Shesha Naturals Extra Virgin Coconut Oil | Review

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.

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Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour | Review

We are all well aware of the benefits of turmeric as a skincare ingredient, but have you ever heard of turmeric in a lip balm? I definitely hadn’t, until I came across the Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour. Seer Secrets has always brought out interesting products with unique and effective ingredients and this lip balm is no exception. Read on to find out how it works at treating dry and chapped lips.

Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour | Review

Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour | Review

The Seer Secrets Lip Saviour comes in a cute packaging – a jar with a screw-on lid which is very travel-friendly. The formula itself looks waxy in the jar but melts when rubbed between the fingers, leaving behind a beautiful oily consistency. It literally glides on the lips, gets absorbed within seconds, and does not look crusty or cakey. It provides a golden sheen to the lips and also has some tiny granules that provide gentle exfoliation during application. These granules may stand out a little on the lips, so you may want to pick them out if using the lip balm during the day.

The formula contains many nourishing ingredients such as coconut essential oil, watermelon extract, vitamin E and Cocoa butter, and therefore provides intense hydration to the lips that lasts for several hours. Of course, it contains turmeric too, which protects the lips and prevents chapping and irritation. The formula contains SPF12 as well and will therefore provide some protection to the lips from sunlight too. I also love the fruity scent of the lip balm that lingers on for an hour or so post application.

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Overall, I love this lip balm because it is essentially like a lip oil available in solid form that literally melts on the lips. It provides intense hydration and protection and can really help with restoring the softness of severely chapped lips. Priced at INR 315 for a jar that will last you several months, this is a product that you must try out!

Click here to buy the Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut & Turmeric Lip Saviour from Amazon.

Biotique Bio Fruit Face Pack | Review

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.

Biotique Bio Fruit Face Pack | Review

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.

Biotique Bio Fruit Face Pack | Review

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.

Biotique Bio Fruit Face Pack | Review

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!

Click here to buy the Biotique Bio-Fruit Face Pack.

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid | Review

Guest Post By Swathi

I have been using the Kama Ayurveda- Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid – Ayurvedic Night Serum since a month and will be sharing my thoughts on this product with all of you today. Kumkumadi taila is extensively mentioned in Ayurveda for providing glowing and lustrous skin, which is why I was searching for authentic kumkumadi taila. I have tried kumkumadi taila from a few other brands before but was not satisfied. Then one of my friends recommended Kama Ayurveda products to me.

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid|Review

This beauty fluid is packed in a glass bottle with a dropper. The packaging is grand and will take you back to the vintage era. The price of a 12ml bottle is INR 2295 but I purchased it for an offer price of 1800 bucks. Once you open the bottle, the mild fragrance of the fluid enchants the room. The fluid is light orange in color and mildly greasy in texture. In the dry climate during the winters, it gets completely absorbed into the skin. However, if you have oily skin or live in a humid area then it’s better to avoid this product as it may make way for acne.

The skin tends to get dry in winter and we need to keep moisturizing it. We all know that oil is the best moisturizer but when it comes to the face we tend to worry about applying oil, due to the fear of acne. However, as I mentioned above, this serum is quite light-weight and does not clog the pores, making it perfect for those with dry skin. The base of this beauty fluid is sesame oil and the unique Ayurvedic formulation is prescribed for glowing and radiant skin. The ingredients of the fluid are also known to prevent mild bacterial infections. The ideal age for trying this product would be the late twenties and early thirties because the serum helps to preserve the youthfulness of the skin.

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid|Review

Overall, I’m satisfied with the Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid and think that it lives up to its claims of nourishing dull and damaged skin. This fluid is perfect for the winter months as a moisturizer, as it gives a glow and hydration to the face. However, I would be happy if they dropped the price a little.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Kama Ayurveda Miraculous Beauty Fluid here.

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SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak | Review

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.

SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak | Review

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.

SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak | Review

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!

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak here.

