30 Jan 2017

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Rooted Rose Water Hydrosol Review

I have never used any hydrosol till date but after using this one I knew what I was missing. I don't know about other hydrosols but Rooted Rose hydrosol is the twin of Rose water it seems, as it imparts the same properties. Enough of chemistry language now.... Let's read something about Hydrosol and head to the review straight.

Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are products from steam distilling plant materials. Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration.
Hydrosols contain all of the essence of the plant in every drop, just like essential oils but in a milder form; making them suitable for all manner of applications where essential oils would be too strong. Read more here

Brand claims
Intensely fragrant with a 5x concentration compared to other floral hydrosols. Refreshing and hydrating for your skin, it helps maintain pH balance and calms acne,dermatitis and eczema. Great for dry and mature skin.

Ingredients - Rose Water Hydrosol

My experience
The Rose Hydrosol is packed in a small pump up packaging which works perfect in dispensing the right amount of hydrosol. The pump up packaging is sleek in nature and the cap fits in tightly so it can be easily put into a handbag without the fear of spillage. They also have a bigger packaging than this however this is very travel friendly.

In terms of fragrance, it is intensely fragrant of the mesmerizing rose fragrance. From the past 10-12 days am using it as a toner after CTM routine and the results have been very good. After cleansing a spray some hydrosol on my face, let it dry and then I apply my night cream. In the morning when I wash my face with a splash of water I feel the faint rose fragrance of previous night application. It's that much fragrant. It is a treat for rose fragrance lovers.

Coming to the effects, it has reduced the pore size to a certain extent and gives even toned skin for some time. It is also hydrating and soothing for the skin. You get a calm and cool feeling, post application. Sometimes I skip my night cream after using this Rose Hydrosol just to breathe in the mesmerizing fragrance it offers (not a good idea of skipping the cream, I know πŸ˜›). It still cures my dry patches and prevents further drying, if the cream is skipped. Overall an amazing hydrosol to use for skincare addicts.

The In
  • Travel friendly packaging
  • Budget friendly product
  • Hydrates, soothes the skin while giving s a cool and calm feeling
  • Reduces the pore size when used consistently
  • Prevents dry patches from aggravating
  • Mesmerizing rose fragrance
  • Pump up packaging spritzes sufficient amount all over the face
  • Can be used to mix dry face packs
  • Doubles up as a toner

The Out
  • I didn't find any 😊

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 130 INR for 40 ml with a shelf life of 18 months. Available for order on www.rootedstore.com

I would highly recommend using Rooted Rose Water Hydrosol for the hydrating and fragrant qualities. It has also shrinked my pore size and doubles up as a toner. Moreover it can be used while mixing dry face packs also. Rooted Rose Hydrosol does all this at a very affordable price tag. I am surely buying another one from Rooted Store 😊😊😊.

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23 Jan 2017

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Maduban Natural Products Pomegranate Face Pack Review

 Let see how the Maduban Natural Products Pomegranate Face Pack lives up to its claim. I am keeping this review simple without much of my blabbering as this face pack has impressed me very much.

Brand claims
A revitalizing fruit face pack made with highly concentrated extracts of pomegranate, amla (indian gooseberry), papaya and high quality Fuller's Earth. No fragrances or colors have been used in the formulation.

Pomegranate whole fruit extract, Papaya whole fruit extract, Amla whole fruit extract & Fuller’s earth

My experience
The face pack is packed in a cardboard box and contains a zip seal bag inside. I like how simple the packaging is and seal bag prevents the contact of face pack with air.

The face pack is very coarse in consistency, that being said the face pack contains whole fruit extracts of pomegranate and papaya. This prevents even application of the face pack. However as long as the face pack doesn't contain any additives and preservatives that shouldn't be a cumbersome problem.

I applied the face pack mixed with plain water. The face pack takes time to dry up, as is I never let my face packs dry completely. The face pack has a peculiar fragrance of dried pomegranate which obviously is not so pleasant. Once you apply the face pack and sit the fragrance is not bothering. As and when you move around after applying the face pack, with the air swaying around you the fragrance appears to be strong. Once you read the below after effects of the pack, I bet you won't even mind the fragranceπŸ˜›.

Coming to the effects of the face pack, it gives an instant glow to the skin which remains all day long. The face pack contains papaya and pomegranate both being high in vitamins, iron and anti oxidants. The face pack leaves the skin smooth and even toned, so much that you cannot keep your hands off your face.

