28 Nov 2018

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Imiana House Rose Clay Mask Review

Few weeks back Imiana House hosted a surprise giveaway on Instagram wherein their new launch Rose Clay Mask picture was posted and main Ingredients were to be guessed. I guessed the Rose Clay as the first ingredient. When results were announced I was surprised to see my name as a winner. After using the mask for a sufficient time here is my review.

Brand Claims and Ingredients
Rose Clay Mask is a pure bliss for pampering oneself. A unique combination of Rose clay , Argan and avacado formulated give you awesome skin with each session.This blend is great for all skin type

  • Clarify skin impurities & Refine Pores
  • Brightens Skin tone
  • Removes dead skin and gives healthy glow
  • The unique formulation is great for All skin types.
  • Its creamy texture glides smoothly over skin.
  • No stretchy feeling post wash just smooth & soft skin.

My experience
Imiana House Rose Clay Mask is housed in a plastic jar with a black lid. The jar also has an inner lid to protect leakage and spillage. Packaging is simple and travel friendly.

Imiana House Rose Clay Mask is dark, pale pink in colour. One can actually guess Rose Clay is one of the ingredients of the mask just by looking at the colour of the mask. The mask doesn't have a scent or fragrance as such. The texture of the face mask is a creamy which is more of a gooey sort. Consistency is smooth, soft and not too thick.

Imiana House Rose Clay Mask is easy to apply as it glides easily due to it's right texture. Due to the gooey consistency sometime while applying a uniform layer we tend to remove the already applied mask on the face. After washing my face with any powder cleanser, I apply this and wash off after 15 minutes. It gives a mild cooling sensation and I don't feel any irritation or any other feeling.

Coming to the effects, my skin looks feels super clean, bright and has a radiant glow. My skin is deep cleansed and the mask also gets rid of dead cells which slough off after becoming too soft. The mask doesn’t dry out the skin, but it also doesn't cure any dry patches we have.

Imiana House Rose Clay Mask is enriched with Rose Clay, Argan oil and Avocado oil. Since it contains rose clay, am assuming this mask will suit all skin types. Although a patch test is always recommended. Overall speaking the mask gives a healthy glow while getting rid of the impurities from the skin. Moreover it has argan and avocado oil which are responsible for the high price point of the product. But am happy with the quantity offered as a thin layer of the mask does the trick as well.

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 590 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 6 months after opening. Available on Amazon, Qtrove and Imiana House website.

Recommendation - If you are looking for a change in face mask or looking to add something new to your existing collection I would recommend picking up Imiana House Rose Clay Mask. The mask has some unique ingredients like Rose Clay, Argan oil and Avocado oil which are beneficial for the skin and it effectively cleanses the skin while giving a nice glow to the skin. The quantity is sufficient enough to last around 3-4 months.

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Top 10 Natural, Chemical-Free and Cruelty-Free Brands In India

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Top 10 Natural, Chemical-Free and Cruelty-Free Brands In India

Hi all,
This is Archana from IBeautySpy.com. Sonali had invited me to write a guest post on her blog and I was really happy with the chance. Skincare Villa is one of the first beauty blogs that I had subscribed to years back 'coz I liked Sonali's way of writing and creative topics. Years forward, I never dreamt I would have my own blog and be guest blogging in her site itself :) I just feel proud of the small steps I have taken in life, which has led me here. IBeautySpy is my beauty blog and I review many natural products and brands, skincare routines, beauty tips, etc. Here you can find review of the latest natural, organic beauty brands in the market.

So let's move on straight to today's post. Am going to list down few of my favorite brands and recommended products from which I have personally tried. All of them are natural, cruelty free brands. Hope you find this post useful and interesting. In addition, if you wish to read detailed review on any of the product mentioned here, you can go to my blog and search for the same.

