Product Review- Ryaal Anti-Aging Vitamin C 20% Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vit E

Hey Guys!

I have been trying this product for a long time now. I had to stop using it when the weather got really hot. Mangalore city is quite hot and humid and at that time I really don’t like anything on my face except for SPF and face mists or water ! In order to give you a proper idea about this product, I had to restart using it once the climate changed. I’m sure you’ll understand as you read through the review.  So let’s get into the details 🙂

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p style=”text-align:justify;”>About the Brand:
Ryaal is a brand that is into 100% organic pure,non diluted essential oils and skin care and hair care products as well. The brand has an affordable range of essential oils and skin care products and yes! the production facility At Ryaal Essentials is certified with Haccp, Halal, Iso 9001 and Kosher Certification.

Price : Rs.499 for 30 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

Ingredients:

Deionized Aqua, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, MSM, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel, Jojoba oil, Phenexyethanol, Vitamin E, Gotu Kola Extract, Horsetail Plant Extract, Geranium Extract, and Dandelion Extract.

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p style=”text-align:justify;”>Ryaal Vitamin C Serum Claims:
Powerful Anti-Aging Formulation – Proven to Reduce Appearance of Wrinkles & Fine Lines While Helping Boost Collagen, Fade Sun & Age Spots and Improved Skin Firming, Brightening, and Tone for a Smoother, Fresher, More Revitalized Youthful Complexion.

THE DIFFERENCE in skin treated with Ryaal Naturals Vitamin C Serum is striking. In addition to its powerful anti-aging properties, customers have reported that this proprietary facial serum has helped to shrink pores, clear up acne, prevent breakouts, and minimize the appearance of acne scars – leaving skin proudly radiating a healthier appearance that glows

HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS – Formulated with only the highest quality natural & organic ingredients, and nothing more + this concentrated vitamin c serum has not only been proven to be effective, but it’s surprisingly gentle too, and the perfect solution for even the most sensitive skin types

THE BEST MOISTURIZER FOR OILY SKIN – Do you have an oily skin and you feel you can’t find a moisturiser that doesn’t make your face oily? Ryaal Vitamin C serum is your solution! It’s the best moisturiser for oily skin type. It keeps your skin moisturised yet clear and oil free!

Packaging:

The serum comes in a blue-bottle with a gold and black coloured dropper which gives the bottle a royal look. the detail about the product are mentioned on the bottle. The bottle reminds me of the Nykaa Essential Oil range which has a similar colour code.

Availability:
All the Ryaal products are easily available online at Amazon, Flipkart and their official website.

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Cleanse and tone face, pat dry. Spread several drops over Face, Neck and Chest and allow to absorb. Follow with Ryaal natural moisturizer. Can be used once or twice a day, morning or evening. I mostly use serums at night before I go to bed 🙂

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The consistency is medium. It feels thick on application but gets absorbed quickly.

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My Take on the Product:
I loved the packaging right from the box in which the bottle of serum was packed to the bottle itself. the colour combination of blue, black and gold gives it a royal look. however the dropper broke while I tried to open it up , which was disappointing, as I had to hunt for a substitute.

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p style=”text-align:justify;”>The details of the product are on the bottle itself which I good, as most of the times I throw the packaging and I have to hunt for details online later on.
Serums have been on my mind lately and it is really hard to find good affordable ones. However, the word serum always makes me feel that the product will be light on the skin, will not make the skin feel oily and the consistency would be thinner compared to other products.

The Vitamin C serum is medium in consistency. I have tried a serum from the brand ” the Ordinary” and it was thicker in consistency. I had stopped using the serum as Mangalore is hot and humid and applying serums and then moisturising would just make me feel hot and want to rinse my face off. However the monsoons have begun and its time for the serums and moisturisers!!!

The serum despite being thick, blends into the skin well and vanishes in a few minutes! Obviously, the effects of any serum wont be seen in a day or a week. Try it out for a month or so and you’ll definitely notice an improvement in your skin. The scars fade off and lighten, the fine lines reduce and you will love your skin.

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For those with dry skin, you will love the product and may want to apply a moisturizer as well.

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– 100 % organic, vegetarian,Handmade and paraben-free
– Attractive Packaging
– Travel friendly
– Good and affordable product in the serums segment to begin with
– Nice Citric Fragrance
– Gives the skin a glow
– No breakouts and suits all skin type
– Fades dark spots and acne scars

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– The dropper broke when I tried to fix it.

Overall, the product range from Ryaal is affordable and good for beginners and those who love organic products. I love the products from the brand and look forward to new launches (maybe in the bath and body segment!). Let me know about your experiences with the product and brand 🙂

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Hope the review helped you!
Love,
Sonali.

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Product Review: Ryaal Mr. Beans – 100% Natural Arabica Coffee Scrub

A coffee Scrub that would be loved by all the coffee lovers!!!!!

Yes! This scrub is loaded with the goodness of organic coffee, coconut and wild bee honey. Once this little tub is opened up, the aroma of coffee is what got me lost in the product for a while. So let me give you all the detail about this amazing product. This is a PR sample and this product is something that I have fallen in love with and will definitely repurchase.

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Ryaal is a brand that is into 100% organic pure, non diluted essential oils and skin care and hair care products as well.

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” CELLULITE ENEMY: We combine best quality of organic coffee grounds with moisturizing, skin-soothing wild bee honey and organic coconut oil for an extra exfoliating kick. By massaging our organic anti cellulite coffee body scrub onto any problem area, it may help in reduction of the appearance of cellulite.

LOADED WITH ANTI-OXIDANTS: Our Coffee Body Scrub is loaded with antioxidants, which help to fight the appearance of premature skin aging like wrinkles, sun spots, and fine lines. When applied under and around the eyes, it can help in minimizing the appearance of puffy eyes as caffeine restricts blood vessels, which reduces swelling and inflammation. It may also help lightens the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.

