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Nacomi Skincare & Haircare Haul!

Hey ūüôā

Today I would love to introduce you to a brand that I got to know myself just recently. It is Nacomi, a Polish brand that’s crueltyfree, handmade, paraben free, SLS free & allergen free. They use only the highest grade raw materials from around the world to make their products highly effective.

Here is everything that I got in my beauty haul & the mini reviews :

Nacomi haul

‚óŹ Moroccan Argan Intensive Hydration Night cream – This one is a thick, luxurious cream that smells absolutely divine. It is, just as it’s name suggests, intensely hydrating thanks to the presence of Hyaluronic Acid in it. Other ingredients that make this cream truly moisturizing are Argan oil (sourced from Morocco), Shea butter (from Africa) & Avocado oil. It melts right into the skin on application.

Nacomi night cream

The brand has different creams targeting different age groups. The one I got is for my skin type (normal/dry) and targeting 30+ when the first wrinkles start showing. I am hitting 30 this year and I feel it’s a match made in heaven for my skin. I highly recommend this night cream ‚ô°

‚óŹ No Rinse Argan hair conditioner – As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I am trying my best to keep my hair looking like it has some life. So, this leave in conditioner attracted my attention. It has Argan oil & Cashmere protein in it to deliver healthy, silky hair.

Argan leave in conditioner

It’s white in color and has a watery texture. It smells like any other hair conditioner – very pleasant and lovely. The smell lingers in the hair, at the same time giving it an instant shine. I like apply it on my hair at night or when it looks extra lifeless before stepping out of my home. It comes in a plastic spray bottle, convenient to spritz on to the hair. It’s long term efforts are yet to be known. Anyways, I got 2 bottles to keep it stocked.

‚óŹ Hair Mask with Moroccan Argan oil – The ingredients of this thick, white, creamy mask are the same as the ones I just discussed in the leave in conditioner. It is supposed to regenerate and smoothen the hair, strengthening the hair against damage and breakage and restoring shine to dull hair.

Argan hair mask

I usually apply it for 20 mins and wash off. The hair does feel instantly soft and manageable. I am currently using it once a week. It comes in a tube with a flip open lid, conveniently designed to be used while in shower.

All of the above are priced between AED 50 – AED 85 and were purchased from the store named ‘Solace’, Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi. The staff there are so friendly and amazing. On asking for samples if any, that suits my skin type (normal/dry), they gave me two awesome product samples. Here they are :

‚óŹ Natural Sugar Scrub – This one is a dense scrub, packed with sugar thats immersed in a base of Argan oil & Shea butter. It also contains strawberry seeds for exfoliation (first time coming across strawberry seeds used for this purpose!). It smells strongly of coffee. I believe it contains ground coffee beans too. I have used it only on my body, since I feel it’s a bit too abrasive for facial skin.

Nacomi body scrub

‚óŹ Cleansing oil – This yellow colored cleansing oil helps in perfect makeup removal while clearing all impurities from the skin. It smells so heavenly and is a mix of several precious oils. Mann, I wanna make this into a perfume and keeps smelling it throughout the day. What a lovely, effective product!.

Nacomi cleansing oil

Overall, Nacomi a great natural beauty brand. Definitely check them out and if you have any wonderful experience with any of the products from this brand, kindly suggest them in the comments below and I will go try it out for myself =)

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The Top 5 Anti-aging Beauty Trends in 2017!

Aging can start as early as your late 20s. Notice how beauty companies are marketing anti-aging products for women in their 20s and mid-30s. Gone were the days when anti-aging products were only for women 40 and beyond. The late 20s and mid-30s are described by dermatologists as the pre-aging stage, when the lines around the eyes and mouth may start to show.

Whether you just approached the pre-aging stage or are already in your golden years, worry no more because this year is a year for exciting innovations. The top anti-aging products of 2017 contain smart ingredients. Some of them are unexpectedly on the list. Who would have thought that probiotics would be the next big thing in skincare? To further give you more ideas about looking fresh and young, here are products and procedures to keep on your radar this year.

1) Topical and ingestible probiotics

Recent studies suggest that good bacteria, such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium are beneficial for the skin. These probiotic bacteria have tons of benefits and one of them is supercharging our gut health. It’s all about taking care of the body from the inside out to reveal a young-looking skin on the outside. We ingest probiotics through food and supplements. Some good sources of probiotics are kefir, dark chocolate, and miso soup. On the other hand, topical probiotics are known to be an effective treatment against many skin conditions like eczema and acne.

2) Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate that naturally occurs in the human body. However, our body decreases its ability to produce hyaluronic acid as we age. This is why synthetic versions gained much popularity in the previous years. They will continue to emerge this year because of their ability to boost skin elasticity. This gel-like molecule that is often used on moisturizers hydrates the skin by drawing in moisture from the surrounding environment. It usually works on all skin types but dermatologists highly recommend them for patients with dry and acne-prone skin.

