Dermavive Hydra Cleanser – With Natural Colloidal Oatmeal | Review

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

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

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

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

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

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask | Review

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.

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask | Review

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.

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask | Review

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.

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask | Review

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!

Click here to buy the Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask.

Dermavive Moisturising Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal | Review

Some skincare ingredients are so amazingly effective that they have stood the test of time and have managed to retain a spot in skincare recipes ranging from age-old grandma’s concoctions to modern pharmaceutical skincare ranges. Oatmeal is one such ingredient that is known to be extremely gentle yet excellent at relieving the skin from irritation and itchiness caused by rashes, allergic reactions, and other skin conditions. In fact, it is so gentle and effective that oatmeal baths are even recommended for infants suffering from skin infections. Dermavive, an Australian brand that has recently launched in India, utilizes this time-tested ingredient in the Dermavive Moisturising Lotion that contains Natural Colloidal Oatmeal. The brand sent me the product to review a few days back and here is my review of this moisturising lotion.

Dermavive Moisturising Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal | Review

The Dermavive Moisturising Lotion has Natural Colloidal Oatmeal as its star ingredient. As I mentioned before, oatmeal is a scientifically proven skincare ingredient that helps to maintain the natural pH balance or acidity of the skin, reduces dryness, and creates a protective barrier on the skin. Therefore, this lotion is particularly suitable for those with dry, sensitive and irritated skin although it can benefit those with all skin types. The lotion has a thick texture but spreads easily on the skin and sinks in within seconds without leaving a white cast. It does not leave any greasy feeling on the skin but still provides intense hydration that lasts for hours and makes my skin feel super soft and smooth.

Dermavive Moisturising Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal | Review

Dermavive Moisturising Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal | Review

Since this product is meant for irritated skin, the brand has not added any artificial fragrance in the lotion. It has a mild natural scent that does not linger on the skin post application. The finish that this lotion leaves on the skin is really impressive, it does not feel like you have applied anything on the skin yet the skin feels really supple and hydrated. Also, the product helped to calm down a few rashes I had developed on my arms due to wearing some artificial jewellery, hence it does live up to its claims of relieving irritated skin. Even though this product is specifically targeted towards dry and irritated skin, its non-greasy texture, intense hydration and mild and light-weight formula make it perfect for all skin types. In fact, the brand claims that this product can be used on children and babies as well.

Dermavive Moisturising Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal | Review

The Dermavive Moisturising Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal is currently available on Amazon and Flipkart in India and is priced at INR 800 for a 120ml tube that is travel-friendly and comes with a flip lid. The price may seem a little steep but trust me, it is an excellent investment if you suffer from recurring skin issues and most skincare products don’t suit your skin. Overall, I am really enjoying using this product and would highly recommend it to all of you. No matter what your skin type, regular usage of this lotion will definitely improve the texture and look of your skin. So do give it a try and let me know your thoughts about this moisturising lotion.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active Intense Night Cream | First Impressions Style Review

In continuation to yesterday’s post, today I will talk about the Greenberry Organics Bio Active Intense Night Cream, the evening counterpart of the Bio Active Bright Day Cream. This night cream was also sent by the brand to me and I found the ingredient list very intriguing. It has Jojoba Oil to soothe dry and irritated skin, mulberry extracts that act as anti-oxidants, almond oil to help clear the skin, and organic murumuru butter that is rich in essential fatty acids. Needless to say, this cream sounds like a super-food for the skin and indeed, it is exactly that.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active Intense Night Cream | First Impressions Style Review

This night cream is even thicker and richer than the day cream from the range and has an extremely soothing floral scent that helps me fall asleep at night. You need to use the tiniest bit of the product on the face, otherwise, you will be left with a crumbly or streaky finish. Just take a small amount of product, rub it between your fingers to warm it up, and then dot over the face and massage in with a circular motion. This cream is almost like a body butter, but for the face, so you have to be careful not to use too much product, but personally, I love the rich and intense hydration that it provides to my face. With the smallest scoop of product, I am able to see the cream sink into my face within minutes, making the skin super soft and smooth. Even when I wake up in the morning, my skin looks radiant and healthy. On the days when I get inadequate sleep, I usually suffer from dull skin but this night cream prevents that as well. I also feel that just within a week of use, the cream has slightly lightened the spots on my face, which is quite amazing.

Greenberry Organics Bio Active Intense Night Cream | First Impressions Style Review

Overall, I am happy with the product because it lives up to its name of being “Intense” in the hydration department. Even though I have combination to oily skin, my face does not feel greasy after applying this product, making it the perfect winter night cream for me. I also love the fact that the product is so gentle on my face and does not cause any tingling or itching at all. I will highly recommend this product for those with flaky or irritated skin who are in immediate need of hardcore moisturization. Priced at INR 675 for a 50gm tub, this cream may seem expensive but it will last you a really long time if you use the right amount of product. Also, it is currently available on Amazon for INR 600 only, so do grab yours now to pamper your face with some TLC.

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

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Another Goodie From Qtrove!

A tiny bottle full of the goodness of olive oil arrived at my doorstep the other day. Yet another goodie from Qtrove! If you read my previous post then you will know that Qtrove sent me a few products to try out and this time it is the Areev Oil Of Olives Body Lotion. Qtrove is a wonderful curated online marketplace that showcases homemade and organic items produced on a small scale. They have a fantastic collection ranging from skincare to food items and I am sure you will find many interesting things on their website. Here are my thoughts on the Areev Body Lotion, a gem of a product indeed!


This lovely body lotion is quite lightweight and sinks into the skin very quickly. This is great because nobody likes the sticky and greasy feeling of heavy moisturizers. The lotion instantly softens and hydrates the skin and makes it super smooth. It has a pleasant herbal/natural smell that lingers on for hours after application. The fragrance is very soothing and the formula is specially designed for sensitive skin, therefore it is very gentle.


I also love the packaging of the product. The shape of the bottle and the unique design of the lid make it look very high-end. It is like a little bottle of potion that I have been unscrewing throughout the day to catch another whiff of the refreshing scent. I think I have found my favorite summer body lotion!

IMG_8112I am so glad that Qtrove provides the opportunity to discover these new brands whose products are even better than those of the established brands. All the products have that homely feeling to them that strikes a chord in my heart. I will definitely be trying out some more products from Qtrove soon!

You can buy the Areev Oil of Olives Body Lotion here, and while you are at it, do check out the other products available on Qtrove’s online store too!

I also have an amazing coupon for you guys! Use the code BLOGMRINALINIM15 at checkout to get 15% off on your first order (for orders above INR 500, paid online).

Happy Shopping!



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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser | Review

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


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


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

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

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

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