Some may find the fragrance bothering, but keeping in mind the efficiency of the face pack it's ignorable. Maduban pomegranate face pack is a highly recommended face pack if you are looking to feed  your skin some real antioxidants and get real glowing skin.

The In
  • Contains pomegranate and papaya whole fruit extracts
  • Contains Amla and Fuller's Earth
  • Gives a day long glow to the skin
  • Doubles up as a mild scruehile washing off
  • Makes the skin smooth and even toned
  • Free from chemicals, additives or preservatives and fragrance
  • 100% Pure & Natural
The Out
  • If possible the fragrance can be made a little pleasing
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 225 INR for 50gms with a shelf life of 12 months. Available on Maduban Natural website, although I bought it from Clickoncare.com

Ignoring the fact that the fragrance us a bit bothering, Maduban pomegranate face pack is a highly recommended face pack if you are looking to feed  your skin some real antioxidants and get real glowing skin.
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Mantra Kokkum Butter and Pistachio Winter Care Lotion Review

Winter calls for some extra love to our skin as it tends to turn dry. A body lotion is a must use skincare product all round the year. Today's review is about Mantra Kokkum Butter and Pistachio Winter Care Lotion.

Brand claims and Ingredients-

My experience
The product is packaged in a pump up bottle and the dispenser works just fine for pumping up required quantity of body lotion. The fragrance of the body lotion is that of an essence stick and a bit more ayurvedic.

The lotion is pale white with runny consistency. The lotion spreads easily and takes some time to get absorbed onto the skin. Dry skin areas like feet and legs absorb it readily whereas hands take time to absorb. The body lotion moisturizes the skin and gives an hydrated look sans the sheen. It doesn't even feel like we have applied a body lotion. The body lotion isn't sticky at all and doesn't give stick feeling even if applied in excess. It moisturises the skin for around 5-6 hours not heavily though due to its light weight formula.

Winter season calls for some heavy body lotions or body butters. This lotion is exactly the opposite it moisturises without being heavy on the skin.  Dry skin and severe winter stricken people may not find the body lotion sufficiently hydrating. However my skin doesn't get excessively dry due to usage of handmade soaps, is the formula was enough for me during winters. Overall a good option to try out for a change at a heavy price though.

The In
  • Contains Kokkum seed butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Rose flower oil, Jasmine oil, Pistachio Seed oil
  • Hydrates and Moisturises moderately for normal and oily skin.
  • Doesn't feel sticky or greasy post application even if applied in excess
  • Light weight formula ideal for summers and normal skin all round the year
  • Free from parabens, Phthalates, Mineral oil,
  • Free from synthetic fragrance, dyes and animal ingredients
  • Not tested on animals
The Out
  • Pricey for the job it does
  • Formula won't be enough for dry skin
  • Summer body lotion as opposed to winter care lotion claim by brand

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 1100 INR for 250 ml (roughly 225 for 50 ml) with a shelf life of 3 years. Available on major shopping portals like Amazon, Nykaa and Mantra Herbals website

It is an ideal body lotion for summers and for normal skin beauties. Moreover it will suit the summer season due to its light weight formula. For winter season and dry skinned beauties the formula won't be enough and although it is free from harmful chemicals it is a bit pricey for the job it does.
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19 Jan 2017

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Auravedic Ritual Skin Lightening Mask Review

Treating acne marks is as important as treating acne. Often sometimes those nasty marks remain for months, especially if you have pricked your acne with your finger. Marks totally scar the look and complexion of your skin. Today we will be talking about Auravedic Ritual Skin Lightening Mask which I have originally reviewed here. The formula has changed a bit, but the product is as effective as it was earlier. The product being reviewed today has a revamped packaging.

Brand claims -This gentle facial mask formulated with pure natural actives deeply penetrates the skin to lighten the complexion and clarify dark spots for glowing and radiant skin.

Ingredients - Extracts of Red sandal, Saffron, Turmeric, Neem, Tulsi, Licorice, Amla, Papaya Enzyme, Kapoor Kachri Oil, Nagarmotha, Kaolin, Potassium Sorbate, Stearic Acid, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Glycerine, Ethylhexyl Glycerine, Butylated Hydroxy Toluene, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Purified water.

