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#PostcardFrom: Win Kahina Essaouira Body Serum!

#PostcardFrom Essaouira #KahinaContest

The Moroccan seaside village of Essaouira served as the inspiration behind our latest body serum scent. The breeze off the ocean, its open-air markets and overall sense of lightness led to ESSAOUIRA Body Serum‘s final blend of geranium, sandalwood, petitgrain, and lavender.

ESSAOUIRA Body Serum is a natural expression of travel and discovery, two elements at the heart of Kahina Giving Beauty. In celebration of travel and the inspiration it provides, we are inviting you to share with us your #PostcardFrom.

How to enter: Post a photo from a travel destination or special place that inspires you; be sure to tag each photo with #postcardfrom and #kahinacontest so we can find your entry. (It would be helpful where possible to tag Kahina!) Not necessary but encouraged: tell us a bit about that place that inspires you. You can post as many photos as you like! Each is an individual entry, as long as it has #PostcardFrom and #kahinacontest along with it.

Where to post photos: Entries are accepted via Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter; you can enter on as many of these platforms as you wish. Please follow us on whatever platform you choose to use. Follow Kahina on Instagram. Follow Kahina on Twitter. Follow Kahina on Pinterest.

Prize: A full-sized ESSAOUIRA Body Serum will be awarded to each winner; one winner will be chosen per social media platform – one Twitter winner, one Pinterest winner, and one Instagram winner

When: Entries accepted June 11 – June 24, 2015

Winners: Winners announced & contacted June 25 and have until June 30th to respond to us with address, otherwise an alternative will be selected.

Who: This contest is available for United States residents, over 18 years old, only. You are welcome to join in with posting if you’re from another country, but unfortunately we cannot ship prizes outside the U.S.

How will winners be decided?: Winners will be chosen on merit by the Kahina Giving Beauty team. Our favorite photos win!

We will be joining in on the fun with some of our favorite photos of Essaouira.

#Postcardfrom Essaouira Morocco #KahinaContest

Buy Sheep for Year of the Sheep!

Kahina Giving Beauty Raising Money to Buy Sheep

Happy Lunar New Year! To usher in the year of the sheep, we’re committing to buying some. For every bottle of argan oil purchased on givingbeauty.com from February 19th to March 18th, 2015, we’ll be donating 100% of sales to the purchase of sheep for the Berber women of our argan cooperative.

Why sheep?

  • their wool can be used to weave rugs for use at home or to sell at market
  • their milk provides food for families
  • if bred, offspring can be sold at market for a profit

Kahina did this initiative back in 2012 (above is Katharine with some of her donated sheep). Our goal this year is 15 sheep impacting 15 women.

Did you know? The Year of the Sheep is associated with goodwill and giving back. From a recent Well & Good article: “[The sheep] is considered to be the good Samaritan of the zodiac. Potentially, there will be more attention to the environment, and people will be more inclined to give back,” Wendell says. “[Sheep] are good-natured and sensitive to beauty and balance.”

Support our efforts. Shop Argan Oil now.

Kahina Facials with Kristina Holey

Facialist Kristina Holey

Meet Kristina Holey, a holistic facialist with world-class training. Her recent arrival in NYC got the attention of none other than Vogue.

We’re thrilled to announce that Kristina offers Kahina-based facials at her new SoHo location – 611 Broadway. You can visit her Mondays this fall (October and November) and receive a complimentary custom-oil facial blend, featuring Kahina Argan Oil or Kahina Prickly Pear Seed Oil. To book an appointment, email her at kristina [at] kristinaholey.com.

Kristina Holey Fall in New York City

More about Kristina:
Kristina Holey is a skin care specialist, with a focus on the scientific and holistic processes of the body. Kristina’s philosophy of creating a balanced and respectful ecosystem stems from her fascination in human anatomy and how to work with the body to obtain optimal wellness.

A California native, Kristina currently resides in New York City, after spending 2 years living abroad in Paris. It was there that she held an apprenticeship with renowned Parisian skin expert, Joelle Ciocco. At the Joelle Ciocco Center for Skin Care, she was given the opportunity to treat a wide range of international clients, skin types and conditions, with Joelle’s custom and celebrated techniques.

Additionally, Kristina studied at the ISIPCA (Institut Supérieur International des Parfums, Cosmétiques et Arômes Alimentaires), one of the world’s most prestigious fragrance and cosmetics schools. Her training was centered on the the science behind cosmetic formulation, pure plant extracts, and their effects on skin anatomy and wellness, as well as thorough analysis of the efficacy of modern skincare and beauty products.

The unique pairing of her scientific background in chemistry and cosmetic formulation, California roots, and French training enables Kristina to provide effective treatments as well as expert advice on skin routines, body awareness and overall wellness.

She believes that by creating a nourishing environment through internal health we enable the skin to function both optimally and innately. Through consciously supporting the natural ecosystem of our skin, in combination of the appropriate products, we can obtain the results of ultimate beauty- both inside and out.

Kristina Holey

A Night for Green Beauty Presents Beauty Box #1

ANFGB Beauty Box

We’re thrilled to be participating in this year’s A Night For Green Beauty in Los Angeles, August 7th, 2014, hosted by La Bella Figura and sponsored by Pressed Juicery, Goodebox, and Chalkboard Mag. As part of the experience, Goodebox and La Bella Figura have teamed up to create four limited edition #ANFGB Beauty Boxes, with all proceeds going to Baby2Baby. They’ve just announced what’s in box #1 and we’re happy to share that it includes a full-sized Kahina Giving Beauty Serum ($90 value). The box is $110 and contains other amazing, full-sized products by favorite green beauty brands Lurk, African Botanics, Juice Beauty, Odacite, and Province Apothecary, valued at over $300.

UPDATE: This box has sold out in one day! We’re so happy to hear that baby2baby will be benefitting from all you passionate green beauty lovers. Click on to goodebox’s website to sign up to be the first to know when box #2 is revealed.

Fashion. love, Africa for Kahina Giving Beauty: Happy Earth Day!

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In celebration of Earth Day, Kahina Giving Beauty is offering a custom Fashion. love, Africa tote for every purchase on givingbeauty.com over $250.The bag- a $50 retail value- is a vibrant blue, inspired by the color Katharine sees so often on her trips to Morocco.Fashion, love Africa designer Ryan Clements has incorporated argan nuts as a closure for the bag.

Why did we partner with Fashion, love Africa?

Katharine fell in love with the story behind Fashion, love Africa, an initiative that works with women living at the Gioto garbage slum in Kenya.140 families live at Gioto, subsisting on the food and materials that are dumped there. Women at Gioto gather, separate, clean, disinfect, and cut poly bags from the trash and weave them into handbags, creating something beautiful from trash. Fashion. love, Africa designs and purchases these bags, allowing a steady source of income and opportunity for families to lift themselves from extreme poverty by their own hands.   For every bag sold, ten dollars are set aside for the entire community to aid in projects such as medical assistance, child sponsorship, relocation from the slum, and savings/loan programs.

Katharine did a test drive of the tote on a recent beach trip and loved that it carried everything and could be cleaned easily- just rinse with water!

Click here to check out the bag on our website now.

Free shipping in the US with orders over $75.