Kiran Sawhney

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Home Made Face Packs

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My Mom always recommends using home made face packs from her kitchen. Though I personally find them quite useless, I must share what all she does recommend.

1. As a teenager, when acne started erupting like a volcano on my face, she told me to grind moong sabut dal (pink colored), mix it with water or milk and apply it. Must say that this was the worst face pack I have ever ever applied.

2. She used to tell me to apply milk with cotton. She said it works like a cleanser, toner, astringent.

3. Multani mitti (clay) was another recommendation.

4. She still applies tomato pulp, cucumber paste, lemon juice on her face, just as she religiously applies mehendi (hena) to color her hair and keeps it overnight. This she does on weekly basis.

5. I also used to apply a paste of chandan (sandalwood) and haldi (turmeric). That was not so bad. At least it smelled OK.

6. I know a guy who applies a juice of potato on everyday basis on his face and swears by it. He says that it takes care of his pigmentation.

Which all products do you use? Do you prefer home made face packs or the ready made ones? Have you tried any that you found great/ridiculous/awesome/awful? Share your experiences.

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Written by kiransawhney

October 14, 2008 at 9:15 am

Posted in beauty, cosmetics

Origins

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Another product I like is Origins.
I have tried quite a number of their products and they all seem reasonably good. One of their face pack is Out of Trouble® 10 minute mask to rescue problem skin

I use it as a quick fix to clean my skin and feel fresh. The color and texture is like a toothpaste- very white. But in 10 minutes, it does its job well.

Then I have Active charcoal mask

It feels very warm on the face and I decided to use it only in winters. It does not work well in Delhi summer heat. Here you need something cooling and refreshing.

This is a black colored face mask. It helps to clean up even the clogged pores. With lots of pollution in Delhi, it does work well.

Recently I bought Getting Warmer™ Purifying clay mask.

For body, i tried Ginger body smoother

Must say is a great scrub with mesmerizing fragrance.

Their sensory therapy is another exquisite.

What I am not particularly fond of are their cosmetics like mascara, lip glass etc.

But They have one of the best sun screen and eye cream that I have ever tried.

Written by kiransawhney

October 13, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Posted in beauty, cosmetics

Origins

with 4 comments

Another product I like is Origins.
I have tried quite a number of their products and they all seem reasonably good. One of their face pack is Out of Trouble® 10 minute mask to rescue problem skin

I use it as a quick fix to clean my skin and feel fresh. The color and texture is like a toothpaste- very white. But in 10 minutes, it does its job well.

Then I have Active charcoal mask

It feels very warm on the face and I decided to use it only in winters. It does not work well in Delhi summer heat. Here you need something cooling and refreshing.

This is a black colored face mask. It helps to clean up even the clogged pores. With lots of pollution in Delhi, it does work well.

Recently I bought Getting Warmer™ Purifying clay mask.

For body, i tried Ginger body smoother

Must say is a great scrub with mesmerizing fragrance.

Their sensory therapy is another exquisite.

What I am not particularly fond of are their cosmetics like mascara, lip glass etc.

But They have one of the best sun screen and eye cream that I have ever tried.

Written by kiransawhney

October 13, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Posted in beauty, cosmetics

Forest Essentials

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An interesting range of beauty products from India is Forest Essentials. They have a beautiful range of skin care, body care, hair care products. Recently I have seen even their baby care products. I love their aggarbattis (incence sticks) and oils.

Their fragrances are so very ethnic and refreshing, unlike other fancy products. I love their sandalwood and mogra range. Though my mom likes Indian Rose better. But we both like their bath and shower oils in our own chosen fragrances. The skin feels so supple and nice if you put these light oils after bath.


The range meant for babies has lovely picture of Bal Gopal (Lord Krishna). All the products from Forest Essentials are purely herbal and ayurvedic.

They have very nice gift hampers as well and I have gifted these to many of my friends. So far all my friends have appreciated them. My mom, who is firm and staunch believer of naturopathy and prefers home made products and ubtans to any other, also fell in love with these, when I gifted them to her.

Written by kiransawhney

October 7, 2008 at 5:36 am

Posted in beauty, cosmetics

Forest Essentials

with 8 comments

An interesting range of beauty products from India is Forest Essentials. They have a beautiful range of skin care, body care, hair care products. Recently I have seen even their baby care products. I love their aggarbattis (incence sticks) and oils.

Their fragrances are so very ethnic and refreshing, unlike other fancy products. I love their sandalwood and mogra range. Though my mom likes Indian Rose better. But we both like their bath and shower oils in our own chosen fragrances. The skin feels so supple and nice if you put these light oils after bath.


The range meant for babies has lovely picture of Bal Gopal (Lord Krishna). All the products from Forest Essentials are purely herbal and ayurvedic.

They have very nice gift hampers as well and I have gifted these to many of my friends. So far all my friends have appreciated them. My mom, who is firm and staunch believer of naturopathy and prefers home made products and ubtans to any other, also fell in love with these, when I gifted them to her.

Written by kiransawhney

October 7, 2008 at 5:36 am

Posted in beauty, cosmetics

La Mer

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Monday morning. A new week has begun. This week I am going to be focussing on beauty products, face packs, scrubs….

One product and brand that I can swear by is La Mer. All their products are exceptionally good. In fact, I have never been to a parlor to get a facial etc done. These are the products I use at home and the job is done. They are expensive but worth it. Out of many of La Mer’s products, one that I like especially, is The Refining Facial.It is white coloured scrub. It has tiny Diamond particles in it that stay even after you have washed the face. It makes the skin so very radiant. Trust me, I don’t even need any make up like foundation and compact after this.

The Creme de la mer is an OK product- nothing great.

Do watch their video on their website.

It is indeed a miraculous product. If you know of any such miraculous products- home made or off the shelf, do share them.

Written by kiransawhney

October 6, 2008 at 4:38 am

Posted in beauty, cosmetics

La Mer

with 6 comments

Monday morning. A new week has begun. This week I am going to be focussing on beauty products, face packs, scrubs….

One product and brand that I can swear by is La Mer. All their products are exceptionally good. In fact, I have never been to a parlor to get a facial etc done. These are the products I use at home and the job is done. They are expensive but worth it. Out of many of La Mer’s products, one that I like especially, is The Refining Facial.It is white coloured scrub. It has tiny Diamond particles in it that stay even after you have washed the face. It makes the skin so very radiant. Trust me, I don’t even need any make up like foundation and compact after this.

The Creme de la mer is an OK product- nothing great.

Do watch their video on their website.

It is indeed a miraculous product. If you know of any such miraculous products- home made or off the shelf, do share them.

Written by kiransawhney

October 6, 2008 at 4:38 am

Posted in beauty, cosmetics