Product Review: Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist

You know when you meet a new person and you’re so wild about them that even their snoring is adorable? You think about them when they’re not around and find ways to work them into conversations no matter how much of a stretch it is? That’s basically how I feel about the Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist, which I’ve been using religiously for exactly a month now mainly because…

It’s not every day one of your favorite brands puts out a new product, and it’s not every day you find a product that is loaded with actives, feels and smells good, and—gasp—works.

A word about the word “works.” This is obviously to a certain extent subjective, but seeing is believing when it comes to skincare and based on what I see in the mirror (even in the super-unflattering lighting in my bathroom) and on the ingredient list (posted below), I’m a believer. I feel almost certain that my skin has been more hydrated, calmer/clearer, plumped and glowy since I started using it—which I credit to the sodium hyaluronate, argan leaf extract, willow bark and rose water. There are also a lot of antioxidants in there.

Here’s how I use it: After my morning shower, where I typically wipe my face with a muslin cloth from Pai (with no cleanser), I spray my face with Kahina’s Toning Mist, wait a couple of minutes, and then apply moisturizer and sunscreen. And at night before bed, after washing, I spray, wait a few, then apply my night oils and an eye cream. It’s also nice over makeup (it sets minerals very nicely) and as a refresher after a long flight. So far, so great.

Plus, 25 percent of the profits are set aside for the Berber women in Morocco who harvest and produce Kahina’s argan oil.

You can get it from their site, for $36. I’m not sure how long it will last but with a month of twice-daily use I have a long way to go before it runs out.

Ingredients: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, aqua, rosa damascena (rose) flower water*, salix nigra (willow bark) extract, populus tremuloides (aspen bark) extract, medicago sativa (alfalfa) extract*, sodium hyaluronate, argania spinosa (argan) leaf extract, oryza sativa (rice) seed extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract*, sodium PCA, glycerin, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, maltodextrin, sodium benzoate.

Have you tried this mist? Do you have a toner you like?

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13 Responses to “Product Review: Kahina Giving Beauty Toning Mist”
  1. Lindsay says:

    I just got this and I LOVE it. Even the bottle is fancy. This is becoming one of my fave brands. They sent a sample of eye cream and it smells SO good.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I occasionally use John Master’s Organics Lavender Hydrating Mist. I generally prefer a short list of ingredients, and this is just lavender flower water. I LOVE Kahina, and use the cleanser and argan oil daily. When I saw the long list of ingredients on the mist, plus the rose flower water I was hesitant – what does it smell like? Rose?

  3. Alyssa M says:

    I just bought the Kahina cleanser and I am in LOVE. My skin has never looked this good and I actually notice my acne marks fading every morning. Hallelujah!

  4. L says:

    You guys, what’s the deal with sodium benozate? From what I understand, it’s harmless on its own, but when combined with vitamin c, it produces a carcinogen? I’m not a chemist (obviously!), but I’m wondering if this product is okay to use (given my understanding of the preservative)–and if the facial cleanser is safe, as it combines sodium benzoate and citric acid.

    I’m hoping I’m way off base here, and that someone can set me straight. Thank you!

  5. T says:

    This product looks great. Would you recommend it for acne? My skin tends to be dry but also prone to breakouts and its so hard to find a product that is compatable with my skin.

  6. Stancie says:

    @L: As far as I know, Vitamin C (or absorbic acid) is not the same thing as citric acid. They have different chemical structures. The chemical make-up of Vitamin C/absorbic acid is C6H8O6 while Citric Acid’s chemical make-up is C6H8O7. Though similar and different by one atom, they are not the same. Sodium benzoate is a common food preservative, however with that said there still looks to be some controversy with the ingredient when paired with other ingredients. For example, it looks as though when Vitamin C/absorbic acid AND sodium benzoate AND potassium benzoate are combined some studies have shown they can form benzene, a known carcinogen. I don’t see Vitamin C or potassium benzoate on the ingredient list for the cleanser or toner, however if you don’t feel comfortable using it – there are other great cleansers & toners out there that don’t include this ingredient.

    @Siobhan: Like you, I’m also not washing my wash in the morning at the moment. Just using water and a cloth – and my skin is happy! :)

  7. Siobhan says:

    @T I sure would. Willow bark and argan have both been good to my breakouts, and have good anecdotal evidence (and some data) on them. It’s so light. I’d give it a shot!

  8. Siobhan says:

    @Stancie and @L I am working (in my head) on a post about sodium benzoate because I have seen it popping up in a lot of fake natural companies and real naturals. Stancie you’ve provided some great knowledge already. Stay tuned.

  9. L says:

    @Siobhan and @Stancie, many thanks!

  10. Steph says:

    how much do you spray per use? :) i just ordered it and i’m beyond pumped to experience the magic!

  11. Siobhan says:

    Awesome, Steph! I use two spitzes in the morning and at night and I’m still totally obsessed.

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