 

Kama Ayurveda Foot Scrub | Review

I have always felt that Kama Ayurveda products are a bit too expensive, but the product I will talk about today is one of the more reasonably priced products from the range. The Kama Ayurveda Foot Scrub is priced at INR 550 for a 50gm tube, which quite surprised me because I had expected that it would cost around INR 1000. Still, I did not want to buy the full-sized product on a whim and therefore purchased a sample from Smytten instead. This 8 gm sample provided me a good 4-5 uses, which means that the 50gm tube will last you really long. Here is how the product performed on my sunburnt feet after my recent vacation.

Kama Ayurveda Foot Scrub | Review

True to the reputation of the brand, this foot scrub contains a great set of ingredients. It has apricot shell particles to scrub the dead skin off the feet, chamomile for soothing dry and damaged skin and tea tree extracts to cool the skin and to calm down any irritation or redness. It also contains Basil extracts that are supposed to alleviate any aches or pains and the extracts of musk and sandalwood to provide a pleasant scent to the feet. All these ingredients are combined to form a deep orange gel in which you can see the ground apricot shell scrub particles.

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Upon massaging on the skin, the gel soon turns into a white cream that further gets absorbed into the skin within a few more minutes. The brand recommends to massage the product on the feet for around 5 minutes, and on doing so, the cream gets almost completely absorbed by the skin and only the scrub particles remain on the surface. Therefore this foot scrub not only helps in removing dead skin with the gritty exfoliating action of the apricot shell but also hydrates the feet at the same time. I also feel a slight cooling sensation while rubbing in the product and it has a mild musky scent that most people would enjoy.

Kama Ayurveda Foot Scrub | Review

Overall, this product performs really well at making the feet smooth and moisturized and at removing any dullness from the feet. Personally, I would have preferred if it had more of a cooling action like The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Scrub but nevertheless it is still a great foot scrub. The scrubbing action is neither too mild nor too rough, making it perfect for using once or twice a week for the maintenance of your feet. However, if you have severely tanned feet then you may need to use this more often and in conjunction with a brightening foot cream for quicker results. Overall, I will recommend this scrub to everyone because taking care of the feet is something that we all should spare some time for.

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Kama Ayurveda Foot Scrub here.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

Ever since I spoke about the Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub on my Insta stories, a bunch of you have asked me for a review of the product. So here I am with a detailed review of this wonderful scrub from Greenberry Organics.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

Personally, I am not a fan of scrubs that have super soft or tiny exfoliating particles which hardly remove any dead skin from the face. This scrub, on the other hand, has small but gritty particles that are very effective at exfoliating the skin. These particles come embedded in a cream that allows smooth and gentle application on the skin while the grittiness helps to get rid of everything from dead skin to stubborn white heads.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

You can control the strength of exfoliation with the amount of pressure you apply with your fingers. When used gently, this product can even work for sensitive skin but if used with a heavy hand it can be pretty intense. This allows you to alter the strength of the product as per your skin type.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

I do not have a tan at the moment so cannot really show you the effects of the scrub on a tan but basically, tan removal is all about removing the sunburnt layer of the skin, so a powerful scrub like this one will definitely provide you great results. Even though my skin is not tanned at the moment, it looks more radiant after using the product, so it will certainly work well on a severe tan.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub | Review

I love that this is an all natural product that contains Bio Active ingredients that are known to nourish, exfoliate, and brighten the skin naturally. Some of these ingredients include nourishing extracts of aloe vera and coconut oil, walnut shell powder for exfoliation, and raspberry extracts for brightening the skin. I also love the soothing scent of cloves that this scrub emanates. If you are a fan of gritty physical scrubs but do not want something too harsh with chemicals in it then the Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub is a must buy for you. The scrub is priced at INR 575 for a 100gm tub but you can buy it on Amazon at the moment for INR 475 only. This is a great deal in my opinion because a little goes a really long way with this fantastic scrub! I am sure that the next time I return from a vacation with a nasty tan, this scrub will drive all my woes away 🙂

Click this link to buy the Greenberry Organics Bio Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub. 