Utkarshini's Moolit Beauty:
Utkarshini is a certified organic skincare formulator. She has done the Formula Botanica course and whips up some amazing, unique products that you will never find elsewhere. Her 100x washed ghee has been a superb hit. She has many variants in that – haldi and rose for skin and mahabhringadi for hair. I have tried the Haldi one and it was awesome. Made my skin super soft, smooth and bright. If you have thought ghee is only for dry skin, then you will be surprised  by the light, fluffy texture of this one.
Other products I have tried and recommend: Kashmiri Cleansing Grains
Products with good reviews and on my wishlist: Rosehip oil (there's lot of excellent reviews for this one), Wellness Mud, Mango Detan Scrub, Neem Mitti Gel to Milk Cleanser
Availability: On InstaMojo, link in their Instagram bio @moolitbeauty

Blend It Raw Beauty:
This brand is for all those who love DIY skincare and haircare. I myself like DIYs, but before Blend It Raw Beauty came in, I was always confused about the purity of the raw material. There are hundreds of brands in Amazon selling rose petals powder, neem powder, orange peel powder, clays, butters, etc. But none of them are well known brands and I couldn't trust them. Blend It Raw Beauty is possibly the first popular DIY raw material seller in India. You can trust, Aarushi, the founder of this company, blindly. Their mango butter is my absolute favorite and I have purchased it multiple times. It has an amazing texture that you should definitely try atleast once.
Products I have used and recommend: Mango butter (must try), Shea butter, Jasmine hydrosol, Rose Petals Powder (must try), Dried Chamomile Flowers
Products on my wishlist: Basil hydrosol, Eucalyptus hydrosol, Peach Kernel Oil, Cucumber Seed Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil, Hibiscus Flower Powder, Moroccan Argan Beldi Soap Paste, Lavender Buds
Other Products with good reviews: Kaolin Clay, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Availability: On their website

The Skin Pantry:
This is a luxury brand and their products are expensive. I have tried only one product from them – The Skin Pantry Hazelnut Vanilla Body Butter. And boy, I don’t have words to describe this product! First of all, it came in a brown paper packaging with gourmet stuff printed on it similar to McDonalds’ and KFC meal boxes packaging. I felt like I was receiving some freshly made food stuff 😀 And then the product itself was amazing! The scent reminded me of old, quaint English bakeries where they are freshly baking vanilla muffins and croissants. The body butter is super nourishing as well taking care of my extremely dry skin. This was one of my best investments. Its turned out to be not just a product, an experience altogether! Am looking forward to try other products from them - Vanilla Drench Face Moisturizer, Breakfast Scrub and Skin Smoothie Blue Clay Face Wash.
Availability: Email theskinpantry@gmail.com for their menu and placing order

Aroma Essentials:
I have tried many products from Aroma Essentials and saw good results with them. Also they are quite affordable compared to other natural brands in the market. As the name suggests, most of their products contain aromatherapy essential oils. Though some say their products are not 100% pure or organic, I have felt good vibes with the brand, so I recommend them. If you have dull skin lacking glow or acne-prone skin, you need to try their products as they are really effective.
Products I have tried and recommend: Tomato/Green Tea/Orange Face Washes, Lavender Hydrating Face Mist, AHA Pores Toner, Insta Clear Face Mask, Lip Balms.
Availability: DM her on Instagram @aromaessentials

Beauty Secrets:
This was one of the earliest natural beauty brands that I tried when I started on my skincare journey. Back in that time (around 3-4 years back), there were not much natural, handmade brands in the market. I came upon Beauty Secrets on their Instagram page and decided to order some of their face packs. They are little costly but I found the quality really good and they showed results for me. Their Bridal Face Pack is one of my favorites till date.
Products I have tried and recommend: Bridal Face Pack (must try), Pigmentation Face Pack, Premium Anti-Tan Face Pack
Availability: DM her on Instagram @beauty_secrets22

Juicy Chemistry:
Probably the only 100% clean beauty brand that I know. They use only 100% natural and organic ingredients in their products. Like their body butters are just a mix of plant butters, carrier oils and essential oils. Unlike other brands which have a cream base body butter. Also all their products have a relaxing smell of essential oils which you will love and gives a spa-like experience.
Products I have tried and recommend: Body Butters, Lip Balm, Hibiscus Amla & Bhringraj Hair Oil (this contains coconut milk so its really nourishing for dry hair), Soaps (Cucumber Green Tea Spearmint one is great)
Availability: On their website, Nykaa, Amazon

