Hemp & all you need to know about it

Hemp is getting a lot of attention of late because of its perceived health benefits. Hemp’s complicated history may be discouraging for people who want to reap the beneficial aspects of this plant. But here is my attemt to make it simple for you – Hemp, also known as ‘industrial hemp’, is a non-psychoactive variety of cannabis Sativa and historical records trace its origins to the Himalayan region in Asia. My first conscious consumption of infact this year, when i traveled to Binsar, Himachal Pradesh where my taste buds lead me to try the local cuisine- part of which was bhan ki chutney. I was curious to know more, i was educated by locals on how it has been part of the land and it’s food forever. I researched, spoke to brands and found it was available in abundance and in all ways possible gifting us with all it natural benefits.

Hemp can also be a bit confusing—how is it different from marijuana? Hemp comes from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, which is a variety similar to the marijuana plant but very different in terms of the compounds it contains. Marijuana contains relatively high levels of THC, the compound responsible for the mind-altering effects of the plant. While hemp is a related plant, it has very low levels of THC. (It needs to have less than 0.3 percent THC to be grown legally.) The flowers, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant, however, do contain CBD. CBD is a compound thought to have health benefits but without the mind-altering effects of THC.

Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is cultivated for making a wide range of products including foods, health products, fabric, rope, natural remedies, and much more. The various parts of the hemp plant are used to make different products.

Here is how you can include Hemp in your daily life through application and consumption

Hemp seeds, Hemp hearts, Hemp flour

Hemp Seeds are edible and are considered highly nutritious with a high concentration of soluble and insoluble fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for heart health and skin health. Hemp is grown for non-drug use because it contains only trace amounts of THC (the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant that is responsible for getting a person high).The seeds can be pressed to create hemp seed oil or ground up and mixed with water to create hemp milk. Hemp hearts, have a very high anti-oxidant effect and are believed to improve heart health and reduce symptoms of ailments related to skin and joints. These seeds can be added to your meals as a whole or consumed in the form of powder for a well-balanced diet. Toss them into smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, soups, stews, dips, and dressings, or using them in baked goods like muffins. Hemp flour results from removing hemp oil from hemp seed.

HEMP Magic Potion is packed fresh into zero waste glass bottles which can be reused or recycled completely. This Hemp potion can be used as hair conditioner, skin moisturizer and can also be consumed in salads and more. Studies found that hempseed oil may improve dry, itchy skin and help symptoms of eczema, reducing the need for prescription medication

Order fromwildleaf.in

Hemp Oil

Hemp Seed Oil (also called hempseed oil) comes from the seeds of the hemp plant; it is made by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Hempseed oil differs from CBD oil in that CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and then combined with a base oil (such as coconut, MCT, or olive oil). Hempseed oil, which comes from the seeds only—and not from a hemp variety of the Cannabis plant itself—does not contain any psychoactive properties (such as those from THC which cause a person to get high). Hemp oil has incredible health benefits and is used in foods for its high level of healthy nutrients such as -Proteins, Essential fatty acids (EFAs), Minerals (such as zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, and more), and Antioxidants (such as Vitamin E). Hemp oil can be used as a cooking oil and, just like any other type of healthy oil, can be added to foods such as salads, dips, and spreads.

CBD Oil – Your skin – the largest organ of the body as well as the cause of so many woes. Be it dryness, acne or inflammation, the list doesn’t end. Skin Health from CannaReleaf™ is your one-stop solution for these skin woes and much more. This oil respects the integrity of your skin and works to reinforce the skin barrier from the base up. CannaReleaf™ Skin Health is a mighty mix of CBD rich Cannabis extract and 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. This nutritious and rich combo helps heal and fortify the skin barrier. CBD works perfectly well with all skin types. The calming and soothing effect it has on the skin helps reduce inflammation, soothe dry skin and even acne. Coconut oil helps elevate the moisturizing properties by sealing all the goodness into your skin without any side effects.

Order from – bohecolife.com

Hemp Skincare

Hemp Face Wash Hemp, Tea Tree & Neem Organic Face Wash for acne-prone skin – This nourishing cleanser is well-suited for oily skin types, Rich in oils such as Safflower Seed and Hemp help balance and nourish the skin. Flavonoids found in plant oils such as Neem oil and in essential oils such as Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Tea Tree oils in this help repair free radical damage, soothe inflammations and leaves it nourished.

Hemp Facial Oil – Frankincense & Hemp Facial Oil for acne-prone skin – This facial oil is rejuvenating and nourishing for the skin. Enriched with plant oils such as Hemp Seed, Safflower Seed, and Argan oils, it protects and moisturises the skin without clogging the pores. It soothes the skin and also stimulates blood circulation

Order from – juicychemistry.com

Hemp for Hair

Conditioner – Viva La Sativa Deep Conditioner – Extremely hydrating, and just what i need post my beautiful shampoo bar. My hair thanks me for treating it right and isn’t frizzy anymore. This deep conditioner is helping me repair the damage hair and restoring it to its natural goodness. With main ingredients like kokum butter and hemp seed oil this is great to fight hair fall, have detangled & shiny hair and it also boosts scalp health.

