Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Body Serum

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Body oils were never a category I perused, they always felt so superfluous and unnecessary to me. With that said, I had always had drier-enough-that-it-bothers-me extremeties. My elbows and lower legs are prone to scaly, dryness but to be honest, moisturizers and body butters always worked well enough that I was okay with not exploring body oils which felt like such a frou-frou bath indulgence.

Then one memorable day in my past life working behind the counter at Neiman Marcus we got a new shipment from Tata Harper and Omorovicza. I was tasked with labeling the testers which of course meant some exploration time! To my surprise their body oils were among the most addictive in the entire line. Beautiful fragrances, addictively rich textures and skin loving goodness easily swayed me over from lotions and creams.

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When Kahina Giving Beauty introduced their FEZ Body Serum, I was intrigued. Then came the reviews: spicy, earthy, warm – all interesting descriptors but for scents that I typically don’t gravitate toward. Yet I had always known this line to make products with a sophisticated fragrance so luckily travel sizes were introduced to the line which gave me ample time to try for myself.

Now the fragrance descriptors might be correct BUT… as someone who does not like spicy, earthy, warm fragrances… I can say this interesting serum is a little more unique than simply being labelled by those three notes. I wouldn’t even use any plant notes to describe it as in my mind the closest descriptor is actually “sexy drying ink” which will either make a lot of sense or none at all. First of all, it’s sophisticated…. and sexy. And I mean it. Where Lina Hanson’s body oil is sunshine and cotton candy, Kahina’s Fez Body Serum is what one would wear under a trench coat accompanying their lingerie on the prowl to seduce a man. If Mata Hari and Cleopatra wore a body oil, this would be the one.

Besides the fragrance, this works. The blend is 36% pure Argan Oil followed by sunflower oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and watermelon seed oil. All super moisturizing oils. Though if I’m being honest I barely had time to concentrate on the performance as I was so enraptured with the scent and how it worked with my body to cool down certain notes and leave a dry, powdery note. The texture is fine, never greasy or thick, and it will sink into skin like a tease – lingering just long enough before it disappears. And yes, it moisturizes but at $98 for a (generous) bottle of this stuff what you’re really paying for is the way that within the power of a few pumps, you’re transported to another place. Now, while this worked for me, I do realize that strong scents like this might be polarizing so even if you’re not tempted to go for a full sized purchase, I feel like you owe it to yourself to at least get the travel size to see how it works. As for me: Full sized bottle, here we go.

My day with Kahina Giving Beauty

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I recently had the chance to check out Kahina‘s full line in person. As a luxury green beauty buff, it was my version of a playground: the entire range at my disposal! Here are my quick notes on the entire range from my limited time with them:

Kahina Giving Beauty Cleanser: A white creamy cleanser, almost no scent. Turns milky with water with no foaming or lather. Would probably be great for dry or sensitive skin. ($56)

Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist: Very light and refreshing, no strong fragrance but smells slightly of rose and aloe – feminine yet subtle enough for men to enjoy as well. I could see this being a staple item because it felt moisturizing without being heavy. ($46)

Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Lotion: I’m not one to willfully experiment with lotions due to my skins ease with breaking out but a few pumps of this lotion convinced me this might be the next item to give the full test run. It felt light and hydrating without heavy fragrance (a recurring theme with Kahina that is welcomed in my opinion), and I feel like this might be wonderful over an oil or serum. ($62)

Kahina Giving Beauty Serum: I think this is Kahina’s version of a facial oil. It’s a dark and earthy oil that I think will be an upgrade for those who want something a little more fancy than Kahina’s renowned Argan Oil. ($90)

Kahina Brightening Serum: Read my review here.

Kahina Antioxidant Mask: Read my review here.

Kahina Eye Serum/Eye Cream: Okay so I played around with both to get an idea for who each product is for. The eye serum is light and sinks into skin. The eye cream is thicker and has longer presence on skin. Both are hydrating but the eye cream is what you want for dryness and more intense repair. The eye serum is great as a lighter weight product that may however be more active. ($78/$65)

Interesting note: the Eye Cream and Antioxidant Mask jars were nearly depleted so I definitely think those are the customer favorites.

On the whole I found the range to be very well made, the scents were always light and subtle, the textures were just right, and all products had great moisturizing qualities. After playing with the entire range, the products on my list are definitely the eye serum, facial lotion and toning mist.

