Elisir skin serum review

Heya!

All the festivities around the corner,shopping,skincare and haircare,has finally stressed me out to a point that I just want to lay down on the bed and sleep.But then I remembered,it has been a month and I have to review a serum which was sent to me in September.

You know my association with organic and herbal world and infact,I am delighted to see that there has been an influx of people going green within last few years.Nowadays,people don’t care about fast results but are willing to wait for the results to show up using organic ingredients.

And this has been possible due to startups being operated by individuals who felt the need to create awareness about the sideffects of chemicals.One such startup I am talking about today is IWOWD skincare,started by lovely Ankita Das.

This brand was founded in August 2015.‘IWOWDskincare’ is a natural skincare startup. They want everyone to be conscious of what we put on ourselves. Keeping this in mind they have started this 100% natural skin-care brand. Their flagship product is called ‘Elisir’. It is all natural, preservative free face serum which intends to heal sun damage (tanning, sun spots, blemishes etc.,), reduces scars (acne etc.,) and rejuvenates for a brighter, even and firmer looking skin.

To know more about them,follow their website and facebook page.

I have recently forayed into the world of serums and honestly,this is my second serum which I have tried.I am posting this review after using it as prescribed for a month.

Price and quantity: INR 1099/- inclusive of all taxes for 30ml bottle.This is pretty cheap considering other high end brand serums available,that too with chemicals in it.

Packaging: Comes in a tinted glass bottle with a screwed on dropper cap.I find the packaging simple and easy to use due to the dropper system.It has label around the bottle which has the logo ,ingredients,directions to use and description. It would have been better if they mentioned the price on it as well.Since it is made up of glass,it may not be travel friendly.

Fragrance: I couldn’t make out any particular scent but I can say for sure,the smell seemed natural.It is not overwhelming so sensitive noses needn’t worry.

Availability: Currently they are taking orders through their facebook page and transactions through bank transfer.Since it is a startup,their website will get fully functional within sometime.They do not ship internationally so if you have a friend residing here,tell them to buy it for you. 🙂

Ingredients: Contains Argan oil,grapeseed oil,rosehip oil,jojoba oil,evening primrose oil,avocado oil,lavender oil and geranium essential oil.

Usage:Oily skin-1 drop in day and 2 drops at night

Dry skin-3 drops in day and 4 drops at night

Combination skin-2 drops in day and 4 drops at night.

Texture:Yellow in color and lighter in flow.It gets readily absorbed by the skin so apt for daytime use.

My views: This serum actually works!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😛 That explains a lot.

My skin was undergoing a weird behaviour.I spotted mild wrinkles on my forehead,dull and dry skin.After using it for more than 2 weeks according to combination skin,i saw my wrinkles fading away.I am not saying they vanished now.But fading is a great sign that if I continue to use this,they will go away.

Since only few drops are needed,this serum will last you for a long time.Mine hasn’t even reached till half.

Also my skin is soft and brighter.Overall I noticed a clear complexion.Also,my skin felt moisturized.It gets easily absorbed into the skin so no need to worry about soiling your pillows.

It is also good for acne prone skin as it didn’t break me out.Regarding blemish reduction,I will say that if its an old scar or blemish,then wait for sometime

I have sensitive skin.This serum didn’t cause any redness or itching.So good for people having sensitive skin.However,patch test is recommended.Also if someone is allergic to nuts,latex,grapeseed,nursing & pregnant mothers,should refrain from using this.

I would rate this 4.5/5 as it is herbal,all rounder skin serum,has detailed usage instructions,hassle-free to use and available at a good price.

PS: This is my honest review. 🙂

Hope to see you all in my next post.Enjoy your Navratris and Durga puja and stay wow. 🙂

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Avene Trixera+ Selectiose emollient cream review ( for dry/sensitive/eczema prone skin)

Heya!!

Today I will be reviewing the most sought after cream in dermatology and would like to share whether it stays true to its claims or not.