Shampoo Bar – Viva La Sativa Shampoo Bar for Damage Hair – for some reason, life feels a whole lot better when you’re having a totally rad hair day. This shampoo bar from Switchfix co helps has damage repairing formula that deeply nourishes your scalp and hair. The hemp seed oil in this penetrates the hair shaft while moringa brings in oxygen to the roots to improve hair strength and elasticity.

Order fromtheswitchfix.co

Hemp Lip Balm- The Peppermint lip balm provides long-lasting moisture to your lips & provides year-round protection. Blanket your lips with all-natural products and their goodness! Wonderful even for summer months when you can enjoy its cooling effect.  It has an all-natural ingredients and no chemicals, mint tingle that cools down your lips. Enriched with Hemp seed oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Vitamin ‘E’ Oil, Cocoa Butter, Peppermint Essential Oil that keeps lips hydrated and nourished.

Order fromhemis.store

Hemp Clothing

Handcrafted using luxurious 100% Hemp fabric, this white shirt is antimicrobial and protects you from up to 95% UV rays. I got this from Hyderabad based Hemp Brand – Hemis that celebrates humanity’s timeless connection with Mother Nature. They offer exquisitely crafted products of Indian craftsmanship with cutting edge organic & natural materials like Lotus, Aloe Vera, Milk, Soya, Hemp, Orange, Corn, Rose and more.

Order fromhemis.store

Hemp Stationary

Daily Planner – This planner is made with 50 pages of extremely sustainable 100% Hemp papers in it’s natural, unbleached colour with gold foil print

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Hope you enjoyed reading and getting to know this, it took me a couple of months to do my research, get all made in India brands together, try and then share this with you all. All the products have backlinks to the page where you can shop directly and also have website links for you to explore these wonderfull brands that have a lot more to offer in Hemp and more.

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Vedix – Customized Ayurveda

Ayurveda has been India’s legacy as far as we can think of, it has gone been passed on to us through generations and because of its effectiveness more and more people opt for it in their daily life. Be it skincare, haircare or even in terms of lifestyle. With Vedix they carefully examine your requirement depending on your issues, lifestyle and what bit needs the most attention by just asking you a few questions.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Expert Ayurvedic Formulator at Vedix then suggests you right products as per Ayurvedic Tridosha Theory. The three doshas are Vata (Air & Ether), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Water and Earth).The simple meaning of dosha is ‘defect’, but in Ayurvedic context, a dosha simply defines the weakness or vulnerability of the particular nature of a person. In other words, it maps out ‘what’s most likely to go wrong’ with a person, and the treatment that should follow.

For my Hair: Post my virtual examination i was suggested a 3 step hair regime (oil, shampoo & serum ) care routine for my hair fall situation. All the products are paraben and sulfate free, gentle cleanser that helps maintain pH balance of my scalp and leaves it healthy and rejuvenated, the hair serum is non greasy and absorbs quickly. they also send you a well described card that shows you exactly how to use the products and also a planner to plan your regime for effective results.

For my Skin: I received a 3 step regime that includes Vedix cleanser, serum and moisturizer. The no foam cleanser helps with getting rid of excessive oil and dirt without disrupting skins pH level and leaves it fresh and clean. the serum helps with target areas to prevent hyperpigmentation and also over time and use lighten dark spots and tighten skin with regular use. the custom made moisturizer keep the skin hydrated and glowing, i use t before my make up, part of my am and pm routine and it has definitely mad my skin more supple.

It is a subscription based service where you can choose a plan for a month, 3 or even 6 months where you will receive the box with required every month. so get started, and take your test here – https://vedix.com/

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the Art of ayurveda with ‘Sadhev’

Sadhev’s concept of Ayurveda is a way of life that brings about a synchrony among body, mind and soul . By elegantly pouring the science of Ayurveda into every creation giving birth to the art of life, art of living – the art of Ayurveda itself.

I love Ayurveda, and the more I inculcate it in my daily life, the more i see the power of it. There is also a sense of satisfaction that i am not using any chemicals, not using products that are harmfully tested and most of coming close to nature but by bit.

SADHEV ROSE WATER

The existence of rose water go way back from queens to Greek goddesses everyone used it, and rankly it is the single most easy to use product accessible to all. It hydrates, is handy, suits all skin types, and mostly helps keep you fresh with just a spray. Sadhev’s Rose Water is a sweet fusion of handpicked centifolia roses and the essence of a 200 year old ancestral wisdom steamed, distilled and bottled.

How I use- I constantly have this in my bag (for a quick spray) or right by my dressing mirror. It’s the first thing I use post cleansing, as rose water is a great toner and helps absorb your skincare routine much better. I also use it post make up to let it all set and give some hydration to my skin for a quick glow.

Sadhev Nalpamaradi Tailam

The ever so beguiling queens from the Pandalam dynasty were believed to illuminate their faces with the potion extracted out of the barks of 4 different trees carefully blended with Turmeric, Sesame and Vetiver. Sadhev’s Nalpamaradi Tailam is a pre shower oil, a blend of essence of 4 tree barks with a 200 year old ancestral wisdom to give the full body a glow.

How i use- I love oils, nothing hydrates a dry skin better. I light some incense sticks and do my own spa ritual at home with this Nalpamaradi Tailam from Sadhev, massage all over the body for 10 minutes and leave it for 15 minutes , I wash it off with some home made ubtan (I recommend not to use soap, unless you have to get dressed and step out), moisturize, wear my satin pajamas and take a relaxing nap.

