The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser | Review

A change in weather can drastically impact the needs of your skin and it is crucial to adapt your skincare to these needs. As the mercury has dropped in this part of the world and the wind has become chilling and dry, my skin has been craving for gentle hydration. This is why I have started using the Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser from The Face Shop to cleanse my face without stripping it dry. Read on to find out why this face wash is perfect for the nippy weather.

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser | Review

The Dr. Belmeur Range by The Face Shop is especially curated for sensitive skin, and contains mild plant-based ingredients. The Daily Repair Foam Cleanser is a translucent gel with a pH of 6, which is slightly acidic and helps with maintaining the acid barrier of the skin. It produces a decent amount of foam to cleanse the skin but not too much. It has a mild medicinal-herbal scent which does not linger and is free of any irritants such as perfume. The formula also does not contain some of the notorious nasty additives, such as parabens, synthetic pigments, mineral oil, benzophenone-3, animal-derived ingredients, propylene glycol and talc. The product claims to cleanse while hydrating and soothing dry and sensitive skin.

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser | Review

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser | Review

My skin is usually combination to oily, but it feels quite dehydrated during winters. This face wash is perfect for my skin at the moment because it gets rid of the oil and dirt without making my skin feel dry. I usually get a few red patches on my skin right after washing my face with any cleanser, but this does not happen with this face wash. The formula is super gentle and leaves the skin feeling baby soft and smooth, and the results last all day long. It also provides a subtle glow to the face right from the first wash.

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser | Review

Although this face wash is a bit pricey (INR 900 for a 150ml tube), it will last you a long time and is worth the investment for those with extremely sensitive skin. In my opinion, it will work for both dry and oily skin because it hydrates without making the skin greasy or shiny. This face wash is definitely going to be a winter staple for me and I cannot recommend it enough to all those who are experiencing cold and dry winters at the moment!

Click here to buy The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Lotion and Foaming Cleanser | Review

People say that rice-eaters have the most fabulous hair and flawless skin and many vouch for the efficacy of rice as a skincare ingredient. Personally too, I have noticed that skincare products with rice tend to work well at brightening my skin, which is why I recently picked up The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Lotion and Foaming Cleanser. These products have become a staple part of my PM routine ever since, and here is why.

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Lotion and Foaming Cleanser | Review

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Lotion is a cream-based cleansing lotion that gets rid of dirt, grease, and non-waterproof makeup with ease. I have recently been gravitating towards cleansing lotions because they seem to leave my skin hydrated and plump even after washing my face. This product is no exception, it feels gentle on the skin and the tiniest quantity is able to take care of my entire face of makeup. It does leave behind a slightly oily film on my skin, but I wash my face with a cleanser after using this product anyway, so it does not bother me at all. Also, the lotion tends to sting my eyes ever so slightly, so if you have super sensitive eyes then you may want to be careful while using this product. Of course, the packaging with a pump is super-convenient and acts like a cherry on top of the cake for me.

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Lotion and Foaming Cleanser | Review

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser complements the cleansing lotion perfectly. It has a creamy consistency in the tube and lathers beautifully, producing a rich foam that feels like a cloud on my skin. Again, the tiniest drop of the cleanser goes a long way and the product lives up to its name of being a foaming face wash. My skin looks glowy and feels super soft and plump after using this cleanser and this combo of products has done a good job at keeping the acne at bay as well!

Overall, I am super happy with both these products and would love to try out more items from the Rice Water range by The Face Shop. The price point of INR 650 for the giant bottles is pretty reasonable too and I will definitely be repurchasing these in the future.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Click here to buy The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser and Cleansing Lotion.

Dermavive Hydra Cleanser – With Natural Colloidal Oatmeal | Review

A face wash is an essential part of every skincare routine, no matter how elaborate or simple. However, those with sensitive skin often find it hard to find a face wash that does not irritate their skin. To resolve this dilemma, I will be reviewing the Dermavive Hydra Cleanser today, which is specifically formulated for sensitive skin.  Here is why this face wash is perfect for sensitive skin-

About the Brand – Dermavive products are specifically formulated for dry, itchy and irritated skin. It contains natural colloidal oatmeal which is a scientifically proven ingredient and provides many beneficial features to manage and treat dry skin conditions. It restores the normal pH balance of the skin and maintains the natural acidity of the skin, thereby protecting against dryness. It also works as a skin protectant and enhances the barrier of the skin. As these products are used in managing and treating people with dry skin problems, there is no fragrance added and the odour is the natural odour of the colloidal oatmeal.

