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Prickly Pear Seed oil: the new hot beauty miracle

Organic Beauty: KENZA Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Organic Beauty:
KENZA Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Prickly Pear Seed oil, barbary fig oil or Aknari however you choose to call it, is the “hot” beauty oil of the moment. The beauty industry and media like Allure Magazine have finally started buzzing about its miraculous benefits on skin and hair.

The Organic SPA Magazine named it “Hot” ingredient in 2014 and featured our KENZA Pure Fusion oil.

KENZA Pure Fusion Oil  featured in Organic SPA Magazine

KENZA Pure Fusion Oil
featured in Organic SPA Magazine

ELLE Magazine featured this precious beauty ingredient and our unique KENZA Pure Hair Treatment Oil.

KENZA Pure Hair Treatment Oil in ELLE Magazine March 2015

KENZA Pure Hair Treatment Oil in ELLE Magazine March 2015


What is Prickly Pear Seed Oil?

The Opuntia Ficus Indica plant is a member of the cactus family and is commonly known as Prickly Pear (also known as India Fig Opuntia or Barbary Fig). Native to Mexico, it can now be found in various arid and semi-arid areas of the world such as Morocco. Also called the miracle plant for its ability to survive during long droughts and still produce healthy fruits, the cactus plant grows in open fields without exposure to fertilizers or pesticides. The Prickly Pear fruit contains numerous small black seeds from which the precious Prickly Pear Seed Oil is extracted. The oil has been used by generations of Berber women to fend off the effects of dry desert conditions.
Prickly Pear Seeds

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is one of the most expensive beauty oils in the world. Its production requires a labor intensive and time consuming (up to four days) process manually handled by Moroccan women at cooperatives. The Prickly Pear seeds are separated from the pulp and are then dried before being cold pressed. Because each seed contains only 5% of oil, up to 60 lbs. of seeds (and a half a ton of fruits) are required to yield about 34oz. of oil.

Here you can watch a video from my recent trip to the south of Morocco, in the Ait Baamrane region, where the Prickly Pear Seed Oil is produced.

Composition & Benefits

Prickly Pear Seed Oil has a high concentration of Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and essential fatty acids (Linoleic Acid or Omega 6). This oil contains more Tocopherol than any other oil available in the beauty care market (almost 150% more Tocopherol than Argan oil). “Tocopherols are molecules with strong antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties.”*

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a potent non-greasy treatment (due to its high level of antioxidant and fatty acids) that is easily absorbed by the skin. Among its many natural benefits, KENZA Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil:

– protects against free radicals ( highest level of vitamin E)
– nourishes, moisturizes, and softens the skin
– tightens pores for a smoother and refined skin texture
– prevents premature aging and wrinkles formation
– brightens dark spots and under-eye shadows
– erases hyperpigmentation spots

KENZA Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil is ideal to use as a night serum for an intense treatment of the face, neck, and décolleté that leaves your skin with a healthy natural glow.

Fatty Acids In Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Oleic Acid 20.6%
Linoleic Acid 60.5%
Stearic Acid 3.2%
Palmitic Acid 13.9%
Tocopherol 895 mg/kg

At KENZA International Beauty we introduced you to this luxurious ingredient three years ago. And you can find it in four products of our KENZA “be generously beauty”™ line:

KENZA Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil: 100% pure, organic prickly pear seed oil
KENZA Pure Fusion oil: 100% pure, organic prickly pear seed oil and argan oil
Also in KENZA Pure SPA Bar Soap and KENZA Pure Hair Treatment oil (find them here)

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Have you included pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil in your beauty care routine?
We would love to hear from you.

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Happy New Year 2015!

Sidi Ifni - Morocco

Sidi Ifni – Morocco


Happy belated New Year Beautiful Friends !!!

While for most people the beginning of a new year is the time for new self-improvement resolutions, I usually do not have much time to think about it. This time, instead, I started the year with a nasty case of the flu. I was very sick for ten days, physically exhausted, and unable to do any work. For once, I had time to reflect and I realized I need a better balance between managing my business, taking care of my family and myself, and volunteering. And delegate more : Whole Foods can be a great personal chef!

During the last six months of 2014, I over- worked and, essentially, tried to do more than I could handle. So, this year, I made a resolution to take more time off, to get back into martial arts training with a MMA fighter at InnerGfitness (for therapy and stress management), to not answer work emails or calls at night or Sundays, and to try to keep my personal and professional lives separate.

Since the inception of KENZA International Beauty almost two and half years ago, I have been constantly solving problems, coming up with creative ideas, and juggling the multiple hats that all small business owners wear to run a successful business. However, two events particularly energized me in 2014.

The first one was the article published in July by The Guardian Newspaper.

Khadija Fajry picture by Nina Roberts

Khadija Fajry
picture by Nina Roberts


This put KENZA International Beauty on the map as a global provider of the best, socially responsible, pure, and organic Moroccan Oils. This helped us expand our market (retail & wholesale) to the UK, Kenya, the UAE, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Sweden, Dominican Republic, and even in Morocco. I will always be grateful to Nina Roberts for finding me and sharing my story to the world.
We do not have a big marketing budget to promote our business. Instead, we rely on “organic” marketing: being featured on TV news programs, magazines, and celebrities’ beauty blogs, and by the word of mouth of our many beautiful friends (e.g. customers). We prefer to spend funds on developing new and superior products, and on improving women lives.

