The beauty of organic argan oil
Extracted from the nut of the argan tree, this precious oil is extremely high in vitamin E, powerful antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are at the core of healthy skin. Company founder and CEO Katharine L’Heureux has built a holistic skincare regimen around this multipurpose ingredient that enhances the beauty of the women who use it and the lives of the women who harvest and produce it.
What makes this brand special
The nuts of the argan tree are hand-cracked in the traditional technique and cold pressed with modern technology to preserve the integrity of the oil. Only top quality nuts with the fruity pulp intact are used in these products. Many cheaper brands of argan oil are made from nuts that have been eaten and digested by goats which then have to go through a deodorizing process that destroys the essential nutrients in the oil. Kahina Giving Beauty proudly employs cooperatives of skilled Berber women to harvest and extract the oil in a sustainable, fair trade fashion, ensuring a high quality product and a living wage for the women workers. It can take 8 hours to extract just 1 liter of oil, and this manual process is the only means of economic independence for these local women.
Argan trees are only found in Southwestern Morocco and Northern Sahara, and they are vital to this fragile desert ecosystem. In 1999, the argan forest was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now the local argan industry is protected with regulations to ensure sustainable harvesting practices.
The science behind argan oil
Pure, raw argan oil contains twice the vitamin E of olive oil. The remaining 80% is comprised of hard to obtain Omega 6 (linoleic) and Omega 9 (oleic) fatty acids, palmitic and stearic acids, phenolic oils, squalene and phytosterol compounds.
The oil has remarkable hydrating, healing and restorative properties that keep skin in optimal condition. Kahina Giving Beauty blends old world wisdom with modern science to create an exceptional line of products that cleanse, moisturize and treat your face.
Kahina Giving Beauty personally sources top quality 100% organic argan oil, while ensuring the ethical treatment of the women who extract it. The products are ECOCERT and Leaping Bunny certified, and use Forest Stewardship Council certified forest products to verify that everything is responsibly harvested. Outer packaging is 100% post-consumer waste and bottles are made of recyclable violet glass, which helps preserve the product by blocking damaging light rays.
The company is committed to finding local initiatives to improve the quality of life in the communities that supply their ingredients. They donate to Education for All in Morocco, and organization that provides safe boarding for girls to continue with schooling beyond the elementary years. They also purchase goats for the women in the Idzouame Mountains to help them achieve economic independence.