Pure by Priyanka Apricot & Date Fruit Scrub cum Pack review

Today I am reviewing a product from a brand new to me, Myoho Pure by Priyanka. The name itself has a wonderful origin.

‘Myoho’ was derived from the lotus sutra – Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo, which means ‘to revive’. As a true believer and follower of the Buddhist practise, we focus on designing products that work towards reviving your skin and hair.

This brand and products were on my wish list for a while, but I was more into lighter, fragrance free, water based products for sometime and for bath I was just using hand made soaps.But in this hot and humid weather, I felt the need to get some physical exfoliators and turned to Myoho.

Initially I was put off by the varied colours of the product which I thought were synthetic pigments. As I read more about the brand and ingredients, I was convinced of the quality of the products and that they use natural ingredients that imparts colour to the products.

The brand is transparent about the ingredients and have clearly explained that they use synthetic but safe preservatives in the approved percentages to ensure that product remains safe for use and doesn’t get contaminated by microbes.

What I bought from the brand

  • Apricot & Date Fruit Scrub cum Pack
  • Luxurious Glow Serum
  • Honey Vanilla Body Scrub

Apricot and dates face scrub

Apricot & Date Fruit Scrub cum Pack

This face scrub reminds me of the Forest essentials’ hand pounded organic fruit scrub. There are many common ingredients like dates, apricot, rose, almond oil, peach, fermented fruit pulp, honey and Vit E. Whereas Forest essentials still doesn’t list down their complete ingredients, Myoho has shared their complete ingredient list in the website.

Ingredients:

Dates, Fermented Fruit Extract, Fruit Pulp,Sweet Almond Oil , Peach,Oats , Raw Honey , Argan oil,  Sesame Seed, Shirish Extract, Punarnava Root Extract, Rosehip Oil , Soya Protein Extract , Vitamin E and Rose Extract

Pure by Priyanka Apricot and Dates face scrub

How to use

The scrub needs to be applied to wet skin and it doesn’t tug or pull on the skin. It can easily be spread it and massaged.  Leave it for a while and wash it off. You can also use aloe gel for a final massage incase you leave it on till it dries up.

My take on the Apricot & Date Fruit Scrub

The scrub has a thick and sticky consistency like a fruit jam, as you can see. Hence a little goes a long way. i was under the assumption that I would have to mix it with curd or aloe gel for easy spreadability. But the consistency is just perfect and it spreads well on wet face.

Unlike the usual physical exfoliators, there are no harsh scrubby particles in this and hence this will suit all skin types.

The scrub has a sweet smell of the combination of fruit extracts, rose and honey, which is very natural, subtle and appealing.

The dates and apricot scrub has just enough grit to exfoliate the face well and should be used after cleansing.

Apricot and dates face scrub when massaged with water

Skin feels soft, nourished and a subtle glow is left behind on pat dry.

It can also be used as a body scrub if you don’t prefer extremely gritty scrubs.

The two ingredients that really interested me in this are the Punarnava root and Shirish extract, which I haven’t come across in any skincare product (apart from the ayurvedic ones) yet. Especially Punarnava is something you commonly find in most Kerala homes and I am glad the brand has explored and used local herbs for the formulation.

Rosehip oil is anyway favourite of many and is now extensively found in Indian skincare products.

I am truly impressed by the efficacy of this product and I realised how much i missed the spa like experience such products give. Let me know which of the other two product you would like me to review next.

Have you tried any of the Myoho skincare products? Do share which is your favourite.

Juicy chemistry Rose deodorant stick review

Juicy chemistry damask rose, sea buckthorn and jasmine deodorant is  one my recent purchases from the brand. I have reviewed similar products from  brands like Vilvah and Burst of happyness before. Here are the links if you haven’t already read the reviews:

Vilvah rose and vanilla natural deodorant review

Burst of Happyness Lavender and Grapefruit deodorant cream review

On the same lines, JC has a range of 3 deodorant variants, out of which I chose the rose one.