Imiana House:
This brand is similar to Juicy Chemistry as I find them to be another clean beauty brand. But their products don't have strong essential oil fragrance unlike JC. So more suitable for sensitive skin. They are also organic and certified. My favorite from the brand is IMBOTOX Anti-Ageing Moisturizer, one of the best natural products for aging skin that works.
Products I have tried and recommend: IMBOTOX Anti-Ageing Moisturizer, Fa-Myrah Beauty Elixir, Pink Kaolin Clay Soap, Choco Mint Body Butter
Availability: On their website, Qtrove, Amazon

Sand for Soapaholics:
I always wonder why this brand doesn't market much. Since many people are not aware of this brand. I have tried some of the products from Sand for Soapaholics and I was highly satisfied with them. Their gourmet products line remind me of the international brand Lush. My first product from them was their Hair & Glory Hair Conditioner which I really loved. Its a different type of conditioner unlike our usual creamy conditioners. And it has a nice refreshing peppermint smell which will make your hair smell good all day. You can check out my detailed review here.
Products I have tried and recommend: Hair & Glory Hair Conditioner, After Glow Face Cleanser, Rhimjim Face Mist (this is a super hydrating toner and you won't need any moisturizer after this. Similar to Korean hydrating toners, if you are looking for an Indian natural version), Turmerry Moisturizer. I also have the Red Banana Mask which I haven't tried yet. Will use and review.
Products on my wishlist: Skin Diet Cleanser, Lips Don't Lie, Kera Bliss Mask and Aam Leela Mask (which is seasonal)
Availability: On their website, Qtrove, Amazon

Roots & Herbs:
This is an ayurvedic brand and slightly on the expensive side. Their products are based wholly on ayurvedic principles and ingredients due to which some of them might have a strong, herbal fragrance. My favorite among them is their Pomegranate Kaya Kalp Elixir (gives illuminous skin) and Nutmeg Brightening Under Eye Tailam (this one really relaxes the eye area). Though  pricey, I find them to be great investment. Also the quantity is bigger than other brands.
Products I have tried and recommend: Pomegranate Kaya Kalp Elixir, Nutmeg Brightening Under Eye Tailam, Anjeer Body Scrub, Silver Face Cleanser
Products on my wishlist: Chandan & Kesar Shower Gel, Carrot Seed Radiance After Shower Oil, Fountain of Youth Elixir
Availability: On Nykaa

I found this brand on Insta and decided to try it on a whim. Surprisingly, their shampoo and hair oil became my favorites and I repurchased them along with some skincare. I saw noticeably less hairfall as well as new hair growth with their hair oil. And the shampoo is one of the few SLS/SLES free shampoos that lathers well and removes oil. But they do have a herbal smell which some may not like.
Products I have tried and recommend: Papaya and Neem Shampoo, Tress Repair Hair Oil, Strawberry Rose Hair Pudding, Neem Green Tea Toner
Products on my wishlist: Sheet Masks, Makeup removing wipes
Availability: DM her on Instagram @organikare_

Apart from these, there are few more brands where I have tried only one product. But it turned out to be really impressive. So these are the brands which I have tried once and wish to explore more:

Love Organically:
Recommend the Mogra Luminous Glow After Bath Oil. Its an organic certified brand.
Availability: On Nykaa

Artisanal Skincare:
Recommend the Vanilla Cinnamon Cleansing Powder
Availability: On Amazon, Qtrove

Ancient Living:
Recommend the Manjistha Face Wash
Availability: On Nykaa, Qtrove, Amazon

Matru Ayurveda:
Recommend the Royal Saffron Ayurvedic Face Pack and Anti-Tan Neem Chandan Ubtan
Availability: On Qtrove

So this was my comprehensive list of the natural, chemical-free brands Indian brands that I have tried and recommend from my personal experience. Hope this was helpful to you. Please check out my blog and subscribe through email to receive more such reviews in your inbox :) Thanks for reading!

