Saturday, 26 February 2022

Everything You Need To Know About Refresh Skin Science Anti-Aging Kit

Nobody can stop aging. Aging is part of everyone’s life cycle and a natural process. But you can adopt some simple methods to delay the appearance and even reduce fine lines and wrinkles on your facial skin.

With a healthy diet and a proper skincare routine that is packed with trustworthy anti-aging ingredients, it is easy to feel and look younger everyday.

What does Refresh Skin Science Anti-Aging Kit include?


Refresh Skin Science has curated an Anti-Aging Kit. It is a skincare brand that believes in cruelty-free, vegan and paraben free products. The kit includes:

  1. A foaming cleanser with purslane extract

  2. A face toner

  3. A vitamin C serum

  4. Granactive retinoid






The kit enables skin hydration, collagen production and brightens the skin from within. The cleanser comes with a foaming brush applicator for easy and gentle cleaning of the skin. The brush helps in exfoliation as well. The toner has 35% organic aloe vera gel and witch hazel extract to restore the pH balance of the skin and fight the free radicals. The Vitamin C serum is a collagen booster. And the Granactive Retinoid promotes elasticity of the skin and makes it plump and youthful.

What are the correct steps and usage?

The kit allows a day and night time routine. So not all products are supposed to be used at the same time.


For day:

  • Start with the cleanser to remove makeup and other impurities from skin. Do not forget the neck.

  • Pat dry the skin and apply toner to tighten and rejuvenate skin.

  • Apply the Vitamin C serum.


For night:

  • Start with the cleanser.

  • Apply toner.

  • Finish off with the Granactive retinoid serum.


Do ensure that you apply a good sunscreen before heading out in the day. Sunscreen will prevent skin damage and enable the anti-aging kit to function properly.


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Friday, 18 February 2022

Things To Know About Soap Nuts

Soap nuts are also called Reetha. It is an Indian berry that naturally foams up like any regular soap or liquid detergent available in the market. It is odorless and hypoallergenic, and antibacterial in nature.

Soap nuts are very popular because of their natural cleaning properties. However, soap nuts are not new. For centuries people have been using it for hair and skincare. In India, soap nuts have been widely used everyday. But the trend of using chemical free alternatives, led soap nuts to gain so much attention. 

Where can you find soap nuts?


Soap nuts are basically fruits of a tree called Sapindus Mukorossi, that is typically found in the Himalayan ranges between India and Nepal.

Interestingly,  the tree hardly needs any fertilizer or nutrient rich soil for growth. In fact, the Sapindus tree flourishes in harsh environmental conditions and protects the surrounding land from soil erosion. The locals of the Himalayan region pluck the soap nuts and prepare natural soap from it. This provides a good source of income for them. 


What makes soap nuts special?


Once these fruits are sun dried, the shells when in contact with water are rubbed to produce soap-like foam and texture. This is due to saponin, a natural cleaning agent. Saponin is a 100% organic and natural cleaning agent that can potentially replace a lot of the commercially manufactured soaps and shampoos that are filled with Sodium Laureth Sulphates (SLS).


Who can benefit from it?


Since soap nuts are natural berries/fruit, both adults and children can use them. People who have extreme allergies or want to avoid chemical detergents can use soap nuts daily. 


You can use soap nuts in a variety of manners:

  • For washing clothes

  • To shampoo hair

  • For hand wash

  • As shaving cream

  • As multipurpose kitchen cleaner

  • To bathe pets

  • As mosquito repellent

  • To bring shine on jewellery pieces 


How to use soap nuts?


You can make your own concoction at home by boiling soap nut shells in water and straining the liquid and using the solution directly. 


Owing to the rising popularity of natural, organic and chemical-free products for skin and hair, many companies are shifting towards sustainable, environment friendly and natural products. Brands like La’Vedics have come up with a shampoo that is in powder form. Called the Intensive Care and Damage Control Powder Shampoo, the product is packed with ingredients like soap nut, shikakai, amla, aloe vera, Brahmi, fenugreek, hibiscus, rose, tulsi and neem. All these are natural plant based products and herbs that are filled with vitamins and minerals needed for healthy growth of hair. 

Some of the benefits from continued usage of La'Vedics powder shampoo are:

  • Shiny hair

  • No dandruff

  • No split ends

  • Stronger roots

  • Conditioned hair

  • No premature greying

  • Improved scalp health

  • Reduced hairfall


La’Vedics has simplified the process for you with its complete hair care kit.

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Begin with massaging your hair and scalp with their Avocado Oil.

You can keep the oil overnight or at least an hour before bath. Then mix some water in the powder shampoo and generate lather. Now apply on wet hair and shampoo like usual. Rinse well.


Saturday, 12 February 2022

What is Ginger Coffee?

Cannot think of a day without several cups of coffee? 

Well, you are not alone!

There are so many people across the globe who want coffee either in the morning or evening and only then are able to concentrate in their daily chores.