The second one was the Chase Mission Main Street Grant competition I entered in October. A $150,000 grant would have taken my social enterprise business to the next level right away. It would have helped us create more products, upgrade our brand and website, and provide more financial support to women in Morocco and the USA. Unfortunately, the national competition was fierce and we did not receive one of the twenty grants. I was sad for a couple of days, but then I thought about all the wonderful and beautiful friends who voted for us and cheered us all the way, and I felt so much better because I know with your support I am sure we will find another way to fulfill our social mission.
Thank you again!

Looking ahead to 2015, I know it will be another successful year for KENZA International Beauty and a more balanced one for me!

Stay tuned as we will soon announce the introduction of a new beauty treasure from Morocco, a redesigned package, new giveaways, and other exciting projects. Sign up at http://kenza-international-beauty.com

With Love & Gratitude
#begenerouslybeautiful

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Where to buy organic Moroccan oils in New York

KENZA International Beauty is a social enterprise providing high quality Moroccan oils. We believe that you should all have access to excellent, healthy, and green beauty products at many stores here in New York but also all over the United States.

Here are the stores where you can find our organic Argan oil and Prickly Pear Seed Oil here in New York City:

True Beauty Brooklyn
419 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

KENZA International Beauty at True Beauty Brooklyn, NY

KENZA International Beauty at True Beauty Brooklyn, NY

5th Ave. Hair Studio
9013 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 439-4909

KENZA International Beauty at 5th Ave. Hair Studion, Brooklyn NY

KENZA International Beauty at 5th Ave. Hair Studion, Brooklyn NY

Argana Day SPA
7712 13th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11228

KENZA International Beauty at Argana Day SPA Brooklyn, NY

KENZA International Beauty at Argana Day SPA Brooklyn, NY

KENZA – “be generously beautiful”™ is a new upscale line of all natural skin and hair care products made with 100% pure, USDA Organic Argan oil and Prickly Pear Seed Oil that deeply moisturizes skin and hair leaving them hydrated, beautiful, healthy, and protected from free radicals.

Our socially responsible line can be used by women, men and children. It is formulated without parabens, mineral oils, silicones, alcohol, colorant, or animal ingredients (and not tested on animals).

We support social change for women in Morocco and in the United States. We donate and share 10% of our net profits with women foundations and a women cooperative.

Join us and come try our 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil and Prickly Pear Seed Oil at the Giving True Beauty in Brooklyn.

Giving True Beauty Event

Giving True Beauty Event

When: Thursday December 4th, 2014 from 6 to 9pm
Where: True Beauty Brooklyn 419 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

RSVP here

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A Social Enterprise shares the generous beauty of Argan oil

A Social Enterprise supports an Argan oil women cooperative in Morocco

A Social Enterprise supports an Argan oil women cooperative in Morocco

In October, I returned to Arazane, Morocco for the annual contribution that KENZA International Beauty makes to the Tirizite women cooperative that produces the KENZA Pure Argan oil. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMwtGwkFLRc

Upon arrival, I found out the coop had run out of Argan nuts and unable to produce Argan oil for the last two weeks, that the price of Argan nuts had doubled because of a recent drought, and that the coop had an outstanding bill from its last purchase of Argan nuts during the summer. Although the supplier had delivered the previous Argan nuts order on credit, he now needed to be paid in full before delivering any more Argan nuts.

Meeting with the Argan nuts supplier.

Meeting with the Argan nuts supplier.

With the Argan nuts supplier

With the Argan nuts supplier

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This is when I decided that paying the coop outstanding debt and the cost of the new Argan nut order was a better way for my social enterprise to help the women cooperative rather than just distributing cash to them. This way, the coop was able to purchase 4,464 lbs. of Argan nuts that the women will use to produce about 18 gallons of pure Argan oil (both the edible and the cosmetic kind) and be debt free.

I was also pleasantly surprised by a few other developments at the coop:

– A very nice playground was built for the children community of Arazane on the coop grounds by “1040i for Humanity”, an American non-profit organization from Oklahoma. This playground is a wonderful facility for the local community as it is rare to see playing areas designated for children in Morocco.(Read more here)

– The women coop has a new building with reception area, shop, office, production lab, classroom, and a working room where the women crack the Argan nuts.

– The women coop has expanded its product line to include whole wheat and semolina couscous, exfoliating masks made out of Argan kernels, black soap with orange blossoms essential oil, and other beauty products.

New building for the cooperative

New building for the cooperative

New building for the cooperative

New building for the cooperative

New products at the cooperative

New products at the cooperative

Women classroom at the cooperative

Women classroom at the cooperative

Something that is in great need at the coop is an on-site day care for the pre-school children of the coop women. The daycare would allow these children to play, learn, and socialize with other kids instead of spending their day watching their moms crack the Argan nuts. I will focus on this project next with the help of all my “beautiful friends”.

