Since most of us in India do not have bathtubs to whip up a lavish bubble bath, a beautiful handmade soap is what we can resort to for a luxurious bath experience. I was recently sent some wonderful handmade soaps by The Soap Factory, a brand known for its natural, eco-friendly, and handcrafted skincare. Read on to find out my thoughts on these soaps which are honestly so pretty that I almost felt guilty using them!
Merry Christmas to all of you! My Christmas angel this year is an extremely special one. It is this beautiful chocolate angel soap from Aroma Essentials! Who would want to destroy this stunning soap by using it? Well, I did, just to review it for you guys! Read on to find out if this pretty soap worked as well as it looks.
If you wish to look more put together, fresh, and energized all in one go, you just need to make sure that you smell good at all times of the day. There are many deodorants in the market that claim to last all day, but if you live in a hot and humid environment, you would know that that is not necessarily true. This is where these dinky Cinthol Woman Deo Sticks can come to your rescue. Read on to find out more about the product.
These cream deos come in handy tubes that you can throw into your handbag before heading out the door, for a quick touch up whenever you need one. The tubes have a click lid and a narrow opening for releasing the product. The packaging is very compact and easy to use, the only issue is that if the tube gets squeezed in your bag then the product will leak inside the lid and things will get a little messy.
The product is in the form of a slightly runny cream that sinks into the skin within seconds and provides a refreshing scent for 5-6 hours. It also helps in keeping the sweat at bay provided you are not going to indulge in heavy physical activity. There are a number of scents available in this range and I have used the Swirl and Inspire variants. They both have subtle, sweet scents that are quite different from each other. Swirl has more of a fresh scent and Inspire has a sweet, candy scent.
Priced at INR 60 per tube, these deo sticks are definitely a steal. This product is a handbag essential for me and I cannot recommend it enough.
The crazy bath lady strikes again! But what do I do – summer is here and I get through soaps and shower gels like nobody’s business. Also, Seer Secrets was kind enough to send me their Smoky Rose Geranium Hydrating Soy Milk Enzyme Body Cleanser and it was too good not to blog about, so here we go!
First of all, this body wash smells of roses, which is one of my favourite scents in the world. Secondly, it is enriched with soy protein that nourishes and hydrates the skin, so even if you are someone who likes to hop into the shower multiple times in a day during summer, your skin will still not feel dry or flaky. Another USP of this product is that it claims to fight against body acne, and I have indeed seen an improvement in the condition of the acne on my back and shoulders ever since I started using this product. Also, the bottle with a pump provides a hassle-free experience for those who want to be in and out of the shower in a jiffy.
To be honest, every product from Seer Secrets that I have tried till date has been of excellent quality and worth recommending. They put a lot of thought into their ingredients and their bath range, including this product, is no exception. Look at the ingredient list in the picture if you still have doubts. While the price of INR 594 for a 250ml bottle may seem a little up there, this product will last you a really long time because it lathers beautifully. So do take my word for it and try it out yourself, your skin will thank you for it!
The skincare brands are really upping their soap game these days and the Seer Secrets Quantum Quattro Gemstone Bath Bar is a prime example of this. This stunning gemstone green soap bar resembles a rock straight out of a Star Wars movie and can be the centre of attraction in any bathroom. Not only does this block of soap act as a talking point, it is also a great soap that has improved the quality of my much-neglected “body skin” within a few weeks. Read on find out more about this spectacular bath bar.
Priced at INR 342 for 161 gms of the product, this soap bar will last you a really long time because it is not like those soft handmade soaps that melt away really quickly. Also, it has the refreshing scent of lemons, or rather lemon candy, that will keep your bathroom smelling amazing all day long and your skin will also emanate the fragrance for a good couple of hours. The soap contains Bergamot and orange essential oil, which help to fight skin infection and make the skin healthier and smoother. It also contains natural minerals in the form of crushed gemstone powder, which add an element of luxury to the bath and offer a gentle cleansing action. I love the fact that this soap bar is made with all natural ingredients and does not contain any parabens, alcohols or dyes. It indeed provides gentle cleansing with its rich lather, and leaves the skin looking more youthful and supple. The skin of my body usually becomes dry and flaky after a bath if I don’t use a body lotion, but when I use this soap, I can even skip the moisturizer and my skin still doesn’t look dehydrated.
Overall, I am super happy with the glow that this soap has brought to my skin. I will definitely recommend it to all those who prefer using a soap bar instead of a shower gel. It is especially great for summers because of its zesty scent and refreshing feel. So do try out this soap and add some citrusy vibes to your bath!
I am a bit of a body wash hoarder and can hardly ever resist buying one with an interesting fragrance. What made the Plum Vanilla and Fig – The Rich Shake Body Wash even more exciting was the fact that it was offered as a freebie with my recent Plum purchase, so I could definitely not let the opportunity to try this product slide by. I have been using this in my shower for quite a few days now and here is what I think about the product.
