Facial oils have honestly been the biggest discovery of my skincare journey for me. The right facial oil keeps my combination skin hydrated and nourished without being greasy or heavy. I was recently on the market for a new facial oil, and the Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Glow Restore Face Oils Blend had always intrigued me, so I finally picked it up. Here are my thoughts after using this face oil for several weeks.
Plum recently launched two new variants of their body butters and also had a BOGO offer running on these. The new fragrances that they launched are Creme Caramel and Berry Sorbet, and they also repackaged their original fragrances which were Fig & Vanilla and Wild Cherries & Kiwi. I picked up the Creme Caramel and the Wild Cherries & Kiwi variants and have been loving both these body butters to bits. Here is why –Read More »
Plum has already established itself as an amazing skincare brand in India with its vegan, cruelty-free and extremely effective products, and now they have launched their haircare range too! The brand has come up with two shampoos, a conditioner, and a hair mask, and I ended up buying the Olive and Macadamia Mega Moisturising Hair Mask on the day of the launch itself! Here is my review of the product after using it a couple of times.
About the Product (from the Plum website) – A treat, and not just a deep conditioning treatment, for your hair. Deep moisturizing, nourishing hair mask made with love from olive oil, macadamia oil, shea butter and loads of other do-gooders for stressed out tresses. Specially processed pro-vitamin B5 and film-forming hair protectants shield hair from pollution and UV. This silicone-free hair mask moisturizes, softens and deep-nourishes chemically-treated, damaged hair. Use once or twice a week for hair that looks, and indeed is, healthier, softer and shinier.
My Experience – The Plum Mega Moisturising Hair Mask comes in a huge white tub and the packaging is sleek and minimalistic as has always been the case with the brand. The mask is in the form of a thick white cream that has a pleasant natural scent that I quite enjoy. The brand recommends applying this product evenly throughout wet hair, trying to cover each strand as well as possible. This is a little difficult considering the texture of the product which is thick and not very spreadable. In any case, after application, you are supposed to leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off.
I used this hair mask straight after shampooing my hair, without using a conditioner, thinking that since the mask contains rich ingredients like olive and macadamia oil, using a conditioner might not be necessary. On its own, this hair mask does condition the hair and soften them, but it does not provide as much shine and smoothness to the hair as I had expected. I have really long, waist length hair that gets tangled pretty easily and this product does a good job at keeping them tame, but the results were not “spectacular”. I feel that I need to pair it with the shampoo and conditioner of this range to get the fabulous results that I was expecting.
Overall, I feel that this is a decent mask but nothing too amazing on its own. Also, working this formula into really long hair can be a little difficult and you will need a lot of product per wash if you have hair as long as mine, which makes the price of INR 875 for a 250gm jar seem a little pricey. I will try the product out with the shampoo and conditioner before passing my final verdict on this hair mask but for now, I can say that it does work well but did not meet the expectations that I had from the brand.
Has the monsoon humidity clogged up your pores yet? Yes? Time to stock up on some clarifying face masks and the one that I am loving lately is the Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask. While I do love all my charcoal face masks, I sometimes feel that they are a bit too strong and a bit too trying to be used too often, which is when I reach for this product instead. Read on to find out my thoughts on the product.
This face mask has the signature green tea scent of the Plum green tea range. The formula is in the form of an extremely smooth and creamy mud mask. It glides on the skin and instantly provides a soothing, slightly cool sensation. For a detoxifying mask, this one is pretty mild, even though it clarifies the skin really well, making it perfect for those with slightly sensitive skin.
I leave this product on for almost 10-15 minutes, and by this time the mask dries up completely like a mud mask should and feels slightly “stretchy” on the skin. Upon washing off the product, my face looks visibly brighter and glowy and completely non-greasy.
What I love about this product is how gentle it is despite being able to pull out all the gunk from my pores. After a tiring day, it pumps back some life into my skin while calming it down and is also an excellent product for prepping the skin for a special event where you want to glow from within. The formula contains clay to soak up the excess oil, glycolic acid to exfoliate and brighten the skin, and green tea extracts to control acne – a perfect concoction for my skin type which is combination to oily and acne-prone.
Priced at INR 490 for a 60 gm jar, this product is quite affordable for what it does and is something that I am thoroughly enjoying in the humid weather. If you are someone who does not prefer masks that tingle and stretch the skin too much, I am sure you will love this one. Also, the fact that it is a vegan, cruelty-free product makes me favour it over others that are not. A must-have for the monsoons in my opinion!
So Plum has recently been in the news for all the right reasons. It has now been approved by PETA for being cruelty-free and vegan, another feather added to the brand’s cap for providing clean and no-nonsense skincare at affordable prices. One of their excellent products for summer is the Plum Hello Aloe Ultra Lite Day Lotion, which I will be reviewing for all of you today.
