28 May 2019

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The Soap Factory Activated Charcoal Face Pack Review

I had ordered The Soap Factory Activated Charcoal Face Pack along with the handmade soaps they have. Since I love using handmade soaps I thought I would pick up something else from their range and picked up this one. I have been using a lot of detoxifying face packs lately although that wasn't planned and is just a coincidence.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

Packaging, Colour, Consistency
The packaging is simple with a paper pouch and zip lock. We need to take out required quantity and use the product. Due care is to taken with such packaging like locking the zip pouch tightly and keeping it away from moisture and humidity. The colour of the face pack is dark grey (since it contains charcoal) and consistency is fine powder. Once we mix the dry powder in water it turns out into a smooth paste. While applying we need to make a smooth paste so that application becomes easy and we can apply a uniform layer on the face.

My experience
The face pack when applied in a thin uniform layer takes less time to dry up. I sometimes apply a thin layer or a thick layer depending on the amount of product I take for a single usage. The face pack leaves the skin squeaky clean with a nice glow on the face. 

The face pack gives the skin a nice cleansing effect with a soft and smooth skin. The face pack doesn't dry out the skin at all. It does give a little tingling effect to the skin which goes off in a few seconds without notice. The face packs also gets washed off easily without any hassle and doesn't leave a black film on face.

One thing I have noticed everytime I use the face pack is that my nostrils flare up once I wash off the face pack. I feel a little tingling sensation and itchy feeling in my nostrils everytime I use it. I don't know why this happens. Overall speaking the face pack is a good option to detoxify and cleanse the face on a regular basis.

Price and Availability - 295 INR for 50 gms available on Instagram shop @thesoapfactoryindia

The Soap Factory Activated Charcoal Face Pack is a good face pack to try out for it's detoxifying and purifying properties. I could clearly see the effects of the glowing skin after each use. Moreover the face pack is in dry form so you don't have to worry about the expiration of the product. Also you can carry a small amount of the product in another container while travelling just like I did.

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22 May 2019

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Greenie Mill Charcoal, Lavender Rhassoul Clay Mask Review

I had been lazy with my skincare routine as stated in my previous reviews. I hadn't used a mask since around 1 month to be specific and my skin was really acting up in April due to lack of negligence and proper routine. During this time I decided to put the Greenie Mill Charcoal, Lavender Rhassoul Clay Mask to test so as to gauge it's efficiency. Let's check the review.

Brand Claims
Fed up with acne and dull oily skin? Our charcoal lavender and rhassoul clay face mask keeps breakouts at bay with the anti bacterial power of essential oils. The brightening properties of this mask help to deal with fresh acne spots. This gentle and effective clay mask comes to rescue for your oily skin related problems!!!

Moroccan lava clay (Rhassoul clay), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf(Aloe vera ) powder, Charcoal powder, Kaolin (White Clay), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Buds, Melaleuca Alterniflora (Tea Tree) Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Sweet Basil) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris(Thyme) oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.

Packaging, Texture and Fragrance
The packaging is simple plastic jar with a black lid. We need to scoop out the product with a wooden or plastic spoon. The jar is small and leak proof so no chances of spillage or anything like that. Also the fragrance of the product is amazing ✨. I feel like eating it sometimes. The faint hint of lavender coupled with basil, is quite alluring and everytime I put on the mask I resist my urge to not eat it.

My experience
So as stated before, my skin easily breaking out like anything in April. I hardly had time to take care of my skin due to hectic schedule. When I started using the mask my skin was breaking out heavily on forehead area. As and when u started using the mask weekly once I noticed improvement in my skin. 

My skin appeared clear and clean. I am currently facing no single breakout phase. The mask deeply cleanses the skin and detoxifies it. It pulls out all the impurities and leaves a clear, fresh and clean skin. I thoroughly enjoyed using the mask and will be using it regularly henceforth. 

