This summer, I am gravitating towards all skincare products that are cooling, hydrating and refreshing. Luckily, I received a sample pack of the Ilana Organics Reviving Moisture Mask in a subscription box and it checked all the right boxes for me. Read on to find out more about Ilana Organics and their super hydrating moisture mask.
Isn’t it amazing to find an Indian skincare brand that is cruelty-free and all about using organic, natural ingredients? Today I will be talking about one such upcoming brand that has a promising line-up of skincare products for all skin types. I have been using the Belle Organique skincare range for oily/combination skin for a number of weeks now and here are my thoughts on their face wash, scrub, and face cream.
Face mists seem like a simple skincare product, it’s just water in a bottle right? Actually, no, not only can a good face mist hydrate the face, it can also shrink your pores and improve the overall health of your skin. Vaunt Skincare is a new skincare brand that emphasizes on clean and effective ingredients to restore the natural beauty of the skin. Here is how the Vaunt Watermelon and Seaweed Face Mist fared for me.
The Vaunt Watermelon and Seaweed Face Mist contains the freshness of watermelon, the anti-oxidant properties of seaweed and the healing properties of grape seed and witch hazel. It has a refreshing citrusy scent and provides an instant boost of hydration to the skin and wakes it up in the morning or at the end of a tiring day. It can be used for freshening up the skin as a face mist and can also be used as a toner to shrink the pores or as a makeup setting spray.
This product is extremely nourishing and gentle and will suit even those with sensitive skin. Another great thing about this product is its fantastic spray nozzle which provides a fine and even mist of product to the face. It makes using this face mist an absolute pleasure and my skin loves this as much as I do.
Overall, this product is helping my skin a lot in soldiering through the cold and dry weather by providing some much-needed moisture and glow to my face and its unclogging properties have helped in controlling my breakouts too. If you are in the market for a mild, refreshing, and effective face mist then you must pick up this gem from Vaunt Skincare. Priced at INR 575 for a 100ml bottle, it will be gentle on your pocket too!
A good serum can truly salvage your skin and resolve the most stubborn skin issues. This is because serums contain high concentrations of potent skincare ingredients and truly penetrate into the skin with their liquidy consistency. I have recently discovered a serum that I absolutely adore for my oily to combination acne-prone skin. This product is the Magic Dust Vitamin E Face Serum. Read on to find out why this skincare gem has stolen my heart!
What pulled me towards the Magic Dust Vitamin E Face Serum was the fascinating list of ingredients. This serum contains rosehip extracts, an ingredient that always helps with brightening my skin and reducing pigmentation, vitamin-e, a well-known anti-oxidant, and green tea extracts, that help with soothing acne-prone skin. The formula truly contains all the ingredients that my skin needs to look its best. What I also love about this product is the fact that the formula is extremely light-weight, it literally looks and feels like water on the skin and sinks into the skin within seconds, leaving it hydrated but not at all greasy. I feel that those with oily skin can use this product on its own to provide some shine-free nourishment to their face and those with dry skin can add a layer of moisturiser on top of this product to get extra hydration.
My skin is absolutely loving this serum and it literally feels baby smooth and soft every time I apply this product. The only complaint I have is that the formula smells a little funky, but the scent disappears within a few minutes of application so I do not mind this so much. Also, the packaging is super sturdy and travel-friendly. One issue that I sometimes face is that the pump is a little hard to press, causing the product to squirt out, but if you are a little careful you will be fine.
Overall, I am absolutely in love with the formula of this product and couldn’t recommend it enough to people of all skin types. The price of INR 1500 for 50ml of product may seem a little steep, but serums are usually expensive because they have a high concentration of potent ingredients. Also, you will need the tiniest bit of product every day so one bottle will last you a really long time, making the product totally worth it. Just take my word for it and splurge a little on this gem, I am sure you will not regret it 🙂
*PR product sent by the brand, but all opinions are honest and my own.