Sadhev Sunscreen SPF 30

This by far is my favorite product from the Sadhev. As important as it is to use sunscreen, it is exactly that difficult to find the right one. This is the perfect sunscreen for me, the texture is undeniably addictive (it feels like satin and no matter how much rush you are in, I bet you will slow done for this) no white cast, absorbs like magic, non-greasy and an ayurvedic solution to sunscreen. Sadhev’s sunscreen keeps the skin exceptionally tender and supple all through the day. Its age defying essence protects the delicate texture of the skin, reduces fine lines and blemishes and keeps the skin glowing.

How i use- I use it at least twice daily, one post shower (even if i am indoors) second in afternoon once i wash my face and freshen up. I have also substituted it for my regular primer, it is an excellent base for your make up, almost perfect.

Sadhev Aloe Vera And Saffron Gel With Kumkumadi Thailam

Mughal empress Nur Jahan’s timeless beauty was the constant source of whispered envy in the royal corridors. ‘The light of the world’ as her name suggests was truly a woman of intoxicating loveliness who believed in traditional Persian beauty recipes to keep her skin sensual and glowing. Her daily regimen involved the use of rich ingredients like Saffron and the Green Aloe Vera that grew in her royal gardens. Sadhev’s Aloe Vera and Saffron Gel with Kumkumadi Thailam is a miraculous fusion of Aloe, Saffron and our ancestor’s pure love that gives the skin an exquisite shine and lasting beauty.

Saffron contains vitamins and antioxidants that have an exceptional effect on the skin. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties help soothe skin and gently treat acne. It is a magical skin-lightening agent that gives an everlasting morning glow to the skin. Green Aloe Vera contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C that delicately heals dry skin and restores a natural glow. Kumkumadi Thailam is an exotic serum that imparts a golden vedic glow by delicately combining rich ingredients like Saffron, Aloe, Sandal & Vetiver along with the essence of a 200 year old ayurvedic wisdom.

How i Use : I use it every time I have cleansed my face or post a session of face packs. I also use it intensely during summers to clam any irritation on my skin.

Sadhev Kumkumadi Tailam

Saffron was a treasured beauty secret used by Rani Samyukta, Prithiviraj Chauhan’s queen who was known for her intoxicating beauty.  Legend has tales of the queen secretly sourcing a rich and rare ingredient from the valleys of Kashmir. The lovely Red Saffron was used to create a magic potion that she used as part of her nightly beauty ritual. Sadhev’s Kumkumadi Tailam is an exotic night serum that imparts a golden vedic glow by delicately combining rich ingredients like Saffron, Aloe Vera, Sandal and Vetiver along with the essence of a 200 year old Ayurvedic wisdom.

Sadhev’s Kumkumadi Tailam is for those who desire to give a sensual glow to their skin. It is infused with rich therapeutic properties of Saffron and Aloe Vera that enhance the skin tone, diminish scars and fine lines and augment the skin’s complexion delicately.

How i Use : I use it every alternate day as part of my Gua Sha face massage ritual, and let the leftover stay overnight.

Sadhev Herbal Body Lotion

Sadhev’s Herbal Body Lotion is poetry for the skin. It is a bottle of indulgence that carefully repairs and restores dry and rough patches thereby gently hydrating and polishing the skin, leaving it sensually luminous, exceptionally smooth and incredibly desirable. Almond nuts rich in vitamin E nourishes and softens the skin. It also acts as an exceptional anti-ageing agent.

How i use: Sadhev’s Herbal Body Lotion is a miracle cream that softens skin, hydrates it and repairs dry and rough patches. I use it every night post shower before going to sleep and wake up with plump hydrated skin.

Check them out ­ ­: https://sadhev.com/

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Le Dupleix , Pondicherry

Situated in the heart of old French Quarter of Pondicherry,  Le Dupleix was built in the 18th century as the residence of the Mayor of Pondicherry, and stands on one of the most important corners of the French town. The beautiful experience begins right at gate that is topped with perfectly manicured vine leaves. The massive wooden door entrance lead you to heart of the restored building – the courtyard that is surrounded by modern hotel with deep French roots.

Rooms
Every room in this hotel is different! Every detail in each room has been specially thought out and chosen for that room alone, with the end result being a hotel with delightful surprises around every corner. The mix of the modern and the traditional gives much warmth, but at the same time ensures that the hotel is exceedingly comfortable.  It’s no wonder that the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards listed Le Dupleix as among the three best boutique hotels in India. While the rooms are extraordinary i loved the courtyard the most, giving me a full view of the property, a place where i did a lot of reading in company of 200 (plus) year old mango tree, had all my meals and some great evenings catching up with friends over finest of wine and food.

Food

Le Dupleix and Pondicherry have a very complex, diverse and cosmopolitan culture and they bring it all together, in the menu at Le Dupleix. One of the main things I have noticed over my repetitive visits is that they keep upgrading their menu and are far from boring or old fashioned; so heritage and tradition of Pondicherry is modernized and becomes part of their culture that’s moving forward. Influence of Creole is clearly visible in Le Dupleix’s menu through recipes from New Orleans (which created some of the most exciting Creole dishes) like Gumbo soup and Creole Shrimps & Crab cake. The menu celebrates Japanese cuisine with Miso Glazed Fish & Soba Noodle soup, Classic French dishes like Confit de Poulet & Crêpe Suzette, and presents dishes that stand out like Wild Game Quails & Soft Shell Crabs. 

