For the love of Good Skin

It is quite well believed that the best cosmetic is great looking skin! Hence, we reckon that one should go deep into the skin-care products we use and lay utmost emphasis on the quality of what gets applied on our skin!

Though I love my basic make-up but I also truly appreciate natural beauty, I mean we would all love it if we could just step out more often in our no make-up look. For if the skin is glowing and radiating- who needs loads of make-up? Anyways, even if we do apply make-up often, there is still no missing on a regular skincare routine.

Up your confidence in your skin by upping the quality of products in your beauty closet.

Now accelerating focus on a brand we came across few days ago and got a chance to unravel more about… Sharing all from our chat with Zahara Gizelle Nedou, CEO, Zahara Skincare. Let me tell you the brand sure looks promising and I am thoroughly enjoying applying their refreshing Spring Scrub and before calling it a day, I love to apply their Walnut Oil on my face and body for some nourishment!

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Q: Tell us the story behind Zahara and what led to the coming up of the brand?
A: My English and Kashmiri grandmothers were my biggest influences, watching them every day make something out of pure recall of what their cultures of parents did-was for a 6 year old almost a miracle! At the age of 9, I already knew what Cleopatra did as a beauty regime and I would fill my bathtub with milk and roses and was very well aware that it would moisturize and lighten my skin! So, I grew up replicating and adding to what I knew about organic skincare. With my diverse family culture and all my travels and knowledge and love for organic skincare regime grew. However, it was not until recently that I decided to commercialize it.

Q: How has the response been so far?
A: Fantastic! I tested my products in Dubai when I first started making them and it was there where I realized what Zahara Skincare is actually capable of and what it can do as an organic skincare company. I came back to India with the same zest and it has been a positive if not a similar response like I had internationally. It is slower but very positive as the awareness of using or switching to an organic lifestyle is still in its initial stages in India. But we are growing as a brand on a daily basis and it’s becoming a really fun journey!
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Q: What is the uniqueness of Zahara products which sets it apart from the rest?
A: I do understand that each organic brand has a few things that sets them apart. At Zahara Skincare, we grow most of our ingredients and harvest them on family run farms across the valley and our very own orchards. We also pay detailed attention that everything is grown chemical-free and most importantly, we are reviving and modernizing traditional beauty regimes and recipes from the Middle-East as well as Kashmir. These are tried and tested methods from the past, which we re-introduce today!

Q: Tell us about the hot buys of Zahara and what makes them must try products?
A: Hot buys would be-
1. Shine Bright like a Diamond- It’s a glow pack with a history of hundreds of years of Kashmiri culture!
2. Spring Scrub- It’s a rose and oatmeal scrub with just the right amount to give you a scrub and a soft rosy glow!
3. The Bow-tox in the Bottle- This is a traditional Arab recipe for removing fine lines and shall plump your skin for that young look.
4. Our rare product “Mulberry Silk Worm Cocoons” that no one in the country has and we at Zahara skincare, have got a raging response for that.

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Q: One unhealthy beauty routine according to you which must be done away with right away?
A: I can sit here and list a million routines that we still practice in India which really aren’t very good for our health or bodies. But if I had to choose the worst according to me, then it would be the constant use of “Skin Bleaching Creams/Products”. Some cosmetic products, including skin-lightening creams contain high levels of mercury.

Mercury is primarily used in skin-lightening creams because it blocks the production of the skin pigment melanin. It can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn children and very young children.

Q: The healthy home beauty routine which must be a part of our routines?
A: First up, not many people are strict about their water intake, so- hydrate, hydrate and hydrate yourself! If you find it difficult to have plain water, add some lemon or mint or even fruit. Add whatever but have water! Most people don’t realize how water affects a human body.

About the beauty aspect of it, try to reduce the use of chemicals on your skin. Try applying organic turmeric with coconut oil on the face at least 2-3 times a week- it eradicates acne, any toxins or any form of infections that may start to begin on your skin and the coconut oil hydrates and lightens your skin.