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

Tvakh Antioxidant Age Defying Day Complex| Review

Skincare is very important for women of all age, starting from teenagers, but the most critical time to pay attention to your skin is between the ages of 25-30, to beat those wrinkles and age spots to oblivion even before they begin to appear! This is why I have recently become more interested in anti-aging ingredients and products and the Tvakh Antioxidant Age Defying Day Complex is the latest addition to my arsenal.

Tvakh Antioxidant Age Defying Day Complex| Review

This day cream contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids that protect the skin from photo-aging caused by exposure to sunlight. It also contains powerful anti oxidants such as white mulberry, beta carotene, and wheat germ along with Vitamin C and Vitamin E to reduce pore size, eliminate fine lines and improve the overall texture of the skin.

Personally, I found the texture of this day cream to be very unique. It looks thick and creamy in the jar, which had me a little worried because I have oily skin, but upon application, it literally glided on my skin and was absorbed within seconds. It leaves the skin super hydrated but non-greasy, and is suitable for all skin types, although people with extremely oily skin may find it a tad bit heavy. However, I am someone with fairly oily skin but did not find the formula oily or sticky. The product leaves the skin feeling smoother, softer, and tighter from the very first use, and this tightening action is what one needs to reduce pore size and eliminate wrinkles. Although this cream looks slightly beige in the packaging, it goes on completely sheer on the skin, and call me crazy but I actually feel that it smells like sweet milk 😛 I quite enjoy the scent because it makes me feel like I have treated my skin with something luxurious.

Tvakh Antioxidant Age Defying Day Complex| Review

Overall, I am extremely pleased with the performance of this product and do not have anything negative to say about it. I have been using it on and off for some time now and have noticed that my skin has become slightly smoother and brighter. I am sure that with daily use, the results will be even more noticeable. Priced at INR 625 for a 100gm jar, I feel that this product is quite affordable for what it does to the skin. It is also free of parabens and phthalates and is not tested on animals. This product has definitely left me impressed and has piqued my interest in more products from Tvakh. I will surely be trying out more skincare from the brand and will be reporting back to you about each product. In the mean time, if you want something to battle the aging caused by environmental factors and, well, your age, then this product is something you must try.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Tvakh Antioxidant Age Defying Complex here.

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Kronokare Provencal Lavender All Is Well Shower Gel | Review

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.

Kronokare Provencal Lavender All Is Well Shower Gel | Review

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.

Kronokare Provencal Lavender All Is Well Shower Gel | Review

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!

I hope that this review was helpful. If you enjoyed this blog post then please click this link and leave a comment on the nomination page to help me win the Indian Bloggers Award!

Soultree Viola & Kokum Butter Lip Balm | Review

Unlike most people, I am extremely picky about my lip balms. Anything that needs to be reapplied twenty times a day or clings to the dry patches does not make the cut for me. This obsession for lip balms started during my college years when I first discovered the joys (read sorrows) of pigmented and chapped lips. My lips still act up occasionally when I become a little lazy about scrubbing or moisturizing them, which is when I need a good sheer lip balm to come to my rescue. The Soultree Viola & Kokum Butter Lip Balm is what is currently nourishing my lips and I am absolutely loving it!

Soultree Viola & Kokum Butter Lip Balm | Review

This lovely lip balm looks mauvish pink in the tube but does not impart any color to the lips. However, it is top notch in the hydration department and leaves my lips feeling moisturized for hours, without any greasiness or stickiness. When freshly applied, it smells like the coconut toffees that every kid in India consumed during the 90’s but the scent disappears soon and it does not have any discernible taste either. The formula contains Ghee, which is known to lighten pigmented lips while hydrating them, as well as a blend of seven organic oils and Kokum Butter. It is also free of parabens, sulfates, lead, and petroleum, and is a vegetarian product.

