ARGHAND, the only all-natural, sustainable skincare line from Afghanistan, was founded by Sarah Chayes, a former correspondent for National Public Radio who covered the fall of the Taliban, then stayed behind to help rebuild the war-torn country.

Given the abundance of lush fruits and exotic herbs that have grown in the orchards and fields of southern Afghanistan for millenia, the need forsustainable economic development in the area, the ravages of the opium economy and the difficulty of transporting fresh fruit, Chayes and a group of Afghan friends got a great idea: Why not transform the exquisite produce, long the fame of the region, into high quality bath and body products, thus adding value while stabilizing the products for export?

Arghand features a line of richly emollient, luxurious natural soaps and moisturizers.  Each product showcases a unique blend of oils that have been cold-pressed or steam-distilled from whole, hand-harvested plants.

 The exotic Arghand ingredients - sweet and wild almonds, apricots, artemisia, rosa damascena, peppermint, anise, ganacha, pomegranate, cumin, hemp and wild pistachio -- are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids (EFAs) which have been proven to soften, soothe, nourish and rejuvenate a range of skin types.  Our raw materials have been used for centuries to protect skin from the harsh climate and to restore health and radiance to the skin.  Arghand products are formulated with 100 % whole plant ingredients, and no preservatives, parabens, petrochemicals, sulfates or GMO's.

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Arghand Trust is a US non-profit organization (501c3) that is registered in the state of Massacusetts.  Its mission is to help the people of southern Afghanistan create fair and sustainable economic opportunities for men and wome while expanding the market for licit agricultural crops other than opium poppy.
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