26 May 2017

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Artisanal Skincare Holy Basil Cleansing and Toning Water Review

As we all know how important the toning step is in our regular CTM routine. Lately I have been loving floral waters or hydrosols as toners and so far I have combated acne successfully. I remember the time when I used chemical toners and my acne were hardly affected by them. Instead the sensitive skin around my nose used to get a burning sensation.  The same is not true in case of floral waters or hydrosols. They give a refreshing feeling without the burning sensation while reducing or preventing breakouts. Let's see the review of, one of it's kind Cleansing and Toning Water.

Brand Claims - Holy Basil (Tulsi) is well known for its anti bacterial properties. This toner is made with real tulsi leaves, distilled to form a cleanser & toner that will leave your skin feeling fresh. It will absorb excess oil from your face without drying out your skin. With its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, it is perfect for people with acne prone skin. If your skin breaks out often, then this is a toner just for you.

Ingredients - Distilled water, Basil leaves, Alum, Glycerine

My experience
The bottle is dark brown coloured one being a platsic one. Plastic bottle makes it safe during travels without the fear of getting broken. The bottle has two dispensers, one big and one small. They have a protective lid, a plastic one.

The toning water dispenses easily through the dispenser. The toning water smells like fennel mixed with sugar syrup. I especially love the fragrance of the toning water so much that I might end up drinking it some 😁😁. The toning water also contains Alum, alum also has toning properties, I had read somewhere although I am not too sure.

Now coming to the effects of the toning water. The toning water effectively removes any residue or dirt post cleansing. It not only cleanses but also hydrates the skin sufficiently giving an even toned soft and smooth skin. I really like how unlike the commercial toners this toner doesn't irritate my sensitive nose area. Regarding the pore size, I haven't noticed any changes. After using the water one can feel a cooling and calming effect on the skin. The skin feels rejuvenated and refreshed.

The In
  • Amazing fragrance
  • Removes any residue post cleansing
  • Makes the skin soft and smooth
  • Perfectly tones the skin for a smooth finish
  • Hydrates and plumps up the skin
  • Gives cooling and calming feel to the skin
  • Doesn't irritate the skin sensitive skin
  • Light weight and travel friendly packaging as well as size

The Out
  • I didn't find any, some may find high price as the con

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 560 INR for 100 ml with a shelf life of 2 months after opening. Available on Qtrove, Amazon.in and Artisanal Skincare website.

The Artisanal Skincare Holy Basil Cleansing and Toning Water would be highly recommended for those with oily, acne prone skin for it's toning and anti bacterial properties. Also I feel it would be suitable for all skin types since it doesn't dry out the skin at all.

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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.

himalaya herbals cocoa butter

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.

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.

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.

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