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 Seabuckthron 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.

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 .

Ancient Ayurveda Woodash Soaps

The man of the house has been demanding bath soap for a couple of days now (as I use herb powder from Krya currently, I don’t keep a tab of the soap stock). I had come across the Ancient Ayurveda brand in Amazon once and decided to give the soaps from this brand, a try.

What the brand calims:

Organic Soaps & Herbal Soaps Are Usually Filled With Colorants Which Are Created With Various Toxic Based Sub Ingredients That Is Hidden In There Description.Our Soaps On The Other Hand, Is Absolutely Free From All Synthetic Coloring Agents And Micas. Our In House Distilled Absolutes Ranges From Volatile Floral Oils All The Way Up To Steam Distilled Herbal Undiluted Extracts.

Impressive facts:
Unlike all the soap brands that prints only the ingredients used in making the soap (that too not always the complete list), they have printed a paragraph of chemical and harmful ingredients that they have not used in making these soaps.

Ancient Ayurveda Oleoresin Soap are absolutely Child Labour Free. These are not tested on animals and is handcrafted, hand-wrapped and hand-packed with 100% recycled paper.

I don’t think it gets anymore ethical this this.

Eventhough there are many combos available, I bought a set of these four soaps : Saffron Goatsmilk , Ashwagandha , Sheabutter Vco & Gotukola Woodash Soap and also the Indian red sandal soap separately.

Shop from : Amazon.in. This is also available in amazon.com.

Price: Since there was an introductory offer when I purchased this, I got them for a total of 525Rs for the combo and Rs281 for the sandalwood soap.

My Review:

The brand is so natural that, they use soy ink and recycled paper for packaging. The products are vegan and pure and is rich in ayurvedic oils (tailas) and herbs.
They have a herbal smell which is very mild and not overpowering at all. The red sandalwood soap has a beige color and is a perfect sphere, unlike the other soaps that are rectangular/oval in shape.

The soaps appear smooth at first but once I started using one, I found that one side of the soap has a layer scrubby herb particles. So infact one side of the soap can be used as a cleanser and the other side as a body scrub, which is very convenient.

The soap doesn’t lather heavily which is expected in the absence of lathering agents like sulphates. Eventhough you keep the soap in a dry dish, you will notice that a wet layer is formed on it. This is the seeping of the ingredient oils to the surface of the soap.

The best way to utilize this is to swipe off this oil layer from the surface of the soap with your hand, and massage it directly on the skin. This will help break down the dirt, sebum and any light makeup. You can then lather the soap with water and cleanse your face again, which will help to remove all the residues from your face.

The soap doesn’t dry out the skin and is great as a winter skincare product.

Also the most impressive part is that the brand works in association with Prajwala, the largest anti-human-sex-trafficking-shelter based in India.

How to increase the longevity of the soap:

This being a completely natural and oil rich soap, the chances of it melting are high. This makes it not very travel friendly, unless you cover it with a plastic wrap. You have to refrigerate the soaps that are not currently being used. I initially kept them in my shelf which is dark and cool. Yet the soaps melted a bit and the oils seeped out of the paper wrap. Also you can cut the soap into halves and use one part at a time.

Incase you buy the red sandalwood soap, don’t expect the sandalwood fragrance from it (which was a bit disappointing). It has a very mild fragrance compared to the other soaps and the fragrance doesn’t last on your skin after bath.

Overall this is a great soap for kids and adults.

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Cape of Good Soap : Rosewood and Mint soap
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Easy and effective daily skincare regime for busy bees

This is a skincare routine for women/men on the go. This will suit all skin types and is a basic regime to keep your skin healthy. The products mentioned here are multitasking ones that shows result from the very first use. Some of these may be on the higher end in terms of price but it’s always better to use good quality products that are effective, rather than using a lot of average ones.

Let me suggest that one product you can use daily as a cleanser, scrub and mask. This was listed as one of the multi tasking products in my previous post (link).

Forest essentials Narangi and Nagkesar ubtan

This is the one product from FE that I would highly recommend for all skin types. I spent few hours literally sniffing around in FE store because trust me you wouldn’t like the fragrance of most of the products. It is important to understand the varieties available and your specific need before investing in a high end brand. So I narrowed it down to this ubtan and I should say this is worth the hype. Also as mentioned in the previous post I bought it for a less price online.