Enriched with the goodness of oatmeal, a skincare ingredient so potent yet mild that it is even a part of several home remedies to treat rashes on an infant’s skin, this face wash is in the form of a transparent gel with a mild, natural fragrance and a gentle lather. The formula is soap-free and pH balanced and thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping its natural oils. This for me is an ideal AM cleanser because it removes the excess sebum from the face while retaining the morning glow and the softness of the skin. It does not stretch out the skin at all and does not exaggerate any dry patches on the face. In fact, it has a gently hydrating action that makes the skin plump without making it greasy. It also removes non-waterproof makeup very easily and is suitable for oily and acne-prone skin too as it cleans out the pores really well.

Overall, the Dermavive Hydra Cleanser is an excellent face wash for those whose skin is prone to redness and dryness post using a facial cleanser. It is suitable for all skin types, from dry skin to oily, dehydrated skin. I love the unique baby-like softness that it imparts to my face after I use it in the mornings and the natural glow that it provides to my skin. Priced at INR 800 for a 120ml tube, this product may seem a little expensive but the mild formula and sturdy packaging make it a winner for me. So do grab your own pack from Amazon India and let me know how it works for you!

Click here to buy the Dermavive Hydra Cleanser from Amazon India!

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash | Review

All throughout winter, I used hydrating face washes that were super gentle on the skin. As the weather is becoming warmer now, I decided to invest in a face wash that is more suitable for oily skin, because that is what my face becomes in the heat – a greasy mess. I opted for the Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash and here are my thoughts on the product after using it for a few weeks.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash | Review

This face wash contains grapefruit, lemon, and aloe vera extracts and is paraben free. It claims to tighten, mattify, and revitalize the skin with its vitamin C and beta carotene, and claims to be best suited for oily skin. The face wash has a gel-like consistency and a citrusy, fresh scent, it lathers pretty well and leaves the skin squeaky clean.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash | Review

Personally, I find the formula a bit too mattifying, at least for my skin – it definitely tightens the pores and leaves the skin completely non-greasy but it does leave the uncomfortable stretchy feeling on my face that I am not a huge fan of. However, I am pretty sure that this product will work wonders for those with extremely greasy skin, particularly those living in very humid areas. If you do not have excessively oily skin, then perhaps you can skip this face wash or you can top it up with some intense moisturiser or serum to restore the plumpness of the skin.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash | Review

The price point of INR 144 for a 100ml tube is quite affordable and the packaging of the product is super cute. For those of you who love a great mattifying face wash, this product is definitely worth a shot, and those with normal skin can also keep this handy for the days when your skin becomes extra oily out of the blue.

Click here to buy the Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash.

Glamisha Face Wash With Mulberry And Licorice Extracts | Review

The lovely folks at Glamisha recently sent me a couple of their products to try, and today I will be talking about their Face Wash With Mulberry and Licorice Extracts. However, before I review this face wash, let me tell you a little bit about the brand in case you are not familiar with it. Glamisha is a new skincare and haircare brand in India that claims to use the extracts of natural ingredients for improving the look of your hair and skin and making them healthier. Price and qualitywise, Glamisha fits in the bracket of Indian luxury brands and is currently available online on shopping sites such as Amazon and Flipkart. So does the brand really live up to its claims? Let’s find out!

Glamisha Face Wash With Mulberry And Licorice Extracts | Review

This face wash comes in a white and orange tube with the classic Glamisha branding that is present on all the products from the brand. The tube is pretty sturdy and leakproof and dispenses the right amount of product for a wash with a single squeeze. The packaging is minimalistic and travel-friendly and although I usually prefer cuter packaging, this sophisticated tube works for me because the product it holds is so good! The face wash is a clear blue gel and although the color has nothing to do with the actual efficacy of the product, anything that is blue in color always makes me love it more 🙂 The formula lathers easily and upon massaging on the face, it feels extremely gentle. With a single wash, the product removes all the grease and dirt from the skin without causing any tingling or irritation, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin. The best thing about this product is that once you pat dry your face, you will notice that your skin has become incredibly soft and bouncy – it literally gives you baby skin after every wash.

