Kahina Giving Beauty

7 8 2010

“I love the idea of women connecting with women across the world through shared beauty rituals”
- Katherine L’Heureux

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Recognizing the restorative effects of Argan Oil during a trip to Morocco, Katherine L’Heureux based her new organic skincare line, Kahina Giving Beauty, upon this rare ingredient. Rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, argan oil is what Moroccan women use to combat the desert sun’s damaging effects.  Using centuries-old practices to extract oil from the nuts of the argan tree, this rare oil is produced by small cooperatives of Berber women who grind the nuts into a paste that’s kneaded by hand to extract the oil.

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Berber women extracting argan oil

It is the high concentrations of nutrients (particularly Vitamin E) in argan oil that, when applied regularly, create healthy skin. Containing highly potent antioxidents, argan oil neutralizes free radicals, reduces inflammation, minimizes the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and protects skin from harsh environmental factors. Another element, phytosterols, heals scar tissue, among other skin issues. The oil, while in high demand, is in short supply. Due to overgrazing and using argan wood for practical use, the argan tree has halved in population within the past fifty years.  Fortunately, UNESCO and argan oil enthusiasts successfully campaigned to protect a portion of the Argan Forest and worked with the government to fund Berber women-run cooperatives to produce the miracle oil.

Kahina Giving Beauty - Argan Tree

It is from several of these cooperatives that Kahina Giving Beauty receives the heart of its beauty products.  Reserved for Berber women, these cooperatives provide fair compensation and resources, including literacy  and women’s rights programs.  In addition to this, Kahina Giving Beauty donates a sizeable portion of their profits to the women who source these essential raw materials.

To honor these women and their tradition, Katherine named Kahina after a legendary Berber queen and incorporates the Berber women’s signatures in Kahina’s packaging design.

Kahina Giving Beauty - Zahra Aziz signature

In addition to this, Kahina boasts an environmental commitment by using organic ingredients whenever possible, manufacturing their product in a certified organic facility and using 100% recycled materials for their outer packaging. Kahina encourages users to return the recyclable glass bottles for refill.

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Benefits of argan oil:
- Reduces inflammation, as well as the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles
- Neutralizes free radicals (second biggest cause of aging after sun exposure)
- Cure skin ailments such as dryness, eczema, acne & psoriasis
- Strengthens elasticity

Usage of argan oil:
- Apply to face morning & evening after cleansing to replenish lost moisture
- Use as a body oil
- Pour into bath to relieve dry skin
- Apply to hair to restore shine & frizz
- Use as a hand treatment
- Naturally treat acne & other skin conditions

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