If you are following me closely,you would know that I have sensitive combination skin which turns drier during fall-winter season.This year I vowed to take extra care so as to not to flare up like last year. :-\  I got myself this cream and I must say,this is going to stay with me forever.

Availability: This is available only online as far I know,on all the renowned sites like Amazon,purplle etc in India.However,if someone knows any store in Delhi-NCR,do let me know. I got this from Abu Dhabi. This cream comes in 2 variants-200 and 400 ml.

Price & quantity: It is sold for INR 1500 for 200 ml on these sites but currently it is selling cheap for INR 1425 on Fortishealthworld.com, Keep a lookout for discounts online. The customs have made this a pricey affair so if possible get it from abroad like I did. For 200 ml ,this is indeed very costly but when it comes to skincare related to eczema,I can’t take any chances.

Fragrance: It doesn’t have any and it is also mentioned on the tube.

Ingredients: 

• Avène Thermal Spring Water (50%) – Calms redness and irritation, soothes and softens

• Selectiose® (1%) – Helps control the skin’s inflammation response

• Lipidic-Trio (Essential fatty acids, Ceramides 3, Plant sterols) – Restores the skin’s barrier

• Glycine – Relieves itching

Packaging: It comes in a cardboard box which I threw away. Sorry. Inside it,there is a pamphlet which has details about the brand and their products description from Trixera+ line. The pamphlet is very helpful as you can choose products based on your skin. The tube is simple plastic white tube with flip cap. It is sturdy so no spillage.

Texture: White cream which comes out easily of the tube. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.It glides on the skin like a dream.

Usage: Apply 1/2 times in a day on very dry areas of the face and body.

What it claims:

• Patented Selectiose® reduces skin hypersensitivity and irritation and controls skin inflammation response

• Relieves itching

• Restores the skin’s barrier

• Prevents moisture loss and soothes irritation

• Suitable for infants, children and adults

• Fragrance-free, paraban-free

• Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften skin

• Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

My views: I have been using this judiciously and reviewing this after 15 days. After cleansing my face,I use it on my cheeks  which have a mild flare up now. I prefer this at night as it makes it look bit greasy and sticky.Also,at night skin products work the best as your skin is free from any pollution effects. I spread it on my cheeks gently and then start dabbing it lightly so as to not to irritate my skin further.

Only a pea sized amount goes a long way when you are applying on small areas like cheeks or chin. So I would say this tube will last me for a long time.

Honestly,this cream is not a miracle cream which will make your dryness or eczema go away in a jiffy. But in these 15 days,my skin looks smoother,less itchier and flaky.Also my skin looks softer.The redness has also reduced. I still have the flare up,but it is not noticeable now. 🙂 It hasn’t broken me out so that is a sure sign that it doesn’t clog the pores. I will keep on using this and will update after a month on my instagram.

Overall I am happy at how my skin is reacting to this. Avene is indeed a trustworthy brand and I did my research on it well before buying this stuff. Infact,I have bought many things from their range and soon I will post my thoughts on them too.This is not a promotion at all.If you are suffering from dry skin,eczema or sensitive skin,go ahead and buy this.This does work.

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Stay healthy and happy.See you all in my next post. Byeee XOXO :-* 🙂

DIY green tea toner

Heya!

It’s been a while I posted a DIY.Now,all of us are raving about the green tea and what it can do for the body. In fact, the moment I found out that it is loaded with so much nutrients that it acts as an all rounder for the body,I included in my diet instantly.

I read that green tea can be easily incorporated in your skin care as well.The lazy girl in me usually reads through such articles and then dozes off. 😛 But this baby right here,makes it too easy to ignore. You don’t have to do anything extra. Promise!

This toner is good for all skin types including sensitive skin. I didn’t have any reaction after using this. Also this is easy to make and store.

Benefits of green tea toner

  • Due to its antioxidants, it slows down ageing and diminishes signs of ageing.

  • It provides excellent sun protection and reduces sun damage.