Fragrance : Very sweet, refreshing citrusy fragrance of oranges
Ingredients :Pistachio seeds, cashew nuts, sweet almond seeds, narangi peel, licorice, fenugreek, vetiver etc

Cleanser:
Mix a very small quantity(less than a tea spoon) of the product with rose water/water/any natural face mists and apply to wet face. Lightly massage the product on the skin and wash it off.Repeat it at night after you are back from work or just before sleep.

Scrub(Maximum twice a week) :
After using it as a cleanser, instead of washing it off, let it sit on the face till it gets slightly dry. Then massage in upward motion and wash it off.You can also add rose petal powder to the mix for that extra grit.

Mask:
Wash your face with warm water.Mix the product with curd and few drops of any essential oil of your choice (optional) and apply it evenly on skin. The efficacy is better when mixed with curd, as the product becomes very smooth unlike the crumbly mix on using water. Also it helps to keep the product moist for long and there by work better on the skin. Keep it for 15-20 min and wash it off.

Another effective mask is to mix the ubtan with tomato juice and aloevera gel. This helps in pigmentation as well.

And if your DIY mode is not ON, you can just mix it with honey and use.

What it does to your skin when used consistently:
Evens out the complexion.
Brightens the skin.
Cleanses and tones the skin.
Rubbing the ubtan upwards when it dries, helps in removing facial hair over a period of time.
Keeps skin fresh and supple. This one doesn’t dry out the skin.
Gives a mini facial effect when used as a mask as mentioned above.

Now incase you want to know my skin care regime, here is a sneak peek :

1. Cleanser : Vanavidhi thai coconut face wash (Very mild) > daily
2. Scrub : Fuschia green tea face scrub (Just trying to finish the left over). Read the review here ? Whenever my skin feels dull.
3. Mask : The FE narangi ubtan mask > once a week for that glow.

You can find more multitasking products in my previous post. Also make sure you keep your skincare simple. It’s not about using a lot of products (I don’t understand the korean skincare hype), it is about using the right products consistently.

Also a lot of you are asking me about hair care regime in the insta page. So the next post will be about that. Do send your queries so that I can address it all in the coming post. Also follow us on fb and insta for more skin care tips.

Best Skincare Finds : Multitasking products for all skin types

This is going to be a short post on 3 of my current favorite skin polishes. I will be doing a detailed review of these in the upcoming posts.

1. 3 in 1 Mud Ash by Green berry organics

Tea tree oil is one of my go to things when it comes to break out or irritated skin and charcoal as well all know is highly detoxifying. So here is a great combination of both that can be used as a cleanser, scrub or as a face pack.

With impressive ingredients like bentonite clay, charcoal, tea tree oil, walnut shell powder and many more, this wet face pack+cleanser+scrub suits all skin types except for sensitive ones. I bought this from Amazon and it smells of tea tree oil. It has a cooling effect on skin when applied and has grainy scrubby powder that can be a bit harsh for sensitive skin types.

2. Gravitale Revitalizing Skin Gel

Sold exclusively on purplle.com, this grape based skin gel is nothing short of a luxury product. Gravitale is the world’s first integrated vinotherapy products company to exclusively grow their own grapes for skincare purposes. Imagine a vineyard with grapes used just for making pure skincare products.

Grapes are a source of phenolic antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, and Vitamin C. Even though there are no physical scrubby particles, this gel gives an exfoliated effect after use. It makes the skin soft, smooth and glowing.

Steps for that perfect glow:

1. Double cleanse your face with a light non sticky oil. Find the detailed post here
2. Wipe off the excess oil and apply a thin layer of the revitalizing gel
3. Wait for 10min and wash off with warm water.

TADAAAA….SOFT GLOWING SKIN

3. The cult favorite : Forest Essentials Narangi & Nagkesar Facial Ubtan

If you want to buy one product from FE that is multitasking and effective for your skin, this is the one. Also the rates have increased in the Forest Essentials official site for this but I got it from Nykaa.com, where the price was still not updated. I knew there might be an price rise after GST hits..so I was keeping a track on the prices in the FE site. So next time you buy an expensive product, check the same in other sites like Amazon and Nykaa because they might still have the old stock at reduced prices.

This is an ubtan that smells like an orange orchard. Mild on skin and is best when used with curd or rose water.

Detailed reviews will be up with more pictures in the coming blog posts.

Blend it Raw Apothecary Product Review : Dandruff free silky hair and soft supple skin with simple DIY skincare recipes

It has been a while I made a detailed blog post, eventhough those of who following me on Insta is frequently getting DIY skincare recipes and tips.So this post is a small skin and hair care DIY post. These days I am not purchasing any pre-made products from market. I rather prefer getting pure ingredients.

