16 Sep 2019

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Raw Beauty Banana and Moringa Hair Mask Review

I am a lazy person when it comes to hair care. All I do is shampoo my hair, once they are thoroughly dried I simply apply a hair oil and tie them up in a banana clip. I don't put much oil before hair wash, sometimes I do massage my scalp a bit, that's all hair care routine I follow. I thought of using some hair mask and I zeroed in on Raw Beauty after checking the not so common yet amazing ingredients of the hair mask. Let's dive straight into the review and see how it works.


Brand Claims and Ingredients


Packaging, Texture and Fragrance
The hair mask is housed in a glass jar with all the information regarding the product printed on the product label. The glass jar is sturdy and can be reused. Raw Beauty also provides refills of hair mask, powder cleansers in oxo degradable pouches so you can anytime reuse the glass jar. Coming to the texture of the hair mask it is in dry powder form with some oats particles in it. Except the oats particles I don't have any problem with the texture of the product. Talking about the fragrance of the hair mask it is bitter sort due to moringa I think. Nonetheless the fragrance is natural and once you apply the mask it fades away and we get used to it.

My experience
My hair type is dry, frizzy ends and oily, dandruff prone scalp. I have always avoided hair masks in powder masks due to dandruff. I apply the mask before washing my hair and keep it for 30-45 minutes and them wash off with a mild shampoo.

Coming to the review
  • First time I tried it by mixing with Raw Beauty Back to Basics Hair Cleanser. The results were a bit disappointing as my hair didn't feel clean and felt oily.
  • Next time I tried it by mixing with plain water and then using my regular shampoo. Hair felt clean and scalp a little oily. But I was happy with the results.
  • Third time I tried mixing the curd and the results were amazing. Ever since I got to know that the hair mask gives me good results by mixing with curd, I have been using it with curd and nothing else.

Now coming to the effects, it makes hair soft and manageable. I have baby hair which curl up like anything. Whenever I use this mask and then shampoo, my baby hair behave themselves and the hair gets a little straightening effect. I really like this effect.

I have not seen any major hair fall while using this hair mask. The only thing I would mention is, I usually sieve the hair mask before use as the tiny oats granules become difficult to wash off. I apply heena to cover my grey so I can't use any hair mask as often as it needs to be used to give soft hair. Still this mask gives good results by making the hair soft. A thorough wash off is needed while using any hair mask. Overall I like to pamper my hair with Raw Beauty Banana and Moringa Hair Mask which gives a straightening effect to my baby hair and makes them manageable. I have already shopped for a refill pouch of the hair mask (Raw Beauty owner Su sent it to me free when I ordered the vanilla lip lock balm 😅)



Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 590 INR for 100 gms with a shelf life of 4 months. DM @rawbeauty2018 on Instagram to order. I think as long as water doesn't enter the jar this hair mask will have a shelf life of 1 year.

Recommendation
Raw Beauty Banana and Moringa Hair Mask gives me good results with soft and manageable hair even though am unable to use it regularly. My hair is very frizzy and my baby hair absolutely behave when I mix this mask with curd and use. Wash off, of the mask is a little messy as oats particle get stuck in between the hair strands, so I usually sieve and use the mask. Overall I like using Raw Beauty Banana and Moringa Hair Mask and have already got another refill pack.
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14 Sep 2019

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Best Organic Face Washes in India

Cleansing is a very crucial step in skincare. Proper Cleansing gets rid of dirt, grime, dead skin cells, clearing pores, removing toxins and pollutants without stripping moisture from the skin. While most of us follow double cleansing method to get rid of pollutants and dirt, some do follow simple one step cleansing too. Choosing a good face wash still remains important no matter what your skin type is or whether you follow double cleansing or not. Today we will be checking a list of face washes which are organic, paraben free, sulphate free face washes. Many face washes mentioned below have variants to chose for your skin type. Some brands have just one variant which the brand claims to suit all skin types. I have also listed my preferences below the list of organic face wash in India.

Let's get started with the list of Best Organic, Paraben Free, Sulphate Free Face Wash in India

  1. Bon Organics Neem & Tea Tree Face Wash
  2. Gulnare Pumpskin Face Wash
  3. Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Cleanser
  4. Soultree Indian Rose Face Wash with Turmeric and Honey
  5. Juicy Chemistry Hemp, Tea Tree & Neem Organic Face Wash
  6. Vilvah Honey Fix Face Cleanser
  7. Rustic Art Organic Wild Rose Face Wash
  8. Rustic Art Organic Neem Basil Face Wash Concentrate
  9. Organic Harvest Acne Control Face Wash
  10. Just Herbs Silksplash Rehydrant Face Wash
  11. Inatur Kumkumadi Face Cleanser




Bon Organics Neem & Tea Tree Face Wash
enriched with Neem & Tea Tree this organic face wash is healing and refining. It is a 100% handcrafted face wash which will suit oily and acne prone skin more than other skin types.
Bon Organics has other variants for face washes as well namely Aloe Vera Face Wash, Sandalwood Face Wash and Herbal Face Wash.
Ingredients - Saponified Organic Neem oil, Olive oil, Corn oil, Organic Coconut oil, Vitamin E, Extract of organic Lemon oil, Aloe Vera gel, Essential oils of Tea Trea, & Demineralised water
Price- 470 INR for 200 gms

Gulnare Pumpskin Face Wash
I have personally used this face wash and found it to be very clarifying and gives a glow to the skin. Gulnare Pumpskin Face Wash is one of a kind face wash made with Pumpkin, Honey & Rosehip oil. It is a daily cleanser and contains vitamins & exfoliating enzymes from Honey & Pumpkin which help revitalise your skin.
Ingredients - Castile Soap, Glycerine, Rosehip oil, honey, Pumpkin seed oil, Pumpkin seeds.
Price - 650 INR for 100 ml

Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Cleanser
Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Cleanser is a hydrating, floral scented cleanser with natural ingredients, which gently cleanses the skin. It leaves the skin hydrated, soft, and rejuvenated. The fragrance of this cleanser feels very authentic with a mix of rose and jasmine.
Ingredients - Vetiver Root Extract,Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Salicylic Acid, Rose & Jasmine Essential Oil Blend, Potassium Sorbate. Holy Basil Leaf Extract,
Liquorice Root Extract, Glycerin, Cumin Seed Extract, Cassia Mata Leaf Extract, Aqua, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice.
Price - 395 INR for 50 ml


Soultree Indian Rose Face Wash with Turmeric and Honey
This moisturizing Face wash made with fresh and potent extract from Indian Rose and Turmeric. It is suitable for Dry to Normal Skin. It leaves the skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.
For Oily to Combination Skin SoulTree has Nutgrass face wash with neem and soothing chamomile.
Ingredients - Aqua, Capryl/caprylyl glucoside, Glycerine, Sodium gluconate, Rubia cordifolia (manjistha) extract*, Sodium lactate, Vetiveria zizanioides (vetiver) extract*, Sodium cocoyl glutamate, Disodium cocoyl glutamate, Hydrolysed wheat protein, Citric acid, Coco glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice*, Azadirachta indica (neem) infusion, Xanthan gum, Sodium levulinate, Potassium sorbate, Parfum**, Curcuma longa (turmeric) extract*, Rosa damascena (rose) infusion*, Mel (honey)*, Linalool**, Limonene**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Benzyl alcohol, Benzyl cinnamate**, Citral**, Eugenol**, Farnesol**
Preserved with potassium sorbate (*From certified organic farms ** From essential oils)
Price - 375 INR for 120 ml

Juicy Chemistry Hemp, Tea Tree & Neem Organic Face Wash
This unique cleanser balances the sebum production from the skin and gives radiant glow. It is a daily cleanser specially curated for oily and acne prone skin.
Juicy Chemistry has two other variants namely

  • Tamanu, Kakadu Plum & Frankincense Organic Face Wash - For Damaged & Pigmented Skin
  • Saffron, Marula & Ylang Ylang Organic Face Wash -For Dull & Mature Skin

