Aroma Essentials Onion Shampoo

Aroma Essentials is a pretty known name among natural skin care lovers. I have been following them for last one year but never felt like buying the products. I had read all the rave reviews about the products in different blogs and on their fb page, all about how effective and great each product is, but was really sceptical. Let me tell you why,

  1. The brand has huge following and apparently the sale is also great, still I couldn’t see any improvement in their packing or labels.
  2. Usually I follow a brand for pretty long and try to understand their products well before trying them out. In all the AE product reviews, customers clearly complaints about not seeing full product list on labels but still I couldn’t that getting addressed.
  3. Also in their fb page they claim,

All our products are freshly handmade in small batches using the finest natural ingredients.we do not use harsh chemicals like petroleum or mineral oil.the colour and scent of our products occur naturally from our ingredients and essential oils.no artificial colours and scents are added.”

But I could find their soaps in bright colours which I did not think was natural.

4. Also customer claims that they could see changes and effects with the first use made me wonder if the products was 100% natural as it claimed.

Anyway their was only one way to find out, use the products.

So I ordered a couple of their products for hair and a few for skin as well. The products came with a pamphlet on how to use them. Atleast the ingredient list could have been printed here.

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I have used shampoo bars and to be frank I am not a big fan, only because it weighs down the hair a bit and I get that oily feeling even when I wash twice. So I had asked in particular for a liquid/cream shampoo and Madhurima the sweet lady behind the brand, suggested the onion cream shampoo.

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I was intrigued as this is not a familiar ingredient in cleansers. Also I had heard a lot about the benefits of onion juice on hair. So I decided to try it out.

Price : Rs 200

Ingredients : Onion pulp , shea butter , rosemary , cedar wood, lavender e/os 

Packing : As you can see, the product comes in a white tub which has an inner lid. It is leak proof as the product is quite thick and not runny.  No complete list of ingredients on the label.

Texture : Not very happy with the texture as it is not creamy. As you can see, the product is ivory coloured and is very thick in consistency. On scooping it out, we get scattered soap like pieces that has to be softened up in hand before applying to scalp.

Fragrance : Now this remains true to its ingredients. It has strong mixed smell of onions and the other ingredients. It is not pleasant and it stays in hair after wash. Still not that bad either as this wears out after a while.

Buy from : here

My experience using the product :

This is a gentle cleanser and very natural for sure. The product barely lathers but cleanses the scalp well. I need to wash my hair twice or thrice with the product to completely wash off the oil. Hair needs to be really wet for the product to spread well and cleanse. So scoop out some product, mix with a bit of water and rub it in hands to soften it as well as to lather.Spread it in the scalp and massage well. Wash it off and repeat until the oiliness is completely gone.

I have short hair, shoulder length. Still I need quite a bit of product for that completely cleansed feel.

This cleanser doesn’t make the hair dry and hence is apt for daily use. I wash my hair in the evening, so I don’t mind the smell. Even if you use a pleasant smelling conditioner after, the onion smell remains, as it is quite strong. I don’t mind this at all though.

Verdict :

This is a good gentle hair cleanser for daily use but I would like to try out other hair cleanser varieties, the brand has to offer. In comparison, I still prefer the Gia shampoo though as it is as good as the commercial ones in texture and fragrance, with no non sense ingredients.

PS : So I asked Madhurima about the missing ingredient list and she said since she had to rush from work to design labels and because of space problem, the complete list couldn’t be provided. But in the face book posts she mentions the ingredients. She gave the ingredient list of all products, when asked.

Also regarding the ingredient color, she said the colors used are FDA approved food grade colors.

She is also working on better packing. My main issue is with the products that comes in bottle, like oils, serums etc. So if that could be improved with better labeling, it would be great.

 

Cape of Good Soap : Rosewood and Mint soap

I had introduced the brand CAPE OF GOOD SOAP in a previous post. In Manisha’s words,

While, the products are organic and pro-nature, the USP of my line of products is customisation or personalisation as the products are created keeping the shoppers need/s in mind. This is one of its kind in India as I make every single product keeping the desired result in mind. 

Now the name is quite catchy and nice. I have been following their product line for a while and when I showed interest, Manisha was kind enough to send me few products.

In this post I am reviewing the rosewood and mint soap. Now all the 3 soaps she sent me have very interesting ingredients, some of which are new to me. For instance rose wood essential oil. Rosewood oil is used chiefly as a fragrance and flavouring ingredient. It is known for its uplifting and antiseptic nature.