100% NATURAL EXFOLIATING SCRUB & ACNE TREATMENT SKINCARE: Exfoliate your skin improves circulation & help remove residual dirt, giving you a fresher, younger, more moisturized appearance. Coffee grounds in this scrub acts as a mechanical exfoliate that helps to scrub away dead skin to reveal the new, healthy skin underneath and as a chemical exfoliater removing skin cells with enzymes or acidic properties.

COCOA COCONUT SHEA BUTTER SUGAR FACIAL SCRUBS FORMULA: This high caffeine formula specializes in targeting stretch marks & Spider veins while boosting your skins anti-oxidants. The caffeine in a coffee scrub may also help in reducing the appearance of varicose veins. This dead sea salt body scrub also helps to lighten the scars and tighten the skin.

100% Natural Arabica Coffee Scrub 125 gm with Organic Coffee, Coconut and Wild Bee Honey : Purchase with complete peace of mind, If you are not completely satisfied with the product, we will refund your entire purchase.. “

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Price: Rs. 499/- for 125gm tub

Packaging: I love the Matte finish black tub!!. The tub, the colour and the letterings used reminds me of Lush!!! I just wished they had sent over a spatula with the tub ! The ingredients are mentioned on the tub.

Consistency: The scrub is not one of those Thick scrubs. Its light and in liquid form. It has The coffee granules in it which make your skin squeaky clean and leaves behind a glow.

Fragrance: Strong Coffee aroma

My Take on the Product:

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I have sensitive skin , but not much of acne. The product didn’t break me out and the fragrance is simply amazing. I am a coffee lover and hence the fragrance appeals to me. If you are not very fond of coffee, you might give this a miss , just cos of the fragrance. But I would still suggest that you try this out!

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I have used this product for months now, and I haven’t used it just on my face , but as a body scrub at times too. And I like the immediate effect! the skin gets a glow and gets squeaky clean. I don’t rub the product harshly onto my skin. A light rub is enough.

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As a face mask, you need to apply it onto your face and allow it to dry up. As you rinse it off with water, gently rub the product in circular motion and then rinse it off completely.

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Coffee is supposed to help in lightening pigmentation, scars and brightening the skin. The scrub serves the purpose. I use it once a week and a lot of dark spots have lightened.
It makes the skin more bright and radiant.

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– Highly effective in lightening the dark spots and pigmentation.
– it is 100% handmade and vegetarian.
-doesn’t dry the skin like most of the other scrubs.( the other scrub which I recommend is the almond shea and rose from Juicy Chemistry).
– Doesn’t irritate the skin (especially the coffee granules)
– effective as a Deep Cleanser and gets rid of Blackheads.
-Love the coffee fragrance

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-Overpowering Coffee fragrance which can be an issue for those who dislike coffee or have a sensitive nose.
-Comes in a tub- please pack in a spatula team !!! Its a little unhygienic if it has to be used by all.
-The products are available online and not in stores in the market.

So, this product is my Favourite and I recommend this one to all the coffee lovers and also the non-coffee lovers!!!! Please go and try this out!!! A must have scrub in your kin care regime. Though this was a PR sample, this product is gonna be on my repurchase list!

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So go try out their products and let me know what you feel about them!

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Sonali.

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Product Review: Quinoa Seeds From Sorich Organics

Healthy food has become the need of the day. Quinoa is one such seed which is widely used in breakfast bowls, of which, amazing pictures are posted on instagram, which makes you want to try it out as well. So here I am with a packet of quinoa in my hand, all set to create a breakfast bowl with an instagram picture to kill for!!!! 😀  The Indian version would make Quinoa look like Upma! The breakfast bowls look amazing though:

About the Plant:

I must say, as I searched for the Quinoa Plant , the photographs of the plant were stunning. The plant itself is so colourful and doesn’t appear to be a superfood plant!! As I first saw the pictures, I assumed it to be a flowering plant that could be used for floral decorations.  Have a look at these pictures:

Quinoa, (Chenopodium quinoa), plant species grown for its tiny edible seeds. As a member of the Amaranthaceae family, quinoa is not a true cereal. Its seeds are high in protein and fibre, and its young leaves are also nutritious and can be eaten as a vegetable similar to spinach (to which it is related). The plant is native to the Andean region of South America, where it has been a staple crop for millennia. Touted for its health benefits, quinoa is now grown in a number of countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and India, but most of it is still grown in Peru and Bolivia.

After harvest, the seeds are processed to remove the bitter-tasting outer seed coat. Versatile for many dishes, cooked quinoa supplies nutrient content similar to wheat and rice, such as moderate amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and minerals. Quinoa is gluten-free.

Quinoa is a little expensive and that might refrain you from making a purchase. But yes, you could give it a try and then decide if you would want to continue with the product. Or maybe you could purchase this once in two months if you like it 🙂

Buy the seeds from Amazon.in or visit the brand webpage www.sorichorganics.com to get in touch with the team. To know more about the brand, Click Here.

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Price: It is priced at Rs.149

Quantity: 100gms (also available in 200gm, 400gm and 900gm)

Shelf Life: 18 months

Quality: Sorich Organics definitely has ensured the cereal remains fresh with its airtight packaging.

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Packaging: The Packet is a simple brown packet with a pop of colour which makes it attractive. The cereal comes in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian.

Benefits of Quinoa:

  • Quinoa is majorly consumed for its dietary fibres and minerals such as iron,zinc and magnesium. It also helps with food digestion.
  • Quinoa is an ideal source of vitamins like Thiamin,Riboflavin,folate and vitamin B6, which help to regulate the internal functions and metabolism of the body.
  • 100gms of quinoa contains120 calories and only 2gms fat. for people concerned about their weight, replacing other food grains with quinoa will be helpful to slim down.
  • Quinoa has antioxidant properties that help in protecting the heart, liver, kidney, lungs, and pancreas against oxidative stress.
  • It is a good source of proteins.
  • The amount of calcium found in quinoa is similar to that of dairy products, but it has been pointed out that those who are intolerant of dairy products can eat it.