Ingredients - Aqua(Water) , Potassium Oliviate **,Azadirachta Indica ( Neem ) Distillate*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Distillate*, Potassium Cocoate **,  Potassium Castorate **,  Potassium Safflowerate **, Potassium Hempseedate **,  Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil*, Boswellia carteri (Frankincense) Oil*, Potassium Neemseedate **, Tocopherol^ , Sucrose (Sugar) *, Melaleuca Alterniflora (Tea Tree) Oil*, Juniperus Communis(juniper berry) Fruit Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil*
** Saponified oils of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil , Safflower Oil, Hemp Seed Oil & Neem Oil.
(** Made using Organic ingredients  *Ingredient from Organic Farming)
Price - 650 INR for 100 ml

Vilvah Honey Fix Face Cleanser
Vilvah Store Honeyfix Facewash is an oil-free formulation made with a 8% of honey. Honey is a natural source of glycolic acid. Enriched with the extracts from blackberry, papaya, gotukola and orange peel, the cleanser has gentle exfoliating, pore-shrinking and complexion brightening properties. It works on acne and is suitable for normal to oily combination skin.
Ingredients - Aqua, *Aloevera water, *Witchhazel, *Raw forest Honey, **Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (derived from fatty acids of coconut oil), **Decyl Glucoside(Ecocert approved natural surfactant), **Cocamidopropyl betaine (derived from coconut oil), **Sodium PCA, Sodium Hydroxide solution, **Vegetable Glycerine, **Blackberry Extract, **Papaya extract, **Centella asiatica(Gotukola) extract, **Orange peel extract, *Bitter orange essential oil, *Bergamot essential oil, **Sodium Gluconate (from sugar glucose), **Sodium benzoate, **Potassium Sorbate, **Citric Acid (*Certified Organic   **Plant derived)
Price- 440 INR for 100ml


Rustic Art Organic Wild Rose Face Wash
A liquid facewash with mild fragrances and gentle with its cleansing properties best describes Rustic Art Organic Wild Rose Face Wash. Rose prevents drying of skin while cleaning it with a great floral fragrance for an excellent face wash experience.
Rustic Art has few variants in liquid face wash namely Organic Sandal Face Wash, Organic Juniper Berry Face Wash, Organic Neem Basil Face Wash.
Ingredients - Potassium Cocoate(Coconut Oil), Potassium Ricate(Rice bran), Potassium Ricinoleate(Castor Oil),Potassium Linumate(Flax Seed Oil), Potassium Pongamiate(Karanja Oil), Potassium Sesamate(Sesame Oil), Potassium Simmondsiate(Jojoba), Potassium Almondate(Almond), Veg. Glycerin, Potassium Mango (Mango Butter) Butterate, Rosa damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Purified Aqua
Price - 230 INR for 100ml


Rustic Art Organic Neem Basil Face Wash Concentrate
The brand claims that concentrates are water efficient and lasts up to three times longer than the liquid of same quantity. It is organic, natural and vegan mild soap paste suitable for oily to normal & acne prone skin.
Rustic Art has a few variants in this namely Organic Geranium Charcoal Face Wash Concentrate, Organic Sandal Face Wash Concentrate, Organic Wild Rose Face Wash Concentrate, Organic Juniper Berry Face Wash Concentrate.
Ingredients - Potassium Cocoate(Coconut Oil), Potassium Pongamiate(Karanja Oil), Potassium Sesamate(Sesame Oil), Potassium Sunflowerate(Sunflower Oil), Potassium Ricinoleate(Castor Oil), Potassium Linumate(Flax Seed Oil), Potassium Neemate(Neem Oil), Ocimum basilicum (Basil) Oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Cymbopogon schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Veg. Glycerine, Purified Aqua
Price - 200 INR for 50 gms


Organic Harvest Acne Control Face Wash
This certified organic face wash is suitable face wash for oily and acne prone skin and claims to prevents acne, removes toxins and impurities from the skin.
Other variants available in Organic Face Wash from Organic Harvest are Organic Harvest Oil Control Face Wash, Organic Harvest Skin Lightening Face Wash, Organic Harvest 6-In-1 Face Wash, Organic Harvest Fresh & Glow Face Wash
Ingredients - Aqua, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Decyl glucoside, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract (Neem) and Melaleuca Alternafolia fruit extract (Tea Tree)
Price - 150 INR for 100 gms

Just Herbs Silksplash Rehydrant Face Wash
Brand claims this to be a gentle ayurvedic cleanser with a herbal aroma. It cleanses dust and grime and is non drying. It is a Sulphate and paraben free face wash which suits all skin types.
Ingredients - neem* (azadirachta indica) ext. 0.5%, bitter orange (citrus aurantium) peel ext. 0.5%, aloevera* (aloe barbadensis) leaf juice 2%, honey (mel) 1%, calendula (calendula officinalis) ext. 0.5%, cucumber (cucumis sativus) ext. 0.2%, chandan (santalum album) ext. 0.1%., purified water (aqua), steam distilled sandal (santalum album) wood water, steam distilled orange (citrus aurantium) blossom water, decyl glucoside**, cocoamidopropyl betain, lauryl glucoside**, sodium cocoyl glutamate, vegetable glycerine, soy lecithin, cold pressed wheatgerm (triticum aestivum) oil , potassium sorbate, gluconolactone, ethylhexylglycerin, caprylyl glycol, sodium gluconate**, natural preservative blend of herbs and essential oils, citric acid (pH adjuster).
Price - 495 INR for 100ml


Inatur Kumkumadi Face Cleanser
This is an ayurvedic formulation which is sulphate free, mildly cleanses skin, improves texture, clears Complexion, fights pigmentation, controls acne and clears blemishes. It suits all skin types although am unsure about this claim. Inatur has a wide range of face washes and foams so I would recommend checking other variants before picking up a face wash from this brand.
Ingredients - Aqua, Sodium Cocoamphoa cetate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Saffron Oil, Sandalwood,Manjishta, Licorice, Berberis, Vetiver, Padma,Nyagrodha, Plaksha, Jasmine oil, Orange oil,Kamala keshara, Agnimantha, Gotukola,Turmeric Extract, Premna mucronata, Rose oil,Honey extract, phenoxyethanol.
Price - 450 INR for 100ml

Personally speaking I would prefer Gulnare, Kama Ayurveds, Rustic Art Concentrate, Organic Harvest, Juicy Chemistry, Vilvah and Inatur from the above list. Also I wanted to include Blue Nectar Shubhr - Radiance Honey Face Cleanser in this list  however the ingredients list contains base as an ingredient so they haven't fully disclosed it.

Most of the products mentioned above are available on Amazon.in or Nykaa.com so you can shop them easily online. Hope you find the list useful, please drop in your comments in below comments section.
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11 Sep 2019

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Vilvah Store Best Seller Products 2019

Vilvah Store is a sustainable skincare brand, which makes skincare poducts with the freshest ingredients and high performance formulations. The founder of Vilvah Store, Kruthika Kumaran, experimented with Goatmilk soaps after completing her Diploma in Natural Cosmetology, when her daughter was suffering from eczema. It was her mother's wish to use safe products that inspired Kruthika to learn and do what she is doing today. Her mother had sensitive skin and suffered from skin problems for more than a decade. The products she used on her skin made it even worse.

Vilvah Store products are devoid of sulphates, silicones, parabens, artificial fragrance, harsh chemicals, Glycols, GMOs. Vilvah believes that transparency is important in skincare products, especially in the ingredients it contains, so they fully disclose all ingredients on the website and product labels as well. You can shop Vilvah products from the website vilvahstore.com

Let's check the best selling products of Vilvah Store in the following list.


