To me, purity is transparency, and this philosophy is resonated by the Shesha Naturals Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, quite literally. Shesha Naturals is a strictly natural Indian brand with a range of skincare and haircare products that are 100% natural, cruelty-free, and free from parabens, silicones, petroleum derivatives, artificial colour and artificial fragrances. The brand was kind enough to send me a few of their products to try, and today I will talking about their Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
There are so many people who swear by the benefits of onion juice for reducing hairfall and improving scalp health. A lot of people go through the effort of creating fresh onion pulp every week and applying it to their hair. Unfortunately, I am not much of a DIY gal and my eyes are extremely sensitive to the pungency of onions, which is why the Skin Salad Onion Oil came as a boon for me. Here is why I love this product so much!
I admit it, I am a hair conditioner snob. Not many impress me and very few end up being repeat buys. So did the Garnier Ultra Blends Henna and Blackberry Nourishing Shine Conditioner make it to my A-list? Read on to find out!
This hair conditioner claims to revive dull, dry and lifeless hair by providing them nourishment and shine. It contains the goodness of henna, a well-known haircare ingredient in India, and blackberry, a new ingredient for me. The unique combination works though, it leaves the hair looking smooth and shiny and my knotty hair stays slightly more manageable for a few days. It does have a strong fragrance which I like but it might be a bit too much for some. The only downside, in my opinion, is the fact that it does not detangle and soften the hair as much as I would have liked, but if you do not have super frizzy hair then this product should work for you.
Overall, this conditioner delivers good quality for the price (INR 75 for 75 ml). Also, the formula is paraben-free, which is always a bonus. I will definitely be picking up the shampoo from this range to try out the shampoo+conditioner together. But in the meantime, I am happy using this conditioner on its own as well!
If there is one haircare product that you should NEVER travel without, especially if you are a fine-haired, oily scalped gal like me, it is dry shampoo. When I was looking for a travel-sized dry shampoo from Batiste, I was disappointed to find out that they do not stock a mini of their Divine and Dark variant in India. Still being a loyal lover of Batiste, I picked up the mini that WAS available, the Fruity and Cheeky Cherry Variant. Here is why I love this dry shampoo as much as the other variants from Batiste that I have already reviewed on the blog.
First of all, let’s get this out of the way, I love the scent of cherry -so anything cherry-scented has to float my boat. Additionally, this particular dry shampoo, despite not being tinted, does not leave much white cast at all on the hair. The small amount of white cast that it does give can easily be taken care of by brushing the product through the hair. Also, it leaves 2nd-day hair looking extremely fresh and bouncy for the next two days, which is more than what I expect from a dry shampoo. This is definitely what you need when you are travelling to attend a special event or for work and don’t have much time or styling tools on your hands.
Overall, this mini (50ml) dry shampoo spray can priced at INR 299 only is a handbag and travel essential for sure. Whether your hair needs a quick refresh at the end of the day or you want to extend your shampooed hair look for a couple of extra days on vacay, you can’t go wrong with this product!
If you are someone with super long, super thin, knotty hair, then one of the objects that you fear the most would be your hair brush. Getting all those super fine knots out is an arduous task, especially if you use heat on your hair in any form. I go through this ordeal every single day, and the only week when my hair is extremely manageable and easy to brush through is when I get an argan oil hair spa done at my local salon, and they always use Moroccan Oil products on my hair. In an attempt to extend the softening and smoothing effects of the occasional hair spa, I decided to buy Moroccan Oil products for my home-haircare routine, and since the products from the brand are not the cheapest on the block, I decided to experiment with just the Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner first. Read on to find out my thoughts about this product.
This conditioner is in the form of a light cream that smells heavenly, just like the products at the spa that I love. I use it on my wet, shampooed hair and rinse off after 2-3 minutes. Despite being an argan oil based product, the conditioner is not heavy on the hair at all and does not leave behind any oily or greasy residue. However, it detangles the hair beautifully and leaves them less prone to tangling until the next wash. It reduces frizziness and helps my hair fall into uniform waves, which is their natural shape. It does not make my hair unusually glossy and does not fare exceptionally well in the shine department, but it does reduce the roughness of the hair and makes it softer to the touch. I also love the minimalistic design of the bottle and the press lid, which makes the product travel-friendly.