Interestingly, coffee is available in so many kinds (black, decaf, espresso, latte, cappuccino, macchiato, americano, cortado, etc.) and there are multiple recipes that uses coffee (iced coffee, cold brew, frappe, cake, etc.). So, the option to get bored with coffee just does not exist.

However, one form of coffee that is equally popular is Ginger Coffee. Those who are akin to masala chai (spiced tea) would feel a similarity with the concept of ginger coffee and its importance. Great for cold winter months and healthy for everybody, ginger coffee is a must try.

You can try making your version of ginger coffee by simmering 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves and other optional spices like cardamon and black pepper in a cup of water. Sieve after the spices emit their aroma. To the concoction, add hot milk, sugar and your regular coffee powder. 

Some recipes do not call for boiling spices with water. You only need to add grated ginger or dry ginger powder and instant coffee powder to a cup of hot milk or water. 

However, nowadays ginger coffee is also available in stores. It saves the hassles of perfecting the cup as well as prepares your hot drink in a jiffy. Brands like Kerala Naturals have Dry Ginger Coffee that is quite easy to prepare and tastes delicious. For a single serving, just heat 1/4 cup of water. Add sugar and 1-2 tsp. of dry ginger coffee powder. Then add milk. Brew for a while. And sieve into your favourite cup. 

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You may choose to opt out milk completely and prepare your drink in water. But the milk adds richness and also helps to cut down on the heat from ginger and other spices.

The health benefits of Kerala Natural's dry ginger coffee are:

  1. cures cough
  2. relives throat infection
  3. acts like an immunity booster
  4. keeps in check the early signs of fever and cold
  5. helps in digestion
So, upgrade your regular cup of coffee, and add some healthy spices!





Sunday, 30 January 2022

4 Reasons to Choose Organic Honey


Being organic is not about choosing one product or produce. It is a way of life. 

Do you always search for organic products for your family? Are you looking for pure honey straight from the hive? 


Then you would love organic honey!


What makes organic honey different from others?


Organic honey is honey that does not have any chemicals or preservatives. It is sourced directly from a beehive and not an artificial structure.


You should know that labeling any honey as organic is unethical. So always trust a genuine brand like Kerala Naturals that follows the regulations and sells good quality products.


Why should you consume organic honey?


  • It is a lifestyle change


Choosing organic products means that you as an individual have chosen a good lifestyle and means of living. Organic products are much healthier and richer in taste. The price quotient can be steep, but you are assured of the product and its benefits in the long run.


  • Nature's Sweetener


You can easily ditch sugar and maple syrup if you have honey at home. Sugar only provides empty calories, but honey, especially wild honey, is laden with health benefits and nutritional value. Just drizzle on tea, coffee, butter toast, or pancakes, and you will be delighted.


  • Cure for Cough


Organic honey is an excellent home remedy for cold and cough in adults and children. Take a spoonful of good quality organic wild honey with some ginger juice, consume 2-3 times a day and see a change in your health. If you need relief from constant coughing and sneezing, take one spoon of honey and swallow it slowly, giving a chance to the throat to get lubricated. 


  • Get Beautiful with Honey


Are you facing dry skin issues? Then honey is just the thing for you. Mix honey, fresh cream, and rosewater for a mushy but tasty face pack. Apply once a week and feel the difference. Honey is a natural humectant. It attracts moisture from the atmosphere and locks it in the skin. So a honey-based face pack is very effective for dry and aging skin.

 

Conclusion


Wild honey is procured from the bees that collect honey from local wildly grown flowers. As a result, the honey has a distinctive taste, color, and texture. Wild Honey is filled with anti-viral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It is excellent for building immunity and curing health issues like cold, cough, respiratory infections, sunburns, and ulcers. 


The market is flooded with honey sold under the impression of organic food. However, it would be best to be alert and know the difference. Look for Kerala Natural’s Organic Wild Honey. It is pure, rich, and dark honey that is very delicious. 


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Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Gifting Ideas for Women



Parties are great but what about gifts? Choosing that perfect gift is such a mind-boggling activity. And sometimes even after putting in so much thought, hardly it is appreciated. 

Gifts are an integral part of many occasions and milestones in women's lives. Whether the gifts are for a mother, sister, wife or friend, everyone loves to unbox and see. However, the problem is that the market is filled with things for gifting women. And it is hard to make women happy.

If you are going to gift something to a woman and are searching for appropriate gifts, here are few ideas:

1. Body Care Products

Body care includes products that are for the skin, hair and face. For those women, who find no time to visit salons, body care products can be an excellent gifting idea. From the wide variety of options available in the market, you can choose anything from face wash to foot cream. 

However, gifting anything can be an issue for women with sensitive skin. You must research well and then purchase such products that can be not just useful but also safe. Whether the woman in your life is a teenager or of mature age, it is best to know about their skin type and concerns. 

Therefore, stay away from products that are filled with harmful chemicals and strong fragrances. Brands like Ghar Soaps are specially making beauty products that are effective and uses simple ingredients. Ghar Soaps products are great for sensitive skin. Most importantly, authentic ayurvedic recipes are used to nourish and repair skin problems in both men and women.

