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.
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|
|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.
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).
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