  • Freshens up instantly

  • Improves skin texture

  • Reduces the appearance of skin conditions like eczema,rosacea and psoriasis

What you need

  1. Green tea- Packaged ones or open. I prefer the open ones as they are cheap

  2. Water- Obvious 😀

  3. A spritzer bottle or ice cube tray

How to make

  1. Make the green tea as usual.Now to make the perfect green tea,either put 1 tsp green tea in 1 cup of boiling water and let it steep for a min.Then sieve it.Or pour the boiling water on the seive containing the green tea and let it steep for a minute.One minute is the optimum time for the leaves and it provides the perfect color and taste.Green tea is supposed to be tasteless and works best without sugar.Beyond 1 minute,it will turn bitter. :-\

  2. Now let this tea cool down and store it in spritzer bottle and refrigerate it.You can also make ice cubes and use them after thawing a little.

  3. Another method is drink the tea first and then use the leftover green tea again.I prefer this method.I pour normal water on the green tea and let it soak for another minute or 2.Then I store it.

  4. Basically you are recycling the green tea as they still have the juices left. Use the toner within 3 days as after that it will lose its properties.Green tea gets oxidised easily.

How to use

After cleaning your face,spray it and let it air dry,or rub it on your skin and let it dry.

My views

My skin does feel refreshed and soothed.Also my eczema patches on the cheeks look less inflamed. My skin gets a taut feeling after using this.

Do try this and let me know how it worked for you.If you try it,tag me.I love when people share the same enthusiasm. 🙂

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Thats some recycled bottle. 😛

See you all in my next post,byeee,take care lovelies! :-*

Juicy chemistry Peach & strawberry oats face scrub review

Heya!

It’s Friday here.Well! ignoring the time gap between the countries,it is Friday evening now. 😛 After a long time I am posting something,thanks to my hectic office schedule (sarcasm) .

I am back with another review and as you know,I have a penchant for everything herbal and organic.Today I will be reviewing a face scrub sent to me for review purposes from Juicy chemistry.You may have heard about them in my earlier posts where I have reviewed their products.Here are the links if you want to see what I have reviewed.

Hair masque review

serum review

face & body wrap review

I took my time in deciding whether this face scrub is worth it or not.

Availability: It is available through their whatsapp contact (+91- 9655663566) and facebook page only. They are building a site,which will solve the availability issue later on.They ship globally too.

Ingredients: Everything you can eat. 😛 Not really,but I did taste it,I won’t lie. 😀 It indeed contains oats and sugar.Apart from this,it has honey,almonds,coconut oil,olive oil,peach fragrance oil,strawberry fragrance oil,jojoba oil,dried strawberries and vitamin E.

Fragrance and texture: It smells like oats,sugar and strawberries.Texture is granular like.You can see the grounded oats & sugar crystals.

Price: INR 300 for 75 g. Shipping charges extra.

What they claim: It exfoliates the skin gently,leaving it soft and supple.Absorbs dirt and grime and tackles dull and flaky skin.It improves skin tone and texture.

My views: I have used it after coming back from the office using public transport . I mentioned this specially,because India doesn’t have ACs in every public transport.Also pollution and dirt is more in the evening and traffic jam is ughhh!! Imagine the misery my skin goes through.

So I tested its efficacy and I am not disappointed. I used it with water instead of milk and then also it worked. It left my skin soft without causing any redness.Also I felt fresh and my skin looked clean.I believe it will work for all skin types. Mine is sensitive combination skin and so far it has worked.

I cannot comment on skin tone or texture as my skin ,thankfully is currently on the better side. It does exfoliate as I noticed my skin looked radiant after usage.

You need to take only a small amount,pea sized for your face and neck and it is sufficient.So this will last atleast 2 months or more depending on how much you take.

Overall verdict is go for it if you want a daily cleanser that has no chemicals .

PS: Patch test recommended.

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If you have any questions,drop me a comment here. See you all in my next post…Byeee :-*

Juicy Chemistry Cell construction serum review

Heya!