The mask doesn't get applied in a uniform layer on the face. Sometimes it falls and we need to apply carefully a thin layer. Sometimes I mix the mask in lukewarm water so the oats in it turn mushy and help in applying a uniform layer. Overall speaking I am not a fan of the consistency but am definitely fan of the efficiency of the mask.

Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 215 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 6 months. Available online on Greeniemill.com

I really like the Greenie Mill Charcoal, Lavender Rhassoul Clay Mask for reducing the breakouts on my skin and giving me back my clear skin. I really like to indulge in this mask for it's detoxifying and purifying properties. Although I don't like the way we can't apply it in a uniform layer on the skin. But keeping in mind the efficiency this part is negligible according to me. It is one of those charcoal masks which really works, is affordable and helps you in getting clear skin.
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18 May 2019

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Skincare, Bodycare Empties #16

I couldn't empty some products last month as I was very busy with my shop on Instagram. It was so hectic that I also hardly had any time to follow a proper skincare routine. Anyway, I still have managed to empty the products over a span of two months that is March and April and goin to post about it now.

Juvena Herbals Gold Saffron massage cream
My absolute favorite massage cream which not only nourishes the skin but also make sit smooth and glowing. I might pick up again once I clear out my stash of massage creams.

Plum Green Tea Toner
I have a love and hate relationship with this toner. Sometimes I like it sometimes I don't like it. I don't know why and how I don't feel like using it on a regular basis. Also the instructions say that we need to gently swipe the toner on face, this I hadn't read and I was using it wrong all the time. Also I do pat it sometimes on my skin and am good to go. The bottle will last you longer than thought so if you like using a toner plus grab this.

Prakrta Aloe Gel
My absolute favorite gel which I also used for one of my skincare DIY. I also use it on a daily basis whenever I am at home. Overall a good aloe gel to pickup if you are looking for one.

My ultimate favourite cleanser which I used up during the whole month of April. Please excuse the leaking of the Cleanser since the packaging is not up to the mark. Although the brand has changed the packaging and I can't wait to pick up my next bottle. I already have another one so I will use up it before grabbing new packaging.

Sachi Rituals Earthy Elements Face Mask
A good face mask if you are looking for a change. I used it on my body too for a detox sort of a thing and it made me feel very refreshed.

Nature's Destiny Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion
A good budget friendly body lotion to grab during the summer season. I like how it hydrates the skin without making it feel greasy. 

So that's all for the previous two months empties. Am working on a few new blog posts and don't forget to check the blog often.
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14 May 2019

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Best Paraben Free Moisturizers in India for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Finding the right moisturiser is a big deal especially if you have acne prone oily skin. The moisturiser for oily skin should be the one which hydrates or moisturises the skin without making it oily and is made into a non comedogenic formula. Following is the list of Best Paraben Free Moisturizers in India for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin which I have personally tried and tested for my oily acne prone skin (except ENN creme and Biobloom). The list is in no particular order and has been sorted randomly. Let's get started with the best moisturizer for oily acne prone skin which is also paraben free moisturizer list

Best Paraben Free Moisturizers in India for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Best Paraben-Free Moisturizers in India for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

  1. Plum Green Tea Matiffying Moisturizer
  2. SoulTree Tulsi & Sandalwood Moisturizing Gel
  3. Gulnare Aloe Vitamin E Cream
  4. ENN Rose Ultra Light Hydrating Creme
  5. Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer 
  6. Fiducia Botanicals Hemp & Rose Otto Facial Lotion
  7. Votre Absolute Hydration Moisturizer
  8. Biobloom Face Moisturizer - Vanilla & Cucumber
  9. Vya naturals Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Moisturiser
  10. Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel
Plum Green Tea Matiffying Moisturizer
I haven't used this moisturizer much but I have seen many bloggers rave about this one. It does make my skin a bit oily after some time. However the fact that it contains glycolic acid, green tea extracts makes it a winner for oily acne prone skin. Also the light weight formula makes it easier to use on a day to day basis.
Price - 470 INR for 50 ml