Interview with Katharine L’Heureux, Founder of Kahina Giving Beauty

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I am beyond excited to bring to you an interview that Katharine L’Heurex (founder of Kahina Giving Beauty) graciously took time to answer for me. I started this blog to chronicle my love for beauty, specifically luxury, natural beauty. Kahina Giving Beauty is one of the pioneer lines that managed to bridge the gap between the two ideas and set an example that natural and luxury can exist in the same sentence. Since launch, their line of Argan focused products has expanded to multinational high-end retailers and has a solid following among beauty junkies. Their Brightening Serum remains a key multitasking product for my summer routine. I’m so honored to bring you this wonderful interview from a woman who I consider one of the icons of the luxury, green beauty movement, Ms. Katharine L’Heureux. Enjoy!

As the founder of a line that I consider one of the pioneers for the green luxury movement, what do you consider to be Kahina Giving Beauty’s greatest accomplishments?

That is so kind of you.  I am very proud of creating a line that truly meets a high standard of sustainability while competing in the luxury category.  Part of our job has been to educate consumers that natural and organic products are as effective and luxurious as their traditional counterparts, and that there is no need to sacrifice anything in terms of texture, scent or design for healthy and responsible products.  As consumers catch on and demand more sustainable products, we put pressure on traditional companies to clean up their acts.  Another thing I’m proud of is our work with the Berber women.  It has been so rewarding to be able to help these women in a material way through our fair trade practices.

What do you think is the biggest misconception when the typical luxury consumer thinks about green products?

Many people still think that green beauty products are those products on the shelves of health food stores that smell kind of funky and don’t really work.  The category has come such a long way – and people are catching on.

 
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Which of your products would you recommend to someone who has never used a green beauty product before?

For someone new to green products, I would have them try our award-winning Eye Cream and/or Eye Serum.  These two high-performance products really work to address problems associated with the eye area and could convert even the biggest skeptic.

Tell me about the first time you saw someone using your product when you were just ‘out and about’.

Well, it’s rare to see someone applying skincare on the street, but I was at a dinner party once when I overheard a group of women I didn’t know conversing about a fabulous new skincare line they discovered called Kahina.  It was such a thrill to introduce myself!

What has been the most touching response you’ve received from a customer?

We receive so many amazing testimonials expressing gratitude from customers who have finally found relief from skin conditions like severe eczema and rosacea.  So many people are really suffering pain and embarrassment because of problems like these.  I’ve realized that the line is much more than merely cosmetic.

How would you finish this thought: 5 years from now, here’s where I see Kahina Giving Beauty:

We’ve only been in business for four years.  I could never have imagined that we would now be sold in more than 10 countries around the world.   I have no idea what the future holds, but I look forward to finding out!

If you could go back in time to speak to yourself when you were just starting your line, what single piece of advice would you give to yourself?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  It has been an extremely challenging journey, with many sleepless nights, but I’ve learned that with persistence things usually work themselves out.  Now I just try to remember that and tell myself that everything will be all right.

Finally, what can we expect from Kahina in the near future?

We have several exciting launches coming up in the Fall and Winter, taking us into new categories and utilizing some incredible active natural ingredients.

 

Kahina Giving Beauty Brightening Serum Revisit & Review

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I first used Kahina’s Brightening Serum in the winter and you can read my initial thoughts here. As I started stockpiling products and rotated items in and out of my routine (such is life when you sell beauty products at one of the largest department stores!), this little bottle got lost in the shuffle. The Brightening Serum as I could remember, was great at what it did, but I just didn’t have a ‘need’ for it like some other people whose main concerns seem to be brightening their skin tone. However, a few weeks ago I rediscovered this and decided to use it regularly as kind of a makeshift moisturizer for my combination skin.

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Some of you see a ‘brightening’ product and immediately want to try it and others, don’t really ‘get it’. Granted, a brightening product isn’t as straight forward as a anti-aging product, moisturizer, or cleanser, but essentially brightening products are there to make complexion look its best. And Kahina Giving Beauty’s Brightening Serum does just that. The description promises to increase luminosity, refine skin tone & texture. It isn’t a product that ‘bleaches’ skin or anything like that and your skin will not change shades (if you are looking into those products, I’d urge you to reconsider), but it will make your complexion more even and refreshed.

