Kahina Giving Beauty • Argan Oil • Treatments
|Would buy this product again.||92%|
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This is the BEST of the argan oils I've tried. Yes, it is expensive, but in this case you get what you pay for. The bottle keeps out sunlight to keep oil from breaking down. The texture is light, sinks in right away and has a slight pleasant nutty smell. It does not break me out (two of the four less expensive agan oils have). I don't know if the story of the goat droppings with the argan nuts is true or not, but this does not smell sour or "goaty". Just like there are different qualities of olive oils guess there is that factor with argan oil. I am buying the 3.3 oz bottle next. There are discounts sometimes for Kahina on the internet. I've tried Kahina's cleanser, facial lotion (both are meh IMO) and toning mist (like but pricey for what you get. The real star of this line is the argan oil!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I do not want this to be the best. It's stupid expensive, but if you have tried a dozen or so variations on the stuff - you will notice a difference immediately. It smells, feels, looks and works... better. Perfect. Sigh.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy Eyes: Brown
To begin, I have oily and acne prone skin. For several months, I had been using Pure & Basics Vitamin E oil to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Although I have great respect for Vitamin E for its healing properties, and I did see changes in my skin, the consistency of this particular product was a little bit too heavy for my liking. As a result, I decided that I wanted to use a product that would give me better results without the greasy feeling. This is when I came across Kahina Giving Beauty's Argan Oil. In my opinion, this product is AMAZING, and I think I'm in love! The design of the bottle is very modern chic and the argan oil has a luxurious feel. The consistency is just perfect, and when you rub it on your face, your face feels like a baby's bottom, but even better. I did not detect a strong scent (I'm not even sure there is one), which I know is good news for many who like unscented products. After using this product in the evenings, the texture of my skin has improved tremendously and my scars have faded. In fact, I stopped breaking out since I began using this product. My skin is finally becoming the texture I have always wanted. Applying a light layer of makeup in the morning has never felt better. I have tried (too) MANY products in the past, but I have never called a product a HG until now.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
Recently, I developed some dry patches on my skin and I decided to try this, it is absolutely amazing! My skin absorbed it without breaking out and my dry patches are gone. It makes skin really soft and it does not have any crazy scent like other argan oils out there. It is expensive, but a little goes a long way.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Suddenly my face has dried out and I've tried a bunch of stuff and this oil works! I put it on at night only and you only need a few drops. It's only been a few weeks so I'm not sure about my sun spots fading but moisture-wise I'm really happy!
Also, regarding gingerrama's awesome review and great research: I tried to get some of the less expensive argan oils but the companies were charging $10 for shipping in the US. That makes their cost per ounce almost equal to Kahina which I can buy in a store.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Medium Eyes: Black
For starters this is the only pure Argan Oil product that i own, have tried, and use so, i can not compare to any other brand. With that being said, i love this stuff! It is so silky smooth. It's also light yet really moisturizing. I believe the oil is clear???, and i myself do not detect a scent. The packaging is clean, nice, slick and chic on my vanity. It leaves my skin very smooth and comfortable. When i do use it, my face is left looking a bit radiant. Great simple product to rotate through my regime :)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Black
Whenever I have a skincare emergency argan oil is godsend. I have combination and sensitive skin and avoid products that contain a huge amount of fragrance, alcohol and essential oils. I have tried other ranges but the kahina oil is the finest I have ever tried. It is just argan oil and there are no other ingredients added such as essential oils and vit E. It is a staple in my skincare regime.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Kahina's argan oil is high quality and organic. Only a little bit is needed to moisturize the skin, hair, and/or cuticles. It absorbs quickly and gives my skin a nice glow. I've been applying it on an old scar and I've noticed improvement in it's color and texture. I'm guessing it might be the high vitamin E content. This is by far one of my favorite oils and would highly recommend it. Plus the packaging is just beautiful, a dark violet (looks almost black) bottle, which is just awesome to have displayed in my bath. Love it!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Fine Eyes: Green
Yes, argan oil is fashionable and faddy. It's an oil. It'll moisturise. As with all oils, and anything else, YMMV. A lightweight oil, light yellow-gold colour with a slight earthy smell. Similar viscosity, texture, fluidity, feel to oils like sunflower or mineral; not as light or dry as grapeseed, nor as heavy as almond, let alone olive.†Features good (in human skin terms) balance of fatty acids and high doses of antioxidants. I decanted mine into an amber glass bottle with plastic pump-tops: more practical than droppers/rubber squeezy droppers; while not completely sealed, theyíre airtight, vs. removing the top every time.