To all those who are new to natural deodorants, these are not anti-perspirants, and hence doesn’t hamper the biological toxin removal process. It merely imparts fragrance to the under arms skin and thereby prevents the foul sweat smell. Also unlike the synthetic deodorants, it contains no toxins and generally causes no irritation to the skin (unless you have any issues with the natural ingredients or essential oils used). It also prevents skin darkening which is a general side effect of synthetic deos.

Juicy chemistry rose deodorant

Ingredients

Arrowroot Powder, Beeswax, Cocoa Seed Butter, Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Tapioca Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate, Coconut Oil, Seabuckthorn OilVit E, Sunflower Seed Oil, Geranium) Oil, Hydrated Aluminium Silicate, Ylang Ylang Oil, Jasmine Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Diatomaceous Earth Powder.

My take on the product

Like all other  products from the brand, the Juicy chemistry deodorant stick also has an amazing blend of essential oils, which gives it a sweet fragrance, predominantly of jasmine. To compare, the Vilvah deo had a stronger rose fragrance which used to linger longer on skin as well.

The packaging is eco friendly card board one with a push up applicator. As you use up the product, it can be slightly pushed up from the bottom to use.

Damask rose, sea buckthorn and jasmine deodorant

The consistency is what I love the most. The Vilvah deo had a very creamy consistency (the packaging changed from plastic to similar cardboard package now. So not sure if formula also changed). So there was no control of how much you apply. Sometimes in high humidity and warm temperatures, you end up applying more than required.

But with Juicy chemistry deo, the consistency is just creamy enough to apply without any tug but not so creamy that you end up applying more.

I stay in a hot and humid climate, and hence I need to reapply the deo every 3-4 hours on days with excess sweating. There is no sticky feel on the skin and this cream deodorant doesn’t leave any cast on the skin.

Comparatively, the Vilvah deo used to hold up fragrance longer than this. But if you are sensitive to strong fragrance you might prefer the JC variant. Also I prefer the consistency of JC deo to Vilvah one.

Since the product is not so soft, you end up using just the right quantity and hence I am sure this will last me long. It is compact, light weight and hence travel friendly.

I would like to try the other deodorant variants from Juicy chemistry before I find a favourite for repurchase.

A note to JC: I have come across the wrong product content being printed in the JC packages at times. For eg, in the Directions to use section of this product, they have also mentioned the usage directions of the scrub.

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My favorites and not so favorites from Juicy chemistry

Juicy Chemistry Neem Butter, Pumpkin & Vitamin E Scalp Repair Hair Mask

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Juicy Chemistry Coffee, Chocolate and Macaroot hydrating mask review

Pregnancy Skincare: The Do’s and Don’ts

Pregnancy and breastfeeding period is not necessarily the time you think about skincare or even get to invest in self care. Still if you are someone used to a routine or someone who wants to start with some skincare to combat all the spots and marks left by the crazy hormones, this post will help you get started.

The Do’s:

  • To start with, a nourishing and balanced diet is what is essential for your skin and overall health of you and baby during pregnancy. So nothing else can help, if you don’t pay attention to your diet. Natural sources of fibre and protein are your friends now and always.

Seeds, nuts, single origin cocoa, greens, local fruits especially banana, cold pressed oils, organic red rice, whole grain flours have to be included in diet along with protein rich food.

  • Hydrate : This must be something even your doctor and mom  keeps saying. It is essential to have plenty of water and electrolytes for a glowing skin and a healthy pregnancy. Coconut water, lime water, herbal waters are all great.

Make sure you use good quality glass or steel bottles instead of plastic ones.

  • Use gentle and minimal skincare products. A good quality, gentle, soap free cleanser, SLS free shampoo, body butters/synthetic free creams, floral waters or face mists, chemical free deodorants, bath salts and a lip balm is the most you really need for self care during this time.

When you need a quick freshen up and can’t leave the baby, just spritz some face mist and it would give you the instant boost.

If you need to relax a bit but your swollen feet is killing you, immerse it in some bath salt in a tub of warm water and you will sleep like a baby.