If you have ever used a black peel off mask, you would know that they all have a strong chemical scent and they often tend to dry up in the tube, leading to wastage of your money. Fabeya has now got you covered on both fronts with their Bamboo Charcoal Sea Algae Peel Off Mask that comes in the form of a powder! Read on to find out more about this unique product.
The most unique thing about this product is of course the fact that it is a peel off mask in the form of a powder. You simply have to mix this light grey, finely milled powder with some regular water or rose water to form a thick paste. A 3-4 mm layer of this paste needs to be applied on the skin and peeled off after it has become completely dry, after 20 minutes or so. You may need to experiment a little with the thickness of the layer that you apply on your skin because if it is too thin it will crack and if it is too thick it will take a long time to dry. However, once you have the thickness right, the product will peel off pretty easily and will remove white heads and dead skin quite effectively.
Another great thing about this product is that it is PVA free and does not dry out the skin or leave it feeling red and sensitive. While most black peel off masks in the market leave the skin fairly dehydrated and sensitive, this one actually hydrates the skin while removing only dead cells and white heads. There is a lot of controversy surrounding cream based peel off masks, with many people claiming that they actually contain glue in them. Not only can you trust Fabeya for their all-natural formulations (this one contains detoxifying bamboo charcoal and hydrating sea algae), even while using the product you will feel that it is made from pure and natural, non-toxic ingredients.
Priced at INR 399 for a 30gm pack, this affordable product will give you several uses. If you have used a black peel off mask in the past and have found it extremely harsh or stripping then this product might convert you into a peel-off mask lover. Do try it out once, I am sure you will love it!
Fruits are not just great for our general health but also for our skin because they are abundant in anti-oxidants and vitamins. The Biotique Bio Fruit Face Pack uses this wisdom of Ayurveda to provide a powerful concoction of skin brightening ingredients that are natural and extremely effective. Read on to find out more about this wonderful product that is packed with the goodness of nature.
Ingredients – Multani mitti (Fuller’s earth), Geru (Garric), Yasad hhasma (Yasad bhasma), Tamator (Lycopersicum esculentum), Ananas (Ananas comosus), Kikargaund (Acacia Arabica), Paste base Q.S.
As is clear from the ingredient list, this pack combines the juices of pineapple, tomato, lemon and papaya fruit with Multani Mitti to provide a bright and flawless finish to the skin. The formula is in the form of a smooth and creamy pink face pack that glides on the skin and covers the entire face with just a scoop of the product. Upon application, I feel a warm sensation on my skin, but it goes away within a few minutes and is nothing painful at all.
I leave it on for approximately 15 minutes, and within that time, it dries down almost completely but does not tug at the skin or become too uncomfortable to keep on. Once I wash it off, my skin looks way brighter than before, and feels non-greasy but not dry or stretchy. The face pack is able to retain the moisture of the skin while removing all the gunk and grease and it also evens the skin tone and removes dullness at the same time.
Needless to say, this multi-tasking face pack has managed to impress me, I haven’t used any other formula that manages to clear out the pores so well without leaving the skin feeling parched. Also, the price point of INR 199 for a 75gm jar is completely affordable and the goodness of Ayurveda in the form of a cocktail of fruit vitamins is definitely worth the investment. If you wish to restore a youthful vitality to your face then you must give this product a try!
So I recently received a few products from Fabeya, a natural skincare brand that has a wide range of face and body scrubs and gels with fascinating ingredients catering to different skin types, and I immediately fell in love with everything in the package. I received the Activated Charcoal Face & Body Scrub, the Organic Papaya Gel, and the Apple Cider Vinegar Body Scrub & Polish, and all three products are made with natural, no-nonsense ingredients, with no parabens, sulphates, alcohol, phthalates, or artificial colours in them. Not only are these products a perfect example of the clean skincare I have been talking about these days, they are also perfect for the hot and sultry Indian summer. So without much ado, here are my thoughts on these three gems.