Does the job of moisturising, without irritation or clogging (YMMV). Good on hair. No clogging or irritation.
There are some serious rip-off merchants out there: Kahina is one of the most blatant. List of sample prices at end of review. I tested out samples of some cheap ones and some expensive ones, inc. this one here. Aside from slight differences in immediate smell--which fade rapidly--the results on skin and hair have been the same. Testing period: nearly 4 months (mid-July to early November).
USE ON SKIN:
Moisturises, but other (cheaper) oils work as well. If other oils havenít worked for†you, worth adding to your list of things to try.
1. Used on top of rosehip seed oil, on any drier patches of skin.
2. Tested out on some minor eczema (stress, work, the usual boring causesÖ): calmed well and moisturised. I used the oil alone, and I also used it under my usual stage 1 eczema stuff (A-Derma): works better than that cream on its own.
USE ON HAIR:
1. Pre-shampoo oil treatment: no difference in results, compared to using other oils. As itís quite a thin dry oil and I have long fine thick hair, economically unviable. Preferred oils for this: the ones that actually do something useful to hair: avocado, jojoba, olive (coconut works too, but not good on my scalp and neck). But all of these (except jojoba) are too heavy to use on my hair, cos it's fine; though fine as hair-product ingredients, in moderation. But: argan mixed with olive, jojoba, or avocado works very nicely. Also, cheaper than argan alone.
2. 1-2 drops mixed with conditioner: great: either as a pre-wash (for the condition-wash-condition method, on long hair) or when conditioning or both.
3. A tiny drop just applied to the very ends of towel-dried hair, before usual styling product. From trial and error, Iíve figured out that on this hair anyway that has to be the minutest of teeny droplets; any more and hair greases up. Iíd tried this before with other oils, and even the lightest of those that do actually do anything to hair were too heavy and greasebally. Argan or the argan/olive mix has a better finish on my (fine) hair; lighter, finer, more fluid. Bonus: Iíve needed less and less de-frizz stuff afterwards. Now using none: argan alone, or the argan mix, defrizzes. I leave hair to dry naturally, and itís naturally slightly wavy with some tendencies to frizz. Thereís been noticeably less of that. Which means saving money on my expensive anti-frizz stuff.
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Avoid being ripped off: ALL argan oil is sustainably-produced, organic, hand-crafted, and fair-trade. The trees only grow in a certain area of Morocco, protected by UNESCO biosphere mandate. The nuts are gathered and processed, and the oil produced and sold on, by Moroccan womenís cooperatives (with UNESCO, EU, and SDA support). They have a global monopoly. All the bigger western companies selling argan oil and argan oil-based products buy their oil from these cooperatives, c/o the intermediary of a small number of brokers and shippers. Except for a few small companies--mainly Moroccan and French + some US wholesalers--buying straight from the coops, skipping the intermediate stage and buying cheaper as more directly. In all cases: thereís a markup along the way.
In order of price per ounce. All prices are in USD: CAD tend to be higher (ex. JMO, where USD38.00 somehow works out as CAD50.00) + shipping.