Overall, I feel that to replicate the full effect of the professional hair spa, I will have to buy the entire hair care range from the brand, which includes the shampoo, mask, and oil based treatment. However, to extend the effects of the spa or to make the hair smoother than it is with most conditioners, this product is a good choice. The price of INR 1530 for a 250 ml bottle is definitely not budget-friendly but I think it is an investment that I needed to make for my perpetually rough hair. Will keep you posted if I buy more products from the brand. Are you going to try this conditioner? Let me know how it works for you if you do!
Dry Shampoos are a lazy girl’s best friend! Well, in fact, they are everybody’s best friend because shampooing your hair too frequently can strip them of their natural oils and mess up your whole scalp chemistry. Dry shampoo, on the other hand, will soak up the excess grease that has accumulated on the roots and will restore some bounce to unwashed 2nd or 3rd-day hair. All my adult life, I have been a loyal Batiste girl and have gone through innumerable spray cans of their dry shampoos, but the BBlunt dry shampoo is the only other product that comes really close in performance to the Batiste ones. I received the BBlunt Back To Life Dry Shampoo in the fragrance Spring Fling as a giveaway price (which did arrive MONTHS after the results were announced, but oh well, better late than never). Here are my thoughts on this beauty in a bottle.
This dry shampoo is in the form of a very finely milled white powder that emanates some pleasant floral scents. A little product goes a long way, so spray a little bit on your roots, work it in with your fingers, and brush out the excess. This will keep your hair looking freshly washed and bouncy for at least 24 hours, and will add some volume too. The only thing that I don’t like about this product is that it is a white powder, so if you use too much, it can leave a grayish cast on your hair, but when you use the right amount, it won’t be visible after brushing the hair. I do wish that BBlunt comes out with a colored dry shampoo like the Divine Dark variant by Batiste, after all, BBlunt is an Indian brand and should cater to us dark-haired girls.
Overall, I feel that everybody needs this product in their lives, whether you have busy mornings with no time to shampoo your hair, travel a lot with no bathrooms in sight, or live in a humid area where your roots get oily just a few hours after shampooing your hair. Priced at INR 550 for 125ml of product, this dry shampoo has a comparable price range to Batiste, so you can try it out as an alternative, maybe you will discover a new hair favourite for this Spring!
The struggle to keep my hair tame yet voluminous is genuinely real, and the product I am going to talk about today is helping me achieve this goal these days. The Schwarzkopf Spa Essence Hydrating Cream Masque is supposedly what they use in salons when you go for a hair spa, but it was available on Amazon, so I picked it up to use it as a regular hair mask. As per the instructions, you are supposed to apply this along with a serum on shampooed hair and then steam the hair, but I use it like a standard hair mask i.e. I leave it on for around 15 minutes after using a shampoo and then rinse it off.
The ingredient list of this product seems to be full of chemicals, but this hair mask does work really well, and I am definitely a fan. It claims to nourish and hydrate the hair while preserving its natural bounce and that is exactly what it does. Post using this product, the ends of my hair look SO much healthier and all the unruly frizz that they tend to possess completely vanishes! Also, the effect of this hair mask lasts for days, which makes it perfect for those with frizzy hair who want to have a low maintenance haircare routine. Also, it has a mild and pleasant fragrance that should not irritate most people.
This product is priced at INR 580 for a giant 500 ml tub, which is extremely affordable in my opinion. The hair mask will suit most people, except for those with very greasy or weighed down hair. It does have a bunch of chemicals but if nothing else is working for your frizzy hair then this product is worth trying out. Also, if you can recreate the whole spa routine at home then you will probably see even better results. I personally love it because it actually adds volume to my hair while hydrating them and that is extremely rare for hair masks. Two big thumbs up from me, especially during the cold winter that we are experiencing at the moment!
“Oily Scalp and Dry Ends” – this phrase describes my hair perfectly, therefore when I found a product with this phrase printed on the bottle, I simply couldn’t not try it. I am talking about the Loreal Paris Extraordinary Clay Range that is specially designed to keep the ends hydrated and the scalp non-greasy. Can something that promises to be so good actually exist? Read on to find out.
This range contains a shampoo, a conditioner, and a scalp refresher. The Purifying and Hydrating shampoo does leave the scalp very fresh and clean with its menthol scent and clay particles that suck up all the grime. Unfortunately, I do not find it particularly hydrating and my hair does not feel more moisturized than usual after using this shampoo. However, if you want extra volume at your crown and want to revive your limp hair then this shampoo will do the trick for you.
