Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Body Serum*

Kahina Giving Beauty Body Serum - Fez

When it comes to skincare, I can’t really remember not being interested in it. Before I was old enough to have my own, I dabbled nightly in whichever products my mother was using, as since I went away to school and university, I’ve pretty much guarded my ever-increasing stash with my life. Yet despite my rather pack-horse tendencies, I don’t think I’ve ever used a serum that’s not been designed for my face before. Thankfully though, Kahina Giving Beauty’s pretty much iconic Fez Body Serum has come to my rescue right in time for the increasingly cold weather!

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Packaged in Kahina Giving Beauty’s slick black packaging, the Body Serum is everything you could wish for in winter skincare! With a texture which verges on an oil (it was included in Vogue’s Top 10 Beauty Oils!), the serum feels like such a treat to use! I have been reaching for it after my nightly bath or shower, so that I can really enjoy the experience – the serum’s scent contains notes of  Rose and Orange Blossom along with hints of citrus and patchouli. The result is a wonderfully warm, almost smoky fragrance which feels incredibly luxurious and soothing to use.

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As if the to-die-for scent wasn’t enough, the formula of Kahina’s Body Serum packs a serious punch! With a high concentration of argan oil to help boost skin elasticity whilst watermelon, sunflower, olive and coconut oils deeply moisturise. It leaves skin feeling absolutely incredible – so soft and nourished, and I’m addicted to layering some on after an intense exfoliation session!

Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Body Serum is priced at £85 for 200ml and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Kahina Giving Beauty FEZ Perfume Oil*

Kahina Giving BEauty Fez Perfume Oil

When the temperatures take a dip like they have this week, I basically just want to curl up into a ball and hibernate. Unfortunately though, life has a tendency of moving on, and I’ve always got a million and one things on my to do list. So, in an effort to feel as cozy as possible whilst I’m working away, I’ve turned to Kahina Giving Beauty’s Perfume Oil in Fez

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From unwrapping the beautiful, almost tile-like packaging, to unscrewing the beautiful black glass bottle, Kahina Giving Beauty’s Fez Perfume Roller Ball feels like a study in luxury. Based on the much-loved scent of the brand’s rather iconic Body Serum, it’s a warming, almost spicy scent which feels like a custom-glen perfect for enjoying these wintery days.

Kahina Giving BEauty Fez Perfume Oil 2Thanks to a formula comprised of pure steam-distilled essential oils, the perfume has quite a rich consistency, which feels so glamorous to apply. Since the bottle is a roller ball, I’ve been applying the oil to my wrists, inner elbows and behind my knees, allowing my body heat to warm up the fragrance, and the result is just heavenly! With top notes of Jasmine and Orange Blossom, I knew I was going to love the exotic, almost spicy scent! As the fragrance warms up, the heart notes of Cumin and Clove give a richness, whilst the hints of earthy patchouli, vetiver and ylang-ylang really round out the fragrance. It’s such a perfectly warming fragrance, I’ve been reaching for it incredibly regularly on these awfully grey mornings, as it’s such a beautiful way to feel like I’m somewhere far more exotic than Edinburgh!

Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Perfume Oil is priced at £67.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

An Interview with Kahina Giving Beauty’s Founder Katherine L’Heureux

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Kahina Giving Beauty is one of those brands which is just special! All of the products I’ve been lucky enough to try just feel so sumptuous and luxurious to use, and when I learned that the brand is making a real difference to women in Morocco, I fell even deeper into love with Kahina! I was lucky enough to have Katherine L’Heureux answer a few of my questions, and I have to say, my wish list has grown considerably!

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How did you find out about Argan oil’s amazing skin benefits?

I fell in love with argan oil when I used it for the first time on a trip through Morocco in 2007.  My skin, which was mostly dry, with oiliness at the t-zone, became balanced for the first time.  Intrigued by this oil, which I had never heard of before, I came home and did some research.

How did you come across the indigenous Berber women of Morocco? How does Kahina Beauty work with the women?

After my initial discovery of argan oil, I started importing the oil and sharing it with my friends.   The response was unanimously favourable, so I conceived of an organic skincare line based on argan oil.  The first step was to return to Morocco to learn everything I could about its production methods.  It was then, in January of 2008, that I first encountered the Berber women who work to extract the oil.  I searched high and low for reputable suppliers and met and worked with several groups of women on my quest for the highest quality oil.  Today, a lovely group of Berber women in a remote village high in the Anti Atlas Mountains harvest and crack the nuts for Kahina’s argan oil. We have also commissioned hand knotted rugs from them to provide them with an additional source of economic income.  And we work directly with the women to determine programs that we can support to help them beyond providing the economic opportunity that purchasing the oil and rugs provides.