SoulTree Tulsi & Sandalwood Moisturizing Gel 
My ultimate favourite day time gel has to be SoulTree Tulsi & Sandalwood Moisturizing Gel. I have used it during rough phase of my skin and it has proved to be beneficial. It contains neem, sandalwood, lodhra, Tulsi, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel. The price point is a bit high according to the quantity of the gel. However, I have also experienced the tightening effects of this gel on my skin. So if you don't mind the price would suggest picking up. I would tag this as best paraben free moisturizer for oily acne prone skin.
Price - 450 INR for 40 ml

Gulnare Aloe Vitamin E Cream
Gulnare Aloe Vitamin E Cream is perfect for day to day use in summers. I have used this cream last year and I swear by it's ultimate hydrating effects. It is fortified with aloe, vitamin E and cucumber extracts. The product is organic and easily available on major shopping portals as well as on gulnareskincare.com. I personally feel Gulnare Aloe Vitamin E Cream as best paraben free moisturizer for oily skin and one of the best water based moisturizer in India.
Price - 700 INR for 60 gms

ENN Rose Ultra Light Hydrating Creme
I haven't personally tried this creme but looking at the ingredients list the creme seems like a winner for oily acne prone skin. It is fortified with Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerin, Jojoba oil, real rose oil and Vitamin E. Am sure it is a light weight gel like Gulnare Aloe Vitamin E Cream
Price - 750 INR for 50 gms

Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer 
I experienced a lot of purging due to this moisturizer. But as they say purging is just what brings the comdogens to the surface of the skin and heal them. The light weight formula of Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer is apt for oily skin and the fragrance of this moisturizer is out of the world. The moisturizer is fortified with White Lotus extracts, Vitamin B3, Glycerin. Many people tag this as best paraben free moisturizer for oily skin and also as water based moisturizer in India.
Price - 750 INR for 50 ml

Fiducia Botanicals Hemp & Rose Otto Facial Lotion
Fiducia Botanical Skincare Hemp & Rose Otto Facial Lotion is good moisturizer for oily acne prone skin as it moisturizes the skin while reducing the breakouts. It also helps in healing the cystic acne faster than thought. The only thing you need to keep in mind while using this lotion is that very little goes a long way in moisturizing. So beware of using more than one pump for face. Overall a moisturizer which can be used during day as well as night for oily skinned beauties.
Price - 950 INR for 30 gms

Votre Absolute Hydration Moisturizer
This is a basic moisturizer for Oily acne prone skin. Fortified with Wheat-germ oil (Vitamin E), Pro-vitamin B5, Prunus armeniaca oil (Avocado oil) and Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) it doesn't give an oily sheen even when used in excess. Moreover it is a budget friendly option for day to day use.
Price - 475 INR for 200 ml

Biobloom Face Moisturizer - Vanilla & Cucumber
Fast-absorbing and light weight face moisturiser is perfect for all year round if you have oily skin. Fortified with jojoba oil, vanilla extracts and cucumber juice it is free from any nasties. Moreover the formula is paraben free and mineral oil free.
Price - 399 INR for 100 ml

Vya naturals Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Moisturiser 
Vya Naturals Vitamin C Moisturizer has a lightweight formula that glides on easily. Vya Naturals Vitamin C Moisturizer contains advanced anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage. Vitamin C also helps protect against sun damage and improves collagen production in the skin. It is fortified with Glycerin, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E Acetate, 3-Glyceryl Ascorbate,Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil.
Price - 850 INR for 100ml

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel
This is by far the best moisturizer for oily skin available. It is free from oil and emulsifiers, so if you are breaking out from every other moisturizer then you should definitely give this moisturizer a try. It has hyaluronic acid which increases the moisture binding capacity of the skin whereas aloe soothes irritated skin.
Price - 476 INR for 50 ml

I hope you find this, paraben free moisturizer for oily skin, list useful and don't forget to visit my Amazon store front to shop my recommendations.
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9 May 2019

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Top 10 Best Rose Water In India

Roses have been used since ages for enhancing beauty, be it as hair adornment or in face care or beauty care. Rose is being used in different ways be in it rose petals powder, rose water or rose essential oil.

