Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask review

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask, What an interesting name! The Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask is a cult favourite and I have been wanting to try it out for a long time.

Since Sokoglam doesn’t run any international shipping offers and Jolse doesn’t have Klairs, I decided to get it from Yesstyle when they had offers running. I got this and the Banila Co Clean it Zero cleanser at a great offer. I was mostly fascinated by the texture of the Vitamin E mask and all the positive reviews out there.

The Vitamin C serum from Klairs is also a favourite from the brand and this and the Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask is even recommended by Charlotte Cho of Sokoglam and many famous beauty bloggers.

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask

Vit E is an anti oxidant and a wonderful ingredient that can be paired with Vit C to enhance and stabilise its efficacy. Vit E also has moisturising and strengthening properties. It can be used on nails, under eyes, hair and the Vit E generally available is a thick viscous liquid.

Now coming the the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask, this can be used as an over night mask or a  day time  moisturiser. All you need to adjust is the quantity you apply.

Texture:

The texture is quite impressive. I have not come across any other product that has the same feel to it. The unique bouncy texture is referred to as “shape memory cream”. It is jelly like when you scoop out, all jiggly but once you apply on skin it melts and gets a loose watery texture. The cream spreads quite well and gets absorbed easily if a thin layer is applied. You can see the video of the texture on my Insta Highlights.

Ingredients:

The three key ingredients advertised are Vit E, Niacinamide and Adenosine. All three are great for skin health and Niacinamide in particular is a very versatile and one of my favourite ingredients. Adenosine is known for its smoothening and anti ageing benefits and is derived from yeast.

Here is the full ingredients list:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carrageenan, Gellan Gum, Betaine, Algin, Mannan, Ceramide NP, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Arginine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Phragmites Communis Extract, Adenosine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil

My take on the product:

To be frank, I am not at all impressed by this mask. I feel there are far better moisturisers by Indian chemical free skin care brands that gives better results.

Here are the reasons why the product did not work for me:

  1. Not a fan of the powdery synthetic fragrance. It is not strong or overpowering but still not a calming fragrance for a sleeping mask.
  2. If you apply a thin layer, it gets absorbed easily but the cream fails to nourish the skin. I have normal skin type that tends to have dry patches during summers in low humidity. But unlike moisturisers that keeps your skin soft, supple for long, this tends to do nothing but give temporary relief.
  3. You need to apply a thick layer for this to work as a sleeping mask. The cream feels sticky to touch and takes a long time to get absorbed. Can easily get transferred to pillows and sheets. So better to apply this a while before you sleep.
  4. Unlike what the brand claims, I did not find my skin to be soften the morning. Eventhough the dry patches around my cheeks feel better in the morning, the t zone gets oily. So make sure you apply thicker layer over dry patches but not so much in areas that tend to get oily.
  5. And lastly, for the price of the product and having to buy it from these sites that takes months to ship it to you, I don’t think it is worth trying out.

I think Korean brands like COSRx and Neogen has much impressive products that shows immediate results.

So overall I wouldn’t recommend this product since you can get great products for affordable prices in India.

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Pure Bubbles Soapery Propolis Sleeping Cream Review

 

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.

 

 

Best summer moisturizer : Indulgeo Essentials Squalane Face Oil

Let me introduce you to a new brand, Indulgeo Essentials. I always a headache to find the right moisturizer for summer, that doesn’t slide off with humidity and sweat.  If you have oily skin it is quite difficult to find the one, that doesn’t make the skin extra oily. Indulgeo Essentials has one of the lightest face oils in the market, that is quite apt for summer.

Squalane

             Summer moisturizer

Squalene is a naturally produced in human body. This natural sebum helps in retaining moisture and maintains elasticity of skin. But with time, the amount produced by skin reduces. This depletion in natural sebum production is one of the reasons why ageing is accelerated and wrinkles and fine lines starts to appear on skin

Squalane is plant derived especially from sugarcane and olive. Inaddtion to Squalane, this moisturizer comes with options to choose extra ingredients based on the target issue.

Squalane with ROSE OIL for natural Hyaluronic Acid

Squalane with FRANKINCENSE natural Retinol

Squalanewith NEROLI, ORANGE & CHAMOMILE OILS Natural Hydroquinone

I bought the third variant.

Moisturizer review :

 

This is the lightest face oil I have tried. It gets immediately absorbed on application, especially when applied to wet skin. So I usually follow it after using face mist. It will suit sensitive and oily skin. The oil comes in a smallsmall  dropper bottle. The fragrance is light and is predominantly of neroli.

Face oils generally doesn’t interest me. I prefer creams to oils. Oilsmostly forms an occlusive layer over skin to prevent loss of moisture but creams with water part, helps in adding hydration as well.

