Kama Ayurveda store visit and haul post

Kama Ayurveda, started in 2002 in India, is a luxury skincare brans that sells authentic ayurveda based skin care products. According to the brand,

 Our treatments are 100% natural and use plant-based ingredients, prepared from organically – grown plants and herbs or collected by India’s tribal communities from natural habitats. This means – No artificial colours. No artificial fragrance. No animal ingredients. No petrochemicals, parabens, urea, propylene glycol or sulphates. All our organic products are internationally certified.

I had always wanted to try their products but felt they are too expensive. But recently, I came across many product reviews of the brand and wanted to check out if it was worth the hype.

They have two outlets in Bangalore, one at the V.R Mall and another at 1 M.G mall. I got a chance to visit both the branches and I bought few of their products.

First of all, I loved their store decor. The tranquil Indian instrumental music and pure fragrance from the incense, transports you to a peaceful state of mind. There is an ‘Indianness’ in the store that is so refreshing fro a change. I had done my research on the brand before visiting the stores. They partner with Arya Vaidya Pharmacy to ensure the quality of products. As per the store staff (who was very helpful), their labs are in Kerala but unfortunately, no stores there. From the reviews of many bloggers, I already had an idea of their best sellers (the kumkumadi face serum, scrub and hair oils)

V.R Mall store

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The small store offers products ranging from face care, body care products to authentic ayurvedic oils and incense sticks. I walked around smelling and trying out all the products and even my husband, who is not into the skin care madness like me, enjoyed the music and decor of the store.

I had already read rave reviews on the kumkumadi oil and face mists. I, being not a fan of face oils, did not feel like getting that. Even though I was not planning to buy anything, the store staff spent a good amount of time, explaining the usage of products I showed interest in and I ended up getting the vetiver face mist, as suggested by the staff (for combination skin). He said rose and lavender mists can be a bit heavy for oily/combination skin types.

Also the range of soaps were amazing, most of them smelled really good, especially the rose and red sandalwood ones. So I got the rose, cinnamon,orange soap that had a heavenly fragrance.

Loved the packaging of products and the paper bag I got. I don’t know where the French connection is from, as all the products have details mentioned in French as well.

1 MG store visit

Mohnish and Reema, from the brand arranged my second store visit. The 1 MG outlet of the brand, has an ayurvedic doctor for clients to consult. But to my disappointment, the doctor was not available on the day I visited. Nevertheless, I spent quite some time, checking out the products and finally bought eladi hydrating day cream. This branch actually lacked the music and space of the first outlet and the staff did not look that interested about the customers either(probably because it was quite late in the evening).

I got sample tubes from both the stores and i started using few of them. Samples included hand and foot cream, night cream, face masks, face scrub, bringadi hair oil and tiny bottles of body oils. Also I got a book let with all their product images, % of natural ingredients and a small description.

First impressions:

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All the products, smells so pure and are quite light on skin. Even the creams ,inspite of being thick, gets easily absorbed and doesn’t leave oily cast or residue. The face mist is very earthy and refreshing. The ingredient list and quality are really impressive.

The ingredients are very pure and formulated in the best of quality, that only a small amount of product is required for each use. Hence it lasts longer and I feel that the price is justified. Even the 5g tube of face cream, lasted me a week and more, with daily use.

Also I feel a huge difference in the quality and efficacy of the product, even within 2 weeks of use, compared to other pocket friendly alternatives I have tried so far. Wait a second, I don’t think the price difference is much (for the products I bought), as most of the natural brands available, sells products at a comparative cost these days. The face toner for eg, cost only 175Rs when many other handmade natural brands I know, sells it for more.

Also I did not buy the very costly products, that I felt I did not really need in my skin care regime.

The brand also offers pure essential oils, lip balms, body lotions, scrubs, plant based masks and ubtans.

I will be reviewing the products after using it for a while.

Do check out their store when you get a chance and let me know your thoughts.

Dhathri Herbal Shampoos

Let me review a commercial herbal brand today, that has a variety of skin care and health care products and is widely available irrespective of being from the small state of Kerala. Dhathri is a brand we associate with Ayurveda. The growth of the brand was fast and tremendous. Starting from a successful herbal oil, the brand now has plethora of products in market.

Their herbal oils, shampoos and facemask were the first herbal products I used throughout college.

There are three shampoos from the brand that I have used, the most used being Dheedhi aloe shampoo. But not to make this post really long, I will review it later.

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Dhathri Chemparathi Thaali

Thaali is an age old hair cleanser recipe followed by our grandmoms and moms. It is basically a pulp of hibiscus flowers and leaves mixed in water or boiled rice water. I apply this to hair instead of shampoo whenever I am home. All you need to do is crush the flowers and leaves of dark red hibiscus with hand in a bowl of water and extract the pulp. Massage this to wet hair and wash it off.

I couldn’t believe it when Ayurveda companies commercialized this and brought it in bottles.

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Price : Rs 90 for 100ml

Ingredients :

Chemparathi -10g,Kandakari -5g, Brahmi -10g,Kattarvazha(aloevera) -10g, Nellikka(amla)  -1.25g ,Thiruthali-5g.

 

My Experience:

The product is herbal with no added chemicals and is pocket friendly.It is colourless and has herbal smell.But I feel that there is added fragrance. This shampoo is really mild and if hair is heavily oiled you need a good quantity to wash it off completely. It lathers well but not as much as chemical laden shampoos. Overall it is a good buy for daily use if you are looking for simple ingredients and if you dont have hair problems like hair fall or dandruff.

Dheedhi Ayurveda Lime Shampoo

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Price :Rs 130 for 100ml

Ingredients : Lemon (Citrus limonum. Fr.-Fresh): 5ml, Indian Pennywort (Centella asiatica, W.P.-Fresh): 1.25g, Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum, W.P.-Fresh): 1.25g, Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis, Fr.-Dr.): 1.25g, Thorn apple (Datura metel, Lf. & Sd.-Fresh): 5g, Thyme (Bacopa monnieri, W.P.-Fresh): 1.25g, Indian aloe (Aloe vera, Lf.-Fresh): 20ml, Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera, Endo.-Oil): 5ml

Colour : Lemon yellow

Fragrance : Heady scent of lime probably because of lemon oil, but this reminds me of floor cleaner smell.

Product Claim :

 A comparison between both in the picture above.