3) Soft and gentle cleansers

Scrubs and cleansers with harsh ingredients will take a backseat this time around. Instead, ultra gentle cleansers that promise not to strip the skin while removing impurities will take the lead. These soft cleansers use natural exfoliants that are effective in terms of clarifying the skin’s surface.

4) Mesotherapy

The¬†Euphoria Cosmedic Clinic Gold Coast is one of the well-known clinics in Australia that offers this procedure. This technique is known to reduce wrinkles, tighten skin, enhance collagen, and hydrate the skin — all that you need to achieve naturally-looking young skin. In general, you will be required to undergo at least five sessions to get effective results.

5) Non-chemical sunscreen

The best sunscreens of 2017 do not contain any of the scary ingredients such as oxybenzone and octinoxate. These ingredients are known for their bad reputation. For instance, oxybenzone can cause allergic reactions when absorbed by the skin. It’s highly suggested that you opt for physical sunscreens that only contain natural minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

As you might have noticed, the year 2017 is a year of the P’s: protection and prevention. Protection involves the use of the most underrated skincare product, the sunscreen. For some, it could also mean undergoing treatments to achieve the best results. On the other hand, prevention is all about cleansing the skin in the gentlest way possible as well as keeping it healthy from the inside.

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Review : Three Crueltyfree Fuschia skincare products!

Hey guys,

Fuschia is an Indian brand that comes under a bigger name, Vkare Bio Sciences. Recently I got to test three of their products and below are my thoughts on it. These products came in a cute, colorful little box that has written on it, the properties of this brand, what this brand stands by – Crueltyfree, Handmade, SLS free, Paraben free, Natural & Phthalates free.

Fuschia skincare

Chemicals harm our skin in the long run and you would be surprised how much of it is present in literally every product that we use. Of late, I’ve been trying out chemical-free options and am pretty impressed that there are so many brands that have taken that route.

‚ô° Cherry Care Hand & Nail cream – This light pink colored cream smells absolutely divine. It’s a mixed scent of cherry and bubblegum!. It’s ultra moisturizing & has a thick consistency. Working with a small amount of product at a time helps the cream to get absorbed faster into the skin. If you take a large amount, the more you try to rub it in, the more it just keeps spreading around without getting absorbed. This is because of it’s thick, pasty texture.

Fuschia skincare

It’s ingredients are : Aqua, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Bee’s Wax, Almond Oil, Cherry Extract, Mint Extract,¬† Vitamin- E. It’s full sized tub is priced at Rs 450 (Approx AED 25.66).

‚ô° Green tea Clarifying Face & Body scrub – This one has such a refreshing & lovely scent, that if you just close your eyes for a sec, you feel like you are at a spa!. It’s a light green colored scrub that has small green tea particles in it, that’s lightly abrasive. I use it twice a week (like all scrub should be). It immediately reveals radiant, soft skin. It feels just great on the skin and pretty relaxing to feel the light scrubbing action.

Fuschia skincare

It’s ingredients are : : Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Olive Oil, Wheat Germ Oil. Can it get any more natural and simple that that!. I have mostly used scrubs that have walnut shell grits in them. This scrub feels mild (but still highly effective) after having used those for a long time. It’s a pleasant and welcome change. I highly recommend you try this scrub. I LOVE it.

Also, any product that’s ‘clarifying’ is generally meant for those suffering from acne or those with oily skin. However, I feel this scrub would suit all skin types. It’s absolutely lovely and smells wonderful. It’s full sized tub is priced at Rs 450.

‚ô° Dazzle Face Mask – This Sandal & Saffron face mask is designed to make your skin dazzle, just like it’s name suggests. It’s the lightest shade of yellow and smells strongly of sandalwood and rose water. On drying, it becomes almost like a white mask on the face.

Fuschia skincare

It says on their site that you can use it for 15 – 20 minutes. However, for me, I can’t apply it for more than 7 minutes because by then it dries, since it contains different types of clay in it. My skin generally isn’t a fan of clay masks as they tend to leave my skin feeling dry. In this case too, after 7 mins (max), I lightly wet the mask, massage it, wash it away with plenty of water and immediately follow it with a hydrating moisturizer.

It’s ingredients are : Rose Water, Kaolin Light, China Clay, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Bentonite Powder, Oatmeal Powder, Sandalwood Powder, Saffron Extract, Vitamin E. I recommend this scrub for those with combination/oily skin. Those with very dry skin should avoid it. It’s full sized tub is priced at Rs 450.