But this face oil is lighter than most natural creams as it is not weighed down by butters. I use the Indulge witch hazel face mist or any hydrosols before applying this, so that skin remains hydrated and healthy during summer.

I bought it during offer time and got it at a great price. There is 10% discount for the first purchase from their website but I would suggest you wait for an offer, to save more. 

Hope you liked this post. Do comment what your summer favourites are.

How to get glowing skin for Diwali : Rose quartz roller and 108x washed ghee review

Hi readers, it has been a while since I posted something. Since it is Diwali and festivities are starting, here is a detailed post on how to get glowing  skin this Diwali.

If you are an avid skincare lover, you will know that gemstone face rollers are in the lime lights now, eventhough these skincare tools have been around for centuries (supposed to have originated in the Chinese skincare routine). The popular tools include the Rose quartz and Jade face rollers and Gua sha.

What is the use of face roller:

Face rollers are skincare tools that helps in massaging the skin. This inturn helps in draining the lymph nodes, de-puffing, improving circulation and toning the skin.

  • Boosts circulation and oxygenates the skin
  • Brightens the complexion
  • Tightens pores
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Plumps up the skin
  • Promotes Product penetration

How to choose the right roller:

The options I know of are Jade, Rose Quartz and Black obsidian rollers. All three serve the same purpose but what makes them different is the properties of the crystal with which they are made. I will just put down basic properties of each:

Rose Quartz face roller : Calming the skin. Best used in the evening/night. Oily skin.

Jade Roller : Energizing and rejuvenating. Best used in the morning. Dry skin.

Black Onyx: Healing and energy balancing. All skin types.

Moolit 108x Washed Ghee:

Before I review the roller, I want to introduce you to a new multi purpose product, the 108x Washed Ghee. This is from the the brand Moolit Beauty by Utkarshini and I had reviewed her Seabuckthorn Cleanser before. Do check it out, as I have added updates of recent batch of cleanser as well.

I am not a fan of face serums and I prefer thick creams for night time skincare.

A roller can be used with serums and creams for massaging and also it helps the product to penetrate better into the skin. So I got the 108x washed ghee infused with rose absolute.

According to Ayurveda, washing cow ghee makes it so light that it can penetrate all 7 layers of the skin. I tried washing organic cow ghee ofter watching Utkarshini’s youtube video and got a creamy end product which was not  oily. It is a tedious and time consuming process though. Also to get the right consistency one has to use copper vessels. I didn’t have one and so I tried in ceramic bowl.

The product comes in an amber glass jar and smells pleasantly of roses. There is also a rose quartz crystal stone inside the jar. The cream is thick and can be used as a cleanser and a moisturizer. Unlike serums and oil based butters, this cream makes the skin feel damp(for lack of better word) and not oily when you first apply it and gets absorbed easily on massaging. Hence it is the perfect consistency to use with the roller.

If you use it in double cleansing, massage the face well with a pea sized quantity before washing it off with another cleanser.

My experience using the roller:

I got my Rose Quartz roller from the insta handle happiness_unlimited_. Dr Poonam who runs the handle is a crystal healer and regression therapist. I decided on the Rose quartz roller because I don’t have time for elaborate skincare routine in the morning and a calming and relaxing face massage at night is something I can try. I bought it when there was a launch offer.

The tool has two roller heads. The bigger one can be used for face, forehead and neck and the smaller one for the eye and nose area.

The stones are cool by nature. So when you roll it on your skin, it really calms and cools the skin. But to enhance the experience I place the roller in the refrigerator for few minutes. I apply some washed ghee dots on my face and massage it in using the roller.

You can find many Youtube videos explaining how to use the nose as a focal point and move the roller outwards. Each area needs to be concentrated for a while before moving further. Also don’t apply much pressure on the tool.

Also as per Poonam, the crystal needs to be cleansed regularly. There are many methods for this like holding it in the sage leaf bundle smoke, or in running water or under a full moon covered in salt. You can read about this further in her insta handle or in general from google. I haven’t done all that but I simply hold it under tap water after the use.

Also another great way to use the roller is on top of sheet masks. This helps the essence to penetrate better and also makes the experience better.

I don’t use the roller everyday but I try to include it often in my regime. My skin feels toned and gets a subtle glow after. With regular use you will find a considerable improvement in the quality of your skin. For m it is more or less like meditation, where I  spend some ‘me’ time before bed and it gives a very good vibe.

NOTE : I think Utkarshini has stopped making washed ghee. If interested, you can try one from happiness_unlimited_ itself.

Follow my insta handle for further tips and updates.

 

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 .

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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My favorites and not so favorites from Juicy Chemistry

Happy New year peeps!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful start of 2017. I am looking forward to introducing many more natural skincare products to you this year. Since I did not want to limit the post to a product review, I am listing out all my favorites from the brand Juicy Chemistry.

