24 Jan 2019

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Greenie Mill Rose & Vanilla Body Lotion Review

Few weeks back I won a giveaway from Greenie Mill in which the winner could pick up three products for themselves. I informed Madhu from Greenie Mill that apart from the seabuckthron facewash she could send anything which she wants to. So she sent me this body lotion. After about using half the bottle am writing this review.


Brand Claims and Ingredients


My experience
The product is housed in a plastic pump up bottle. The pump dispenser is very small so you need to pump up lotion endlessly to get the desired quantity of the lotion. The bottle is secure, sleek and travel friendly.

The product has an extremely non greasy, non buttery, non oily texture and is extremely light weight. The consistency is medium and neither thick nor runny. It gets applied easily on the body and gets absorbed even faster than that.

The product has a rose fragrance which feels duly authentic and is not overpowering or easily fading one. The main ingredient of the lotion is Rose distillate hence the authentic fragrance.

I have been using this lotion as a night routine on my hands and legs (sometimes I even apply to my face, for which I would blame my laziness). The lotion is not overtly moisturising and sticky. It cures dry patches with regular use in winters. It is suitable for summers as opposed to the harsh winters. Also this lotion is more suitable for people with normal skin and not meant for dry skinned beauties.

The product is free from parabens, synthetic fragrances and other nasty chemicals.

Few days back I had a severe itching on my legs and I applied this lotion to test it. Within seconds of applying the lotion the itchiness vanished and my skin was feeling very soothed and calmed down. My son urges me to apply this lotion to him also and so far am having a good experience.


Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 300 INR for 100 gms with a shelf life of 1 year from manufacturing and can be ordered on greeniemill.com

Recommendation
Greenie Mill Rose & Vanilla Body Lotion is more of a summer time body lotion rather than the one to be used in winters. I wish the body lotion was a bit emollient in nature so as to suffice as an all year round body lotion. Considering the price we pay for the lotion, I would recommend picking it up in summers. Also the high price point can be attributed to Rose distillate being the major ingredient in the lotion. It has rose essential oil in it as well. I am already on an empty spree so am using this lotion in winters also.
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19 Jan 2019

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Sachi Rituals Earthy Element Brightening Face Masque Review

I love clay masks, ask me why? Oily skin! I like experimenting with face packs and cleansers the most when it comes to skincare. After trying the Sachi Rituals Earthy Element Brightening Face Masque for a few weeks here is my review.





Brand Claims and Ingredients -





Packaging - The product is housed in a black plastic tub which looks classy and is easy to handle. 

Consistency, Texture and Color - The mask is a ready to use one which I so needed in these winters. The consistency is neither thick nor thin, it has a nice consistency which makes application easy. The texture of the mask is not smooth. It has some granules (quite small though) which make smooth application a task. Also the granules need to be washed off carefully so as not to hurt the skin. The colour of the mask is like multani mitti, faint brown.

My experience - After applying the mask for the first time, it gives a little tingling sensation which settles down in few seconds. Afterwards I didn't experience any tingling sensation whenever I applied. The mask dries up faster than thought and you need to wash it off in 10 minutes in these winters. After washing off, the face mask gives a good glow and cleanses the skin very well. The thing which I like the most about the face pack is that it doesn't dry out the skin at all. Although being said that this mask would suit normal, oily and combination skin types and is definitely not for dry skin types.



Price, Shelf life and Availability - 480 INR for 65 gms with a shelf life of 6 months after opening. Available on sachirituals.com

Recommendation
Sachi Rituals Earthy Element Brightening Face Masque is a ready to use face pack which gives a nice glow to the skin without drying up the skin even in winters. Being a Clay based mask it is suitable for oily, normal, combination skin types. The fact that it has small granules which make smooth application is tad bit of a task, is the only complain I have about this pack. Also full ingredients list is not mentioned since it says just preservative as an ingredient. The quantity offered is also good according to the price. If you love trying different face packs then go for this one next time.
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14 Jan 2019

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Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream Review

Juicy Chemistry brand has been on my wishlist since ages. I was always confused as to what to buy, the cleansers, face scrub or a pack. When they had a 40% sale in the month of August 2018, I right away ordered the under eye cream. Under eye cream was on my radar after reading reviews of Archana from IBeautySpy. Let's head to the review to check how it fairs and is it worth the money.


