How do you know if a product suits your skin??

We see reviews on a lot of handmade, chemical free products these days. And most of these are positive reviews, after all what harm can natural ingredients do when used correctly. How do we know which one suits our skin? How do we know which product to buy when we have many options?
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Spicy Apple Pie anyone???

Juicy Chemistry offers a wide range of gourmet soaps and I got a chance to try few samples. I have reviewed their Hazelnut and vanilla latte soap previously. Did this one impress my skin as much??? Read on…

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Price : INR 475 + Rs 100 shipping charges

Ingredients : Shea Butter,Ā  Kokum Butter, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Cinnamon Essential Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Apple Juice

Buy from: http://juicychemistry.com

Fragrance : This one has a spicy smells, owing to cinnamon essential oil. It is not over powering and is quite refreshing.

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As you can see, this soap produces a yellowish brown lather. It doesn’t leave the colour on skin and gets washed off quite easily.

My Experience:

This soap is different than other organic soaps I have used, as the fragrance is not the normal floral/herbal or citrusy smell but spicy. And you can see that the ingredient colour transfers to the lather, which feels like using natural ubtan mix on skin.

All the soaps I used so far from the brand, leaves skin squeaky clean but I don’t find this moisturising. My skin is quite dry and I need to moisturise it after bath. The soap is quite refreshing and ideal for summers.

Yay or Nay?

Does this suit all skin types??? Yes, it leaves a squeaky clean skin but you won’t be satisfied incase you have very dry skin and you expect your cleanser to moisturise as well.

It is on the pricey side with addition of shipping charges. But the ingredient list is impressive and the brand uses certified essential oils and is against animal testing.

The brand offers many more varieties and I want to try them all šŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

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I will be reviewing two of my favourite rose based products in my next post.

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Have you used these yet??

Juicy Chemistry Hazelnut & Vanilla Latte Soap

The Hazelnut & Vanilla Latte Soap from JC is one among the couple of soaps I got from them recently. So far I have used their Apple Pie soap, Black Tea, Hemp & Charcoal soap and Cucumber,Green Tea & Spearmint soap.

All these soaps are 100% natural and free of any chemicals and artificial fragrance. All soaps I used have very herbal smell that feels similar at first but then you realize the undertones and smells of particular ingredients.

The review of other two will be up soon. Now let us see how good the Hazelnut, vanilla latte soap is.

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Price: 550Rs

Ingredients:

Butyrospermun parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera indica (Mango Butter), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa Butter), Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)*, Ricinus communis (Castor Oil), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Fresh Brewed Coffee, Ground Coffee Beans, Almond Milk, Vanilla Powder, Vanilla Extract

Product Claims:

Our hand-crafted soaps are made using traditional cold process methods and contain a high percentage of nutrient-rich oils, organic botanicals, purifying brews, and ultra-moisturizing butters. Powerful Arabica Bean Coffee is blended in with delicate Vanilla Beans, and nourishing Almond Milk to leave your skin squeaky clean and deeply nourished. The instant pick me up shower

The Ingredient List with benefits are given in JC site. The list being long, let me add it to the end of this post.

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What I liked about the product:

I got the products personally from an expo. So can’t comment on the packing. But from my previous experiences and other user reviews, I can assure you that JC takes packing quite seriously. The aesthetics and environment friendliness of the packing is commentable.

Fragrance : Coming to the soap, as I mentioned it has a herbal smell which is not too strong. Can’t say it smells of vanilla or coffee in particular. The smell is refreshing and uplifting.Fragrance doesn’t stay in skin for long though.

Feel : As you can see in the image, the soap has gritty paricles of ground coffee bean that provides good exfoliation. It lathers well and makes skin squeaky clean. It doesn’t dry out or stretch the skin but I like to use moisturiser after, as I need extra nourishment in theĀ  knees and elbows.

The soap is not very soft and it doesn’t melt and retains shape after use.

Verdict:

Overall this is a good refreshing soap for summers.

This is a cleanser and scrub and I don’t have to use body polish when using this,which I love.

I don’t think this is as nourishing in winters. For dry skinned people like me, extra moisturising is required.

The price is on the higher side and that’s the only low for me.

 

Benefits Of Ingredients:

Hazelnut Oil

Hazelnut oil acts on the skin as an excellent moisturizer and emollient, because it has a number of key essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid, which possess characteristics to rehydrate fatty acids. It further also contributes to the elasticity of the skin as it helps to regenerate dead cells and revitalize the skin. It helps to tone and firm the skin.