Soultree Viola & Kokum Butter Lip Balm | Review

I love the softness that this lip balm imparts to my lips as well as the longevity of the product (I only apply it twice a day). The violet and brown packaging has also stolen my heart, although the cap does not click shut, which means that the cap may come off if not stored carefully and the lip balm may collect dust and grime. Other than this flaw in the packaging, I absolutely adore this product and feel that the price tag of INR 295 for 3.5 gms of lip balm is completely justified. This is definitely going to be my autumn-winter staple and if you are a lip balm snob just like me then you should also get your hands on this product asap!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Soultree Viola & Kokum Butter Lip Balm here.

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Bio Bloom Hair Cleanser – Nourishing | Review

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.

Bio Bloom Hair Cleanser - Nourishing | Review

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.

Bio Bloom Hair Cleanser - Nourishing | Review

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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Epigamia Greek Yogurt – A New Way To Snack! | Review

Whenever I am not on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick, I am busy searching for a healthy yet tasty snack to devour. I do not have the luxury to spend endless hours in the kitchen, which is why I prefer something that is ready to eat yet does not contain harmful preservatives. This is why Epigamia Yogurt, India’s first all-natural Greek yogurt, is the perfect snack to satisfy my sweet tooth while keeping the hunger pangs at bay.

Epigamia Greek Yogurt Review

This delicious Greek yogurt is thick and creamy and contains twice the amount of protein compared to regular dahi and flavored yogurts. What is more, it is made using natural ingredients, is low in fat, and contains zero preservatives. Basically, it is a snack that is super yummy while being good for the body and the waistline. I recently received a bunch of samples from the brand and the flavors they sent me were Blueberry, Wild Raspberry, Alphonso Mango, Natural, Strawberry, Honey Banana, Green Apple, Vanilla Bean, Strawberry with Chunky Granola, and Jalapeno Greek Yogurt with Barley Puffs. Yes, you read it right! Not only do they have a ton of sweet fruity flavors to satisfy the dessert cravings, they also have a spicy Jalapeno Greek Yogurt that works well as a savory dip.

Epigamia Greek Yogurt Review

You can eat these yogurts on their own or can add them to smoothies, dips, sandwich spreads or cereal. What is more, if you want something more filling than a cup of yogurt, you can opt for the snack packs which provide a crunchy topping that can be mixed with the yogurt. The topping comes packed in a separate container that retains its crunchiness. These toppings including crunchy granola for strawberry yogurt and barley puffs for jalapeno yogurt. A picture of the packaging is shown below!

Epigamia Greek Yogurt Review

All you need to do is rip open the packaging, mix in the contents with the yogurt and enjoy your delightful on the go snack!

Epigamia Greek Yogurt Review

I love the fact that fruity flavors have a natural sweetness to them and also contain tiny tit bits of the actual fruit. As for the Jalapeno yogurt, it packs a punch in terms of flavor and is a creamier and more delicious version of your standard raita, in my opinion. I love to dunk my fruits into these yogurts to convert my salads into more decadent treats, without piling up on the calories.

Epigamia Greek Yogurt Review

Each cup contains 90 gms of yogurt which provides around 100 calories and more than 6 gms of protein. It also helps in meeting the daily calcium requirements without chugging down huge quantities of milk. I feel that Epigamia Greek Yogurts are perfect for everyone, from the fussy eaters who want to include more nutritious items in their diet to the busy executives and housewives who do not find the time to prepare healthy food for themselves. These yummy Greek yogurts are available online on Grofers and BigBasket and they are also available at Nature’s Basket. You can find more details about the products and the stores on the Epigamia website. Do give the Epigamia Greek Yogurts one try and I am sure that you will never crave for any other flavored yogurt!

Disclaimer – PR samples sent by the brand but all opinions are my own.