Q: What are the future plans for the brand and where can one get their hands on Zahara products?
A: As for now, we take orders and are very efficient on both our social media platforms, i.e., Facebook and Instagram. Just “like us” on either of the pages and send us a message and we would guide you through your skin concerns and offer you a few of our products and BOOM within the next 24-48 hours, our jars of joy will be with you! We will be now available on various other platforms just for the comfort of our clients like Amazon, Scootsy, Sublime Factory and many more. We also plan to be available on ground across the country in many organic/multi-brand stores! And we are even available in Dubai, Oman and New York at selected stores.

 

Well, I can only sense goodness for the brand and being offering by the brand. Here is wishing them the very best, always! And I am almost running to try out their Shine Bright like a Diamond pack!
Best,
Sonali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TooYoo with much love…

Hey everyone 🙂 it is time again to talk about something rather rejuvenating and refreshing… Yes, let’s do some wellness talk. With festivity in the air, it isn’t a bad idea at all to gift oneself a spa treatment which guarantees oodles of relaxation.

And if it is the hassle of going around and looking for a good spa which is delaying your decision, then procrastinate no more. TooYoo, an absolutely worthwhile one-stop destination for all your beauty and wellness needs comes to your doorstep with absolute divine offerings.

Just a few days ago, I actually had my bedroom transformed into a spa room in no time.  What impressed me all the more was the fact that attention was paid to basic elements like aroma, spa music and décor pieces which added to the ambience. TooYoo comes from a credible brand- Tattva which is one of the largest chains of Resort Spas in India.

Here are top six reasons why TooYoo would work extremely for working professionals like me:

  • You need not plan greatly in advance as they vouch to reach your door-step in less than 2 hours of your demand (For Delhi-NCR),
  • Quality products are used in their treatments,
  • Masseurs are well trained,
  • There is an exhaustive menu to choose from,
  • Good pricing and you do not pay anything extra even though you don’t have to go to the service; the service comes to you,
  • And excellent attention is paid to hygiene.

Talking about the elaborate spa menu, there are wraps and scrubs which sound rather enticing like the Red Wine Wrap, Chocolate Wrap and Wine Scrub to name a few.

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Since I was looking at a surreal treatment that would absolutely refresh me for the recent times have been rather busy, I opted for their Aromatherapy treatment and I absolutely have no regrets. The treatment was so soothing concentrating well on each body part and I believe you only doze off when you are in the middle of a serene spa treatment and yes, this relaxing experience did put me off to sleep like a baby!

And for those who want to delve deep into worthwhile treatments, then you could opt for one of their Yoo Mix options such as TooYoo Salon Essentials (Hair Spa, Pedicure, FacialO3), TooYoo Spa Essentials (Head Massage, Swedish massage, Foot reflexology) and TooYoo Excite (Deep Tissue massage, Bio-glow facial) to name a few.

What’s more is that they offer a wide variety of facials and other routine salon services as well.

As always, I have spoken enough, now it is time for you to book your spa/salon date soon and share your tales in no time!

Wishing you the best of festivities ahead!

-Sonali

Tattva, for the perfect rejuvenation!

Well, the recent times have seen me making repeated trips to the Pink City of India, Jaipur. Honestly, I am not complaining, for the place sure exposes one to rich culture, lip-smacking delicacies, gorgeous architecture and so much more. But any work trip does come with considerable amount of sweat and running-around. Last time around I would say I got double lucky as not only was I staying at one of the quality hotels i.e.Lemon Tree Premier which truly make for a value for money stay but also got to indulge in rejuvenating and refreshing treatments by Tattva. The hotel proudly houses- Fresco which is their spa and fitness center.