I’d describe this serum as having a milky, slightly sticky texture (the base of this serum consists of aloe leaf juice) that works best when combined with a toner and moisturizer. During the day, I like to layer a moisturizer with spf over it and at night, I pat on a facial oil which takes off the stickiness.  The scent is light slightly minty thanks to a sandalwood oil and spearmint leaf extracts, but make no mistake, this is 100% clean, not a trace of a synthetic fragrance anywhere so it isn’t overwhelming which I love. For those with blemish prone skin, start slowly with 1 pump once a day to make sure your skin can adjust, I notice my skin is very hit-or-miss with Shea Butter products. You’ll want to massage this into skin thoroughly but otherwise I’ve been able to use this product without really breaking out (though when I do have active blemishes, I hold off using this until they have cleared).

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I found this to be the perfect compliment to my routine because the light texture and hydration benefits were just the right match for what my skin needed. On top of that, the brightening agents (including White Lilly, Japanese Wakame seawood, maritime pine, and antioxidants) make me feel like I’m also doing skin a lot of good on top of just moisturizing it. Some studies say that the most significant sign of aging is uneven skintone and hyperpigmentation, and so I feel that this is a good preventative measure to take! Another bonus is that this formula uses all 100% natural ingredients  (73.8% organic) that won’t create photosensitivity as it brightens (in fact, Kahina recommends applying this during the day too to prevent dark spots from occurring) . This last point is important because a lot of brightening products on the market use actives that can generate free radical damage and photosensitivity which leaves skin extremely vulnerable and exposed.  The fact that this actually works to refine complexion but also provide skin with protective benefits is wonderful, and truly speaks to the quality of ingredients in this serum.

Those of you with sensitive skin should look at the extracts and essential oils to make sure they’re suitable for your skin, but this is kind of a overall suggestion I give for most products. People have different sensitivities and sometimes think that sensitive skin means they’re sensitive to all essential oils which just isn’t correct. Read the label, check to see if there are ingredients your skin might not like, and don’t just listen to other people talk about their sensitivities. My friend cannot use anything with Rosemary in it, so she cannot use this product, but my skin does not react to it at all.
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As summer rolls around, the heavy foundations in my beauty routine are going to move from the top shelf to the back of the shelf since it’s all about light, natural looks. You don’t want to have layers of product on during the sweltering summer heat! This multifunctional product will be a definite regular.

Available at Kahina Giving Beauty $72

My Current Routine: The Regulars

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I know this has been a long time coming, but getting my skincare routine down isn’t that easy because: 1. I rotate so much, for instance, I go between 3 cleansers every week (exfoliating, foaming, & daily) and I go between 3 moisturizers based on the level of hydration I need and how they layer with other products 2. I am constantly sampling new products. Due to my job, I have a lot of samples at my disposal, some I write about, some I don’t (obviously not clean brands like La Prairie, La Mer, etc.) – so I generally use those products to take care of the “nonessential” skincare products. 

Due to these factors, consider this… not my definitive routine, for example I’ve been using the Arcona Toner mainly just to finish it up, I don’t really think I’ll rebuy it again, and my cleanser is still in heavy rotation, and this list doesn’t even cover the facial oils I play with. Without further explanation, here is my current routine which is subject to change at a moments notice

Arcona Cranberry Toner: This is my pre-cleanser product since the Intelligent Nutrients Cleanser doesn’t really remove a lot. I apply 2-3 pumps of this to a cotton pad and remove “the day” from my face. I don’t use this in the morning and when I do use this at night, I follow up immediately with the cleanser because I’m kind of convinced the EO’s and fragrances in here are going to be irritating to my skin if I leave them on for long. Be sure you wash this off your skin because there are foaming agents and alcohols in here that are not good when left on skin for a long time, that is why I use it right before I hop into the shower with my cleanser. The scent is also something you’ll love or hate as it has staying power – I found it ok but a bit much. Another alternative I’ve been substituting is pure Jojoba Oil, but that is more like an oil-cleanse that the Intelligent Nutrients cleanser cannot “eat” through – so I reserve it as a once a week ritual.

Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Cleanser: I find that in the winter, I do not need cleansers that “remove everything” because my skin tends to feel stripped afterward, leading it to over-produce sebum. I’ve been using this cleanser because it is actually more like a lotion that you apply to your skin. It doesn’t strip skin at all, in fact there is no foaming action at all, only the feeling of the cream sliding through skin. Before you ask when a cleanser would have anti-aging benefits since it is only on your skin for such as short amount of time, let me explain: what it lacks as a actual ‘cleansing’ agent, it makes up for in the nutrients department. This feels more like a skin conditioner than a real cleanser because most of what I rub around my skin isn’t even washed off, it seems to be absorbed by skin! You know when you massage a cleanser into skin and give it a while to do its work sometimes? If you do that with this, I’d say about 60%-80% of the product will be absorbed by skin. For ordinary cleansers that are loaded with foaming agents, emulsifiers, alcohols, etc. this may be a problem but the natural, mostly organic ingredients in this cleanser will only make skin better. I really like the wonderfully healthy ingredients list that boasts food-grade ingredients such as Apple Juice, Pumpkin Oil, & Cranberry Oil. 

I don’t think this is a good product it you’re really looking to remove a lot of make-up or grime/oil from your face, but it is wonderful for low-maintenance dry skin or winter skin that doesn’t need another round of detergents. As a bonus the plant oils in here leave skin glowing without creating congestion. For those of you with oily or congested skin, I actually recommend this cleanser over a lot of other cleansers (even those that may foam) because this is not formulated with any waxes so it is a lot lighter on your pores.

YULI Panacea Elixir: A staple product. I apply this LIBERALLY all over my face right when I get out of the shower to maximize absorption while my pores are most receptive. This is a toner/mist that is designed to treat and hydrate all skin types but particularly those who may have combination skin. The scent is heavenly and addictive, I can’t quite describe it yet except that its so fresh and delightful.I think part of the reason why their products smell so spectacular despite not using EO’s or fragrances, is that everything is made fresh and so pure in batches on their own farm+lab, the quality of ingredients is unsurpassed – just follow their twitter to see pictures they post of the vibrant biodynamic farm they work from! The formula is so pure and made of organic and wild-crafted ingredients including hydrosols and flower waters. There is a lot of research into the nurturing and healing powers of flower waters and after using this elixir, I believe in it 100%. This uses ingredients that are so fresh that they are biologically active which is why they’re so effective at remedying all skin concerns. I noticed that when I stray away from this, my skin becomes oilier and more prone to breakouts. This is hands down, my favorite toner on the market and a regular purchase. Only complaint: MAKE BIGGER SIZES.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment: I haven’t really appreciated eye products in the past but this eye cream/gel hybrid from Juice Beauty is the first one that really agreed with my skin. It is the right balance: the texture is creamy but doesn’t make you feel like you smeared your eyes in a heavy paste and the product leaves a hydrating presence while still being fast-absorbing. I can say that although I don’t have many eye issues right now, I notice my eye area especially the undereyes where I have the hereditary dark eye circles, look more refreshed and rested when I use this. My eyes feel comfortable and rested, never feeling “streched” like how some products can make it feel. I attribute the results to a combination of the Vitamin C and Fruit Stem Cells and I believe the comfort and hydration can be attributed to the shea butter, aloe, and organic juices. This is also one of the only products that doesn’t sting or irritate my eye, which has been my experience with the majority of products on the market for eye cream ranging from Sunday Riley to vBeaute. 

I also like the lightweight cream texture because it applies very evenly and absorbs fast so it doesn’t “travel”. Lately I’ve been experimenting with an eye product from a natural beauty company that is a oil that you roll on and every time it gets into my eyes somehow and makes it sting & water. So there is something to be said for a well made cream/gel that can stay in place. 

Kahina Brightening Serum: I use this to justify all those times I leave the apartment thinking “I don’t need to wear that much make-up” because the brightening serum is kind of like my moisturizer + serum in one. The blend of shea butter, glycerin, argan, and hyaluronic acid in this makes it moisturizing especially after I apply this over the Panacea Elixir. I like the thought that not only is this moisturizing my skin but it is also correcting any possible discoloration. I don’t think I suffer from hyperpigmentation or discoloration, but I feel like we can all use products like these because ultimately the difference between photoshop and non-photoshop for a person with good skin is the tone and eveness, which is what this product addresses. So I like using this with the thought that “it’s making my skin look healthy”. It doesn’t hurt that the actual ingredients truly do make skin better, including white lily, seaweed, and algae extract. 

YULI Liquid Courage: This is their antioxidant serum which in the day provides protection from UV damage, environment (pollution, exposure), and fatigue, while in the night the antioxidants are at their most active in healing and repairing skin while we sleep. What I like most about this serum is that the key active is called the Botanical Antioxidant Seed Complex which uses pure botanical seeds that are known to contain the densest concentration of nutrients (Vitamins, minerals, Omegas, phytonutrients) and antioxidants. What makes it stand out are the supercharged ingredients like liquified Biofermented Black Garlic extract and chirally correct Ferulic Acid (derived from Acai and Argan) – their ingredients are truly outstanding and second to none. Working in beauty at a high-end dept store, I can say that these are ingredients that are ahead of the curve even compared to the $500 serums out there that use maybe a fraction of their ingredients. 

