Suganda Rosehip Moisturiser Review

A nourishing moisturiser for Summers

If you are looking for an oil free day moisturiser for normal to oily skin, you should head to Suganda White lotus moisturiser review. But incase you need a day cream that is light and nourishing, for normal to dry skin, the Rosehip moisturiser from Suganda Skincare might be the right choice.

The Suganda Rosehip Moisturiser is very different from the white lotus variant. This is not an oil free formula but still is quite light and non-oily. This again comes in a similar glass pump bottle like the white lotus one. It has more of a lotion consistency than a thick cream and a little goes a long way.

The reship moisturiser, as the name suggests has reship oil as the main ingredient, along with jojoba oil. Niacinamide and Hyaluronic acid are two key ingredients in most of the high end moisturisers these days. The light texture makes it convenient to use as a day time moisturiser and you can layer it up for extra care during night.

This is definitely an expensive moisturiser (Rs 1000 for 50ml) but considering the array of skin loving, anti ageing and nourishing ingredients it contains, the product is worth the cost.

But if you are looking for a product that gives you clear skin with firming or anti ageing benefits in a short span of time, you should invest in AHA/BHA or retinols instead. This is a moisturiser with many actives that gives you such anti ageing benefits only if you use it over a long period of time.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Niacinamide(Vitamin B3), Glycerin, Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate,Trimethylglycine, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Polyacrylate-13, Panthenol, Tocopherols, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane(Turmeric), Camellia Sinensis(Green Tea), Allantoin,  Fragrance(Natural Essential Oils), Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum.

My take on Suganda Reship Moisturiser:

The moisturiser has a light skin tone owing to the rosehip oil. The fragrance is also quite light and calming and imparted by essential oil mix. It feels watery as you massage it in and it barely takes any time to get absorbed. I really like this product and it is travel friendly as well. It suits the hot humid climate most of us live in.

But I feel my skin loved the white lotus moisturiser better, as the oil free formula feels very cooling and I find the combination of Rose Geranium, Patchouli, Sweet Orange essential oils relaxing.

Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm Review

I have been exploring many Korean skincare products recently, mostly for the interesting textures and ingredients they offer. Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm is a very popular cleansing product and it has gone through several upgrades over the course of time. Being a skincare enthusiast how can I not give this cult-favourite double cleanse product a try.

How is Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm different from other cleansing products?

This is an emulsifying oil cleanser. But unlike the normal liquid oil cleansers or balms that melts into dripping oil form on contact with skin, the Clean It Zero Balm is a soft solid balm in tub which can be stopped out using a spatula. It turns into a light non-dripping oil (can’t really say oil because it doesn’t feel oily at all) when massaged on skin and emulsifies into an easy to wash off non-oily milk in contact with water.

Checkout the texture video snippet on my Insta highlights : TextureTuesday

In short this one product can wash off the dirt, grime, oil and makeup on its own and doesn’t leave any oily residue after wash.

Clean it Zero: Smooth soft texture

Ingredients

I have grouped similar ingredients together and is not in any particular order.

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Synthetic Wax, 1,2-Hexanediol : These are emollients and skin conditioning agents

Onsen-Sui : Japanese Spring Water,

Phenoxyethanol :  naturally derived from green tea to provide a fresh, rose scent. Ethylhexylglycerin: Used with Phenoxyethanol for preservation. Butylene Glycol : solvent and humectant,

Plant extracts: Lithospermum Erythrorhizon (a plant) Root Extract, Tocopheryl (Vit E) Acetate, Fragrance, (preservative), Water, Bambusa Vulgaris(bamboo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (red bush) Extract, Angelica Archangelica(wild celery) Root Extract, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract

Other ingredients: Polydiethyleneglycol Adipate/IPDI Copolymer, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates/Methoxy PEG-15 Methacrylate Copolymer

Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm Review

The balm comes in 100g and 180g tubs. The current version of the balm is free of mineral oil, paraben, sulphates, mineral oil, alcohol and artificial colouring. The Snow White coloured balm comes with a separate spill proof lid and tiny spatula. Also being a condensed solid, it is travel friendly even though the tub could be bulky.

Coming to the efficacy, this is my second favourite cleanser yet (The first being my bi-phase cleanser formulation just because it leaves my skin soft). But coming to convenience, this stands first since you don’t need any cotton or cloth to wipe off the residue. Scoop out a little product with the spatula and apply it on face. Massage gently for the soft smooth balm to turn into oil. Once the make up is broken down, splash water to emulsify the oil and wash it off easily.

