Good things come to those who wait—and we know you guys wait for this one—so you’ll be happy to know that our favorite mistress of argan oil Katharine L’Heureux is offering a generous discount of any Kahina Giving Beauty products you yearn for.
It’s easy: Buy whatever you like, and get 15% off all of it. Just enter the promo code SUN15 to enjoy this offer, which will last through the 26th.*
We’d like to call special attention to the soap trio featured in the pic above that we’re very fond of. This yummy soap uses argan, of course, organic olive oil and shea, along with lavender and ground rosemary. It’s scrubby, moisturizing perfection.
What’s your all-time favorite Kahina product? And if you haven’t tried the line yet, what have you eyed? Your fellow NMDL readers are very helpful about this stuff, we’ll have you know.
A nice thing to remember, too: Kahina Giving Beauty sources its argan oil directly from the women’s cooperatives in Morocco to obtain the highest quality organic oil and ensure the fair and proper treatment of the women who work to extract the oil. Kahina Giving Beauty then donates 25% of profits to the Berber women of the cooperatives. That’s some look-good, feel-good stuff right there.
Have a wonderful weekend.
*As usual may not be combined with any other offer, voucher, GWP, etc.
This is another in our ongoing series—which will be around forever now, because you guys keep sending us your awesome routines. This one’s from a reader named Anna who lives in Brooklyn just like me (hi, Anna!). I love her mix of luxurious NMDL-approved clean products and DIY.
Anna seems to be one part no-fuss and one part kind of glam, which is basically our MO, too. Plus, she loves Joanne Woodward. What’s not to love? Let us know in the comments what you think of her routine!
Current weather: Flirting with Spring in Brooklyn. Cold, crisp and sunny today.
Hair: Shoulder-length, growing-out-phase, brown, thick, and wavy.
Skin: My forehead, chin, and nose are pretty awesome. My cheeks are where it gets dry, and also breaks out. I’m pretty fair-skinned, and get freckles in the summer, but tan pretty easily. Basically, if I could get this pesky cheek nonsense figured out, I’d be golden (adult onset acne, awesome).
In the shower…
I shower at night, always. If I go running in the morning, I’ll do an extra rinse-off afterward. Either way, I only use soap (Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint) on my feet, if at all. I only get my hair wet once a week, and either wash with John Masters Organics Bare shampoo and condition with Alaffia Coconut and Shea conditioner, or just do a manual scalp scrubbing with my fingers & follow up with a little ACV. I generally rinse my face with warm water instead of washing, though some days I’ll put some rosehip seed oil on my face and rub that in, then wipe it off with a hot washcloth. A few times a week I exfoliate my cheeks with Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub.
Outside the shower…
After spraying with Evan Healy’s Immortelle hydrosol and/or a quick wipe down with witch hazel, I immediately put on some argan oil (either Kahina or Acure), then follow up with Pai Chamomile & Rosehip moisturizer. I asked the folks over at Spirit Beauty Lounge what facial lotion they recommended for dry skin that is also acneic, and they recommended that. I’ve used it for a few months now and find that it hasn’t upset my skin at all, but moisturizes well. For extra dry days, I smear on some shea butter where it’s dry.
On my body, I use a homemade body oil (after I ran out of Evan Healy’s Sweet Blossom body oil, which I love so much. When I get in bed after putting it on, my boyfriend says, “you smell like pepper”—in a good way) with olive oil and vetiver & rose essential oils. The body oil is literally just olive oil (sometimes I’ll add in a little avocado oil) and several drops of rose essential oil and vetiver essential oil. The ratio of rose:vetiver is around 6:1 (vetiver is really strong). At night, several times a week I’ll buff some oil into my nails, wash ‘em off, and apply some Scotch Naturals nail polish.
I never use hair products. I find I don’t need them, plus I’m pretty easy-does-it about my hair. Most days, since I’m growing it out and that’s sorta painful, I’ll throw it up in a low side bun, or lately I’ve been doing a simple twisty updo thing with my hair that looks so elegant but is really, really easy.
