Arganlounge - about us
Karim-Alexis CANDONI grew up in France’s south-east region of Côte-d’Azur. After studying History and Political Sciences at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, he is accepted into the Marketing Doctoral program at HEC-Montreal which led to the decision of staying in Quebec. Both his parents being professionals in the luxury business, he had become familiar with this environment at an early age. The idea for this brand will come later as he is writing his thesis and reflecting about the notion of '' fair-trade luxury '' … The creation of ARGAN LOUNGE is thus the outcome of an education and an old dream…
Najwa ZIDANE holds a Master’s degree in '' molecular chemistry research '' from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse in France as well as a professional Master’s degree in '' fine cosmetic chemistry formulation '' from the Aix-Marseille University. She is a member of the Ordre des Chimistes du Québec (Order of Quebec Chemists) and she oversees production for Arganlounge in Canada.
Danielle Candoni FINKELSTEIN was born in Germany and raised in a multicultural environment. As an international Business and Law Master Student, she lived in the Netherlands, New York and Russia. Her career path took her into broadcast journalism. With more than 1200 hours on air, she covers the latest trends in beauty and international fashion.
Oliver KIRNER was born in Germany. From a background of economic studies, he joined the ESCP, a well-recognized business school of France, as well as Sciences Po in Paris. Serial entrepreneur in various fields, he manages a sizable spa in Morocco where he lives for a few years. Using argan oil in his establishments, he explores its industry and contemplates the idea of launching a cosmetic brand of products based on this kernel with magical properties.
Being from different backgrounds and inspired by our origins as well as by the people we have met, we wished that products from ARGAN LOUNGE represent, down to their creation process, these roots and undetangable influences. An artisanal process emerging from an unstitched geography that takes us from the Sahara Desert, through Italy and Germany and all the way to the banks of the St-Lawrence River…
The argan oil originates from a natural resource that is as rare as it is precious. The Argan tree only grows in Morocco’s south-western region which is protected by UNESCO, according to agricultural rules and strict cooperatives. Harvesting of the argan kernels is provided by the syndicate of cooperatives of female argan workers. The kernels are harvested and sorted out by hand. In this way, the kernels are not only obtained in exemplary condition of compliance with environmental standards but also undergoes strict quality control.
Environment, sustainable development and social responsibility are at the core of our organizational culture. The argan oil found in our products is produced according to the European rules for organic agriculture and in compliance with fair-trade rules as well. Finally, the progressive reforestation of the argan forest favors the preservation of the local communities’ traditional lifestyle.
Buying an ARGAN LOUNGE product contributes directly to ensuring the rural economic durability and the survival of villages of the argan forest’s micro societies.
Because argan oil is a luxurious product, the packaging is subject to meticulous care. Our containers are designed in a studio in Italy and manufactured in Germany. In this way, our flasks and packaging combine elegance and reliability. Finally, our products are packaged, labeled and commercialized in Canada, where the company’s head office is located.
ARGAN LOUNGE offers a range of luxurious cosmetic products made with argan oil. The natural essences are emphasized by the most effective molecules. We have developed seven innovative elixirs where argan oil is blended to other deliciously-scented natural essences. Finally, other active ingredients with anti-aging properties are also found in our precious elixirs.
- Arganik Fortifying Formula (96% argan)
- Arganik Sensitive Skin Formula (96% argan)
- Arganik Lip Serum (94% argan)
- Arganik Hydrating Formula (91% argan oil)
- Arganik Clarifying Formula (97% argan oil)
- Arganik Mature Skin Elixir (90% argan)
- Arganik Nail Care (83% argan)
Any petrochemical substances often found in cosmetics such as preservatives, sodium laureth sulfate and formaldehyde are of course proscribed from our products and it goes without saying that they have not been tested on animals.
The combination of this rare and precious oil with advanced research about anti-aging, allows ARGAN LOUNGE to offer you a daily dermatologic solution appropriate for your skin type.
ARGAN LOUNGE is currently developing three new product lines:
-Spa (commercialized in spring 2015)
-Body care (fall 2015)
-Hair care (2016)
We will be happy to welcome you in our showroom, located in downtown Montreal.