The spa menu is designed rather well and there are sufficient options to choose from. First, I opted for Vitamin Facial which they say is ideal for neglected skin. Sometimes we do tend to neglect taking care of some basics, don’t we?  This active detoxifying face treatment is believed to be rich in essential skin vitamins. Specific care is given to restore the natural balance and it certainly contributes to purifying the skin. This pressure point massage relaxes one’s facial muscles and improves blood and lymph circulation, making one’s skin looking rather fresh. Seldom do I go for any sort of pampering for the face, but I was honestly quite glad that I went ahead with a quality facial. This treatment for 60 minutes is priced at INR 1790.

Then to ease off some stress in my feet, I chose their foot massage- Walk in the Air which is based on ancient techniques of reflexology, this treatment is great for reducing fatigue. They work on ensuring that you are left like walking on air. I must say that this came as blessing after a packed day at work. This treatment would cost you INR 490 for 20 minutes.

Though these are the ones I tried but there are many more on offer. Others which sound rather interesting include the likes of Travel Energizer Massage, Citrus Deep Tissue Massage, Signature Lemony Massage, Spicy Orange Scrub, Green Tea Scrub and Ayurvedic Potali Massage. Don’t you feel like indulging in all of them? I certainly do 🙂

And for those fighting hair woes, they even have a Hair Care Treatment. I must share their staff is really warm and are very good at what they do as I found the pressure put during my therapy just perfect!

So, hope all this information comes handy next time around you are in the beautiful city of Jaipur. Don’t forget to gift yourself a blessed time at Tattva!

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20 years and counting…The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil

Well, it is my special day and feel that it is a great reason to spend time on things rather special. I am sure you would love to know more about this special product from a brand that is surely one of my favourites.

Believed to be fresh, invigorating and zingy, The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Range is a hit globally and what is truly incredible is the fact that the Tea Tree Oil is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this month. In an industry where just about every now and then, there is a new product which gets introduced, it takes a lot for one to blossom with much success for these many years. A solid highlight being that this skin-saving bottle is sold every 8 seconds globally. There might be few to whom this would be news but the Tea Tree Oil actually comes from the foothills of Mount Kenya. The leaves are hand-picked and steam-distilled to release the oil. It is believed to be extremely powerful to the extent that you can feel it working from the time of the very first application.
For many girls, it has been a part of their growing up years when they have tackled the issue of zits with Tea Tree Oil. The oil is considered to be effective and gentle, without leading to too much over-drying, it simply makes the skin look clearer. The best part being that it is non-greasy and gets easily absorbed.

The Tea Tree Oil is a part of the skin care regime of the gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez. She calls it her hero product and no doubt it is one! Here is our salute to this true hero!

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Much respect,
Sonali

The Kronokare Krush!

So, the story goes like this…one fine evening on returning from work, my eyes popped out when I was surprised with the much talked about Kronokare products waiting for me!!!!

And what is more is that the flurry of surprises only continued to unravel as each and every product has been such a blessing!

Let me share a bit on their two superb ranges- the Caribbean Ginger and the Mediterranean Citrus. I found the products to be extremely refreshing and they actually work well for me as an effective stress buster. The mild fragrance that comes from them is rather alluring. These products quite set me for my busy days!

Ginger is believed to purify and detox, so the range on a whole has a feel good factor.  The other range swears on the fact that Citrus works on cleansing from within and on every inch, from face to chin.

For those who like to buy wisely, must take note as these products are Paraben and SLS Free.

I cannot resist myself from sharing that the brand pays good amount of attention to the packaging of the products. What I found impressive were the taglines on each of the products. For instance- Sure to be Pure on the Caribbean Ginger Shampoo, then Hydrate and Untangle on the Mediterranean Citrus Hair Conditioner.

Well, I am sure turning to be one of their loyal users as I am even taken over by the body lotion. Thankfully, the texture is absolutely perfect and it actually fabulously fixes one’s skin, living up to its tag-line.

I reckon that you too explore the World of Kronokare as they are quite user friendly since you shall be getting quality at a good price. And this is just a little teaser, log onto their website to be overwhelmed with their umpteen ranges, I am already etching to get their Bam-booo and Champa-holic scented candles, after all a little pampering is always good!!!

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Wishing you smiles…
Sonali