Hi beauties! Today I'm taking you to the world of double cleansing and eco skincare by reviewing two products from Kahina Giving Beauty. This brand has been on my radar since I've seen one of my favorite YouTube channels, L'amour et la musique, talk about it multiple times. To this day I didn't know any Finnish (or otherwise easy) stockist, but recently an eco beauty shop from Turku city called RAW beauty opened its online shop and kindly offered these products for me to try. Let's talk a brief word about double cleansing and see if Kahina Giving Beauty is worth the hype! Today when I'm reviewing two products I keep the reviews more compact. I hope you enjoy!
Why should you double cleanse?
First I started to type this post assuming everyone double cleanses. Just like everyone knows that you should always wear sunscreen, Earth is not a pancake and horses don't have wings (except if they're unicorns, one might argue). But then I remembered I've seen some YT 'Beauty Gurus' actually not double cleansing and it has irked me every time. First of all, let's make one thing straight: you do you - whatever works for your skin. I'm just here to give you my $0.02.
The idea of double cleansing was popularized in Japan and South Korea with the idea to 1st cleanse off any makeup, SPF, pollution and dirt and 2nd cleanse the skin. This is for PM routine, in AM routine such vigorous cleansing is not generally needed. When I was living in Japan, the common guideline was to first use an oil-based cleanser that effectively dissolves makeup and SPF, then go in with a foaming cleanser to "cleanse the pores" properly. In practise, there's no set cleanser type for each step but you can mix and match whatever suits your needs and skin type. Balms and oils are very effective to melt off makeup, for the second step there are many gels, milks, finer oils, creams, foams, etc. available. Many can benefit from double cleansing; first of will actually get a clean skin which helps with texture, diminish the appearance of spots, acne, blackheads. Secondly your clean skin can then benefit from the active ingredients of your second cleanser (exfoliation, brightening, etc). Try it for a couple of weeks and notice the difference!
Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser*
Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, isoamyl laurate, Argania spinosa (argan) oil*, polyglyceryl-2 sesquioleate, polyglyceryl-2 caprate, Daucus carota (carrot) seed oil, Panicum millaceum (millet) seed extract*, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, tocopherol, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract*, Curcuma longa (turmeric) root extract*, Citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf oil*, Tanacetum annuum flower oil, Hypericum perforatum (St. Johns Wort) leaf extract, Santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil, bisabolol, citronelol†, geraniol†, linalool†, farnesol†, limonene† * Ingredients from Organic Farming †Potential allergens in essential oils included in the formula.
100 ml for $59 / €59
Kahina's Beauty Oil cleanser has a citrus scent (to my nose) which could come from the limonene and citronella essential oil, but the formula has also neroli, geranium and tansy essential oils, as well as sandalwood. The main ingredients are sunflower seed oil, isoamyl laurate, emulsifiers and argan oil, but there's also some carrot seed oil and millet seed extract in the mix. While like plant extracts in my cleanser, they mostly do down the drain with 1st cleansers. I like the texture of this oil, it's on the lighter side and a beautiful yellowish color. I don't know, but yellow makes me very happy in the bathroom!
I use this oil on my dry skin, massage well to remove all dirt, grime, makeup residue and SPF, then lightly wet my hands and let the formula emulsify to a very light milky texture and rinse. The milky texture removes the bulk of my makeup, not as clean as I'd like to. I mainly wear 'conventional' makeup, and I don't feel the Kahina removes everything as effectively as my current favorite - the THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil for example. With Kahina there always seems to be a little residue around my eyes, which needs attention while second cleansing and I try to avoid rubbing my eyes the best I can. Emulsifying eco cleanser gets two thumbs up from me, but I wish the cleansing power was more effective.
Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser*
aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*,water/aqua/eau, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, glycerin**, leuconostoc (radish) root ferment filtrate, coco-glucoside, salix nigra (willow) bark extract, coconut alcohol, lauryl glucoside, sclerotium gum, hydrogenated lecithin, xanthan gum, bisabolol, glyceryl oleate, p-anisic acid, citric acid, citrus aurantium (neroli) flower oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, PCA chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract*, tanacetum annum (blue tansy) flower oil*, linalool†, limonene†
100ml for $45 / €45
Kahina's Facial Cleanser feels like a step up from the oil cleanser: first of all it's packed much more nicely in black/purple glass bottle, which feels luxurious and sturdy. Not that there was much wrong with the Kahina Oil Cleanser clear packaging, but the Facial Cleanser feels much more luxurious. I love that it's aloe based, packed with similar skin conditioning ingredients such as sunflower seed, argan oil and glycerin, but also radish root ferment filtrate and slightly exfoliating willow bark extract. If you're very sensitive to coconut derivate ingredients I'd ask a sample first. Despite the nefoli flower oil, rosemary leaf extract and the general linalool and limonene, I find the scent of this cleanser very very mild. I almost wish it was a bit stronger to give me the spa experience!
When my face is damp I take 4 pumps of this cleansers (each pump is quite small) and massage it on my face to remove any traces of makeup. This Summer I'm crazy about exfoliating, so I wish the willow bark and papaya fruit extract were higher in the INCI list. I doubt their % is very high. I don't feel any tingling, drying or so while using this cleanser, which is a good thing. The Kahina Facial Cleanser promises to brighten and gently tone and exfoliate, but I'd put an emphasis on the word gentle. For my skin, this cleanser is almost too "mild", but works well as a refreshing morning cleanser or a gentle second cleanse to prepare my skin for an acid toner or so.
While I liked these products, I don't think I would be purchasing these once I run out - at least not right away. The Oil Cleanser was a bit of a let down for me as I've been so in love with the THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil and compare all emulsifying oil cleansers to it. I've found similar efficacy problems with Whamisa, which I found too mehh to review. The Kahina Facial Cleanser I'm enjoying, but I wish it had more "punch" for me, so I've left it for gently morning cleanse.
For sensitive skin or someone new to green beauty who wants the ease of emulsifying cleanser and gentle exfoliation might enjoy these (for example, I've heard that the Whamisa cleansing oil might irritate some). For 'heavy' users I might look onto something else. I'm still excited about Kahina as a brand and looking forward trying more products in the future. Turku is a beautiful old city in Finland, so make sure I'll stop RAW beauty store if I'm around the area.
Have you tried Kahina Giving Beauty? Any product suggestions for me or other 'eco' beauty cleanser favs you want to share?
*These items were kindly gifted for consideration. My thoughts are my honest & my own.