Bubbles and Squeak Soaps Review

Hi lovely readers, today I am introducing a new brand with a very cute name BUBBLES AND SQUEAK. Already feels like the brand is aiming in making bath time fun, right?

Waseema is the brand owner and she makes bath and body care goodies for babies, adults and also party treats for making our special days , extra special. The products come in good quantity and they are really affordable.

I bought two of their soaps, the coffee soap and pomegranate soap.

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PC : Bubbles and squeak

Price : Rs 130 for 110gm, Shipping Rs 34 (one of the lowest shipping charges from )

Ingredients : 

Ingredient list for coffee soap : Freshly brewed coffee, Saponified oils of Olive, Coconut, castor, palm, coffee grounds and fragrance.

Spicy pomegranate : Saponified oils of Olive, Coconut, castor, palm, and fragrance, skin safe mica.

Packing : Nothing fancy, simple plastic packing with label.

Buy from : here

My Experience :

The coffee soap is a scrubby soap, coffee powder scattered throughout the soap. It is not harsh on skin and provides great ex foliation. There is strong coffee fragrance and will surely be a treat for coffee lovers.

The pomegranate one has pleasant fruity smell. I did not find it quite natural though, as I prefer natural and mild fragrances.

The soap doesn’t melt fast and lathers well. The lather is thin and frothy and it cleanses the skin. The ingredient list is simple and soaps are affordable. You might need to moisturize the skin after.

The brand has also sells products like bath salts, bath bombs, castile soaps for babies, talc free ducting powder for babies, lipbalms and many other soap varieties and bath treats.

Verdict :

If you are looking for affordable everyday bath goodies that has no harmful ingredients, you can contact the brand. You can get products customized for your needs as well.

Teas Please from Cape of Good soap

Hello everyone, I am enjoying the monsoon here and I have got some great products to keep me refreshed in this dull climate. Also I am thinking of writing a post on my favorite pocket friendly skincare products. Also let me know if you want to write about anything in particular or would like my humble opinion on any product before you spend on it.

So today’s review is about a wonderful cleanser that has really impressed me. Usually when I use handmade soaps I haven’t seen any particular change in my skin texture other than the fact that most of them cleanses well without drying out the skin. Also few are my favourites for its heavenly fragrance.

Teas please is a soap from the brand Cape of Good soap, that I had introduced to you earlier and also I had reviewed another of their soaps in a previous post.

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I am not a tea lover and hence the product as such didn’t fascinate me at first. But Manisha send me this keeping in mind my skin condition and requirements.

I have combination skin that turns oily in the T zone towards end of the day. This soap has been fantastic in keeping my face oil free even from the first use. Read on to know more.

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Price : Rs 275 for 120gm

Ingredients :Handpicked and hand crushed assorted tea leaves from Bhutan, Assam and Manipur, Tea tree essential oil, green tea essential oil, glycerine soap base.

Fragrance : Very pleasant and soothing green fragrance, as I would like to call it, from all the tea essential oils.

Texture : As you can see, this is a glycerine soap with crushed tea leaves scattered throughout. On using about quarter of the soap, one side became complete scrubby and the other side quite smooth as that of a glycerine soap.

My Experience with the product:

This is by far the best face cleanser in soap category that suits my combination skin. Even with the first use, my skin became completely oil free without dryness and it remained so for the entire day, when I was indoors. Being in dust and pollution is another matter, but that really impressed me, for a soap with very less and specific ingredients.

I like a scrubby particles in soap but I hadn’t mentioned that to Manisha, as I wanted to know what she thinks suits my skin. Now this one gets another point in that aspect and it is really scrubby. Not very gentle though, but for my dry skin at elbows and knees it does help. On other areas I just use the soap lather.

This has considerably reduced mild acne on my forehead and kept my face oil free overnight.

I wouldn’t suggest this to people this dry skin as this might further dry out the skin, but I strongly suggest this for those who has troubles with oily skin.

Verdict :

Very calming fragrance, good exfoliation and excellent in keeping oil at bay. As a facial cleanser it ticks all the boxes for me. Left my skin sldt, smooth and bright.

For my body, I have to moisturize it after bath as my legs tend to get dry patches. So rather I will stick to a more moisturising soap on body unless I crave for the exfoliation.

PS: I tried the rosewood and bergamot soap from the same brand that I had reviewed before on one side on my face and teas please on the other. After washing it off and pat drying, the teas please side looked a tad bit more brighter and much smoother on touch.

Pomegranate facial cleanser from Gia

Hey all. Now this post is also a story on how my passion for handmade skincare products started.

I was not someone keen on taking care of my skin and I never used any makeup. All I used was a daily moisturizer and Kohl for eyes. Pears or dove for bath and mild herbal shampoos for hair. Their ended my skincare regime. I did not even know there was something called soap free cleansers or body scrubs.

One day I came across a YouTube video on review of a chemical free, soap free, all natural face cleanser.That too a cleanser that is not a liquid or a cream. I was intrigued.I checked out the facebook page of the brand (based in Mumbai) and ordered few products, which did not include the cleanser. Gayatri from Gia, send me a tub of the angel face cleanser along with the other products I ordered and boy, Iam glad she did.

The bath and body care experience I had after, was beyond everything I had experienced so far. The products smells divine and using them made me love my skin. My bath hours became elaborate and the best me time of my day.