This is a very gentle and very efficient product especially if you are in a hurry and wants efficient cleansing in minimal time. Being alcohol free, the balm doesn’t leave your skin dry and it doesn’t sting the eyes either. I also love the smell of this product.

Overall I found this a wonderful skincare product and I am sure it is going to last me a long time. (A similar sized tub of Goop Gtox salt scrub shampoo  has lasted me over a year).

I bought this with the Klairs freshly juiced Vit E mask from Yesstyle. They had an awesome offer running then, but it took them almost 2 months to ship it.

 

Pure Bubbles Soapery Propolis Sleeping Cream, Acai Berry and Moroccan Clay face mask Review

Pure Bubbles Soapery is a brand I have been following for a long time and finally bought three products from them few months back. Pure bubbles soapery is based in Rajasthan and when I contacted their Insta page, I was asked to connect via Whatsapp and was sent the product catalog there.

I was attracted to the brand because of the few interesting ingredients in the range, which I am familiar with in Korean skincare products, but not used extensively in Indian skin care.

All the products I bought, came in glass tubs and the labels mantions the major ingredients and usage method. Read more about Pure Bubbles Soapery products below.

Propolis Sleeping Cream

Honey and beeswax are ingredients that we are quite familiar with in skincare products. Propolis on the other hand is not. Propolis is a resin like substance made by the bees to seal their hives. It is basically like a glue that coats the hives of the bees. It is thought to have nourishing, healing and soothing properties.

Propolis Cream
Propolis Sleeping Mask

Ingredients:

Distilled Water, Moringa oil, Propolis extract, Kokum butter, Sea buckthorn oil, Pumpkin seed oil,Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Hydrogenated Olive Oil , Phenoxyethanol, Triethylene Glycol, Olive Leaf Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate

My take on the product:

This moisturizer is quite thick and has a yellow tinge. The consistency is perfect for a sleeping cream, but if you have normal skin you can even use it as a day cream. Eventhough thick, it doesn’t leave your skin oily as long as you don’t live in humid climate.

Propolis Cream
Propolis Sleeping Mask

The lavender fragrance is quite soothing and apt for a sleeping cream. I carried some of this in a lip balm tin during my Europe trip and it came in handy during extremely low temperatures.

Incase you are using this Propolis cream in humid climate, make sure you use a face mist or apply this to damp face.

Priced at 950 Rs for 50g, this is one of the expensive moisturizers in my stash and I find it to be a great nourishing moisturizer. But if you are looking for anti ageing and visible improvement in skin, one might have to consistently use it for many more months.

Acai Berry Power Packed Face Mask

Acai berry extract and powder are the star ingredients of the product, and acai berry is rich in anti oxidants, vitamins and fatty acids.

Acai Berry Face mask

Another product from the brand that claims anti ageing benefits, this face mask has a smooth,  creamy and spongy texture. It is easily spreadable and doesn’t dry out like most clay based masks.

Interestingly after 20 minutes, clay globules are left on face with an oily film. It emulsifies with water and can be washed off.

Ingredients:

Distilled water, Aloe Juice, Acai berry extract, Glycerin, Kaolin Clay, Cetearyl olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Cannabis Sativa seed oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitellaria Paradoxa, Propenediol, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol Triethylene glycol, Acai Berry powder, Xanthum Gum, sodium hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Beeswax, Citrus Bergamia, Citrus Aurantifolia

Acai Berry Face Mask

My take on the product:

I am not a fan of the texture of this product and to be frank I didn’t notice any difference in my skin, after using this. The mask cleanses the skin deeply. The ingredients are quite great and I feel this will nourish the skin well, even though there are no visible effects.

Moroccan clay massage face pack

This is a brick coloured, thick mask with a bit strong but earthy fragrance. It is a scrubby mask with fine walnut granules. Unlike the usual walnut based scrubs, the particles are gentle and hence not abrasive on skin.

Moroccan Clay Face Mask

Ingredients:

Distilled water, Argan oil, rosehip seed oil, Shea butter, Cetearyl Olivate & sorbitan olivate, ethyhexyl olivate, Glycerin, Moroccan Red clay, Apricot scrub granules, Hyaluronic acid, Phenoxyethanol,Triethylene Glycol, Olive leaf extract, Glycolic

My take on the product:

Moroccan Clay Mask

It doesn’t dry out or stretch the skin. Skin feels deeply cleansed after wash. I really enjoyed using this one. You can make out a difference in skin, owing to the exfoliation and being a massage mask, this has ample creaminess to massage it well on the skin.