The strongest influence on modern Pondicherry cuisine has been the emphasis on being natural, organic and healthy. At Le Dupleix they are going organic all the way; their rice, wheat, dals, spices and oils are all organic. Fish is fresh from sea, caught by local fishermen and chicken is free range & organic. Also all soups, salads, appetizers and main course dishes have been presented with suggested pairings of International and Indian wines that helped me experience beyond what i knew and enjoyed it thoroughly.

I know as a matter of fact that whenever i return to Pondicherry, i will revisit the property for its lobster night or their in-house Vanilla Ice cream, which by the way is the best vanilla ice cream i have had in my life.

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Zilch, Skincare brand my mom approves

Beauty without Bullshit, the brands tag line is just what it says. I received their products as part of the PR package but i was really keen on trying them as they are natural, plant based, no parabens and non-toxic. Zilch offers an array of hair care, skincare and makeup products.

I tried three of their products, that I am happy to say are part of my daily skincare routine now.

Calm-aah Tulsi Hydrating Face Mist

Straight from Himalayan gardens into a bottle, this herb is BFF to your skin, mind and soul. This Tulsi hydrating mist is an Instant refresher / oil neutralizer. I carry it in my bag to beat the heat, use it as part of my home facials, over make up to set it down. Like superfood for tired skin, it is made from 100% all-natural ingredients and has a earthy and invigorating aroma. Gently lifts impurities and oil off your skin, allowing it to breathe again, Instantly balances and restores skin’s pH level, Helps minimize pores to prevent oily skin and acne. Suitable for all skin types and ideal for everyday use.

Insta Bounce Super Hydration Serum

I love everything that gives hydration, especially when its light weight ( which means no clogged pores or the feeling of too much on your skin). Insta Bounce skin recharging serum is super light serum that is a great base, be it for your skincare routine or a base for your make up (I do both). It leaves the skin super hydrated, soft and supple. Packed with a cocktail of exciting ingredients like aloe vera that soothes skin, niacinamide that protects against environmental stressors such as pollution or sunlight and sodium hyaluronate that is known as skin revitalizer. Definitely your go-to-serum for instant recharge and rehydration.

Save the Day Multipurpose Miracle Balm

A product my mom approves and so des my grandma, hell if they knew how they would make it themselves in their kitchen. Packed with Turmeric, Aloe Vera, Tulsi and Neem, this multipurpose moisturizer is an out-n-out healer. My skin is a combination one and its super difficult to find right products that suits its need. Part of my AM routine i use it post serums, as skin healer that soothes my skin, clams by breakouts / inflammation if any, heals dark spots and acne marks and deeply moisturizes it. (make sure you keep a towel on your pillow to avoid your covers turning yellow!)

Next on my list is to order their Vit C glow serum and their lip and cheek tint. While all their products are suitable for all skin types, they recommend a skin patch test on inner elbow to check for any allergic reaction before application on face)

Check them out : https://zilchcosmetics.com/

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Zuci, Hyderabad

Zuci (SHU-CHI) is the brainchild of Aparna Gorrepati   she is trained from the finest institute s of France and Belgium and has been a chocolatier connoisseur for almost 12 years.  While the place specializes in exquisite handmade chocolates, it is not limited to just those.

This new Chocolaterie and Boulangerie in Hyderabad offers products that are result of a decade of experience.  Zuci offers an exquisite range of artisanal chocolates, cakes, pastries and baked treats.

My visit to Zuci was an extremely special one, it was the first place I had visited post 96 days of lock-down. The safety measures were being followed, the staff was limited and the dine in was controlled making sure the seating is limited, to maintain social distancing

Italian Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows at Zuci, Hyderabad

Hot Chocolate  
If you have been following my page you know how I love my share of Hot chocolates, Hyderabad offers a fair share of incredible Hot Chocolates and I am happy that I can add Zuci’s gooey and sinfully delicious Italian Hot Chocolate to my top 3 favorites, add some marshmallows and it will move over to top two. In this monsoon, I have already had this decadent drink thrice and it’s a must try.  

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Assorted chocolates with Cappuccino at Zuci, Hyderabad

Chocolates  
My first experience of Zuci was biting in 70% Dark chocolate ball and it was so fine that I immediately requested for a box of assorted chocolates packed.  Their range of chocolate include Soft Centered, rich creamy filled ones to cocoa rolled Truffles, cream and nut infused Pralines to hand molded nutty Chocolate Bars hand molded nutty Chocolate Bars.  
My top recommendations: 70% Dark Chocolate, Rose Truffle, Roasted Almond, Milk Chocolate Truffle, Maple Pecan and Mango Chili.  