Ingredients aside, what makes this serum amazing is that each and every single time I use this, I notice it, especially the morning after I use it night. I had heard YULI say that they developed this product for their friends, professionals who traveled and were jetlagged but had to look like they had the perfect restful night on just 3 hours of sleep, and this definitely gives skin that perfected healthy glow. If you want to see results, use this at night, if you want protection and preventative benefits, use this during the day. I always wake up noticing how bright, smooth, and well cared for my skin looks. They truly are not joking when people say it gives the 8-hr sleep with perfect nutrition look even if you just went through a war. 

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Daytime:
Omorovicza Complexion Perfecting BB Cream SPF 20: The perfect daytime product, SPF 20 + Complexion perfect BB Cream benefits make this a versatile product that both protects from UV exposure (the SPF20 is fortified if you layer YULI’s Liquid Courage under to neutralize sun damage and free radicals). The cream is very light and will only enhance complexion without making face look made up. Expect very natural glow and minimal coverage. 

Nighttime:
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum: Great for winter when skin needs more than a facial oil. I love to layer this on as a lotion since it is quite thick for my skin type to be considered an actual serum. The fact that it’s loaded with 29 active ingredients means this is possibly the most loaded anti-aging night time moisturizer I have used, since it was designed to be a serum. The hydration properties are “just right” for my skin, any more waxes and my pores will not like it. 

Sunday Pampering Routine

Sunday is usually the day I spend longest on my skin. I like to think of it as the opportunity to rest and repair from the previous week, and then get my skin ready for the coming week. 


The first step is I usually do a gently moisturizing but deeply cleansing routine. To do the trick, I prefer using a balm. My current favorite is the Skin Savior Multi Balm from One Love Organics ($68) which is a waterless balm that cleanses, moisturizes, and conditions the skin. I love it because the plant oils and butters really get the extra oils and grime that accumulates throughout the week so when I rinse off with a muslin cloth, my face feels really soft and light. The formula is really rich and dry skin will love this especially during the winter while those with oily skin will appreciate the pore-clearing effects of the plant oils (like attracts like in this case). With skin clear and ready for more pampering my next step..

I use the Metamorphic Elixir from YULI ($50) which delivers the extra pampering and conditioning my skin is looking for between the skin-plumping moisture binding hyaluronic acid, soothing anti-aging Eternal Rose complex that infuses 3 different kinds of rose extractions, and the rich natural antioxidant retinols that repair and renew skin. This just feels comforting as skin becomes soft and plump while it is primed for treatment from a powerful mask..

If I’m in the mood for some exfoliation, I turn to Tammy Fender’s Epi-Peel ($80), which is a balancing, invigorating scrub/peel that will clear all of your pores and get rid of dead skin and debris that have accumulated on your face. What is really amazing is that there is no stinging or redness but my skin felt clarified and looked glowing when I washed off the mask. I wouldn’t ever go back to abrasive chemical peels after this. If I’m more in the mood for a pore refining antioxidant kick though, I turn to:

Kahina’s Antioxidant Mask ($62), which I have reviewed here. The clay mask boasts a healthy dose of antioxidants from the vitamin e rich Argan Oil and a lot of other high-quality botanicals such as Pomegranate, Rosemary, and Acai. It is a soft, gentle mask that actively clears out the pores and draws out cloggers which leaves my skin with a minty, clean feeling but never stripped. 

I give the mask about 20-30 minutes to do their thing, after which, I gently rinse with warm water. Then I reapply the Elixir to ready my skin for the onslaught of nutrients to my now fresh, clean, blank slate:

Then I slather on the antioxidant cocktail known as Liquid Courage from YULI ($125) which gives me a potent dose of antioxidants between the powerhouse of odorless bioferment of black garlic, acai derived Ferulic acid, peptides, and an antioxidant seed complex. There is something about this liquid that manages to just fix everything wrong with skin, if I put it on at night before bed, my skin always seems tighter and brighter in the morning like the lighting is just hitting your face perfectly the next day, it is like photoshop in a bottle, thats how good the repairitive effects of the product are. So once I quench my tired skin with this baby, I diligently apply..