Vilvah Store Goatmilk Shampoo
Vilvah Goats' Milk Shampoo is enriched with hydrolysed silk protein and banana extract. It cleanses the hair of dirt and grime, repairs dry and damaged hair. It leaves the hair soft and manageable. It doesn't contain sulphates, parabens, silicones and harsh chemicals.
Ingredients - Aqua, *Farm Fresh Goatmilk,*Jasmine Hydrosol, **Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultain (Derived from fatty acids of coconut oil), **Cocamidopropylbetain (Derived from coconut oil), **coco glucoside (Ecocert approved natural surfactant), Sodium hydroxide, **Sodium cocyl glycinate (natural surfactant), **Glycol distearate, Argan oil,*Jasmine Essential oil, *Neroli Essential oil, **Vanilla oil, **Sodium PCA,  *Citric acid, **Banana extract, **Hydrolysed Silk protein, **Sodium Benzoate, **Potassium Sorbate, **Sodium gluconate (from sugar glucose) (*Organic  **Plant derived)
Price - 590 INR for 200ml

Vilvah Store Herbal(Anti dandruff) Shampoo
Vilvah Store Herbal(Anti dandruff) Shampoo has blend of natural extracts of some age-old remedies for hair and scalp. The anti fungal and anti bacterial properties of neem in combination with the anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of black pepper to significantly reduce dandruff, itchy scalp and stimulate hair growth.Superfoods like amla and onions provide the scalp with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Ingredients - Aqua,*Azadirachta indica(Neem Extract), *Phyllanthus emblica(Amla Extract),**Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (Derived from fatty acids of coconut oil), **Cocamidopropyl betaine (Derived from coconut oil), **Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate (Natural and mild surfactant), *Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper Extract), *Allium cepa(Onion Extract), *Inga Alba Bark Extract, **Sodium PCA, Sodium Hydroxide,  *Nigella Sativa (virgin black seed oil or kalonji oil), *Melaleuca alternifolia(Tea Tree Oil),* Citrus limon Osbeck (Lemon Oil), **Sodium Benzoate, **Potassium Sorbate, **Sodium Gluconate(from sugar glucose), **Citric Acid(pH adjuster)
(*Certified Organic   **Plant derived)
Price - 590 INR for 200ml

Vilvah Store Cream Conditioner
Vilvah's Cream Conditioner is specially crafted for curly, wavy, frizzy and damaged hair. It effectively penetrates the hair shaft to repair, detangle and protect the hair from breakage.
Infused with star ingredients like Broccoli seed oil, flaxseed extract which smoothens the hair and improves the texture. Black seed oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients which strengthen the hair.
Ingredients - Aqua, *Aloevera juice,*Raw Honey, **Cetearyl alcohol, **Behentrimonium methosulphate, **Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, *Brassica oleracea var.italica (Broccoli seed oil), **Olea europeae (Olive  Fruit oil), *Nigella sativa (Kalonji Oil) , *Linum usitatissimum (Flaxseed Extract), *Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle Extract), **Vitamin E oil, **Musa Extract (Banana), **Camellia sinensis (Green tea extract),**Glutenin (Wheat Protein Extract), *Jojoba oil, **Polyquaternium-10,  **Sodium PCA, *Citrus reticulata (Mandarin essential oil) , Citrus aurabtium (*Sweet orange essential oil),*Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit Essential oil), **Lavandula (Lavender essential oil), **Sodium Benzoate, **Potassium Sorbate, **Sodium Gluconate (*Organic **Plant derived)
Price - 750 INR for 200gms

Vilvah Hair growth oil (Reverse Balding)
This elixir works on the hair and scalp, using a blend of 100% natural oils. The antioxidant and nutritive rich Pumpkin Seed Oil along with the other ingredients works to repair and rejuvenate hair and scalp. It promotes healthy hair growth and thereby successfully reversing the balding process and reducing hairfall.
Ingredients - *Cucurbita maxima(Pumpkin Seed Oil), *Nigella Sativa (virgin black seed oil or kalonji oil), **Ricinus communis(Castor Oil), *Ricinus communis(Grapeseed Oil), *Prunus dulcis(Almond Oil), Natural Vitamin E , *Rosmarinus officinalis(Rosemary Oil), *Mentha piperita(Peppermint oil).
(*Certified organic **Organically grown, but not certified)
Price- 650 INR for 100 ml



Vilvah Store Moringa Beautifying Serum
Vilvah Store Moringa Beautifying Serum targets pigmentation, uneven skintone and dark spots. Here is our magic elixir for younger looking flawless skin which enhances natural skin glow. Our beautifying serum is rich in anti-oxidants and contains powerful ingredients which delay ageing and repair damaged skin.
Ingredients - *Moringa oleifera (Moringa oil), *Argania spinosa (Argan oil), *Rosa moschata (Rosehip seed oil), *Daucus carota(carrot seed oil), **Lavandula (Lavender essential oil), *Boswellia sacra (Frankincense essential oil), *Citrus aurantium(Neroli essential oil), **Pelargonium(Geranium), Natural Vitamin E oil, **Saffron strands (*Certified Organic **Organically grown, but not certified)
Price - 850 INR for 30 ml



Vilvah Store Aloevera Gel
Vilvah Store Aloevera Gel is made using the pure pressed aloe vera gel using cold stabilisation method which leads to premium aloe vera gel. The multi purpose aloe vera gel has multiple benefits as skin hydrater, prevents acne, softens hair and promotes glowing skin.
Ingredients - Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe vera juice*) , Xanthun gum, Guar Gum, Geoguard ECT (Ecocert/Cosmos approved natural preservative)
Price - 350 INR for 100 gms

Vilvah Store Deo Shot - Rose and Vanilla
Vilvah Store Deo Shot has a new quick absorption formula which works even in humid weather. It makes the armpits happy with the classic smelling fragrance of rose and vanilla. Deo shot or solid perfume is suitable for both men and women, handy, easy to use, pocket friendly. It has no preservatives, no aluminium, no synthetic fragrance, no alcohol.
Ingredients - *Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, CERA ALBA (Beeswax), Arrowroot powder, Kaolin clay, Natural Vitamin E oil, Rose Essential oil, Geranium essential oil, Vanilla oil (*Certified Organic)
Price- 290 INR for 20 gms

Vilvah Store Charcoal Goatmilk Soap
This soap bar is super good for people with acne, blemishes and scars.It has rich aroma and the selected ingredients in the soap are super beneficial.
Ingredients - **Farm fresh goatsmilk, Activated charcoal, **Olea europaea (Olive oil), **Ricinus communis (Castor oil), **Cocos nucifera (Coconut oil), **Sesamum indicum (Sesame oil), *Azadirachta indica (Neem oil), *Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree oil), *Boswellia sacra (Frankincense oil), Sodium hydroxide (*Certified Organic **Organically grown but not certified)
Price- 420 INR for 130 gms


Vilvah Store Honeyfix Facewash
Vilvah Store Honeyfix Facewash is an oil-free formulation made with a 8% of honey. Honey is a natural source of glycolic acid. Enriched with the extracts from blackberry, papaya, gotukola and orange peel, the cleanser has gentle exfoliating, pore-shrinking and complexion brightening properties. It works on acne and is suitable for normal to oily combination skin.
Ingredients - Aqua, *Aloevera water, *Witchhazel, *Raw forest Honey, **Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (derived from fatty acids of coconut oil), **Decyl Glucoside(Ecocert approved natural surfactant), **Cocamidopropyl betaine (derived from coconut oil), **Sodium PCA, Sodium Hydroxide solution, **Vegetable Glycerine, **Blackberry Extract, **Papaya extract, **Centella asiatica(Gotukola) extract, **Orange peel extract, *Bitter orange essential oil, *Bergamot essential oil, **Sodium Gluconate (from sugar glucose), **Sodium benzoate, **Potassium Sorbate, **Citric Acid (*Certified Organic   **Plant derived)
Price- 440 INR for 100ml



Vilvah Store Lip scrub
Vilvah Store Lip scrub is made with the a yummy combination of organic sugar and organic honey to get soft and supple lips.
Ingredients - Avocado oil, almond oil, Organic Shea butter, lemon essential oil, vit E oil, spearmint essential oil, Organic Sugar, Beeswax
Price - 290 INR for 12 gms



