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What was in the box? Watch and find out. Response was positive so I might do it again.
Bollywood actresses are among the most beautiful women in the world. They’re noted for thick, long and shiny hair, and flawless skin. So many of them have an inner glow that radiates from both eyes and skin.
What secrets do Indian women use to look lovely?
Obviously, today treatments, surgeries and Western products have gotten more common in India. But traditional ingredients such as rose, saffron, turmeric, gram (chick pea) flour, coconut oil and neem oils are also beauty secrets that multi-task to create great skin.
Indian skin seems prone to scarring and discoloration from what I read. Many local ingredients target these issues, along with acne and wrinkles. And hair is a priority.
This box is a beta box as, while I love the products, I’m not sure the packaging with go over in the US. Feedback is welcome should you so desire. All products are by brands that are considered top of their class in India. One did not ship at the last minute…so this box is one product short and discounted accordingly (it’s also discounted as a beta box).
Marhaba Nikhar Ubtan 100 grams
Ubtans are masks used on brides before their wedding to perfect their skin. They can be used on both face and body. Numerous recipes exist, and can be personal to family or region. The powder is mixed with rose water, milk (for dry skin) or yogurt (for troubled skin) then applied to face and/or body. Once dry, it’s rinsed of with warm water using gentle circular motions to exfoliate.
I chose this brand based on recommendations from Indian friends and really like it. The product is a natural one. Use once or twice a week.
Please note: this product expires February 2016…so use it now. A supplier issue under consideration going forward.
Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream with Sandalwood Oil 30 grams
Vicco creams are a staple for many in India. They all contain turmeric but I chose a pricier version which also contains sandalwood.
Turmeric, or ‘Haldi’ (Hindi), is a spice derived from the roots of the curcuma longa plant. Native to South Asia, this spice has long been used in Indian cuisines. The turmeric plant is a rhizomatous, perennial plant belonging to the ginger family. This powder is deep orange-yellow in color and has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter and slightly peppery taste and a mustardy smell due to the presence of a substance called curcumin.
Turmeric has long been a key component of Indian culture and is considered as an herbal remedy due to its anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties. It’s often used in the rituals, particularly the ‘haldi’ ceremony of Indian weddings, where a paste of turmeric is applied to the bride and groom’s body as part of the marriage preparations to beautify their skin. Curcumin treats numerous diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, allergies, arthritis and other chronic illnesses.
Turmeric is an antiseptic that has numerous benefits for skin. It heals skin conditions such as eczema or acne (it’s also antibacterial). It removes dead skin cells, fights wrinkles, cures scaring and uneven pigmentation, reduces pore size and adds a radiant glow (it can also stain skin, leaving behind a yellow tint for a few hours). The spice can be used on cracked heels and to rid facial hair. When mixed with aloe vera, it soothes burns and speeds healing.
Sandalwood evens skin tone, fights aging and enlarged pores, refines skin tone, softens skin, cures pimples and acne and reduces wrinkles. It’s a pricey ingredient today but worth is.
Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Scrub 3.38 ounces
This scrub is great for troubled skin, especially skin with black heads or acne issues. But it can be used on all skin types. Since it has ground apricot kernels use gentle scrubbing motions only.
Neem oil has numerous benefits for both therapeutic and medicinal use, for all skin types but especially problematic skin. This oil is very rich, and some might find the odor unpleasant (but it’s worth it!).
Neem oil has been used medicinally in India since approximately 2000 to 4000 BC, and was referred to in ancient Indian texts. All parts of the neem tree are used: leaves, twigs and oil from the nuts. Neem trees are cherished in India, where they are considered good luck. Today, neem is still a key herb used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine.
Neem fights signs of aging, wrinkles, scarring, discoloration, acne and enlarged pores.
Parachute Coconut Oil 100 ml
Parachute coconut oil is the most popular brand of cosmetic coconut oil in India. Indian women use oils frequently (weekly) on their hair, letting it sit for hours on end before washing. Some hair oils include ingredients like gooseberry. But many are also very perfumed (or smell unpleasant) so I chose Parachute. Coconut oil is deeply nourishing and is supposed to not only banish dry hair but also stop hair loss and make hair thicker. Should I risk a more pungent oil?
Researching Indian beauty brands and customs I found than many if not most products and ingredients are used on multiple parts of the body. This oil is as well.
I added rose water at the last minute when one of my products didn’t arrive (as above). When first started making skin care I used organic local rose water. Then I discovered the Lebanese version and much prefer it. So that’s what I included. I can also order it from India…but I am partial to the Lebanese, though I don’t have a favorite brand.
Rose is my favorite skin care ingredient and crosses cultures. It fixes basically everything. Rose water can be applied directly to irritated skin.
Essentielle Beauty Simple Ubtan
Yes, I’ve been making my own ubtan! The nice thing about living in Los Angeles is that we have so many different ethnic markets so I was able to source this mask locally (with imported goods; and I did decide to order sandalwood powder directly from India as quality is an issue with this ingredient….still hasn’t arrived).
Mix this powder with rose water, apply to face and let dry. Then rinse with warm water using circular motions to gently exfoliate skin. Note, the first time I tried this recipe I didn’t wash my face later, thinking it was clean. I woke up to a yellow pillow from the turmeric.
This mask gives my skin an amazing glow. I love it. Feel free to substitute milk (for dry skin) or yogurt (for troubled or oily skin) for the rose water.
