Thursday, 5 March 2009

Cosmetics: Argan oil

Just learnt about the company Kahina that sells argan oil skin products made by a women's cooperative in Morocco.

I love an ethical company, and I love the idea that the product is made by women, to be used by women. It's like an international beauty forum of the most basic, non-internet kind.

According to Wikipedia:

"Argan oil is an oil produced from the kernels of the endemic argan tree, that is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. The tree, a relict species from the Tertiary age, is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally difficult conditions of southwestern Morocco.


The unroasted oil is traditionally used as a treatment for skin diseases, and has found favour with the
cosmetics industry. An Irish sufferer of the skin condition Psoriasis, claims that Argan oil has helped greatly in clearing up the physical manifestation of the condition."

Interesting - and it's not too expensive either. The facial lotion is US$55 a pop and 10% of profits go to improving the lives of these women. [edit: I just tried to buy online and the payment gateway kept trying to tell me to pay $69 for for the lotion... whoops. Hope they'll fix it all soon!]

So I guess charity can make you beautiful.

1 comment:

  1. You should give Kaeline a try. They offer a range of 100% organic argan oil products from Morocco. And the argan oil they use also originates from one of the major women's argan oil cooperatives that ensure fair trade prices in which all the proceeds from the argan oil purchase go back to the co-op itself. Kaeline is well established in the USA for having excellent products and the US distributor is Xandra Renouvelle at You can order with confidence. (They are also offering a special 20% off sale if you use the discount code: tweet at have to make sure that you use the 'non anonymous' purchase option to use that code.) Try the facial serum Kaeline vitality day. The LA times just had a very nice write up on it.