Brand Claims and Ingredients


My experience
As seen in the pictures, the under eye cream is housed in a tub. Most natural, handmade, organic products have such packaging. I have no complains as such with the packaging. The tub is easy to carry around and the eye cream is not gooey or liquid form so no question of leakage and mess.

Coming to the fragrance of Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream , it has a minty, soothing fragrance. Once you get addicted to such a fragrance it's hard to get off. The product as you can see is, yellow in colour and yes it does tint the under eye area when applied. The texture if the product is buttery and melts when taken on a finger. It gets applied easily although due care is to be taken as it can stain the pillow covers or clothes.

The under eye cream started to show effects in 15 days on my under eye and puffiness. The fragrance is a bit too much to handle for an under eye cream. The cream leaves a ln oily, Yello film behind which makes me very lazy to use it on a regular basis nowadays. Although once we start using the eye cream on a regular basis the fragrance doesn't bother. The under eye cream, has a peculiar grainy texture and forms a thick waxy layer. When I opened the under eye cream it didn't have waxy layer. As and when I started using the cream, it started forming a waxy layer. I was worried and I messaged Juicy Chemistry team, to which they said it is Shea butter solidified and it will melt once rubbed and it does melt once rubbed. 

Also if you try applying a little more quantity than the normal quantity, you will end up with watery eyes. It sometimes also gives mild peppermint sort fumes when applied too much. The thumb rule for this under eye cream is little goes a long way and consistent usage gives results. If you use consistently and then give a break of few days then the effects can be very little. Although am trying to be consistent with this eye cream, often due to the yellow tint I become disinterested. This under eye cream won't suit sensitive eyes or eyes which become watery easily. Overall my verdict would be if you are looking for a good under eye cream for reducing the dark circles and puffiness Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream would be a good choice. For people who don't prefer using essential oil concoction, this cream isn't for you.





The In
  • Helps reduce dark circles with consistent usage
  • Reduces under eye puffiness and evens out fine lines and wrinkles
  • Certified Organic by Ecocert Greenlife According to COSMOS Standard
  • Free from Mineral Oil, Synthetic Fragrance, Colors, Parabens, BHT/BHA, Sulphates, Silicones, and other toxic / harmful chemicals
  • Little goes a long way and product lasts longer
  • Superb ingredients list
  • Cruelty Free
  • 100 % Vegetarian
The Out
  • Not suitable for sensitive eyes
  • Cannot be worn under makeup
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 450 INR for 10 gms, available on major shopping portals and often on discounts.



Recommendation
As far as dark under eye is concerned, it depends on a lot of factors ranging from health problems to gadgets' exposure. An under eye cream cannot fully cure under eye area darkness and puffiness. An eye cream is supposed to nourish and relax the under eye area. Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream does it's job of reducing the under eye darkness perfectly. Although being said that, using an eye cream alone to cure dark under eye would be a contradiction. Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream won't suit sensitive eyes because it results in watery eyes if applied in excess. It is not a cream which can be worn beneath makeup to nourish under eye area due to it's yellow tint. If you are looking to reduce the dark circles then Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream is a good pick for you. Also since the brand uses all organic and natural ingredients, you can rest assured of the quality product you get.

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8 Jan 2019

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Skincare Empties #13

So starting the year with another empties post. Am super excited for the Year 2019 as I have set some goals for my blog as well as my shop. Let's dive in for the empties post,like. I didn't empty any new products as I have been very inconsistent with my skincare routine. 


