In 2007, while on vacation in Morocco from my home in New York City, I was introduced to Argan Oil and personally experienced its benefits on my own skin. Intrigued by the story of its unique production methods while recognizing a need in the marketplace for simple, yet elevated, organic skincare, I decided to create the skincare line I wanted to use with this ingredient at its core. Working with an experienced chemist, I set out to create Kahina Giving Beauty, a simple, effective, safe, and beautifully packaged line of skin and body care products, inspired by Morocco and made in the US, with a decidedly New York aesthetic. Since then, I have made multiple trips to Morocco to personally source the finest argan oil, which is at the heart of our products. I have had the good fortune to get to know the Berber women of Morocco who do the hard work of extracting the oil for Kahina and to see firsthand how their work, as well as our practice of giving back to these women and their communities, has made a positive difference in their lives.
With a career in building luxury sustainable businesses, founder and CEO Katharine L’Heureux recognized a gap in the marketplace for premium organic skincare. After being introduced to argan oil on the first of many trips to Morocco, Katharine conceived of a niche beauty brand that would provide exceptional products while elevating the people and cultures behind them. In spring 2008, Katharine launched Kahina Giving Beauty.
I have done my best to honor the Berber women of Morocco by bringing them to life for our customers, in the hopes that you might understand and share in the spirit behind Giving Beauty. I invite you to learn more of their stories here. The Berber women have kindly opened their homes and hearts to me to share a glimpse of their lives, although it hasn’t always been easy to capture in photographs because of their modesty. In the spirit of women connecting through shared beauty rituals, I invite you to discover the story of Kahina and to share your own stories via Instagram using the hashtag #kahinagivingbeauty.
Our company, Giving Beauty, aims to deliver the highest quality skincare while providing economic independence to those who work to provide our raw materials. For the Berber women who inhabit the argan forest in the Southwest of Morocco, the hard work of extracting argan oil offers them their only means of financial and social independence. We pay fair wages and donate an additional percentage of our revenue to programs that improve the lives of these women and their families.
Ethically and sustainably sourced natural and organic ingredients No harmful ingredients Effective, green formulations using the latest science Certified natural and organic ingredients and formulations
Made in the USA
Our outer packaging is created from 100% recycled paper and our bottles are made from high quality recyclable violet glass, which helps preserve products by blocking damaging light rays.
ECOCERT To assure our customers that our products are safe from harmful ingredients and are environmentally sound, Kahina Giving Beauty products are certified by ECOCERT. Internationally recognized as representing one of the highest standards for organic and natural products. ECOCERT requirements go beyond conventional regulations governing cosmetics and guarantees the genuine practice of environmental respect throughout the production line. These rigorous standards include sustainable sourcing of raw materials, responsible manufacturing procedures, and environmentally-friendly final packaging.
LEAPING BUNNY Kahina Giving Beauty is proud to be Leaping Bunny certified. Leaping Bunny is an internationally-recognized certification that ensures that no animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories or suppliers. All Kahina Giving Beauty products are certified cruelty free.