Best Home Remedies To Treat Skin Rashes

Hello all, how are you all doing. Sorry for being MIA for a while. My mom is visiting me in Kolkata and I am enjoying her company to the fullest. Anyways, I found some time to write down today and I am so happy to get back to blogging again! Today’s post will be focusing on some easily available home remedies to treat skin rashes which is very common to people with sensitive skin but it may equally occur to all skin types due to various reasons. Usually rashes are allergic reactions to foreign objects that comes in contact with our skin.

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To cope with it we can always rely on some immediate and safe home remedies before we consult a doctor. Let us see what are those items, below:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent that relieves itching caused from rashes and infections. Take few drops of raw apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and apply to the affected area. Alternatively, a few drops can also be added in your bath water for relief from constant itchiness.

2. Basil leaves

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Fresh basil leaves has anti- itching compound called thymol which is great during rashes. Crush fresh basil leaves and apply on the affected areas. Leave till they dry up. Basil leaves come with other great health benefits too and regular consumption can help to keep up good health.

3. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is great for sunburnt and irritated skin. It soothes skin and keeps itchiness at bay. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and apply the gel oozing out from the leaf. The extra gel can be stored in an airtight container for a week.

4. Oatmeal

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Oatmeal has avenanthramides popularly believed to reduce inflammation. It is used in some culture to treat eczema.. Make a paste with oatmeal and water and apply on the affected area for effective results. Use at least two times a day.

5. Turmeric

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 Turmeric is widely used in India for its numerous health and beauty benefits.  Turmeric is used to cure eczema due to its antibacterial and anti-allergic properties. Turmeric contains curcumin that  helps in healing skin disorders easily without any side effects.

Tell us about some home remedies you use or have come across to cure rashes. I’ll come up with a new post soon, till then, take care.

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Health and Beauty Benefits of Blueberries

Hello lovely people, this post is a special one, guess why…. We are completing our 100th post with this one! Yay, it has been a wonderful journey so far with all your support and encouragement. A big thank you to all my readers!!!

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I would like to ask you all to send in your queries and requests if you want me to write about something specific or review any product. We all love eating blueberries, don’t we? Blueberries are perennial flowering plants which bear blue/indigo colored berries tracing its origin from North America. They have enormous health and beauty benefits and are considered superfood too. Mainly the lowbush variety of berry is used for various commercial uses. Let us look at some benefits of including these berries in our daily routine:

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  • Blueberries act as stress busters. so next time, something is worrying you, chill with a bowl of blueberry :p
  • Blueberries are rich in antioxidants like all other berries and reduces signs of aging and keeps you looking young. Blueberries nourishes the skin from within keeping it glowing and healthy.

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  • Blueberries are very less in calories so they can be included in your diet  to reduce obesity. They are also high in fibers and helps in digestion and also checks blood sugar level.
  • Researches have proved that blueberries can prevent colon cancer if consumed regularly.  Blueberries also reduces the bad cholesterol level in  our body and reduces the chances of heart attacks and strokes.

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  • Blueberries prevent hair greying and improves hair growth. Blueberry consumption release harmful toxins from the body too keeping skin spot free.
  • Blueberry scrub recipe: Mash few blueberries, to it add oats and 2 table spoons fresh yogurt. Mix well and apply this mixture on your face and massage in circular direction. Wash off after 5 minutes for a refreshed and tighter skin. Use twice a week.
  • Blueberry face pack:  Mash blueberries, mix it with 2 table spoons of honey, little milk apply it all over your face and neck. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off with cold water. Use regularly for visible results .

How did you like this post? Do share your opinions below……

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FabIndia Haldi Chandan Mud Pack Review

Hello girls, I hope you are doing well. More than 75% of the people I met in last few days are suffering from viral fever. So, take care of yourself and stay healthy as the festive season is around. Today I’ll be reviewing a face pack from FabIndia.