For instance, the Wax Powder is a unique formulation which combines multani mitti, rice flour, bio comtable salt and orange peel powder. It is a painless waxing session for everyone. Just take the required quantity of powder, mix it with water and apply a coat on the part of body you want to wax. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and Voila! the hair gets removed magically with the help of a wet towel. The entire process is as simple as applying and washing a face mask.



2. Goodie Baskets

Baskets can be a great option for those who cannot think of one single gift. If you want to gift  something eatable (i.e. chocolates, chips, dry fruits), a piece of clothing (i.e. set of fancy panties or t-shirt), a stationery item (i.e. diary, pen), and a body lotion with a bottle of champagne, then gift baskets is for you.

A good thing about baskets is that sometimes quite inexpensive items can be also added to bulk up and your basket looks grand on its own. 
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3. Handbags

Another excellent idea would be gifting items like purses or handbags. It is quite a safe gifting option because whether you give her a large bag or small clutch, there is always an occasion to suit the bag. 

To gift her bag, look into her preferred choices and what she usually carries. This would give you an insight into her likings in terms of shape, color, and size.
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So, these were the top gifting options for the women in your life. Do not forget to accompany your gift with some flowers. She will love it!

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Product Review: Deyga Organics Sweet Almond Oil

Almonds are one of the most incredible nuts. Eat them as it is or put them in cakes and gravies, almonds are super healthy and tasty dry fruits. For centuries, people have been consuming almonds because of its nutritious properties. Almonds are rich in omega fatty acids, protein and vitamin E.

What is Almond Oil?

Almond oil is the oil that is extracted from the almond nuts. And depending on its processing, you can either use it for direct consumption or for cosmetic purposes. Almond oil is excellent for dry hair and skin condition. Therefore, ensure that you look for almond oil in hair care products and skin creams.

In my search for a good quality almond oil, I came across Deyga Organics Sweet Almond Oil. It is currently priced at 600 INR for 100ml. 

The company claims that their product:

* lightens dark under eye circles

* relives skin damage from sun exposure, eczema and rashes

* acts as a makeup remover

* heals brittle nails

* nourishes hair from root to tip

And while I am yet to test the power of this product to resolve sun damage and issue of dark circles, this bottle has in few days been quite a problem solver for me.

I have massaged it on my girl after bath. Used at night in place of night cream/serum. Applied as lip oil when could not find my lip balm. Offered my husband for his hair. And even added generous quantities to my homemade face cream potions. With so many usages, I do not think I will stop buying more of almond oil. 

Deyga Organics offers handmade products that are organic and made with traditional recipes. Their products are also cruelty free (not tested in animals). 

If you wish to experience almond oil, try Deyga's Sweet Almond Oil.



Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Recipe 130: Stuffed Chillies

Winter means abundance of fruits and vegetables.

And one thing I surely make every weekend is Stuffed Chillies. 

I use fat non-spicy chillies that are usually bright green in color. Ask your vendor for chillies that are used for pickling and I am sure he/she will understand. This variant of chilly is usually not that spicy and tastes similar to a capsicum.

Scroll below for the most ultimate stuffed chillies that can be eaten as it is or with roti/paratha.

Ingredients:

  1. 10-15 green chillies
  2. 1 cup besan or chickpea flour
  3. 1/4 cup oil or ghee
  4. 2 tsp. dhania powder
  5. 2 tsp. amchur powder
  6. 1 tsp. dhania powder
  7. 1 tsp. red chilly powder (optional)
  8. 1/4 tsp. ajwain seeds
  9. salt to taste

Method:

Wash the chillies thoroughly.
Pat dry.
Make a slit on one side of the chillies to form a pocket for the masala.
If the chillies are too spicy and carefully extract and throw the middle vein and seeds.
Keep aside.
Now in a pan, saute all the dry ingredients in 1 tbsp. ghee or oil on low heat till besan begins to emit a nice nutty aroma.
Switch off the heat and allow the dry mixture to cool for 10 minutes.
Now spoon the masala into the chillies to its optimum capacity.
Heat some oil or ghee into a pan.
Place all the chillies and cover and cook on low flame. 
Keep turning gently to cook the chillies on all sides.
Sprinkle some water if the chillies have soaked all the oil and is sticking to the pan.
When cooked, take all the stuffed chillies onto a plate and serve warm.

 Tips:

  • You can turn these into mirchi ka pakora by dipping the prepared stuffed chillies and dipping them in thick besan slurry and deep frying.
  • In order to make the stuffing intact into the chillies, add more oil or ghee. You can even add some water to the dry besan mixture while stuffing. 
  • This recipe is a basic besan stuffing. The chillies can be stuffed with many more ingredients like grated paneer, boiled potatoes, etc.
  • You can turn these stuffed shallow fried chillies into a gravy dish and serve it with rice or pulao.