How to use quinoa:

  • Quinoa can be taken in breakfast or can be mixed in salads. You can have quinoa in a roasted form or also cook it as a side dish. It can be ground and mixed in food too.

Check out the below links to get some recipes on how to use Quinoa:

Hope this article charges you up or at least the breakfast bowl pictures do 😛 to go and get yourself some quinoa!!!

Happy healthy snacking!!!

Love

Sonali..

 

Source for reference: (Few pictures of the plant and breakfast bowls from Google , just for your reference)

 

Product Review: Sorich Organics Halem Seeds

The word “Halem” gives a very Middle-East feeling to me, and maybe to you as well right? I just wondered while I looked at the packet of Halem Seeds, as to what in the world was Halem seeds??  On getting a few of these seeds on my palm, the colour of the seeds are reddish-brown. They have a peppery , tangy taste  which I didn’t quite like. The seeds have derived names like cress, garden pepper cress, pepperwort cress, pepperwort pepper grass, mustard and cress or poor man’s pepper, due to this peppery flavour.

About The Plant:
So yes, although I didn’t like the taste, and before the seeds went to some corner in the kitchen cupboards, I did some research about this plant and I found it quite interesting. I look forward to using these seeds in my daily cooking as well!
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Garden cress has tiny, meaty, slightly elongated green leaves and long white-green, feeble-looking stems with stringy white roots. It is readily available in the form shouts and best harvested when the shouts reach 5-10 cm in height. If left to mature, the plant can easily reach 50-60 cm in height. There are several varieties available, including wrinkled or crinkled ones (called as such as a result of their curled leaves). Seeds are tiny and red brown in color and are used as seasoning in Asian cooking under the name ‘haloon’, where they are almost just as popular as garden cress itself.
Both the leaves and seeds are used for seasoning dishes. Garden cress leaves have a peppery, sharp flavor, similar to that of radishes. However, growing conditions can influence their flavor to some extent. For instance, growing the plant in pots, bowls or even flat plates and keeping it on your windosill will help temper its flavor and make it milder-tasting. Garden cress can even be sprouted from seeds on wet or moist paper towels or cotton wads.
So, if you wish to try out these seeds and add some zing into your daily cooking , head to Amazon.in and get yourself a pack of Sorich Organic Halem Seeds. Else you can check out their website www.sorichorganics.com and get in touch with the team. You can read more about this brand here.
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Price: It is priced at Rs.90
Quantity: 100gms (Available in 200gm and 400gm as well)
Shelf Life: 18 months
Quality: The seeds are of good quality, they are crunchy and the packaging does its job really well in keeping the seeds fresh.
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Packaging:

The seeds come in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian. The packaging is simple yet attractive and keeps the seeds fresh. The packet has a pop of colour which makes the otherwise dull packet, attractive.

Benefits of Halem Seeds:

  • Also known as Halim/Garden Cress seeds, Halem seeds majorly improve menstrual health and indigestion. One of the oldest cultivated seeds, Halem seeds also help in hair loss treatment and boosting immunity.
  • Due to its high quality and quantity of iron and folic acid it helps to overcome iron deficiency anemia. Garden cress seeds being the richest source of non-haeme iron. It is advisable to have vitamin C half an hour after consumption of these seeds as it enhances iron absorption.
  • High nutritive content of cress seeds. It’s given especially to post partum mothers and lactating mothers as it enhances milk production.
  • It also has hypoglycemic properties which help to control glucose levels in diabetics
  • It is used during constipation as a laxative . It is also used to treat intestinal problems and abdominal colic issues. It is laso very helpful in treating bleeding piles.
  • Garden cress seeds are good expectorants and when chewed they treat sore throat, cough reliever, asthma and headache.
  • cress seeds have anti-hypertensive property. It has diuretic property due to which it has blood pressure lowering property.
  • it has good anti cancer property. Garden cress seeds contain antioxidants like vitamin A and E which help protect cells from damage by free radicals.

 

Side-effects of Garden Cress Seeds:

1.Diuretic Properties: Garden cress contains diuretic properties thus patients suffering from frequent passage of water and urine should be cautious when using this plant.

2.Abortifacient Properties: Garden cress is abortifacient in nature thus capable of inducing abortion in early pregnant women if taken in excess. Pregnant women should refrain from eating garden cress as it has the tendency to induce uterine contractions and abortion. Garden cress seeds can increase uterine contraction, thus certain people use it to induce labor in late stages of pregnancy.

3.Goitrogenic Properties: Garden cress contains goitrogens, which are substances that subdue the proper functioning of the thyroid gland through its interference with iodine absorption. If consumed in a very large quantities can cause the thyroid gland to enlarge, thereby causing goiter and hypothyroidism.

How to Use Halem Seeds/Garden cress Seeds:

  • Halem seeds can be eaten raw and roasted before eating. They are peppery and aromatic ,hence, used with salads and vegetable curries .
  • Roasted slightly with added salt.
  • Soaked in water then added to milk or juice.
  • Chikki or laddoo can be made. (preparation similar to til laddoo/chikki).
  • The leaves go well in sandwiches or fresh, green salads

Recipe Links:

Hope you liked this post !!!!

Share your comments and recipes as well!!!

Love,

Sonali

 

Sources used for reference (including a picture of the plant from google just for your reference):

  • wikipedia
  • natureword.com

 

Product Review: Sorich Organics Flax Seeds Superfood

So I’m back with another Superfood review !!!! And this time its the inevitable !!! 😀 Yes, its on Flax seeds from Sorich Organics. I’m sure you all must have given this seed a try by introducing it into your diet. I remember my mother making a powder of this seed and making me have it with water. All i knew was it wasnt tasting good , but it was supposed to be good for my hair. So yeah, that was exactly how i would have flax seeds!!!! well, you don’t have to go through this troublesome tasteless procedure as there are better ways to consume Flax seeds.