Vilvah Store Chocolate Mask
Vilvah Store Chocolate Mask is a rich chocolate concoction for clear skin. Made with anti-oxidant rich cocoa, cooling mint and detoxifying rhassoul, it cleanses deeply and removes the excess oil from the skin. The omega 3 fatty acids in flax seed extract has anti inflammatory properties, heals the scars and imparts skin glow.
Ingredients - *Theobroma cacao (Cocoa powder), *Theobroma cacao(cocoa butter), *Hectorite(Rhassoul clay), *Mentha(fresh mint), **vegetable glycerine, *Melissa officinalis(lemon hydrosol), *Vanilla planifolia(vanilla oil), *Mentha spicata( spearmint oil), **Sodium benzoate, **Potassium Sorbate (*Organic **Plant Derived)
Price- 590 INR for 100gms

Vilvah Store Charcoal Mask
Vilvah Store Charcoal Mask is a gentle mask which removes the dark spots and acne marks. It is a good option for troubled skin and it instantly brightens the dull looking skin. With aloevera and charcoal being the star ingredients, this mask fights against the pesky spots and blackheads effectively when used on regular basis.
Ingredients - Organic Aloevera gel, vegetable glycerin, Activated charcoal, Kaolin clay,  Tea tree hydrosol.
Price- 590 INR for 100 gms

I hope you find this list useful while shopping Vilvah products. I have a few in my wish list which I will buy soon and review on blog.

*All product images have been taken from Vilvah website
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9 Sep 2019

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Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF 50+ Review

Sunscreen is the most important step in any skincare routine. Sun rays damage our skin badly resulting in wrinkles, dark spots, tanning, pigmentation, and cancer too. It is crucial to protect the skin from harsh sun rays. Majorly, people just cover our face and forget about the body area which is the biggest mistake. Always protect skin, cover head with hat, eyes with sun protective glasses and wear fully covering clothes.


I was looking for a water resistant sunscreen few months back and while searching I got to know about Avène. Unfortunately, there is a lack of varieties of broad spectrum sunscreens with UVA and UVB formula with zero white caste in India. Avène is a very famous 270 years old French brand. Thermal spring water is their very first and cult favourite product. Let’s dive into the review of Avène Very High Protection Spray.

Brand Claims
The Spray SPF 50+ is based on the exclusive Sunsitive protection combination from Pierre Fabre Research: 1. Patented filter system containing only 4 sun filters for very broad-spectrum, long-lasting stable and effective UVB-UVA protection with optimal skin tolerance. 2. Unique antioxidant complex (Pre-tocopheryl + Thialidine), for complete cellular protection against oxidative stress. 3. Avène Thermal Spring Water, recognized for its soothing, anti-irritating and softening properties. Thanks to its new hydra-protective texture, the Spray SPF 50+ offers: - An immediate and long-lasting sensation of comfort. - Anti-dryness effect. - 6-hour hydration.



Packaging, Consistency and Fragrance
The packaging of Avène Very High Protection Spray is quite unique. It comes in a sturdy plastic bottle with spray dispenser. A transparent cap is provided for protection. The bottle has signature colour that represents the brand. The bottle is slightly opaque, so it is easy to see though how much product is left.
Avène Very High Protection Spray has runny lotion like consistency milky white kind of which is very easy to spread. I find it moisturizing too. If you have dry skin, you will love it as it doubles up as a moisturizer + sunscreen in one.
Avène Very High Protection Spray has very mild and subtle cream like fragrance which fades away after few minutes. The fragrance that most French products have somewhat like that – it is not bothersome.

My Experience
I use Avène Very High Protection Spray daily and really like it. I need just 2-3 sprays to cover my arm. The sunscreen gets absorbed into skin quickly leaving moisturized finish. I have been using it from quite a long time and I am still left with the 1/3rd bottle. My skin turns red with longer exposure in sun but thankfully Avène Very High Protection Spray is saving it.

Usage
Spray the sunscreen directly on body skin or palms and gently spread and massage. Bottle is in spray form but you have to apply it by hands just like applying any body lotion. Make sure that you don’t spray it from a long distance as the tiny drops of sunscreen might fall on walls, floor and surrounding things. Don’t forget to reapply it every 3-4 hours. It is a body sunscreen, please don’t use on face.

Price and Availability
2480 INR for 200ml, it is mostly discounted to 2000 INR, easily available on amazon and other shopping portals.

Shelf life
3 years from manufacturing, 12 months from opening

Ingredients
AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER (AVENE AQUA). C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE. COCO-CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE. METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL [NANO]. DIISOPROPYL ADIPATE. WATER (AQUA). BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE. DIETHYLHEXYL BUTAMIDO TRIAZONE. POLYGLYCERYL-2 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE. GLYCERIN. BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE. DECYL GLUCOSIDE. BENZOIC ACID. BUTYLENE GLYCOL. CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE. CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. DISODIUM EDTA. FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL (HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL). HYDROXYCAPRIC ACID. LAURYL GLUCOSIDE. OXOTHIAZOLIDINE. PROPYLENE GLYCOL. SODIUM BENZOATE. SODIUM CITRATE. SODIUM LAURYL. GLUCOSE CARBOXYLATE. SORBIC ACID. TOCOPHEROL. TOCOPHERYL GLUCOSIDE. XANTHAN GUM.

Pros

  • No white caste
  • Broad spectrum sunscreen
  • Very good protection as it has UVA + UVB
  • Water resistant formula
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Moisturizes the skin
  • Hygienic packaging
  • Suitable on sensitive skin

Cons

  • The bottle is not travel friendly it is a bulky 200ml packaging
  • Some might find it expensive
  • Gives a slight shine


Recommendation
It seems pricey but believe me this huge bottle will last for months easily. It is actually a great product to have in your stash, you can share with family too as the bottle is bulky. If you are on a beach vacation or a sport person, Avène Very High Protection Spray will be the appropriate choice as it is water resistant. I will highly recommend this to everyone.

Author Bio
Hiral is a crazy skincare enthusiast. She loves finding and supporting sustainable and effective skincare products especially the small businesses owned by women. She runs her own blog pepilio.com where she shares every bit of her skincare love.
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7 Sep 2019

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Top 15 Juicy Chemistry Products To Try Out for Your Face!

Juicy Chemistry is India's first complete product range to be certified organic by Ecocert (France) in accordance with COSMOS V3 Standard. As I write this post I feel immense happiness that Juicy Chemistry has changed the whole notion of natural, organic products. Juicy Chemistry believes in being truly transparent and passionate about their work and which shows in the efficiency of their products. Today we will check the top Juicy Chemistry products worth trying out, but before that let us see what Juicy Chemistry is all about.


About Juicy Chemistry

Juicy Chemistry was co-founded by Pritesh & Megha Asher in 2014, with a goal to provide effective skin care products formulated with the purest and the most nutrient rich ingredients the nature has to offer. By digging deep into Nature and its methods of renewal and rejuvenation, Juicy Chemistry’s products were formulated. The intensive research into essential oils and traditional skincare ingredients forms the foundation of the products. They are all formulated with absolutely no chemicals or preservatives. Just distilled nature in a box, ready for use!
Every Juicy Chemistry product is COSMOS certified organic, the highest global standard for the cosmetic industry, which means every aspect of Juicy Chemistry, from ingredient sourcing, product formulations, filling and packaging meets the most stringent criteria stipulated by COSMOS to safeguard your health as well as the health of our planet.
All Juicy Chemistry products are non-GMO verified, cruelty free, vegan and free of any added herbicides or pesticides.