The Purifying and Hydrating Conditioner helped with detangling and smoothening my hair but did not make much of a difference to my dry ends. My ends usually get very tangled and dry a day or two after washing. Post using this conditioner, the ends did feel less tangled but they were as dry as they normally are. Overall, I was expecting more from this conditioner – I wanted it to be light but extremely nourishing so that I could concentrate it on my ends without over-greasing my scalp, but this conditioner did not stand out in this department.
The last and the most unique product from the range is the Express Scalp Refresher, a minty liquid that is supposed to refresh the scalp and absorb any excess grease a day or two post shampooing the hair. Unfortunately, this product was a complete dud for me and pretty underwhelming. It is basically a very cooling and light-weight liquid that may provide some relief to those with an itchy or irritated scalp, but it does not absorb any grease at all. While this product could have been an excellent alternative to a dry shampoo, in reality, it does not live up to its claims.
To sum it up, the range ended up disappointing me quite a lot. It could have been an answer to all my problems because it aimed to target my exact hair type, but fell short of actually providing the desired results. Hopefully, the brand will put some work into improving the formula of the products because the concept is pretty novel and useful. As for now, I will probably repurchase the shampoo because it does provide decent volume to my hair but the conditioner and the scalp refresher are definitely not making it back to my shopping cart.
Hair products are some of the trickiest things to review, what works really well for one person may end up ruining another’s hair. So I would request you all to take this review with a grain of salt, but if you have hair similar to mine, chances are that you will be disappointed by the Nourishing Hair Cleanser from Bio Bloom. I have long and fine hair that is quite dry at the ends with oily roots, and this hair cleanser worked no magic on my mane.
This product is paraben free and sulfate free and contains the extracts of Amla, Brahmi, and Hibiscus, some of the traditional super foods for hair. Despite a promising ingredient list, the hair cleanser failed to impress me because it did not do a good job at thoroughly cleaning my hair and scalp. It has a thick, gel-like consistency that doesn’t lather well at all. I got absolutely no lather during the first round of washing and had to go in with a second round to get the lather I am used to. Post rinsing and drying my hair, I could still notice significant oiliness at my roots which usually does not appear until the 2nd or 3rd day after shampooing. I am someone who shampoos their hair no more than twice a week and therefore need a more heavy duty cleanser.
This product claims to nourish and strengthen the hair to prevent breakage. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to use this long enough to see if it helps with breakage but it did leave my hair feeling silkier and looking more lustrous than usual. Therefore, it does live up to its claim of being nourishing but I wish that the cleansing action had been stronger too. To be honest, the silkiness and shine can be achieved with the help of a more affordable brand like Sunsilk while this one costs INR 350 for a 100ml bottle that comes with a pump (unlike the circular opening in the sample size shown above). Luckily, I had ordered a sample from Smytten so I didn’t waste a lot of money and I won’t be buying the full sized product for sure. If you like a very mild hair cleanser with natural ingredients then you can try this one but for all the ladies out there with greasy roots, I will be testing out a raved about product for limp hair very soon! So, stay tuned to the blog if you want hair product recommendations for your hair type.
I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Bio Bloom Nourishing Hair Cleanser here.
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The powder of the hibiscus flower is claimed to be extremely potent at fighting hair fall. It is an ingredient of various traditional hair mask recipes and hundreds of Indian women swear by its efficacy. I too decided to test out hibiscus powder to help me with my hair fall issues and here is a brief account of my experience so far.
I was meaning to purchase the hibiscus powder from Banjaras because several bloggers that I trust recommended it, however, I wasn’t able to find it in stock on any website, which is why I settled for the Indus Valley 100% Organic Hibiscus Powder instead. This powder claims to be 100% natural and comes in a 100gm plastic pouch. I am not a huge fan of the packaging because you need to transfer the contents to an air tight jar once you open the packet. I like my products to be low-maintenance, which is why this extra step irks me 😛
This powder has a slightly grainy texture and is brown in color when dry. It does not have a strong scent, just a faint herbal smell. This means that the brand has not added any artificial chemicals to this product, which is always a huge plus. There are several hair mask recipes available online but I went for the simplest one i.e. hibiscus powder, coconut oil, and water.
On the addition of coconut oil, the powder turns reddish in color. I tried to add enough oil and water to get a smooth paste like consistency. Once the paste was ready, I applied it throughout the lengths of my hair, trying to massage it into my scalp as well. This process might get a bit messy, so take the necessary precautions.
