Moisturizers and face masks curated for summers : Introducing The Skin Pantry and Amara Organix

Skincare products should suit your skin type as well as the current climate. In summers it is best to you light skincare products with simple and all natural ingredients. Hope you enjoyed the last two posts on summer skincare and haircare. Here is anther one featuring the best chemical free products from Indian brands that you must try this summer for a happy smiling skin.

    The Skin Pantry

Whipped up in the pantry of Mumbai based graphic designer Collette, this brand has a lip smacking range of skin food made of certified organic, natural and pure ingredients. Skin smoothies, creme brulee, honey dew melon and citrus mousse is sure to give you dessert cravings, but these are just some of the skin care goodies from The Skin Pantry. The price range, quality of ingredients and packaging makes it a luxe skincare brand.

Almond and Aloe Whisper

I really love the names of the products and they are apt as well. This one the simplest, mildest and purest of moisturizers and can be used even by the most sensitive skin.
Ingredients : 100% organic cold pressed sweet almond oil, 100% organic apricot seed oil, pure aloe vera gel, pure vitamin E oil.
Price : Rs 1250 for 50ml

My take on the product :
This is everything I imagine a ‘whisper’ would be in the physical sense. Light, fluffy and white this one smells of pure apricot oil. Reminds me of Junaili apricot scrub. A little goes a long way and spreads easily on skin. It makes my skin look a bit dull immediately after application but keeps them moisturized for long without being oily. Apt for summers and suits all skin types.

Rhassoul clay face mask

Ingredients : Jojoba oil, apricot oil, vit E oil, organic rose hydrosol, organic rose otto essential oil and the star, Moroccan Rhassoul clay.
Price : Rs 850 for 50ml

My Take on the product : Suits normal to oily skin types. Smells like a rose garden. Comes with a cute test tube of solution that can be mixed with the clay when it dries up. The face mask comes in a cute little jar with screw cap. It has a mousse like texture and can be easily spread on face. The product can be taken out using the spatula provided or with clean fingers. It is directed not to bring the product in contact with metals as this can strip the clay off its mineral ions and hence its goodness. It dries in a jiffy after application and makes skin smooth, tight and controls oiliness.

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Amara Organix

    This Chennai based brand is the brain child of the lovely lady, Mehar. You name it and they have it, a wide range of skin care, bath and body products and exotic soaps that caters to all kinds of skin care needs.

    Brightening Face mask

    Ingredients: French green clay, french pink caly, moroccan rhassoul clay, sandalwood powder, turmeric powder, licorice powder, spirulina and lavender essential oil

    Price : Rs 250 for 25g

    My take on the product: Suits all skin types. It is in a powder form and has an earthy natural smell. Less than a tea spoon is surprisingly enough for the face and the product works best when mixed with rose water. I tried the mask by making the paste with water, curd and rose water and I could see the brightening effect of the mask only by using with rose water. Otherwise the mask just made my skin soft, smooth and supple. Unlike other clay based masks this doesn’t make the skin dry and on mixing with water you can see the green and pink streaks of spirulina and pink clay.If you have different textures in your skin, this mask will effectively even out the skin making it smooth and soft.

    Buy from : AmaraOrganix

    I used the zofla rose water to make this powder into a paste and this one is by far the most affordable organic rose water I have come across.

    JivaVrksa pure herbal face pack powder

      I love this simple and effective face pack from the brand Jiva Vrksa. I have reviewed the other products from the brand in my previous posts here and here. This is one is by far my favorite product of all.

      Ingredients :
      Multani mitti, sandalwood, rosepetals, orange peel
      Price: Rs150 for 75g

      My take on the product : Made with simple natural ingredients, this face pack smells predominantly of sandalwood. Apply a thick paste of the face pack powder by mixing with water. On washing off, the skin feels cleansed, toned and soft. It balances the oiliness and can be used by all skin types. This one doesn’t dry out the skin and is apt for summers for a refreshed and rejuvenated skin.


      Kama Eladi Moisturizer for combination to dry skin

    This is one of my favorite moisturizers and by far the only one that suits my combination skin well. This is thick but gets absorbed easily on skin without making the skin greasy. Read the detailed review here.

    In addition to this, make sure keep yourselves hydrated and do apply sunscreen before stepping out. Happy summer peeps.

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Juicy Chemistry Hazelnut & Vanilla Latte Soap

The Hazelnut & Vanilla Latte Soap from JC is one among the couple of soaps I got from them recently. So far I have used their Apple Pie soap, Black Tea, Hemp & Charcoal soap and Cucumber,Green Tea & Spearmint soap.

