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.
I have been meaning to try Tamanu Oil ever since Bhumika from makeupandsmiles.com wrote a post about the benefits of this oil as a skincare ingredient. When I spotted that Vaunt, one of my recent favourite skincare brands, had brought out a Tamanu and Cranberry Seed Face Oil, I had to try it out. I have been using this facial oil for several weeks now and here is what I think about this product so far.Read More »
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 »
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 change in weather can drastically impact the needs of your skin and it is crucial to adapt your skincare to these needs. As the mercury has dropped in this part of the world and the wind has become chilling and dry, my skin has been craving for gentle hydration. This is why I have started using the Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser from The Face Shop to cleanse my face without stripping it dry. Read on to find out why this face wash is perfect for the nippy weather.
The Dr. Belmeur Range by The Face Shop is especially curated for sensitive skin, and contains mild plant-based ingredients. The Daily Repair Foam Cleanser is a translucent gel with a pH of 6, which is slightly acidic and helps with maintaining the acid barrier of the skin. It produces a decent amount of foam to cleanse the skin but not too much. It has a mild medicinal-herbal scent which does not linger and is free of any irritants such as perfume. The formula also does not contain some of the notorious nasty additives, such as parabens, synthetic pigments, mineral oil, benzophenone-3, animal-derived ingredients, propylene glycol and talc. The product claims to cleanse while hydrating and soothing dry and sensitive skin.
My skin is usually combination to oily, but it feels quite dehydrated during winters. This face wash is perfect for my skin at the moment because it gets rid of the oil and dirt without making my skin feel dry. I usually get a few red patches on my skin right after washing my face with any cleanser, but this does not happen with this face wash. The formula is super gentle and leaves the skin feeling baby soft and smooth, and the results last all day long. It also provides a subtle glow to the face right from the first wash.
Although this face wash is a bit pricey (INR 900 for a 150ml tube), it will last you a long time and is worth the investment for those with extremely sensitive skin. In my opinion, it will work for both dry and oily skin because it hydrates without making the skin greasy or shiny. This face wash is definitely going to be a winter staple for me and I cannot recommend it enough to all those who are experiencing cold and dry winters at the moment!
I have been hearing a ton of praises about Organic Harvest products from a number of bloggers but had not gotten around to trying any of their products until I picked up their Happy Lips Pomegranate Lip Care recently. We all tend to pay a lot of attention to the ingredients of skincare products these days but often don’t pay much regard to what we apply on our lips. What attracted me to this product was that its primary ingredient is organic certified lanolin wax, which is extremely effective at healing chapped lips. So, here is my review of how this lip balm fared for me.
The Organic Harvest Happy Lips Pomegranate lip balm comes in a cute dome shaped deep pink jar. I am personally a huge fan of dome shaped lip balms because they are very easy to apply and less messy than twist-up sticks or lips balm pots. The balm itself is clear and looks slightly off-white in the jar. The formula is thick and nourishing but glides very easily on the lips and gets absorbed within seconds. Despite being extremely rich, the lip balm does not look crusty or cakey and does not give an ugly white cast to the lips. It is completely transparent and provides a nice shine to the lips while making them feel extremely pampered and moisturised.
The product is an excellent example of clean skincare – it doesn’t contain any parabens, mineral oil or animal ingredients. A purely plant-based product, without any colour and with added food grade pomegranate flavour that tastes delish, this lip balm is literally all that you could ask for. Priced at INR 199, it is slightly pricey, but considering its efficacy, I am willing to spend that little bit extra on this product. I am definitely happy with my first impressions of Organic Harvest and will be trying out many more products from the brand in the future. This is definitely going to be my go-to lip balm brand for the coming months because they have so many variants to choose from. Do try out this lip balm and trust me, you will not regret it!
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!
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
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.
The skincare brands are really upping their soap game these days and the Seer Secrets Quantum Quattro Gemstone Bath Bar is a prime example of this. This stunning gemstone green soap bar resembles a rock straight out of a Star Wars movie and can be the centre of attraction in any bathroom. Not only does this block of soap act as a talking point, it is also a great soap that has improved the quality of my much-neglected “body skin” within a few weeks. Read on find out more about this spectacular bath bar.
Priced at INR 342 for 161 gms of the product, this soap bar will last you a really long time because it is not like those soft handmade soaps that melt away really quickly. Also, it has the refreshing scent of lemons, or rather lemon candy, that will keep your bathroom smelling amazing all day long and your skin will also emanate the fragrance for a good couple of hours. The soap contains Bergamot and orange essential oil, which help to fight skin infection and make the skin healthier and smoother. It also contains natural minerals in the form of crushed gemstone powder, which add an element of luxury to the bath and offer a gentle cleansing action. I love the fact that this soap bar is made with all natural ingredients and does not contain any parabens, alcohols or dyes. It indeed provides gentle cleansing with its rich lather, and leaves the skin looking more youthful and supple. The skin of my body usually becomes dry and flaky after a bath if I don’t use a body lotion, but when I use this soap, I can even skip the moisturizer and my skin still doesn’t look dehydrated.
Overall, I am super happy with the glow that this soap has brought to my skin. I will definitely recommend it to all those who prefer using a soap bar instead of a shower gel. It is especially great for summers because of its zesty scent and refreshing feel. So do try out this soap and add some citrusy vibes to your bath!
I am a bit of a body wash hoarder and can hardly ever resist buying one with an interesting fragrance. What made the Plum Vanilla and Fig – The Rich Shake Body Wash even more exciting was the fact that it was offered as a freebie with my recent Plum purchase, so I could definitely not let the opportunity to try this product slide by. I have been using this in my shower for quite a few days now and here is what I think about the product.
This product comes in a convenient pump bottle that I quite like because it is not messy to use and is travel-friendly. The actual body wash is a white liquid that smells like vanilla, but I am not able to identify the scent of figs in the fragrance. Despite this, the fragrance is absolutely heavenly and lingers on the skin for at least a couple of hours after stepping out of the shower. If you are someone who loves the scent of vanilla, this product will definitely steal your heart.
The product does not lather as much as I usually prefer, and I need at least 3-4 pumps to lather up my whole body to my satisfaction. It is quite gentle on the skin and leaves it looking smooth and supple, but I do not think that this body wash is particularly hydrating when compared to other body washes in the market.
Overall, I like the fact that this product is vegan and paraben-free, but since I have high expectations from Plum as a brand, it did not manage to wow me. I like its fragrance and packaging but the price point of INR 400 for 200ml of the product seems a little steep to me. However, since Plum is always running discounts on this body wash and offering it as a freebie with orders above a certain amount, I think it is worth a shot. Not a product that I will buy at full price, but definitely one that I would love to get again as a gift 🙂