The ingredient list has some noteworthy items such as glycerin, aloe vera, licorice extracts and mulberry extracts. While the first two help in hydrating the skin, the licorice and mulberry extracts are known to help with blemishes and pigmentation and are hailed as skin brightening agents. Bear in mind that the ingredients also include some sulphates but the face wash does not contain any parabens. Personally, I do not mind the presence of sulphates in a face wash because I am going to wash it off my face anyway.

Glamisha Face Wash With Mulberry And Licorice Extracts | Review

Overall, I am loving this face wash for the winter months because it leaves my face moisturised and my skin feels soft like a pillow after every wash. It is priced at INR 350 for a gigantic 100ml tube which I feel is reasonable given the efficacy of the product. If you suffer from dry and dull skin during the colder months then I highly recommend this face wash to achieve healthy skin that actually glows.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Glamisha Face Wash With Mulberry and Licorice Extracts here.

Note: Product sent by brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

Mitti Se Wild Essence Face Wash | Review

Mitti Se is an Indian brand that has recently received a lot of love from beauty bloggers, particularly on Instagram. The brand creates all natural products from ingredients that have been used in traditional Indian skincare for centuries. Somehow, I never got around to trying out the brand because I had way too much skincare to test out already but when I saw a sample size of the Mitti Se Wild Essence Face Wash on Smytten, I grabbed it. Ever since I started using this product, I have literally been kicking myself for not trying it out earlier because it is so good! So let us look at what this product claims to do in greater detail.

Mitti Se Wild Essence Face Wash | Review

This product is an all-natural powder based facewash which you need to mix with water to apply to the face and it can be used as a face pack as well. What got me really excited about this face wash is the fact that it contains orange peel, lemon peel, and the essential oil of orange. I have recently been hearing such great things about the anti-pigmentation and anti-oxidizing benefits of Vitamin C that I have been trying to gradually incorporate it into my regimen and this product seemed like a great way to do the same. It also contains almond powder which acts as a mild scrub and a source of Vitamin E. Other ingredients included black and red gram flour and fuller’s earth (Multani mitti), which form an essential part of any homemade Indian facemask and have anti-tanning properties. This is combined with extracts of rose, neem, and turmeric that prevent acne and have anti-bacterial properties. Due to its mild exfoliating properties and the presence of anti-bacterial ingredients, this product does live up to its claims of being an anti-acne and anti-suntan face wash.

Mitti Se Wild Essence Face Wash | Review

I personally prefer using this product as a face mask because then it gives even better results. I am usually not a fan of “high-maintenance” products that need to be made into a paste, as opposed to those that can be used directly out of the jar, but in fact, I quite enjoyed making this paste because the powder dissolves really well in the water and forms a smooth paste quite easily. Since I had purchased only a sample pack, I made the paste in bulk and stored it in the fridge. Less than 10gms of the product gave me more than 5 uses which is very impressive. I massage this paste onto my skin to gently exfoliate my face and then let it dry for a good 10 minutes before washing it off. This mask sucks out all the oil from my face and brings a natural glow to my skin. What I love a lot about the product is the zesty scent of oranges that truly wakes me up in the mornings and makes me feel like I am using something pure on my face.

Mitti Se Wild Essence Face Wash | Review

If you are someone with oily and acne prone skin then you must use this product as a face pack and if you have normal to dry skin then sticking to it as a face wash would be better. With regular use, it does eliminate dead cells to get rid of a tan and also dries up any pimples to reveal clearer skin. Overall, I do not see any cons to the product and the price of INR 220 for 40gms is pretty reasonable considering the quality and the small quantity of product required per use. You can buy this product on Amazon and can also order a sample from Smytten if you are a member. If you are looking for some last minute skin detox before Diwali for that festive glow then this product will definitely be your knight in shining armour!

I hope this review was helpful, you can buy the Mitti Se Wild Essence Face Wash here.

Nivea Total Face Cleanup | Review

The jars and bottles and vials of skincare do look pretty on the bathroom shelf but when I am travelling, I want something that is spillproof, unbreakable, and preferably multi-tasking. The Nivea Total Face Cleanup is the perfect product for a low maintenance traveller like me. Also, this product holds a special place in my heart because it was one of the first great skincare products I ever used. While growing up, Nivea products were considered luxury because they were a little expensive than your regular Ponds or Vaseline. So this is a product that I have been using since a really long time and I’m probably one of the most qualified persons to review it 😛


This product is a face wash, scrub, and pack combined in one. It has a similar consistency to a semi-thick clay mask and has tiny gritty particles embedded in it. It is a really effective scrub that does help with the removal of white heads, while being gentle enough for sensitive skin, and the cleansing action is decent too. I also love using it as a mask because it dries down in less than 5 minutes and sucks out all the grease from the face if you keep it on for around 10 minutes.


