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 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.
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!
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 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!
A few years back, I was going through a bad phase healthwise and this horrible cough and stuffy feeling in the nose would never go away. After multiple visits to the doctor, it was confirmed that I had some kind of an allergy to the spores in the air. The only thing that helped with the discomfort and the never-ceasing cold was vitamin C. Ever since then, I am a huge fan of anything that is a natural source of Vitamin C, which is why when Seer Secrets sent me their Sabdariffa Tisane Herbal Tea, a floral source of Vitamin C, I jumped with joy. Read on to find out more about this delightful product.
The tea is basically the pure and dried extracts of the Sabdariffa Hibiscus flower, which is a powerhouse of Vitamin C. It helps provide comfort from allergies, asthma, indigestion, nausea, and is also supposed to lower the blood pressure. To prepare the tea, you are supposed to drop one flower into a mug, pour some hot water and let it brew for a few minutes before consuming. Within a few minutes, the tea turns the water a beautiful shade of reddish brown and begins to release a sour scent. Tastewise too, the tea is quite sour, similar to sour candy, and I actually enjoy this “Khatta Meetha” taste. When you have a sore throat, this warm, sour beverage is extremely comforting.
20 gms of this tea is priced at INR 495, which may seem steep, but the luxurious glass bottle that it comes in is reusable and the tea itself is of excellent quality. The proof of this tea lies in its natural sour taste which is evidence enough of its high vitamin C content. I will definitely be stocking up on this tea because of my allergies and would encourage all of you to give this lovely immunity booster a try. The yummy taste of sour candy with the goodness of vitamin C is the perfect combination in a cup indeed!
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 🙂
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.
Greenberry Organics is a skincare brand that I have absolute faith in. Their face masks have drastically improved the texture of my skin over the past few months and have reduced my acne too. This is why I was super excited when the brand sent me a few of their products to try out some days ago. Be prepared for an overdose of Greenberry Organics products for the next few days because I can’t stop raving about all the items they sent me! Today, I will be talking about their Pure Rose Water Face Mist and Toner.
You all must be aware of the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of rose water. I am sure that you also know that pure rose water helps in hydrating and soothing the skin and can be incorporated as a toner or a face mist in the daily skincare routine. So what is so unique about this particular rose water that makes it stand out from the rest? One whiff of this product and your question will be answered. As soon as you spritz this facial mist on your face, you will feel like you have been drenched by the concentrated nectar of a hundred roses. The luxurious and heavenly fragrance of crushed rose petals is evidence of the fact that this product is extremely pure and unadulterated. The reason why this toner has the concentrated goodness of rose petals is that this rose water has been extracted by the method of steam distillation. This means that fresh rose petals have been carefully distilled to create this product so as to retain all their benefits and natural juices. Most rose waters available in the market do not use this technique and instead simply mix rose oil with water. This is why other brands do not contain the fresh and saturated juices of the rose petals and are therefore not as beneficial for the skin.
The Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water contains steam distilled pure and concentrated organic rose water and nothing else. With just one potent ingredient, this product is truly nature in a bottle. Not only does the scent of roses linger on the skin for hours, the skin feels hydrated throughout the day if you use this product before heading out. The spray nozzle releases a fine mist that evenly covers the face. You can spray this product on freshly cleansed skin or even over makeup to get rid of cakiness and to make your foundation look more natural and glowy. You can use it to freshen up your face throughout the day whenever your skin feels tired and can also use it as a toner after washing your face. I have also noticed that this rose water is slightly sticky in texture on the skin – this does not cause any discomfort and in fact, helps my makeup stay on longer if I use this mist prior to applying foundation on my skin. I think that this stickiness is due to the natural sweetness of rose extracts and helps seal the moisture in place as well.
This is honestly the best rose water I have tried till date and makes every other rose water I have previously used pale in comparison. This rose water is free of preservatives, alcohol, and colorants and is a cruelty free and vegan product. I feel that the attention the brand has paid to create a product that is as close to nature as possible is truly commendable. The price point of INR 575 for 100ml of product seems justified to me considering the quality of the rose water and the sturdiness of the packaging which is also reusable. However, Greenberry Organics products often go on sale on Amazon and you can grab this facial mist at an even more affordable price. Overall, I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the product, which is very rare for me. 5 stars to this facial mist and kudos to Greenberry Organics for creating yet another wonderful product.
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water from Amazon by clicking this link.
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