About me:
I am Archana, beauty blogger at IBeautySpy. I work as a software engineer in Bangalore and develop Python code. Am a workaholic and get depressed when there isn't enough work :D When it comes to beauty, I love exploring natural and organic beauty brands. I share my reviews and skin care routines in my blog. You can contact me if you want me to customize a skincare routine for you. Apart from beauty, I love food – healthy, unhealthy, snacks, chocolates, icecreams, whatever. And coffee and me are lifelong soulmates and we can't be separated ever ;)

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24 Nov 2018

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Greenie Mill Tea Tree & Niacinamide Serum Review

After trying out a couple of products from Greenie Mill am very happy that am one of their customers. None of their products have disappointed me and have always been true upto their claims. Few weeks back I received the Tea Tree & Niacinamide Serum with my purchase. After using it regularly for weeks here is my review.

Brand Claims and Ingredients
Tea tree and niacinamide serum is light weight serum that absorbs quickly into skin while supplying it with niacinamide (vitamin B3). Niacinamide is also known as Vitamin B3. It has been shown to reduce water loss in the skin and retain fatty acid, making skin look younger and firmer. It has also been proven to be a very good acne reducer used as a topical treatment. One of its many other great qualities is its ability to help even skin tone in people with hyper-pigmentation, sun spots, and age spots on the skin. It is a powerful skin lightener proven in clinical trials to lighten skin. It also contains soothing aloe vera and tea tree hydrosol to fight acne. It also has the goodness of hyaluronic acid to provide hydration to skin.

My experience
As you can see the product is housed in an amber coloured glass bottle with a dropper. The packaging is good and works great. The dropper doesn't dispense the product unless you squeeze the upper rubber nozzle. 

The product is watery in consistency but a little sticky sort. The colour of the serum is light brown. Now coming to the fragrance of the Greenie Mill Tea Tree & Niacinamide Serum it has an amazing rose fragrance, no wonder since it has rose hydrosol in it.

The serum gets absorbed like a charm into the skin. After applying the serum we feel mild moisturizing effect on the skin along with ample hydration. The serum leaves the skin soft and plump without any residue or sticky feeling. I use it in my PM routine and am happy with the results. Over a usage of few weeks I could notice a few results as follows
1) Even skin tone
2) Plumping effect of skin upon application
3) Considerable reduction acne marks
4) Little reduction in acne scars
5) Vanishing of dry patches
6) Fewer breakouts

The thing which I like the most of the serum is it doubles up as a light moisturizer for my skin when applied as a two layer thing. I don't feel the need to apply a moisturizer even in this winter. Sometimes I greedily use more quantity as I love it's fragrance and it's super hydrating effect. However two or three drops are enough for the face and decollete area. I absolutely love using the Greenie Mill Tea Tree & Niacinamide Serum and am going to repurchase it once I finish this off.

Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 740 INR for 30 gms with a shelf life of 6 months. Available on Greenie Mill website

I would highly recommend Greenie Mill Tea Tree & Niacinamide Serum for people with oily acne prone skin. It reduces the post acne marks, acne scars very effectively and is super hydrating. I have also tried layering it with rosehip oil and it works wonders for my skin. Greenie Mill Tea Tree & Niacinamide Serum is on my repurchase list.

*PR sample
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10 Nov 2018

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SoulTree Moisturizing Gel - Tulsi & Sandalwood | Review

SoulTree is a brand which had been on my wish list for a long time. I purchased some products from a local store called The Eco store in Bangalore. I had a good experience with all the products I have tried from SoulTree and the product which am going to review today is my cult favourite. Let's dig in 🌟

Brand Claims 
This moisturising gel is prepared using a traditional Ayurveda recipe that soothes and softens skin. Olive and Jojoba Oil are combined with organic Honey to form a light, non-oily, nourishing base. Aromatic Sandalwood and Aloe Vera calm the skin and reduce redness. Potent herbs such as Lodhra, Tulsi and Neem control acne by purifying and tightening pores.


