R Zizhi Toss your mane hair mask review

Here is my last post for 2018 and it is a review post. I participated in a giveaway by the brand Rzizhi in Instagram and eventhough I didn’t win the free goodies, I got a 15% off offer on their products. I had read rave reviews of their products and I was looking forward to trying them. Since I already had my skincare routine in place and I felt I should try something for my hair. So I chose the Toss your mane hair mayo from their range.

About the brand : Rzizhi is a home based brand that makes fresh batch of products with potent ingredients, to order. “Zizhi” means homemade. Their product range includes face mask, face serums, scrubs, hair care products etc.

My expectations from this mask : Help strengthen and nourish the scalp, fight dandruff and probably help to reduce hair fall due to breakage.

Ingredients  : Eggyolk, Apple Cider Vinegar, Mustard, Olive oil, Walnut oil, Coconut oil, Nigella seed oil, Black til oil, Argan oil.

Originally priced at : Rs 699

My take on the product:

The hair mayo comes in a sturdy jar and has a label printed with the ingredients list. The product has an achar like smell which is strong but not bothersome to me. The oils gets separated and settles at the top of the jar when kept still, so you have to mix it properly with a dry spatula before application.

I have naturally straight hair with slightly oily scalp. Usually I oil my hair thrice a week and cleanse it with a chemical free shampoo.  I am currently using the Vilvah goat milk shampoo, but I don’t think i will repurchase it. The shampoo is too mild for oily scalp and doesn’t wash of oiliness even with by applying it thrice in a wash.

So one thing I learnt from using products over these years is that, even if the ingredients are great in a natural product, it might not work for your skin/hair type and you can only figure it out by using it. Reading reviews will only help to some extend as the efficacy depends also on your skin type, skin condition, climate of the place, exposure to pollutants and sun, water quality, health etc.

Now coming to the Rzizhi hair mayo, it didn’t work for me. Or rather it worked too well for me. I shall explain.

I applied it moderately in scalp by partitioning the hair, and waited for 20min before washing it off with the above mentioned Shampoo. The mayo is quite oily as it is made of many different oils. I washed my hair a couple of time using the cleanser and on air drying, my hair appeared weighed down and oily. It got worse as the day went by and got oilier. So next day I shampooed my hair again, without applying any oil. Even that didn’t help as my scalp still felt oily later the day.  I tried using it in lesser quantity and tried a different hair cleanser but even that didn’t help. Actually I was asked whether I had oiled my hair and forgotten to wash, when I stepped out. Also my husband thought my hair was still wet from the bath. So this is not the product for me.

My verdict is that, this mayo is best suited for people with dry hair/scalp and it does nourish the hair quite well. Might work well for curly haired people as well as a pre-wash conditioner to tame the curls. But definitely not suited for oily scalp. Don’t overdose your scalp with heavy duty products, if it is not right for you. I am back to my lime, oil and vit E mask.

The brand Rzizhi do have many more products and I will for sure try them out in future, as they look promising and has worked wonderfully for many.

Happy New Year to all my readers. I hope 2019 turns out great for you all.

Vilvah Rose & Vanilla Natural Deodorant

Let me introduce you to a new brand in this post, Vilvah which is a natural skincare brand based in Coimbatore. I bought a couple of products from them a few months back and my favorite out of them is this Rose & Vanila Deodorant.

I have introduced to you the vegan lavender deo cream from Burst Of Happyness.     Many of you prefers the deo in twist up applicator and guess what, the Vilvah one comes in one. Let’s take a look at the details of the product. 

Product description:Sweating is a natural process and not something that we should stop our bodies from doing. Many mainstream deodorants use aluminium chloral hydrate and aluminium zirconium to block this process and work as an ‘antiperspirant’ to stop sweating. Most of the deodorant contain aluminium which is absorbed directly into the bloodstream when applied on your armpits. It is particularly not safe for women which lead to breast cancer and can cause hormonal imbalance.

Price & Quantity : 590 Rs for 60g

Benefits:

Make your armpits happy with our natural deodorant range. The deodorant we make are not designed to block the sweat glands. Instead, we use a combination of natural ingredients to help absorb wetness, neutralise odour and making you smell fresh with our essential oil combination.

Ingredients: Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Arrow Root Powder, Natural Vit E,  Rose Essential Oil, and Vanilla Essential Oil.