Why make skin care recipes with pure ingredients when you can buy products with similar ingredients?

1. You can make multiple products with these ingredients at home
2. You can create your own DIY recipes to suit your skin type
3. When you buy products with your favourite ingredients, you don’t get any information on the percentage of this ingredient in the product.You might be paying more for say just 0.5gm of the ingredient in the product.
4. Which takes me to the point, saves money.
5. You can be assured of what goes into your skincare recipes
6. More effective as ingredients are fresh and pure

7. No preservatives, chemicals or parabens that can harm your skin.

Mini review:


PC: Blenditrawapothecary

I bought a couple of ingredients from Blend It Raw Apothecary. Aarushi, beauty with brains behind this new brand, is a natural skincare blogger herself.
The brand has come up with monthly beauty boxes as well in previous months. They have oils, butters, muds and clays,floral waters and other pure powders to name a few. I bought Aloevera gel, rose petal powder, charcoal powder, orange blossom water and an essential oil blend for hair.

The products come in a box(mine didnot have brand label though), packed well. The label on each product mentions the usage and ingredients list incase of a blend. The quantity is great and will for sure last me long.

The only disappointment for me was orange blossom water because I thought it would smell differently. If you think this one smells ‘citrusy’,you are wrong. I have never used orange blossom water before and to my surprise it actually has a mild fresh green chilly smell. Basically it is made from orange blossoms as the name implies and it doesn’t smell like orange peel or like orange essential oil.The spray bottle is quite handy and a few pumps makes you feel fresh. But I still prefer rose or vetiver water over this.

So here are some DIYs for smooth and soft skin and silky hair. Can be used by all skin and hair types.

Hair mask for silky soft hair

What you need :
Tea tree oil/Peppermint oil/Elevate oil blend
Aloe vera gel

You can use pure aloe vera gel from the plant or buy this if you don’t have a plant. The aloevera gels sold in drug stores are not pure and you will see a plethora of chemical ingredients in the ingredient list. The one I bought few years back from a drug store in Thailand even has parabens.

I bought the tea tree oil from Juicy Chemistry.

Just Mix:
Mix aloevera gel with few drops of the essential oil. Say 2 drops for a table spoon of aloevera gel. The essential oils are potent and shouldn’t be used more.Mix it well to get a slightly milky mix.Now apply this to the scalp if you have an itchy scalp or to the hair and hair tips incase you have dry frizzy hair. I don’t oil my hair when I do this but you can also try this after you shampoo the hair, as a conditioning mask. Keep it for 10min and just wash it with off with water. In case you have very dry and frizzy hair, you can mix curd, egg white or few drops of almond oil with the mix.

You can use the same blend for face incase you have acne prone skin.

Benefits:

Tea tree oil is anti septic and has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin, remove dandruff and even can be used for the treatment of lice.
You can even add a few drops to your hair cleanser, tooth paste,face wash for added benefits.

Aloevera gel is a versatile ingredient that soothes, calms, hydrates, conditions and overall just makes your skin super happy.

I have an oily and itchy scalp. But after using this mask a couple of times, it stopped getting oily oily for a few days after hair wash. The mask has balanced out my scalp. Also the itching just stops the moment you apply the scalp and helps fight dandruff as well.

The Elevate blend from Blend it raw apothecary has the following ingredients:
Organic essential oils of Lavender, rosemary,ylang ylang,cedarwood and peppermint.
Price: Rs 275 for 10ml

Mask for soft supple skin:

What you need: Now this one is a versatile mask and you can add ingredients as per your skin type.

For dry skin : Aloe gel, rosepetal powder, honey/lavender essential oil/Almond oil
for very dry/flaky skin : Oats, rose petal, honey, aloevera gel
For oily skin : Aloe gel, rosepetal powder, floral waters (rose water, orange blossom water, lavender water)
For irritated/acne prone skin: Aloe gel, tea tree oil, rose petal powder, rose water
For skin brightening: Rosepetal powder, wild turmeric powder, Gram flour,sandal wood powder, floral water

Price:

Blend it raw aloegel : Rs 250 for 200g
Blend it raw rose petal powder : Rs 350 for 100g
Blend it raw orange blossom water : Rs 475 for 100ml

For my mask I used orange blossom water, rose petal powder, aloevera gel and 1 drop of lavender essential oil. Use very less essential oil or it is going to burn your skin.I love the color of this mask and it is very gentle on skin. It makes the skin soft, glowing and hydrated on regular use.

