How to create your own Hammam SPA?

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. 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).

Moroccan palace in Casablanca
Moroccan palace in Casablanca

Of course I bring all I need: Moroccan Black Soap, kissa (exfoliating glove), a hair mask, a facial scrub (that I also use as a mask because it has rose 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.

Pampering my hair with Argan Oil. Morocco
Pampering my hair with Argan Oil.
Morocco

KENZA Hammam Collection
KENZA Hammam Collection

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.

• Set up your ambience with essential oils, a diffuser and candles. kenza-aromatology-1

• 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). Video via Organic SPA Magazine

• Soak you KENZA Hammam Glove in hot water to soften it before use.

• Rinse the glove and start massaging gently skin (body only) in 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).

• Soak hair with KENZA Pure Hair Treatment Oil, wrap with a towel or plastic cover. Leave 30min (or the night before).

• In a glass bowl mix a cup of KENZA Pure Rhassoul Lava Clay with 1/2 cup of KENZA Pure Rose Toner , few drops of KENZA Pure Lavender Oil and add warm water or milk until you get the right consistency of a paste to apply all over your body and face. Lie down, let it dry for 15-20min. Rinse the clay off.

• Wash with your favorite KENZA Soap (SPA Bar Soap or Moroccan Oils Soap) and shampoo hair.

• Indulge in a rich, fragrant and sensual KENZA Pure Marrakech Body Oil and apply your favorite KENZA Facial oil (Argan oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, or Fusion oil).

Organic SPA Magazine – 2015 Skin Care Guide Page 82 What’s New?

Check also Organic SPA Magazine:
Creating a Home Hammam for Two and “At home Hammam”– 2015 Skin Care Guide Page 82 What’s New?

I spend about two hours in this relaxing beauty routine and get back home a new person ready to handle the next week of priorities, urgencies, stress and other annoying stuff.

What is your special me- time routine? How do you decompress?
Share with us.

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

My Morocco. My Moroccan oils – via The Guardian

Hope you are enjoying your Summer season. So far it’s has been exciting for us here. Plus it is my favorite season.

KENZA International Beauty at LIC Springs
KENZA International Beauty at LIC Springs

I wanted you to know I was featured in an article in The Guardian newspaper as a Moroccan entrepreneur that brings Argan oil to the United States:

Pic on The Guardian
the Guardian US

A Moroccan entrepreneur brings argan oil to America by way of women’s co-ops
Khadija Fajry, an immigrant to both France and the US, likens nascent cosmetic industry to a goldrush in which she offers ‘the real thing’
– Nina Roberts
theguardian.com, Sunday 13 July 2014 12.00 EDT

The article notes that at KENZA International Beauty we are convinced that our KENZA – Pure Moroccan Beauty Oils are the most precious beauty treasures nature can offer and that we can all be beautiful inside and out by using natural beauty care products while contributing to positive social change for women in the United States and Morocco.

Please spread the word about our mission by sharing the article with your friends, families, and connections so that we can grow our special circle of beautiful friends.

I also look forward to your comments. Email us at contact@kenza-puremoroccanbeautyoils.com -Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter

With Love & Gratitude
Khadija Fajry
Founder & CEO – KENZA International Beauty

Pure Moroccan oils impact beauty and social change for women


KENZA International Beauty supports social change for Women in the US & Morocco
KENZA International Beauty supports social change for Women in the US & Morocco

Nice to read in this great article: African Oils, Exotic and in Demand
By TATIANA BONCOMPAGNI MARCH 12, 2014 in the The New York Times that many of our natural African beauty treasures are not only making an impact in the beauty industry, but also participating in social change at a global level.

…. “As part of an industrywide shift from chemical formulations to those based on botanical ingredients, many beauty companies are turning to Africa to find buzz-worthy ingredients. Among them are Clarins, which uses katafray, a tree extract from Madagascar, in its Double Serum ($85); Patyka, which added prickly pear oil from Morocco to its Supreme Defense Fluid ($90); and Colbert M.D., which relies on yangu, argan and marula oil for its Illumino Face Oil ($125)”.

….”According to a Nielsen study, the number of American consumers willing to pay more for products from socially responsible companies jumped from 36 percent in 2011 to 44 percent in 2013.
“This is not just a fad, this is a global trend,” said James Russo, a senior vice president for global consumer insights at the Nielsen Company”.

Khadija Fajry, Founder & CEO at KENZA International Beauty and a native of Morocco, envisioned the idea that pure beauty can also be generous and proudly offers her KENZA “be generously beautiful” ™ Skin & Hair line with two USDA organic, 100% pure Moroccan beauty oils: Argan oil & Prickly Pear Seed Oil that have been enjoyed by customers worldwide for their skin and hair care. And that are changing social responsibility to impact lives for women not only in Morocco, where women produce these beauty treasures but also in the US by partnering with Women’s foundations in the US to impact social change for deserving women fighting social inequalities, domestic violence and economic challenges.

Read our interview by The Story Exchange
Learn more about KENZA International Beauty ‘products and social mission

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Turning Point for Women and Families
Turning Point for Women and Families
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KENZA International Beauty supports Turning Point for Women and Families

Host committee Iftar 2013
The Iftar dinner took place on July 21st, 2013 at Turkuaz restaurant in New York City and it was a great success.Thanks to the great Iftar host committee that pulled it together and the amazing friends that made it happened by being present. We were stunned by the overwhelming response we received. Different faiths were present, different races, different ages and even mayoral candidate John C. Liu came. They all made the effort to come from near and far just to be present on a Sunday night. We shared a lovely iftar dinner together, laughed, were moved by the heartbreaking story of a survivor, the words of a youth member, and the warm and inspiring speech of Robina Niaz.

Like a big family, we were all together standing against domestic violence in New York muslim community. And that is the only way we can all participate in the change we want to see in this world. Together, like a big FAMILY, for a happy, safe, honorable, peaceful, and dignified life for everyone.. Every woman, every man, every child.

Often we believe that we are too small to change anything, don’t have enough to help, or just don’t know how to do it. Just get involved, act, and support a cause that speaks to your heart. Give back: money, skills, time, kind words or just a sincere hug.

Thanks again for your participation, your support and your love for Turning Point for Women and Families. See you next year, Inch’Allah / God willing, in a bigger venue for our growing family.

Turning Point for Women and Families
Turning Point for Women and Families

Turning Point for Women and Families is a grassroots, community-based organization in Queens addressing the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training, particularly in the area of domestic violence. It offers culturally competent services to respond to the wide gap between needs and programs available to this community.

Here are Simple ways to help:
LIKE Turning Point for Women and Families facebook page

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This year I was part of the Iftar host committee and KENZA International Beauty was honored to donate packages of our KENZA “be generously beautiful”™ skin & hair care line.

We are honored to partner with Turning Point for Women and Families. We will offer all friends of Turning Point a 5% discount on all our products and we will give back 10% or our net profits to stand against domestic violence in New York City.
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