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FabIndia is a well-known brand which has a wide range of natural and organic products starting from spices, skincare items, apparels and accessories. I purchased few FabIndia products few months back to see how they work on my skin. Let me tell you that my skin is sensitive and using a wrong product could be very problematic for my skin. I am using this face pack for over 4 months now. Read on to know whether FabIndiaHaldiChandan mud pack is worth trying or not….

Price: INR 250 for 100ml

Best Use Before: 36 months from the date of manufacture

Ingredients: Contains paraben

What the Product Claims: This pack containing turmeric extracts and sandalwood fragrance uses multani mitti as a base and helps clear the skin. Frequent usage over a period of time enhances complexion.

Method of Use: Apply directly in face and neck with upward stroke. Keep till dry and then wash. Close the lid tightly after use.

My Take on the Product: The product comes in a sturdy plastic jar with a screw cap. There is another round lid provided with the jar to keep the container hygienic and avoid any spills and leaks.

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The packing is travel friendly but it gets messy sometimes during application, this is why I prefer products in tube packaging. Coming to the product, the face pack is of the same color as fuller’s earth (Multani mitti). The consistency is like that of fuller earth, thick and even. The face pack has sandalwood fragrance which is quite okay and does not bothers much during application.

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I use this face pack twice a week after washing my face with FabIndia Tea Tree face wash. The face pack claims to enhance complexion but I haven’t noticed any drastic change in my complexion yet, though it has made my skin smooth with regular use. I have combination skin and my face gets very dry after using this face pack so I need to use a light moisturizer.

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I’ll recommend dry skinned beauties to avoid using this pack as this will make your face more dry. Overall this is a decent product in this price range, I wish they change their packaging to tube ones for convenience.

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Pros:  1. Contains Multani mitti

2. Decent amount of product in one pack

Cons:  1.Makes my face dry after use

2.Packaging needs improvement

My rating: 3.5/5

Will I Repurchase It again?: I think I’ll try something else that wont dry up my face!

Have you used FabIndia Haldi Chandan mud pack? Do share your experiences below……..

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Home Remedies For Preventing Premature Hair Grey

Hello all, hair problems are very common today due to change in lifestyle and harmful environmental factors. Out of all common hair problems which includes hair fall and dandruff, hair greying is becoming increasingly a serious concern for men and women who are not only 40+ but even at very young age like people in their 20s and 30s. The presence of few grey hair strands can ruin your look and obviously if you are in your twenties and experiencing grey hair problems, this could be very frustrating for you.

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Luckily, there are some natural solutions to prevent premature hair grey so that you don’t have to run to a salon to get your hair colored to hide those grey hair strands here and there. let us look at some of those home remedies below:

1. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

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Boil 3-4 pieces of amla in coconut oil till it turns black. Apply this to your hair roots and strands and massage well to get rid of grey hair naturally. Amla juice can also be consumed orally, it will prevent premature greying of hair and will also take care of other health related issues keeping you healthy.

2. Curry Leaves

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Boil some curry leaves in coconut oil until it turns black. apply the mixture to your hair. This will help you to get rid of grey hair in no time. Curry leaves can also prevent hair loss. Alternatively you can also prepare a nourishing hair pack using curd, rosemary oil and curry leaves.

3. Onion

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Onion juice is very effective in preventing hair loss and reducing grey hair. Cut an onion in two halves and rub the inner parts directly to your scalp. You will notice the difference in your hair  in a month.

4. Mango seed

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Make a powder of mango seed and gooseberry. mix them together and apply to your hair to get rid of grey hair problems without affecting the quality of your hair. Use this pack twice a month for best results.

5. Carrot

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Prepare a mixture of grated carrot, fenugreek seeds and sesame oil. Keep this mixture in a container and put the jar under the sun regularly for a month. After a month use this mixture on your hair on every alternate day for at least three months. This mixture is very effective in preventing greying of hair.