 

Ground Coffee Bean

The coffee plant (Coffea arabica) is an evergreen shrub and the deeply aromatic beans act as a pick-me-up in any product. It soothes the skin and it acts as an exfoliant. It also reduces the appearance of cellulite and stimulates skin cells.

 

Vanilla Bean

Vanilla seeds have a beautifully sweet and comforting aroma. Natural vanilla beans are the dried, unripe fruit of an orchid (Vanilla planifolia). As a skin care ingredient, not only does it infuse products with a gorgeous scent, it also treats acne, soothes burns, promotes healthy skin, and acts as an anti-ageing element.

 

Almond Milk

Almond milk contains 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E, which contains antioxidant properties essential to your skinā€™s health, such as protecting it against sun damage. Apart from the vitamins, it also has antioxidants which assist in repairing damaged skin, as well as regulating vitamin A.

 

Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil

Almond oil (Prunus dulcis) is one of the most versatile carrier oils. It is light textured, and penetrates the skin easily. It is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E, our sweet almond oil is extracted from the dried kernels of the almond tree in the traditional cold pressed method. We extensively use it in our skin & hair care products, for its ability to deeply nourish the skin and condition dry, damaged hair.

 

Shea Butter

Shea butter (Butyrospermun parkii) contains oleic acid which is a saturated fatty acid. It mimics the sebum which is naturally produced by our skin. Shea butter is easily absorbed into the skin and it intensely moisturises and provides relief for dry skin.

 

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is derived from the seeds of the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). The same tree also provides chocolate and the butter which is derived is non-greasy and smells mildly like chocolate. Cocoa Butter softens skin and hair and it is valued for its conditioning properties.

 

Sodium Hydroxide

Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) is a white salt which is water soluble. It is a saponification agent which is used extensively in soap-making. It is commonly known as lye.

*Used during the Saponification Process to turn oil into soap.

None remains in the finished product.

All real soap is made with saponified oils!

 

Courtesy JC for Ingredient benefit list.

BoN: Bio Organic & Natural

BoN is a journey that started out in Auroville and has grown to a successful organic skincare brand that strongly believes in woman empowerment.

The brand ensures, ‘AllĀ  products are Natural, non-toxic and organic ingredients. None are tested on animals.’

I came across few variants of aloe gel from the brand and chose the saffron one. The brand provides a wide range of skincare and bath goodies.

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Ingredients:Aloe Vera gel, Organic papaya extract, Natural Glycerine, and Organic Lemon oil.

Aloe gel is an all purpose gel which is an excellent toner and moisturiser for oily & combination skin types.

Price: Rs 168 for 100gm

Product Claims : This unique preparation of saffron, aloe vera gel and natural papaya extract gives positive results on regular use. A glow upon the face & skin and a protective & restorative effect may be the results upon regular use of this gel that restores & promotes healthy skin while helping to calm, tone and rejuvenate the skin from within.

Experience :
The usual ones you find in stores are green in colour, so I found the different ingredients here interesting. I use this as toner after cleansing my face, if rose water is not available. Also as a moisturiser during summers, as this gel perfectly mattifies my combination skin.

I cannot vouch for the product claims, as I was not a regular user of the product. I used it as a toner and it calms the skin instantly.

How I apply : I take a small quantity of the gel and pats it gently on my face rather than rubbing it all over. This is the better method to apply moisturisers as it gets absorbed to skin effectively this way.
Also you can make a nice refreshing face pack by mixing aloe gel, honey and lime juice. This tones the skin and gives a subtle glow to the skin if uses regularly.

Buy the products from>
https://www.facebook.com/Bonsoaps/?fref=nf
https://bonorganics.com/

My favorite hair cleanser from Gia

Gia Bath and Body works is always my go to brand for skincare. It is not just about the quality of products that makes customers like about the brand, but also the dedication of Gayatri (brain behind the brand) in making sure there is 100% customer satisfaction.

She will listen to all your feedbacks good and bad and will make sure the products meets your expectations and delivers what it claims.

You can buy the products from > https://www.facebook.com/GiaBathAndBodyWorks

I have been using hair cleanser, conditioner and body oil from the brand for over a year now. I am reviewing hair cleanser from the brand in this post.

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Hair Cleanser

Price > Rs 290

Ingredient List > Below

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Packing > It comes in a plastic bottle with screw cap. I was a bit disappointed with the cap as I have to shake the bottle every time to get the product.