I allowed my hair to absorb the nutrients for around half an hour and then proceeded to wash them with my regular shampoo and conditioner. I faced a little difficulty in rinsing off all the tiny grains of powder from my long strands (perhaps I need to look for a more finely milled powder?) but the results of all the efforts were clearly visible once my hair was dry. My hair felt softer than usual and also looked healthier and shinier. As for the hair loss, after using the mask 2-3 times, I noticed a very slight improvement in my hair fall. Perhaps using it regularly will help eliminate the breakage of hair completely, but as of now, I am happy with my healthy looking mane.
I plan to report back after a few more weeks with my full-fledged hair care routine. Hopefully, by then, I will be able to give you a more thorough review of all the products that I have been using recently. Until then, if you wish to try out the Indus Valley 100% Organic Hibiscus Powder, you can buy it by clicking on this link.
Which hair products are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments below!
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Just like me, my hair suffers from mood swings and has a personality of its own. Being a fine haired gal, straight hair is not really the best look for me because it further reduces the volume of my tresses, but I do need a hair straightener to tone down the wild mess that often takes over the ends of my hair. I have talked about the Philips hair styler in a previous blog post but its straightening iron just doesn’t give me the desired result, both in terms of the sleekness of the hair as well as the longevity of the hair style. This is why I finally caved and purchased the Corioliss Pro V Professional Styling Iron after digging out a review by Corallista (Ankita Srivastava). Luckily, my investment paid off and I am quite satisfied with the performance of this hair straightener. Read on to find out more details about this styling tool.
I am not going to talk about all the technical specifications of this product because they are already mentioned on various websites. Instead, I will focus on the features that stood out to me while using the tool, as opposed to while reading the user manual. So, the first feature that makes this product worth the price is the fact that you can set the temperature as per your choice, within the range of 100 degrees to 230 degrees Celcius. The product comes with a rotating knob to set the same. It is obvious that the higher the temperature you set, the more effectively the tool will straighten unruly hair. However, I personally don’t go beyond 200 degrees Celcius and would recommend the same to others as well. Too much heat is not great for your hair and if a lower temperature setting works for you then there is no need to crank up the heat. The second feature that I really liked was the combination of ceramic plates and negative ion technology which makes sure that the hair does not develop a static charge post straightening, which happens a lot to dry hair when using a subpar hair straightener.
The other things I like about this hair straightener are the long, swivel cord, which does not tie me down to the power point, and the fact that the plates heat up pretty fast (within 2-3 minutes), which is perfect for when I am in a rush. As for the quality of straightening, I do not really prefer poker straight hair and just like to smoothen them a little bit. I am able to achieve this with a temperature of around 180 degrees. In one single swipe of the straightener, my hair loses its frizziness and gains a more tamed appearance, although if you wish to create flicks or curls at the ends, you may need an additional swipe to shape them. With a temperature of around 200-210 degrees, you should be able to get poker straight hair, even though this look does not suit my face at all. As for the staying power of the straightened hair, without any hair spray, my hair retains the shape for a good 2-3 days, which can be extended to a week with a good hair spray. Below is a picture of how this straightener instantly tones down the drama of my crazy ends with a temperature of around 190 degrees.
Coming to the price, the Corioliss Pro V Professional Styling Iron is priced at INR 3999 in India BUT it is almost always available at a discounted price on Nykaa. Even today, this product is available for a heavily discounted price of INR 2249, which is a real steal in my opinion. You can click this link, to head over to Nykaa.com and make use of the amazing deal. This straightener may not be worth 4000 bucks, but its amazing smoothening action and the longevity of the hairstyle that it provides definitely make it a great purchase for up to 2500 bucks. Think of all the money you spend on blow drys and straightening sessions at the salon, this one-time investment is nothing compared to that expenditure. If you are looking for a hair straightener at the moment then this one comes highly recommended from me. One word of advice though – ALWAYS remember to invest in a good heat protection spray as well. Happy styling!
New mothers suffer from sleepless nights and hormonal imbalances that lead to hair fall, tired skin, and dark circles, among various other issues that are common post-pregnancy. Unfortunately, today’s hectic lifestyle and pollution have made these problems prevalent among women in general, regardless of whether they are mothers or not. Mama Earth is a toxin free and dermatologist approved brand that creates gentle products not just for the little ones but also for the mamas who take care of them. The brand kindly sent me a few of the products from their Mama range, because like it or not, even though I am not a mother, my skin and hair always needs some TLC. After carefully testing out these products here is my detailed review about them.