I know,I know,I am posting again on the same brand.But I can’t help it.It was sent to me for review and I have to give a verdict,right? 😛 Also,I am genuinely loving the product,so decided to share my views on it.

I had never used a serum before,so was desperately looking for a serum which would suit my combination sensitive skin.Looks like,God answered my prayers in the form of this tiny bottle sent to me by the Juicy Chemistry . 🙂

I had notified them about my skin beforehand and so they felt this will do justice to my skin.So,here goes the review.

What they claim:It is formulated with ingredients that are highly Cicatrisant(anti-scarring properties).Our serum penetrates deeply into the skin and works to heal and regenerate damaged skin.

For best use,use it every night.

The product when used regularly results in diminishing:-

  • acne scars
  • hyper-pigmentation
  • stretch marks
  • dark spots
  • fine lines & wrinkles

Price: INR 300 for 8ml which I find affordable as it will last you a long time.

Ingredients:Rosehipseed oil,jojoba oil,almond oil,carrotseed oil,lavender oil,frankincense oil,geranium essential oil,neroli essential oil and helichrysum essenial oil.

Usage: 3-4 drops for the face and neck combined.

Packaging: Comes in a small glass bottle having a dropper cap.Unscrew the cap and use the attached dropper.

Smell:I cannot describe the exact fragrance to which it resembles but it is pleasant and an organic smell.

Availability: Only through Facebook and whatsapp.I hope they come up with their site. :-/ Also,they take the payment through bank transfer.Internationally,I don’t think they deliver. :-/ But I do hope,they start shipping outside India soon.

My views: I use the serum after toning my face.I apply it by patting gently on the skin.Serums are concentrated oils so 3-4 drops are sufficient ,also,it should not be rubbed onto the skin.Gentle application is the key. 🙂

It gets absorbed quickly and doesn’t make my skin oily or dry.I did not notice any redness or tingling feeling so this can work for sensitive skin beauties.

The smell will go away within a minute of application so those having a sensitive nose,will not find any problem.

I have been using this since a month and I am actually happy to say that this serum works in removing the dark spots,scars and hyper-pigmentation. I don’t have spots that much but a weird pimple caused a dark spot on my forehead a month back,which has literally gone away now. 🙂 Also, my skin looks more clear and hydrated.This imparts a glow when you wake up in the morning.I don’t have wrinkles so can’t comment on it.Also,I haven’t used it for stretch marks as it will get finished quickly if I start using for my body. 😛 I am not ashamed to admit I have loads of those white lines on my body. 🙂

The price tag is also nice as I have only got to 1/4th of the bottle even after a month’s usage.

I will rate it 5/5 and I am definitely buying it once I finish my bottle.

They are taking orders through facebook and whatsapp as of now.Their no. is 91-9655663566.I have also reviewed a product from their range last weekend.Here’s the link if you missed it.

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Do let me know whether this serum worked for you or  not.Feel free to ask me questions. 🙂 See you all in my next post. Byeeee :-*

Juicy Chemistry French green clay and chamomile face and body wrap review

Hello beautiful ladies!

How’s the weekend treating you?

Well! mine started on a good note as in,back to back party scenes for me.If you are following me on instagram,then you know it. 😉

If you are aware,that 1-2 weeks back,I posted about Juicy chemistry products for review on my instagram.I had tried 3 products  till now,and here starts my review without any further delay.

Price: INR 600 for 50g which is good considering that it will last you for a long time and its organic. 🙂

Texture: It is a green granular powder.

Fragnance: Subtle smell,nothing strong for the nose.

Packaging: Plastic tub with a screwed lid having the JC logo on the top and a label on the side,describing its use,ingredients and price.It is travel friendly having a sturdy packaging.

Availibility: That’s an issue as currently they are taking orders only through their facebook page and whatsapp.You can see and choose from their catalogue on facebook or you can consult them on whatsapp and let them choose the right type for you.Their number is 91-96556 63566. I don’t think they deliver internationally,not that I know of,but you are free to ask them on whatsapp. 🙂 Hopefully they do.