While reading reviews on natural skin care brands, I feel that rather than a constructive criticism and comparison, the posts usually just contain praises. Say you read the posts on body scrubs from these chemical free skin care brands, and every post says they are all good. So how do you choose. If all are good, how do you know which one suits your skin best? That is why you should know your skin well and know the skin type of the person who has written the post. Ask questions to bloggers and reviewers before getting a product.

Juicy Chemistry is a familiar name for my readers as well as natural skincare lovers. Based on Coimbatore,t he pure and totally chemical free products of this brand, provides effective skincare, in addition to making you smell so wonderful. Ohhh yeah, the fragrance of aroma oil blends in their products are so exotic.

I am not listing all the products I have used from them (yes there is a lot), but just a mini review of my favorites and not so favorites.

Moisturizers: Yay

I totally recommend body butters from JC, for normal to dry skin. They smell so decadent and pure. I even use it as a body pomade, for the fragrance is really wonderful. The ones I love are the Choco mint, Rose and Jasmine variants. The fragrance is not heady and the body butters melt to form oily films when applied on skin. Massage it well and the skin stays nourished throughout the day.

This one was my first buy, but they don’t make this variant anymore.Read detailed review Juicy Chemistry : Choco-Vanila Body Butter

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These are not for face or for people with acne prone/oily body skin.

Eye cream: Nay

The coffee and green tea eye cream from the brand is made of very impressive ingredients like green tea and coffee infused almond oil, mango butter, lavender essential oil etc. But this one failed to impress me. Can’t call it a cream, as it is in a condensed oil form.

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Take a bit and apply it under and around the eye area, and it makes the whole area very oily. So cannot use it if you are going to step out. Also if it goes in the eye (which is very likely as the oil spreads on massaging the eye area), it really stings. I used it regularly over a period, but it did not do anything for the fine lines under my eyes. I don’t have dark circles, so can’t comment on that.It can be very nourishing for the skin I feel, but somehow did not work for me.

Face masks: Yay

The two face masks I tried from the brand, Rose-sandalwood and Tea tree-Charcoal masks helps control the oiliness of oily-combination skin types. These masks are in powder form. The rose face masks feels warm on skin whereas the tea tree variant has cooling effect. These are made of essential oils and clays and doesn’t dry out the skin.

 

Read detailed review of the Rose- sandalwood mask here

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Eventhough it did not draw out any black heads from my nose, this really works in clearing out acne and scrubbing out dead skin. On making a paste of the powder, with water, the texture resembles that of paper pulp. It is soft and non gritty when wet. But on drying, this gets gritty and acts as a scrub. The cooling effect of the peppermint oil helps in calming the skin after a long tiring day in the sun.

Lavender Myrrh and wild forest honey Night Cream : Nay

Well this thick yellow cream for dry skin, obviously did not suit my combination skin. But  I wanted to try out a night cream and this is one of my early purchases from JC.This is very oily and it did break out my skin. I am not a fan of the fragrance of this one and also this is something that suits dry to very dry skin types.

Hair care products : Yay

The lavender shampoo bar and argan mango butter hair masque suits all hair types. These are very nourishing and conditions the hair well. These are 2 products I have used up pretty fast as I really liked them. Read about hair care in my post All about hair cleansers

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Lip Balms: Yay and Nay

Love the orange candy lip balm but not the rosy rose one. The lip balms came in tubs (now they have them in tubes as well) and I really liked the consistency of the balms. The orange candy one really worked for me as it was moisturizing and the taste was not bad either.

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The lip balms melts on applying on lips and forms a thin oily layer that really helps moisturize dry skin. But the rose variant disappointed me, as it stings and I did not like its taste either.

Soaps : Yay

The brand has in stock, a wide range of cold pressed soaps, each for specific skin types or addressing specific skin problems. Eventhough these are really expensive (yes you will get a  hole in your pocket), these are made up of high quality ingredients and are very decadent.

Read detailed reviews of my favorite soaps here :

Skin Rehab Soap

Juicy Chemistry Hazelnut & Vanilla Latte Soap

Spicy Apple Pie anyone???

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Foot care : Yay yay yay

Love the citrus blast of the foot scrub and pepperminty cooling effect of the foot cream.

Read more:

Juicy Chemistry citrus and sage foot scrub

Happy Feet, Peppermint & Tea Tree Hand & Foot Cream

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Day serum: Well…

The Argan and Rose day serum is made with oils of raspberry seed and carrot seed, containing natural SPF. It has saffron, rose oil and other effective skin care oil blends as well. Well I neither love nor hate this one. I didnot see any visible effects of the serum on skin, though i like to believe that it protects my skin from pollutants and UV rays.

Buy JC products from here

I hope you liked this post. Let me know your JC favourites and the products that really worked for you.