I use RMS Lip-to-Cheek in Smile on my cheeks, and RMS “Un” Cover Up under my eyes and on any spots or pimples I have. I’ll either do a subtle winged eyeliner with Jane Iredale’s liquid eyeliner, or smear together some RMS blush and RMS Living Luminizer and put that on my eyelids—I love how this looks, and sometimes I don’t even put on mascara because I feel like it gives me that cool redheaded Scottish-gal-chic thing. Otherwise, I use Couleur Caramel mascara (the brush! The brush! It’s all about the brush. I used to be a Diorshow gal, obviously) on my top lashes.
No perfume, though sometimes I’ll dab some vetiver and rose oil on. I use homemade deodorant that has rose and vetiver in it, so sometimes that’s enough—I’m very sensitive to smells (especially post-nasty chemicals). The deodorant is equal parts arrowroot powder or corn starch and baking soda and enough shea butter to make the whole thing the texture of frosting. I add in vetiver and rose essential oils for my deodorant, and orange, lavender, and rosemary essential oils for my boyfriend’s mixture. I made the mistake this morning of putting it on after shaving; itchy all day.
Et voilà! On to coffee.
Image of Anna’s favorite star (“mainly because she married Paul Newman”) via
After a wee hiatus, one of our absolute favorite brands is back on the Friday Deal scene today. They’d like to introduce everyone to their Facial Cleanser, which has been slightly updated, is now Ecocert-certified, and is even more gentle-in-a-good-way than before. They’re so sure we’re all going to get hooked—we’ll be trying it with the rest of y’all, how we haven’t yet is a bit of a mystery—that they’re offering a generous travel-sized version with any purchase. But on top of that goodness, they’re doing a site-wide discount. Is it us, or these deals just keep getting better?
OK, details! Get a 15% discount on absolutely anything in the Kahina store, along with your free travel-sized cleanser. All you have to do is enter the promo code FREE15 at checkout and the deal and gift will be applied automatically. This will run the full week too, so booya to that! (Note: The image above is the full size version.)
And don’t forget to share with your friends, if your a Kahina user, what you like from this line.
As many of you know, Kahina Giving Beauty makes incredibly clean, incredibly high-quality products using one of our most loved ingredients: argan oil. They also go above protocol to help improve the lives of the women of the Berber community that they work with. Just a little info, in case this is your first rodeo.
Happy Friday, loves!
What a wonderful way to kick off the year: Kahina is offering a very generous site-wide discount to all their NMDL fans. For those of you who know the line, well, you know. And for those of you who still haven’t tried it, if price was at all discouraging you, now’s your chance.
It’s very simple: Just enter the promo code CHEERS (cheers!) and you’ll receive 15% off your order. Bam. Deal lasts until midnight next Thursday.
As you know we don’t have enough good things to say about this line, its founder, and the people who work with her (a little shout out to Mairin, who also wrote one of our most entertaining Morning Routines Exposed to date).
What’s more is that Kahina is using its growing success to help improve the lives of the Berber women (pictured above) who, as part of the argan cooperative, make the Kahina line possible.
We’re very proud to work with this company! It doesn’t hurt that they make a mean, clean, beauty product too.
This post might be premature as I’ve only had one for two days now, but I am in love with my new humidifier (that’s Canadian for “vaporizer,” by the way).
My skin’s been pretty dry lately, despite the fact that I’m using a super rich new moisturizer by Tammy Fender (review coming soon), that eye serum by La Bella Figura, a gentle Tata Harper cleanser and my usual argan oil every night. I also eat plenty of good fats, drink lots of water and take omegas every day. So what gives?
Well, since the holiday season started I’ve probably (definitely) been drinking more alcohol, which is dehydrating and disrupts my sleep a little bit, which stresses out skin. Plus, the air has gotten a little drier outside and in; I live in a prewar building where I can’t easily control the heat, and the radiator is right next to my bed.
That’s why when it was suggested to me recently that I get a vaporizer, I jumped at the idea—not to mention it was on Alexandra’s list of winter skincare tips. Dry Montreal winters necessitated them, so we always had them in our rooms growing up, and I got another one years ago, a gift from an engineer who had designed the thing. But somewhere along the line I forgot they existed. Now, just two days in, it’s love all over again.
It’s admittedly a little humid in New York now, but I’m convinced, though I can’t prove it, that the last two nights I’ve slept better, probably because the moisture in the air makes me more comfortable and less likely to wake up parched and desperate for a sip of water. Also, seeing is believing: My skin is much more hydrated, as if by magic.
So what about you? Do you use one?