My experience
As you can see the packaging is looking quite luxurious, with a silver top lid and big plastic tub. The product is 100 gm packaging and so looks like this, although a small packaging of 50 gm is also available, which had similar packaging. The packaging is sturdy and travel friendly. The inner lid provided prevents product leakage. The consistency of the mask has also improved and is very smooth now as compared to a grainy one earlier before relaunching.

The face mask has a very little yellow tint to it, as opposed to the earlier formula. Still the product is very effective in treating acne marks and pigmentation. The face mask doesn't dry at all and is a good way to prevent drying of skin post usage of face masks. The mask also gets washed off easily. The fragrance of the mask is herbal and is non bothering as well as non lingering. I totally liked the fragrance as it's not very strong for my picky nose. Post washing the skin feels very soft and even toned. It also gives a subtle temporary glow to the skin.

Coming to the efficiency of the mask, it effectively lightens the acne marks and pigmentation, lightening of the pigmentation takes a while though. According to the brand claims the mask doesn't lighten complexion as a whole or dark spots caused by sun. I don't know if dark spots referred here are acne marks or those caused by sun exposure. However regular usage lightens fresh acne marks faster and the mask does this while being gentle on skin.

For those who use the mask for first time or after a long break some tingling sensation is felt, which totally fades after some time. I have earlier used this face mask and am really impressed with the effects of the mask. Daily use is recommended to see faster results, and daily usage doesn't harm the skin at all. If you have dry skin then moisturization post usage is recommended. I would highly recommend the Auravedic Ritual Skin Lightening mask for those looking for lightening the acne marks and pigmentation.

The In
  • Contains Extracts of Red sandal, Saffron, Turmeric, Neem, Tulsi, Licorice, Amla, Papaya Enzyme, Kapoor Kachri Oil, Nagarmotha
  • Lightens the acne marks
  • Shows results from first use itself
  • Works on hyper pigmentation although a little patience is needed
  • Gets washed off easily
  • Good consistency of mask which makes application easy 
  • Affordable price 
  • Easily available online 
  • Free from parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrance and colour
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Not tested on animals

The Out
  • I didn't find any

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 400 INR for 100 gms with a shelf life of 2 years. Also available in 50 gm size. Easily available on major shopping portals and is often in discounts.

Recommendation of Auravedic Ritual Skin Lightening mask

I would highly recommend using the Auravedic Ritual Skin Lightening mask for those who are looking natural remedy to lighten the acne marks and also want a budget friendly option. The formula being herbal doesn't have any side effects on he skin. Moreover the formula is paraben free and the product is easily available online. Highly recommended product by Skincare Villa 😊😊.
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18 Jan 2017

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Acnes Creamy Wash Facewash Review

I have oily skin which becomes combination type in winters. I hardly experienced any dry patches this winter with the constant usage of my favourite night cream and day cream. But due to sudden chill weather in Bangalore has aggravated my dry patches which aren't prominent else wise. Let's see the review of a facewash which maintains a balance between dry patches and oily skin.

Brand claims and Ingredients

My experience
The product is packed in a plastic flip cap tube which is green white colour themed. The flip cap is tight enough to prevent product leakage. The product dispenses quite okayish from the tube.

The facewash is a little runny in consistency and creamy in texture with a slight yellow hint to it. The facewash has a fragrance which resembles a shaving cream with a subtle fragrance of cola in it. The facewash foams a lot, by lot means very much, which is frothy and bubbly. A very less amount, around two small pea sized, of facewash is needed for each use. The facewash also gets washed off easily without leaving any residue.

Now coming to the effects of the facewash, the face wash cleanses the skin thoroughly without drying at all. I have some dry patches around my skin and they weren't aggravated after using this face wash twice a day. However I would not recommend using it more than twice a day. The facewash makes the face squeaky clean so much that I couldn't keep my hands off my face (bad habit, I knowπŸ˜›). The facewash gives the skin a temporary even toned skin and a subtle glow which fades away after some time. As regards to acne banishing, I don't have any major acne so I cannot comment anything on it. But it didn't reduce the small bumps I have on my skin.

Overall a recommended product for oily combination skin type who find it hard to maintain a balance between the dry patches and oily skin.