The seeds definitely taste better when they are roasted and once roasted you can have it as a snack!! If you have it raw, please keep some water ready as at times it can choke or you may not like the way it feels and tastes.

About the Plant:

Flax (Linum usitatissimum), also known as common flax or linseed, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is a food and fiber crop cultivated in cooler regions of the world. The textiles made from flax are known in the Western countries as linen, and traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes, and table linen. The oil is known as linseed oil. In addition to referring to the plant itself, the word “flax” may refer to the unspun fibers of the flax plant. The plant species is known only as a cultivated plant, and appears to have been domesticated just once from the wild species Linum bienne, called pale flax.

Flaxseeds are also known as linseed, jawas/Alashi(Marathi), avise Ginzalu (Telugu), Cheruchanavith (Malayalam), Alsi (Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Punjabi), Agase (kannada).

You can purchase flax seeds at your local store or you could opt for organic seeds offered by Sorich Organics. To know more about the brand Click Here.

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So, in case you would love to try it out via Sorich Organics, you could read through the blog and then make your purchase via Amazon.in or if this article makes you want to give the seeds a try, you could head out to your local store and get it as well 🙂

Price: It is priced at Rs.90

Quantity: 100 gms (It is also available in 200gm, 400gm and 900gm)

Quality: The seeds come in resealable packages and the quality is good. No moisture , no fungus, and the seeds were crunchy. The packaging ensured the seeds didn’t go soft.

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Shelf Life: 18 months

Packaging: The seeds come in an airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian. The packaging is simple with a pop of colour and informative.

Benefits of Flax Seeds:

  • Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, are small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds that are the richest sources of a plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in the world.
  • Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. The fibre in flaxseed is found primarily in the seed coat. Taken before a meal, flaxseed fibre seems to make people feel less hungry, so that they might eat less food.
  • The ALA fats in flax seeds benefits the skin and hair by providing essential fats as well as b-vitamins which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. It can also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema.
  • Flaxseeds are gluten-free and are high in anti-oxidants.
  • The lignans in the flax have been shown to have benefits for menopausal women. It can be used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy because lignans do have estrogenic properties. To experience the flax seed benefits for your hormones include 1-2 tbsp of flax meal in a breakfast smoothie along with 1 tbsp of flax seed oil.

How to use Flax seeds? 

Flax seeds needn’t seem boring. It in fact can be used in numerous ways (even I wasn’t aware of all these ways! ) . You could give these a try and make some healthy changes to your regular diet 🙂

  • A small dose  (2-4tbsp)of ground flaxseeds can be added to your cereal/oats.
  • Consume ground flaxseeds with any liquid (smoothies) or consume it with a liquid on the side.
  • Soak the seeds before you put them in smoothies or juices. It pairs well with vegetable and fruit smoothies.
  • Sprinkle flaxseeds on yoghurt.
  • Add toasted flaxseeds to salads and soups.
  • Bake muffins, cakes , cookies with ground flaxseed as one of the ingredients.

For Recipes Using Flax Seeds, Check the links below:

I’m sure you will love flax seeds and love the recipes as well 🙂

 

I hope this post was informative and helpful ! Hope you loved it!

Love

Sonali.

 

References used from:

https://draxe.com/10-flax-seed-benefits-nutrition-facts/

Wikipedia

 

Product Review: Sorich Organics Gond Katira Superfood

I had never heard of this term itself. This product was introduced to me via Sorich Organics and  the benefits of this product blew my mind away. Obviously excess of any product can just cause trouble, and that is applicable to this product as well. The sap is known for its cooling and heating properties and yes, its healing properties as well.

This is a viscous water soluble mixture. It also well known for containing with high amount of protein in it. It doesn’t have its own odor and taste.

I’m sure you all would be interested to know what the plant is, its benefits ,uses and healing properties. So, lets get right into the facts 🙂

About the Plant:

Tragacanth is an amazing herb obtained from the sap of legume plant that contains wonderful benefits. This herb comes from a shrub which is easily found in mid-east, Iran, Iraq and in some western parts of Asia as well. It is connected to the Astragalus species and the botanical name of the best quality gum is Astragalus Gummifer. The gum naturally emanates from the roots and incisions produced in the stem. From here it is being collected and then dried and that results in crystals/flakes. So Tragacanth Gum herb in India is popularly known by the Hindi name “Gond Katira”.

About the Brand: Click here to head to my previous post on the Brand and its Offerings.

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Price: Rs.150

Quantity: 100 gm (available in 200gm, 400gm and 900gm)

Shelf Life: 18 Months

Quality: The gum crystals in the package are of good quality and the packaging definitely did its job well.

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Packaging: The product comes in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian.

Benefits of Gond Katira:

  • It is both cooling and heat producing. It can be used to cool the body in summers and heat it in winter.
  • Gond katira keeps the body cool and prevents you from having heat strokes and nose bleeding in summers.
  • It improves blood circulation and purifies blood.
  • It reduces acne from the skin
  • It tightens loose skin
  • It is tremendously used for emulsifying and stabilizing purposes.
  • It inhibits the growth of cancer cells in the body
  • It regulates the sugar level in diabetic patients
  • It is an excellent remedy for treating cough and diarrhea.
  • For treating burns, the paste of the gond katira can be directly applied to the affected area. Hence this way it would show the best possible results.
  • The herb can be used in various drinks, salad coverings, processed cheese and puddings as well. So that would offer taste and due to its cooling properties as well.
  • As per the various studies, the herb stimulates the immune system. It also strength the body enough to fight with tumors.
  • This works as the body reliever and on the same time, this is stabilizer, emulsifier and texture additive. Due to its properties, it also used in sauces, salads, confections and ice cream because that offers to make it thick.

