11 Aug 2017

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VanityCask August 2017 Unboxing – Monsoon Makeover Edition

August is a special month for me, ask me why? It's my birth month and my son's birth month as well. When I received the VanityCask August Box - Monsoon Makeover I was super excited. The theme revolves around the Monsoon keeping in mind the special needs of the season. Checkout the previous unboxing of the VanityCask boxes here. Let's see what all the box has to offer.

Glamisha Sulphate Free Shampoo
This one is a new brand but since Sulphate free shampoos work well for me, I may give this a try. The product is a full size in the box.
Brand Claims - The Sulphate Free Shampoo from Glamisha uses the most premium ingredients that moisturise & nourish your hair. The Shampoo is a non-foaming formulation, which is sulphate and paraben free. The aloe-vera in the shampoo has healing properties which conditions your hair, as you perform your cleaning ritual.
Price - 395 INR for 100ml. Full size in the box.

Glamisha Hair Conditioner
I like using a hair conditioner on days when I have to attend any function or am meeting my friends. I rarely use them as they tend to weigh down my hair too much, making my hair limp. Let's see how my experience is after using this product. Again this product is a full size in the box.
Brand Claims - The Glamisha Hair Conditioner loaded with Pro Vitamin B5 & Tea Tree Oil is the perfect follow up to your shampooing routine. The Tea Tree Oil helps to unclog hair follicles, nourish your roots and reduce hair fall gradually. The Pro Vitamin B5 helps preserve moisture, and the Aloe-Vera conditions the hair.
Price - 355 INR for 100 ml. Full size in box

Gulnare Pumpskin Face Wash
Gulnare has nice product range, however I haven't purchased any products considering the price range. I liked the Aloe Vera and Vitamin E Face Cream received in the June box as well as the scrub in July Box. If you are following my blog you might be knowing that I use dry powder cleansers and may skip this as I don't want to again change my face acre routine. This is the third full size product in the box.
Brand Claims - Made with pumpkin, honey & rosehip oil, this natural, all-purpose daily cleanser not only provides a wonderful pumpkin spice aroma, but is gentle enough for ultra sensitive skin while providing a deep pore cleanse. It works double duty by washing away surface impurities and protects skin’s moisture balance. Great for normal to oily skin types
Price - 400 INR for 60 ml. Full size in box.

Votre Multi Vitamin Face Masque
After having a good experience with Votre Advanced Multi Vitamin night Cream, Votre Absolute Hydration Moisturiser and Votre scrub, am looking forward to trying this Masque which is a multi vitamin one. The product received is 30 gms deluxe sized, but as you all know a face pack goes a long way with as a thin layer also does the trick.
Brand Claims - The perfect monsoon recovery face-mask, this product is enriched with rich properties of botanical extracts & essential oils, this extra-ordinary face masque rejuvenates the skin & improves skin elasticity. It also removes pigmentation marks & blemishes & reduces skin ageing. The multi vitamin masque will make your skin healthy and glowing. This masque is proven to lighten the appearance of dark spots, correct uneven skin tone, and significantly brighten the complexion. The highly concentrated treatment formula is also proven to replenish and preserve hydration for 24 hours, promote suppleness and smooth skin texture so you get youthful-looking, luminous skin.
Price - 1260 INR for 100 gms. Sample size of 30 gms in the box.

The Nature’s Co White Tea Night Cream
I have literally fallen in love with TNC massage cream and Bearberry Liquorice cream which I have used previously. I am sure this night cream will also be a good bet considering the ingredients. I will be posting a review of this cream so stay tuned for it.
Brand Claims - Here’s how you put your skin in recovery mode as you go to sleep, this monsoon! White tea has anti- ageing effects and antioxidant properties that boost the immune function of the skin cells. In addition, it replenishes and hydrates your skin. This product from The Nature’s Co. takes care of all your skin woes while you rest in slumber.
Price - 995 INR for 50 gms. Sample size of 25 gms in the box.

In addition to the above we also receive vouchers from Raw Pressery, Kaya and JE Couturier

They also have an offer if you buy a 3 month subscription for 2399 INR and get a Babor product worth 4800 INR absolutely free. There is an option to select product of your choice from Babor range.

Overall the box has come a long way from providing sample size products in the initial Editions to full size products along with popular brand sample size products in the latest edition. I really like how the products are selected keeping the season and theme in mind. I am really happy with this month box. I have always longed for brands like Votre, Gulnare Skincare and TNC but never purchased any full size products due to their high price range. This box gives me the opportunity to explore these brands keeping my budget in mind. Totally recommended this month's Monsoon Makeover box.

*PR sample
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3 Aug 2017

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Svastikrtu Almond Shea Carrot Papaya Soap Review

First and foremost let me tell you all how much I love handmade soaps especially the cold processed ones. Cold process soaps are the ones made from scratch unlike melt and pour soaps wherein a base is melted and different ingredients are added to make the soap. I especially love soaps which use butters since they are very moisturising and make the skin soft and supple. Let's check what the soap we are reviewing today has to offer.

Brand claims
Scented with gentle maychang palmarosa and sweet orange essential oils. Very gentle cleansing and mild, moisturising soap.