Overall, am a huge fan of this brand and highly recommend it ‚ô°

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Note: These products were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

A Drop of Beauty from The Organic Pharmacy!

** Say hello to radiant, energized skin with Beauty Drops by The Organic Pharmacy **

Step into a world of wonder and revitalisation with the latest innovation from the organic beauty experts at The Organic Pharmacy. Radiate inner and outer beauty with the new Beauty Drops (AED 290), taken internally with a glass of water or added to your favourite Organic Pharmacy cream, serum or mask. The Beauty Drops offer an instant boost for radiant and energised skin.

Beauty drops

The Organic Pharmacy Beauty Drops contain Ginseng, Gotu Kola and Bilberry. Ginseng is a stimulant, diuretic and energy booster known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Gotu Kola offers regeneration for the brain, body and nervous system. It also increases blood supply to cells whilst aiding oxygenation.  Bilberry stabilises cell membranes and strengthens capillaries, reducing redness and rejuvenating the skin.

The dual-usage drops can be used by adding it to your favourite skincare formula or by adding to a drink. When used with skincare, the ingredient combination boosts antioxidant protection of skin and when sipped, improves the energy of cells and skin hydration.

To use:

‚ô° Add 5 drops if taking internally with a glass of water
‚ô° If using externally, simply add 2-3 drops to your regular cream, serum or mask

The Organic Pharmacy is available at Harvey Nichols ‚Äď Dubai, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre or online at¬†www.beautifulbrands.ae,¬†www.basharacare.com¬†and¬†www.thebeautyfloor.com.

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Note: This is a press release, aiming at promotion to a wider audience. I am not compensated in any way for the publication of this post.

Review : Deewal Strengthening Hair Oil!

Hey guys,

Deewal is an Indian Ayurvedic brand established in 1992. Today, am reviewing their Strengthening hair oil.

Deewal hair oil

It is a dark green colored herbal oil, that contains no chemicals at all. It’s 100% natural. I am pretty mesmerized by it’s smell. It’s so therapeutic & potent. From the smell itself you can understand how concentrated it is.

I usually apply it for a minimum of 20 – 25 mins before shampooing. I once applied it overnight too. After application, you will notice that even the room you stood in, has that wonderful smell.

It’s ingredients are : Indian gooseberry, Bhringraj, Brahmi, Jatamansi, Shankhapushpi, Castor bean, Sesame. The Ayurvedic names mentioned above are herbs that are cold pressed during this oil’s preparation.

Herbal oil

This is probably the most expensive Indian hair oil that I have ever used. It costs Rs 900 for just 50 ml!. But, in their defense, what I can tell you is, they have put powerful ingredients that work, into a very simple, non extravagant bottle.

I quite love it and highly recommend you to try it out. Check it out on their site.

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Review : The Violet Box March – April 2017 Edition!

Dear friends, hey!

It’s my first time trying out The Violet Box, a bi monthly Indian subscription box that ships not just within India but to over 70 countries including US & UAE!.

What is the Violet Box?

Violet Box is a beauty box with 10 to 12 beauty products. Indulgences like gourmet teas, coffees or chocolates are also added depending on the curation. A new box is launched every 2 months. It has been reviewed as one of the best beauty boxes in the world. For every box sold, Violet donates a month’s period essentials to¬†a girl¬†in need in India. I love that they are involved in charity work too.

Violet box Mar Apr 2017

The March-April Edition of Violet Box has¬†14 amazing products¬†focused on body & eyes. They include 5 full size beauty products, 7 deluxe size beauty products, dark chocolate & luxury coffee. Products are¬†worth over $80 USD (based on US prices) while it’s price is $39.99 (Approx Rs. 2998). Currently though, this box is on sale and thus its price is Rs. 1499 (Approx $23). Awesome savings!.

Violet Box Mar Apr 2017

In detail – This Violet box is a white colored box with it’s name written in a golden font. On unboxing, the first thing that registered on my mind was a heavenly coffee scent and also mixed with it, a smell of a luxurious spa. The products were all laid out on a bed of coconut fibre. I knew I was in for a treat. This box focuses on body & eyes and truly is a dream box for a skincare lover like me.

Full size beauty products

1) Raw Rituals – Caffeine Infused Body Scrub – 75g

raw rituals coffee scrub

This scrub is probably the first dry scrub mix that I am trying out. I thought it should be mixed with water to make a paste. However, in the ‘Directions’ mentioned at the back of the tub, it says, you need to just wet your skin while in shower & rub this dry scrub, in a circular motion. Leave it on for 4-5 minutes and rinse with warm water. It smells heavenly, like luxurious coffee.