This product comes in a convenient pump bottle that I quite like because it is not messy to use and is travel-friendly. The actual body wash is a white liquid that smells like vanilla, but I am not able to identify the scent of figs in the fragrance. Despite this, the fragrance is absolutely heavenly and lingers on the skin for at least a couple of hours after stepping out of the shower. If you are someone who loves the scent of vanilla, this product will definitely steal your heart.
The product does not lather as much as I usually prefer, and I need at least 3-4 pumps to lather up my whole body to my satisfaction. It is quite gentle on the skin and leaves it looking smooth and supple, but I do not think that this body wash is particularly hydrating when compared to other body washes in the market.
Overall, I like the fact that this product is vegan and paraben-free, but since I have high expectations from Plum as a brand, it did not manage to wow me. I like its fragrance and packaging but the price point of INR 400 for 200ml of the product seems a little steep to me. However, since Plum is always running discounts on this body wash and offering it as a freebie with orders above a certain amount, I think it is worth a shot. Not a product that I will buy at full price, but definitely one that I would love to get again as a gift 🙂
If you have been following this blog for some time, you might know that I am not the hugest fan of solid soaps and prefer body washes instead. I never purchase soap bars for myself, but when I received the Bahala Handmade Soaps in a giveaway hamper from HoneyPot, their fragrance was so alluring that I HAD TO start using them asap! So here are my thoughts on these lovely handmade soaps.
I received two soaps from the range, the Coffe n Oatmeal soap and the Orange n Lemongrass soap. The former smells exactly like cookies and cream while the latter has the sweet and zesty scent of orange. When you put one of these soap bars in your bathroom, trust me you won’t need a room freshener, that’s how beautiful their scents are, without any fake perfumy notes. Also, these soap bars are nor weirdly shaped or sticky like many of the handmade soaps out there, which is why using them is not a messy affair at all.
I have used the Coffee n Oatmeal soap quite a lot and it is extremely hydrating and gentle on the skin aka perfect for winters. Coffee has anti-oxidising properties while oatmeal is famous as a nourishing skin food that heals and repairs dry and damaged skin. It froths easily but is not overly drying on the skin, my body feels well-moisturised after using the soap and the calming oatmeal scent lingers on for hours. I haven’t used the Orange n Lemongrass soap much yet but its ingredients are perfect to prevent oiliness and infections, something that will definitely help those with acne-prone skin. I think I will get more use from this in the warmer months because its sweet orange scent and astringent properties are ideal for summer.
Each of these soap bars is priced at INR 125 but I think that the price is appropriate for how good they are. They have natural ingredients and have improved the texture of my skin more than any body wash ever has. Perhaps this brand has converted me into a soap bar lover! So, if you are looking for a fragrant and nourishing bath experience then do give Bahala soaps a try!
A lot of us pay plenty of attention to our skincare and moisturizers but often use shower gels without giving much thought to their ingredients. However, shower gels with an abundance of chemicals in them, or those that are heavily perfumed, can often lead to excessive dryness and even body acne. Also, we all tend to skip using a body lotion from time to time, thanks to our hectic schedules and the urge to get more done in the 24 hours that we have at hand. Therefore, a shower gel with all natural ingredients that are soothing and beneficial to the skin is an absolute must-have. The Greenberry Organics Rose and Jojoba Oil Body Wash Gel checks all the right boxes for me and is a delight to use every morning.
This body wash is a pink gel that smells exactly like Gulkand and produces a soothing and not too frothy lather on the skin. It is extremely gentle and does not leave the skin dehydrated or flaky like the body washes that produce a lot of foam. It contains extremely nourishing ingredients such as Jojoba Oil, Rose extracts, and Vitamin-E and is made of 100% natural ingredients.
This paraben-free body wash is ideal for all skin-types but will be especially beneficial for those with extremely dry or sensitive skin because it cleanses thoroughly without stripping the skin of its natural oils and provides supple and youthful skin after every wash. I also feel that this body wash calms down any active body acne on my back or shoulders and reduces their redness and size too.
To sum it up, if you love the scent of roses and your skin is in desperate need of some hydration then you must add this body wash to your cart. Also, the travel-friendly bottle that comes with a pump is a winner for me and I will definitely repurpose it once I am done with the product. The price tag of INR 595 for a 200ml bottle may seem a little steep but once you use this all-natural product, I am sure you will never go back to the more affordable but chemical-laden body washes. So come join me in smelling like a rose and feeling fresh like a daisy with the Greenberry Organics Rose and Jojoba Oil Body Wash. I am sure you will not regret it 🙂
Disclaimer – Product sent by the brand but all opinions are honest, and my own.
