22 May 2017

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Himalaya Herbals Rich Cocoa Butter Body Cream Review

Hi All,

How are you all? I was a bit unwell this weekend and the half month of May I was travelling. So the result, few blog posts ☹️☹️☹️. Also I have started selling some small range of handmade cleansers and face packs, so that is also getting a lot of my time. Anyhow, without much time let's head to the review. The product was earlier just available on Himalaya Herbals website and no where else. So I waited for it to launch in the stores and I immediately grabbed when I spotted it at a mall.



Brand claims and Ingredients - 


My experience
The product is housed in a bulky jar which is kind of absolutely non travel friendly (I still carried it during travelling). The jar is plastic with a screw top cap and has an inner lid to prevent product spillage while opening the product. The jar in itself is not bulky, but the product quantity is! A whooping 200 ml pack!

The product has a refreshing aroma of chocolate with a sweet smell of caramel. It indeed smells like a caramel candy like Alpenlibe. The cream is true to it's name and is creamy in nature and consistency. It's a little thinner than a body butter and a little thicker than a normal moisturiser. I love the consistency, it spreads easily and gets absorbed fast into the skin.

I like to use the body cream before hitting the bed. I slather it all over my hands, legs and feet, sometimes even on my heels 😁😁. The moisturization it offers lasts me around 10-12 hours. I don't reapply the cream after bathing in the morning. I hardly get any time to do so. The cream makes the skin soft and smooth making it look nourished. Apart from that, I like the fact that it is extremely non sticky, non oily. You don't even feel like you have applied a cream. It does moisturise, but without any hint. So far I am totally loving this body cream instead of my body lotion. I also love the fact that it doubles up as a foot cream also for me. I would recommend you all to give it a try once.



The In

  • Moisturises the skin for good 10-12 hours
  • Makes the skin soft and smooth
  • Extremely non sticky and non oily formula
  • Spreads easily and gets absorbed fast into the skin
  • Sweet caramelized chocolate flavour fragrance
  • Doubles up as a foot cream for me
  • Affordable price
  • Easy availability

The Out

  • Bulky packaging
  • No intermediate size available

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 270 INR for 200 ml with a shelf life of 3 years. Easily available online as well as in stores.

Recommendation
I would recommend you all to give the Himalaya Herbals Rich Cocoa Butter Body Cream a try. Affordable price, easy availability and long lasting moisturization makes it a winner.

* Product is bought with my own money
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17 May 2017

Skincare Villa Products and Skincare Kit

Finally I have got some time to talk about my venture Skincare Villa products. It's like the tailor who doesn't get time to stitch his/her own clothes 😂😂.

I was (and am still) skeptical about how far this will really go. Real motivation came from my favourite blogger Swathi who blogs at Curious and Confused Me when she ordered the Oats Almond Cleanser.

Few of you might be knowing that I have an Instagram account where you can get to see the Shop updates. I really don't want to mess up the blog and venture thing into one and hence a separate account. I earlier had only two products, both being cleansers. Now I have around 7 products in the range, all being either cleansers or face pack in dry powder form. I don't want to add any preservatives hence the dry form.

Rose Turmeric Cleanser

Oats Almond Cleanser


Ever since I used the JivaVrksa face wash in dry powdered form, my skin has seen fewer breakouts and almost after 2 and half months later now (roughly) I am totally loving the change with zero breakouts. So Skincare Villa products is my attempt to introduce dry powder face cleansers to masses.

Following is the current product range I have along with the price

Anti acne Face Pack
Fortified with Neem, Tulsi and Tea tree essential oil with Rhassoul Clay and Bentonite clay. Priced at 250 INR 30 gms

Ayurvedic Face Pack
Fortified with Manjistha, Raktachandan, Turmeric and Lodhra
 Priced at 200 INR 30 gms

Green Tea Detox Face pack
Fortified with Green tea, Charcoal and Rhassoul Clay and other ingredients.
 Priced at 250 INR for 30 gms

Oats Almond Cleanser
Oats and Almond powder fortified with Rose petals and Grapeseed oil
 Priced at 275 INR 50 gms

Rose Turmeric Cleanser
Fortified with Rose petals powder and Turmeric with Besan.
 250 INR 50 gms

Green tea mint cleanser
Green tea and Mint powder cleanser
Priced at 250 for 50 gms

Anti Acne Cleanser
Multani Mitti fortified with Neem and tea tree essential oil and Amla powder.
Priced at 325 INR for 50 gms

Detail ingredients list can be requested. Payment methods accepted are Paytm and NEFT.