As you can see, the first three ingredients of this product are water, Kaolin Clay, and Glycerin. The clay helps in absorbing all the grime from the face while the glycerin ensures that the skin does not become too dry. However, it does contain parabens as well, which may turn off a few people. Personally, I don’t mind using something with parabens once in a while, especially because I almost always use organic skincare and use this product primarily when I am travelling (which is not as often as I would like). Also, the tube packaging makes it ideal for throwing into my purse or luggage to make sure that I don’t neglect my skincare completely while on holiday.


Priced at INR 120 for a 50ml tube, this is a fairly affordable product and is multi-tasking too. I love its pleasant fragrance, effective scrubbing action, and efficacy as a face mask. While the product claims to remove spots as well, I haven’t seen much improvement in that department but other than that, I am completely satisfied with the Nivea Total Face Cleanup. Do you have any great recommendations from the brand for me to try out? Let me know in the comments below!

Buy the Nivea Total Face Cleanup here.

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Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash | Review

Another day, another Greenberry Organics product on the testing table. But what can I do? All the products that the brand sent me are so amazing that I feel that I need to tell you guys about them asap! Today I will be talking about the Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash that is enriched with the goodness of tea tree, mulberry & grapefruit.

Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash | Review

This face wash provides the perfect daily detox to the skin. It contains activated charcoal whose adsorption properties help to suck out all the dirt and grime from the pores, making it the perfect ingredient to fight the pollution, smoke, and dust that our faces are exposed to each day. Furthermore, the tea tree and grapefruit extracts help to combat acne while the mulberry extracts reduce dark spots and brighten the skin with regular usage.

The face wash comes in the form of a black gel that lathers quite well and cleanses the skin really thoroughly. I usually use a makeup remover prior to washing my face but just to test out this product, I skipped the remover and went in straight with this face wash on a full face of makeup. I was super impressed with how this product removed every last bit of makeup, leaving my skin squeaky clean.

Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash | Review

What truly amazed me about this product is its oil controlling properties. I suffer from fairly oily skin and my t-zone gets shiny within a few hours no matter what products I use. This face wash is the only product that keeps my whole face, including my t-zone, non-greasy throughout the day! Even though it keeps the oil at bay, it does not leave the skin feeling dry or stretchy, in fact, my skin feels quite soft and hydrated after using this face wash. This is super impressive because most face washes for oily skin cause at least a mild amount of dryness on the skin but not this one. It also does not tingle or irritate the skin, so it is suitable for sensitive skin as well and should work for all skin types except perhaps extremely dry skin. Do keep the face wash away from your eyes though, it stings the eyes pretty badly 😛

Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash | Review

The face wash comes in a plastic bottle with a flip cap that dispenses the right amount of product. The packaging is pretty sturdy, however, when I received the bottle, a very teeny amount of the liquid had leaked out through the sides of the cap. This could have been due to rough handling during shipping because once I washed the lid and screwed it on tightly, I did not see any more leakage. Other than this small issue, I cannot find any other negative about the product and I will definitely recommend this product to all those who suffer from oily skin. The price point of INR 400 for 100ml of the product seems justified considering the long-lasting effects of this face wash and the small amount of product that is needed per wash. Also, this face wash works better at oil control than some of the luxury skincare items I have tried so I would not mind paying 400 bucks for it in the least. Overall, I am highly impressed with this product and I am sure that if it can keep me oil free in the humid climate that I live in then it will certainly work for all of you as well!

I hope this review was helpful. You can buy the Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash on Amazon (click link to buy). 

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Disclaimer – PR sample sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

Aaranyaa Tea Tree Face Wash & Neem Tulsi Face Wash | Review

You may or may not like makeup but everyone needs a little bit of skincare, and the more natural your skincare products are, the better. This is why I was extremely thrilled to receive two amazing face washes from Aaranyaa, a brand that relies on natural ingredients to bring out the radiance of the skin. Aaranyaa sent me their anti bacterial Neem Tulsi Face Wash, as well as their Tea Tree Face Wash, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I have been carefully testing out these products from the past few days and here are my thoughts on both of them.

Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash Tea Tree Face Wash ReviewAaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash – This face wash comes in a bright green packaging and is meant for combination to oily skin. It contains the goodness of Neem and Tulsi, which are known to have powerful anti bacterial properties and are excellent at combatting acne. The product comes in the form of a clear green gel and has a herbal smell. It lathers quite easily and cleanses the skin very effectively. It leaves my face feeling fresh and squeaky clean, without a stretchy feeling that some face washes tend to cause. I have noticed that this product keeps the oil under check for at least 4-5 hours and I believe that with regular usage, it might completely eliminate excessive oil production. This face wash is an excellent option for those with regular hormonal breakouts because it is not overly drying yet removes the greasiness very effectively.

Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash Tea Tree Face Wash PackagingAaranyaa Tea Tree Face Wash – The Tea Tree Face Wash is meant for normal to dry skin and contains tea tree oil, which is an all in one cure for most skin issues. This face wash is gentler on the skin than the Neem Tulsi one and it leaves the skin more hydrated. I am thoroughly impressed that Aaranya has created a face wash with tea tree oil which is suitable for dry skin because most tea tree oil ranges that I have encountered are meant for oily skin. I usually have oily skin but sometimes I suffer from dry patches and this face wash is perfect for those days. In fact, I even asked a few friends with dry skin to try this out and they loved it! The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil in a moisturizing face wash is something new for me and I am enjoying it a lot. As an added bonus, this face wash has a citrusy scent and a cool green packaging which I absolutely adore!

Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash Tea Tree Face Wash GelThese face washes are priced at INR 195 for a 110 ml tube and are perfect for daily use because they are Sulphate Free. I am so glad that I got an opportunity to try out this new brand and I will definitely be purchasing more products from their collection. If you enjoy herbal skincare then these face washes will surely impress you, and with two different face washes for different skin types, there is something for everyone. I honestly do not have anything negative to say about these face washes and I am in skincare heaven right now! 🙂

You can buy these wonderful products at Aaranyaa’s website. I am sure you will love them as much as I do.



Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser | Review

Summer has arrived early this year in India and I already find myself reaching for my face wash more often. I have been meaning to try the Cetaphil face wash for oily and acne-prone skin for quite some time now, however, my local pharmacy did not have it in stock. I had to settle for the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser instead, which is recommended for all skin types.


This product cleanses the skin without leaving it dry. It does not contain any irritating ingredients and the mild formula is suitable for sensitive skin. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soft and is excellent for removing the sweat without stripping the natural oils from the face. However, it does not help much with reducing oil generation, which is the primary concern for my acne-prone skin. If you want a product that helps with blemishes and pimples then this one is not meant for you. You can probably use some face wash that is formulated for oily skin in the mornings and nights and can use this one if you feel the need to wash your face during the day. Its gentle formula is perfect for unclogging the pores that suffer from heat and humidity. Those with dry skin can use this as a regular face wash, without any need for another product.


I also love the packaging of this face wash, it comes with a flip lid that prevents leakage and the wide bottle avoids the wastage of the product stuck at the bottom. The consistency is slightly thick and jelly-like which is also great for traveling. Moreover, you can use this product without water by simply wiping it off with a tissue. If you are out and about then this trick makes cleaning the face very simple, although I prefer using water. Priced at INR 215 for a 125 ml bottle, I think this is the perfect summer cleanser for those with dry skin.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can but this face cleanser here.

I will definitely try out the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser and will report back to you guys.

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Bioderma Micellar Water | Review

I love the wide array of makeup removers that have hit the drugstores but still do not feel satisfied until I lather up my face and splash it with water. On the occasions when I do use makeup wipes or micellar water, I still end up going for a second cleanse with a face wash so that my skin feels completely fresh and the pores are unclogged.

I do love Bioderma for removing my eye makeup as it works wonderfully with even waterproof mascara and does not irritate the eyes. It does remove face makeup really well too but my skin still needs a more thorough scrubbing to breathe freely.


I would definitely recommend this product because it removes makeup quickly and is suitable for sensitive skin. A 250 ml bottle of Bioderma Sensible H2O is available on at INR 945. It may seem a bit expensive but you only need a few drops to clean your entire face and neck area. Also, it is much lighter on the skin than most makeup removers that I have tried and gets my vote of approval!

Do let me know what is your favorite product for makeup removal!