KAHINA™ celebrates 10 years - how it all began
A view of Fez
Entrance to the Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech
The Merzouga DunesWe traveled with a guide who I still consider a friend, Majid Alaoui. It was Ramadan, and the practice of the month-long fast, combined with Majid’s deep spirituality, encouraged long conversations over many miles about the true nature of Islam, offering an eye-opening introduction to Moroccan culture. As we were not participating in the fast, we were able to enjoy the delicious flavors (and wines to our pleasant surprise) of Morocco. By the end of the ten days, the food, the scents, sounds, people and colors had me hooked. In the same span of time, my skin had become dry as dust.
At the apothecary in MarrakeshIt was on the last leg of our tour, on our last day in Marrakech, that I discovered argan oil in an apothecary in Marrakech. A kind man served me sweet mint tea while expounding on every spice and medicinal treatment on the shelves, eventually introducing me to argan oil, and telling me of its benefits and the fascinating story of its sourcing. This was before argan oil had become known in the US. I had never heard of the oil before, nor was I in the practice of using pure oil on my face. I bought a flask of the oil and brought it home to New York. My skin, which had historically been combination dry/oily was balanced for the first time ever. I loved how light it felt on my skin in contrast to the rich creams I’d been using. This was an epiphany for me — that a pure oil, used for centuries by women in a country across the world could be more effective than anything I had found at home. Stay tuned for more… WHERE WE STAYED: CASABLANCA: ROYAL MANSOUR HOTEL FEZ: PALAIS JAMAI DESERT ENCAMPMENT IN THE MERZOUGA DUNES OURZAZATE: HOTEL BERBERE MARRAKECH: AMANJENA TOUR GUIDE: MAJID ALAOUI AT TOUR OF FEZ In loving memory of Alex and Bob Phillips, who showed themselves to be intrepid travelers, taught me to always find joy, and encouraged me to follow my dreams.