Also the purpose of writing this blog post is that I am introducing Skincare kits which can be a good option to see whether a product works for you or not. Skincare kits are open for preorders till 27  May. You will have a minimum of 3 samples of your choice in the kit. You can even opt for more flexible thing like having 3 samples and one full size, 4 samples or 3 samples and 2 full size products in the kit. The product choice is entirely yours.

Details are mentioned below for your convenience

  • 3 samples - 700 INR + Shipping charges
  • 4 samples - 850 INR + Shipping charges
  • 3 samples + one full size - 900 INR + free shipping
  • 3 samples + 2 full size - 1125 with free shipping

Please note full size product means 50 gms and sample size means 25 gms. Face packs can be requested as full size products in the kits. Also you can receive the small kit in red or pink packaging. All other kits can be received in silver packaging. I procure this from another seller so the limitations. Still you can choose red or pink packaging according to your choice for small kits.




That's all folks. If you need any details or what to order just DM me on Instagram or email on skincarevilla@gmail.com
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2 May 2017

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Artisanal Skincare Orange Blossom Face Cleansing Powder Review

From the past 2 months I am using powder cleansers and I am totally loving the change. Contrary to popular belief, foaming cleansers dry out the skin and in turn the skin secrets excess oil. Even if the foaming cleanser doesn't dry out the skin, it still robs the skin of it's natural oil. Ever since I have embraced powder cleansers I get just one breakout per month, as opposed to the earlier 3-4 breakouts with foaming cleansers.

After reviewing the JivaVrksa dry powder face wash today, I am reviewing another one from a well known brand. Let's head straight to the review and see how the Artisanal Skincare Orange Blossom Face Cleansing Powder fairs.



About Artisanal Skincare
There is something magical about the word ‘handmade’, isn't it? It stands for uniqueness, personalisation, and discernment – all of which Artisanal Skincare embodies. Our range of skincare and wellness products are not only handmade, but limited edition as well. We produce them in small quantities and without any preservatives, in order to stay true to the inherent goodness of the ingredients. 
Our products are not traditional but come from tradition and from our belief that what you cannot eat should not be put on your skin. The oils, herbs, and spices that go into our creations are sourced from all over India – from Himachal to Kerala – with some even coming from across the oceans, which is why the end result is near perfect. Each eco-friendly, natural ingredient has neither preservatives nor chemicals – just pure, authentic skin care.

Brand claims - Made with real orange peels, sandalwood powder, neem and other natural ingredients, this is a perfect replacement for your everyday face wash / soap. It's gentle and safe for your face without any chemicals. It will leave your skin cleansed of all the impurities without making it dry or rough. Use it everyday at night. Follow it up with our anti-oxidant facial serum or a night cream.

Ingredients - Green Gram Powder, Neem, Rice Flour, Basil, Orange Peels, Kasthuri Munjal, Sandalwood, Garbanzo Bean Flour




My experience
The face cleansing powder is packed in a simple plastic jar with a black lid and an inner opaque lid. The inner lid prevents the product wastage which is caused while opening the lid. The packaging is simple and travel friendly. I like how simple and rustic look, the product label has, nothing fancy just authentic.

Now coming to the actual product, the cleansing powder is a fine powder with some granular ingredients, it is not fully powdered form. The cleansing powder has a fragrance of soil with a herbal hint, like the sprinkle of water on hot soil. I like the fragrance as well as the consistency of the cleansing powder.

I have used the cleansing powder continuously twice a day without using any foaming cleansers, and I must say am very impressed with this one. To use I make a paste with water and gently use in upward circular motions and rinse with water.

The cleansing powder makes the skin soft and smooth, while making it clean and fresh. The granular ingredients in the cleansing powder work as a scrub ( they are gentle enough to be used daily). With continuous usage, I have got rid of white heads, which I often have on my nose. The cleansing powder removes excess oil as well as dirt and dead skin cells.

