I am very pleased that we've managed to track down a really good source of argan oil. This much-hyped antiaging and soothing oil from Morocco has become controversial recently with companies accused of selling stuff that either doesn't come from that sunny country, or that is inferior or of ripping off the locals. Kahina's argan oil ($71.29) is the real deal.
Kahina's argan oil is harvested by Berber women in free trade cooperatives. The company's founder, Katharine Phillips L’Heureux, personally sources the oil and gives back 25% of the profits from the sales of Kahina Giving Beauty products to support initiatives to help the Berber women. And good causes can be chic and snazzy too, if the Kahina packaging is anything to by.
Argan oil comes from a Moroccan tree is packed with vitamin E (a well-proven anti-ager). There is twice as much vitamin E in argan than olive and much more linoleic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid). Here's the breakdown: palmitic – 12.0%; stearic – 6.0%; oleic – 42.8%, linoleic – 36.8%, linolenic – <0.5%. Use argan oil on its own or above your favorite serum.
Another new arrival is Juice Beauty's Green Apple Serum ($45.09 in the TIA store
). German researchers recently found that a combo of linseed (flax) and borage seed extracts reduced red, rough skin. This product also plenty of antioxidant grape (in fact the base is grape juice rather than water) and CoQ10. There are collagen boosting peptides and algae, a host of vitamins and even fatty acids from evening primrose. Be aware that sodium hydroxide and disodium EDTA may irritate sensitive skins.
Ingredients in Juice Beauty
Organic Juice Solution Of Vitis Vinifera (White Grape) Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice & Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Organic Essential Fatty Acids Of Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed & Borago Officinali (Borage) Seed, Organic Algae Extract, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Thioctic Acid (Alpha-Lipoic Acid), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Tocopheryl Acetate & Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Sclerotium Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Phospholipids, Hyaluronic Acid, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE, Potassium Sorbate, Amyris Balsamifera & Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Pure Essential Oils.