So next time you see a strand of grey hair, don’t panic. Make use of any of the above home remedies to get rid of them. I hope this article was helpful, do share your thoughts below…

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How To Get Rid Of Dandruff Naturally

Hello everyone, how are you all doing? There is less than two months for the “pujo” to come and I’m already excited as well as confused about what to shop and what to skip. Right now, I’m doing more of window shopping and waiting for the new stocks/ fresh arrivals at the stores. The stores in South city mall here in Kolkata are still full of clearance sale stocks! Anyways, since I have less than two months in hand to look our best on those three days of Durga puja, I have started a regular skin and hair care routine at home.

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Today I’ll talk about my haircare routine in this post. Coming to my hair, I have mid length hair which is naturally wavy. Though my hair is dry, my scalp is very oily and hence I often face hair fall problems arising from dandruff that are not flaky but tend to stick to my scalp and are really hard to remove! Dandruff is one of the major concern for my hair and here I’ll be sharing some super easy home remedies to get rid of dandruff naturally. Have a look at them below:

1. Baking soda Shampoo

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Yes! baking soda can do wonder to your hair and can remove those white bits if dandruff peeping through your hair. Baking soda is a natural exfoliant that can remove dead skin cells that accumulate in our scalp and it also have anti fungal properties that helps to keep the fungus caused by dandruff at bay. all you need is to mix 2 table spoons of baking soda in 1 cup of lukewarm water and apply generously in your hair focusing more on the scalp area. Rinse well and wash off with normal water. Repeat if necessary.

2. Tea Tree Oil

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Use shampoo containing tea tree oil or simply add 2 drops of tea tree oil to coconut oil and massage on your scalp well. Leave it overnight and wash off your hair in the morning with a mild shampoo. You will find your hair dandruff free with regular usage. Tea tree oil has natural antiseptic and antifungal properties and has been in  use for years in preparing tropical medicines. It can help getting rid of dandruff and other scalp infections.

3. Fenugreek seeds

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Grind 2 table spoons of fenugreek seeds or methi and soak it in a small bowl and leave it overnight. Strain the water in morning and use it to rinse your scalp well. Fenugreek seeds are rich in protein and amino acids and boosts hair growth and improves hair texture naturally.

4. Mouthwash

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Shocked? You heard it right! Mouthwash is very effective in banishing dandruff. Mix 2 parts of water with 1 part of mouthwash. After regular shampoo., pour this mixture to your scalp, leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off well with water. Mouthwash is formulated in such a way that it can ward off fungus from the scalp, a common prob with people facing excessive dandruff problems.

5. Aspirin

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Crush an aspirin and mix it with a mild shampoo to wash your hair. You will get rid of dandruff within a week or two!

6. Aloevera Gel

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Aloevera gel has soothing properties and prevent accumulation of dead skin cells by controlling their growth rate. Aloevera is very soothing for all kinds of infections. Apply aloevera gel to your scalp and leave on for half an hour, wash off with regular shampoo after this to get rid of dandruff flakes.

7. Salt

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Salt acts a great natural exfoliator and prevents accumulation of dead skin cells. Use 2 table spoons of salt and massage it in your slightly dampened scalp for 5 minutes. Wash off with regular shampoo-conditioner. salt also helps to get rid of scalp itchiness caused due to scalp infection!

So now you have seven easy and cheap products available at home to get rid of dandruff. Use them regularly to get rid of dandruff and get a clean, problem free scalp. Do share with me if you are aware of any more home remedies to get rid of dandruff.

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Home Remedies To Get Rid of Puffy Eyes

Hello everyone, how are you all doing? Eyes are the most expressive part of the face. But most of us face problems around eye area as we mature, the most common of them being dark circles and puffy eyes. Talking of puffy eyes, puffy eyes are swelling around eye area may cause due to a number of reasons like oversleeping or sleep deprivation, fluid retention, due to excessive salt intake, excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco, hypothyroidism and ageing. A puffy eye does not look good and there are ways to prevent it & cure it naturally. Here are few simple tips that will help you to get rid of puffy eyes.