The cleansing powder doesn't dry out the skin at all. I have also noticed a slight change in the pigmentation which I have below my lower lip. However I don't expect a cleanser to cure my pigmentation and the product doesn't even claim to do so. As is I have already ditched my foaming cleansers, so using this one is not a problem for me. I would definitely love trying another cleansing powder from this brand.

The In

  • Contain skin loving ingredients
  • Cleanses the skin well while removing duet, excess oil and dead skin cells
  • Makes the skin soft and smooth with each usage
  • Clears white heads with regular usage
  • Reduces breakouts (I experienced zero breakouts while using this face cleansing powder 💕💕)
  • Can be used as a face mask and also double up as a mild scrub
  • A very little amount is needed for each use

The Out

  • Some may find it pricey, but the quantity will last longer

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 650 INR for 100 gms with a shelf of 6 months after opening. Available here and here

Recommendation
I would totally recommend the Artisanal Skincare Orange Blossom Face Cleansing Powder as a replacement of your everyday soap/ cleanser for face. I am already eyeing their collection of powder cleansers and would definitely get my hands on another one.

PR sample
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26 Apr 2017

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Votre Multi Vitamin and Rejuvenating Night Crème Review

This review is a bit delayed one, since I was travelling during month of February and March. After coming back I had some other products to review and couldn't fully test Votre Multi Vitamin and Rejuvenating Night Crème. But after thoroughly using the crème for one month, regularly, here is my experience.



Brand Claims - Highly restorative night time moisturiser is a blend of natural vitamins and antioxidants, which helps to moisturise and protect the skin. This luxury, moisture rich night crème is clinically proven to help increase cell renewal and assist the skin's natural regeneration process and delay pre mature aging (all skin types)
Special features - this powerful night infusion crème seals in essential vitamins like C, E, K and B6 and minerals for deeply nourished skin. It supports natural cell renewal, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smoothes texture, resulting in a beautiful radiant, youthful looking complexion.

Ingredients (only main ingredients given)

My experience
As you can see in the pictures, the product has a luxurious plastic packaging with a black top. The packaging being bulky in size yet light weight, is a bit non travel friendly. The jar has an inner lid to prevent the spillage of the product. The black top signifies usage for night time, as I also have received a day crème of this range and that has a white top. It becomes really easy this way to identify when you have many products or are in a hurry 😁.



The cream is neither thick nor thin in consistency, it is a combination of gel and cream which makes it easy to absorb into the skin. The cream has a light texture altogether. The cream has a slight grey tint to it, which again signifies night time usage 😁. The product required for each usage is very less, as a result the crème will easily last 2-3 months based on quantity used each day.

The crème has a nice floral fragrance with a subtle citrusy hint which lingers a bit after using at night. As stated earlier the crème gets absorbed easily into the skin and leaves no oily residue or sticky feeling. You will feel rejuvenated after using this crème. The crème instantly plumps up the skin and gives an even toned look to the skin, I love such creams. I have been using this crème for one long month regularly and it hasn't disappointed me.


In the morning the skin becomes as soft as baby skin and feels rejuvenated. The crème gives an even toned look to the skin due to it's Uber moisturising properties. Due to regular usage my skin has become radiant and soft. However I feel the crème formula may not be enough for dry skin, as dry skin needs more emollient night cream. The crème didn't break me out or didn't even cause any tingling sensation to my sensitive nose area. Some creams and scrubs give a burning sensation to my nose area and am glad this one is not one of them.

Now, the major concern of all, the high price point 😶.  Considering the high price point I would not say it's a must buy, but if you are looking for a luxurious skin care then do give it a try. I wouldn't however repurchase this one due to high price.

The In

  • Vegan, Non comedogenic, Hypo allergenic
  • Light weight formula gets absorbed quickly
  • Doesn't make skin oily or greasy
  • Makes the skin Uber soft and smooth
  • Gives even toned skin tone
  • Helps in skin rejuvenation while making it radiant
  • PETA Certified, Buav Certified
  • Cruelty free, Paraben free

The Out

  • High price point
  • Only main Ingredients listed
  • Bulky packaging

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 2450 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 1 and half year. Available on major shopping portals like here

Recommendation -
Considering the high price point I would not say it's a must buy, but if you are looking for a luxurious skin care then do give it a try. You would definitely have to grab this one if it's on discount. I wouldn't however repurchase this one keeping in mind the price. It will definitely give good results with respect to regular usage.