Plum Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash
My ultimate favourite face wash at least till the time I find the one which will work better than this one in case of foaming cleansers. This one lasted me around 3-4 months for one time use daily. We often crib about the price and quantity but we seldom understand that 75 ml of a face wash lasts longer than thought. I am going to purchase this again when I empty all my foaming cleansers.

Kaira Naturals Aloe Vera Gel
I am short of words for this aloe gel. It ahs helped me clear up my acne scars slowly. This was a repurchase for me. Kaira Naturals has another variant of aloe gel now which has rosehip CO2 extracts. I might buy sometime, but not soon as I have a lot of products to empty.

Biotique Morning Nectar Visibly Flawless Moisturizer
I had received Biotique Morning Nectar Visibly Flawless Moisturizer in one the VanityCask boxes. I like it fragrance and how it doubles up as a body moisturizer while not making the face oily. However the thing which I don't like about it is that they don't mention full ingredients list. Am not repurchasing this one.

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask
Am going to repurchase this one life long maybe. It makes my skin bright and reduces the breakouts. My skin has healed a lot by using the toner, face wash and night gel. I am never letting this face mask out of my vanity. 

Mcaffine Uplift Trance Caffeine Cream
This is hydrating cream, but this brand according to me isn't the one on which money can be spent. Honestly speaking given a chance to try out the products wouldn't be worth my time. It has a weird smell like cologne and I absolutely don't like it.

Blue Nectar Brightening and Radiance Sandalwood Cream
The cream is good and gives a radiant skin, however the sandalwood fragrance is very high for my sensitive nose ot handle. The cream is too good for all skin types and also doubles u as a good massage cream. I won't however repurchase due to the high price point.

So this was my empties list and I am hoping to post another empties post soon.
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2 Jan 2019

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Urvi Naturals Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil Review

Few months back I received the products from Urvi Naturals namely Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil. This is the only carrier oil and essential oil blend which works great for my acne prone skin as well as my dandruff. I have used both the products for sufficient time to write this review.



The Jojoba Oil packaging is square plastic bottle with an inner lid and metallic screw top. The bottle bears all the necessary information and is super handy for travel also. The oil is golden yellow in colour and consistency is light weight in texture. If we massage it into the skin it absolutely leaves no traces on skin. I have used it alone as well as mixed two drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil in two teaspoon of this jojoba oil as a skin treatment for few days when my skin was going through a rough time. It made my acne vanish in 2-3 days while leaving a faint mark on the face. I have also used the above mixture for my dandruff and it helped in reducing the dandruff when used regularly. I have used the Jojoba Oil as a hair serum on my dry hair and the effects lasted for almost a day.
Price - 520 INR for 100ml with a shelf life of 2 years, to be used within 6 months of opening.



Coming to the essential oil, Urvi Naturals is one of those brands offering authentic essential oils without dilution. I have used another brand for Tea Tree Essential Oil and it had the same fragrance as of this one. Also the effective of essential oil speaks for itself. The Tea Tree Essential Oil is packed in an amber coloured glass bottle with a dispenser. The dispenser however dispenses a lot of drops at one go, and that's my only complaint about the essential oil. 
Price - 375 INR for 10ml with a shelf life of 2 years, to be used within 6 months of opening.

I also received a leaflet from Urvi Naturals which mentioned some simple DIYs of the Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil. The most noteworthy thing about this brand is the disclaimer they have put up on labels of essential oils regarding use during pregnancy and in case of children.


All in all I can say that you won't be disappointed by the quality products Urvi Naturals offers, be it their carrier oils or essential oils. What bothers me is non amber coloured bottles for carrier oils and a fast dispensing dispenser for essential oils. This is more of a packaging feedback wherein the actual products work great for my skin. I recently purchased Organic Neem Oil from Urvi Naturals and am planning to make a sleeping mask out of the Jojoba Oil, tea tree oil and aloe gel. Will update you guys once I make and use. 
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Top 10 Cleansing Lotions Available in India, Online

Cleansing lotions come in handy for removing makeup as well as deep cleansing the face. Moreover the ingredients in the cleansing milk or lotion can also help in toning the skin as well as help in fading the acne marks. I like using cleansing lotions as part of my CTM routines and I often keep on trying new ones. Today let's take a look at top 10 Cleansing Lotions or Milks which are readily available on major shopping portals. Except the VLCC one all other cruelty free, paraben free cleansing lotions.