Unfortunately I could use this just twice. It grew mold easily and I had to discard it. Even though I don’t keep these product in the bathroom or anywhere moist, or even use moist fingers to take the product, I wonder why it grew mold so fast. Anyway I couldn’t use it for long to give more feedback.

Overall, Pure Bubbles Soapery is a promising brand and I would definitely try products with actives from their range.

Right now they re running a Republic Day offer in the website. Do check it out.

Suganda Skincare White Lotus Moisturiser Review

Suganda is a skincare brand I explored recently.

I was familiar with the brand, since I follow most of the Indian natural skincare brands. I bought this product while there was an offer running. The products of this brand reminds me of Korean skincare products. The ingredients are mostly actives that are used widely in Korean skincare. That itself is quite remarkable for an Indian skincare brand. But this is also a recent trend and formulators use these ingredients, whether or not it is required in a product.

But for few exceptions, moisturisers from Indian natural skincare brands don’t usually come in a variety of textures. It is usually balmy or an oil based cream/lotion. It can suit many skin types but not all climates. For example, I have never come across a moisturiser that suits the intense humidity of Kerala. That’s why I formulated a water based pudding like cream (you will find it in the Insta page) which is light and fluffy and perfect for the hot, humid climate.

I chose to try the moisturiser for this reason, eventhough Suganda also had interesting products like BHA and AHA serums.

Before getting to the review of the Suganda White Lotus Moisturiser, let us talk about moisturisers.

Why are moisturisers important in skincare?

Moisturiser is essential in skincare, especially if you have oily skin. You might wonder why. Do you know that dehydrated skin produces more sebum and makes skin extra oily?

The requirements for a healthy skin changes with climate, food habits, hydration requirements of the body, stress and your overall wellbeing. Incase the skin is dehydrated, sebacious glands over produce sebum to compensate for the dryness. Don’t confuse oiliness with hydration/moisturised skin.

A well moisturised skin will be balanced and will not be dry or oily. The type and ingredients of a moisturiser varies with your skin requirement.

Dry skin needs multiple layers of moisturisers to maintain suppleness. Directly using oily serums or creams will not help, as this forms an occlusive layers on the skin without any hydrating elements underneath. This can further dry out the skin. You should add a water based moisturiser or serum, followed by a thicker cream or oil to form a barrier that locks the moisture underneath.

If you have oily skin, you might want to opt for toners and oil free moisturisers that would help in balancing the sebum.

Lack of ample moisture on skin can also lead to wrinkles, spots and premature ageing.

Also sunscreen is not a moisturiser. It has to be applied on top of a moisturiser for better coverage and protection.

Suganda White Lotus Moisturiser

Ingredients

White Lotus Moisturiser Ingredient List

My take on the Ingredients

There are many interesting ingredients that are generally not found in Indian natural skincare products. Sodium Palmitoyl Proline is a substitued amino acid which serves the purpose of skin conditioning.

Reading upon white lotus extract, I found that it is known for calming and relaxing effects. Even used as an opiate and is an aphrodisiac. In the Suganda moisturiser, it serves as an anti inflammatory agent.

Vit B3 or Niacinamide is one of the popular ingredients in Western skincare. It helps in reducing dullness, uneveness, fine lines etc. Vit B5 or Pantothenic Acid helps in improving smoothness and softenss of skin. It is deeply hydrating and can stimulate healing process of skin.

Also there is Hyaluronic acid, which is one of the celebrities among moisturising ingredients of recent times.

White Lotus Moisturiser review

A water based moisturiser is usually in a gel form in the market. But this one is is a translucent serum with is slightly runny. The texture is somewhere in between the watery Neogen essence and viscous and slimy, Cosrx snail mucin.

The perfect viscosity

Best things about the texture is that it is non sticky and gets absorbed as soon as it is applied on skin, which is great when you are in a humid climate.

The fragrance of the essential oil mix, is quite relaxing. Not too intense to bother any sensitive noses. But there is also an option to order this without fragrance.

If you have dry skin, you definitely need to layer this up or use a slightly heavy moisturiser on top. Try to use as less as possible first and then use more if required.

The product is expensive, but a pump or two from the narrow nozzle is enough for the face. The easily spreadable texture and consistency helps in sparcely using the product. I will update later, on how long one bottle lasts for me.

My skin was quite oily in my teen years but never acne prone. Using natural skincare products and taking care of my skin over the years has balanced out the skin. I would say my skin is quite healthy. But this is in Bangalore. When I visit Kerala on vacation, the humidity just makes the skin dull and lifeless. One or two pumps of White lotus moisturiser helps in controlling this effect of humidity on skin. It is quite calming on skin and doesn’t take time to sink in. There is no tightened feeling on skin after using this, which is common to gel based moisturisers.