The In

  • Travel friendly packaging
  • Budget friendly product
  • Facewash foams quite frothy 
  • Cleanses the skin thoroughly
  • Doesn't dry out already dry patches
  • Doesn't dry out oily skin too
  • Gives a smooth, soft feeling to the skin
  • Gives a subtle temporary glow to the skin
  • Very little quantity needed for each use

The Out
  • Cannot be used more than twice a day
  • Doesn't make skin acne free as claimed

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 95 INR for 50 g with a shelf life of 3 years. Available on Flipkart, Amazon.

I would recommend the Acnes Creamy Wash Facewash to oily-combination skin tyoes who have to take care of dry patches as well as tackle oily skin. However using this facewash more than twice a day is not recommended. I could feel the clean feeling it gives to the oily skin after using this facewash. Recommended for those with oily skin, looking for a change.

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17 Jan 2017

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Mantra Jasmine, Aloe and Pearls Moisturising Face Pack Review

Face packs are one of the skincare products where experiments seldom fail. I often get queries on Facebook and Instagram from girls that they want glowing skin. The facepack am reviewing today is a good remedy to get glowing skin when used consistently. However please remember Happy girls are the prettiest. If you aren't happy from within it won't show up on your face. Enough of philosophy now, back to business, read the review if you want healthy glowing skin.

Brand Claims - An intensive moisturizing therapy with Aloe Vera, Honey, Crushed Pearls & Glycerin. Honey is an intensive moisturizer that hydrates the skin & provides the appearance of firmer skin. Crushed Pearls are known for their complexion- brightening & purifying properties. Glycerin relieves dry skin conditions. This pack moisturizes the skin with essential oils & nutrients making it soft, supple & glowing.

Ingredients - Aqua, Kaolin, Emulsifying wax, SOLUM FULLONUM(Fullers Earth), Seasmum Indicum (sesame) seed oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe vera)leaf juice, Pearl Powder, Glycerin, Calamine, Honey, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower water, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Triethanolamine, Lactic acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

My experience
The face pack is packed in a flip cap tube mine is a full sized pack, so it is looking bulky. The flip cap top is a little lose and opens up easily and hence while travelling a special care is to be taken. The tube has an attractive design with pink, white and grey doddle sort of art. I totally love the packaging colour theme. Each product has a different colour theme based on its ingredients, that's something innovative right 😊.

Coming to the consistency and texture of the face pack, it is very smooth, soft and fine paste sort of face pack. It spreads easily on the face. There are no grainy particles in the face pack. The texture is that of mud face pack and fragrance is very earthly with a hint of jasmine in it. The face pack overall smells a bit like an essence stick and is very Ayurveda sort. Nonetheless it is amazing also in it's effects which are listed below.

After applying a thin layer I wait for around 10 minutes and the face pack dries a bit. I never let any of my packs to dry up whole. While it's still moist I wash off with plain cold water. The face pack gets washed off easily and quickly. The face gets a natural glow and the skin becomes even toned. My skin became a little soft and supple for some 4-5 hours post usage. As claimed the face pack moisturises the skin a bit, my flaky skin was okay sort after using this face pack. Overall a good face pack to try out. The face pack gives glowing skin with regular usage and is meant for all who crave glowing skin always.

I haven't seen any difference in acne marks or skin tone after using this face mask regularly. Some may find it pricey, but it costs 900 for 200 gms that's roughly 225 for 50 gms. If the breakdown is taken into consideration it feels moderate. All Mantra products are sold in high quantity product package and hence feel a bit pricey. Yes I too feel that but when the price is calculated as a breakdown it doesn't feel so.

The In
  • Contains Kaolin, Fuller's Earth, Alovera and Rose water, Honey, Calamine
  • Contains skin friendly oils viz. Sesame oil, Avocado Oil, Jasmine flower oil
  • Contains curshed pearls
  • Makes the skin smooth and soft
  • Gives an instant glow to the skin and regular usage gives a healthy glow
  • Moisturises the skin a bit
  • Smooth texture of the face pack makes application easy
  • Free from parabens, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance and animal ingredients
The Out
  • Bulky packaging with loose flip top cap makes it non travel friendly
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 900 INR for 200 gms (roughly 225 INR for 50 gms) with a shelf life of 3 years. Available on major shopping portals like Amazon.in, Nykaa.com and Mantra Herbals website

If you are looking for a product to get glowing skin, then this is a must try product. The formula is based on Authentic Ayurveda and is free from harmful chemicals and animal ingredients. If you don't mind buying a big size product then this would be a great choice. It is a good face pack which gives instant glow to the skin. However I like to experiment with face packs and often end up trying new ones. I wouldn't repurchase this due to bulky size available.
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16 Jan 2017