Top 15 Juicy Chemistry Products To Buy (For Face care) (Use Affiliate Coupon Code SONALI15 to avail flat 15% off on entire range)

Face Cleansers




1) Ylang Ylang , Lavender Oats-Organic Daily Cleansing Grains -For Dry and Sensitive Skin

Lavender and Ylang Ylang Cleanser is gentle, everyday cleanser. It has a base of almond meal and oatmeal for exfoliation which is then infused with Lavender and Ylang Ylang to give smooth, supple skin. The cleanser smoothens the skin surface, leaves it baby soft and smelling wonderful. If you are into powder cleansers do get this one without any second thoughts.
Price - 600 INR for 75 gms




2) Tamanu, Kakadu Plum & Frankincense Organic Face Wash - For Damaged & Pigmented Skin

Tamanu, Kakadu Plum & Frankincense Organic Face Wash is an unique face cleanser which helps in even skin tone and glowing complexion. The powerful qualities of Tamanu, Kakadu Plum and Frankincense have potent skin healing properties. Tamanu and Kakadu plum promote healthy skin tissues thereby reducing scars, blemishes and pigmentation. Frankincense has strong astringent properties which makes the the skin texture smooth and tightens it naturally.
Price - 750 INR for 100 ml

Face Masks




3) Tea Tree , Charcoal & Bentonite Clay - Organic Face Mask- For Acne , Black heads & White Heads

Tea Tree , Charcoal & Bentonite Clay - Organic Face Mask mask is a saviour for small zits and pesky black heads! Charcoal sucks out the pore-clogging junk while tea-tree essential oil acts as an antiseptic and antibacterial. Peppermint essential oil awakens the skin and improves circulation. The ground almonds provide exfoliation leaving the skin clean and smooth. The mask is a must try if you have oily acne prone skin, moreover it works great as a cleanser too when you are running out of time for masking.
Price - 450 INR for 25 gms

4) 100% Organic Aloe Vera Face Mask-Hydrating Mask For Sun Damaged & Sensitive Skin

Aloe Vera Face Mask is one of a kind product which Juicy Chemistry has. It is not the ordinary aloe vera powder which is made of the whole leaf, it is the inner fleshy part (freeze dried) of the aloe leaves. It will not only tighten the skin, but also keep skin inflammation and sun damage at bay!This multipurpose mask clears pores while delivering moisture to the skin cells. The anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce the skin irritations.
Price- 600 INR for 20 gms

Eye Care

5) 100% Organic Damask Rose, Sweet Orange & Chamomile -Eye Mist

Can anything get better than a soothing eye mist? Reduce under - eye circles and puffy eyes with this soothing eye mist which is enriched with hydrating Chamomile and zesty Sweet Orange. Rich in Vitamin C and anti - oxidants, it rejuvenates and revitalizes the skin giving this delicate area a healthy radiant glow.
Price - 300 INR for 50 ml

6) Damask Rose & Coffee Organic Eye Cream-For Dark Circle & Fine lines

An under-eye cream infused with the goodness of Chia, Coffee & Rose to give your undereye the tender loving care it needs. Chia hydrates the undereye skin and locks in the moisture whereas coffee reduces the puffiness and delays foramtion of fine lines. Damask rose has been selected for it's soothing and astringent properties. What better way than going organic for under eye?
Price - 600 INR

Lip Care

7) Blood Orange & Rosehip Organic Lip Balm - For Pigmented Lips

Blood Orange & Rosehip Organic Lip Balm is a hydrating lip butter to heal parched lips. Orange provides intense hydration and refines the skin for soft and smooth lips. Made with Rosehip and oils of Avocado and Almond, this butter is a complete lip treatment to fight dry and chapped lips.
Price - 350 INR for 5 gms

8) Damask Rose & Fig Organic Lip Balm-For Damaged & Chapped Lips

Crafted with luxurious Rose and nourishing Coconut oil, Damask Rose & Fig Organic Lip Balm deeply penetrates into the skin to provide moisturisation. This is yet another complete lip treatment to fight dry and chapped lips. Cherry on the cake, it smells utterly delectable to make the lips moisturized!
Price - 400 INR for 5 gms

Face Serums




9) 100% Organic Helichrysum & Rosehip-Anti-Scarring & Pigmentation Control Facial Oil (Cell Construction)

Helichrysum & Rosehip-Anti-Scarring & Pigmentation Control Facial Oil is a night time elixir which helps in brightening the skin. It also helps in reducing the signs of ageing and repairs damaged skin. The miraculous Helichrysum boosts free-radical defense, lowers inflammation and helps in regenerating the skin cells. Rosehip oil helps to get a radiant, even toned and ageless appearance with regular usage.
Price - 650 INR for 10ml


10) 100% Organic Frankincense & Hemp – Acne & Blemish Control Facial Oil

Frankincense & Hemp – Acne & Blemish Control Facial Oil is a potent elixir which penetrates deeply into the skin while targeting acne infection. It is loaded with acne-fighting and skin-healing ingredients like Australian Sandalwood, Tea Tree essential oil, Neem and Frankincense essential oil. Hemp seed oil helps regulates sebum production as well has astringent properties. Sacha Inchi minimises acne-scars and doesn’t strip moisture from the skin.
Price - 650 INR for 10ml

Makeup Remover




11) Fig, Maple & Damask Rose Organic Makeup Cleanser

Anyone for Organic Makeup Remover? Juicy Chemistry Fig, Maple & Damask Rose Organic Makeup Cleanser would be the answer! This makeup cleanser removes all traces of makeup and dirt from the pores and nourishes and replenishes the skin as well. Maple syrup, a natural pore cleanser, hydrates and tightens the skin. Rose has astringent properties to help tone the skin. It also maintains the pH balance and delivers moisture to the skin. Fig seed oil boosts collagen and elastin in the skin making it soft, supple and brighter. Due care is to be taken while removing eye makeup so that the makeup remover doesn't get into the eyes.
Price - 550 INR for 100 ml

Face Toners




12) 100% Organic Green Apple Water

100% Organic Green Apple Water helps to get bright, healthy glow. Green Apple is an abundant source of Vitamin C which helps in collagen synthesis. Collagen synthesis is particularly necessary for youthful skin and to maintain your skin's barrier. 100% Organic Green Apple Water deeply moisturizes, nourishes and heals the skin. The excellent toning nature of the mist helps in enhancing skin elasticity and firmness.
Price - 750 INR for 110 ml

13) 100% Organic Aloe Vera & Lemon Water –Toning Mist For Sun Damaged & Sensitive

100% Organic Aloe Vera & Lemon Water Toning Mist will tighten your skin and keep skin inflammation and sun damage at bay! This refreshing Aloe and tangy Lemon hydrosol formula refines pores, moisturizes the skin and shields the skin from sun damage. Aloe Vera minimizes scarring and speeds up the process of healing. Lemon significantly lightens dark spots & acne blemishes. This mist helps in getting even-toned and soft skin with refreshing and soothing spritz!
Price - 500 INR for 110 ml

Face Scrub

14) Saffron, Rose & Australian Sandalwood-Organic Face Scrub

Saffron, Rose & Australian Sandalwood-Organic Face Scrub is a gorgeous blend of Kashmiri saffron and rose. French pink clay removes impurities, excess oil and dirt from the surface of the skin. Geranium acts as a gentle astringent and Saffron helps in giving the skin with a perfect glow.
Price - 700 INR for 75 gms

15) Hazelnut, Coffee & Chocolate -Organic Hydrating Scrub/Mask

The goodness of Shea butter and Cocoa butter blended with Cocoa powder, Coffee bean granules and a hint of Sweet Orange essential oil makes up the formulation of Hazelnut, Coffee & Chocolate Organic Hydrating Scrub/Mask! The amount of moisture in this mask will plump up dry skin leaving it baby soft.PS - don't be tempted to eat it!
Price - 700 INR for 75 gms

I hope you find this post helpful, please leave down your feedback and suggestions in the comment section below. We will also be compiling another part for haircare and bodycare for Juicy Chemistry products.

*logo and product images have been taken from Juicy Chemistry website.
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29 Aug 2019

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Greenie Mill Mango And Chamomile Cleansing Cream Review

Hi All,

I have tried many products by Greenie Mill and they have never ever disappointed me. Today I am reviewing the Greenie Mill Mango And Chamomile Cleansing Cream which I had purchased a long time back. I really like using cleansing milks, so cleansing cream caught my attention as I have never used one. Let's see the Review of Greenie Mill Mango And Chamomile Cleansing Cream.