I am sure this product would benefit all skin types, especially if you have problematic skin. Give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

Yes, this product has Phenoxy ethanol as preservative, which is a popular alternative to parabens these days. But I am not complaining, because a water based product needs a strong preservative and usually preservatives adds up to less than 1% in a formula.

And let us be realistic, travel friendliness of a package depends on how you travel. I carry all my skincare products (even the ones in glass bottles and tubs), everywhere I go. You just need to be a little careful and pack it well, that’s it.

Final thoughts

Suganda white lotus moisturiser
Little bottle of potent ingredients

I mean, how fantastic is that a home based skincare brand came up with such an amazing texture. Congrats Bindu on creating basic skincare products packed with actives that really makes a difference on skin. I shall surely write more on this product in Insta, after I finish it up and see any noticeable difference on my skin. For now, it is a great moisturiser for humid climate, that suits especially normal to oily skin type.

I use it as a day time moisturiser under sunscreen. I don’t have to wait for this to sink in before using next product, which makes it perfect for working day mornings. At night I prefer a thicker cream. Also owing to the cost, I don’t want to layer it much and use it up faster.

 

 

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid Review

Here is another product review of the popular skincare brand, The Ordinary. The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10%+HA is my second product from the brand. You can find the review of The Ordinary Buffet here.

It has been a while since I wanted to include AHAs and BHAs in my skincare routine. Since using Korean skincare products, I am sold on the effects of these ingredients for effective skin exfoliation, when compared to physical exfoliants.

The most poular of their products is the AHA 30%+ BHA 2% peeling solution, which is a red coloured liquid. Since this is my first chemical exfoliants, I didn’t want to go with high percentages. Hence I chose the Mandelic Acid 10% + HA.

What is Mandelic Acid

It is an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) derived from bitter almonds. It is gentler than glycolic acid. It generally helps with acne, wrinkles and pigmentation issue. Compared to lactic, glycolic and salicylic acids; mandelic acid has a lower strength due to its higher molecular weight. Hence it is less likely to cause irritation and has long lasting effect on skin.

In addition to mandelic acid, this solution has Hyaluronic acid 10%. HA, as you know is a humectant that can absorb moisture. It is naturally present in our body, especially in tissues.

Ingredients in the Ordinary Mandelic Acid+10% HA:

Propanediol, Aqua (Water), Mandelic Acid, Glycerin, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Texture:

Similar to Olive Squalenelight and gets eaesily absorbed.

My experience with Mandelic Acid:

The product is a colourless solution that comes in an amber glass bottle with a dropped. It is suggested to be used everyday in the PM routine. It is advisable to dilute this with a moisturiser, so that you can identify if your skin is sensitive to the product. I directly apply three drops on my face neck after applying the Neogen essence. 

The next morning I find my skin much softer and even toned. It is essential to use sun protection after using this, for next couple of days because skin can be extra sensitive. Since I always use an SPF before stepping out, it is not an extra effort.

I have been using this for over three months now and still almost 80% of product is left. Only few drops is enough to cover the face and neck and the product has to be applied only upto twice a week, like any other exfoliant.

Verdict:

Highly effective, affordable and gentle exfoliant. I would highly recommend this product incase you have cystic acne, uneven skin tone or texture on skin. Make sure you apply this only at night and just twice a week. Always use this after applying a toner, essence or light weight moisturiser.

Incase you have any questions, do comment below.

 

Skin Yoga

I am reviewing two of my favorite products from this 100 % natural brand,Skin Yoga. I had reviewed the green tea face mask from Skin yoga before. I repurchased the full size green tea mask and also tried out the saffron,sandalwood face mask this time.

Skin Yoga Green Tea Face Mask

Check out the previous blog post for detailed review. I will just be adding new observations here.

Skinyoga green tea mask

Ingredients : So this one has an additional ingredient in the formula which is the Neem leaf powder, in addition to the oat meal, green tea and rice powder.

Suitable for : All skin types, especially oily/acne prone skin.

Review:

If you would ask me what is the one product that can clear out acne, I would suggest this mask. The ingredients are simple and highly effective.  On mixing with water to form a paste, this will increase in quantity. So take just a little first and see if that would suffice. I use it as a spot treatment on acne.

Because of the presence of neem leaf powder, this makes my eyes water if I apply a thick layer on my cheeks. So I use very little quantity and apply directly over any acne or marks.