Ingredients: See the picture below.

What it claims: Cleanses the skin,removes toxins,oils and impurities while simulatneously tightening and firming the skin.Improves the skin texture and fights the free radicals causing early signs of ageing.It purifies the skin also.

My views: It says for combination skin,I need to make a paste with milk/honey/yogurt/cooled green tea.I chose milk as its moisturizing.I took 1 tsp (the wooden spoon that came with the JC samples) and mixed it with 2-3 tsps of milk.I had used cold milk.Since the powder is not fine in size,the consistency of the paste is light as shown in the pictures below.You can literally separate the powder from the milk. 😛

Application is the tricky part.I tried using my facepack brush,but most of the powder was getting stuck on the bristles so I had to use my hand.I would prefer my face masks to be more pasty in nature and easier to apply. :-\

As suggested,I kept the mask for 15 mins.It dried easily and I can remove most of the mask with hands only.I washed the remaining with plain water,followed by my toning and moisturizing routine.

However,I did notice tingling feeling on my face and when I washed it off,I had redness on my forehead and cheeks.It went away after 10 mins.So I think,on my sensitive skin,it did not fare that much,but I did notice,after the redness went away,my face had this glow,more clearer skin and had a firmed up feel to it.Also,my T-zone stayed oil-free for a long time.

Dry skinned beauties need to add milk/yogurt/honey/any skin oil to the powder and oily skinned people should opt for water/cooled green tea/yogurt as written on their label.

So I would rate it 4/5 as it might not suit sensitive skinned people.They recommended a patch test so do not skip it.Overall,I will continue using it,as I can take a little redness with me as long as,it stays for 5-10 mins. 😛

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See you all in my next post.Feel free to ask me anything..cya..XOXO :-*

Bio organic and natural aloe vera gel review

Heya !!

To be honest,Sunday is the day when I am the laziest and I ignore my skincare and haircare so that I get to sleep.But my swimming lessons in the early morning,even on the weekends is robbing me off my sleep.:-( I took a pledge today that health is first priority so I am limiting my sleep to 6 hours daily.That means no more late night TV shows. (Sorry Orphan Black!Find yourself another fan. :-P)

I did a hairspa at home on my smoothened hair.No! I didn’t use the expensive Loreal range on my hair,rather I looted my kitchen. 😛 It’s just a strategy of the salons to make you buy their products,scaring you into believing that smoothening will go away if any other product is used. Bleh!Don’t get fooled.Read articles on the net,and you will know why I am saying this. 🙂

Enough rambling!I was sent this gel from the BON team for review purposes and after a month’s usage,I am ready to share my opinions. 🙂

Price: INR 119 for 100g which is dirt cheap. 🙂

Availibility: Currently they are taking orders only through their site. You will numerous ranges-Skincare,haircare,home,pets etc.

Texture: This one won my heart truly. Earlier I used to apply Patanjali aloe vera gel but after using this,I am changing my staple gel to BON aloe vera gel.This gel doesn’t contain artificial colouring agent like in Patanjali.Also,this is very light and glides easily on the skin.You need 5 dots on your face to cover it completely.Skin absorbs it right away.

Packaging: Plastic transparent jar with a white screwed cap.This also got a dent on its side and a slight leakage due to shipping. 😦 So may not be travel friendly.Overall simple packaging which I love the most.

Fragrance: No

My views: I use this once a day after my bath.After applying the toner,I dot my face with this and its gone instantly.This gel is sufficient in moisturising my combination skin and I am ready to go outside with a sunscreen on top of this.I used this on my trip to Kashmir where its chilly.There also this baby survived the test.So for normal,oily and combination skin,this will work all year round.Dry skin beauties may need to add moisturizer after applying this gel.

I have sensitive skin,so after applying this,I didn’t find anything wrong .No redness or tingling feeling.Infact it cools down my skin and reduces the redness.However,do conduct a patch test first.

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Seeyou all in my next post,XOXO :-*