Also this particular soap was suggested considering the oily nature of my t zone and dry patches on my knees.

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Price : 310 Rs for 120gm

Ingredients : Himalayan Clay, Shea Butter, Hand crushed mint leaves, rosewood and mint essential oil, white glycerine base.

So this batch is not made by cold processing but from pre made soap base by Manisha.

Fragrance : The oil distilled from rosewood is recommended for taking care of dry, sensitive skin. This oil has a warm, sweetish woody aroma. Slight notes of mint also adds to the uplifting fragrance.

Texture : This is a solid bar of soap and is not pliable under strong hold, which I like about it. There is crushed mint leaves scattered on the soap but it is not scrubby or harsh.

Buy from here

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My experience with the product :

The product looks really pretty with swirls and mint leaves on top with pretty pink colour. The soap lather is not heavy or creamy but quite light and frothy. It cleanses the skin pretty well. I stopped using all other cleansers and products on skin, except for my moisturiser so that I get to know the effects of the soap well.

This removes all hints of oiliness (himalayan clay plays its part well) and dirt from skin and leaves my face well cleansed without drying or stretching the skin. It remains oil free for quite long and face remains soft and smooth. Fragrance is also very different and uplifting. It is a relief after long day’s work. Also since the larger is light it gets washed off easily when used on face and hence doesn’t trouble the eyes.

It is not a creamy moisturising kind of soap but the kind that cleanses, clarifies and keeps oil at bay. Easy to cleanse off as well as there are no soft pieces falling off or sticking to skin.

One great thing is, it doesn’t melt easily and doesn’t just soften up and go mushy under hot/cold water. So products remains for longer keeping its shape.

Why I feel it is worth the price is, the soap stays for long. I have tried out decadent soaps that are rich but just gets used up so fast, because of its texture. This one even though bleeds the oils as I see in the monsoon now, is a solid piece of soap.

But this did not help with the dry patches on my knees even though it is perfect for my combination skin on face. Then again I don’t expect a soap to act as moisturiser.

I wouldn’t suggest this for people with dry skin.

Verdict :

I am very happy with the first product from the lot. This is a great soap for men and women, especially in summers. It gives a different experience than the usual herbal, chocolatey or floral/fruity soaps, owing to its unique ingredients. I feel this soap has a unisex fragrance that is perfect to relax after a long day. Mild and perfect as a facial soap for oily/combination skin types.

The brand offers customizations according to skin types and needs. So do check out their fb page(link given above).

The brand has sent the product as review sample but that has not affected my opinions in anyway and this is an honest review on the effectiveness of the product on my skin.

 

 

 

 

Juicy Chemistry Rose Sandalwood Mask

Hi all,

In this post I am reviewing the Juicy Chemistry Rose & sandalwood mask for oily skin. I really liked the divine smell of their Classic rose body butter, that made me try other products in their rose collection. But to my dismay the rose lip balm, rose saffron soap or this mask, none of them has the same fragrance.

But it is understandable as far as this mask is concerned, as it has sandalwood essential oil that always takes the centre stage when it comes to fragrance.

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Price : 400Rs for 50gm

Packing :  The mask comes in a plastic jar with sturdy cap. It is travel friendly as it doesn’t spill. I don’t remember if it had a protective lid. Because I might have removed it later. So there is little spillage while opening the cap.

Ingredients : Fullers Earth, Orange Peel, Rose, Almond-meal, Lavender, Sandalwood Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil

Fragrance : Mostly of sandalwood essential oil. It is a soothing fragrance, of natural ingredients.

Texture :

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The texture is powdery with no harsh particles. On mixing with water it doesn’t forms a brown paste with smooth particles because of the presence of almond meal and orange peel.

My experience using the product :

I prefer masks that can be directly applied on skin without having to mix with water. But this being a product with 0 preservatives, I am fine with taking that little effort.

Since it is a clay based product it is good for oily skin. I have combination skin and I use this whenever I feel that my t-zone needs oil control. I mix this with tap water, make  a paste and apply it evenly on my face and  neck.

This heats my skin a bit but there is no tingly effect. So while I prefer #justherbs anti tan mask (review here) to cool my sin after sun, this one I use to keep the oiliness at bay.

It dries up pretty quick, in about 10min. But I don’t wait till the mask completely dries up. This is because, it can cause skin to stretch when it dries out and thereby cause wrinkles.