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Deconstructed Tiramisu with Chocolates and Espresso at Zuci, Hyderabad
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Strawberry Vanilla Cake & Citrus Rind Berry Cheesecake at Zuci, Hyderabad

Desserts 
Luscious (fresh) Chocolate Éclair, Citrus Rind Berry (creamy) Cheesecake, Strawberry Vanilla Cake and Tiramisu. The four desserts we tried came with burst of absolutely different flavors and felt like a well deserved treat of not being able to have desserts for so long, every bite I took, I relished it, letting my taste buds savor the taste and my mind register the experience. I cant pick a favorite because all four them are quite different and absolutely worth digging in (more than once)  

Avocado Toast with Iced Americano at Zuci, Hyderabad
Chicken Steak in Mushroom Sauce, Lasgane, Mushroom Soup (L- R) at Zuci, Hyderabad

Food 

Iced Americano with Avocado Toast was incredible, they source their coffee from Roastery coffee house, which is already a favorite and this healthy option is a burst of flavor and refreshing choice.  I absolutely relished the chicken steak with creamy mushroom sauce, i gorged on to every bite with an absolute delight. I also tried Gnooci (they prepare it house) and Lasagna, it was surprisingly wonderful to know that most of their sauce just like their breads and chocolates are made in house. 

Breads  
My time in Pondicherry has introduced and educated me to some of the finest breads, I may not be an expert yet but I can say I have developed a sense of what I like and have a better understanding of a bread should be, like they say, if you had the best you can never settle for anything less.  
I really liked their cheese and caramelized onion Sourdough bread, crusty on outside and chewy inside; I highly suggest you consume it within a day or two. The other highly recommend bread is their garlic herb Baguette which I tasted fresh out of oven and it blew my mind on how perfect it was.  
Must try:  They highly recommend (and so do I) their in house Babka, the cake whose origins are like Central Europe and is quite popular in Poland. It combines the richness of hazelnut and chocolate, and when warmed slightly melts in your mouth and keeps you coming back for more. 

Where Zuci Chocolates – Cafe, Desserts

Plot no: 1359, Road No:45, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.

*** I do not in any way endorse stepping out until necessary, In case you do step out please wear you mask, sanitize and maintain social distance, if you do plan to dine out, please understand the staff is as concerned for their health as you are, so follow safety measures for yourself and people around you.Love
Satpreet Kaur

CONSCIOUS SKINCARE with Gulnare

Gulnare, yet another consciously made skincare brand i discovered over last year, offers 100% natural skincare products. One of the blissful brands where i have felt the results quite instantly on regular use. 

FLOWER POWER

Flower Power, a face cream that is gel based formula, enriched with Hibiscus (the natural botox plant) that  helps in speeding up cell turnover & control acne breakouts, all of which can encourage fresher, younger, and smoother looking skin. It is great moisturizer and cleanser, encourages fresher, younger and smoother skin. It controls cell turnover and acne breakouts.

ROSE GOLD ELIXIR

Add a touch of luxury to your beauty ritual with Goddess facial oil. Infused with 24K carat Gold, Saffron & Rose petals, it deeply nourishes, conditions, and protects, leaving skin with a glossy, silky sheen. The formula locks in moisture, delivers antiaging benefits, and restores the skin’s glowing softness, elasticity, and comfort. The super ingredient in this magical elixir is Rose hip oil, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and even stretch marks.

SWEET ALMOND FACE EXFOLIATOR

Exfoliating is necessary to get rid of dead cells and nourish dry skin. This scrub will renew your cells and help soften skin whilst eliminating them pesky blackheads. Almond meal & Oats contain natural cleansers that absorb and remove oil/bacteria from skin without causing irritation while removing the dead skin & cleansing, whilst Argan & Vitamin E oil hydrate and soften skin. Additionally, dried Rose & Calendula petals add a dash of floral freshness to this heavily jar of skin rejuvenating goodness!

ROSETTE CLARIFYING TONER

A refreshing, soothing and clarifying organic toner that will leaves your skin hydrated, dewy and smelling rosy. This alcohol free blend of Rose water, Witch Hazel & Hibiscus extracts cleanses your skin, tightens pores, boosts elasticity and restores “bounce” to skin. 

LIFES A PEACH

This highly concentrated hydrating formula uses a rich blend of Shea, Cocoa butter & skin nourishing plant based oils to revitalize your skin for a healthy, radiant glow from head to toe. Delicious, creamy, and decadently thick, indulge your skin with freshly spun wild honey and Vitamin E oil for a silky smooth finish.

Location: Next Galleria Mall Jaihind Enclave, Hi Tech City, Madhapur, Hyderabad 

Website: https://www.gulnareskincare.com/

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Satpreet Kaur

Daughter Earth

Daughter Earth, a skincare brand that is close to home and incredibly good. The aroma of its moisturizer on my skin lingers while i type this and its is one of most amazing skincare brand for sensitive skin (mine is both sensitive and combination).

Coming across a brand that is made with a conscience, and doesn’t leave you to choose between natural and high-performance products is rare and . Every product we make is formulated without compromise.

As a skincare brand they went beyond organic, and formulated products with potent wild-harvested botanicals from some of the remotest habitats. What began as a quest for non-toxic skincare led them on a conscious journey to build products that are good for your skin and also deliver maximum results.

Products i Have Tried and Loved

Eternal Youth Phytonutrient Moisturiser – Smells beautiful, just a pea size and enough moisture, i use this in my night time CTM routine (but you can use it during the day as well, as it is equipped with natural SPF that helps combat free radical damage and photo aging) as i love smelling good when i am going to bed. Its rich in antioxidant-rich plant nutrients, gives long-lasting hydration, its lightweight, non-greasy and helps in radiance and youth-preserving treatment.

