29 Aug 2017

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Blue Nectar Kumkumadi Brightening and Radiance Face Scrub Review

Today I will be reviewing another product from Blue Nectar which I had received last month. I have already reviewed the Blue Nectar Shubhr Ayurvedic Sandalwood Brightening and Radiance Cream. Let's head straight to the review without wasting much time.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

My experience
The product has a luxurious packaging similar to the Sandalwood Cream which I have reviewed earlier. So I would go for into it, but would just like to mention that even though the jar looks heavy it is light weight.

Coming the fragrance and texture, it has a royal sandalwood fragrance and a creamy texture. The consistency is a but fluffy and colour of the product is yellow with minute scrub particles. The product at a glance looks like a dessert made up of Almonds. Each time I try the product, I somehow conrl my temptation to eat it.

The product initially feels a little creamy while applying as a scrub. But as and when you keep on scrubbing the creamy base melts into your skin (like a cleansing balm 💕) making it smooth and soft, while the scrub granules scrub off the skin. I didn't find any tingling sensation around my sensitive nose area while using this scrub. I did remove the dead skin cells from my face but it didn't have any effect on the white heads. Also I never expect any scrub to work upon my black heads. So I didn't expect this scrub to do the black head removal.

Once the scrub melts into the skin, it leaves behind an even toned, soft and supple skin. When I use this scrub at night time I skip my moisturiser, while during day time I use a light moisturiser post using this. The scrub particles are appropriate in size, not too small and not too big. Also I prefer my face scrub to be mild enough like this. According to the claims to the product, it does give an instant glowing skin with each usage. However the working on fine lines, dark circles part I cannot confirm since I don't suffer from fine lines and I haven't tried the scrub near my eye area. However I have seen very small improvement in pigmentation with 8-9 uses of the scrub. Regular usage may result in decreased pigmentation and results may vary from person to person.

Since I am not a person who would expect a scrub to work on pigmentation as well as do the scrubbing part, I find the price point high. I would like my scrub to just remove the dead skin cells. However a Kumkumadi Tailam enriched scrub does sound good, keeping in mind the results with prolonged usage of 2-3 months.

The In
  • Secure packaging makes travel friendly
  • Sufficiently moisturises the skin while scrubbing off dead skin cells
  • Makes the skin smooth and even toned
  • Scrub granules are gentle enough to be used daily
  • Provides instant radiance and glow to the skin with each use
  • Has mesmerizing fragrance of Sandalwood
  • Will suit all skin types

The Out
  • Doesn't work on white heads
  • High price point (can be spotted on discount price at Amazon)
  • Only key ingredients are mentioned

Price, shelf life and Availability - 945 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 2 years from date of manufacture. Available on Blue Nectar website, Amazon as well Nykaa. You can get at discount here

The Blue Nectar Kumkumadi Brightening and Radiance Face Scrub can be tagged as a luxurious skincare product which lives upto the expectations of a good scrub. However addition of some ingredients like Saffron, Kumkumadi oil can be attributed to the high price point of the scrub. Regular and prolonged use of the product will definitely be beneficial to the skin but, I would love buying the product on a discount and would categorize it as a luxurious skincare product. So if you are a luxurious skincare freak you should try this one. Also if the brand could make a similar scrub at an affordable price it would be an icing on the cake 😊.

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21 Aug 2017

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Mama Earth C3 Charcoal, Coffee and Clay Face Mask for Mama Review

Being a Mom is not an easy job and all the Moms out there can outrightly relate to me. With the many changes happening in our body, we do face changes in our skin also. I was one of those women who faced pregnancy pigmentation very early, that is in my first trimester. As the pregnancy progressed, so did the pigmentation 😭😭. Although, am proud that I am a Mom to a beautiful and naughty kid 😍, at times I do feel low due to pigmentation ( I am a human, right 😑). So today we will be reviewing a product which claims to bring back your glowing skin back after pregnancy! Hop on now.

Brand claims
Are you wondering how to get back your glowing skin back after pregnancy? Wait, I am here to help. I am a mix Charcoal, Coffe and Clay loaded with minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium to stimulate blood circulation. I am very effective in reducing melanin in the body. Use me and those unsightly pimples will become a worry of the past! Coffee in me helps in stimulating blood flow and removes toxins which help smooth away blemishes. Charcoal is proven to help with acne, pimples and other skin concerns. I will improve your skin’s elasticity and minimize the appearance of pores for a youthful and flawless glow.

Ingredients (for full list refer upper picture)
Purified water, Kokum Butter, Apricot Oil, Kaolin, Mulberry Ext, Cucumber Ext, Papaya Ext, Basil Oil, Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Chamomile Ext, Activated Charcoal Powder, Caffeine Anhydrous.

My experience
As stated earlier I like the packaging of this product also. It has an inner lid for non spillage of the purpose. The jar is quite light weight inspite of being big. The product itself has inner jar which is protected by an outer jar which we see in pictures.

The mask has a very soothing peppermint fragrance which is not so strong, so as to be bothering for the nose. The face mask is greyish green in colour. The colour has such a hue which is hard to describe. The mask has a good consistency which is neither being thick nor runny,  just perfect for ready to use. It spreads easily across the face and we can easily use even hand for the application. The face mask doesn't dry up since it contains oils and butter and I like such masks.

After applying the skin gets a cooling sensation without any itching sensation. After keeping the face pack for a good 20-25 minutes I washed it offto see a glowing skin soft. The pigmentation marks have faded a bit with each alternate day usage over the past few weeks. It removes dead skin cells as well my making them soft which can be brushed away post washing. The skin feel squeaky clean and fresh with each use.

However, when in between I stared using the product, once a week I found it less effective on my pigmentation. When we use the product consistently over a period of 2-3 weeks with each week usage of alternate day, we see immediate and noticeable difference in the pigmentation. I find the mask to be a great option for new mums to bring back the glow and treat pigmentation at the same time. This product is on my repurchase list already as the quantity lasts longer because a thin layer of mask also works great.

The In
  • Contains Charcoal, Coffee, Clay
  • Ready to use mask
  • Gives a cooling effect to the skin after applying
  • Good consistency so application is smooth and easy
  • Gets washed off easily
  • Leaves the skin glowing and radiant for a few hours (1-2 hrs maximum)
  • Reduces pigmentation with regular usage week after week
  • Convenient packaging which is travel friendly and spill proof
  • Doesn't contain Phthalates, Mineral oil, Paraben

The Out

  • After drying when we splash cold water we get a chilled skin sensation which can be numbing at times
Price, shelf life and Availability - 599 INR for 100 ml with a shelf life of 2 years. Available here

I would highly recommend the Mama Earth C3 Face Mask for new moms as well as any one who is suffering from pigmentation. The product is value for money and lives upto the expectations of a good face mask.

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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.

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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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