Pure Rose water is beneficial for skin when used as a toner or for mixing the face packs. Pure Rose water acts as a toner and natural astringent for the skin. It has soothing and calming effects on the skin as well as possesses skin clarifying and healing properties. Let's check out the list of best rose water available in India. The list is not in an order and is randomly listed.

Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water

Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water is made from steam distillation process of roses from Kannauj. The kannauj rose is considered special due to its similarity to the Bulgarian rose. The steam distillation process used to create this water ensures a high level of hygiene and unmatched purity.
Price - 275 INR for 50 ml

Lushveda Organic Kannuaj Rose Water

Lushveda's organic kannauj rose water is the most exquisite 100% pure, natural, organic flower water.
Price -  220 INR for 50 ml

Zofla Natural and Pure Rose water

Zofla 100% pure, steam distilled rose water is made of fresh organic blossoms of Kannauj Rose.
Price - 190 INR for 100 ml

Nature's Absolute rose water for all skin types

Nature's Absolute Rose Water is collected by steam distillation process during the making of rose essential oil.
Price - 300 INR for 100 ml

Nature's Tattva Pure Natural Rose

Nature's Tattva Pure Natural Rose Water is made by distilling rose petals of Desi roses in pure spring water.
Price - 260 INR for 100 ml

Kamaakshi Pure Rose Water

Kamaakshi Pure Rose Water is purely organic and Distilled from fresh Rose petals produced in Kannauj
Price - 450 INR for 100ml

Mantra Indian Rose Water Refreshing Toner

Mantra Indian Rose Water Toner is made from Indian Rose extracts and is a herbal product.
Price - 625 INR for 250 ml

Vya naturals pure rose water toner

Vya naturals rose water facial toner- 100% natural rose water mist, alcohol free - hydrating & calming treatment for all skin types.
Price - 399 INR for 100ml

BONSOUL Rose Water Distillate

100% Pure & Natural, Steam Distilled, Preservative Free Steam distilled from Rosa Damascena Rose flower and is Custom made for Bonsoul.
Price - 300 INR for 100ml

Pahada rose water

Pahada rose water is made from Damask Roses by a process of steam distillation. The roses are cultivated in Joshimath at an altitude of 7000 ft
Price - 299 INR for 100ml

You can buy all the above rose water mentioned from my Amazon store front as Best Rose Water

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8 May 2019

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Imiana House Rosehip and Argan Serum Review

I received the Imiana House Rosehip and Argan Serum during the month of February when summers just started. I was using it diligently everyday as a part of my night routine. As summers kicked in full swing, I couldn't apply the serum since I sweat a lot. Also I was concentrating more on acne reduction rather than removing pigmentation or working on scars. So I didn't use the serum for two months. Now that my acne has stopped completely I am back to using this product. Read on to know what issues this serum tackled for me.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

The packaging is blue amber coloured glass bottle. The dropper works fine in dispensing the product. The packaging is non travel friendly, but serums are ought to be stored in glass bottles only. So no complains as far as packaging for s concerned. Also I hardly ever carry an oil based serum during travels.

Texture, Fragrance and Colour
The texture of the serum is light oily and it spreads very easily across the skin and leaves no sticky residue behind. The fact that you need just 2 drops for your whole face speak a lot about the spread ability of the serum. The fragrance is that of a prickly pear oil, also being did that am assuming, since I have never sniffed prickly pear oil fragrance. The colour of the serum is bright yellow and it doesn't leave any hue on face.