Eternal Youth Rejuvenating Serum – I love serums, i feel they are a perfect way to add an extra boost to your skin, i make sure to use serums morning and evening. The eternal youth serum is dermatologically tested, 100% active, preservative-free it helps correct skin and enriches skin with antioxidants, flavonoids and nutrients (Vitamins E, C and B). the serum helps skin microcirculation and delivers nutrients to the deeper layers for a rejuvenated and radiant skin. i also use it before make up sometimes and let it rest for 5 minutes, it gives me a nice glow and sets my make up perfectly.

Face Mist – Rose – Face mists are great, they give you instant of freshness, you use it directly, over your make up, while travelling and in your face pack (only if it is 100% natural, like this one) literally whenever and however you need it. A good face mist helps combat dryness and inflammation throughout the day. I never step with out a mist in my bag, especially during summers.

Wild Java Plum Ayurvedic Face Mask– Rich in skin-nourishing bioflavonoids, antioxidants and Vitamin C, Java Plums are nature’s gift to our skin. With the oil-balancing, acne-clearing and complexion-enhancing properties, these black fruits deliver a power punch of nutrition to the skin in the form of a mask. Also a great skin detoxifier. Suitable for all skin types. Make a mushy paste by mixing in floral waters like Rose, and apply a thick layer on your face and neck. Rinse off before it dries up and after rinsing, spritz your face with the rose mist and follow with the rejuvenating serum. This helps seal your skin with all the nutrition and forms a lipid barrier to prevent loss of hydration. Dull Skin or Uneven texture, Acne and dark spots, Uneven oil levels

Antioxidant Lip Balm – We all need lip balms, i can’t count the number of lip balms i have – in my bag, in my office desk, in my car, in my travel kit and one on my bed side.

An Antioxidant lip balm seals and hydrates your lips while also protecting from the harsh UV rays, helps with lip-elasticity and pigmentation on and around the lips. 100% Vegan and Beeswax-free.

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Calcutta Bungalow

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Kolkata, the first capital of British India is a place where you can still breathe the bygone era vividly. The architecture, people, street food and cabins (now known as cafes), museums and Bazaars clearly show how you can find beauty even amidst chaos

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Calcutta Bungalow, a 90-year-old Majumdar bari (townhouse) restored and tucked in a quiet neighborhood. It is a heritage bed & breakfast with six rooms. Every corner of this three storied building boasts a mix of colonial and local architecture.  Away from the maddening chaos of the city, this is a perfect place to stay, that offers an old-world charm along with urban amenities to make your stay a comfortable one.

The intimate property has a small open courtyard and rooms that are named after old neighborhoods like Sahibpara, Darzipara, Mochipara, Potuapara (artists’ colony), Boipara (about books and publishing), Dorjipara (tailors’ hub), Jatrapara (famous for traditional theatre). The rooms dedicate a tale about the places they are named after.  Just like the rest of the bungalow the rooms too are a perfect amalgamation of vintage and modern and equipped with modern day luxuries like air conditioning, television with Netflix, WiFi an attached bathroom and comfortable bed. The place also boasts a reception, recreation room, terrace and a dining hall.

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The dining room, called Notunbazar (named after new market), a common meal space for guests has loudspeakers as ceiling lamps and books that any intellect would like to borrow. While the breakfast is included in the stay, you will have to inform them in advance for dinner or order in, the staff is warm and helpful and lay down your meal for you if you wish to have it in common room, instead of your room.

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The statement Show ’19

The exhibit that brought best of jewellery brands and labels from all across India under one roof.

Designers and brand owners from jaipur, kolkata and of course Hyderabad participated, bringing in their best collection and some of the most exquisite pieces that definitely left me and most of the people awestruck.

Some pieces were perfect for modern souls, intricate designs and diamond’s while others included timless piece’s like jadau, emeralds and some with all new crystal collection. There was something to please every age group and taste.

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Knockout Pink, Masaba Gupta

I really like Masaba Gupta’s designs, they are vibrant, fun and comfortable. The quirky prints, classy and some times playful silhouettes add a character to your look.

This particular kaftan cape was my favourite piecs from her festive collection. It enhances my styles, can be worn as an Indian option or a western outfit, the styling only ends where you ideas do.

The store now open in Hyderabad offers some really good jackets, capes, dhoti kurtas, sarees and some accessories as well.

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Fortune Park Moksha, McLeod Ganj

Ringed by snow-capped peaks, McLeod Ganj boasts phenomenal views and full experience of the mountainscape, the Tibetan temples, the rooftop sports bars. Mcleodgunj is a great place for people who love trekking, camping, boating, and sightseeing. You will spot crimson-robed monks everywhere and real good street food, there are number of cafes and rooftop bars as well that will give you a memorable experience..

I was welcomed by Fortune Park Moksha for my stay in Mcleodganj. Nestled in the scenic Strawberry Hills with beautiful views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range and the pristine Dharamshala valley, Fortune Park Moksha is located just 6 km from the main square. The hotel provides guests easy access to all the main tourist attractions in and around McLeod Ganj. Since it was my second visit, I like how it stood on hills giving a piece of blissful seclusion away from the touristy buzz yet giving an easy access for those who want to venture out.

The hotel is a spacious property, with smiling and welcoming staff, available to cater any need, including planning your day or suggesting available activities around the place. The hotel is surrounded by pine trees and deodar forests which leave the air around scented with sweet pine fragrance, making it an ideal choice for a stay in the lap of nature.