All these soaps are 100% natural and free of any chemicals and artificial fragrance. All soaps I used have very herbal smell that feels similar at first but then you realize the undertones and smells of particular ingredients.

The review of other two will be up soon. Now let us see how good the Hazelnut, vanilla latte soap is.

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Price: 550Rs

Ingredients:

Butyrospermun parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera indica (Mango Butter), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa Butter), Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)*, Ricinus communis (Castor Oil), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Fresh Brewed Coffee, Ground Coffee Beans, Almond Milk, Vanilla Powder, Vanilla Extract

Product Claims:

Our hand-crafted soaps are made using traditional cold process methods and contain a high percentage of nutrient-rich oils, organic botanicals, purifying brews, and ultra-moisturizing butters. Powerful Arabica Bean Coffee is blended in with delicate Vanilla Beans, and nourishing Almond Milk to leave your skin squeaky clean and deeply nourished. The instant pick me up shower

The Ingredient List with benefits are given in JC site. The list being long, let me add it to the end of this post.

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What I liked about the product:

I got the products personally from an expo. So can’t comment on the packing. But from my previous experiences and other user reviews, I can assure you that JC takes packing quite seriously. The aesthetics and environment friendliness of the packing is commentable.

Fragrance : Coming to the soap, as I mentioned it has a herbal smell which is not too strong. Can’t say it smells of vanilla or coffee in particular. The smell is refreshing and uplifting.Fragrance doesn’t stay in skin for long though.

Feel : As you can see in the image, the soap has gritty paricles of ground coffee bean that provides good exfoliation. It lathers well and makes skin squeaky clean. It doesn’t dry out or stretch the skin but I like to use moisturiser after, as I need extra nourishment in the  knees and elbows.

The soap is not very soft and it doesn’t melt and retains shape after use.

Verdict:

Overall this is a good refreshing soap for summers.

This is a cleanser and scrub and I don’t have to use body polish when using this,which I love.

I don’t think this is as nourishing in winters. For dry skinned people like me, extra moisturising is required.

The price is on the higher side and that’s the only low for me.

 

Benefits Of Ingredients:

Hazelnut Oil

Hazelnut oil acts on the skin as an excellent moisturizer and emollient, because it has a number of key essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid, which possess characteristics to rehydrate fatty acids. It further also contributes to the elasticity of the skin as it helps to regenerate dead cells and revitalize the skin. It helps to tone and firm the skin.

 

Ground Coffee Bean

The coffee plant (Coffea arabica) is an evergreen shrub and the deeply aromatic beans act as a pick-me-up in any product. It soothes the skin and it acts as an exfoliant. It also reduces the appearance of cellulite and stimulates skin cells.

 

Vanilla Bean

Vanilla seeds have a beautifully sweet and comforting aroma. Natural vanilla beans are the dried, unripe fruit of an orchid (Vanilla planifolia). As a skin care ingredient, not only does it infuse products with a gorgeous scent, it also treats acne, soothes burns, promotes healthy skin, and acts as an anti-ageing element.

 

Almond Milk

Almond milk contains 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E, which contains antioxidant properties essential to your skin’s health, such as protecting it against sun damage. Apart from the vitamins, it also has antioxidants which assist in repairing damaged skin, as well as regulating vitamin A.

 

Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil

Almond oil (Prunus dulcis) is one of the most versatile carrier oils. It is light textured, and penetrates the skin easily. It is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E, our sweet almond oil is extracted from the dried kernels of the almond tree in the traditional cold pressed method. We extensively use it in our skin & hair care products, for its ability to deeply nourish the skin and condition dry, damaged hair.

 

Shea Butter

Shea butter (Butyrospermun parkii) contains oleic acid which is a saturated fatty acid. It mimics the sebum which is naturally produced by our skin. Shea butter is easily absorbed into the skin and it intensely moisturises and provides relief for dry skin.

 

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is derived from the seeds of the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). The same tree also provides chocolate and the butter which is derived is non-greasy and smells mildly like chocolate. Cocoa Butter softens skin and hair and it is valued for its conditioning properties.

 

Sodium Hydroxide

Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) is a white salt which is water soluble. It is a saponification agent which is used extensively in soap-making. It is commonly known as lye.

*Used during the Saponification Process to turn oil into soap.

None remains in the finished product.

All real soap is made with saponified oils!

 

Courtesy JC for Ingredient benefit list.