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Kronokare Provincial Lavender Body Lotion Review

Kronokare products have been on my cards for a long. But I never heard anything of it or haven't seen much hype around them. All I know is they are cruelty free. Read my review to know why I was disappointed with the Kronokare Provincial Lavender Body Lotion

Brand claims 
If a couple of minutes is all you’ve got, this will nourish your soft spot. Relax don't panic, lavender is dynamic. These products will repair and regenerate, without getting you even a second late! The essential oils will hydrate, the scents will bloom, lavender is your choice to say bye-bye to gloom.

Lavendual Augustofolia, Thymus Vulgaris,Iso Propyl Maristate, Mineral Oil, Glycerine, Emulsifying Wax, Bees Wax, Imid Urea, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Methylchloroisothiaxolinone, Ethylene Diamin Tetra Acetic Acid, Colour, Distilled water

My experience
The packaging is sturdy plastic made bottle with a flip cap top. The bottle is a but bulky to travel with. However they also have travel kits of these products according to infusions. The body lotion is white in colour with a small ivory tint. The lotion is runny in consistency and dispenses easily through the bottle.

As you see from the name, the body lotion contains, Lavender oil. Essential oil or Lavender extracts is totally not evident via the ingredients list, nor any information on Kronokare website. Coming to the fragrance it is strong, floral Lavender which lingers post application. But nonetheless the fragrance is soothing and mesmerizing. If you like mild fragrance then you may not like it.

The body lotion moisturises the skin for around 5-6 hours and a reapplication may be needed for those with dry skin. However my skin being normal I didn't feel the need to reapply. The lotion gets absorbed easily into the skin and leaves the skin soft and smooth. The skin keeps on emitting the floral Lavender fragrance. Apart from all this I have a major concern, it contains Mineral oil and colour. What colour, that's not evident. Some specifications as to some certified colour or food grade colour would suffice the curiosity of the customer. Just listing colour is something which I found weird. Overall a good body lotion if you are on a budget and never read your labels.

The In 

  • Has amazing floral Lavender fragrance
  • Moisturises normal skin for 5-6 hours
  • Spreads easily onto the skin 
  • Gets absorbed quickly
  • Non tested on animals 

The Out

  • Contains Mineral oil
  • Contains colour (like what right, edible or non edible) πŸ˜›

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 345 INR for 220ml with a shelf life of 2 years. Available on Kronokare website as well as major shopping portals.

I was totally disappointed by the ingredients list. I wouldn't recommend the Kronokare Provincial Lavender Body Lotion to anyone 🀐.
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12 Jan 2017

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Mantra Herbals Palma Christi and Olive Hair cleanser Review

Today's review is about Mantra Herbals Palma Christi and Olive Hair cleanser which I have been using for over one and half month. But before heading to the review let's see what Mantra brand is.

About Mantra
Mantra is an initiative of the Baidyanath Group, a name synonymous with Ayurveda since 1917. While still a personal care product, the Mantra range has a very high percentage of active Ayurvedic herbs which when formulated for specific purposes have shown great promise in addressing those concerns. Every product in the range is a unique experience – a journey towards true beauty.

Brand Claims - A rediscovered ancient blend. Palma Christi Oil is known for its shine-enhancing properties, while strengthening and nourishing hair. Intensive, restorative and moisturizing treatment for dry & damaged hair.

Ingredients - Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Coco Amido Propyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside ,Lauryl Glucoside ,Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer , Lauryl Olivate , Polyquaternium -7,Glycerin ,Polyethoxylene Sorbitan Monolaurate(Tween 20),Glycerol Mono Stearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tuberose Oil, Kathon CG, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA , Potasium Sorbate.