My experience
Since I have used the serum over a period of different time, I would like to sum up the review like that. Initially the serum didn't show prominent results and I was using it daily so that my skin gets used to the serum. However again after including it in my skincare routine since past 2 weeks I am noticing a lot of difference in the texture of my skin. The texture is soft and even. I noticed a lot of difference in lightening of pigmentation around my mouth and that of acne marks. I am currently using the serum on my stitches which have left marks on my ankle and hope for good effects.

The serum needed for each use is very little so this bottle would last longer than thought. Only two drops are enough for whole face and if we use more than two drops the face feels oily. Also the serum is very light weight and gets absorbed into the skin with a few light strokes. I haven't noticed a difference in the acne scars yet and might need to use long term for around 6 months to notice a difference.

Regarding the price of the serum, all the ingredients are USDA certified organic which makes the price soar up but you can definitely rely on the quality ingredients which go into making the serum. Also the serum contain prickly pear seed oil which is costly, plus the brand has used an USDA certified organic.

Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 1450 INR for 15ml with a shelf life of 6 months. Available online on imianahouse.com, qtrove.com

Overall speaking Imiana House Rosehip and Argan Serum is a good option to reduce the pigmentation on face. It has shown effects within 4 weeks and has surely helped me in getting a clear skin sans pigmentation and acne marks. The only thing to consider would be the high price point due to the USDA certified organic ingredients used and prickly pear seed oil being one of them. The product stays true to it's claims of reducing the pigmentation. It has definitely brightened my complexion. However it would take some more time to show effects on acne scars and since I don't have any wrinkles I can't comment on the claim.

*PR sample
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2 May 2019

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Nivea Face Wash Milk Delights Fine Gramflour Review

I am an ardent lover of cleansers, be it any type. Initially it was just foaming cleansers but now I like to try oil cleansers, balm consistency ones and gel to milk ones too. As you all know powder cleansers are my eternal love. But once in a while I do like to use foaming cleansers especially when am in a hurry or am home just after spending some hectic day outside. So I picked up Nivea Face Wash Milk Delights in gram flour variant from a mall so that I could review it on blog.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

The packaging is cute and bottle is shaped in the form of a drop. The flip cap top fits in tightly and size of packaging is very compact and travel friendly. The nozzle of the face wash is small which dispenses small amount of face wash at a time. A little goes a long way in case of this face wash.

Texture and Consistency
The texture of the face wash is milky, smooth and consistency is neither thin nor runny. It is similar to a milk cream. The face wash has some yellow particles in it which are representation of gram flour. The particles dissolve once we foam the face wash.

My experience
The face wash lathers quite nicely although not much foamy one but later is quite rich. The foam disperses when it comes in contact with water. The instructions say that we need to gently apply to wet face and neck. I usually take it on palm and lather a bit and apply to face and work up for a few seconds and then wash off. The face wash cleanses the skin nicely and gives an instant glow to the face.

Although I don't use the face wash more than twice a day, on some days I have used it twice a day and experienced little dryness. The face wash is good for a basic cleansing job. It gives soft, smooth and glowing skin post usage.

Let's talk about the fragrance, the fragrance is overtly artificial and strong. Although it doesn't linger much after using so that's not much of a problem. I would not recommend any variant from this range for sensitive skin people. Overall speaking it is just another face wash which cleanses the skin and gives glowing skin for some time. If you like using different variant of foaming cleansers then go for this one. Also it has parabens, so if you don't mind any parabens go grab this.

Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 85 INR for 50 ml. Available online as well as in stores. Has four variants for Oily skin has gramflour variant, dry skin has honey variant, sensitive skin has rosewater and normal skin has saffron variant.

If you like using different foaming cleansers then would suggest picking up Nivea Face Wash Milk Delights range as per your skin type. The face wash has a strong fragrance so please avoid if you have sensitive skin. Also the cute, compact and travel friendly packaging is a big yes from my side. If you are someone who avoids parabens, artificial fragrances, colours in skincare products then you can skip this range altogether.
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