I loved waking up to the first rays of sun peeking through the mountains, having breakfast as it goes up amidst the Himalayas and letting moving clouds surround me with every bit of serenity.

Club Room (the one I stayed in) and suites at the hotel are most recommended as they offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and the valley. Interiors of the hotel are minimalistic and soothing giving more credit to natural beauty, long glass window and outdoor spaces. When you mix the modern-day amnesties with luxury of natural beauty surrounding you from the moment you open your eyes to shutting them before you take in breathtaking beauty of open sky full of stars from comfort of your balcony, that exactly the kind of experience Fortune Park Moksha’ offers. The hotel is an ideal retreat for travelers looking for relaxation and peace.

Food: Fortune Park Moksha offers various options to dine in house. You can indulge your taste buds with the choice of delectable food as well as views for company. I had meals at comfort of my balcony or at the Orchid- The Multicuisine Restaurant with an option of both indoor and alfresco seating, that offers an array of culinary delights and sumptuous buffets that makes this multi-cuisine restaurant an ideal venue for an enjoyable lunch or a relaxed dinner.

Spa: The in-house spa by Sansha Spa, was cherry on top pf my cakey stay. If you have been reading blogs for a while you will know, a holiday for me is incomplete without a relaxing spa. The masseuse and staff are well trained and the treatments they offer are wide. I went for 90 minutes treatment that included a body wrap, massage followed by steam. It left me relaxed and my skin rejuvenated, definitely needed it. Post spa I spent hours on loungers by the pool, ending my vacation a perfect note.

Amenities: From a luxurious spa to pool, gymnasium to gaming zone, open lawns to yoga area the property is a destination in itself with best of amenities that you will want to keep coming back to; it’s a retreat you can enjoy with your family and loved ones to get away from the hustle bustle of the city life.

Book: http://www.fortunehotels.in

Go ‘Natural’ with Just Herbs

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Just Herbs is a brand that signifies simplicity and purity, just like their name. They are an all-natural brand that uses ancient Indian wisdom combined with purest of herbs and plant extracts to create their effective products. Tried and tested, Just Herbs offers a line of pure, bespoke, and Ayurvedic results-driven skincare products. The fact that I like about the brand the most is that they give full ingredients disclosure.


To stay clear of everything your natural skin is not used to
With – Silk splash Neem-Orange Re hydrant Ayurvedic Face Wash
Well it’s the most basic rule, when I wake up in the morning, I don’t even use a face wash, I splash a lot of water when in shower and then spray some rose water and go straight for toner and sunscreen. It the later part if the day when I need to use the facewash. Once post lunch just give a sense of freshness and one once before bed time to clear of all-day creams, pollution and ready for a bed time routine. This face wash from just herbs has Chandan, Honey, Neem and Aloe Vera. Three to four drops of it leaves my skin fresh, its mild and suitable for all skin types. Calendula another important ingredient acts as natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent with sun radiation protective properties.
Goodness of 100 ml at 445

Use sunscreen and stay away from the most common skin problems
With – No Sun Jojoba-Wheatgerm Moisturizing Sun Protection Gel
I am sure there is an entire rule book that says how important sunscreen is, and If you still don’t know why? (I mean how can you not??) let me list out the basics- regular use of sunscreen avoids premature aging, keeps your skin tone even, protects from sunburns freckles and no matter what type of skin you have, if you stay indoors or outdoors, use the SUNSCREEN. I was way tired by number game with SPF’s, I mean what is it with SPF 20, 40 and 50+, I decided to go natural and this one from just herbs is moisturizing sunscreen. Just a few drops and it leaves your skin dewy. It has has ingredients like Shea Butter, Jojoba, Wheatgerm and Grape-seed oil along with Green tea extract and Aloe Vera.
Goodness of 100 ml at ₹645

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Get rid of the tan, it will leave you looking a shade lighter, fresh and glowing
With – Petalsoft Antitan Rose Face Pack
I use this thrice a week, especially the day I have used make up, I cleanse my face, use this pack until dry, wash it off, splash some rose water followed by Aloe Vera gel and my night moisturizer. I totally love this pack, on days my skin feels dry I add a tad bit of grape juice or honey that further adds glow to my skin. I have grown up seeing ladies in my house use multani mitti, it’s been a blessing throughout my teens. With more things to juggle, full time job, blogging, styling and travelling I really don’t have patience to shop for ingredients, grind them, make a paste and use it every day (call me lazy if you may) This is pack is a real gift, it’s all in there, ready to use, leaving my face rejuvenated, oil free, smooth and fresh.
Goodness of 150 gms at ₹525

Stay fresh on the go
With- Steam Distilled Rose water Facial Mist
Why not when you can? The rose water toner by just herbs is 100% Natural and alcohol free. That is all I needed to pick the bottle up. But let’s give you more, on daily basis we do so many things, we may not have time to apply that soothing aloe vera gel, cucumber on our eyes or rub ice for that fresh glow. But what we can is is use this easy spray on toner and mist, that helps balances skin’s pH, tightens pores and reduces oiliness and most important hydrates and revitalize skin. I carry this in my bag, spray it 2 to 3 times a day, use it in face packs, post face packs, I even use it over my make up just before I step out of the house (I have even sprayed it on my body before people, as it leaves a fantastic aroma of roses)
Goodness of 110ml at ₹445