The pack effectively balances out oily skin but it might parch dry skin. It doesn’t brighten up my face or bring a glow, but it controls oiliness of skin and keeps the skin fresh.

Verdict :

Can’t say this one is my favourite clay based mask (review of which is coming soon) but when used regularly this does improve skin texture and controls oiliness.

Not for people with dry facial skin.

Buy from here

 

 

Look what came in my mail today!

I am so excited to receive this pack of awesomeness and I can’t wait to use and review these goodies.

So what I got is a box of 3 soaps from Manissha of Cape of good soap. All with really interesting ingredients and all three looks really pretty.

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About the brand:

Brain child of Manissha, the brand specializes in custom made soaps and bath goodies. The brand is based on Belgium.

The brand claims ingredients to be pure and organic and each soap is customized, keeping in mind the needs and skin condition of customer. Other products from brand includes shampoo bars and bath salts.

I love the name of the brand and the fact that the ingredients are really different from the ones I have been using so far. The bars look beautiful and smell really nice.

The soaps I received are Green tea, rise wood&mint and pepper&bergamot. The pepper one actually smells like pepper even though it is not overpowering.

This has been chosen by Manissha for my combination skin type with dryness on hands and feet.

Detailed review will be posted after using each of these for a while.

 

Green Clay Detox Mask

I have reviewed many products from Gia already. Today the post is about French green clay detox mask from the brand. This is a wonderful mask for oily skin, as it absorbs impurities and controls excess oil.

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Price : 300Rs for 50gm

Ingredients:

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As you can see, this is a mix of 4 clays and it has no added fragrance or preservatives.

French Green Clay is a 100% natural bio-organic material and contains a cornucopia of valuable elements, with several important mineral oxides, magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosporous, silicon, copper, and selenium.

Rhassoul clay is rich in magnesium, silica, potassium, and calcium, which all help to nourish your skin. The molecular structure of Rhassoul clay gives it a unique ability to absorb excess dirt and oil, as well as extract toxic matter from the skin.

Kaolin clay works by reducing the production of sebum.

Fuller’s Earth or Multani mitti is known to tighten pores, diminish scars, lighten and detan skin.

Texture:

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This is a fine powder when dry with pale green colour because of the green clay.

When mixed with water, it forms a paste but it is not a smooth paste. There are soft lumps of colloidal oatmeal in it.

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My experience:

This is a good buy as only half a teaspoon of product is enough to cover face and neck. 50g lasts really long. I have still have half a tub left. I don’t apply it as a thick mask as I don’t want to dry out my skin. The mask smells earthy and is a very mild smell. It gets dried out pretty fast. I don’t wait for it to get dried as that stretches my skin. I wash it off with water after about 8min.

This masks removes extra oiliness from skin, cleanses it well, massaging while washing it off increases blood flow in face and removes impurities. This is for oily and combination skin and will further dry out skin, if used for dry facial skin.

I like this a lot and this is different from the herbal masks I usually use. But it doesn’t brighten up my skin as much as herbal masks.

Hope you all liked the post.

 

Skin Rehab Soap

I have reviewed Juicy Chemistry soaps before and this one has some special ingredients.

Claimed to be skin rehab soap, this one is specifically for scarred and damaged skin. With healing and antioxidant properties of carrot and scrub action of adzuki beans, this soap is claimed to be super beneficial for skin.

Does it really heal damaged skin???

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 Price: Rs 850. With an additional shipping cost of Rs100, THIS IS VERY EXPENSIVE.

IngredientsShea Butter, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Rosehip Essential Oil,Neroli Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Helichrysum Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil,  Carrot Juice, Adzuki Bean

Colour : The soap is of pale yellow ochre colour with brown particles of adzuki beans.

Fragrance : The fragrance same as the skin rehab butter from the brand. It must be the carrot seed oil smell predominantly and blend of other essential oils.

Texture : It is a solid soap piece and has rough texture because of the scrubby particles.

My experience using the product:

Just like other soaps from the brand, this one also lathers well and makes skin squeaky clean after use. But this did not help with the dry white patches in knees and elbows. I like the scrub effect and it is quite mild. The soap doesn’t seem to heal damaged skin or moisturize it my dry skin. I use it on face as well and I feel this will suit sensitive skin as well.