The antioxidant properties of coffee and the exfoliating effects of the sugar makes this a truly wonderful product, that moisturizes & makes the skin soft. It contains ‘Grinded Arabica Bean Coffee, Coffee powder, Sugar mix, Hempseed oil, Almond oil, Coconut oil, Himalayan salt & Coffee oil’. This is a crueltyfree, vegan, chemical free, natural, preservatives free product.

It comes in a 75 gms tub and is worth Rs 300.

2) Raw Rituals – Green Tea Under Eye Cream – 10g

Raw rituals under eye cream

Just when my Clinique eye cream was about to get over, I find this in the box and I am absolutely overjoyed!. This antioxidant rich, Green tea & Coffee infused under eye cream is quite unique. For one thing, it’s not a cream!. It’s more like a light weight balm. It has a lovely scent of both green tea and coffee and has a light green color. It is easy to apply it around the eye, due to it’s balm like texture.

It comes in a 10 gms tub & is worth Rs. 300.

3) Fuschia – Sandal Saffron Bath Salt – 100g

Epsom bath salts

This is my first time ever trying out a bath salt. Fuschia is another Indian brand that is crueltyfree, vegan, handmade and natural. Since I don’t have a bath tub (and even if I had one, I am not in the habit of using one), I looked for alternate ways to use these bath salts and tried it in 2 ways.

One way is to use it for exfoliation. Since these salts are fine, it feels great to use it as a body scrub. It almost feels like a skin polish. It leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Another way is to use it in a foot soak. I quite loved soaking my feet in warm water, with these salts in it, for 25 – 40 mins. It’s very relaxing.

It smells so very much of Sandalwood and I really liked it. This scent lingers on the skin for quite a while. The salts are a mixed color of pink/saffron. The ingredients are ‘Sea salt with Dead Sea minerals, Epsom salt, Himalayan salt, Sandalwood Essential oil, Saffron threads & Olive oil’.

It comes in a 100 gms plastic tub and is worth Rs. 450.

4) Neemli Naturals – Coffee & Cocoa Body Wrap – 75g

Clay body wrap

First time trying a body wrap. I read instructions at the back and understood that it can be used on face too. It’s ash in color and smells predominantly of coffee. I took some of this powder in a bowl, mixed some water in (you can mix milk or rose water) and made it into a paste. The end result was a thick, bottle green colored paste!.

I applied it on face, neck and shoulders and left it on for about 10 minutes. It started drying to an ash color. I then washed it off to reveal soft skin. But I have a major problem with it. It left a greenish tint on my skin!. What a horror, looking like Hulk, albeit a less ferocious, lighter green version. Lol!. My husband made fun of me. Anyways, the tint faded away some hours later. Fair skinned people beware!. It will show more prominently on your skin.

The product contains ‘Coffee, Cocoa powder, Zeolite clay & Bentonite clay’. It’s a crueltyfree, natural product and I will continue using it because of the wonderful ingredients in it, but I will definitely avoid using it on my face!.

It came in a resealable pack containing 75 gms & is worth Rs 550.

5) C.A.L. Los Angeles – Draw Me Eyeliner

Cal Draw Me Eyeliner

Wow, this eyeliner is the perfect, jet black color, that’s an essential product for every makeup lover. On application, it dries immediately with a glossy finish. It’s waterproof and so velvety smooth that it just glides along the eyelid. It came in a little pretty black bottle with a golden lid. It is a crueltyfree product.

Deluxe Size Beauty products

6) Ital Veloce – Fine fragrance Body Mist

This is a 12 ml sample, called Shooting Stars, in a small spray bottle. It has a beautiful, floral scent that’s very feminine & is pink in color. I absolutely love this one and will try to get a full sized version.

7) Tatha – Shea & Cocoa Body Butter

Cocoa butter

This thick body butter has the goodness of both Shea butter & Cocoa butter. It is named ‘Spicy Sandal’. It has a really lovely scent of cocoa butter more than sandal. It’s so moisturizing.

8) Tatha РGreen Apple & Jasmine Shower Gel

Green apple shower gel

This shower gel smells so uplifting and fresh, thanks to it’s dominant green apple scent. The jasmine scent is quite subtle and I prefer it that way, since am not a huge fan of that scent. It lathers just right and feels divine!. Love this vegan, crueltyfree product. It came in a 30 ml bottle.

9) Natures Co – Lemongrass Footspray

Foot spray

This one is targeted at those who are on their feet throughout the day. It energizes tired feet and banishes bad odor. It smells so refreshing since it’s main content is Lemongrass oil (which is pretty expensive). It also contains Patchouli oil, Tea tree oil & vegetable glycerin. The sample came in a handy 10 ml bottle.