Experience>

This shampoo is off-white coloured and of creamy thick consistency. A pea size amount is enough to cleanse the scalp after mixing with water. It lathers quite well. Fragrance isĀ  pleasant and light. It took me around 6 months to completely use it up (I wash my hair thrice a week with shampoo). I have short hair but as I said, a little goes a long way. Additionally it is free of sulfates, parabens and harmful chemicals and the ingredient list is quite impressive.

Verdict > I have used shampoo bars and cleansers from other natural brands. But without doubt this is the best chemical free shampoo considering quality, quantity and price.

Reviews of products from same brand :

https://flavoursofbeauty.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/butter-cream-whipped-soaps/

https://wordpress.com/post/flavoursofbeauty.wordpress.com/204

https://flavoursofbeauty.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/gia-bath-and-body-works/

 

 

Forest Essentials – Cane sugar lip scrub

Forest Essential is a luxury skincare brand that offers natural skincare products with premium ingredients. As expected the prices are on the higher side. I had always wanted to try their products but found them quite pricey. I visited one of their outlets once and this scrub caught my attention. Even though now I can make my own lip scrubs with easily available ingredients at home, then I didn’t know that such a product existed. I have issues with my dry lips so I got this lip scrub.

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Price : Rs 475
Quantity : 8g
Fragrance : Citrusy, lemon zesty
Texture : Moist grainy texture

How to Use : Rub a small amount over lips to exfoliate and smooth. Rinse, or wipe off excess with damp tissue. Use lip balm or lipstick as required.

Feel : It is not harsh on lips.The sugar particles are very small and moist with all other oils and extracts soaking it.

Ingredients : The listĀ  is quite impressive. All natural ingredients.

Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Kokum Seed Butter, Beeswax, Sugar, Vitamin E, Grape Juice, Rose Flower Extract, Sweet Orange Peel Oil

Quantity required for application : Just a small amount. Less than a pinch.

Value for money : Well it is pricey for 8g of product and not very helpful for my dry flaky lips.

First of all let me tell you my lip texture. It is prone to extreme dryness leading to dry flaky hard skin on the lips. I have a terrible time during winters. None of the store bought lip balms (trust me, I have tried it all) have helped in healing my lips or keeping is moisturized for long.

This is the first forest essentials product I bought after visiting their store. Lip scrubs are very essential if you have dry lips like mine. Lip balms will not help in removing the dead skin from lips.

Happy soft supple lips = Exfoliate + moisturise

How I use it : Wash my lips with warm water to make the skin soft. Apply a small quantity of the product to lips and gently massage to exfoliate skin.

Did I like it ????
Well the think my lips needs a bit for stronger scrub. The dead skin doesn’t come off much after applying this scrub and I have to peel it off to completely remove it.

I am not repurchasing it.

So for those of you with better lips than mine, that is not too dry or flaky, this might work.

Butter Cream Whipped Soaps

Souffle soaps from Gia bath and body works comes in many variants. Gayatri sent me the chocolate and strawberry ones.

Price : 550 Rs

Gayatri Acharya Brown has her bath and body products under the brand name Gia (named after her cutie pie daughter Georgia).

I have used many products from the range and I am quite impressed by the quality of the products and the open mindedness of Gayatri in taking all the feedbacks, good and bad equally well. She makes sure the customer is 100% satisfied with the products.

 

Read the review on one of her best sellers: chocolate creme silk hereĀ  https://flavoursofbeauty.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/a-divine-chocolate-soap/

 

Today I am reviewing whipped soaps from Gia. Unlike normal soap bars, these are blends of oils and butters whipped to create fluffy creamy soft soaps. These comes in tubs and smells heavenly.

 

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Chocolate Decadence Whipped Cream Soap

The first one is Chocolate variant and similar fragrance as Choco-creme silk. You can see the ingredient list below.

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As mentioned a small quantity is sufficient. The lather is very soft and moisturising. Doesn’t strip the skin of it’s oils.

Strawberries & Champagne Whipped Cream Soap

This one feels like a tub of soft cotton candy with bubble gum fragrance. Kids will love this one.I liked the chocolate one better (only based on fragrance).

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In Gayatri’s words: It smells like cupcakes, fresh strawberries, ice cream, candy, and champagne. An absolutely delicious treat for you skin.

Aqua Lily Whipped Cream Soap is also available but I have not tried this.

The ingredients are almost same in all, but the fragrance varies.

These lasts longer than soaps as the quantity required is very less for each wash, when used with loofah.

And there is nothing really negative about these. If you feel that price is a negative wait for sales. Gayatri’s keeps giving discounts every now and then or if you are lucky enough you might get one sample free with your purchase from her.

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Hope you all liked the review.