Activated Charcoal is a skincare ingredient that probably needs no introduction. Everybody knows about its efficacy at sucking out all the gunk from the pores, leaving the skin squeaky clean. However, what makes the Fabeya Activated Charcoal Face and Body Scrub Unique is the fact that it is super creamy and extremely gentle compared to any other activated charcoal products that I have tried. Most charcoal products are not suitable for those with dry or sensitive skin, but this soothing scrub with tiny exfoliating particles should suit all skin types. As I mentioned, the product is super creamy and hydrating and offers a cooling sensation to the skin while the tiny beads provide mild exfoliation. It is an extremely comforting product to use at the end of a long day and leaves the skin looking brighter, rejuvenated and bump-free. This is probably my favourite product out of the three and I will definitely recommend it to everybody.
The Fabeya Organic Papaya Gel is a soothing, light-weight gel with a delicious fruity scent. Papaya is known for its calming and brightening properties, which makes this gel perfect as an after-sun treatment. Just pop it in the fridge for some time and then apply a generous layer to your sun-burnt skin, the gel will cool down the skin and reverse the sun damage at the same time. You can also use this as the last step in your nighttime skincare routine to seal all the serums and creams in place, or can apply it as a soothing face mask for around 5-10 minutes and then rinse with some water. This product is perfect for those with sensitive or extremely oily skin as it hydrates and brightens without being too heavy. If your skin is suffering from the harsh summer sunlight then you must incorporate this product into your skincare routine.
Apple Cider Vinegar is packed with a ton of benefits for the skin, is rich in anti-toxins, and is supposed to be excellent at fighting acne and brightening the skin. The Fabeya Apple Cider Vinegar Body Scrub & Polish is the first apple cider vinegar scrub that I have tried and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed. The product comes in the form of a hydrating cream with tiny walnut shell particles embedded in it. The scrub particles are gritty enough to remove dead skin, ingrown hair, or a tan with ease without being extremely harsh. The cream in itself has a mild cooling effect on the skin and leaves the skin looking visibly smoother and brighter after each use without making it dry. This product is excellent for taking care of the skin of the body, which often gets neglected when compared to the skin of the face.
Needless to say, I am in love with all the three products and will definitely be trying out more products from Fabeya. All their products come in gigantic 340 ml tubs that are priced around the INR 400 mark, but are currently available on Amazon at INR 299. Affordable and all-natural skincare couldn’t get any better than this. So if you are looking for smooth, healthy-looking and bright skin this summer then do give Fabeya a shot, I am sure you won’t be disappointed!
Clean skincare is something that always attracts me, and when the brand sources ingredients from the wonderful ecosystems of the country and gives back to the remotest regions of India, I am definitely going to talk about it. This fascinating brand is Kanai Organics, a plant-based beauty brand that has recently released an Avocado Oil Moisturiser and an Aloe Vera Manjishtha Face Wash. Before talking about these products in detail, here is a brief introduction about the brand:
“Kanai’s emphasis is on making nature the star of the product. Using ingredients like Apricot, Turmeric, Aloe Vera, Reetha, Manjistha, Sesame, Avocado, Nutmeg, we build products that promise to enhance and beautify naturally. Our promise to the customer is that at least 95% of the ingredients used will be natural and ethically sourced by using fair trade practices.
Our idea of beauty doesn’t just limit itself to the body but also to the heart. And what better way to prove it than to be kind and give back to those that deserve it the most? Kanai remains committed to never testing on animals and giving away proceeds from the sale of each product to the Rural Development Institute which works to address the needs of women, children and adolescents in some of the remotest parts of the Himalayas.”
I love the honesty of the brand where they claim to be at least 95% natural, whereas many brands resort to marketing gimmicks where they claim that they are 100% natural but the ingredient list states otherwise. This brand is inspired by Indian ingredients and is making sure that the growers of these ingredients continue to have a livelihood. This really impressed me even before I started using the products, but without much ado, here are my thoughts on their face wash and moisturiser.