Industrial Uses of Gond Katira:

Gond katira is not only used in food, and for healing purposes, but is widely used in textile industries, cosmetic industry, etc.

  • It is a thickening agent and soused in making dyes for printing in various fields like calico printing, dressing fabrics, for preparing glues, for making gloss in ink and for water colors and textiles.
  • This is a perfect binder as well and so used in making pastels of an artist. For gripping the powdered herbs in collaboration, this also used in incense making as a binder. This is the reason that makes it perfectly used for paper manufacturing.
  • It is also used in cosmetic industry and in culture medium in laboratories as well.
  • The herb Gond Katira used for preparing paste in floral sugar-craft. So that life like flowers can be made on wires and further they are used to decorate the cakes.
  • It offers fineness and delicacies in finishing your work. And for the purpose the paste can be made that dried in the air or apprehend colourings.

How To Use Gond Katira:

I’m sure you all must be eager to know and understand how to use this product. So keep your reading glasses on and read further 🙂

  • Soak 5gm of gond katira in water overnight. In the morning, pour water, and put the gond katira in a glass of milk. Add sugar and ice and consume it.
  • Drink plenty of water when u consume gond katira.
  • In India, It is majorly used for sweets (ice creams) and can be consumed directly and mixed in vegetable curries and drinks after soaking.

For recipes using Gond Katira,  check out the below links:

Side Effects:

As I mentioned, any product is beneficial to health if taken in the right proportion. Excess intake of the product may worsen things instead of healing.

  • Excessive Intake can cause Constipation, Diarrhoea, Abdominal Pain, Gas, High Fever, Skin Rash.
  • It may produce allergic symptoms like Asthma or Contact Dermatitis.
  • Blocked Intestines: Drink plenty of water with Gond Katira. The gum may block intestines if you do not drink plenty of water.
  • Breathing Problem: Avoid Gond Katira if you are allergic to Quillaia Bark. It may cauase breathing problems.

So guys, I hope this was an interesting and informative read and helps you whilst you make your purchases.

You can view and purchase products from Sorich Organics via Amazon.in

If you have any more information on the product, please feel free to share the information 🙂

Love,

Sonali

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Review: Juicy Chemistry Rose, Almond & Shea Body Scrub (For Dry & Tanned Skin)

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I purchased this body scrub as I was traveling to my hometown where the climate is hot and humid most of the time, and I end up with a tan despite all the necessary care taken to avoid a tan. I came across this product on Nykaa and since I had heard and read about the brand and its product offerings, I decided to give it a try. Since it’s 100% natural, it was a safe bet for me. Also i don’t have any kind of allergic reaction to any of the ingredients mentioned.

About the Brand Juicy Chemistry:

Juicy Chemistry was co-founded by Pritesh & Megha Asher in 2014, with a goal to provide effective skin care products formulated with the purest and the most nutrient rich ingredients the nature has to offer.

At Juicy Chemistry, by selecting the finest natural ingredients, they harness the power within them to boost the vitality of this most precious and sensitive organ. The idea being, if it’s good enough to eat; it’s good enough to go on your skin.

They bring you the right mix of foods to nourish your skin by embracing the simple yet effective properties of the ingredients. Produce obtained in its purest form, without any preservatives, additives, synthetic oils, or perfumes is at the heart of Juicy Chemistry.

As rightly said by Megha – “When we say its natural it is natural. Going chemical free should not be a matter of choice; it should be a way of life!”

About The Product – Juicy Chemistry Rose, Almond & Shea Body Scrub:

Price: Rs.550

Quantity: 75gm

Shelf Life: 6 months

Fragrance: Strong scent of rose with a hint of almond oil fragrance

Consistency/Texture: Quite granular unlike the synthetic scrubs

My Take On The Product:
When the package arrived, I opened it to find more than just a scrub! They had also sent a spoon to scoop out product and a Natural Loofa (I havent clicked pictures of the Loofa but can google up one and attach it for reference). So it was a surprise for me!!

I use the scrub every alternate day, at night while I shower. I use it on the areas like my arms, feet and neck, that are prone to maximum tan.

On using the product, one can immediately see a difference in the skin. The scrub exfoliates the skin, thereby getting rid of the dead skin cells. Also , the tan is reduced in the first scrub itself. The skin appears to be brighter post the scrub. The Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter moisturise the skin and I don’t have to use a moisturiser on the areas that i use this scrub.

It also leaves behind a mild rose fragrance on the skin which I love 🙂

Pros:

  • I love the fragrance. The scent of rose is overpowering but in a good way.
  • No need to use a moisturiser post using the scrub.
  • Immediately brightens the skin.
  • It is good not only for tanned skin but for dry skin as well, as it doesn’t dry out the skin unlike other scrubs.
  • It is 100% Natural.
  • Isn’t tested on animals.
  • Comes in recyclable jars.
  • No artificial colours/preservatives.
  • The jar is a travel friendly size.

Cons:

  • The Product is a little expensive for 75 gm.

 

My Rating: 4.5/5 

Would I Recommend the Product to Others?

Yes! It is a little expensive , but it comes a long way. As it has to be used on tanned areas or dry areas. And yes, we pay a bomb for products which are made using chemicals / synthetic fragrances etc. So , why not pay for a product that is 100 % natural? It is worth the money and safe for your skin too!!!

Hope this review helps you !!

Love,

Sonali 💖

 

 

 

 

Review: Fuschia by Vkare UnderEye Serum with Cucumber & Green Tea Extracts

Fuschia had sent me three products last month, one of which was the Garden Lavender Day Cream (Click to read the review), and the other product is the Under Eye Serum with Cucumber and Green Tea Extracts which I will be reviewing today. I have been using this serum for over a month now post which these are my views on the product.