10) Just Herbs – Apricot Scrub

Apricot scrub

This scrub, named ‘Apricot sparkle’ contains apricot kernel oil, walnut shell grits, Shea butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera juice, grapeseed oil etc. It is as natural as anything can be. It’s very similar to any walnut scrub out there in the market, however it smells much more organic and also it’s base (what the walnut shell grits are present in) is more lotion like and not thick. I am in love with it ‚ô•. The sample is a good sized 35ml bottle.

11) Khadi Naturals – Jasmine Moisturiser

Khadi jasmine moisturizer

I am not a fan at all of Jasmine scent in skincare products and was not really excited to read ‘Pure Jasmine’ on this product’s label. However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I took a sniff of it. They have captured the scent of jasmine in probably the best manner possible. It lifts the mood and overall is enticing!. It’s a lovely herbal moisturizer that literally melts into the skin. The exotic fragrance lingers on so strongly that you don’t need to wear a perfume. The sample is a 15 ml one, good for 3 or 4 uses considering how much you use each time.

12) Thalgo – Brightening Cream

Thalgo cream

This one is called ‘Melt-in Smoothing Brightening cream’. It has a lovely, lightweight texture and easily melts in to the skin just like it’s name. In a hot, humid climate though, this one would ‘melt’ (pun intended) right off of your face.. It came in a 2 ml tube, good for a single use.

Indulgences

13) Teddy Roosevelt – Luxury Instant Coffee – 5 servings

Teddy Roosevelt coffee

This finely powdered coffee smells really strong. Even though each pack included here is a single serving, I used the content of 1.5 sachets to make a perfect cup of coffee. It’s deliciously luxurious.

14) Christopher Cocoa – 55% Dark Chocolate – 40g

Luxury dark chocolate

I loved this chocolate. There were 4 pieces, each wrapped in golden foil and containing an almond & a raisin. These were packed into a black resealable pack.

Other than Thalgo, every other brand is new to me. What a delight to try out new brands and products!. That’s why I love the concept of beauty subscription boxes. Visit their site to see if your country is one of the 70 countries to which they ship to. They ship free to most countries, including UAE. Also, in international boxes, there are slightly difference to certain products since they are thoughtfully curated in such a way that there are no problems with international customs etc.

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Review : Nerium Age-Defying Day & Night creams!

Hey guys,

Nerium International is a US based brand that has developed several products from Nerium Oleander, a plant that is toxic in all parts!. Nerium is probably the most poisonous garden plants. But through years of research, it was found that this plant has super antioxidant / antiaging properties and Nerium International developed their products in such a way that they are highly effective while being completely safe.

Nerium day and night creams

Ofcourse, after learning about it, I was a bit scared to try it out. Lol!. I did a patch test, as a precaution. When all was well, I went ahead and tried out Nerium’s day and night creams. Both products are powered by their proprietary NAE-8 extract, which helps:

‚óŹ Address both the signs of aging as well as the causes.
‚óŹ Acts as a powerful antioxidant and works to inhibit free radical damage.
‚óŹ Boosts the cell renewal process to reveal younger-looking skin &
‚óŹ Targets the causes of skin-damaging inflammation.

Nerium night cream

The night cream is yellow in color, has a serum like texture and feels mask like on application. It leaves the skin looking dewy. It has a strong smell that I am not really fond of. I can’t really compare it to any other smell, so that I can tell you ‘It smells like such & such thing’. Anyways, thankfully the smell fades after a while. For better absorption, the brand advises to apply it on damp skin. Within minutes of application, you will feel a tightness and a slight warm feeling. In the morning, I just wash my face and follow up with the day cream.

Nerium day cream

The day cream is so different from the night one!. Usually products like these, that complement each other, are visually similar. The day cream though, is white in color, so hydrating that it blends with the skin as soon as it’s applied, has a light weight formula and is non greasy. It has a pleasant scent.

Both these products are par excellence and one of the best product combos that I have ever tried out. The results are really noticeable. I have much more radiant skin and look super youthful. Lol, my cousin asked me how am I growing younger!.

At any given time, I am trying multiple skincare products, being a beauty blogger. However, I always give due time to see the results of every single product. I have used these two creams for about a month now and I swear by it’s effects on my skin. I love it.

The bottles look expensive and pretty. It has a nozzle that can be pressed down to dispense adequate amount of product. The day one is white while the night one is a dark grey color. Each bottle contains 30 ml.

Price : $190 (Approx AED 697.87) for the combo if you want to buy both.

Nerium products

To see real results (Before & After pics) of customers, click here.

Bonus: Nerium Age Defying Eye Serum review

Two sample sachets, each containing 0.3ml, of Nerium’s Age Defying Eye Serum were included in the pack that I received. The formula is so advanced that it gets to work within 5 mins of application, masking wrinkles and fine lines. One sachet has enough in it for a single application around both eyes.