The In
  • Leaves hair soft and smooth
  • Smells amazingly like we have had abhyang snan
  • Cleanses the hair and scalp thoroughly
  • Doesn't dry out the hair at all
  • Reduces the amount of hair lost in shower
  • Foams sufficiently well so small quantity is needed
  • Contains no artificial fragrance or colours
  • Free from SLES, Silicones, parabens

The Out
  • Thick consistency makes it difficult to dispense from pump up

I would highly recommend the Mantra Herbals Palma Christi and Olive Hair cleanser for its efficiency of reducing the hair lost in the shower. It isn't drying for the hair and cleanses the scalp nicely. What all do we want in a shampoo?
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10 Jan 2017

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Auravedic Anti Blemish Face Mask Review

Auravedic is a brand which has many products and still I have tried just two products from this brand. The Auravedic Anti Blemish Facemask (originally reviewed here) I have purchased for around 4 times, once it was on sale on Amazon as the brand has launched a new packaging. I immediately grabbed two Auravedic Anti Blemish Facemask 😁😁😁. The new packaging looks very luxurious and the big bucket is surely my favourite. However the formula of the product has changed a bit from a slight green colour to overtly white. However the product still is my favourite to reduce acne and blemishes. Read further to know how the new formula still works.

Brand claims- Keep skin blemish free by quickly reducing breakouts with this maximum strength formula. The mask unclogs pores to unblock trapped dirt & oil. Skin is left free of acne & pimples while willow bark purifies pores to prevent further breakouts.

Ingredients - Extracts of Neem, Tulsi, Turmeric, Aloe Vera, Papaya, Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Kaolin, Stearic Acid, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Fragrance, Purified water, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerine, Potassium Sorbate, Butylated Hydroxy Toluene

My experience
The face mask is packed in a tub with inner lid and outer metallic sort screw up lid. The whole packaging is plastic and has no problem whatsoever with leakage and breakage. I have accidentally dropped a fee times and still it is intact.

The colour of the face mask is white with a slight, very slight green colour and consistency is very smooth as opposed to the previous version of the mask. I like the fact that the consistency has been made very smooth to make application easy. However I used to like the green colour and the aroma of it. The major reason being that now the ingredients has no Amla. Nonetheless the mask performs it's job very, very well.

As said earlier, application is easy due to smooth consistency, and the mask doesn't dry up due to the oil content in it. I like the fact that it doesn't dry out as oily skin tends to dry up after using Kaolin based masks ( this one has Kaolin). After washing it off the skin becomes, smooth and soft. It looks radiant and evened out. As far as my acne is concerned, it is hormonal acne. So they often visit with or without relatives and I often end up using this mask. It reduces the acne size if used daily for 4-5 days. But since mine are hormonal ones, I know their timing and hence use prior of them peeking on my skin. Preventive measures you can say 😁😁😁😁. I have already repurchased it quite a few times and can really vouch this product if you are looking for a affordable products take your acne.

The In
  • Impressive herbs list
  • Contains tea tree oil which is know for anti acne properties 
  • Contains Neem, Tulsi, Turmeric, Aloe Vera, Papaya which are very beneficial for skin 
  • Smooth consistency of mask makes application easy
  • Controls blemishes and helps in giving even skin tone
  • Gives a smooth and silky finish to the skin 
  • Fragrance is not at all bothering 
  • Gets washed off easily
  • Doesn't dry out the skin 
  • The product does what it claims to do
  • Free from Parabens, Paraffin and other harmful chemicals
  • Not tested on animals
  • Budget friendly face mask to tame away acne, usually found on discount on Amazon

The Out
  • I didn't find any

Price, Shelf life and Availability- 400 INR for 100g with a shelf life of 2 years. Available widely on Amazon, myntra and Auravedic website also.

I would highly recommend the Auravedic Anti Blemish Facemask if you are looking to reduce the acne and blemishes. It's fuzz free, herbal formula will definitely help in getting rid of acne zits and even out the skin tone. I have repurchased couple of times and will continue to do so to tame away my acne 😊😊😊

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9 Jan 2017


Skincare Empties #4

Starting the year with an empties list is surely a good feeling as it also calls for some new shopping and new products which you always longed to try. Believe me most of the products in the below empties list are travel sized products, but still I had a hard time for emptying them. Without much of blabbering let us head straight on to the empties list. Please remember the product list is a pending one hence accounting to more than 1 month of empties.

The Nature's Co Raspberry facewash
Raspberry facewash by TNC is a perfect face cleanser for people with sensitive and dry skin. Amazing raspberry fragrance, no foam, creamy texture makes it an ideal facewash for all skin types. Moreover a little quantity goes a long way and hence it lasted me for around 2 weeks, morning and night, for usage. Highly recommended if you are looking for a change and some fruity fragrant indulgence.