SoulTree Cleansing Lotion with Aloe, Rose and Skin toning Licorice
SoulTree Cleansing Lotion works amazingly well for oily acne prone skin and also helps in reducing acne marks and pigmentation. It contains Aloe, Rose and skin toning Licorice. It retails at 395 INR for 150 ml. It is also suitable for all skin types.

VLCC Sandal cleansing Milk
If you are looking for an affordable and effective cleansing milk, then go for VLCC Sandal Cleansing Milk. It is nice for CTM usages. I however doubt it's effectiveness in removing water proof makeup, since I hardly use any makeup. Overall a good to go cleansing milk. However the sandalwood fragrance feels a bit artificial. Retails at 140 INR for 100ml.

Iraya Cleansing Milk With Honey
Iraya has two types of cleansing milks. Iraya Cleansing Milk With Honey has sesame oil, honey, juices of cucumber and lemon. This cleansing milk wonderfully cleanses the skin removing impurities, dirt & grime. Retails at 445 INR for 150 ml

Iraya Lotus Seed Cleansing Milk
I have tried Iraya Lotus Seed Cleansing Milk long back. It is very gentle and works good to cleanse the skin. I don't know whether it will remove water proof makeup or not. I love it's fragrance. It is fortified with Lotus seeds and Liquoric extracts and retails at 445 INR for 150ml

Inatur Olive Cleansing Lotion
Inatur Olive cleansing milk is a creamy and nourishing cleanser which also assists in removing make-up and other impurities. It is enriched with organic Olive oil Chamomile, Geranium Oil, Honey, Lavender and is ideal for all skin types. It retails at 225 INR for 100ml

Organic Harvest Cleansing Milk
Organic Harvest Cleansing Milk removes oil, dirt and grime without over drying the skin. It has lavender essential oil, geranium essential oil and ylang ylang essential oil in cream base. Organic Harvest Cleansing Milk is an organic product. Retails at 545 INR for 100ml and suitable for normal to dry skin type.

Biobloom Cleansing Milk with  Lavender & Apricot
This lavender based natural cleansing milk delicately cleanses and hydrates the skin. It is Paraben Free and also contains apricot & jojoba oils that preserve skin's natural moisture and act as an emollient with restorative qualities. It retails at 440 INR for 100ml

Plum Hello Aloe Cleansing Lotion
Hello Aloe Gentle Cleansing Lotion is a lightly fragranced, gentle cleanser made with real aloe juice, natural oils and glycerin. It is great for removing makeup and grime from your face. It contains Aloe vera, sunflower seed oil and glycerine as main ingredients. It retails at 390 INR for 200 ml.

The Nature's Co White Pepper Cleansing Lotion
The Nature's Co White Pepper Cleansing Lotion increases blood flow at the skin’s surface enabling the ingredients to penetrate immediately and clean more effectively. It can also be used to remove both eye and face make-up. However if you rub this lotion very hard on your skin it might give a burning sensation. Fortified with White pepper extract, Coconut oil, Olive oil, Vegetable Glycerin, it retails at 545 INR for 100ml

Just Herbs Deep Cleansing Lotion
Just Herbs Deep Cleansing Lotion is fortified with Aloevera and rose oil. It is perfect for removing makeup as well as dirt and grime traces. Retails at 495 INR for 100ml.

I hope you find this post useful while getting a new cleansing lotion or milk. I personally love using them during winters since they help banish the dry patches of my skin. Also I find it beneficial to use them since I use light weight moisturizers on my skin since long. 

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