Skin Yoga Sandalwood Saffron face mask : Anti ageing skin brightening blend

Ingredients : Sandalwood powder, Saffron, walnut powder

Suitable for:  Normal to very dry skin types.

Review:

This is a powder version of moisturizer. This mask deeply moisturizes the skin and is great addition to your routine, if you have dry skin.

Unlike green tea face mask, the texture of this is crumbly. But once a little of this is mixed with water the color lightens and it becomes soft in texture.

I wouldn’t suggest this mask for oily/acne prone skin types. After washing the mask off, there will be a bit of oiliness on the skin and in a few minutes these oils will skin in completely leaving the skin glowing.

More on the brand:

This is a high end brand, based on the price and packaging. But it is also highly effective and a little goes a long way. One doesn’t need to slather a thick layer of the products to get the most out of it. I usually use just a pinch or two of both masks like spot treatment. Since I have a combination skin, I use the green tea mask mostly on my t-zone or just over pimple prone area and the sandalwood mask on dry patches on the cheeks. I am sure both the products will last me long.

One thing that makes these products efficient is that all the ingredients are actives and works beautifully on the specific skin types, which makes these products worth buying. You can get them from the Skinyoga website or from Nykaa.

The sourcing of the best quality ingredients must be what makes the difference. Because these ingredients are easily available in market and we can as well make a home made mask with it. But I have found that it doesn’t give the same result as the Skin yoga ones.

Both the products comes in a glass jar with glass lid, packed inside a wooden box.  So these are not exactly travel friendly. But since these are in dry powder form, you can easily transfer it into travel friendly tins.

Hope you liked the review. Do leave your comments.

Natural makeup remover : Moolit Beauty Seabuckthorn Cleanser Review

Incase you are looking for an affordable and completely natural makeup remover cream, read the post below for more info.

I am not a makeup lover and I use mostly kajal everyday and lipcolors at times. But  most of the good ones in the market are water proof/smudge proof, and need a lot of rubbing while oil cleansing, to remove it completely. Also most of the time, the oil seeps into my eyes and causes irritation. It gets much difficult when I travel, because oils are not travel friendly and also I would need to carry tissues or wet wipes to wipe it all off.

I was looking for something that is non-oily and completely natural that would cleanse away the kajal easily.

Many of you would be using mostly micellar waters or cleansing oils to remove makeup. Also there is this trend of cleansing balms, that breaks down makeup and emulsifies with water while washing it off. But these products are too costly and definitely not completely natural.

Here is a homemade product from an upcoming Indian brand called Moolit Beauty by Utkarshini Khanna, that doubles up as a cleanser and a makeup remover, while being non-comodogenic.

Moolit Beauty

I have been following Utkarshini’s Insta for quite some time. She makes 100x washed ghee for skin and hair care and also makes Youtube videos on skincare. Her brand Moolit Beauty is newly conceived and she makes fresh and limited batches of skincare products.

I did not really feel like trying out this cleanser initially, mainly because I was looking for a solid cleanser than a creamy one. But then I discussed this with her and she told me that, to make dense cleansers butters like shea and cocoa have to be added, which can clog the pores. So I decided to give this a try.

As soon as I placed the order, I saw a review from someone which said this smells like Amrutanjan and I again I got skeptical. I am not a fan of strong fragrances whether natural or not. So read on to find out if I liked this product.

Here are the details of the product :

Price : 500 Rs including shipping.  Price and qty are not mentioned in the tub

Packing: Comes in a sturdy amber jar with labels explaining ingredients and instructions, in detail.

Ingredients :

Actives : Seabuckthorn juice,oil and berries, plant glycerin and tocopherol (vit e).

Inactives:  There is a whole list of inactives which are all either ecocert certified/plant based/food grade.

Texture : It’s a slurry of cream, oil and solid bits of sea buckthorn berries.

Fragrance : Unique smell that is not a sweet/floral/fruity. Maybe similar to Ayurvedic product smell. I wouldn’t say it is very strong.

A little about the major ingredient sea buckthorn:

It is a bushy shrub with orange berries. The berries and oil taken from them is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.  It is known to be great for the skin.

My review : I will make it short and simple.

  1. Needs only tiny amount of product to cleanse entire face and neck.
  2. Non sticky, non oily and completely light on skin.
  3. Removes any kind of makeup with little effort .
  4. Completely cleanses the skin with no oily residue.
  5. Suitable for all skin types.
  6. The oils had seeped out a bit on transit. So this might not be travel friendly. I would transfer a little to a smaller airtight container for travelling.
  7. Doesn’t foam and doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils.