I always tend to switch up my fragrance when the weather moves from summer to winter. While I am all about light, aquatic-floral scents in the summer months, I prefer something warmer, sweeter, and muskier in the winters. This year, my winter scent is The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose Fragrance Mist. The Body Shop has different scents in its musk range but this is the perfect one for me because it isn’t too spicy or sweet, and nor is it too strong and manly, due to the floral hits of rose.
When you first spray the scent, the top notes that are quite musky will hit you and it will smell more sharp than floral, but once you let it settle for around 20-30 minutes, it turns into a beautiful blend of musk and rose. I would call it a sophisticated and warm floral scent which is a more grown-up scent than an out an out floral but not too mature either. The longevity of this mist is pretty good too, it does fade throughout the day but a faint fragrance stays on my skin even the next day. It is of course not as strong as a perfume because it is a body mist but if you do not want to fill the room with fragrance yet want to smell good throughout the day then this soft fragrance will do the job for you. If you want to build it up then you can even opt for the body lotion from the range.
Overall, I am really pleased with my choice of fragrance for the cold weather and will recommend this body mist to all those who have a similar preference in scents. This mist retails for around INR 1200, which is approximately half the price of the perfume in the same scent, making it a more affordable option for students and young professionals. Personally, I do find The Body Shop products overpriced in India but still like to invest in their body mists because they last so long and suit my taste really well. So the next time you are at a Body Shop store do give this scent a whiff and I am sure you will love it too!
Even though soap bars have made a major comeback in India, thanks to the beautiful handmade soaps that have hit the shelves, I am still a loyal lover of shower gels. Somehow the sight of a wet bar of soap with that one rookie strand of hair clinging to it always turns me off, and I have super long hair that break easily, so this scene is pretty unavoidable in my bathroom 🙁 Also, shower gels are easy to travel with and are a more hygienic option when shared, so basically, I have a significant stash of shower gels in my cupboard. Today I will talk about the latest edition to my shower gel family, the Kronokare Provencal Lavender All Is Well Shower Gel.
This shower gel is free of sulfates, parabens, silicones, and mineral oil. It contains lavender and thyme extracts, glycerin, and seed oils that soothe and repair the skin while cleansing it. This product is particularly designed for irritated skin and is super gentle on the body. It initially smells like an old school, strong smelling shampoo, but after rinsing it leaves behind the mild and pleasant scent of lavender on the skin. It lathers pretty well and cleanses the skin without leaving it dry, in fact, my skin feels slightly softer after using this shower gel. It is therefore perfect for the days when you are suffering from extremely dry skin or have rashes from waxing or shaving.
Priced at INR 200 for 55ml, this shower gel is fairly expensive, but it is perfect for those whose skin reacts badly to drugstore shower gels. Other than the high price, I do not have anything negative to say about this product. The packaging with the flip cap is pretty sturdy and travel-friendly too. The 30ml bottle that I have was a sample purchased from Smytten (I got 2 other samples and this bottle for INR 89 only, which is a very good deal!), so you can check it out on the Smytten app, or can purchase it from the Kronokare website directly. If you are a fan of lavender then I am sure that you will love this product!
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This could be a controversial one. I know that the world is switching to aluminum-free, natural deodorants and that aerosol cans are damaging to the environment. However, most of my readers are based in India, where the eco-friendly deodorants are still hard to find and are also quite expensive. Personally, I hardly ever use deodorants and usually, a body mist works just fine for me. There are of course those days when I have to be out and about in the sun and I do not want to subject the world to body odor. The Nike Women Basic Yellow Deodorant is my go to product for such occasions.
If you are like me and hate the pungent undertones that most deodorants have, you will love this product. It smells just like a perfume and you can’t even tell that it is a deodorant. In fact, you do not even need to wear a perfume on the days that you use this deodorant. The scent is a sweet, candy fragrance with some warmth to it. It is not girly but it is definitely feminine. If strong, floral or musky scents make you sick then you will find this fragrance much more pleasing.
The scent lasts all day long and I feel that it even keeps the sweat at bay. A 200ml can of this product is priced at INR 250 and is available at most drugstores and online too. If you can find a natural deodorant where you live or can make one at home then that is great, but if you are stuck in a situation where you have to purchase a conventional deodorant then I would highly recommend this one.
A body scrub that is quite gritty yet moisturizing is hard to come by. I found this gem when I was perusing the aisles of my local Body Shop store, on the hunt for a scrub that would eliminate my ingrown hair. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Rough Body Scrub is a dream come true for me. Unlike the gentle scrubs that have soft beads, this one has a strong exfoliating action owing to the rough particles embedded in the golden gel.
Despite being a gritty scrub, this product leaves your skin supple and hydrated, thanks to the goodness of Argan oil. In fact, you can even get away without moisturizing after using this scrub. The product provides rescue from dry, scaly skin and the post waxing disasters that we call ingrown hair.
My only complaint about this product is the price, which is INR 1095 for a 200ml tub. However, this jar did last me for ages and I will definitely repurchase.
Buy it here.