Discover our Moroccan oils products and social mission:

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Human generosity

1040i Playground Project in Arazane

1040i Playground Project in Arazane

On my last visit to the cooperative in Arazane, Morocco in October, I was happy to see what 1040i, a great non profit organization in Oklahoma, had built for the children and the community.

Watch this video:

Visiting the Women Cooperative in Arazane, Morocco - Oct 2014

Visiting the Women Cooperative in Arazane, Morocco – Oct 2014

I am glad that other organizations from the United States are helping this community in Arazane.

Here more on their project:
Today’s mission was to begin building a playground for the children in the community of Arazane. Nothing like this has ever been built in this community, and the people are so excited to have a safe place for their children to play and grow up. The memories that will be made swinging on the swings with friends are waiting with anticipation. Today was only step one. The foundation has been laid, and our plan has been put into action. Tomorrow the playground will begin to take its shape.

Playground built by 1040i Non Profit Organization Arazane, Morocco

Playground built by 1040i Non Profit Organization
Arazane, Morocco

Playground built by 1040i Non Profit Organization Arazane, Morocco

Playground built by 1040i Non Profit Organization
Arazane, Morocco

Read their blog to see all the amazing, life changing projects they are involved in:

A full documentary on our third visit to the women cooperative in Arazane is coming soon. Stay connected and see how we helped them this year.

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The Amazing benefits of Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Prickly Pears

Prickly Pears

Although I have used Argan Oil for many years, I have to admit that it was not until earlier this year that I discovered Pure Prickly Pear Seed oil. This happens to be another beauty treasure from my native country of Morocco and which Europeans have been crazy about for many years already. It is a potent antioxidant beauty oil that it is currently the most sought after ingredient for the beauty and cosmetic industry.

Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil is also one of the most expensive beauty oils in the world. Its production requires a labor intensive and time consuming (up to four days) process manually handled by Moroccan women at cooperatives. The Prickly Pear seeds are separated from the pulp and are then dried before being cold pressed. Because each seed contains only 5% of oil, up to 60 lbs. of seeds (or half a ton of fruit) are required to yield about 34oz. of oil.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil has a high concentrations of Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and essential fatty acids (Linoleic Acid or Omega 6). This oil contains more Tocopherol (molecules with strong antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties) than any other oil available in the beauty care market (almost 1-1/2 times more Tocopherol than Argan oil).

Feed your skin

Feed your skin


I am myself a user and a fan of this precious oil. I had two large dark spots on my face due to hyper-pigmentation. My dermatologist prescribed the usual chemical “bleaching” hydroquinone creams as treatment. However, my face skin had a bad reaction to the creams and it turned dry, itchy, with red spots. I immediately stopped using the creams, cancelled my follow up appointments, and instead decided to try this organic, pure, and natural product. I applied it religiously every night and, after a few months, I can show you that this precious oil does indeed work. My dark spot have diminished and my complexion is even and smooth. Also, my eye shadows are brighter while my skin is deeply moisturized and has a healthy, natural glow.

For people that, like me, have suffered with skin imperfections that make us feel uncomfortable, here is a completely natural product with exceptional components that, used in a concentrated form, will give you results.

No more dark spots - No hydroquinone -Use KENZA Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil

No more dark spots – No hydroquinone -Use KENZA Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil


In my opinion KENZA Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil will revolutionize the beauty world. Not only it is inexpensive, but most importantly it is super safe to use.


KENZA Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil
is the flagship product of KENZA International Beauty. During my first trip to Morocco in behalf of KENZA International Beauty LLC, I was able to secure a reliable supplier of Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil that will allow me to make it affordable and accessible to all of you. (Read my story in The Guardian Newspaper)

KENZA International Beauty offers 100% pure, USDA Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil in four products:

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Learn more What is Prickly Pear Seed oil:

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Share with us your skin concerns and questions about our Moroccan oils.

Be generously beautiful!
Khadija Fajry

Holiday Pop Up Markets in New York 2014

KENZA International Beauty is participating to several Holiday Pop Up Markets in New York 2014.
Come shop for your Organic Moroccan Oils: Argan Oil & Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

Holiday Market New York 2014

Holiday Market New York 2014


Here is where you can find us and shop for KENZA International Beauty organic Moroccan Oils:

COFFEED Holiday Pop Up Art & Shop Long Island City, NY

COFFEED Holiday Pop Up Arts & Shop December 13th, 2014

COFFEED Holiday Pop Up Arts & Shop
December 13th, 2014

Saturday December 13th, 2014 6:00pm – 8:30pm
37-18 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, New York 11101
(718) 606-1299
info@coffeednyc.com
rsvp Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614974391957840&ref=70

TRUE Beauty Brooklyn, NY

Holiday Market at True Beauty Brooklyn,NY December 14th, 2014

Holiday Market at True Beauty Brooklyn,NY
December 14th, 2014


Sunday December 14th, 2014 1:00pm to 6:00pm

True Beauty Brooklyn
419 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Can’t make it! SHOP in our e-store: KENZA International Beauty