*PR sample
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20 Apr 2017

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Handloom Sarees of Chanderi

India has a rich cultural heritage, right from the festivals, food, languages, India is a true example of unity in diversity. According to the regions, the apparels are worn also vary across the country. But one apparel doesn't change and that is a saree, although the style of wearing a saree may change depending on the region.

To top them all, handloom sarees in India have a charm of their own. Basically, a handloom is a machine used for weaving, so a handloom saree is a saree made by weavers on a machine by hand. You can check this video to get an idea of how that's done. Although many types of looms are involved in making a handloom saree.

Source

Handloom sarees is a traditional, ancient textile art of India. Handloom is a family tradition to weavers of India for whom handloom sarees is their bread and butter. Each region of India has a peculiar handloom saree which is unique in terms of the yarn or warps and wefts used for making the saree as well as the design and motifs used. But we will not go deeper into all types of handloom sarees but would rather know more about Chanderi sarees.

Source

Whenever I hear the word handloom the next word that comes to my mind is a saree. As stated earlier, saree has been worn by Indian women since ages and it adds to the beauty of an Indian woman. I remember my Mom's first handloom saree that is a Chanderi saree which was orange in color. Way long back as a kid, I used to believe that since it had a golden zari, it's called Chanderi 😜. Now so many years later I know how dumb I was ☹️.

Source

Chanderi, a town in Madhya Pradesh is known for its handloom sarees, hence the name Chanderi sarees. Handloom sarees from Chanderi are famous for the mix of silk and cotton. Chanderi sarees produced use three kinds of fabrics, pure silk, cotton silk and Chanderi cotton. Before Industrial revolution, weavers used to make Chanderi sarees out of hand spun cotton. After 1930, they discovered Japanese silk which later was inculcated in warps of cotton sarees.

Chanderi sarees have distinguishing light-weight, glossy feel, and transparent texture. The motifs are uniquely made up mostly of geometric shapes, peacocks, flowers and traditional coins. The zari is golden or silver made up of fine silk.

The weavers of handloom sarees are indeed our heritage who put in long, pain-staking efforts of making each handloom saree a masterpiece. Did you know handloom sector is second largest economic activity after agriculture? It is important to preserve our heritage of handloom sarees which is diminishing with the onset of machine prints and ever evolving technology. Hope I was able to provide the right information about handloom sarees and especially about Chanderi sarees.
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19 Apr 2017

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Currently loving Zaful Stuff

Firstly this is a long pending post from my order with Zaful for Xmas. Some items arrived as late as in January and till that time, I forgot that I had kept all the items received for future use. However as they say better late than never, so here's what all I got from my Xmas wishlist.

I had ordered two leather pouches, one t-shirt and two earrings. If you know that I totally love studs you won't be surprised by this. This time the products u have received are of superior quality. I had just shopped once from Zaful before this, but this time I am amazed by the quality of studs and leather pouches.  The t-shirt is of okay quality, but nothing which you cannot wear for a light walk around the garden.



Leather pouches (Leather Owl Print Zip Around Wallet)
The leather pouches quality is amazing, they have two compartments and a small zip section to keep changes or coin. However the pouch cannot accommodate mobile phone and change simultaneously. Still I would rate it a good one as we carry wallet in our vanity bag. One beige colored pouch I gifted to my friend on her Xmas Eve party so that's missing in the picture.



Studs (Diamond Earrings and Rhinestoned Christmas Snowflake Hoop Earrings)
Both the studs look as if they are made up of silver with real diamonds, sadly they aren't 😛. The stone quality is good and I particularly love the Snowflake one more than the diamond one.

T-shirt (Striped Patchwork Asymmetric T-Shirt)
As said earlier the t shirt is not of that good quality but it's okay. I loved wearing it during my evening walks to garden with my son. Light weight and easy to maintain. I ordered it as I loved the colour combination and stipe work on it.

So this was my Xmas wishlist from Zaful which I received in two installments, one arrived with beige pouch and earrings, whereas one arrived 3 weeks alter with t-shirt and black pouch. Overall am happy with the quality stuff Zaful.com provides.

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