Nerium eye serum

Since I don’t have enough lines around my eyes to do a ‘Before & After’, I decided to try it on my mom who is 50+. The results were pretty dramatic. Where this serum was applied, it had a blurring effect. You can see it for yourself in these two pix of her left and right eyes. The fine lines all went away.

Nerium before and after

Nerium before and after

The amazing thing is, I tried it on her about 3 weeks back and still there is a noticeable difference. Long term usage of this serum is said to ward off future wrinkles and lines. I think it’s phenomenal!

The serum is white in color, has a runny consistency that’s easily absorbed by the skin. Definitely amazing!.

Price : $80 (Approx AED 293.83) for a 10 ml bottle

To buy, click here.

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Review : Herbal Cleansing milk by Prakriti Herbals!

Hey guys,

Cleansing milk is a gentle cleanser that suits all skin types, especially my skin type (normal/dry). Today’s review is about one such product by crueltyfree, Indian brand, Prakriti Herbals. Founded in 1995 by Ms. Neeta Adappa, this brand strongly believes in being natural and in the power of Ayurveda.

Cleansing milk

Prakriti Herbals emphasizes the philosophy that nature has always provided an abundance of plants, roots, flowers and herbs rich in vitamins, enzymes, proteins and minerals that have been used in body and skin-care from time immemorial. 

This cleansing milk has the goodness of Aloe Vera, Fresh Lime and Cucumber. It’s gentle enough to be used even by those with sensitive skin.

Cleansing milk

My experience : This is probably one of the best cleansers that I have ever used. It has a really lovely, fresh scent of lemon, thanks to the lemon oil in it. It takes away the impurities of the skin, in just one swipe, leaving the skin looking so radiant and soft. It doesn’t dry out the skin at all. It can also be used as a makeup remover. I tried it on waterproof makeup and it didn’t remove it. You will need something stronger for that. However, try it on any other regular makeup, even eye makeup and this cleansing milk removes it easily, while being super gentle.

Cleansing milk

It is light green in color and has a slightly runny consistency. Don’t let the simple packaging fool you. The product is definitely high quality and very effective. It comes in a plastic, capsule shaped bottle. They are an eco friendly brand and have mentioned ‘Contact us to recycle the used bottles’ on the bottle. Like all cleansing milks, I usually take a small amount of it on a cotton pad and wipe it in circular motions on my face and neck. Then I wash and pat dry.

The main ingredients are lemon oil, Aloevera juice and cucumber extracts. I am in love with this product and I highly recommend it.

Price : Rs 200 (Approx AED 11.29) for a 120 ml bottle.

This product can be bought from leading Indian online retailers such as Amazon, Flipkart etc.

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iHerb Haul #11 – Skincare, hair care products & more!

Hey guys,

Here is yet another iHerb haul. This one is actually from Sep 2016, but I took time to try out everything to give a thorough review for you guys.

This haul focuses on skincare, health and haircare products.

iHerb haul

‚óŹ The Toner by Jeffrey James Botanicals – I decided to try this brand because it has so many rave reviews. I have used a DIY ACV toner for a really long time & pretty much don’t experiment with toners. But decided to give this one a try.

The Toner

It contains Vitamin C, Colloidal Silver & Camu Camu berry. It helps the skin fight against free radicals, restores balance to the skin, is antioxidant rich & firms and brightens.

It has a really lovely, refreshing scent of roses. It can be used in two ways –

‚óč as a toner – just spray 2 to 3 pumps onto a cotton pad and wipe away the day’s impurities from your skin. No need to wash it off.

‚óč as a mist – just spritz it directly onto your face and neck for a refreshing feeling. Leave it as it is, without wiping off.

It comes in a spray bottle. I definitely recommend it.

Price : $16.80 (Approx AED 61.70) for a 118 ml glass bottle. Currently though, at the time of writing this post, this product’s price has been increased to $19.20 (Approx AED 70.52), which is still 20% lower than how much you get it for, normally.

‚óŹ The Serum by Jeffrey James Botanicals – This is a deeply hydrating serum with over 50% Hyaluronic acid in it. It’s definitely a great serum and does what it says. It also contains Vitamin C & Green Tea.

The Serum

It has a slightly runny consistency, perfect for a smooth application. It is transparent and comes in a bottle fitted with a nozzle, which is very convenient.

Price : $30.80 (Approx AED 113.13) for a 59 ml glass bottle. However, it’s current price is $35.20 (Approx AED 129.29) & still, 20% lower than it’s regular price.

While Jeffrey James brand is definitely on the higher price range, it is of high quality and not just that, it is also crueltyfree, paraben free, sulphate free & gluten free. Both products mentioned above are good for all skin types.