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About Fuschia:

It is a skin care brand launched from the house of Vkare BioSciences in 2013. The motto of Vkare Biosciences is “We Care” and I must say they definitely have taken that seriously when it comes to their customer’s needs and requirements.

Natural ingredients form the base of their products which work gently on the skin.The whole range of Fuschia products is free from harsh chemicals like parabens, synthetic fragrances (essential oils are used in fuschia products ), SLS(Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) & other chemicals.

Fuschia has grown as a natural, handmade skincare products brand and is almost the dominating brand in the category of natural products. Their products are free from SLS and paraben.

About the product:

Price: It retails at Rs.1250 for 30ml of product. The company offers discounts on products during certain periods and at present it retails at Rs.850 (Go Grab Your Bottle )

Shelf Life: 24 months

Packaging: The serum comes in a simple plastic bottle with a pump, which makes it easier to use only a desired amount of product with no wastage. The sticker around the bottle gives details on the quantity, ingredients,directions to use, shelf life, price and details on the brand.

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Ingredients: Cucumber extract, Green Tea extract, Green Coffee bean extract, Aloe Vera, olive Oil Glycereth-8 esters, Vitamin E, Propanediol, Biosaccharide gum-I, Hydrolysed PEA protein, DMDMH (<1%), Carbogol (<1%)

Fragrance:  The serum has no fragrance, but you can get a whiff of cucumber , aloe vera and green tea

Consistency: The serum appears to be thick but once you pump out the product, it is quite light and cooling and thinner in consistency.

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Colour: The serum has a light tint of green .

What The Product Claims:

  • Reduction of under eye puffiness
  • Reducing dark circles
  • Increases the skin elasticity and firmness
  • Lightening of the skin

Directions For Use :

Apply 1-2 drops once or twice a day on the skin around the eyes. Patch test is advised before using the product. Also avoid contact with eyes and rinse thoroughly in case of contact with eyes.

My take on the product:

I used this product for a month and I would mostly use this 1-2 times during the day, as during the night i go in for a little thicker under eye cream.

Now the serum is really cooling due to the ingredients used. I like the consistency of the product as well. Post application of the serum, it instantly gets absorbed into the skin. However ensure you don’t use a lot of product and restrict it to just1-2 drops, as that is sufficient for the skin.

And yes, another reason being my own experience: I had pumped out the serum, a  little more than required and instead of wasting it I applied it on the under eye area. Now few ingredients in the product are quite strong and inspite of putting it on the area around the eye, it did create a stinging burning sensation in my eyes and they started to water and I had to rinse it off immediately. So yes, just use 1-2 drops of the product. Using more quantity of the product will just not make the puffiness vanish or the wrinkles reduce!!!! Everything happens over a period of time 🙂 .

Regular use of the product  does make the under eye area look better, with a mild reduction in the dark circles , puffiness and the skin feels more firm.

Pros:

  • The serum is cooling, calming and reduces the puffiness.
  • The serum comes in a pump bottle which makes it easier to use the product
  • The serum has a soothing effect on tired eyes
  • Green tea & green coffee beans increase the blood circulation of the under eye skin & thus reduce dark circles. They also have firming & hydrating action on the skin.
  • Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant that prevents premature ageing.
  • Aloe vera lightens the skin & firms, hydrates & moisturizes the under eye skin.
  • Olive oil glycereth -8 ester, is a water soluble derivative of olive oil that heals and soothes the skin.
  • Hydrolysed pea protein is rich in amino acids that increase skin elasticity and firmness
  • It is a travel friendly pack.
  • The ingredients used are natural
  • It is Affordable, despite being a natural skin care brand
  • It is SLS , Paraben ,chemical free.
  • The product is cruelty free and hasn’t been tested on animals

Cons:

  • I didn’t quite like the pump of the bottle, as on using it the product splatters everywhere! I have no idea if all the bottles are like this, or it’s just this one bottle which has a defective pump. This leads to wastage of product .
  • They could improvise on the bottle and the pump

My Rating: 4.5/5

Overall, its a good buy for the price, and especially the fact being that the ingredients used are natural!!!

Stalk them on:

Twitter: Vkare4u

Intagram: fuschiavkare

Facebook: VkareBioSciencesPvtLtd

You could purchase the products directly from their website or via the other online shopping portals . I shall attach few links below for you to browse through:

VkareBiosciences: http://www.vkarebiosciences.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=102

Myntra: http://www.myntra.com/fuschia

Organicshop: http://organicshop.in/brands/organic-cosmetics-brands/fuschia

Snapdeal: https://www.snapdeal.com/brand/fuschia?sort=plrty

Indiebazaar: http://www.indiebazaar.com/shop/Fuschia

Amazon: http://www.amazon.in/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dbeauty&field-keywords=fuschia+vkare

Hope the review was helpful!!!!

Many more reviews coming soon on Fuschia products !!!

Till then take care!

Love

Sonali

Review: Fuschia by Vkare Garden Lavender Day Cream with SPF 15

Fuschia is one of the skin care brand that has been raved about by bloggers and skin care enthusiasts and yes they have amazing products to offer. Fuschia was kind enough to send me few products last month and yes I write about these products once I’ve tried them for over a period of 3 weeks. So let’s get started about this little pot of goodness 🙂

About Fuschia:

It is a skin care brand launched from the house of Vkare BioSciences in 2013. The motto of Vkare Biosciences is “We Care” and I must say they definitely have taken that seriously when it comes to their customer’s needs and requirements.

Natural ingredients form the base of their products which work gently on the skin.The whole range of Fuschia products is free from harsh chemicals like parabens, synthetic fragrances (essential oils are used in fuschia products ), SLS(Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) & other chemicals.