How does Kahina mix traditional Moroccan beauty with modern needs?

At Kahina, we combine traditional ingredients with modern technology to create truly effective skincare products that appeal to a contemporary woman.  You can’t improve on what is found in nature, and the Berber women have such a rich knowledge of plant remedies, but often these remedies require extensive mixing, drying, and pressing, and aren’t meant to last for more than a couple days beyond a trip to the hammam.   Women in the West often don’t have access to wide the variety of quality ingredients we use in our products, and they want their products to last a while.  We’ve created skincare products using active percentages of the highest quality ingredients from around the world, in formulations that are meant to last.

Your newest product includes Prickly Pear Oil – how beneficial is this oil for skincare?

Extremely rich vitamins E and K, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, prickly pear seed oil has been shown to moisturize and soften skin . restore elasticity . meutralize free radicals that cause signs of aging smf brighten undereye circles. Slightly richer in weight and texture than argan oil, prickly pear seed oil is ideal for dry, mature skin types.

Do you think all skincare should have a natural oil base?

Some oils, like argan oil, and prickly pear seed oil, are wonderful, nourishing ingredients and can be loaded with vitamins, but it really depends on the product you are formulating.  Our Toning Mist, for example, is oil free.  With an aloe vera base, it helps to calm skin and gently moisturize.  By spraying the Toning Mist on before applying an oil or serum, the oils are absorbed more readily into the skin.

What are your favourite products?

It is so hard to choose as they are all like my children.  And it can depend on the time of year.  Right now, I’m loving our Prickly Pear Seed Oil and our Night Cream for helping my skin make the transition from winter to spring.  I’ve also been traveling a great deal over the past month and my skin is in need of deep nourishment.

What would you recommend for someone who has never tried the brand?

I always recommend that people try our pure argan oil to start.  If people have tried other argan oils, they can smell and feel the Kahina difference.  Our argan oil is a testament the extent we go to to ensure quality.  If they don’t know about argan oil yet(?), it’s a good place to start to understand how amazing this ingredient is and why I started Kahina in the first place. 

What’s next for Kahina?

I’ve just returned from Morocco and am inspired to introduce more of the traditional Moroccan hammam products into the line.  We’re also playing with scent this year.  Right now, we’re introducing our new ESSAOUIRA Body Serum with the same base as our best selling FEZ Body Serum, but with a lighter, more floral, yet still sultry, scent.

Thank you so much Katherine for answering my questions, and I can’t wait to try more Kahina Giving Beauty products – they are really something incredibly special!

Kahina Giving Beauty is available from Net-a-Porter and www.beingcontent.com

Kahina Giving Beauty Lemongrass Nettle Argan Soap*

Kahina Giving Beauty Lemongrass Nettle Soap

When it gets to this time of year, I would like my life to smell of citrus. It just feels so fresh and clean, and lately I cannot get enough of Kahina Giving Beauty’s stunning Lemongrass Nettle Argan Soap. Before I even get into the awesomeness which the soap, I’m more than a little obsessed with the packaging. Designed to emulate Moroccan tiles, the paper was created especially by Archive New York, and it feels so special unwrap!

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I’ve been a big fan of the brand for a while (I posted about the Argan soap trio here). The brand is all about making the very best possible products with the best ingredients sourced in Morocco, and as if that wasn’t enough, the brand work with the indigenous women. I love how positive the whole process is, and who doesn’t love positive karma beauty?!

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The Lemongrass Nettle Argan Soap is one of the yummiest soaps I’ve come across. The lemongrass smells beautifully clean and fresh, and before I had even unwrapped the bar, my whole room smelt absolutely heavenly. This is definitely what I call a morning product – it just smells so fresh and zesty, it really gets you up and going! Like all of Kahina Giving Beauty’s Argan Soaps, it’s gloriously chunky, and the bar is peppered with exfoliating grains which leaves skin feeling incredibly soft and looking healthy. The formula is made up of antioxidant-rich argan oil with olive, coconut and shea oils, which is basically the good skin trifecta!

Kahina Giving Beauty Lemongrass Nettle Argan Soap is priced at $18 and is available here

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Soap Trio*


Argan oil’s moisturizing properties aren’t anything new. I’ve been using the stuff on my hair for years now loving how it prevents split ends and gives shine. I’ve also been known to slather some of the stuff on knees and elbows when regular lotion just doesn’t do it. Obviously I’m not the only one, Kahina Giving Beauty have created the most gorgeous soap with the oil. View Post

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