‚óŹ Bee Propolis Trio supplement by NaturaNectar – This is a supplement that gives overall health, immune support, improves respiratory system and much more. It says ‘Trio’ because it’s a combination of three types of Premium Brazilian Bee Propolis – Brown (85%), Green (10%) & Red (5%).

Bee Propolis

I bought this for my mom and she took 1 capsule per day. She has felt a burst of energy and also her constant cough went down. She recommends it a lot.

Price : $24.74 (Approx AED 90.87) for 60 veggie capsules (2 month supply). But, since it was one of the Brands of the Week, I got a 20% discount and thus paid only $19.79 (Approx AED 72.69) for it.

‚óŹ Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask – I generally love glycolic masks because they always brighten up the skin by gently dissolving and sweeping away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for an even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion.

Glycolic mask

This one in particular, doesn’t disappoint at all. It contains Manuka honey & organic pumpkin. It’s a really lovely mask. It can be applied on dry or damp skin, but I prefer applying on damp skin since it feels less abrasive and more comfortable that way.

Price : $12.71 (Approx AED 46.68) for a 50 gms tub

This mask, just like any other Andalou Naturals products, is vegan, crueltyfree and gluten free.

‚óŹ Boar bristle brush for fine hair by Bass Brushes – This is a much hyped about product. Finally, I decided to try it too when I saw one that is specifically made for my hair type (fine). You have got to experience it!. It’s amazing. Here is a before and after pic :

hair transformation

Definitely not one of my best pics. But, to be honest, I clicked it to show a friend and not for the blog.

It smoothes the hair and gives it a very natural shine. It also works out tangles. The handle is made of pure bamboo. It can be used even on wet hair!. This hair brush is gentle enough to be used as a baby brush too. Such a lovely product and it’s quality is awesome for the price it’s offered at.

Boar bristle brush

Price : $10.20 (Approx AED 37.46). Currently though, it’s price has been reduced to $9.89 (Approx AED 36.33).

‚óŹ Cedarwood essential oil by Now Foods – I bought this because Cedarwood oil helps massively in hair loss. In fact, it’s a product that’s recommended for alopecia patients. It’s my first time trying an essential oil and having heard of how potent it could be, I was sceptical. However, after much researching, I understood that this one can be used neat (directly). So, I have been using 2 – 3 drops directly to spots that needs more hair or by mixing it with hair oils. There is definitely a difference, though it’s not magical.

Cedarwood essential oil

If you are planning to buy this one, I suggest you check out the ‘Atlas Cedarwood oil’ like this one, because apparently that’s the one that’s used more in hair treatments. The one that I bought is extracted from the bark of a Juniper tree and not from a true Cedar it seems!. Bummer. But it does work. Also, since this oil has antiseptic properties, I use couple of drops of it in my foot soak.

Price : $4.57 (Approx AED 16.79) for a 30 ml bottle. Currently, it’s price has been reduced to $4.04 (Approx AED 14.84).

‚óŹ Replenish & Repair oil by The Jane Carter Solution – This hair oil contains Maracuja oil, Coconut oil & Sunflower oil. It is a light yellow colored, lightweight oil, with a subtle, pleasant scent.

Jane Carter hair oil

This is a vegan & crueltyfree haircare brand.

Price : $10.80 (Approx AED 39.67) for a 177 ml bottle.

‚óŹ Hyaluronic Acid serum by Reviva Labs – This is hands down one of the BEST serums out there. I saw a massive change within a couple of uses itself. My skin is plumped, very much more hydrated and supple. Absolutely love it and I can’t recommend it enough!

Hyaluronic acid serum

It’s transparent and has a slightly runny consistency. My skin seems to just drink up this product. In the first pic, you can see that I have bought two bottles. One was for my sil and she has had a very similar experience too.

Reviva Labs serum

It says here, on the bottle, that it contains ‘professional strength’ hyaluronic acid, however, the exact value is not written anywhere. Reviva Labs is a fantastic brand, that’s much raved about. I am glad I tried this product. It’s like a Holy Grail product ‚ô°

It can be used alone for a hydration boost or under a cream. I use it at night, below my skincare oil and follow it up with my night cream. It comes in a glass bottle, with a pump.

Price : $14.31 (Approx AED 52.56) for a bottle containing 29.5 ml. Since I bought two, I got a 5% ‘Quantity discount’. Thus my total was $27.19 (Approx AED 99.87). Currently though, this product’s price has been reduced to $11.37 (Approx AED 41.76) per bottle.

‚óŹ Lift & Firm cream by Andalou Naturals – This is a repeat purchase for my brother. I think it’s his third tub. He swears by it and says no other cream has worked this well at moisturizing his skin.

