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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Sometimes the best ideas are born out of necessity, and thus was the case for Katharine L’Heureux and her exceptional line of skin care products—Kahina Giving Beauty. When L’Heureux’s beauty products were confiscated by airport security on a trip to Morocco for being over the size limit, she simply asked her tour guide what local women used on their skin. He introduced her to pure argan oil, a centuries-old beauty remedy that’s rich in vitamin E and anti-oxidants, and is known to restore elasticity, improve tone, and protect the skin.
The story should end here, but L’Heureux was taken with the natural oil, and even more so with what she learned about the traditional methods used by the Berber women who still produce it. Having been a skin care junkie since the tender age of 12 and inspired by these women, L’Heureux created Kahina Giving Beauty (from US $32), an organic line of argan-based skin care products that benefits the body, the environment, and these women.
Boasting anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin E, fatty acids and absolutely no artificial preservatives, parabens, colours, fragrances, petrochemicals, harsh detergents, DEA, TEA, or toxic ingredients, the Kahina Giving Beauty line (named in honour of the Berber queen Kahina) consists of a facial cleanser and lotion, serum, argan oil and an eye serum. There’s even a travel kit so you never have to worry about losing your products to airport security ever again. The argan oil is all sourced by the underprivileged women in Moroccan cooperatives, whose signatures grace the Kahina bottles and packaging, and the company donates 25 percent of all profits to local educational and women’s rights programs.
Kahina Giving Beauty
Available at Oresta Organic Skin Care Confectionary in Ottawa, International Orange in San Francisco and online at www.kahina-givingbeauty.com