The products that were sent to me by the brand were the Under Eye Creme for Mama, the Argan Hair Mask for Mama, and the Charcoal, Coffee, and Clay (C3) Face Mask for Mama. Even before I started using the products, I was extremely impressed by the packaging. Each of the items came individually enclosed in cardboard boxes that had some beautiful quotes regarding mothers printed on them. What is more, these cardboard boxes are specially designed to be reused as pencil holders. The attention paid by the brand to the tiny details is extremely commendable. As for the actual packaging of the products, the jars are sturdy, completely leakproof and have an attractive pink and green print on them. The fact that the brand has spent effort in creating hassle free packaging shows that it truly understands the needs of new mothers. It is rare for a brand to win my heart even before I test the products but MamaEarth managed to do just that.
Coming to the actual performance of the products, I will start with the Under Eye Creme for Mama. This eye cream contains a lot of nourishing oils as well as the extracts of papaya, green tea, and cucumber, to name a few ingredients. Just like all the products from MamaEarth, the cream is Paraben Free, Mineral Oil Free, Phthalates Free, and SLS Free. It has a soft, creamy consistency that feels like a gel between the fingers. My first thoughts when I smelt the product was that it smells exactly like my favorite Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment that I always rave about. Lo and behold, this eye cream not just has the same fragrance but the same gentle, moisturizing effect on my eyes as the variant from Kiehl’s that costs a whopping 2500 bucks! This eye cream glides like a dream on the skin and does not irritate my super sensitive eyes at all. It is extremely hydrating and also tightens the under eye area, removing any sagginess. It has a mild cooling effect that is perfect for tired eyes and the formula is extremely nourishing. I will even go ahead and say that the tightening effect makes it better than the Kiehl’s eye cream, even though 50ml of this wonderful product is priced at INR 500 only. I haven’t used this product long enough to notice a visible reduction in my dark circles, but it definitely helps with puffiness and brightens the under eye area with regular usage. I guess this review makes it clear that this eye cream has become a holy grail product for me already!
Moving on to the Argan Hair Mask, this product is a mask that is designed to reduce hair fall and contains argan oil, avocado oil, milk protein, and curd extracts as some of its key ingredients. It can be used as a leave in conditioner or can be rinsed off like a regular mask. What makes this product unique is the fact that not only does it detangle the hair, it is also supposed to nourish the scalp and help with the growth of new hair. This is why you are not just supposed to apply it to the ends of your hair but to the scalp as well. I haven’t tried this product as a leave in conditioner yet because I have fairly oily hair but it has worked pretty well as a regular conditioner. I applied it to the entire lengths of my hair and even massaged it into my scalp. Post-rinsing, my hair was very soft and smooth and even seemed healthier than before. Since I have started using this product, I have noticed that my hair is not breaking as easily while brushing and is not getting as entangled and rough as before. This hair mask definitely provides the intense nourishment that damaged hair needs. One word of caution though, if you have extremely oily roots then you will need to rinse off the product really well after massaging it on the scalp, else it may leave behind an oily residue. This hair mask is priced at INR 599 for a 200ml tub, which is very affordable considering that it performs as well as some of the salon brands.
Last but not the least is the C3 Face Mask that contains Charcoal, Coffee, Clay and Fruit Extracts. This is a fairly thick, black colored mask that glides quite easily on the skin and claims to exfoliate and lighten dark spots. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting any miracles from this product but it surprised me beyond measure. After only a few days of using it, the patches of pigmentation on my face left behind by acne had lightened drastically! Just like the rest of the products from the range, this mask is also extremely gentle and does not even tingle while application. You are supposed to leave a thick layer of the product on the face for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with water after rubbing it in circular motions for the scrub particles to exfoliate the skin. The scrubbing action is not too harsh yet effective enough to remove dead skin. Like I have already mentioned, within the first week of using this product, I began to notice that my skin was more radiant and my spots had visibly reduced. Very few products have ever managed to lighten the spots on my face, which is why this face mask has left me super impressed. Priced at INR 599 for a 100ml tub, this face mask is a boon for all those who suffer from blemishes and an uneven complexion.
I am extremely grateful to MamaEarth for sending me these products and introducing me to such a brilliant line of skincare. My personal favorites are the eye cream and the face mask although the hair mask works really well too. If you haven’t checked out the products from this brand yet then I will encourage you to do so asap. You can buy these amazing products on Amazon or from the brand’s website http://mamaearth.in/. Trust me, I have never been so confident while recommending a product to my readers. I can state with 100% certainty that whether you are a mother or not, your skin and hair will thank you once you pamper them with the goodness of MamaEarth.