Now here is a small experiment to see if this product can actually remove stubborn makeup.

In case the makeup is stubborn, you can double cleanse to remove it completely. A little goes a long way, so use appropriately.

I also read some reviews that said this brightens up the skin, but it didn’t for me (I don’t expect a cleanser to do that ). Maybe this is because it cleanses thoroughly and gives that refreshed look.

Eventhough there are tiny pieces of the Seabuckthorn berries in the cleanser, I don’t prefer rubbing it on skin for exfoliation because what is left is very solid particles (maybe seeds) and rubbing it on skin is not a pleasant experience.

Anyway I like this product and I hope you liked this post. Do comment below incase you have any queries.

Update: The second batch of the cleanser I got is runnier than the reviewed version and also it irritates my eyes. The brand confirmed that the ingredients have not changed and it could be the glycerin used in it that is causing the problem. The main purpose of this cleanser for me was to remove the kajal easily. But looks like I can’t use it in my eye area anymore. Waiting for a better version of the product.

Let’s discuss face mists : Juicy Chemistry and Blend It Raw Apothecary face mist review

I wouldn’t say face mist/toner is an integral part of skincare. But they surely helps in refreshing the skin. Rather than the added benefits of face mists mentioned below, I enjoy using it first thing in the morning to wake up my sleepy self.

I have reviewed the  Kama Ayurveda Vetiver face mist which I like for its earthy natural fragrance and the Zofla rose water which the most affordable quality rose water I have come across . Here are some more great options for you, from Juicy Chemistry and Blend It Raw Apothecary.

We are all familiar with the  Dabur Gulabari Rose Water. The description of this product in Amazon is :

  • 100% pure & natural rose water skin toner
  • No added preservatives
  • Cleanses, refreshes & cools the skin

Ironically the Ingredients include : Propylene Glycol, Propyl and Methyl Parabens, Fragrance, Rose oil and Aqua.In short it is not 100% pure and natural rose water but a mix of everything you shouldn’t be applying on your body. So make sure you read the ingredient list (which should ideally be just 1 ingredient) before purchasing these waters.

WHAT IS A HYDROSOL?

Hydrosols are made by steam distillation of fresh flowers, leaves, fruits etc. This process gives two products: the essential oil, which contains the oil-soluble constituents of the plant, and any condensate water, which contains the water-soluble constituents as well as microscopic droplets of the essential oil. This condensate water is what we call, the plant hydrosol.

Hydrosols are much less concentrated than essential oils. Their scents are much softer and subtler when compared to those of their essential oil counterparts. Due to their high water content, they’re also very gentle and can be applied directly to the skin without any sort of dilution.

Here are the benefits of using a pure and natural hydrosol :

  • Soothes, refreshes, hydrates, refines and rejuvenates the skin
  • Great for all skin types
  • Helps clear pores and tones the skin
  • Helps maintain the skin’s natural pH balance
  • Has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Here are the ways to use a face mist:

  • If you are in a humid region, instead of using heavy moisturizers, you can carry a small bottle of face mist in the bag and spray it often throughout the day. This will help in keeping the skin moisturized, cool and will keep you refreshed throughout.
  • These can be used in face and hair masks for added benefits and can even be used to soothe minor burns, cuts and flaky skin.
  • In case you like using face oils/oily serums and wants the oil to get absorbed easily on skin, spritz face mist before application.
  • You can also cleanse your face with a cotton swab spritzed with the toner.

Juicy Chemistry Organic Lavender and Rose Water

JC offers a wide range of face mists for specific skin type and conditions. I have tried the lavender and rose one. It comes in an amber bottle

Lavender face mists are great for dry and sensitive skin. It works well as an after sun mist. The Lavender water can be applied to the scalp to soothe flakiness.

I personally am not a big fan of lavender fragrance in general as I find it a bit heady. But it is fine and mild in face mists and I feel this one provides the best moisture boost out of all the mists.

I use the rose variant more often, as I like the pure mild rose fragrance. Rose water suits all skin types and helps in controlling excess oil produced by skin. It is a humectant and helps in Rose water is supposed to help with hyper pigmentation also over time.

***Juicy Chemistry Sale is going on and you can get both of this for 360 Rs each instead of the original 450 Rs price.***

Blend it Raw Apothecary Orange Blossom Water

This is no longer available in the website of the brand. But they do have many other unique hydrosols like Basil, Eucalyptus, Rosemary to name a few. Unlike JC face mists, this hydrosol is packed in a transparent bottle. But the latest products are all sold in amber bottles by the brand.