  1. Use Cucumber

Cucumber soothes skin and helps blood vessels to constrict. Cut cucumber in circular slices. Lie down on bed. Place a cucumber slice each on your eyes. Keep it for 15 minutes. This easy procedure will help you to get rid of puffiness. Use this procedure regularly to keep eye puffiness at bay.

 

  1. Use Egg Whites

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Whip 2 egg whites and apply it under your eyes with the help of a face pack brush. Leave on for 15 minutes & wash off with water. Proteins present in eggs helps to make skin tighter thus reducing eye puffiness.

 

  1. Use Potato

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Potato starch is anti inflammatory. Grate potatoes finely then wrap the grated potato in a clean cotton cloth. Dab the cloth around your eyes. Potatoes also help to fade dark circles. You can use this regularly to get rid of puffy eyes.

 

  1. Use Tea Bags

Tea contains Caffeine that helps to constrict blood vessels. Chamomile present in some herbal tea helps to soothe skin. Take 2 tea bags. Dip them in hot water. Let the bag cool to a tolerable level to which your eyes can take. Keep it on your eyes for 10 minutes. This is a very effective remedy to cure puffy eyes.

 

  1. Use Cold Water

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Splash cold water on your face whenever possible. Water keeps you hydrated and do not cause your eyes to puff. Also drink minimum 8 glasses of water per day. Cold water constricts blood vessels hence reducing swelling of eyes.

 

  1. Check Your Diet

Eat protein rich food and avoid too much salt in food. Food with excessive salt should be avoided if you get puffy eyes as they tend to retain water. Green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, cabbage and carrots are good for eyes.

 

  1. Spoon Wonder

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Freeze two steel spoons in a freezer. Take them out when cold and place the bottom part of the spoon on your eyes. Repeat if required. It is better to freeze 2 sets of spoons together so that they can be used alternatively. This is an effective and easy way to get rid of eye puffiness.

 

General Tips

  • Massage your eyes with light cream every night before going to bed.
  • Avoid sitting long hours in front of computer at a stretch
  • Keep your eyes away from dust contact
  • Avoid touching your eyes often
  • Sleep for more than 8 hours in a day

I hope this article was informative. Please share your comments below.

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Introducing ‘SaND For Soapaholics’

‘SaND– aims in creating hand made personal care products which are basically made out of ingredients derived from fruits and eatables.. We endeavor our consumers know about the fact that our own kitchen ingredients and fruits have end number of benefits on our skin. Our primary target is to introduce a natural cosmetic brand whose basic ingredients are derived from traditional Indian herbs, fruits and vegetables

Below is the list of ingredients and descriptions about the soaps.

 Ingredients:

Bubble Trouble: Every 10gm contains Water, Vegetable Glycerine, Oil blend of Vatada (Prunus amygdalus) & Jaithuna (Olea europeoa), Soy Milk

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Ever wondered what it would feel like if your bathing bar smelled like the bubble-gum you chewed on in school? Think no more! Step into the shower with this gorgeous pink & white bar, and let that scent take you back to your teens. While just the look and the feel of this soap are more than enough to tempt your senses, the ingredients are even more appealing! A blend of Vatada (Almond Oil) and Jaithuna (Olive Oil)make this soap a delight to dry skin, and the addition of Soya milk gives you that completely refreshed look every day.

 

Sweet Nothing:

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Every 10gm contains Juice of Ikshu (Sacharum officinarum), Vegetable Glycerine, Oil blend of Til (Sesamum indicum) & Narikela (Cocos nucifera), Colour

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In our tradition,s ugar is taken to be a sign of prosperity &happiness. A box of sweets always accompanies every splendid moment of our lives. Inspired by those moments, we extracted sweetness from its most natural and traditional source – Ikshu(Sugarcane), and put all its goodness in a bar.Not only does it stimulate your skin, but Ikshu also protects your skin from getting dehydrated.To complete this sweet amalgamation, we used Til (Sesame Oil) which acts as a natural sunscreen. We also included real Ikshu fibers in the soap, to act as a buffer that polishes your skin and feet.