The Plum Ultra Lite Day Lotion contains the goodness of aloe vera and Vitamin E and provides hydration without being heavy or greasy. For the longest time, I thought that this product is an aloe vera gel, which is why I never purchased it. However, when I received a free sample of this product with my order, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this is actually a cream based product, which I personally prefer during the day, and the SPF 20 makes it perfect for summers. Texturewise, I would say that it is somewhere in between a lotion and a cream, it is creamier than the Plum Green Tea Lotion but is not greasy, and should be suitable for dry to normal skin.
As claimed by the brand, the product is indeed very gentle on the skin and is therefore suitable for those with sensitive skin. While aloe vera gel on its own is ideal for oily skinned people, the incorporation of the ingredient in this particular formula allows dry-skinned people to enjoy the benefits of aloe vera, which is very innovative in my opinion. Also, since I have a sample of the product, I got a tube, but the actual packaging of the full-sized product is in the form of a bottle with a pump which makes it completely utilitarian.
Overall, I do not have anything negative to say about this product at all. If you are someone who enjoys light-weight skincare which is not laden with chemicals then this lotion will definitely become your favourite. So do try out this product and let me know how it worked for you!
The sun is shining bright on our faces now and we are all reaching for the matte sunscreens, well at least skincare crazy people like yours truly are! I seem to be going through one tube of sunscreen a month these days, and the one that I am currently using is the Plum Chamomile & White Tea Sheer Matte Day Cream SPF50. Here are my thoughts on this product that is pretty much the need of the hour.
Not only does this cream provide a high SPF of 50, it also contains ingredients that are really good for the skin. Some of the ingredients that stand out are chamomile, known for its soothing effect on the skin, white tea, a powerful anti-oxidant, and Gingko Biloba extracts, which possess anti-ageing properties and help with fine lines and wrinkles. I haven’t used the product long enough to comment on the anti-ageing properties, but it definitely calmed down my hormonal breakout after just one use and I did not break out after that. Also, ever since I started using this sunscreen as a replacement for my last one, my skin has become visibly brighter, so full marks to Plum for that.
Texturewise, this cream is semi-thick, but it spreads pretty easily on the skin. Remember, a little goes a long way with this cream, so if you will use too much product, it will leave a slight whitish cast on your face, however, if you use the right amount then the cream will sink into the skin within a minute or two. Once blended in, the cream offers a completely matte finish on the face and feels really light-weight, much like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen. I am absolutely loving its matte finish during the hot and humid weather and my makeup sits well on top of the cream too. I also love its subtle sweet scent which instantly perks up my mood in the morning (yes, fragrances do that to me, call me a weirdo if you like :P)
Overall, I feel that the Plum Chamomile & White Tea Sheer Matte Day Cream is one of the best sunscreens for those with oily skin because it protects the skin from the sun rays and also nourishes it from within. Priced at INR 520 for a 60ml tube that will last you a really long time, this cream is quite reasonably priced for its high SPF. So, do check it out if you have oily skin and suffer from breakouts in the warmer months.
As I promised/warned earlier, I am back with the review of yet another Plum product. The Plum Green Tea Range has been around for quite some time and I have tried and really enjoyed their face lotion in the past, which is why I decided to give the Green Tea Pore-Cleansing Face Wash a go. This face wash is a blogger favourite, and here is what this blogger feels about it.
Similar to the Green Tea Lotion, this face wash is gentle, light, and refreshing. It is a clear gel-based face wash with some mild exfoliating beads embedded in it. It cleanses the skin really well but does not leave it feeling dry or stretchy. The green beads are made of cellulose and provide some extremely gentle scrubbing action which will be suitable even for sensitive skin. I also love the scent of this product range because it helps me feel more awake in the mornings.
This face wash is perfect as a daily face wash for those with normal to combination, acne-prone skin. It contains glycolic acid that is great at removing dead skin, and combined with the anti-oxidising properties of green tea, it will keep your skin acne free and will gradually lighten any acne scars too. I will say however that since it is a non-drying formula, it may be a little less effective at removing all the grease from extremely oily skin, but it works perfectly well for my combination skin.
As we are moving towards the warmer months, those with acne-prone skin will begin to struggle with more frequent breakouts. From my experience, I will recommend using the entire Green Tea range from Plum (cleansing, toning, and moisturising), to keep the acne at bay. The face wash is priced at INR 345 for 75 ml of product, which is not too expensive considering the quality, but you can also buy the whole bundle of the green tea range at a more affordable price. So do check out this range if you haven’t already and you can thank me later 🙂
So Plum has been launching some really interesting products lately and I want to try them all! Brace yourself for a ton of reviews on Plum products populating your feed 🙂 Today I will talk about one of their newer releases, the Plum e-luminence Bright Mix Face Serum which is packed with a ton of nutrients for the skin. Read on to find out if this product is meant for you.
A serum is basically a concoction that is rich in skin-loving ingredients. You need to apply it to your face after cleansing and toning and follow it with a moisturiser, so as to seal the nutrients in place. The Plum e-luminence serum lives up to this definition and contains a large number of amazing ingredients such as sesame protein, aloe, vitamins e and b, chamomile, white willow, elderflower, calendula, red clover, and rose petals. It is a vegan product that contains all the plant nutrients that your skin will love. It is also free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and all the bad stuff.