Body butters can double up as massage balms, moisturisers, nipple creams etc but make sure you find one with little to no essential oil.

Also using a safe sunscreen can help if your skin is prone to dark patches and pigmentation.

Gentle exfoliation using milled sugar or dry brushing (avoid face) can help your skin glow.

Niacinamide, Vit C, rosehip seed oil, propolis, Aloe Vera, Vit E are all your friends during this time.

  • Be happy and embrace all the changes that comes with pregnancy. It is at times nerve wrecking to go through a lot of changes physically and emotionally during this period. But your body is there to support you and your skin is the most resilient organ.

Using cold pressed sesame oil or massaging with body butters can help give your skin the much needed elasticity. So embrace the silver marks on your belly and the dark patches, because with time these will fade out and will just be sweet memories of how your amazing body created a new life.

Before you buy a product, check with the brand to understand if it is safe during pregnancy and breast feeding.

The Don’ts:

  • Ditch your synthetic deodorants having aluminium chloride and also your chemical laden makeup. Opt for natural or cruelty free vegan products. There are many affordable Indian brands creating such products.
  • Avoid the formaldehyde rich nail polishes.
  • Retinol, Retin-A and Hydroquinones are a strict no.
  • Sunscreens can’t be completely natural but there are many brands making mom and baby safe sunscreens. I prefer mineral based ones to chemical ones.
  • Essential oils and fragrance might cause sensitivity.  Always patch test products having EOs and make sure the product has EOs within the permitted derma limits. Even better is to go for products with no fragrance.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and parabens can be avoided as well.
  • Avoid or have minimal consumption of coffee, tea and products with high sugar content.

NOTE: There hasn’t been any in depth study to prove the adverse effects of AHAs, BHAs, hair dyes and hair removal creams on pregnancy. The cautionary ingredients in these are harmful only in high concentrations. Since pregnancy causes sensitivity for many women and babies might be allergic to such product residues, it’s better to avoid these or use these1 in moderation.

You can find many safe products in my Insta handle or check out the reviews in the blog.

Suganda Rosehip Moisturiser Review

A nourishing moisturiser for Summers

If you are looking for an oil free day moisturiser for normal to oily skin, you should head to Suganda White lotus moisturiser review. But incase you need a day cream that is light and nourishing, for normal to dry skin, the Rosehip moisturiser from Suganda Skincare might be the right choice.

The Suganda Rosehip Moisturiser is very different from the white lotus variant. This is not an oil free formula but still is quite light and non-oily. This again comes in a similar glass pump bottle like the white lotus one. It has more of a lotion consistency than a thick cream and a little goes a long way.

The reship moisturiser, as the name suggests has reship oil as the main ingredient, along with jojoba oil. Niacinamide and Hyaluronic acid are two key ingredients in most of the high end moisturisers these days. The light texture makes it convenient to use as a day time moisturiser and you can layer it up for extra care during night.

This is definitely an expensive moisturiser (Rs 1000 for 50ml) but considering the array of skin loving, anti ageing and nourishing ingredients it contains, the product is worth the cost.

But if you are looking for a product that gives you clear skin with firming or anti ageing benefits in a short span of time, you should invest in AHA/BHA or retinols instead. This is a moisturiser with many actives that gives you such anti ageing benefits only if you use it over a long period of time.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Niacinamide(Vitamin B3), Glycerin, Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate,Trimethylglycine, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Polyacrylate-13, Panthenol, Tocopherols, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane(Turmeric), Camellia Sinensis(Green Tea), Allantoin,  Fragrance(Natural Essential Oils), Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum.

My take on Suganda Reship Moisturiser:

The moisturiser has a light skin tone owing to the rosehip oil. The fragrance is also quite light and calming and imparted by essential oil mix. It feels watery as you massage it in and it barely takes any time to get absorbed. I really like this product and it is travel friendly as well. It suits the hot humid climate most of us live in.

But I feel my skin loved the white lotus moisturiser better, as the oil free formula feels very cooling and I find the combination of Rose Geranium, Patchouli, Sweet Orange essential oils relaxing.