Brand Claims and Ingredients


How to use
Massage the cleansing cream into the skin and then rinse or wipe off with water. Follow it with toner and moisturizer. You may use it twice a day.

Packaging, Texture and Fragrance
Packaging is quite simple, a plastic pump up bottle which works quite well. The texture of the product is quite thick. So once we store the bottle for a few weeks totally unused, the product tends to thicken at the tip of the dispenser and next time we need to pump little harder than normal. Otherwise the product is quite travel friendly and easy to carry due to it's size. The texture of the Greenie Mill Mango And Chamomile Cleansing Cream is creamy and consistency is quite thick. The fragrance is that of lemon, it's quite citrus fragrance, no wonder since the product contains lemon essential oil. The fragrance at first feels strong but as we massage it in and when we wipe off it fades away. I never had any problem with the fragrance of this product.


My experience with Greenie Mill Mango And Chamomile Cleansing Cream

I am a fan of cleansing milks so using a cleansing cream is like cherry on the cake. I love using Greenie Mill Mango And Chamomile Cleansing Cream after a hectic day. I am now following double cleansing routine which I am really fond of, but I do get bored of oil cleansing once in a while and that time I use Cleansing milk or this cream.

The Greenie Mill Mango And Chamomile Cleansing Cream efficiently removes all the dirt, sweat and grime from face and neck. I love how the skin looks glowing, clean and mattified after using the product. I like how the skin feels plump after each use of the cleansing cream. I have noticed slight difference in the acne marks being a little faded and it has helped me with clear skin. The cleansing cream didn't cause any breakouts or acne to my oily acne prone skin.

The cream is very thick in consistency, like it just glides on skin after a few massages and it becomes difficult to massage it into the skin. Although the fact that it removes surface dirt and pollutant particles is a good thing. The thing is the cream needs to be little watery in nature to be able to massage it nicely on the area where we have white heads and black heads. Apart from this one point I absolutely have no complaints regarding the product. The price, quantity, efficiency and ingredients I love it with respect to this product.

Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 345 INR for 100 gms with a shelf life of 1 year. Available on greeniemill.com website

Recommendation for Greenie Mill Mango And Chamomile Cleansing Cream

Greenie Mill Mango And Chamomile Cleansing Cream is a good cream to thoroughly cleanse your skin of the dirt and grime which it accumulates over the day. Moreover the brand has mentioned that it can be used twice a day too. Even after having an oily, acne prone skin this cream didn't cause any acne, zits or breakouts to me. Barring the thick consistency (which makes massaging for long time a difficult thing) the cleansing cream has my heart. I have noticed slight fading of acne marks after using the cream regularly. A good to go, budget friendly cleansing cream with no nasty chemicals, go grab it now ❤️
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25 Aug 2019

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Vanya Herbal Rose & Jasmine Body Lotion Review

How does the sound of rose or jasmine fragrance sound to you? Refreshing right? That's exactly what I thought when I received Vanya Herbal Rose & Jasmine Body Lotion for Review. I have been using the lotion for quite some days and I thought of sharing my review since am half way up to the bottle. Let's head to the review

Vanya Herbal Rose & Jasmine Body Lotion Review


Brand Claims and Ingredients


Packaging, Texture and Fragrance
The Vanya Herbal Rose & Jasmine Body Lotion is packed in an amber coloured plastic bottle with a screw top. When you first open the bottle you will see a plastic stopper on the bottle which needs to be removed before you start using the product. The texture of the lotion is thick and creamy. Although when you start spreading the lotion it immediately gets absorbed into the skin. More on the consistency in next section. The fragrance of the product is the UPS here. Rose and jasmine fragrance, preserving both the fragrances without being over powering is what the fragrance of the lotion is.


My experience with Vanya Herbal Rose & Jasmine Body Lotion

The lotion gets absorbed easily into the skin without leaving any sticky or greasy feeling. I feel the lotion is more on moisturizing side rather than hydrating side. It leaves zero sticky feeling while moisturizing the skin. The skin feels a little mattified after applying the lotion.

I don't feel the need to moisturize my arms and legs once I moisturize them in the morning. However I often wash my hands while cooking and doing other things, so feel the need to moisturize just the hands while in the night routine.

Now coming to the USP of the product, the fragrance. I have a sensitive nose wherein I sneeze a lot due to strong and artificial fragrances. However the fragrance of Vanya Herbal Rose & Jasmine Body Lotion is very soothing and absolutely non over powering. I like how both the fragrances are being preserved in this product. After applying the lotion I could only notice the fragrance of authentic roses, whereas as when we try to sniff it ( yes I do it sometimes) I could notice an undertone of jasmine too. After one hour or so the fragrance starts to fade out. After some good 4 hours you can notice only jasmine fragrance which is absolutely soothing and mild.

I can say that the texture of the lotion is thick which makes it a little hard for the lotion to dispense from the bottle. Also the price of the product is little more than expected for the quantity offered. Apart from these two points I absolutely don't find any con with the product. It's a good to go, everyday moisturising lotion.


Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 585 INR for 100 ml with a shelf life of 2 years. Available on vanyaherbal.in and other shopping portals.

Recommendation
Vanya Herbal Rose & Jasmine Body Lotion is a product with unique mixture of the fragance of rose and jasmine. The lotion smells absolutely authentic of the roses and jasmine fragrance. The lotion is moisturising enough for a normal skin type and dry skinned beauties might feel the need to reapply it. Overall a good lotion to try out if you are a fan of floral fragrances. The product could be offered in a little more quantity at the same price.
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24 Aug 2019

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Body Cupid Coconut Milk and Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion Review

Recently there have been ups and downs in all the seasons. Even in monsoons, we sometimes get the feeling of harsh summery days. My body skin gets dry to extra dry any time depending on the weather. I recently saw a wave of Body Cupid products everywhere. The brand claims to be free from parabens and mineral oils, which made me buy Body Cupid Coconut Milk and Cocoa Butter Body Lotion.


The Goodness
Coconut milk, aloe vera, shea butter, cocoa butter, glycerine, sweet almond oil, argan oil and allantoin are impressive nourishing ingredients that make Body Cupid Coconut Milk and Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion a deeply nourishing lotion.

Brand Claims
Its satiny formulation has been empowered with pure coconut milk extract and cocoa butter to instantly deliver rich hydration to your thirsty skin. Coconut milk has lauric acid (also found in mother’s milk) that deep nourishes skin without clogging up pores. Cocoa butter is rich in healthy fatty acids and antioxidants that keep your skin silken and also protect it from atmospheric damage. Both coconut milk and cocoa butter also have potent anti-aging qualities to delay fine lines and firm up your skin. A vital benefit as the skin of your hands is thin and dryness can leave it looking wrinkled and papery!  Nurture it with Body Cupid’s Coconut Milk & Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion. And rediscover youthful satiny smoothness.


Packaging
Body Cupid Coconut Milk and Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion is housed in a square kind of packaging which you can see in pictures. There is further plastic packaging on the bottle to prevent spillage. Beautiful golden detailing is imprinted on the bottle along with the golden cap to give it a luxurious look. The top cap is in flip style but I found it little bit hard.
When I opened the bottle for the first time, I was wondering why the lotion isn’t coming out. Then I read everything on back of this bottle and I found no instructions to open it. Since the golden cap can be opened, I opened it and figured out that there was a stopper given inside which we need to remove. This is not mentioned anywhere, keeping the users to a great confusion.
There is a room of improvement for the packaging. Firstly, the lotion is quite thick, body butter or cream kind of and secondly the bottle is not sturdy. It is really difficult to get out the lotion once you finish quarter or half of the bottle as the lotion takes very long time to come out. I usually keep the bottle upside down so that I don’t have to waste time. Also, you have to be careful in handling the bottle. If it is dropped accidentally, there might be cracks and lotion could leak as the plastic used is not of a good quality – it is easily breakable.