Take care of your skin early for lasting effects and glowing years
With: Blemfree Anti Blemish Night Cream
I have had blemishes since my teens, I have no idea where they came from and no idea when they will be going. The blemish cream by Just Herbs is enhanced with skin lightening botanicals. This special formulation helps to fade darkened skin patches, sun spots and freckles. I wouldn’t say my blemishes have disappeared, but I really like this product and have been using this for my night routine before moisturizing more like a gel, it has helped me get over pimple marks, sun spots and definitely helped with discoloration a bit. I am going to go on and use it for another month before I come up with a final verdict.
Goodness at 895

Everyone needs an elixir

With- Gotukola Indian Ginseng Rejuvenating Beauty Elixir Facial Serum

I have gifted this product to my mom, and must say she is happy about it. She uses it during bedtime, before her moisturizer. She swears she wakes up with a very refreshed and rejuvenated glow. The multi-tasking Elixir face serum is a synergistic blend of treasured Indian herbs and acts as an excellent botanical replacement for a traditional chemically derived Vitamin C serum. This face serum nourishes and restores a natural glow and youthfulness to tired, ageing and pigmented skin. With my mom raving so much about it, I am going to pick another one on my next visit to the store.

Goodness of 15 ml at ₹1,125

All the products by Just herbs are free from petrochemicals, parabens, SLS/SLES PEG/PPG, Genetically modified ingredients (GMO) and other harmful synthetic ingredients. You can order online – www.justherbs.inOr visit the store and experience the range for yourself- Just herbs at Autmn Leaf Café, Jubilee Hills and Forum Sujana Mall.

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Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2018

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Gaurav Gupta with models showcasing his collection along with showstoppers Aditi Rao Hydari and Kangana Ranaut

Blenders Pride Fashion Tour was back in Hyderabad with a special showcase around
‘My Expression, My Pride’ by the talented designer Gaurav Gupta. The fashion enthusiasts of Hyderabad turned up in their fashionable best to witness the grandeur and glamour at Taj Falaknuma Palace.

The 14th edition of BPFT celebrates the self and the individual through its extraordinary new concept-‘Pride’ with shows across 4 cities, especially curated by India’s most blazingly talented, world-famous fashion designers- Rohit Bal (Mumbai), Tarun Tahiliani (Gurugram), Gaurav Gupta (Hyderabad), and Ashish N Soni (Kolkata). Together, these designers curated a journey that brought alive their own distinct versions of pride as an expression of success.

For the Hyderabad show, designer Gaurav Gupta weaved a seamless story around the concept ‘My Expression, My Pride’. In this age of technology, where everything is instant and our desire for immediate gratification is the only thing greater than our egos, the value of the ‘bond’ you have with yourself becomes increasingly important. Building on this ‘bond’, Gaurav Gupta aims at breaking the stereotypes, urging individuals to be sure of who they are, allowing them to constantly and consistently surprise both themselves and the world by their achievements. And then, that becomes a true expression of who they are.

With the designer Gaurav Gupta

What i wore to BPFT at the grand Taj Falaknuma Palace

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Sailana food festival, The Park

Royal cuisines are always a treat, they are extravagant, flavorful and a taste of food that has been passed on by generations of zaikedaz. Just as such is a royal cuisine of ‘Sailana’, a food festival curated by the park this December. Being hosted in ‘Aish’ the specialty Indian restaurant at The Park Hyderabad adds further charm and feel to the experience.

The food festival included delicious kebabs and aroma-filled gravies. According to what I read and heard, Sailana, a princely state located in Malwa of Madhya Pradesh, was famous for its hospitality and cuisine that included dishes laced with exotic spices, rose petals and sandalwood powder. The recipes as part of the culinary world of Sailana are over a century old. Influenced by Maharaja Digvijay Singh’s book, The Park, Hyderabad offers this well curated menu for the two-week festival.

From the array of dishes, I tried over the bloggers table, they were few that really stood. ‘Be Masale ka Gosht’ it was great way to start the meal and instantly won my heart, the dish is mutton slow cooked in yogurt and ghee without any spices,‘Luft-e-Dariya’ a prawn appetizer was spicy and crispy and Gosht Asafjahi a bhunna mutton enriched with nuts and spices paired with crisp naan.

In mains Machhi Ki Biryani, the one served in a big deg with a fish right in between is one you should definitely try. Murgh Irani, Gosht Asafjahi, paired with naan or kulcha made for flavorsome options

There are more options, a lot of which include vegetarian options like Harey channe ke kebab, Karela Nafees (even bitter guard haters will like it) Gooler kebab made of wild fiigs, Aloo La-Jawab, Zarda Pulao, Sailana Daal and its non-vegetarian counterpart offered Raan Mussalam, Maans ka Soola yet another mutton dish tempered with cloves, Murgh Kebab Gorkhar – whole chicken roasted in whole spices and Machhi Kebab Sailana that has a tangy twist.

Desserts were something I was really looking forward to, with names like Laisun Ki Kheer, Gosht Ka Halwa and Hare Chane Ka Halwa i was intrigued and well it was met with complete satisfaction. The kheer was delicious, but I loved the halwa, unlike its name, the flavor of meat was very subtle and it was very unique.

Till December 9th
Price for two: Rs.2,000.

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