You can’t enter into the ‘green’ beauty atmosphere without hearing about Kahina Giving Beauty. A fairly-traded line of ‘organic’ skin care that centres around argan oil (a skin-restoring powerhouse), not only does the brand offer beautifully made products, but also donates 25% of it’s profits to support programs that improve the lives of Berber women, an indigenous group native to North Africa west of the Nile Valley. As I’ve dove head first into ‘clean’ skincare, the cost of such beauty can be quite steep; knowing that part of my hard-earned (?) cash is going toward a good cause makes the price a little bit easier to swallow.
I started my foray into the Kahina brand with the Toning Mist ($46CAD…but right now on sale at Clementine Fields for $36.99CAD!!!!), a bioactive mist that is supposed to ‘boost hydration, balance pH, calm redness, and aid in the absorption of oil-based treatments.’ It contains willow bark, which is like a natural salicylic acid to tone, so it’s ideal for my slightly oily skin. It also has alfalfa, said to act as a natural retinol, sodium hyaluronate to hydrate and plump the skin, and green tea and argan leaf to provide antioxidant protection. Though I wasn’t a fan of the way the spray misted (not a fine spray but a little bit…chunky, or something?), nor the size of the bottle compared to the price (it’s only 1.67oz), I really liked this mist – it didn’t irritate my skin, it was very lightly hydrating, and it did seem to gently tone my skin by reducing shine slightly and minimizing pores. I wouldn’t repurchase due to the price/size issue, especially as it only lasted about a month an a half, but if you’ve got the funds for it, it’s a lovely product!
I actually bought the Kahina Facial Cleanser ($56CAD) well after I bought the Toning Mist – the usage of each may have overlapped by mere days (oops), so I can’t comment on how well they work together. Nevertheless, from the get-go I was very impressed with the cleanser even on it’s own. Based on aloe and argan oil, this milky cleanser gently exfoliates with papaya enzymes and calms the skin via bisabolol (derived from German chamomile) and blue tansy flower oil. I use this every morning to gently cleanse my skin and prepare for the day – it creates a soft, smooth canvas for makeup and cushions my skin which is especially crucial in these bitter winter months! It doesn’t strip my skin of it’s natural oils, but also doesn’t leave a film which could cause my skin to get oily. The description states that it is scented with a neroli note; I find the scent very soft and non-offensive to my nose.
One conflicting piece of information I found about using this cleanser is regarding makeup removal. On the Kahina website it says it removes most eye makeup (light to moderate), and on Clementine Fields the description notes that its safe to use around the eye, but on my box it specifically says to avoid the eye area. WTF? Take that as you will….I’ve been using it on my eye area for the last month with no issues, but I might stop doing that moving forward, just to be safe.
For your reference, here are the ingredient lists!
If these two products are any indication, Kahina isn’t just a ‘pretty face’ (those violet-glass bottles…ugh, I DIE) but backs up their reputation with great products that actually work. While the prices are high, as mentioned before if you can fit them into your budget, they’re worth a try! The cleanser at least should last me about 6 months so it doesn’t hurt my heart quite as much ;)
Have you tried Kahina Giving Beauty yet? When it comes to skincare, where do you splurge and where do you save?