My take on the product:

I like the packaging and I find it much more convenient to carry and use. The deodorant has a heavy rose fragrance that lasts long.  If you are not a fan of rose scent try other fragrances from the range, as the scent is strong, kind of like talcom powder fragrance. But there is no artificial fragrance added and you know how much I like the rose fragrance of natural skincare products (check out here).

The product is very creamy and easy to apply on skin. Make sure you rub the product very lightly on skin. A little quantity will suffice and rubbing it more than once will just cause wastage of product. So to make it last long, apply minimally and you are good to go.

Eventhough it is preferable to store the deo in a cool, dry place; I did not see it melt or leak when I traveled with this in a hot and humid area. So this is quite travel friendly.

JivaVrksa : Earthy goodness for summer skincare

Summer is already here and Bangalore is getting really hot. Summer skin care products should be simple, light and refreshing. I have combination skin and summers brings that extra oiliness to skin. But using grain based products will balance out your skin keeping the greasiness at bay and making the skin look nourished and lively.

So let me introduce the Chennai based brand, JivaVrksa that has an all-natural personal care product line. I was very excited to try these handmade traditional skincare recipes, which are free from artificial fragrance, colors and preservatives.

As you can see the products came in a cardboard box with the brand label. I loved the fact that, eventhough a new brand, they really have put great efforts in the packaging.It is well organized with clear labels in eco-friendly handmade paper sachets.The product details and ingredient list is given in detail in a paper pamphlet. Kudos to the design team.

The brand has in market just 4 products : face, hair and body wash powders and a facepack.

All the products are in powder form with a light earthy fragrance, a mixed smell of all its ingredients. I am not new to powdered cleansers. None of the products have any strong herbal smell(which I sometimes dislike). Inside each brown sachet, is a translucent paper cover carrying the product, with the product label. All the products have somewhat earthy colors. So I keep them all in the same package and dry use wooden spatula to take the products out.

Face wash

Price : Rs100 for 75g which makes it one of the most affordable natural skincare product
Ingredients : Chickpea , Multani Mitti , Sandalwood , Rose Petals , Licorice , Aloe Vera , Avaram Senna Flower , Neem , Orange Peel and Basil.
Brand claims : Cleanses, moisturizes and protects skin. Improves smoothness and glow. Prevents wrinkles and acne

This product can be used by all skin types, even sensitive ones. It is a very mild powder which can be mixed with water to form a paste.Only about half a teaspoon of product (sometimes I just take a pinch) is enough to cleanse the face and so Iam sure this is going to last me a while. The paste spreads easily on wet skin. I have observed that when kept for longer time, it tingles lightly on the skin, which I feel is the ingredients working it’s magic.

It’s easy to wash off compared to gel or liquid face washes and takes less water for sure.Post wash the skin feels clean, soft and refreshed without making it dry or stretchy. It takes away the oiliness, dirt and grime and it surely brightens up my skin a bit. This will be well suited for acne prone and dry skin equally, as it balances the skin.It keeps oiliness away from my t-zone through out the day,when used twice daily.I don’t feel the need to use moisturizer after. Neem and basil are effective to fight and prevent acne.

Cannot comment on the ‘prevents wrinkle’ claim as I am not sure if a face wash is capable of doing it, but the ingredients might have those properties.

Body Wash:

Price :
Rs80 for 75g
Ingredients : Green G
Brand claims : Moisturizes and protects skin, Improves smoothness and glow, Gives natural fragrance and refreshes your body, Prevents skin diseases, Cleanses your skin.

As you know from my winter skincare post in Instagram (Read here), Abhyanga should be followed by cleansing with a grain based cleanser. I make a thick paste of the powder in a bowl and massage it well on the body. I have dry arms and legs and this body cleanser is gentle, it removes pre-bath oil effectively without making the skin dry or stretchy. Even when used without oiling the skin, it is non drying. I love the fragrance of vetiver but the earthy fragrance doesn’t stay on skin for long. It surely makes bath, a refreshing experience in this hot summer.

Buy from : Amazon
FB : JivaVrksa

Why i liked the products:

Simple and effective ingredients.
100% Natural, cruelty free and eco-friendly
Doesn’t have strong herbal smell
Gentle but effective
Affordable and easily available
Unlike soaps this doesn’t dry out the skin.Also the slight grittiness sloughs away all the dirt and not just the oil
Balances skin
Removes tan

Since the products are free from preservatives, I advice you to keep it in an airtight container if kept in bathroom. Also use dry spoon to scoop out the products.
The hairwash and face mask review will be up soon.

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