My slight obsession with skincare not only stems from my acne history, but also from my cute petite mom who has always had great skin and beautiful teeth. She told me sometime in April that she was running out of the cleanser she had been using for the last few years, and she wanted to try something new. Did I have any recommendations? NOPE. But I was getting into my green skincare and I really wanted her to give it a go as well. I told her to leave it to me, I will find her a new cleanser!! (That is pretty much as exciting as it gets in my life) At the same time, Mother’s Day was the following month and I didn’t know what to get her. I wanted to get her something practical, and this was my opportunity! I only knew that she doesn’t particularly like gel cleansers as her skin feels dry afterwards AND that she has very high standards for skincare. I spent a few nights researching and decided to give Kahina’s Facial Cleanser a shot. I read that it was milky, non-stripping, non-lathering and the price point was very good. Thankfully it was a hit and I’ll tell you why in a bit.
Who they are:
Kahina Giving Beauty was founded in 2007 by Katharine L’Heureux who was amazed by the effectiveness of Argan oil while travelling in Morocco. The argan oil in her products are sourced from cooperatives in Morocco where Berber women (an indigenous people in northern Africa) use centuries-old methods to extract the oil from the nut.
Kahina is the name of a Berber queen who reigned in the region around the 7th century.
A whopping 25% of their profits goes to the women who work in these cooperatives. It’s truly ‘Giving Beauty’.
What it is:
A milky white lotion pumped out from a dark violet glass bottle. The scent of this cleanser is very mild. The darkness of the glass works to keep light out, thus preserving the product inside.
What it is made of (from their site):
aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, aqua, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, glycerin*, leuconostoc (radish) root ferment filtrate, cocoglucoside, coconut alcohol, carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract*, glyceryl oleate, salix nigra (willow) bark extract, lauryl glucoside, vanillosmopsis erythropappa (bisabolol) wood oil, sclerotium gum, citrus aurantium (neroli) flower oil*, chamomila recutita (matricaria) flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, tanacetum annuum (blue tansy) flower oil*, hydrogenated lecithin, p-anisic acid, PCA, xantham gum
*Ingredient from Organic Farming
100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin; 78.8% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming
First of all, their packaging is gorgeous. The weight and the beauty of the black glass really impressed my mom, and the signatures of the Berber women from the cooperatives is gorgeous and original. If you’re looking for a gift for your mom or anyone for that matter, Kahina packaging is top notch without being overly-feminine – looks truly elegant on a vanity. The cleanser itself isn’t too rich, gives a silky massage and really doesn’t lather, even with the addition of water so it’s great for dry and reaction-prone skin. Also, if you don’t know already, I’m a sucker for products that don’t have water as their first ingredient: Kahina’s cleanser lists aloe vera as its first ingredient :) It cleanses off makeup easily, doesn’t break me out and in the words of my mom (translated into English), “It leaves my skin very fresh; a very crisp feeling!”
The price point is very very good. This bottle is 200 ml, while most cleansers at around the same price are only 100 ml.
200 ml/6.7 oz
$56 USD @ Kahina Giving Beauty
$63 CAD @ Fresh Faced
What cleansers work for you?