Our Argan Soap Trio makes an especially lovely gift for hostess, home chef, or gardener. No More Dirty Looks authors call Kahina Argan Soap in Rosemary Lavender “scrubby, moisturizing perfection.” We think you’ll agree!
Did you know Kahina Argan Oil comes from the argan nut? Using two stones, Berber women working in cooperatives crack these argan nuts open to get to the fleshy interior. The fleshy interior is then cold-pressed to make our argan oil. The video above, shot by Kahina founder Katharine L’Heureux, shows this traditional process. The women often sing or talk while they crack the argan nuts. Other than a chance to gather together, the production of argan oil gives these women economic opportunities that they would not have had otherwise.
Katharine L’Heureux regularly visits Kahina Giving Beauty‘s argan oil suppliers- the argan cooperatives of southern Morocco. The Berber women of the cooperatives welcome her with open arms and traditional ceremonies. This video, shot by Katharine, shows women dancing and singing as a welcoming ceremony and celebration. These Berber women crack the nuts used to make Kahina Giving Beauty’s Argan Oil.
Like this video and want to see more? Find Kahina Giving Beauty on Youtube!
It was wonderful to see the sheep that we donated to the women of the village of Tazghelilt and what a difference they are making in their lives. Now the women have a source of dairy and wool for their weaving. Several new sheep have been born, and more will be bred for the women to sell.
I had an opportunity to discuss new projects that Kahina can fund for these and other women in the region. One group, situated by a busy road, is attempting to draw more tourists to their location and would like to operate a small café in the cooperative. To do this, they require electricity and a refrigerator. Another group would like to provide health insurance for each of its members. And the women of Tazghelilt want still more sheep.
There is no shortage of need in rural Morocco. Yet, it is amazing what a difference a little bit of help can make in the lives of these women. The rewards of the success of Kahina Giving Beauty will be to bring all these ideas and more to fruition this year.
Getting ready to travel? Now through Memorial Day, receive a free, full-sized Toning Mist with any purchase of our Travel Basics kit (with Kahina’s 100% pure, certified organic Argan Oil, Facial Lotion, and Facial Cleanser) on givingbeauty.com. Ground shipping is on us! All in all, a $54.98 value. Use code TRAVELREADY at checkout.
We use our Travel Basic kit as a pared-down regimen for traveling: it’s one-ounce/30 ml sizes of Kahina Argan Oil, Facial Cleanser and Facial Lotion. Our Toning Mist (TSA approved- it’s less than 3 oz.!) combats dehydration on planes with sodium hyaluronate, a weightless particle that attracts moisture and can hold 1000x times its weight in water. Spritz Kahina Toning Mist before applying Argan Oil to aid absorption. Toning Mist is a MUST for warm weather or high altitude destinations.
Terms & Conditions: Limit one per customer. Offer expires 5/28/12. May not be combined with any other offer, promotion, gift with purchase, or voucher. Toning Mist WILL NOT APPEAR in cart, but it will be added to order upon processing.
Did you see the Mad Men season 5 premiere? Don was pretty glowy post-shave.
Fellas, this one’s for you (although not exclusively):
1. Apply Kahina Argan Oil to your face on the areas where you’ll be shaving. In the industry, this is what’s called a “pre-shave oil”.
2. Use your favorite shaving cream, or, as one male Kahina user does, Kahina Facial Cleanser & spread it over the oil-slicked areas.
3. Shave- with the grain, tyvm! Rinse.
4. Re-apply Kahina Argan Oil (a double dose does a body good!) as an after-shave soother to avoid irritation and keep skin fresh, not taut.
For those special men who take extra care of their mugs, the ultimate post-shave routine: spritz Kahina Toning Mist first, then Kahina Argan Oil, and finish it all off with Kahina Facial Lotion. Donald Draper approved.
We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about what makes Kahina Argan Oil so special. Kahina Giving Beauty founder Katharine L’Heureux explained some of the reasons on this blog post, but we thought we’d share some testimonials from our customers. They come from Make Up Alley, a popular site dedicated to everything beauty, including ratings & reviews. A huge thanks to those who took the time to write in and share their experiences!
“So far I am loving this argan oil (but I only just started using it so I will update if need be). What I really want to point out is that this is like no other argan oil I’ve tried which leads me to believe it’s all about the extraction/processing. Kahina extracts the oil by hand, cold process. No heat or chemical extraction. You can tell the difference in just the feel of the oil-it doesn’t feel watery like a couple other popular name brands I’ve tried. I can’t say it smells good (at all to me) but the smell is not that strong and does not linger. I bought the eye cream & toner/spray so I’ll write reviews on those later.”
“I am not usually prone to over-statements, but this oil is, simply put, magical! I am a confirmed skincare junkie and I have used most high-end lines (La Prairie, La Mer, Revive, Chanel Sublimage, Kanebo Sensei, etc.), as well as a number of all-natural (Tata Harper, Nude, etc.) and niche brands (Zelens, Dr. Ci Labo, etc). Some of these lines worked better than others, yet I never had results as obvious, quanitfiable and immediate as I did with the Kahina Argan Oil.
For starters, the oil has a lovely, lightly nutty smell and a wonderful texture. I use it morning and night (it’s light enough that I can even use it in the heat and humidity of a NYC summer on my combination skin). When I wake up after using it the night before, my skin glows and looks like porcelain, even after 4 hours of sleep. Yet, the miraculous part is what this oil did for my eyes. A few months ago I started getting strange, red and very painful pimples on my lower eyelids. They made me look tired and old and hurt like hell! They were not styes and despite my best efforts, I could not get rid of them. I switched between three different eye creams, tried Thayers witch hazel stopped using products on my eyes altogether… Nothing worked. Then I bought the Kahina argan oil and used it all over my face. Two days after starting to use the oil I suddenly realized that the pimples were gone. Because I do not believe in “miracle products”, I attributed their disappearance to other factors (though nothing in my life and habits changed). Then I got sick for a couple of days, got lax with my skincare routine and stopped using the oil. After two days the pimples were back. The moment I started using the oil again they were gone and stayed gone. Kahina Giving Beauty is a wonderful company and I am hugely impressed with its commitment to the women of Morocco. However, it is the difference that this oil made to my skin that turned me into a fan. I bought the serum and am looking forward to trying it, although I will probably save it until colder months when my skin is much drier. This oil is not hugely cheap, but the bottle is quite big and very well designed – it’s dark to filter out the light and comes with a convenient dropper.”
“This oil is amazing. The argan oil has made my skin amazing. My skin has a youthful glow.”
“Love this oil!! I layer it under my regular moisturizer in the winter, and in the summer I use this by itself at night. I wake up and my skin is glowy. You only need a teensy drop, too, and I haven’t noticed any fragrance. Plus I love the fact that they give back to the Moroccan women who harvest the oil, and love the signatures of the women that are on the bottles. I’ll repurchase!”
“The smell and the feel of this oil has me believing that it is the purest oil I have ever used on my skin. My skin drinks this up and looks unbelievably healthy. I admire Kahina Giving Beauty and whole heartily don’t mind shelling out the extra $$ for their argan oil as I feel it’s the purest and the brand is the most giving when it comes to fair-trade. I have purchased the biggest bottle possible and use the oils as a night treatment at the moment, and with that it should last me while, years maybe. I will most likely buy again.”
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