 

Royal Jelly:

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Every 10gm contains Emulsion of Madhu (Honey), Vegetable Glycerine, Oil blend of Eranda (Ricinus communis) & Vatada (Prunus amygdalus), Colour

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 In our questto create a soap with that royal touch, we searched far & wide to find the most regal ingredients. We collected Madhu (Honey) from farms in Doddabellapur, and combined it with Vatada (Almond Oil) gathered from the hills of Kashmir. With the addition of Eranda (Castor Oil)and Glycerine, this soap becomes the answer to a number of skin woes. If that wasn’t enough, we also tossed in a small portion of a beehive to keep this exquisite bar ‘royal’ in every respect. Try it out for yourself, and fall in love with the person in the mirror.

 

Melalime:

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 Every 10gm contains Dashangulam (Cucumis melo), Vegetable Glycerine, Oil blend of Jojoba & Narikela (Cocos nucifera), Jambira Nimbuka (Citrus limon), Colour

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When choosing ingredients for this soap, we kept a single factor in mind – we wanted our creation to be refreshing! We picked Dashangulam (Musk Melon) for its hydrating and rejuvenating properties, and added a dash of Jambira Nimbuka (Lime) to brighten your skin. A blend of Narikela (Coconut Oil)and Jojoba oil ensures that a natural moisturizing element is included. Get a jump-start on your day with this invigorating bathing bar!

My View On Their Soaps: 1. Handmade soaps

2. Amazing varieties to choose from

3. Presence of natural ingredients

4. Makes my skin soft, supple and radiant

5. Presence of essential oils to retain skin’s moisture

6. Wonderful fragrance

7. A small bar goes a long way

 

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 *PR samples, however my review is honest*

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5 Easy Homemade Facial Cleansers For All Skin Types

Arrghhhh……….. This gloomy weather :(. I want some sunshine now. This is why I hate monsoon! I’m sick and I haven’t been anywhere other than my college for over a week now. I need to buy my face wash and I’m not allowed to go out because I’m sick. So what? Should I wait to get well and then buy? Ummm… not sure, order online? Just for a face wash…..not really…. This is when the beauty blogger in me tries being smart and manages to carry on the skin care routine when there is a shortage of  skin care products. Facial cleansers are very important to maintain a clear and dirt free skin and should be used regularly.

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In this post I have listed few easy homemade facial cleansers that could be prepared easily at home with products available in your kitchen. These cleansers are equally effective and safe to use. Have a look at them below:

 1. Gram Flour and Turmeric Cleanser

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Mix 2 tablespoons of gram flour with 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder. Add rose-water to it to make a smooth paste without lumps. Apply this mixture to your face and neck and massage gently for 5 minutes. Wash off with water. You will get a clean and oil free skin within no time. Turmeric brightens complexion and gram flour is itself a very good natural cleanser.

2. Milk Cleanser

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Take a small bowl of raw milk and simply dip cotton balls in it and apply it on your face. It removes dirt and makeup effectively from your skin without making your skin dry. Milk also helps in keeping skin soft and moisturized.

3. Grated Cucumber and Curd Cleanser

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Grate a fresh cucumber and mix 2 tablespoons of curd to it. apply this mixture on your face and neck for a brighter complexion along with a clearer skin. Curd is very effective in tan removal and cucumber is an excellent toner.

4. Egg Yolk and Honey Cleanser

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Add egg yolk to 2 tablespoons of honey and apply it to your face. Let it dry and wash off with water. You will get a clear skin with repeated use. Honey adds glow to the face and egg yolk keeps skin firm and prevent wrinkles.

5. Rosewater Cleanser

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Dab cotton in rosewater and apply it on your face to remove dirt and makeup. Read more uses of rosewater here.

I hope you found this article helpful. do share your thoughts below….