Organic Almond oil, Spanish extra virgin olive oil, raw unrefined shea butter and organic coconut oil, noushing carrot powder, papaya, honey, turmeric and organic desi cow fresh milk cream.

My experience
Let me rave about the packaging of the soap. The semi transparent silky potli bag, the degradable outer plastic bag, the paper wrap and the cotton thread. All the packaging material is either reusable or degradable. Such a thoughtful message the product carries with itself.

Now coming to the fragrance of the soap, it has an amazingly earthy yet yummy fragrance. I cannot describe the fragrance in words although, once we hold the soap in our hands and smell it we instantly feel like taking a quick bite! I am pretty bad at describing the fragrance actually, I mean how to describe what we feel when we breathe a fragrance?!

Advancing over the business part, the soap lathers quite well and the foam is frothy and not bubbly. I like exactly this quality of all handmade soaps that they just don't lather for bubbles they lather for cleansing 😁. The soap does a good job of cleansing the skin and I do use handmade soaps on my face too (never faced any problem though). The fragrance isn't lingering at all. Since the fragrance is due to the essential oils used (mentioned in the ingredients list) it fades away quickly. I cannot tolerate a lingering fragrance for long as I get headache due to it. So that is not a problem at all. Also please remember any lingering fragrance usually is artificial fragrance which is made up of many chemicals, so better no fragrance than a bunch of chemicals.

Coming onto the effects of the soap, the soap didn't dry out my skin but it didn't leave it soft also, as I had expected. Although the soap cleanses thoroughly well, when we try to smell the soap while bathing it emits a washing bar sort of smell not a strong one, only picky noses like me would be bothered with this. Also the soap doesn't diminish in size as normal handmade soaps do, so that's a plus point. Summing up the In and Out below.

The In 

  • Good ingredients list
  • Doesn't contain artificial fragrance
  • Contain essential oils which are soothing as fragrance
  • Cleanses the skin well
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Does become gooey when comes in contact with water
  • Can be used directly under stream
  • Reusable and/or degradable outer packaging

The Out
  • Sometimes smells like a washing bar when smelled at really close distance
  • Doesn't make the skin soft

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 280 INR for 110 gms. Cold processed soap so they get better with time. The products can be ordered via Facebook page of Svastikrtu Natural. They accept Paytm and NEFT payment methods.

Almond Shea Carrot Papaya Soap is one of it's kind flavor soap which doesn't disappoint you on the fragrance front as well as packaging wise. I did like the idea of fragrance using essential oils instead of using artificial fragrances. Also packaging used is reusable and degradable. I would not say it is a must teyo out soap but it would definitely love up to the expectations of a good handmade soap.

*PR sample
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1 Aug 2017

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Mama Earth Nourishing Body Lotion for Mama Review

I have repurchased Mama Earth products quite a few times for my son, the body wash and shampoo to be specific. I totally like their packaging as I have travelled while carrying them and never had a problem at all. Recently they came up with their Mama Range meant solely for new moms and moms-to-be. Let's head straight to the review and see whether the lotion is a hit or miss.

Brand claims and Ingredients

My experience
The product packaging is a total winner, having double caps which fit in tightly as well as a pump up packaging. The packaging has not even a sleek chance of leakage. The pump up packaging works fine but dispenses small amount of body lotion. So if you want more amount of lotion you may have to pump endlessly. But since the packaging is very travel friendly I don't have any qualms regarding the small pump size.

Coming to the consistency of the body lotion it is a bit thick (read non runny) and colour is white. The lotion spreads easily on the skin and gets absorbed even easily. Coming to the fragrance of the body lotion it has a floral aroma (guess because of Geranium Essential Oil) which is quite soothing and uplifting. The fragrance fades away as soon as you apply the lotion. I would have loved if the fragrance lingered a bit, as it is soothing and calming. But since I have a sensitive nose I don't mind if the fragrance doesn't linger.

The body lotion hydrates the skin sufficiently and moisturises normally. The skin doesn't feel overtly moisturized or no sticky residue is left behind, considering the fact that it has butters in it. The lotion offers around 8-7 hours of moisturization, considering the fact that I have normal body skin. After 7 hours my skin it's overtly dry or I don't feel the need to reapply the lotion. However applying post 7 hours is recommended if you have dry skin.

The In

  • Contains Jojoba oil, Cocoa butter, Olive Oil, Wheatgerm oil, Calendula extract, Aloevera Extracts
  • Has amazing floral fragrance
  • Moisturises the skin for good 8-7 hours
  • Secure packaging makes it travel friendly
  • Neither runny nor thick
  • Gets absorbed easily
  • Doesn't leave a sticky or watery feel on the skin while applying as well as post application

The Out

  • The pump up dispenser size is too small and we need to endlessly pump up for large quantity
  • A bit of lingering fragrance would be soothing for expecting moms and new moms

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 349 INR for 200 ml with a shelf life of 2 years. Available on Amazon

Overall the moisturising lotion is a good option for moms-to-be and new moms considering the fact that they are paraben, silicone and mineral oil free. Since there are not many products suited for pregnancy and post pregnancy use, this one is totally recommended.
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