Hey everyone, on world environment day i am sharing my 10 favorite, organic beauty brands. Call them chemical free beauty products, sustainable skincare products or natural skincare products, these are brands that follow age old Indian tradition of skincare and Ayurveda, and have products that give visible results from the first use.
SkinYoga : The first ever chemical free, 100% natural luxury skincare brand that I have ever used, and 5 years later some of its products have a permanent place in my skincare regime. This made in India brand is ab absolute delight that shows results in first use.
Products Tried & Loved: Absolutely obsessed with their hydrating ‘Coffee Scrub’, I use it thrice a week for body, while for face I stick to ‘Sandalwood Walnut Scrub’ that is great for dry skin, hydrates and improves skin texture. The antioxidants found in walnuts regenerates skin and elasticity. Another favorite from the brand is their ‘Almond Orange Face Scrub’ that works wonders to cleanse and repair skin, which is very mild and great f you have a sensitive / combination skin.
Kama Ayurveda: This Indian brand needs no introduction. It has been my go-to skincare brand for ubtans, face mist and oils.
Products Tried & Loved: Two constant ubtans from Kama Ayurveda I keep restocking are ‘Suvarna haldi chandan face pack‘ and ‘nimrah anti acne face pack‘ that I use weekly once. Another daily use ubtan is ‘Mridul soap free face cleanser’, a 5 minutes quick fix that cleanses my skin and is so gentle it can be used daily. In oils I love their ‘Organic neem oil’, ‘Bringadi intensive hair treatment oil‘ and ‘Jwalini retexturising skin treatment oil‘, I switch between them depending on what my scalp and skin needs in different seasons. ‘Pure rose water‘ face mists by Kama is something I always carry in my bag.
Just Herbs – An entire range of goodness comes from this brand, from skincare to hair care, ubtans to natural make up products.
Products Tried & Loved– I absolutely love their ‘Unprocessed Virgin Coconut Oil’ it is multipurpose, I use it for my hair, as a moisturizer for body, to remove make up, it is one of the products, I definitely carry while travelling, because it saves space as it can be used in so many ways. I am also using their ‘Nosun Moisturising Gel’, that has sunscreen benefits, light-weight, perfect for my sensitive and combination skin, it is so good that it can be used as a diaper rash cream for babies. Recently I got their ‘Elixir Serum’ pea size of this herbal face serum helps brightening and nourishing the skin and reducing pigmentation.
Pahadi Local– I came across this brand at a skincare work shop with Good Earth in Hyderabad. The brand in its small range of products imbibes luxury in simplicity. Made in Himalayas the brand offers oils, face packs, organic honey and teas.
Products Tried & Loved : I use their ‘Gutti ka tel’ apricot kernel oil, rich in vitamin A, E and C it is a multipurpose oil made traditionally and used as face oil, body moisturizer, treating skin allergies, reducing joint pain and safe for children as well. Another product I use by Pahadi local is their ‘Markalak Himalayan powder’ a mudpack from Himalayas that is great for oily to normal skin and helps reducing scars and can used often as a skin cleanser
Plum Goodness – My entire morning routine at the moment is from this brand, and it has quite suited my summer skin, its light and gives my skin a breathe of freshness. I love their Green Tea Range and all the products I have tried is from this specific range.
Products Tried & Loved: My 5-step morning routine includes Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash followed by a splash of Green tea alcohol-free toner, once it absorbs, I tap and spread the Green tea skin clarifying concentrate on my face and neck closing with Green tea mattifying moisturizer followed by a sunscreen (not from plum)
Daughter Earth : This vegan, 100% botanical brand, is special because it is from my own city- Hyderabad. Daughter earth is a skincare brand, made in India that has gone beyond organic and formulated products with potent wild-harvested botanical’s from some of the remotest habitat, all their products are reef-friendly and earth friendly.
Products Tried & Loved: ‘Active Botanical Face Wash’ pH balanced calming cleanser, helps minimizing the appearance of pores and gets rids of pollution, followed by my favorite product from the brand ‘Eternal Youth Moisturiser’ that smells divine ,deeply nourishes and is full of antioxidant-rich plant nutrients that leaves my skin extremely nourished and supple. Another favorite is ‘Eternal Youth Rejuvenating Serum’ that I use as part of my night routine and is rich in vitamins I also use this multi-correctional serum oil under makeup that gives me a radiant look.
Ayca – Travel introduces me to a lot of things and one of my trips to Rajasthan introduced me to Ayca.
Products Tried & Loved: A boon for summers, but with my back to back travel schedules my skin changes temperatures and locations quite often and nothing soothes my skin as good as an Aloe Vera gel. Ayca’s ‘Lemongrass & Turmeric Hydrating Gel’ is non-sticky and made from pure Aloe Vera which leaves the skin feeling firm & hydrated.
Forest Essentials – one of the oldest luxury skincare brand of India needs to Introduction, when i initially started using the products from forest essentials it was merely for its beautiful aromas, but as i hit my late 20’s and importance of skin care hit me i focused on ingredients and what is best for my skin.
Products Tried & Loved: I can without guilt say i am obsessed with body mists and my two constants over the years have been, ‘Rose & Cardamom‘ and ‘Iced Pomegranate with Fresh Kerala Lime‘ i use it in morning and i wear it to bed. Another favorite skincare product from forest essentials is ‘ Tejasvi Emulsion’ which is made by combining pure ghee and Ayurvedic herbs, and gives an extraordinary smoothness, suppleness and radiance to the skin.
Gulnare Skincare – Another brand that prides itself in using the age-old techniques of skincare that promise great results.
Products Tried & Loved: ‘Aloe & Vitamin E’ a face ream that is light and combined with the benefits of Vitamin E oil & Cucumber and delivers a surge of moisture with a cooling finish especially in hot summer days. Another product i have used form Gulnare is their ‘Rosette Clarifying Toner‘ , an alcohol free blend that is refreshing, soothing and clarifying toner that hydrates skin leaving a rosy aroma.
Kimirica – A fairly new introduction to me, i received their products as part of a gift box from Shaaadi by Marriott.
Products Tried & Loved : I have so far used only the ‘Earth Shower Gel‘ that has a zesty fragrance of Persian Lime that creates a sense of well-being and leaves skin soft and smooth.