Orange blossom water barely have any fragrance and it smells not at all like orange peel if that is what you expect. It is a skin clarifier and contributes to clear skin as per the brand.

The sprayer of this face mist is better than the JC bottles.

Let me tell you how. (Not sure if the new packaging also has similar sprayer for Blend it Raw Apothecary)

Keep the bottle at a small distance away from the face, almost at the centre.

Now spritz once.

The orange water covers the entire face in just one spritz. The water particles are very fine and hence it just wets the face without excess water dripping down.

You need multiple spritz, in the case of JC bottles as the coverage is lesser and also more product comes out of the nozzle.

NOTE : I store all my face mists in the refrigerator. The added coolness is beneficial for skin and also it keeps these natural waters to stay fresh longer.

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Kama Ayurveda Eladi cream vs Kottakkal Eladi cream

It has been a while since I have reviewed products. Many of you showed interest in knowing about the Kottakkal Eladi cream and my take on whether it is an affordable alternative to the Kama Ayurveda Eladi face cream. So this is more of a comparative review of whether the most affordable purely Ayurvedic Kottakkal Eladi cream is as good as its luxury sibling, Kama Ayurveda Eladi cream.

Check out my detailed review of Kama Ayurveda Eladi cream here and details of my Kama Ayurveda store visit and first impression here.

As per Ayurveda, Eladi tailam is great for improving skin texture, complexion and for kapha-vata predominant disorders. It is also beneficial to hair when mixed with coconut oil to form Eladikera tailam.

Eventhough both are Eladi creams and based on Ayurveda, these are polar opposites in terms of  texture, fragrance, and efficacy. Here is a quick look at some major feature comparison:

Feature Kottakkal Eladi Cream Kama Ayurveda Eladi Cream
Price 55Rs/25g 1395Rs/50g*
Natural EladikeraTailam which is the main constituent is 100% natural. Also has Pharmacopeia approved lanolin and paraffin wax  97.45% + citric acid, cetyl alcohol and EDTA
Fragrance Sweet cardamom smell (not strong) Relaxing,slightly floral
Texture Condensed, flaky** Thick, smooth
Packaging Plastic tube Glass tub
Main Ingredients Eladikeratailam(28 ingredients), Cream base Coconut oil, Crepe Ginger, cardamom, rose and jasmine essential oils, sesame oil, aloevera
Skin type Normal,dry and extremely dry*** Normal, dry***

*When I bought the Kama Eladi cream last year, the price was 895 Rs/50g. Now it has shot up.

**I don’t know how to explain the texture of this one. It reminds me of coconut burfi for some reason (I think it is the cardamom smell). It is thick, and is slightly flaky like coconut flakes which melts into skin on massaging.

***I have combination skin and both worked well for me.

Detailed review of Kottakkal Eladi Cream :

I bought this from a Kottakkal outlet when I last visited Kerala. Also available in Amazon. Initially I was skeptical because I expected a strong ayurvedic smell and very oily texture for the cream. I was almost sure that it would break me out. Also I expected the cream to be too heavy for my skin and make it oily after application. Surprisingly it didn’t.

Compared to Kama Eladi cream, this one takes more time to sink into the skin.  So one thing to note is, natural skincare products, especially ayurvedic ones, are very rich because of the presence of oils in it. So a very little quantity is enough to cover the face and neck, as it spreads quite well (unlike chemical based ones). So start with as little as possible and see how your skin responds to it and then use more if required.

Here is a trick: Spritz face mist on face before applying the cream and it will get absorbed much faster, and won’t leave any shine.

Only half this quantity is needed incase you have normal skin type

I use it more as a night cream (my days are busier and I barely get time for multiple steps of skincare) and sometimes as a day cream followed by sunscreen. It will be perfect for dry skin type. I have extremely dry skin on my arms and feet and it works well as a body moisturizer.

The most noticeable change after application is that, it makes skin softer. The Kama Eladi one, makes the skin more supple I would say. I used it over acne as well and it didn’t worsen it. I really like the slightly ayurvedic sweet smell of the elaichi and its very different texture.

Here are the negatives : As per Ayurveda, this is meant for normal to dry skin types.  Eventhough it worked well for my combination skin, it might not suite acne prone combination-oily skin types. This is not exactly a negative. Just that each product is meant for particular skin type.

Definitely will be heavy on skin, if the climate is very humid or if you go overboard with the quantity. In my location humidity is less and hence I feel no oiliness or heaviness on skin.