So basically this is a good soap with exceptional ingredients, but I don’t think it is worth the price. Probably the ingredients might show it’s effect after regular use of same soap over a period of time. But hell no, this is not pocket friendly and not one that’s so great that you can ignore the price.

 

 

Mintensity Foot soak

Bath salts are not yet a staple in our bath regime. It is gaining popularity though.

Bath salt is a mixture of Epsom salt/sea salt, essential oils and clays. It can be crystalline or in powder form depending on its use.

Benefits :

  • Bath salts contain minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, bromide and sodium. These minerals are known to cleans and detoxify our skin.
  • Magnesium helps us fight stress and combat fatigue; calcium keeps water retention in check, promotes healthy bones and can help stave off osteoporosis; potassium balances moisture levels in the skin; bromide soothes tired, sore muscles; sodium plays a significant role in managing the balance of lymphatic fluid in our bodies.
  • Adding bath salts to bath water not only imparts soothing fragrance to skin, but also relaxes the muscles.
  • Dead sea salts are known to be effective in managing symptoms of arthritis and muscle sores.
  • Essential oils in bath salts energizes/ relaxes mind and body.
  • Makes skin smooth, soft and supple.
  • Can be used for exfoliation or as foot soak.

I am not sure if all these claims are true about bath salts. Probably using it regularly over a period of time really makes a difference to skin.

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Mintensity is a mint green coloured foot soak salt from the brand Gia. I use it as a bath salt by adding a spoon full to a bucket of bath water or as a foot soak salt when I do pedicure.

Price : Rs 250 for 200ml

Ingredients:  Dead sea salt, Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, rose clay, rose petals, almond powder, essential oils/fragrance.

Colour : Mint coloured salt crystals and pink salt crystals

Fragrance : Soothing and relaxing fragrance. Can’t say it is minty. It is a fragrance blend and smells very pleasant. It is not a floral or fruity smell.

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My Experience :

I am not a regular user of bath salts. When ever I feel stressed out or get a foot pain, I add this to bath water. I add a tea spoon full to a tub of warm water and soak my feet in it for 30min. The salt dissolves in the water and a film of oils can be seen on top. After that I dab my feet dry and scrub the feet with the some salt. I massage the flaky skin with damp coarse salt for a while and then wash the feet. There is no need for moisturisers after, as the oils in the salt mixture hydrates the skin well.

The soothing aroma relaxes my sore muscles and the fragrance stays for a while.

This can be made at home by mixing sea salt crystals with essential oils. Salts in market comes in different hues and you need to pick the ones specific for your need.

Colours like blue and lavender are supposed to be calming where as hues like red and orange are energizing.

You can get this product from : here

The brand also offers a separate bath salt variant.

Kokum Butter Balm

I came across this interesting product in an NGO organic outlet in Whitefield Bangalore. The brand name is Vanastree.

About the brand:

Vanastree is an all woman seed saving initiative in the Malnad region. It is a small collective, dedicated to promoting forest garden biodiversity and food security through the conservation of traditional seeds.

All their products are organic, hand made and hand packed. They sell food items, snacks, honey, jaggery syrup, rice, turmeric powder etc as well.

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I had not heard about this brand previously but the ingredient list and price caught my attention. Organic lipbalms sold by most of the brands comes in tubs of 8-10gm or tubes of 4-5 gms and it costs atleast 100Rs.

This one costs just 50Rs and that too for 15gm.

Ingredients : Kokum butter, bees wax, base oil, camphor, teak extract.

Camphor and teak extract are ingredients I have not seen in balms before.

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Fragrance : Smells of camphor and it is very soothing.

Packing : The quantity is great and it comes in a glass tub with golden screw cap.

Feel : This is like any other balm with more of thick gel like consistency than oil. It is red in colour because of teak extract.

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My experience with the product :

This tub lasted me a really long time. Actually close to an year. The ingredients are pure and of excellent quality. I have very dry and flaky lips, irrespective of the season. This balm instantly hydrates the lips and only a small quantity is required. It has the soothing smell of camphor and as an added benefit, you get red glossy lips without using any chemical laden lip gloss. It doesn’t get absorbed easily because of its thick consistency. So it remains on the lips and hydrates it for a long time. Also on buying Vanastri products you are helping and encouraging a non profit organization.

Love the product!!!

They usually sell in selected outlets and in exhibitions. The outlet info is available in their fb About page.

Buy from : here

 

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,  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 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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 is  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/