Although the brand recommends this serum for normal to dry skin, I feel that this will work really well for oily skin too because it is light-weight and water-based, as opposed to the oil-based serums that are ubiquitous in the market. It has a milky consistency, spreads very easily on the skin, and sinks in within seconds. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated, but does not leave any residue at all. It is extremely mild and light-weight but highly nourishing for the skin. You may not be able to see any visible effects of the product for a while, but your skin will gradually become more glowy, supple, and smooth. Serums do take a while to make a stark difference to your skin, but with the impressive ingredient list, your skin will definitely benefit from this addition to your skincare routine.
Overall, this is an excellent option for those who want to add a nutritive serum in their skincare regimen but do not prefer oil-based serums. The plastic packaging with a pump is extremely travel-friendly too. The serum is priced at INR 1175 for a 30ml bottle, which may seem a little expensive but serums usually are pricey and Plum runs some really great offers on their website. So do try this serum out, it will be great for the summer when you want something light-weight yet nourishing for your skin.
Sometimes, I buy skincare products on a whim and the Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream was such an impulsive buy. Even though this day cream is best suited for dry skin, I bought it regardless of the fact that my skin is oily to combination, thinking that it will be a nice treat for the winter days ahead. Luckily, this cream suited my skin like a dream, so much so that I immediately placed an order for the Nurturance Night Cream from the same range as well. Usually, I’m not too matchy-matchy about my day and night skincare routine but using these two products in conjunction has worked quite well for my skin and here is how.
The day cream has a thick consistency, as opposed to the lotions from Plum, and is also pretty creamy. It spreads fairly easily on the skin though and you only need a few dots of the product to cover the entire face. It has a slight oiliness to it, but not in a bad way – more like the lightweight oiliness of serums. Also, this does not create a thick film on the face and gets absorbed fairly quickly, leaving the skin hydrated and glowing but not greasy. I love the fact that this cream has SPF 30, which I need at the moment because I am starting to incorporate Vitamin C in my skincare regimen. Overall, this cream is the perfect product for the cold season ahead when you need to give a little extra nourishment to your parched skin. It seems like the product replenishes the natural oils of the face without causing excessive oiliness and the cream should suit all skin types except extremely oily skin.
The night cream from the range is also extremely nourishing without being heavy on the skin and sinks into the face beautifully. Along with many natural oils, the product also contains sea buckthorn extracts which are supposed to be an excellent source of Omega 7 fatty acids which repair the skin, while the grape seed oil acts as a powerful anti-oxidant. The only thing I don’t like about this night cream is the bulky glass jar which is not travel-friendly at all. I wish that this product had a more compact packaging like the convenient tube of the day cream. The day cream and the night cream can be purchased as a combo pack for INR 1000 (current discounted price is INR 815), which seems pretty affordable to me for the quality of the products.
All the Plum products are paraben-free, phthalate-free and SLS-free and are also extremely gentle on the skin. I love these mild yet effective skincare products that have a faint fragrance that uplifts my mood in the morning and at night. So if you are someone who is planning to pamper your skin a little bit extra during the winter months then do give this range a shot.
I feel that at the rate at which I use up my skincare products, I will have tried all the mattifying moisturizers that exist in the world soon enough. Although this may seem like a huge exaggeration, I am a fan of switching up my skincare and rarely ever buy the same product twice in a row. This is why when I exhausted my supply of The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion and Lacto Calamine, I purchased the Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer. This product is paraben-free, SLS-free, phthalates-free and contains green tea extracts and glycolic acid, which are excellent ingredients for oily, acne-prone skin. Lately, I have been using this product on a daily basis, and here are my thoughts on its performance.
This light-weight moisturizer comes in a sleek white bottle with a handy pump. The texture of the formula is quite liquidy and the scent is incredibly refreshing, something that helps with waking me up in the morning. You only need a few drops of this product to cover the entire face and neck and the product literally sinks into the skin instantly. It mattifies my face without any tingling sensation or stretchy feeling on my skin. The formula is very gentle and is perfect for those with sensitive skin.
Although the product does a great job at mattifying my skin, my T-zone does end up producing more oil after a couple of hours. While the rest of my face remains non-shiny, my nose does look a little greasy on close inspection. Bear in mind that my face is literally as oily as a frying pan during the Monsoon season, so if you do not have extremely oily skin, the matte effect may last much longer on your face. I do love that this moisturizer is gentle and light weight but for the humid weather, I feel that the tea tree lotion from The Body Shop is more effective.
A 50ml bottle of this product is priced at INR 450, which is much cheaper than the variant from The Body Shop and the reason why I will definitely recommend this product to those who have fairly oily skin but nothing too extreme. Personally, I would whip this one out during fall/winter, when my skin does not produce oil like crazy and needs a bit more hydration. This is a great product for the price and will certainly help those who want a relatively gentle mattifying action.
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer here.