Leaves a slight sheen on skin until it gets fully absorbed. But it is not noticeable, like for oils.

Which one will I repurchase?

Definitely the Kottakkal Eladi Cream. Because it is completely natural and the ingredients are beneficial for improving skin quality. Also the tube packaging is very travel friendly. The price point is the biggest plus. One doubt that still remains is what constitutes cream base. I hope it is natural ingredients and this is the info I got from an Ayurvedic doctor.

Kama Eladi Cream is a good moisturizer and I really enjoyed using it. I liked it especially for its texture and  fragrance. But it didn’t have any lasting benefits and I think for the current price, it is definitely not worth buying. Also because it is not even 100% natural. There are many other affordable natural moisturizers in the market. 

NOTE : I take care of my skin well and the only time it misbehaves is, when my diet is erratic or of low quality. So I can’t comment on whether it would reduce blemishes, pigmentation etc (eventhough ayurvedic doctors say it does, when used systematically). Also I believe that the overall health of skin can only be improved by having balanced diet and following simple but systematic skincare regimes (regular deep cleansing and applying sunscreen provides more benefits in the long run, than using expensive skin care products).

 

Take time to smell the roses

It has been a while since I reviewed products, so here is one that features the ingredient  ‘Rose’.

I was never a fan of the floral fragrances one often finds in perfumes or skincare products. But when you choose natural products, you will find that the fragrances are mild and natural. This is because the essential oils, flower hydrosols or distilled waters used in these products, carries only the natural fragrance of the actual flower, which is very mild. That is exactly why these natural scents fades away sooner than the chemical fragrances.

  • Rose and Wine Body polish from Cape of Good Soap

This product has a heavenly fragrance. It is sweet, divine and the product looks delicious (reminds me of Rooh Afza, but no you shouldn’t try  it).  I wish the brand made a body butter in this fragrance.

Ingredients: Organic rose, red wine, organic cane sugar, organic sea salt, organic honey, English rose essential oil.

The product comes in an interesting plastic pouch with nozzle. This makes it very convenient to use just the right amount of product and also travel friendly.

The body polish is mild and can be used by even sensitive skin types. It is very moisturizing and leaves the skin soft. The texture and fragrance combined makes the bath with this polish a very luxurious, spa like experience.

The only negative I can think of is that, the sugar and salt melts easily on skin. So this is not really a body scrub incase you are expecting one, but a buff thTat gently polishes the skin.

This is a great addition to winter skincare regime as it effectively helps in removing the dead skin without stripping the moisture off.

  • Ayca Rose and Bergamot Night Cream

This is a light night gel and not really a night cream. It would suit mostly normal to oily skin types and can be used as a day time moisturizer as well.

Key Ingredients: Essential Oil of Rose & Bergamot in an aqueous Extracts of Bay & Neem Leaf, Cinnamon & Cupressus Bark & GlobeThistle Flowers, Wheatgerm, Jojoba, Grapeseed, Almond & Lemon Oils in a plant derived base with Beeswax.

The cream keeps the skin dewy and soft. The fragrance has stronger notes of Bergamot than rose, but it is very pleasant. It will not brake out even oily skin and also, a little goes a long way

Negatives would include the steep price and the misleading name (I was expecting a cream and not a gel based formulation).The product comes in a small glass amber tub, which makes it not so travel friendly.

  • Tickled Pink Hand cream from Naturma

The product claims to be 100% natural and 77% organic. I find the name of the product really cute and it has impressive ingredients.

Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Rice Bran Oil, Organic Sesame Oil, Organic Grape Seed Oil, Organic Mango Butter, Vitamin E, Essential Oils: Organic Rose, Organic Gardenia, Organic Lemon Extract & Natural Preservative Salinatural

I have tried many natural hand creams most of which leaves the skin slightly oily. This one is light, non greasy and gets absorbed very fast.

Just like the Ayca cream, this also has more of a gel like formula and hence has to be reapplied after few hours, incase you have extremely dry skin.

  • Organic Rose petal powder from Blend it Raw Apothecary

Eventhough you will find numerous benefits of rose essential oil and distilled rose water online, here are the reasons why I like rose petal powder the most.

  • It is a very versatile ingredient.
  • A tea from the powder, can be used as a toner, for mixing face mask powders or as a hair rinse.
  • The powder along with sugar/salt and honey makes an excellent body scrub.
  • The powder mixed with aloe gel makes an excellent mask.

Read this post for rose petal powder based recipes.

Incase you are looking for affordable & good quality rose water face mist, check out this post .