Fuschia has grown as a natural, handmade skincare products brand and is almost the dominating brand in the category of natural products. Their products are free from SLS and paraben.

About the Garden Lavender Day Cream:

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Price: It retails at Rs.350 for 30gm of product and Rs.525 for 50gm of product.

The company offers discounts on products during certain periods and at present it retails at Rs.450 (Go Grab Your Bottle )

Shelf Life: 24 months

Packaging: This foot cream comes in a glass jar with an gold color aluminium cover top which makes it look quite worth the money! The price and details about the brand are at the base of the product. The sticker on top of the cover gives the name and the ingredients of the product.

Ingredients: Lavender Oil, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Kokum Butter, Carrot Seed oil

Fragrance: Lavender Fragrance

Consistency: Thick yet non-greasy on the skin

Colour: The cream is lavender in colour

What The Product Claims:

“Infused with 100% vegetarian & natural  ingredients which rejuvenate & keep your skin supple, light & radiant. Lavender ( lavandula angustifolia ) oil  fights acne & prevents fine lines on skin.  SPF 15 provides UVA & UVB protection”

“For a healthy and refreshing look choose Fuschia – Garden Lavender Day Cream with SPF 15. This comes with optimum quantity of PH value that helps to maintain your skin’s PH levels. Your day cream is also an excellent base for make – up”

“Free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum base, artificial tints  &  synthetic  perfumes. Day cream contains moisturizing elements that keeps your skin hydrated and nourished. You in turn are rewarded with a soft and supple skin”

Tips on Usage of the Product:

  • It is best to apply day cream on well cleansed skin, preferably after a bath.
  • Apply the day cream on your face and neck with the help of gentle circular motions.
  • Choose a cream that suites your skin type (dry, oily, sensitive, normal or combination skin)
  • Apply your day cream before putting on your make – up.

My take on the product:

Post application of this Day Cream, one would smell of Lavender. The Cream is a fusion of various oils and kokum butter which gives it the consistency required and just the right amount of oiliness.

The cream feels thick on the skin post application, which is naturally due to the presence of oils, which makes it a little heavy on the skin. But if you have really dry skin, this is the cream that you should be having with you !

I have a combination skin, and I used this cream when the weather was really cold and I needed a good moisturising cream to go on my face before I apply make-up or just to moisturise my skin post a shower. This cream worked well for me during the winter.

In the summers, I would prefer a gel based product for my skin or any product which is more hydrating on my skin, as my skin tends to get oily pretty soon! Even if i use this day cream before i put on the make-up, I need to let the cream sink in for a good 15minutes and am good to go. But once you step out, the skin may get a little oily as the base cream is heavy.

Also, Let me share a few details on the ingredients used in this day cream and their benefits:

1.       Carrot seed oil: Carrot seed oil is beneficial in lightening the skin tone and to even out the patchy blemished skin. Not only this, this oil has antiseptic, antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

2.       Jojoba oil:  It closely resembles sebum, a waxy substance produced by our skin glands, so it can act as a natural skin conditioner. It has nearly replaced animal fats in the manufacture of skin lotions and creams. It seals in the moisture and creates an effective barrier to external elements. It controls oily skin. It antibacterial properties that help control bacterial growth in the hair follicle. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, soothing the irritated skin.

3.       Wheat Germ Oil:  The vitamin E in wheat germ oil makes your skin look supple and glowing. This oil helps you to treat dry body skin and make your body skin look healthy, shiny and smooth thanks to vitamin B inn wheat germ oil. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant compounds that help you to slow down the aging process.

Let’s now talk about the Pros and Cons of the jar of Garden Lavender Day Cream.


Pros:
 

  • It is infused with 100% vegetarian & natural ingredients which rejuvenate & keep your skin supple, light & radiant.
  • The product comes in an attractive container
  • The 30 gm jar is a good travel size option
  • The product has an amazing lavender fragrance
  • The consistency is good , especially for those with dry skin, and for those with combination/oily skin, it’s good for winters
  • The cream is lightweight and moisturizing
  • It has SPF 15 which is amazing
  • The product comes with optimum quantity of PH value that helps to maintain your skin’s PH levels
  • It is Free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum base, artificial tints  &  synthetic  perfumes
  • Could be used on the face as a pre-make-up base.

Cons:

  • It works well for dry skin. People with combination skin and oily skin can use it depending on the change of seasons.
  • Won’t be suitable for usage in places where the humidity is at high.
  • It comes in a glass jar and is prone to breakage!!! So handle it with care
  • A tub packaging lacks hygiene, and no spatula is provided, so you need to get your own spoon or spatula 🙂

Overall, it is a good cream to invest in. If you want a good day cream, those with combination and dry skin can give this one a try. If you have a combination skin, use this cream during winters or if your sure your going to be home for 3-4 hours. Its a good moisturizing cream to use when your at home too! The ones with dry skin, use this cream as and when you wish, as this cream is a good base for make-up, and it is light and hydrating on the skin.

My Rating: 4.5/5

 You could purchase the products directly from their website or via the other online shopping portals. I shall attach few links below for you to browse through.

Stalk them on:

Twitter: Vkare4u

Intagram: fuschiavkare

Facebook: VkareBioSciencesPvtLtd

Links to few websites where Fuschia products are sold:

Vkare Biosciences: http://www.vkarebiosciences.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=102

Myntra: http://www.myntra.com/fuschia

Organicshop: http://organicshop.in/brands/organic-cosmetics-brands/fuschia

Snapdeal: https://www.snapdeal.com/brand/fuschia?sort=plrty

Indiebazaar: http://www.indiebazaar.com/shop/Fuschia

Amazon: http://www.amazon.in/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dbeauty&field-keywords=fuschia+vkare

Hope the review was helpful!!!!

Many more reviews coming soon!!!

Till then take care!