Andalou Naturals

Price : $21.21 (Approx AED 77.90) for a 50 ml tub.

Shipment & Loyalty credit

Shipment was via DHL & it cost $8.86 (Approx AED 32.54) this time. It was shipped the very next day from US and reached me in UAE in 3 days. Love their fast shipping.

iHerb was giving back a loyalty credit of 10% of the bill total, back in 2016 (Currently, it’s 5%). So, I ended up getting $15.41 which could be used towards my next order, if placed within 2 months. Awesome savings!.

iHerb has made many changes to their site in 2017. That’s why they have reduced the prices of over 20000 products and increased the prices of a few products. Also, they have introduced ‘Shipping Savers’, which are products that can be added into your cart to help lower your shipping charges. To check the list of those products, click here.

Let me know if you need product suggestions etc while shopping at iHerb. I love to help out.‚ô°

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Guest post : An Essential Oils Guide for Beginners!

Over the years, essential oils have been gaining more and more attention and it’s because of the benefits that it gives. Many people could tell that essential oils make them feel better. They have the ability to relieve several symptoms such as anxiety, stress, headache, and many others. And because of that, a lot of people are considering them as their natural relief for respective symptoms.

What are essential oils?

An essential oil is a natural oil which is a product of the process known as distillation. It is famous for the smell and aroma that it provides and this aroma has a lot to offer‚ÄĒincluding relief for specific symptoms and conditions. From dietary to cosmetic aspects, an essential oil offers a variety of benefits.

How is it produced?

Basically, an essential is extracted not only through distillation but as well as cold pressing and rein tapping. How to Use Essential Oils There are a lot of ways to make use of essential oils and these include the following:

1. Aromatic

Essential oils are powerful that even if you just sniff them, you will experience physiologic, emotional, and psychological responses. It’s because they are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors which are directly connected to the limbic system. As you may know, the limbic system is crucial to supporting various functions of the body such as smelling, feeling different emotions, behaving, and thinking. Because of this, it is no surprise how essential oils can do wonders to the body’s system.

Essential oils simply uplift you and if you feel somewhat stressed-out over the daily hassles and pressures in life, just the smell of their aroma can make a difference. Other effects of essential oils include calming sensation.

If you are using essential oils aromatically, you do not need diffuser devices. All you need to do is to pour a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand, cup it around your nose, breathe deeply, and enjoy its relaxing scent.

You can also perform a different method. Example, you can apply an oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your car. You can also combine your oils and place the combination in a spray bottle with water, then mist it on your carpet, furniture, or bedsheets. Or, you can also add an oil if you are washing your sheets. Other people use an essential oil in household surface cleaners, too.

2. Topical

Topical application, otherwise known as skin application, is one of the effective methods when using essential oils. It’s because they have low molecular weights and they easily come through the skin. When the essential oils are absorbed, they remain in the applied area where they provide therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

One of the efficient ways to easily absorb the essential oils to the skin is to perform a light massage to the area. This will increase the blood flow, therefore, the distribution throughout the body is well-improved. The absorption is also much better if you opt for a carrier oil, especially when the skin it’s being applied to is dry or flaky.

To avoid skin sensitivity, you should use a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil. This kind of oil dilutes more potent oils. Recommended dilution ratio should be one drop of essential oil to at least three drops of carrier oil.

Parts of the body where you can apply essential oils are arms, legs, the bottom of the feet, chest, abdomen, neck, forehead, and temples.

3. Internal

Essential oils can also be used internally as they are also considered as best dietary supplements. An example of this is using a sprinkle of cinnamon on your oatmeal. You will see how tasteful it is when there’s cinnamon. Another example is sipping a mug of peppermint tea or adding fresh basil leaves to your pasta. See, there are a lot of uses of essential oils and all you need to do is to just discover them.

Adding essential oils to your diet gives you a lot of health benefits. Not only that. It also adds flavouring and aroma to the food. And when they are in their concentrated forms, they can also be used as supplements to relieve specific symptoms. Rest assured that they are safe and very effective to use.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Some of the benefits of essential oils include relief of the following symptoms: · Asthma · Acne · Colds · Dry skin · Flu · Flatulence · Loss of appetite · Anxiety · Fatigue · Gout · Stress · Stretch marks · Scars · Depression · Emotional imbalance · Allergies · Arthritis · Insomnia

Conclusion

Now that you learn about the wonders and benefits of essential oils, you might be thinking about buying ones for yourself. Essential oils can be bought online or you can also visit your favourite stores near you.

About the Author:

Hello! My name is Lea Harrison, a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. My goal and the purpose of www.essentialoildiffuserusa.com is to help educate you on the proper use of various essential oils safe.

Thanks to Lea for sharing this informative post with my readers!

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