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FabIndia Tea Tree Skin Toner Review

Hello girls, I never experimented much with skin toners, as my skin is slightly sensitive. I have always used rose-water and camphor mixture or cucumber juice for skin toning. Since I have blemishes on my skin, I always wanted to get hold of a toner containing tea tree and is free of alcohol. Tea tree is known to work well on blemishes and breakouts. Once while visiting a mall here, I came across FabIndia store and while browsing I found this cute bottle.

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 I picked it up and bought it just because it read “tea tree toner.” Read on to know about my experience with this toner:

Price: INR 150 for 100 ml

Shelf Life: 18 months.

What the product claims?: An alcohol-free skin toner with tea tree oil that controls sebum and clears blemishes.

Ingredients: Water, Okra extract, Neem Leaf extract, Turmeric Extract, Propylene Glycol, Tea Tree oil, Salicylic acid.

Directions For Use: After washing your face and neck, spray the skin toner in a cotton swab and gently stroke in upward direction. Avoid contact with eyes.

My Take On The Product: The product comes in a cylindrical see-through plastic tube with a transparent cap. It has a spray nozzle too.

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The packaging is travel friendly and I love how the nozzle works perfectly. The toner looks light green in color in the bottle but comes out as clear liquid when sprayed in cotton ball.

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It has typical fragrance of tea tree oil.  I have used this toner for few months now and it has really impressed me. This toner works great and comes with multiple benefits.

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It balances my skin’s oiliness, reduced blemishes, and made my skin soft and supple. I did not find my skin drying or any kind of breakout after using this toner. As the toner consists of salicylic acid as one of its main ingredient, it is equally effective on acne and breakouts too.

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I’m really happy with the benefits it provides at this price range! I will highly recommend this toner to everyone.

Pros: 1. Nice packaging

2. Controls oiliness

3. Reduce skin blemishes

4. Inexpensive

Cons: None

My Rating: 5/5

Will I Repurchase It Again? : Yes, as soon as I finish my third bottle :).

Have you tried FabIndia tea tree toner yet? Tell me in the comment section below…

 

P.S. Sorry for posting this late! Last month I’ve won a giveaway organized my my sweet friend Naomi on her blog Divamode. Check out her lovely blog here. Here are the pics of what I’ve won

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Oriflame Pure Nature Moisturizing Gel Mask Review

Hello girlies! The summer heat is killing me, literally. These days I feel like going for a month-long trip to Switzerland or sitting at home with a mango smoothie and reading a romantic novel. Unfortunately, my exams are heading near and I have to go to my college regularly for important classes. As soon as I get back home from the scorching summer heat, I splash a lot of cold water on my face and try to use something soothing for my skin. I have been using Oriflame Pure Nature Moisturizing Gel Mask mostly in summer, for more than a year now. Let’s see if this gel mask impressed me or not:

Price: INR 299 for 50 ml

Best Use Before: 3 years from the date of manufacture

Ingredients: As mentioned at the back of the tube.

What the Product Claims: Moisturizing gel mask with carefully harvested 100% organic white tea extract. Rich in antioxidants to revitalize your skin.

Method of Use: Apply evenly on your face and neck. Keep on for ten minutes and wash off with cold water

My Take on the Product: The gel mask from Oriflame comes in a green sturdy tube with a white cap.

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The packaging is travel friendly. The gel is transparent and a little amount is enough to apply evenly on face. The consistency is neither too thick, nor too runny. It forms an invisible layer on my face when applied. I keep on the mask for 10 minutes and then wash off with cold water.

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I have noticed my skin feeling more moisturized with repeated usage though there have not been any effective result on imparting a glow to my face.

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The mask has a pleasing fragrance and feels soothing when applied. Overall, this face mask can be tried out this summer to keep your dull skin hydrated.

Pros: 1. Moisturizing

2. Soothing fragrance

3. Very little amount is required for application

Cons: 1. It do not even out complexion

2. Expensive as compared to its effectiveness

Rating: 3/5

Will I Repurchase It Again?: No, I think I’ll skip this product.

Have you used Oriflame Pure Nature Moisturizing Gel Mask? Share your experiences below……