Texture and Fragrance
The texture of Body Cupid Coconut Milk and Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion is quite different. Usually body lotions are in liquid form but this lotion isn’t. The texture is more on creamy side. However, it is not thick or very creamy which sinks into skin effortlessly. The body lotion has a very sweet fragrance of coconut which lingers on for a few minutes and fades away later on. I was expecting a hint of cocoa but it is totally absent. I picked this particular variant of Body Cupid lotion thinking that coconut and cocoa would make a classic combination and a release beautiful aroma but I was disappointed. Since the fragrance is very mild, it is suitable if you are looking for a fragrance free body lotion.

My Experience with Body Cupid Hand and Body Lotion

I take a small amount of the Body Cupid Coconut Milk and Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion and apply it post bathing. It gets absorbed quickly on damp skin. It is not very quick though. It sinks into the skin, in a minute or so. The body lotion leaves my skin healthy, nourished and soft. It is not at all heavy or rich but just perfect. The body lotion does not leave any finish behind which is very impressive.

Usually, the commercial body lotions do not work on my skin because I live in a very dry area plus AC at work place is totally unavoidable. These things make my dry skin extra dry and I have to keep really good body nourishing products. Surprisingly, Body Cupid Coconut Milk and Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion works delightfully on my skin.

This body lotion keeps my skin moisturized for 8-10 hours easily. As my body skin is very dry, I need to reapply it at night sometimes. For anybody who has normal to dry skin, just one layer of Body Cupid Coconut Milk and Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion would keep the skin nourished enough for the entire day. Moreover, the lotion is really perfect for hands as it is not at all sticky or tacky.


Ingredients
It is really disappointing to find only key ingredients of the product. Fragrance too seems artificial. I believe there are some extra emulsifiers and artificial colorants added to Body Cupid Coconut Milk and Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion. You can see the key ingredients in picture.


Price
399 INR for 250ml but usually you get it at 299 INR on discounts

Availability
Easily available on amazon.in, bodycupid.com and major shopping portals

Recommendation
I really like the formula of Body Cupid Coconut Milk and Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion but I do not like the packaging at all. I am not recommending it just because of the poor packaging. It is indeed a good nourishing lotion otherwise.

Author Bio
Hiral is a crazy skincare enthusiast. She loves finding and supporting sustainable and effective skincare products especially the small businesses owned by women. She runs her own blog pepilio.com where she shares every bit of her skincare love.

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20 Aug 2019

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5 Simple Homemade Cleansers for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin you might as well know the struggle to find a suitable cleanser for your skin. Most of the foaming cleansers might dry out the skin and some might make the skin oily. So today we are presenting to you some simple homemade cleansers which you can easily make with the ingredients in your skin, for your oily skin.

You can even make a batch of any of the following powder cleansers and store it in an airtight container. After that all you need to do is scoop out some cleanser with a spoon and use it. Some cleansers mentioned below don't even need any extra efforts and can be made on the go, save time and efforts is what we believe in. Let's get started with the list. My favourite is

oatmeal cleanser

from the list!

Homemade Cleansers for Oily Skin

Homemade Cleansers for Oily Skin

  1. Oatmeal and Green tea Cleanser
  1. Moong dal and Neem Cleanser
  1. Green Tea Cleanser
  1. Oatmeal cleanser
  1. Gram flour Cleanser



Oatmeal and Green tea Cleanser

For Oatmeal and Green tea Cleanser you will need one tbsp of rolled oats and half tbsp of organic green tea. Finely mill this mixture in mixie or coffee grinder. Take some amount of this cleanser and add water to make a smooth paste. Wet your face and apply the cleanser in small circular motions. Take due care to not rub harshly while doing so.

Why this works?
Oatmeal contain saponins which is a great Cleansing agent whereas green tea contains antioxidants and also helps in reducing the acne.


Moong dal and Neem Cleanser

Take one tbsp of moon dal and make a fine powder, then add 1/2 tbsp of neem powder to it. Use it as a face cleanser cum scrub cum face pack.

Why this works?
Moong dal is a great skin softening agent whereas Neem is antibacterial. This Cleanser is very simple and won't irritate the active acne too.


Green Tea Cleanser

When you make a cup of green tea, just keep aside one to two teaspoons of it. Dip cotton in it and wipe your face with it twice.

Why this works?
Oily skin needs frequent cleansing, but the Cleansing need not be with a cleanser everytime. Green Tea is a good source of antioxidants and hence it helps in keeping the skin clean without stripping any sebum from the skin.

Oatmeal Cleanser

We have already posted a DIY for the Oatmeal Cleanser which you can read here and also buy it via our Instagram store @skincarevilla.shop

Gram flour Cleanser

Take half a teaspoon of gram flour, add a pinch of wild turmeric powder and mix with some milk. Your ultimate cleanser cum face pack is ready.

Why this works?
Gram flour has been used since ages to clean the skin. Wild turmeric gives a nice glow and helps in clarifying the skin. Milk gives the much needed moisture to the skin while acting as a gentle cleanser.

Apart from the above list, you can try some variations like the oats and lavender flowers cleanser. We hope you find this list useful, please leave a comment below if you try out any cleanser mentioned above. If you have any questions or suggestions for the above list please email on skincarevilla@gmail.com
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17 Aug 2019

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Best Cruelty Free Charcoal Products : Head to Toe

Hello everyone,

Today I am going to write a much awaited collection. Everyone knows how amazing activated charcoal is. It was quite a rage some time back and everything from toothpaste to face wash claimed to have it in it. But what is so great about activate charcoal and how is even charcoal activated? Read on to know:

When carbon is treated with oxygen, the treatment results in highly porous charcoal. These tiny holes increases the surface area of the carbon, allowing liquids and gases to pass through and interact with exposed carbon. This carbon is capable of absorbing a wide range of impurities and contaminants. Thus the oxygenated carbon, also called activated charcoal or activated carbon is basically small, black, porous sponge. Non cosmetically and more popularly it is used in water filters, medicines that selectively remove toxins and in chemical purification process. It is also a substance given to poison victims to reduce the ill effects of poisoning.

Apart from that, charcoal has many more benefits. It helps whiten teeth, digestive cleansing, reduces gas and bloating, anti ageing and treats alcohol poisoning.


In this list, I have listed best charcoal products for all your needs. I have listed good, cruelty free and affordable hair cleansers, masks, body cleanser, face washes, face packs and even a tooth powder. This will be your go to list for all your charcoal needs.

Here we are with the best charcoal products that you can buy in a budget in India that are cruelty free:


A. Cleansers

1.  Aloeveda Activated Charcoal Face Wash: 
Brand Claims: This purifying face wash contains suspended activated charcoal, lemon essential oil, panthenol and niacinamide among other ingredients. This is a sulphate free face wash recommended for all skin types. It is paraben free and soap free formula.
Price: Rs. 210 for 100ml.
Cruelty Free: Yes, as per their website.
Availability: easily available online


2. Mamaearth Charcoal Face Wash: 
Brand Claims: Mamaearth’s SLS & Paraben free Charcoal Face Wash contains activated charcoal to gently draw out dirt, impurities, micro particles and make up, leaving skin clean and fresh. Clay deeply penetrates pores removing excess oil from skin without causing irritation. Coffee revitalizes the skin by removing dead skin cells. It is dermatologically tested and pH balanced. It leaves skin feeling soft and smooth and contains no harmful chemicals like SLES, sulfates, phthalates or artificial fragrance.
Price: Rs. 249 for 100ml.
Cruelty Free: Yes, as per their website.
Availability: Easily available online. Available in some offline stores too.


B. Scrub:

3. Tvakh Activated Charcoal Oil Control Exfoliating Scrub
Brand Claims: This oil control exfoliating scrub is designed with activated charcoal that gently exfoliated your skin, improves dull skin and reduces sebum. It is a mild sulfate free cleanser containing Calendula (Kills the Acne bacteria), Amla (Natural source of Vit C) and Orange peel (AHA Derivative) that exfoliates the skin deeply, leaving it smoother.
Price: Rs.425 for 100ml.
Cruelty Free: Yes. As per alternativecurator.com
Availability: Easily available online.