My experience
As evident from the pictures, the packaging is classy, leak proof and extremely travel friendly. The nozzle has a plastic guard to prevent any direct damage or spillage. 

The SoulTree Moisturizing Gel, is light weight gel sort of moisturizer which is very suitable for oily skin type. Plus the product has ingredients which work for acne and hence this product is exclusive for oily, acne prone skin. The gel had a distinctive herbal fragrance which instantly reminds me of Tulsi. The fragrance isn't so soothing but a little strong although it's fades away quickly.

I have used SoulTree Moisturizing Gel in the worst days of my skin, what better time than to test a product otherwise. I was getting small zits due to humidity in monsoons and I was so fed up. I regularly used the SoulTree Moisturizing Gel and I had some relief. My small zits stopped appearing frequently (although they still did show up here and there) plus the current ones were dried out quickly without leaving a considerable mark. Plus apart from this the gel tightens the skin a little bit. Also regular usage prevents junk from clogging the pores as skin appears healthy and oil free. 

I totally love the SoulTree Moisturizing Gel for my skin when it is going through a rough phase. However no pain no gain, the price point of the product is whooping high. SoulTree is certified brand and the certification they have needs renewal every year, so you can really stay assured about the quality product you receive. Plus the product does live up to it's claims and I don't mind the price.

Price, shelf life and Availablility - 450 INR for 40ml with a shelf life of . Available on major shopping portals.

SoulTree Moisturizing Gel is a perfect moisturizer for oily acne prone skin. It not only reduces the breakouts but also dries up the existing acne. How cool is that. What other than this an oily, acne prone skin would expect? I totally loved the effects the gel had on my skin. SoulTree products are free from harmful chemicals and are certified by BDIH Germany. I am almost about to finish the bottle but ahve kept some amount of product for worst skin days. 
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2 Nov 2018

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Biobloom Face Oil - Age Defying & Radiance Booster Review, Price

I have been into face oils since long. As far as I remember, my first face oil was Grapeseed Oil from Blend It Raw. Different face oils are formulated keeping a certain effect in mind, for example anti acne, anti aging benefits or radiance boosters. Let's check whether Biobloom Face Oil is worth the price or not.

bio bloom facial oil

Brand Claims and Ingredients of Biobloom Face Oil - Age Defying & Radiance Booster

My experience with Biobloom Face Oil - Age Defying & Radiance Booster
Packaging is luxurious with a golden cap and glass bottle. Most facial oils have glass bottle packaging which prevents the oil from sunlight or UV Ray's. However I usually don't carry glass bottles during travel. Speaking of the aroma of the face oil, it's amazing and spa like. The fragrance lingers a bit but isn't bothering at all.

Coming to the consistency and texture, the oil has a nice spreadable consistency and light texture. It gets absorbed well and doesn't leave an oily film on the skin. It sinks right into the skin.

I use this face oil as an overnight treatment and just 3-4 drops are enough for my oily acne prone skin. The face oil sinks into the skin effortlessly and gives an amazing glow to the skin. The face oil has noticeable tightening and brightening effects on the skin. I could see some fine lines on my forehead being tightened with a regular usage of few weeks. The fragrance of the Biobloom Face Oil - Age Defying & Radiance Booster is literally out of the world. I mean you can keep on sniffing it and still not get over the fragrance. The face oil gives a nice glow to the skin while making it soft and supple. If you want to incorporate a good face oil I would recommend Biobloom Face Oil - Age Defying & Radiance Booster, but the price is hefty.

Price, Shelf Life and Availablility - 1499 INR with a shelf life of 2 years. Easily available online.

Recommendation of Biobloom Face Oil - Age Defying & Radiance Booster
Biobloom Face Oil - Age Defying & Radiance Booster is everything what we look into a face oil. The radiance and skin tightening effects it gives to the skin are noticeable and real. The fragrance is one of a kind and definitely keeps you longing for it. However all this comes at a hefty price. I have picked it up on discount, heavy discount. But if you spot it in any subscription boxes definitely get yourself one.
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