Point to remember:
Patch test these blends in your hand and wait for a while to make sure it is not causing any redness or irritation.

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Moisturizers and face masks curated for summers : Introducing The Skin Pantry and Amara Organix

Skincare products should suit your skin type as well as the current climate. In summers it is best to you light skincare products with simple and all natural ingredients. Hope you enjoyed the last two posts on summer skincare and haircare. Here is anther one featuring the best chemical free products from Indian brands that you must try this summer for a happy smiling skin.

    The Skin Pantry

Whipped up in the pantry of Mumbai based graphic designer Collette, this brand has a lip smacking range of skin food made of certified organic, natural and pure ingredients. Skin smoothies, creme brulee, honey dew melon and citrus mousse is sure to give you dessert cravings, but these are just some of the skin care goodies from The Skin Pantry. The price range, quality of ingredients and packaging makes it a luxe skincare brand.

Almond and Aloe Whisper

I really love the names of the products and they are apt as well. This one the simplest, mildest and purest of moisturizers and can be used even by the most sensitive skin.
Ingredients : 100% organic cold pressed sweet almond oil, 100% organic apricot seed oil, pure aloe vera gel, pure vitamin E oil.
Price : Rs 1250 for 50ml

My take on the product :
This is everything I imagine a ‘whisper’ would be in the physical sense. Light, fluffy and white this one smells of pure apricot oil. Reminds me of Junaili apricot scrub. A little goes a long way and spreads easily on skin. It makes my skin look a bit dull immediately after application but keeps them moisturized for long without being oily. Apt for summers and suits all skin types.

Rhassoul clay face mask

Ingredients : Jojoba oil, apricot oil, vit E oil, organic rose hydrosol, organic rose otto essential oil and the star, Moroccan Rhassoul clay.
Price : Rs 850 for 50ml

My Take on the product : Suits normal to oily skin types. Smells like a rose garden. Comes with a cute test tube of solution that can be mixed with the clay when it dries up. The face mask comes in a cute little jar with screw cap. It has a mousse like texture and can be easily spread on face. The product can be taken out using the spatula provided or with clean fingers. It is directed not to bring the product in contact with metals as this can strip the clay off its mineral ions and hence its goodness. It dries in a jiffy after application and makes skin smooth, tight and controls oiliness.

Buy : The Skin Pantry

Amara Organix

    This Chennai based brand is the brain child of the lovely lady, Mehar. You name it and they have it, a wide range of skin care, bath and body products and exotic soaps that caters to all kinds of skin care needs.

    Brightening Face mask

    Ingredients: French green clay, french pink caly, moroccan rhassoul clay, sandalwood powder, turmeric powder, licorice powder, spirulina and lavender essential oil

    Price : Rs 250 for 25g

    My take on the product: Suits all skin types. It is in a powder form and has an earthy natural smell. Less than a tea spoon is surprisingly enough for the face and the product works best when mixed with rose water. I tried the mask by making the paste with water, curd and rose water and I could see the brightening effect of the mask only by using with rose water. Otherwise the mask just made my skin soft, smooth and supple. Unlike other clay based masks this doesn’t make the skin dry and on mixing with water you can see the green and pink streaks of spirulina and pink clay.If you have different textures in your skin, this mask will effectively even out the skin making it smooth and soft.

    Buy from : AmaraOrganix

    I used the zofla rose water to make this powder into a paste and this one is by far the most affordable organic rose water I have come across.

    JivaVrksa pure herbal face pack powder

      I love this simple and effective face pack from the brand Jiva Vrksa. I have reviewed the other products from the brand in my previous posts here and here. This is one is by far my favorite product of all.

      Ingredients :
      Multani mitti, sandalwood, rosepetals, orange peel
      Price: Rs150 for 75g

      My take on the product : Made with simple natural ingredients, this face pack smells predominantly of sandalwood. Apply a thick paste of the face pack powder by mixing with water. On washing off, the skin feels cleansed, toned and soft. It balances the oiliness and can be used by all skin types. This one doesn’t dry out the skin and is apt for summers for a refreshed and rejuvenated skin.


      Kama Eladi Moisturizer for combination to dry skin

    This is one of my favorite moisturizers and by far the only one that suits my combination skin well. This is thick but gets absorbed easily on skin without making the skin greasy. Read the detailed review here.

    In addition to this, make sure keep yourselves hydrated and do apply sunscreen before stepping out. Happy summer peeps.

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