We are surrounded by many holistic wellness optons or approaches to heal symptoms, diseases and overall well-being. It includes Naturopathy, homeopathy, massage therapy (deep tissue, Thai massage , Chi gong, Shiatsu, Ashiatsu) , meditation, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Acupunture, Reiki, or even hypnotherapy.
I participated to this symposium without thinking that I was also a healer. After two days of listening to holistic experts talk, I understood that there are many ways to offer healing. I discovered that by offering beauty products made with natural, botanical active ingredients, I am also contributing to your well-being and therefore I am a healer.
This is the path that I want to continue exploring and by offering what nature already blesses us with, I want to be part of your well-being.
I am so grateful to all the participants for guiding my way by sharing their knowledge, passion and love of healing others.
I love my Saturdays! Taking time off should be taken without guilt.
Don’t you love the weekend when you get to relax, exercise, spend quality time with your family and friends and most importantly pamper yourself?
After a long week of work managing my business, taking care of my family and figuring out what’s for dinner, I make sure to take some time off and Saturday is my day. On that day, I am neither a mom nor a wife, I am Khadija and I make myself a priority. It may sound selfish but I truly believe that you can always give the best of yourself when you take time to decompress, change your mind and step out of your routine.
What I love is taking fitness classes or working out on my own at Equinox Fitness Club. After working out I love to treat myself, depending on how much time I have, with either a reflexology massage a manicure & pedicure or with a Moroccan Hammam SPA (my ultimate favorite).
Of course I bring all I need: Beldi soap (Moroccan Black Soap), kissa (exfoliating glove), a hair mask, a facial scrub (that I also use as a mask because it has dry rose petals powder, honey and Argan oil. Soon available in our e-store), and my Argan oil, Fusion oil and Eye Serum. Oh, I forgot I soak my hair the night before with my Hair oil Treatment too.
I have to admit that it is nice to have a facility like Equinox where I can do all of this but you can create your own Hammam SPA at home as well. Here is how:
MOROCCAN HAMMAM SPA RITUAL
• In a Moroccan Hammam SPA or your bathroom warm up your body with a hot bath, shower or steam for 10 min to open pores.
• Apply generously (1 tablespoon) KENZA Pure Moroccan Black Soap all over your body. Let it penetrate for 5 to 10 min (it is important to stay in a warm environment). Rinse off with warm water (no soap).
• Rinse the glove and start massaging gently skin (body only) in a circular motion. After few minutes layers of dead skin and impurities will roll off the body onto the “Kissa” exfoliating glove. (Wash and dry your KENZA Hammam Glove).
While growing up in Provence, in the South of France, I was always surrounded by Lavender scent, but I did not know the full story of how it was produced.
Because I like to know more than just the ingredients and benefits of the products we distribute at KENZA International Beauty, I decided to conduct some in-depth research on French Lavender from Provence, before I consider adding it to the KENZA Skin & Hair product line.
Always ask the locals
My brother Adil is very active in the community of our hometown of Istres in Provence. He works for the city government, knows everyone in town, and is its “unofficial” mayor. So, when I mentioned to him I was searching for a good source of lavender, he started going through his contact list (LinkedIn would be jealous) and voila’ found the perfect connection.
He picked up the phone and called his friend Guy do Cavaco whose wife works at the largest Lavender distillery in France, in Sault en Provence.
With Guy da Cavaco
We soon learned that, coincidentally, the small village was celebrating “Le festival de la Lavande.”
I took the next train to Avignon, then rented a car, and headed straight to Sault through the most beautiful scenery, country side, and villages.
Sault en Provence & Le Festival de la Lavande
At the “Festival de la Lavande” in Sault, I met Bill Flanagan, an American blogger who vividly shares his experience in his blog Lost in Provence. He does an amazing job reporting on this beautiful region, on its people, and on Lavender, the “Purple gold”. Watch it Purple Gold, you will enjoy it.
The Lavender distillery
At the distillery, I tried to learn everything about Lavender, Lavandin, and the products they manufacture with these essential oils. I even tasted a drink, a cookie, and a crepe made with Lavender!
Lavender or Lavandin?
Both are essential oils produced by steam distillation.
Lavender is a small aromatic evergreen shrub of the mint family. It has narrow leaves and bluish-purple flowers. It has been widely used in perfumes and medicines since ancient times. It is mostly used in skincare and aromatherapy.
I like this article by Mind Body Green Uses of Lavender Oil
Lavandin, instead, is a plant that comes from the natural crossing (via bee pollination) of Fine Lavender and Lavender Aspic.It is uses for massage, home perfumes, laundry re-freshener, candles, soaps and more.
KENZA’ Beautiful Friends will soon be able to experience Provence, its beauty, charm, and scents through the KENZA Pure Provence Lavender collection: Lavender and Lavandin essential oils and other related products.
During the launch of our Provence Lavender line you will receive a sample of our Argan & Lavender Soap with purchase of KENZA Pure Lavender Oil OR KENZA Pure Lavandin Oil.
Do you use Lavender oil? Tell us how
How about lavandin?