Kahina Eye Serum ($78) – one of my favorite eye products that I’ve rediscovered. It’s lighter than the eye cream and perfect for those of us who are more concerned with preventing the signs of aging. I find that tired eyes that tend to have dark circles, some puffiness, and overall fatigue are healed. Unlike some eye products that can make the eye area tight and taut or dried out to remove puffiness, this hydrates my under eye area and makes it feel really rejuvenated. 

After I’m done applying the eye serum, the Liquid Courage would already sink into my hungry skin. So now that I have put in all the good nutrients and skin food for my skin, I focus on hydration

For the last step of my weekly pampering routine, I massage my skin with some Antioxidant Creme $95 which is the epitome of a solid moisturizer, described as a “multi-vitamin in a jar”. Oily skin types will love the quick sinking, light-weight of the moisturizer while dehydrated skin will appreciate the truly moisturizing benefits of this product that seemed to make my skin supple and build up the moisture barrier. Your skin won’t have an oily shine nor dry patches, it’ll just look primed and ready for the week.

 

The Essential Clay Masks

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(R) Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque

I’ve been on an obsession with masks recently and I’ve noticed they seem to be divided among two camps of “purifying” masks and “nourishing” masks. My skin is at that stage where a mask that is solely purifying is not enough since I need that extra something to make it glow, and a mask that is purely nourishing is too rich for my blemish prone skin. So I started paying more attention to clay masks.

Kahina’s Antioxidant Mask and Aesop’s Primrose Masque aren’t like the pore-vacuuming clay masks of yesteryear that left skin irritated and stripped. These masks infuse skin with nutrients like antioxidants, nourishing botanical oils, and minerals that give skin a wonderful glow while decongesting pores.

Aesop’s Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque has an earthy, green scent that won’t offend most senses. The product is a hardened clay so you will need to use the heat from your fingers to liquefy it a little so it melts easily on the face. It uses Kaolin clay and Bentonite, which are very ancient traditional cosmetic ingredients used to draw out toxins and impurities. There is also Evening Primrose Oil, Rose Canina Fruit Oil, and Sage Oil which provide antioxidants, Vitamin E, and hydration.

I found this masque a little messy to scoop since it is a little hard, which is why the sides of the bottle are a little messy. But applying on the face was a breeze. My skin didn’t really feel anything when I had it on, even when it dried, my face wasn’t stiff and stone-like. I love that upon drying, it turns to a white crust on top of the skin so it washes off very easily and cleanly. The only thing is it wasn’t as strong as the mask by Kahina in drawing out impurities and hydrating. 

Kahina’s Antioxidant Mask utilizes Rhassoul Clay, which is a mineral rich clay mined from the Atlas mountain region in Morocco. This type of clay is very rich in skin friendly minerals such as silica and magnesium. Kahina’s Antioxidant mask is richer in hydrating and nutrient dense ingredients such as Argan Oil, Sunflower seed oil, Acai Fruit Oil, Pomegranate seed Extract, and Rosemary Leaf Extract. I love that Argan Oil, which Kahina is known for, is included so high in the ingredients list because it balances out the drawing properties of the clay perfectly so your skin is being nourished as well. There are definitely more antioxidant rich ingredients in this formula which is important for repairing your skin.

Upon using this sample, I noticed the mask is significantly lighter than the Aesop mask. The clay scoops very easily onto my finger and applies effortlessly onto my skin. Because it was so easy to apply, I really didn’t need a lot of it to cover my entire face. I noticed some granules in the formula which provide gentle exfoliation. The scent is interesting, it shares a definite clay scent with the Aesop product but this product has undertones of key botanical oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Geranium which is very refreshing. I felt a little bit of a tingling sensation along the pores next to my nose so I knew this product was more active than Aesops. Upon washing the mask, I found that it turned into almost a foamy cleanser. I was pretty surprised at that! I felt that despite being a stronger purifier, this also left my skin more nourished, most likely due to the more abundant number of skin repairing antioxidant actives. I was also surprised after washing off that my skin was a little flushed, not red in an irritated way, but a healthy glow showing that there was some circulation to my skin. 

I think both products are wonderful with the edge going to Kahina due to higher quality of ingredients, more abundant ingredients, and a more effective product that both purifies and nourishes. Ultimately both will provide great detoxification and carry good antioxidant nutrition, so you can’t go wrong!

Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque ($47) 

Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask ($62)