Monday, 18 March 2013

Rahua Haircare

Rahua (pronounced ‘Ra-wa’) is a luxury organic haircare range based on the benefits of Rahua oil, used for centuries by the Quecha-Shuar tribe in the Amazon.  The women of the tribe credit the oil as the reason for their thick, lustrous hair and the aim of the range is to improve hair strength to enable growth with less breakage.  

The key to Rahua's outstanding performance is its molecular structure. Unlike other botanical oils that simply coat strands, the extraordinarily small Rahua oil molecule deeply penetrates the hair's cortex – bonding and repairing it – while simultaneously smoothing the hair's cuticle. There are no silicones in the formulations, no lauryl sulphate, no parabens, no synthetic ingredients, and all products are suitable for vegans.

The Rahua shampoo, £27 is great for dry/damaged/frizzy/thick hair, while the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo, £27 is for all hair types and great for thin, oily and limp hair. One of stars of the range is been the Rahua finishingtreatment, £38. This is a great product to use after you blow dry and flat iron your hair. A little goes a long way and it provides a subtle sheen and helps keep the ends looking healthy and polished. This really felt luxurious. The Rahua range is a beauty favourite of Gwyneth Paltrow & Megan Fox!

Shop here for: Rahua

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Kahina Giving Beauty

“I strongly believe in the possibility of connecting with people from other cultures and creating an environment in which the little things we do throughout or daily lives positively affect the lives of people around the world. Even in something as seemingly inconsequential as our choice of skin care, it’s about a consciousness of the decisions we make every day.”  
- Katharine L’Heureux, Founder of Kahina Giving Beauty 

Kahina Giving Beauty mission is to promote truly healthy skin and to support the wellbeing of women on a global scale. Its Argan oil comes from the South African Argan forests in Morocco and its harvested and pressed by Berber women in argan oil cooperatives.  In these cooperatives, women of all ages work together to make money.  Some of the women simply help bring in money to help their husbands, others are widows who must support themselves and their children.  

Kahina founder, Katharine Phillips L'Heureux, was inspired to start Kahina after a trip to Morocco where she discovered the effectiveness of pure argan oil and how these cooperatives work. Kahina Giving Beauty gives a whopping 25% of their profits to the Argan oil cooperatives for educational and women's right programs.  Many of the women are learning to read and write through these programs, including how to write their own name.

The Kahina boxes and bottles are recyclable and purposefully simple and modern, yet they have meaning.  The scrolly design on the outside of both are the actual signatures of Berber women who work in the argan oil cooperative in Morocco. 


Step 1: Cleanse AM & PM

KAHINA FACIAL CLEANSER, £45: A gentle daily cleanser scented with neroli to eliminate impurities without stripping skin of its natural oils, and formulated with argan oil, willow bark extract, and papaya extract.

Step 2: Tone & Refine AM & PM

KAHINA TONING MIST, £38: A bioactive mist to tone, refine, and refresh, with antioxidant-packed white tea and argan leaf extracts, cleansing willow bark extract, soothing aloe vera, and alfalfa extract which encourages cell turnover and renewal. Rose flower water and aloe vera soothe and calm.

Step 3: Nourish (Argan Oil / Serum) AM & PM 

KAHINA ARGAN OIL, £74: A multipurpose, vitamin- and antioxidant-rich oil for face, body, and hair. Ideal for normal, combination, oily, acneic and sensitive skin types, argan oil hydrates, heals, calms, and nourishes. Argan oil absorbs easily to give skin a radiant glow.

KAHINA SERUM, £77: Ideal for mature, dry, and sun-damaged skin, our restorative and rejuvenating Serum is a blend of oils rich in antioxidants and vitamins including argan, coffee, pomegranate, seabuckthorn, and carrot to counteract the aging process and heal skin.

KAHINA BRIGHTENING SERUM, £65: A lightweight serum with seaweed, white lily, and spirulina to even hyperpigmentation caused by environmental exposure, aging, and post-acne marks. Apply Brightening Serum immediately after Toning Mist and follow with Argan Oil, Serum, and/or Facial Lotion as desired.

Step 4: Hydrate & Protect AM (& PM if extra moisture is desired)

KAHINA FACIAL LOTION, £54: Our light, daily moisturizer combines high concentrations of organic argan oil with hydrating sodium hyaluronate, beeswax, and organic shea butter.

Step 5: Treat & Firm (Eye Serum & Eye Cream) AM & PM

KAHINA EYE SERUM, £67: Revitalize and smooth the delicate skin around the eyes. Collagen-boosting peptides combine with botanical extracts and argan oil to stimulate blood flow and increase lymphatic drainage to minimize eye puffiness, and brighten dark circles. This lightweight solution is quickly and easily absorbed to optimize results.

KAHINA EYE CREAM, £67: A rich blend of botanical extracts firms and strengthens the eye area, enhancing moisture retention, combating loss of elasticity and softening fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidant-rich argan oil and white and green tea extracts fight free radicals that contribute to contribute to cellular damage and aging. May be layered over Eye Serum.

Step 6: Detoxify, Revive & Renew

KAHINA ANTIOXIDANT MASK, £64: Moroccan Rhassoul clay, extremely rich in collagen-building silica and other trace minerals, is combined with healing argan oil to deep cleanse, gently exfoliate and hydrate, while superior antioxidants acai and pomegranate extracts blend to reverse signs of aging. For best results use 1-2 times weekly.