Years ago, I tried Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil. The line has since expanded to include a variety of skincare products. I’ve tried the Beauty Serum. The line also has a Brightening Serum; that’s not the one I tried.
The claims: Repair tissue damage. Prevent moisture loss. Calm irritation. Reduce inflammation. Protect skin damage from UV rays. Combat flaky skin.
Ingredients: argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, coffea arabica (coffee) seed oil*, bisabolol, punica granatum (pomegranate) seed extract*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) fruit extract*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil*, citrus aurantium (neroli) flower oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil*, commiphora abyssinica (myrrh) resin extract
*Ingredient from Organic Farming. 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin; 98.8% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming
The look/feel/aroma – It’s a golden-hued oil. It’s thicker than other facial oils that I’ve used. It does have a rosemary aroma that fades after application.
This oil is to be applied to dry skin prior to application of lotion/cream. The company recommends it for all skin types, but especially dry, mature skin.
Quick reminder of my skin type – Very dry. My biggest concerns are with discolorations. And I tend to like “thick” nourishing oils and creams. If you have oily skin, don’t even bother reading my product reviews 🙂
My experience: I was really surprised at how moisturizing this oil is. Even with my dry skin, this was more than enough moisture for me. The first few times, I had applied a night cream over the serum. My skin was actually “greasy”. I don’t think my skin has ever felt that way before! I used it a few nights by itself and my skin was happy with this. I feel most people will use this as their moisturizer and serum. When used alone, it does leave a nice “dewy” finish. I don’t think it absorbs very quickly (which I’m fine with).
I didn’t like the fragrance, too foody and reminds me of a marinade or something.
As far as the claims made, I don’t know. It does moisturize and combat flaky skin like it promises. As far as calming irritation and inflammation, organizations like IFRA think those botanicals cause more harm than good. But, this is a perfume blog and I hate IFRA.
It also says that it protects skin from UV rays but there is no SPF listed. Because of this, I have only used it at night.
Who may like this serum? Those with very dry skin or dehydrated skin. Those wanting a treatment/moisturizer all-in-one. If you are looking for a natural/organic moisturizer, this line is great. Also, you may be interested in this product as a weekly treatment or when you need “extra” moisture.
Who may not like this serum? Anyone with oily skin. If you want a natural moisturizer, just try the Argan Oil from this brand. It’s also difficult for me to recommend any face product with added essences to those with sensitive skin or those with rosacea (honestly, if you have either, you need to talk to a doctor…not bloggers). It costs $90 and that price will deter people.
More info on the price. It’s called Kahina Giving Beauty because 25% of the profits are given to initiatives for the Berber women (women that harvest the argan nuts). Also, it’s an organic luxury line and they can charge whatever they want. That’s the world of skincare…
Overall, I like the product but I don’t think I’ll purchase it. I’m in a promiscuous skincare mood right now and I’m having fun trying new things. If the scent of this was better (or if there was no scent), I’d possibly purchase it. I’ll reconsider it in the winter.
So really the meat and potatoes of this post – If the regular Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil isn’t providing enough moisture for you, try this oil-blend serum instead.
The 1 oz bottle retails for $90 at Beautyhabit.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Beautyhabit. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!