I kept on going back to Gia and Gayatri spoiled me crazy with all the fee goodies she leaves with the order.

So ever since angel face cleanser, I have tried the orange, coffee and pomegranate cleansers and I find the pomegranate one very close to angel cleanser and since I have a tub right now, I shall review it.

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Price : Rs 300 for 50g and trust me you need only a pinch of the product for the face and one tub lasts me several months.

Ingredients: See for yourselves.

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Now that’s an impressive list of wonderful ingredients.

Texture and fragrance :

The texture is humid and crumbly with oats meal as the base ingredient.It is not a dry powder. On mixing with water it turns to a milky paste with soft bits of solid ingredients that spreads easily on skin.

Fragrance is very pleasant slightly floral one and must be the essential oil mix smell.

Buy from here or here

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My Experience using the product:

As you can see, this variant has those crimson pomegranate seeds scattered in the mix. This product also triples up as a mask and mild scrub. So take a pinch of the product, mix it with water to make a paste, spread it evenly on face and let it sit for a while. Gently massage the face while the product is still wet and wash it off with cold water.

Now this is one product that suits all skin types. If you have dry skin, this will moisturize it amply and if you have oily or combination skin, it cleanses the skinw without stripping the moisture.

You can see the essential oils seeping to your skin and keeping it well fed for a long time. Very mild and very effective, this cleanser is nothing like the foaming, soapy ones that leaves the skin parched or like the dry powdery natural cleansers that are a bit harsh on skin.

I am totally in love with this one and the angel cleanser.

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PS : The coffee cleanser will be perfect for dry skinned beauties. But it will make the oily or combination skin more oily. Orange cleanser lacked the smoothness of oats, as it has orange and lemon peel powder as the main ingredient.But there are fans for that as well. Tomato face cleanser is a recent addition to the list but I have not used it.

So you can ping Gayatri in the Gia fb page and she will help you choose the right product for your skin type.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Don’t blindly follow the crowd

So what, you read about this awesome product this new blogger wrote about and you have to have it. Why? Because she said it is a miracle product and worked wonders on her skin.

Please don’t do that.

I have seen people writing reviews on how wonderful a product is. And that might be the only product of its kind that they have used so far. So there is no comparative study there.

Don’t just blindly follow and buy based on such feedbacks. See, when switching to chemical free products you will know the difference instantly. But that doesn’t mean that the first product you tried is the best and you should recommend it to people.

When you use products with different ingredients over long period of time, that is when you know the effects and differences between different brands and products.

10 tips to find the right product:

1. Before buying a product read multiple reviews from authentic reviewers and users.

2.Try to understand the ingredients in the product and how it suits your skin.

3. Understand your skin type and the reviewer’s as well, before jumping into conclusions. A product well suited for one skin type might not suit others.

4.Write to the product people and ask your queries and let them help you choose the best product for your skin.

5. Contemplate if this product is really required in your skin care regime. Don’t just hoard unnecessary products.

6. Natural ingredients doesn’t mean it won’t harm your skin. Essential oils are very potent and if not used in right quantity with right other ingredients it can trouble your skin.

7. Try to read reviews from people who have tried out different brands and products, so that the reviews are actually a comparative study and you find out something better than what you think is best.

8. Ask questions. Clear out your concerns. Your skin is not a place to experiment.

9. If you have found out the right product in all categories of your skincare, stick to it.

10. Understand your skin first, it’s concerns and needs and try to find simple solutions. Most of the time we end up spending a lot on solutions that are easily available at home.

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

K Organics Rose water review

I have reviewed their honey rose scrub in a previous post and I had really liked it.

Two of my favorite honey based scrubs

Rose waters bought commercially might not be pure rose water. Read the ingredient list carefully before buying. It might have synthetic fragrance, preservatives and parabens. Studies have proved that using such products not only damages skin in long term but can also cause health issues when used continuously for long.

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Pure rose water can be made easily at home by  heating rose petals in water in a closed vessel in low heat for a while, till the petals loses its colour. This can be stored in refrigerator. Also I have read about keeping rose petals in water exposed to sun, for all the oils to seep into water.

There are brands like Kama Ayurveda and Oil Craft Naturals selling steam distilled rose water. But I find them quite expensive. So when I found pure rose water sold by K-Organics for 130Rs, I was more than happy to try it out.

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Price : 130Rs for 100ml

Benefits : Hydrates skin, reduces blemishes, improves complexion, promote cell renewal, reduce dark circles, closes pores, improves skin texture, balance skin pH, natural toner.

Fragrance : There is a mild natural fragrance of rose and it is definitely not a synthetic fragrance. Also I noticed that after about 6 months, the fragrance  of left over product was completely gone.

Packing : It comes in a plastic bottle with screw cap. That is a low since it can’t be sprayed.

My Experience with the product :

I am not a big fan of toners. I don’t regularly use it in my skin care regime. But after getting this rose water, I started dabbing it on my face after I use face masks. I used it up in about 3 months and well I can’t say it stays true to its claims. It did not bring any changes to my skin tone or make it soft. It definitely did not reduce dark circles or reduce blemish.

Yes it hydrates the skin, keeps it cool for sometime and reduces dryness. It did help after using clay masks that stretches the skin. So if you are a regular user of toners and would like to have an organic option which is pocket friendly, you can try this.

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Let me know what toners you like and if there is any that was really effective.