My skin loves anything with Avocado oil in it and the Kanai Avocado Oil Moisturiser is no exception. It contains a lot of ingredients that are great for the skin, such as sesame oil, liquorice & neem extracts, and of course, avocado oil and is rich in Vitamins A, C, D, E, and K. I also love the fact that it has a natural SPF 15 in it, which is great for when you are stepping out for a short while. This moisturiser is extremely light-weight and sinks into the skin beautifully, without leaving any white cast. It has a mild pleasant scent and an extremely soothing effect on the skin. This moisturiser can be used on the body as well as the face, but I have been using it only on my body and I must say, my skin feels way softer and smoother than before. Priced at INR 600 for a 100ml tube, I feel that the price of the product is justified considering the great ingredients and the fact that some of the proceeds from every purchase go towards supporting the rural communities of the Himalayan region.
The Kanai Aloe Vera Manjishtha Face Wash is very unique because it is free of chemical soap, and contains natural Reetha extracts instead. Because of this, the face wash is extremely gentle and does not lather much, but cleanses the skin really well. The Manjishtha extracts brighten the skin while the aloe vera hydrates it. My skin feels baby soft after each wash and has not broken out since I started using the product. In fact, my existing acne has also reduced significantly because of this face wash. This product is perfect for those with extremely dry or sensitive skin, and those with oily skin can use it as a second step of a double cleanse routine. Priced at INR 550 for a 100ml tube, this face wash is a must buy for all those whose skin is extremely sensitive to chemicals.
As you can probably tell, I am already a huge fan of the brand and can’t wait for them to come up with more products. Meanwhile, why don’t you try these two products and let me know what you think about them?
Disclaimer – Products sent by the brand, but all opinions are honest and my own
Ask any Indian grandma how to cope with dry skin in the winter months and she will lovingly direct you towards a bowl of honey. Honey helps in retaining the skin’s moisture in the cold weather and adds a bounciness and youthfulness to the skin, which is exactly what the Seer Secrets Honey & Geranium Pore Refining Multi Cleanser is also able to do. This extremely gentle face wash is a boon for those who suffer from dry, irritated, chapped, or sensitive skin and here is why I say so.
The proof of the pudding is in its ingredients and this face wash has coconut extracts, raw honey, geranium oil, and rosewood essential oil as its key ingredients. These ingredients make sure that while the cleanser removes dirt from the pores, the skin does not lose its natural oils and suppleness. The formula is in the form of a honey colored gel that does not froth a lot and feels very mild on the skin. This lack of excessive froth makes sure that the product is not dehydrating at all.
This gentle formula is suitable for those who have been struggling with sensitive skin that reacts to harsh chemicals in face washes. I also love its sweet, refreshing scent that is very relaxing.
The product comes in a bottle with a pump that makes it so convenient to use. The price of INR 387 for a 100ml bottle is a little steep but if you have never found the perfect product for dry and sensitive skin then your search will definitely end with this product. A must buy for the cold weather in my opinion!
I have recently been obsessed with foot soaks because nothing beats soaking your feet in warm, fragrant water when you wish to unwind after a long day. One of the foot soaks that I have been using lately is the SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak, which is a combination of marigold extracts, sea salt, and coconut oil.
This foot soak is more of a moisturizing foot soak than a detanning or exfoliating one. It comes in the form of a vibrant yellow crumbly powder which contains bits of marigold petals and solid coconut oil. Upon mixing with warm water, the oil turns into a liquid and the petals remain floating in the water, creating a hydrating and luxurious looking soak.
My feet feel completely relaxed and moisturized after dipping them in this foot soak for around 10-15 minutes. Like I said, this product is not very exfoliating but the salt and the warm water do help to get rid of some of the dead skin, revealing softer feet. Overall, this is a nice product for pampering your feet but the price of INR 1550 for 200gms of product seems a little steep to me. However, one sachet shown in the picture is of 22gms and gives me 2-3 uses when used judiciously, so it is not too expensive if you do the math. If you like hydrating foot soaks and love colorful bath products then you must give this one a shot!
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.
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.
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.
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!