Kama Ayurveda Rose and Jasmine face cleanser
A less foaming face cleanser with the goodness of rose and Jasmine oil which doesn't dry out the skin. I like how hydrating it is and how travel friendly the packaging is. It's a must buy if you are a Kama Ayurveda fanatic or want to try out the products. This serves the best for a first timer as well.

The Nature's Co Watermelon facewash
Yummy Watermelon fragrance and very runny consistency is what all I remember about this. It cleanses well and isn't drying all for oily skinned beauties. It can be skippable though as I didn't find anything interesting apart from the fragrance.

The Nature's Co Jasmine body wash
Woody fragrance and little goes a long way product from the Nature's Co. It cleanses the skin well and foams modestly. Perfect for those who love shower gels and body washes.

The Nature's Co Bearberry Liquorice cream
I cannot stop praising The Nature's Co Bearberry Liquorice cream for its efficiency in reducing my pigmentation marks. The product is very suitable for all skin types and a very little is needed for each use. It works quite well if you have pregnancy pigmentation, unexplained pigmentation, whatsoever pigmentation issues you have, this cream is the answer for it. Do give it a try you are looking for a worthy product.

The Nature's Co Irish Moss Body butter
Another product from The Nature's Co which smells nice but has incomplete ingredients list. Lives true up to its claims of hydrating and moisturizing the skin well, but falls apart in the ingredients list. You can give it a try if you are a TNC loyalist and are in for luxurious products.

The Nature's Co Jasmine body lotion
Another promising product form TNC which hydrates the skin well and lives up to its claims. Sometimes the fragrance can be a bit irritating if the lotion is applied in excess. But a paraben free lotion is always welcome for those looking to avoid these nasty chemicals.

Aranyaa products
Aranyaa Shampoo and body wash were quite good keeping in mind the fact that they are SLS, SLES free. The body was is what I liked the most as it had amazing fruity fragrance. Overall nice products to try out for a change.

Wild Earth Rose Body wash
Wild Earth Rose Body wash is a good body wash if you are already into body washes and love trying out something new. However I felt that the fragrance was a bit artificial sort and consistency of body wash was very thick, making it difficult to dispense the product.

Wild Earth Ginger Lime shampoo
This shampoo didn't reduce my Dandruff as well my dryness. I wasn't expecting some major changes with a travel sized product of course. But yes it did reduce the frizziness of my dry hair. I expected a lot after reading the ingredients list and hence ended up being disappointed😐.

So this was my empties list and one more empties list is on the way. What have you all emptied over a period of time.

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5 Jan 2017

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Mama Earth - Asia's First Made Safe™ Certified Toxin Free Brand

As a parent now I understand the concerns and dilemma of my parents. During college days I used to always get annoyed with my mom's questions and concerns. My mom used to wittily say that once you become a parent, then you will understand the heart of a parent. And yes, few years later we are sailing in the same boat, worrying and brooding over our respective kids (yeah she still does that). All parents want the best of everything for their kids and am not an exception. Coming straight to the point, with the recent chemical free or lesser chemicals, surge in everything we eat as well as put on our skin, the babies section isn't left behind. Today's focus is a brand by parents, Ghazal and Varun, called Mama Earth.

About Mama Earth
We are parents just like you. Our journey began when we, Ghazal and Varun, were expecting our first child. That’s the time we turned from a bungee jumping, pub hopping, carefree couple to basically a couple of safety wardens. Everything had to be safe, kosher & googled. When the morning sickness became a routine, we were shocked to find that there were no safer alternatives to pills and ended up having to struggle a lot. After 9 rigorous months, we were finally blessed with our tiny little bundle of joy and just like you and every other parent in the world; we too wanted the best for our cute bambino. So we wore our spy glasses & did all the possible research available. Whoa, we were shocked to see how most baby products, be it lotion or shampoo contained toxins which have proven to be harmful for the little ones. We were worried sick and it wasn’t just our baby we were worried about but also for all the little ones we knew in our friend circle. That’s when we decided to do something about it & create products which were completely safe & certified toxin free. A brand, by a parent, for the parent. A brand which develops products from world class research and attempts to solve every little problem that we as parents face.  With the aim of making products which are mum-baby friendly, toxin-free, meet stringent international standards & are basically ultra awesome, MamaEarth was born.

I received a kit consisting of body wash, shampoo, diaper rash cream and mineral based sunscreen. Each product has a cute animal picture to make it fun for small babies and children. I really liked this concept. After using the products for a few days my impressions are as follows.