Love

Sonali

Review: My Island Kiss Lip Moisturisers 100% Sassy 100%Natural 100%Pure

A sheroe in the making, Shaili Sutaria has definitely given us a product that has changed the way we think about natural and organic products.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I say natural and organic is product tucked in glass jars or having a boring packaging.

But the lip “moisturizers” as they call it, from My Island Kiss have blown away my mind! Literally!

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I was under the impression that it was an international brand and lil did I know that it came from our country itself, which makes me feel a lil proud too , I must admit!

So yes lets just begin with these lovelies!!!

About The Brand:

My Island Kiss Lip Moisturisers are marketed by Island Kiss, Global FS Pvt Ltd , Goa and are manufactured by Astaberry Life Sciences Pvt Ltd  ( I have tried products from Astaberry previously). The lip balms are available in USA , UAE and in India.

Claims By The Brand:

What happens when you mix three of the richest, most nutrient, butters available in this exotic universe? A rich potion meant for the goddesses is created, it is stuck askance in the sand on a beach in the far of land. One can even see and feel the texture of the oil, the degree of its transparency, grains of sand mixed with drips of oil scenting the air from the flanks of the bottle then further away, waves licking the sand, Lips stoked in the sun, the sound of waves, you’ll go back to the island with all its recreated-noises and atmosphere. The research and development process from which our formulas are born is different than that of other beauty companies. We do not start out with a limited budget, such as x cents per ingredient. Instead, we start with a problem that needs a solution and we search out the very best natural ingredients available that will yield the most dramatic results. We love when our customers want to learn more about what they’re putting on their skin. Here you’ll find the complete ingredient list for everything we make.

My Take on The Products:

Packaging:

 

The Packaging is sassy and very unlike an organic product! I love the little tags that come with the lip moisturisers inside the fancy retro boxes! I just cant get rid of the boxes and the tags, which I would be reusing as bookmarks! The retro packaging makes me compare it with the packaging of The Balm Cosmetics.

The product comes in a squeezy tube with a screw on cap, which makes it convenient to use  and travel friendly. The tube is quite colorful and makes me want to take the lip moisturiser with me wherever I travel!!

Ingredients:

Avocado Butter,Kokum Butter, organic Beeswax, Mango Butter, pure castor oil, Stevia, rich vitamin E Oil, carrot seed oil,organic Macadamia Nut Oil, Natural Scents  & Flavours.

The ingredients used are all natural, organic and vegetarian.

Price (for 14 gm of product):

Alma Vanilla & Inges Lavender : Rs.399

Puerto Berry Blush: Rs.499

Cherry Blossom Flores: Rs.399

They also have two new variants  (available on amazon & Nykaa):

Black Rose & Grenade Rouge: Rs.499

Flamingo Pink & Peonies: Rs.499

Color of the product:

The Alma Vanilla & Inges Lavender Lip Moisturiser (Birth Nude Suit): It has a lavender tint to it. However as mentioned on the packaging, it just gives a shine to your lips and maintains the natural look! On my lips which have a little dark pigmentation, its like a nude gloss. Heres a picture of how it looks on my lips:

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The Puerto Berry Blush Lip Moisturiser (Berry Cheeky Tint): This has a slight berry tint to it and is on the lines of Nivea Fruity Shine in Raspberry or Strawberry. On days when you want to avoid using a lipstick this is your go to product!

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The Cherry Blossom Flores Lip Moisturiser (Bunny pink Tint): It has  baby pink tint to it, and isn’t quite evident on application on my lips; I guess due to the lil pigmentation that I have. But it could give you the natural pink lips that you’ve always wished for!!! Especially those who have lips which are lighter than mine and without any pigmentation, this would be a great product to get the natural look right!

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Texture and Staying power:

The lip moisturisers, post application, unlike other lip balms, are a lil greasy/oily. However it soaks into the lips and moisturises for a good 2-3 hours (considering a meal in between). Else it would easily last for 3-4 hours , cos of the quality of ingredients used.

The product easily glides on to the lips and doesn’t collect in the creases. The formula is also quite hydrating cos of the kokum, mango butter, beeswax and the various essential oils used. Here’s a swatch of all the three:

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Fragrance:

Alma Vanilla & Inges Lavender has a strong vanilla and lavender scent, while as the Cherry Blossom Flores has a sweet and light cherry blossom scent and the Puerto Berry Blush has a yummy berry and citrus scent. Each Lip Moisturiser is named based on the main ingredients used in them.

My favourite is the Cherry Blossom Flores as its quite light and i am actually fascinated by the color of the packaging!! I am drawn towards anything turquoise or sea green .

Pros:

  1. They are petroleum free
  2. They are non-toxic
  3. They are made using natural organic ingredients
  4. They are gluten, soy and shea-free
  5. They have a scent that matches the main ingredients
  6. The ingredient Stevia gives the sweetness that makes you want to jus lick your lips
  7. The moisturisers have SPF-15
  8. They come in natural as well as tinted versions
  9. Attractive packaging (both outer as well as the tube)
  10. Travel-friendly in terms of packaging and size
  11. The moisturisers are very hydrating and last a good 2-3 hours

Cons:

  1. Its a little on the expensive side, but yea you can get them at flat 50% off when the brand offers discounts on new launches or when it launches them on online shopping stores like Amazon. I got mine at flat 50% off. Just keep an eye on their Instagram / twitter updates J .

Stalk them here:

Website: http://www.myislandkiss.com/

Twitter: MyIslandKiss 

Instagram: myislandkiss

Facebook: loveislandkiss

You could purchase the Lip Moisturisers directly from their website or get them on Amazon  Or Nykaa (click to head to the product list) .

Do let me know what are your views on these moisturisers by commenting below  . A lot of bloggers and makeup/skincare lovers are raving about these beauties these days!!!

So , go ahead, read and get yourself one of these!!!

Love

Sonali