Majestic Mountain Sage: $8.45/4 oz, $15.60/8 oz, $26.00/16 oz = $1.65-2.11 / oz
Mountain Rose Herbs: $17.00/4 oz, $29.00/8 oz, $49.00/16 oz = $3.06-4.25 / oz
Lotioncrafter: $9.20/1 oz, $15.95/2 oz, $27.60/4 oz, $47.60/8 oz = $5.95-9.20 / oz
Argan Oil and More: $9.99/1 oz, $17.99/2 oz, $28.99/4 oz, $54.99/8 oz = $6.87-9.99 / oz
Garden of Wisdom: $8.20/1 oz, $60.50/8 oz. = $7.56-8.20 / oz
Argana / Argan Oil Direct: $13.10/1.18 oz, $22.93/70 ml, $22.87/85 ml eco-refill, $39.32/140 ml = $6.42-11.34 / oz
MUAC: $10.00/1 oz, $32.00/4.5 oz = $7.11-10.00 / oz
Watts c/o Amazon: $13.45/1 oz, $17.45/2 oz, $27.45/4 oz = $6.86-13.45 / oz
The Posh Peddler: $9.95/1 oz, $33.95/4 oz, $48.95/6 oz (3 x 2 oz bottles) = $8.18-9.95 / oz
Melvita: $25.00/1.7 oz = $15.00 / oz
Eden Allure: $18.00/1 oz, $30.00/2 oz. = $15.00-18.00/oz
John Masters Organics: $38.00/2 oz = $19.00 / oz
Argan Sense: $35.00/1.7 oz = $21.00 / oz
Kahina: $82.00/3.4 oz = $24.60 / oz
Kae (aka Kaeline): $46.00/1.7 oz= $27.60 / oz
Josie Maran: $48.00/1.7 oz = $28.80 / oz
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Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
So far I am loving this argan oil (but I only just started using it so I will update if need be). What I really want to point out is that this is like no other argan oil I've tried which leads me to believe it's all about the extraction/processing. Kahina extracts the oil by hand, cold process. No heat or chemical extraction. You can tell the difference in just the feel of the oil-it doesn't feel watery like a couple other popular name brands I've tried. I can't say it smells good (at all to me) but the smell is not that strong and does not linger. I bought the eye cream & toner/spray so I'll write reviews on those later.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I am not usually prone to over-statements, but this oil is, simply put, magical! I am a confirmed skincare junkie and I have used most high-end lines (La Prairie, La Mer, Revive, Chanel Sublimage, Kanebo Sensei, etc.), as well as a number of all-natural (Tata Harper, Nude, etc.) and niche brands (Zelens, Dr. Ci Labo, etc). Some of these lines worked better than others, yet I never had results as obvious, quanitfiable and immediate as I did with the Kahina Aran Oil.
For starters, the oil has a lovely, lightly nutty smell and a wonderful texture. I use it morning and night (it's light enough that I can even use it in the heat and humidity of a NYC summer on my combination skin). When I wake up after using it the night before, my skin glows and looks like porcelain, even after 4 hours of sleep. Yet, the miraculous part is what this oil did for my eyes.
A few months ago I started getting strange, red and very painful pimples on my lower eyelids. They made me look tired and old and hurt like hell! They were not styes and despite my best efforts, I could not get rid of them. I switched between three different eye creams, tried Thayers witch hazel stopped using products on my eyes altogether... Nothing worked. Then I bought the Kahina argan oil and used it all over my face. Two days after starting to use the oil I suddenly realized that the pimples were gone. Because I do not believe in "miracle products", I attributed their disappearance to other factors (though nothing in my life and habits changed). Then I got sick for a couple of days, got lax with my skincare routine and stopped using the oil. After two days the pimples were back. The moment I started using the oil again they were gone and stayed gone.
Kahina Giving Beauty is a wonderful company and I am hugely impressed with its commitment to the women of Morocco. However, it is the difference that this oil made to my skin that turned me into a fan. I bought the serum and am looking forward to trying it, although I will probably save it until colder months when my skin is much drier. This oil is not hugely cheap, but the bottle is quite big and very well designed - it's dark to filter out the light and comes with a convenient dropper.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
This oil is amazing. The aragon oil has made my skin amazing. My skin has a youthful glow.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Love this oil!! I layer it under my regular moisturizer in the winter, and in the summer I use this by itself at night. I wake up and my skin is glowy. You only need a teensy drop, too, and I haven't noticed any fragrance. Plus I love the fact that they give back to the Moroccan women who harvest the oil, and love the signatures of the women that are on the bottles. I'll repurchase!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Relaxed, Medium Eyes: Green
The smell and the feel of this oil has me believing that it is the purest oil i have ever used on my skin. My skin drinks this up and looks unbelievably healthy. I admire Kahina Giving Beauty and whole heartily donít mind shelling out the extra $$ for their argan oil as I feel it's the purest and the brand is the most giving when it comes to fair-trade. I have purchased the biggest bottle possible and use the oils as a night treatment at the moment, and with that it should last me while, yrs maybe. I will most likely buy again.