C. Face Masks: Mostly activated charcoal is used in face masks for its detoxifying properties. These are my picks from the huge list.

4. Raw Beauty Detox and Restore with Spirulina, Brahmi and Charcoal Mask
A clarifying mask which will keep acne at bay by unclogging your pores and creating unfriendly environment for bacteria. It sooths inflamed skin and nourishes skin with phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy skin. It rejuvenates and repairs skin and reverses sun damage. It reduces environmental stress and doesn't dehydrate skin. It is a multi utility product that can be used on your scalp too.
Price: Rs.700 for 85gms.
Cruelty Free: Totally cruelty free.
Availability: You need to DM raw beauty on instagram to order. COD not available.




5. R Zizhi Mother Earth Clay Mask
R Zizhi's mother earth clay mask tightens the pores, evens out the skin tone, detoxifies and remineralizes the skin. The main component is bentonite clay which is also knows as volcanic ash. Its detox capability helps you fight the summer heat. It comes with a set of instructions that has to be followed. After application you cannot apply or have any chemical based products.
Price: Rs.600 for 100gms.
Cruelty Free: Totally.
Availability: DM R Zizhi on instagram to buy.



6. Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree, Charcoal & Bentonite Clay Organic Face Mask
A boon for troubled skin, this JC charcoal mask will draw out pore-clogging muck while tea-tree oil will act as an anti-septic. Peppermint oil rejuvenates your skin, and ground almonds exfoliate leaving your skin clean and trouble-free. Together all these ingredients will make your masking ritual fun and satisfying.
Price: Rs.450 for 25gms.
Cruelty Free: Yes.
Availability: Easily available offline.


7. Neemli Activated Charcoal Detox Face Mask
Neemli's Activated Charcoal Detox Face Mask is a deep pore detoxifying face mask which cleanses and brightens skin complexion along with balancing the skin’s excessive production thus relieving acne prone skin. The combination of Activated Charcoal and Multani Mitti helps draw impurities while gently hydrating skin. This face mask is hand pounded and is concentrated thus which requires very little at a time. The clay is sourced from different locations for their amazing and unique characteristics.
Price: Rs.725 for 75gm
Cruelty Free: Yes and 100% vegan.
Availability: Easily available online.



8. Greenie Mill Charcoal, Lavender and Rhassoul Clay Mask
This detoxifying and purifying face pack contains rhassoul clay, oats, aloe vera powder, kaolin clay, lavender buds, tea tree oil, sweet basil oil, thyme oil, lavender oil. It is a much raved product that will work hard to keep those acne at bay.
Price: Rs.215 for 50gms.
Cruelty Free: Yes
Availability: Easily available offline.


9. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
This 100% vegan clay mask from The Body Shop will revive your skin and make it oh so soft. It contains green tea leaves, bamboo charcoal and organic tea tree oil as the main ingredients. It is devoid of parabens, mineral oil, paraffin and silicones. This invigorating mask redefines and refines pores and draws out impurities to bring out the healthy skin.
Price: Rs.1895 for 75ml tub.
Cruelty Free: Yes, leaping bunny certified.
Availability: Easily available online and offline.



10. Mamaearth C3 Face Mask
Mamaearth C3 face mask removes all the impurities from the skin and unmasks the glowing skin beneath. First 'C' Activated charcoal gets rids of excess oil. Second 'C' Coffee exfoliates dead skin cells. Third 'C' Kaolin clay attacks on acne and keep them away while bentonite clay, also called Volcanic Ash treats scars. It is dermatologically tested and free from sulfates, paraben, silicones, SLS, PEGs, animal derived ingredients and synthetic fragrances.
Price: Rs.599 for 100ml.
Cruelty Free: Yes, as per their website.
Availability: Easily available offline.



D. Hair Cleansers: Switching to shampoo bars is one of the best and easiest things you can do for the environment. Packaged without plastic, these shampoo bars are a must try.


11. Juicy Chemistry Plantain, Bamboo & Charcoal Organic Dry Shampoo
We all, especially us girls, know how difficult is to wash hair sometimes. When you are getting late for work, you need something which instantly refreshes your scalp and reduces the grease. Well. here is the solution to your needs. JC's Plantain & Bamboo Charcoal Dry Shampoo saves you from a bad hair day and also nourishes and manages your scalp health. It promotes hair growth, balances oil production and reduces itchiness. Say bye bye to dirty hair days.
Price: Rs.750 for 110gm.
Cruelty Free: Yes
Availability: Easily available offline.



E. Body Cleansers: I love using handmade soaps and these are some of the best.

12. Nytarra Activated Charcoal and Dead Sea Mud Soap
This cold process soap contains a beautiful blend of Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Soya Bean Oil, Shea Butter & Castor Oil. It is suitable for acne prone or oily skin. Activated Charcoal’s anti-bacterial properties not only kills germs but also exfoliates your skin. Banish blemishes and toxins, and give your skin a smooth texture. This soap is great for an all over skin detox. The mud found around Dead Sea is actually therapeutic. Symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and acne can be controlled by using Dead Sea mud. Its rich mineral content accelerates natural exfoliation and restores your skin’s pH balance. The strong antibacterial properties of Tea Tree Oil can help to reduce the causes of swelling and irritation of the skin. It can help ease discomfort caused by psoriasis thanks to its anti-bacterial properties.⠀
Price: Rs.200 for a bar of 100gms.
Cruelty Free: Yes
Availability: DM Nytarra to buy.



13. Neemli Activated Charcoal Detox Bathing Bar
Activated charcoal has always been a critical ingredient in Ayurveda. Its high absorption makes it especially useful to draw impurities and toxins deeply from our pores. The soothing Rhassoul Clay nourishes and reduces breakouts by regulating oil production. The Anti Microbial Tea Tree Essential Oil fights acne and fungal infections. Each bar is handcrafted and cured for 28 days before they are ready to be used. No added fragrance, only pure essential oils. Each soap is made in small batched in India.
Price: Rs.425 for a bar of 75gms.
Cruelty Free: Yes, and 100% vegan.
Availability: Easily available offline.



14. Kaira Naturals Lavender and Charcoal Handmade Soap
Made with skin loving pure oils, this clarifying, nourishing and soothing soap is scented with pure essential oils. It lathers well and can be used by all skin types.
Price: Rs.595 for a bar of 110gms.
Cruelty Free: Yes
Availability: DM Kaira Naturams to place order. COD not available.


15. Juicy Chemistry Australian Sandalwood, Hemp & Charcoal – Organic Soap For Black Heads & Acne Prone Skin
This detoxifying face abd body cleanser is the perfect remedy for your pesky marks, blackheads and acne, including B(ack)acne. This is the perfect bath remedy for healthy and beautiful skin. Charcoal will draw out pore-clogging dirt from deep within while Neroli soothes and calms irritated skin. Frankincense helps regenerate skin cells, leaving your skin clean and  nourished.
Price: Rs. 600 for 90gms
Cruelty Free: Yes
Availability: Easily available online.



F. Tooth Powder: Though this is not a skincare product, but it is such a magical product that no list about activated charcoal can be complete without it.

16. Raw Beauty Chamkeela
This tooth powder is non abrasive, teeth whitening and removes stains and plaque. It reduces sensitivity and improves gum health. It is anti-bacterial and remineralizes the mouth. It contains himalayan rock salt, activated charcoal, turmeric, clove and cinnamon powder.
Price: Rs.390 for 100gms.
Cruelty Free: Absolutely
Availability: DM @rawbeauty2018 on instagram to order. COD not available.


What is your favorite charcoal product?

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About the author
Meenal is a freelance content writer, skincare enthusiast, minimalist and a Chartered Accountant. She works in her CA Firm and also writes for her page tigersowl.wordpress.com. She is obsessed with skincare and is totally honest with her opinions.

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