Deeply Nourishing babywash for babies (0-5 years)

The body wash has a citrusy orange, rejuvenating fragrance. The body wash larger pretty well and foam is quite frothy as compared to commercial body washes with more chemicals. It doesn't dry out the skin at all and leaves the skin mildly fragrant. This is a coconut based cleanser with a no tear formula. It is free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrances or dyes.
Price, Shelf life - 299 INR for 200 ml with a shelf life of 2 years

Gentle Cleansing Shampoo for babies

The shampoo has a tear free formula with coconut based cleansers. The shampoo is thick, soft and mildly foaming which effectively cleanses the hair without drying them. It contains no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrances or dyes. I totally liked the fragrance which is not at all over powering.
Price, Shelf life - 299 INR for 200 ml with a shelf life of 2 years

Diaper Rash cream for babies

Since my 2 year old son is not using diapers anymore, I didn't get a chance to use this one. But looking at the ingredients list am pretty impressed. It is fortified with Shea butter, Calendula extract, Wheat germ, Almond& Olive Oil which are all soothing for irritated skin. Of course it is free from parabens and other nasty chemicals mentioned above.
Price, Shelf life - 299 INR for 50 ml with a shelf life of 2 years

Mineral based sunscreen for babies (SPF 20+)

I didn't get a chance to test this as my son isn't into school and I hardly ever take him out in sun. I know sunscreens are to be used even when we are indoors but I would still not put him on sunscreen right now as he needs to get used to the environment. However I went through the ingredients list and found it pretty impressive with Active minerals (Zinc), Shea butter, Calendula extract, Wheatgerm, Almond & Olive Oil as main Ingredients.
Price, Shelf life - 299 INR for 100 ml with a shelf life of 2 years

Apart from above products they have Body Lotion, Insect repellent and soothing massage oil for babies. Overall I really liked all the products which I tried and I would love trying others when I get a chance. You can buy Mama Earth products on Amazon and as well as FirstCry. And yes don't forget to check their website.
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2 Jan 2017

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The Nature's Co Irish Moss Body Butter Review

I received The Nature's Co Irish Moss Body Butter in the Beauty Wishbox some months back. I had received a sample sized product of 35 ml. I thought of using it in winters and so after using it am reviewing today. Irish Moss, I am as clueless as you are, as you read this πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Irish Moss is a species of red algae which grows abundantly along the rocky parts of the Atlantic coast of Europe and North America (taken from wiki 😎), Colour varies from blue to slightly green.

Brand claims 
Slather on whipped Irish Moss Body Butter. It contains Irish Moss extract which had soothing, protective & nourishing properties that work wonders on your skin.

Key Ingredients - Irish Moss extract, Grape seed oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Olive oil, Cream base, Aroma, Natural preservatives and For Grade colors (FD & C ) Q.S

My experience
The product as you can see is housed in a plastic tub but the full sized one comes in a 270ml of plastic tub. The body butter has a refreshing aroma, guess it is that of Irish Moss. Since I haven't really smelt a Moss I can't say anythingπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

The body butter is pale green colour and some colour is attributed to the food grade colours added to the product. The body butter is thick in consistency and buttery in texture. It spreads easily and gets absorbed quickly into the skin. The body butter feels a bit oily at first and soon sinks into the skin giving soft and smooth skin.
The moisturization effect lasts for around 8 hours after which one may need a reapplication but I use just once per day.

It relieves dryness of hands and feet and gives nice smelling skin in an instant. However one thing got me worried after reading the ingredients is that it really doesn't contain any butter. The ingredients list mentioned on product says cream base then why is it called a body butterπŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”. Overall the product is good to try out if you love using body butters and don't mind splurging πŸ˜ƒ.

The In 

  • Moisturises the skin and hydrates for 8 hours 
  • Gets absorbed into the skin with ease
  • Amazing aroma which is soothing as well as non bothering 
  • Makes the skin soft and smooth 
  • Vegan, Indian brand 

The Out 

  • No full ingredients list mentioned 
  • It's not really a body butter, but a cream based product 

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 1295 INR for 270 ml with a shelf life of 2 years. Available on TNC website as well as other shopping portals.

I would recommend it if you love using body butters and are into Luxury skincare and don't mind splurging. The product is okay priced given the quantity as body butters last longer than thought. I wouldn't repurchase this though skin it's doesn't contain any body butter.
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