It uses gram/chickpea flour. This magical ingredient exfoliates skin and clears blackheads. It removes spots, scars and skin discoloration (slowly, it’s a natural product). It also fights wrinkles and signs of aging, while perfecting skin tone and decreasing pores. And it adds a glow.
Mysore Sandalwood Incense
Sandalwood reminds me of my trip to India, as does incense. So why not? Burn while using the ubtan as a facial to calm.
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Indian women, and women in the local region, have thick flowing hair and glowing skin. Bollywood actresses are considered among the most beautiful in the world. Ever wonder how these beauties maintain that romantic edge? A few tips below.
- Ubtan/Uptan: This mix of gram flour and other magical ingredients is applied to brides to be on their face and body. It creates the most amazing glow (I’ve been playing with formulas and wow).
- Rose water. A component of ubtan or used alone as a toner, rose water helps even skin tone, brighter and soften skin and fight aging.
- Turmeric: Another component in ubtan or in other creams, turmeric is used on face and body to fight acne, discoloration, scaring and other unevenness. Just be careful! My pillow is currently yellow after I thought I washed a related mask off!
- Amia oil: Otherwise known as gooseberry. This oil is a rich source of vitamin C and is used on both hair and body. Many ingredients in India are used on hair, face and body.
- Gram flour: Another ingredient in ubtan and a staple in Indian beauty rituals, gram (chickpea) flour is a gentle exfoliator. It also fights acne and related scars, clears blackheads, evens skin tone, fights wrinkles and gets rid of spots.
- Orange peel: orange peel powder evens out rough skin pigmentation.
- Saffron: saffron lightens skin and fights dryness.
- Coconut oil: coconut oil is used on hair and body. In hair as a mask it’s a miracle worker. Even my hair was soft after using it. And for skin it creates a real perfect glow.
- Mustard seed oil: This oil helps condition hair, spur thicker hair growth (and prevent hair loss) and contains protein (which contributes to hair growth and ending hair loss). It also has omega 3 fatty acids to nourish hair and selenium which is an antioxidant which protects cells. It does smell awful.
- Lemon: Use lemon with caution. The juice contains natural AHAs and can also lighten skin. But it can also damage skin.
- Henna: Henna is used to treat and color hair. It strengthens hair while also adding texture but can be drying so is often used with an oil.
- Kajals or kohls to line the eyes.
Summer used to be so easy! Pre-sunscreen obsession, I was an outdoor swimmer (daily) and since I live in California that meant I always had a summer glow. Now I’m older, run instead of swim and slather myself in skincare.
To keep my summer glow:
1. I drink vegetable juice, drink a lot of water and get a lot of sleep. Glow comes from inside and out.
2. I dust on a little bronzer.
3. A great gold orange shimmery blush, Privia from Essentiellebeauty https://essentiellebeauty.com/shop/illusion-glittering-blusher-in-peach-orange/
4. An eye cream that fights bags and circles like this Simple coffee one (with cuke, carrot and parsley as well): https://essentiellebeauty.com/shop/anti-bag-and-circle-coffee-eye-cream/
5. Aloha daily good greens (see number one, to power charge the glow I get from the nutrients in greens…they are the best thing for your skin ever): https://aloha.com/shop/product/daily-good-greens-original
6. Lot’s of reading. Why not?
7. Daily runs or workouts.
8. Mascara, and more mascara.
9. A great highlighter.
10. Bright lipstick.
No….not Korean…not a natural beauty brand…but it is Tom Ford.
I got three of the new lipstick shades at (ouch!) $52 each and I love 2 of them.
So Vain is a rose, with lilac/lavender and brown undertones (I know, right!). It has a not quite metallic sheen with is gorgeous. Virgin Rose is very very pretty. A soft pink with lavender/blue undertones, cool and with a lovely sheen. I just don’t know that it’s $52 special. And Dark and Stormy is Stavros from the earlier Lips and Boys collection. A lovely blackened/warm brown and deep red. Due to the sheen, it applies and wears better than many like dark shades.
Not an EB type post? Why not..I love them….
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Do it yourself or buy in on Essentielle Beauty. It’s all the same.
10 ounces of bottled water (or rosewater, tea, etc)
2 ounces oil of your choice (in this video I use coconut, almond and avocado)
1 ounce emulsifying wax
3 tsp of vegetable glycerin
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It does work!
I’ve started making increasing more and different all natural face creams and putting them up on Essentielle Beauty (under the Simple brand). As I began reading about how awful many cosmetic/skin care additives are I began getting uncomfortable with them. The skin absorbs about 60% of what we put on it. And I’ve already been using more natural brands, especially the Korean ones. Ultimately, we really don’t know if those creams that cause short term benefits actually cause long term harm (if only from increased sun damage due to how they increase skin’s sun sensitivity).
Making face lotion is easy and I can control what goes in it. As these have no preservatives (only natural ones, like vitamin E and Rosemary oil) they keep between three and six months, depending on the lotion. They do last longer if stored in the fridge.
The simple line will mostly be pure products, with only some products including ingredients like essential oils. But few lines these days just offer simple yet effective skin care. Most are too cluttered with additives and ingredients. Ultimately, my skin is doing well with using more basics, mixed in with power serums, essences and other specialized products. And the creams are light, so less likely to clog pores or irritate skin.
Most products are vegan! And I do test on animals. My two fluffy persian cats track me down after I apply the creams and try to lick it off. They love the recipes! How is that for animal/cat approved!
A way to create radiant skin…simple…natural skin care.