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Monday, December 28, 2020

Review: Deyga Anti-Acne Kit

Hello everyone! A few days back I shared my views on the Deyga baby care products. Today I am sharing my views on the Anti Acne kit by the same brand.

The Deyga Anti Acne kit comprises of 5 products. It aims at treating acne along with clearing clogged pores. All products are natural and handmade.

The five products in the kit are a cleaning bath bar, tea tree oil, neem seed oil, a tea tree toner and aloe vera gel. There are two bars of the soap in this kit. They come in a cute jute bag.

You can purchase these products separately as well. Check out the Deyga website: https://deyga.in/collections/combo/products/acne-control-kit

Deyga Anti Acne Kit

From left to right in the above pic we have a toner, aloe vera gel, tea tree oil, neem seed oil and soap.

The tea tree facial toner comes in a plastic bottle with a spray nozzle. A quick spritz gives a fresh feeling. Tea tree in this toner acts on the active acne by eliminating impurities and leaving the skin clean and shine free. I spray this on my face (keeping my eyes closed) and then gently pat my skin until it gets absorbed.

The aloe vera gel comes in a small plastic container and you need to dip your hand inside to take out the product. It is best to use a small spoon to scoop out whatever amount you need so that you don't contaminate rest of the product. Aloe vera is known for its moisturizing properties. This is the best moisturizer for acne prone skin as it does not give an oily feeling and doesn't clog pores. The best part is it can be used under make up as well.

The tea tree oil in this kit comes in a tiny glass bottle with a dropper lid. Tea tree oil is known as a natural antiseptic and has been part of every acne kit I have every tried. Pure tea tree oil is very strong and must be used with care.

This kit also contains neem seed oil. I have never used neem seed oil before on my skin. I have used it to kill insects on my plants. I have used neem leaves directly on my face as a teenager. The Deyga Neem Seed Oil is 100 % pure and you will surely notice the strong neem smell when you open the product. It comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. It's a heavy oil and does leave it's smell on the skin until washed off.

The soap in this kit is a Charcoal bath bar, this can be used on the face as well as body. I used one for my face and kept the other to use in the bath. Activated charcoal in this soap helps reduce acne and really gives a very clean feeling after use. On days when I was lazy I would simply use the soap while I skipped rest of the regimen. 

Price: Rs 2060

Deyga Neem Seed Oil

The team at Deyga recommends using this kit in a particular sequence.

1. Rinse your face with water
2. Apply a few drops of neem seed oil to the whole face and let it sit for 30 minutes
3. Clean the face with Charcoal soap
4. Apply tea-tree toner over the face and pat dry
5. Apply aloe vera gel

The above sequence does not mention anything about the tea tree oil. The way I used it is to add a couple of drops to the neem oil and use it as part of the step 2 above. Tea tree oil can also be added to bath water. Remember to not go overboard with tea tree oil, it is strong and needs a carrier oil or base oil to work.

One unique tip I got from the Deyga website was to use a drop of the neem seed oil on my belly button before sleeping to help get rid of acne faster. And it works!

When I started using the kit I had quiet a lot of active acne specially on my back. So I used it for my face and also started using the charcoal soap on my back. Following the regimen regularly did help heal my active acne. Unfortunately I got caught up with house work so much that following the whole regimen seemed like too much of a task so slowly I drifted away. Now that I again have active acne I plan to return to this regimen once again. Whenever you start using any skin-care product kit it is important to follow the regimen because the products are designed to work together. The above products are good individually as well but they work the best when used together. 

Here's hoping I will step into the new year with clearer skin!
Happy Holidays!

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Friday, December 25, 2020

Review: Deyga Natural Handcrafted Baby Care Products

Hi friends!
I'm not sure how many of my old readers are still here reading my posts, this one is coming after a very very long time. If you are reading this, thank you for being with me as my virtual family!

Having a baby and then this pandemic, life turned upside down. Motherhood is something that filled me with gratitude and now as I watch my son grow it amazes me every single day.

Sometime back a brand called Deyga contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying out their products. I checked out their website and saw their products are pure handmade, natural and without any chemicals. I surely wanted to try them out. Ever since my pregnancy I have been very selective about what I use for myself. And now I follow the same for my boy.

I tried out two different categories from Deyga products. In this post I will first share my views about their baby care range. I tried out the Deyga baby massage oil and baby soap.

Deyga Baby Care - Baby Massage Oil and Bath Soap

Deyga Baby Massage Oil comes in a plastic bottle with a flip cap. The oil is thick yet flowy which makes it easy to apply on the skin. It is made up of Organic Sesame Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cold Pressed Almond Oil, and Calendula Oil. The blend of these natural oils leaves the skin extremely smooth. 
I did find the smell of the oil a little strange with a smoky note. It's mainly because there is no added fragrance. It's the natural smell of the oils that have been blended together.

I normally massage my baby about half an hour before giving him a bath. I take a little bit of oil in my palms, rub them together to warm up the oil and then use gentle strokes to massage him. Massaging with Deyga leaves his skin very soft and he doesn't feel any dryness after his bath.

Price: Rs 1150 (for 250 ml)

Deyga Baby Care Range

The Deyga Baby Soap comes in a lovely handmade pouch and is wrapped in a paper. Inside the soap is a white bar which is extremely soft to hold. The shape of handmade soap is not like a regular soap so you will find some irregularities in it's shape. There is no prominent fragrance in this and that is a plus point. I hate artificial fragrances in baby products.

The ingredients of this soap are extra Virgin Olive oil, unrefined Shea Butter, sweet Almond oil, cold pressed Coconut oil, and cold pressed Castor Oil. All these ingredients make this soap smooth and gentle on the baby's skin. Almond oil is extremely beneficial in nourishing the skin. It doesn't lather like artificial soaps but cleans well.

Price: Rs 390 for 1 bar

If you like to use natural ingredient products only for your child then you must try these out. You can continue to use these cruelty free products even when your child grows up. 

Do let me know if you've tried any handmade products for your baby.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

POSITIVE Root Therapy + Advanced Onion Oil for Hair Growth - Review

My last review was of a product from the POSITIVE brand. I tried two of their products as I mentioned in my previous post. Today I'm reviewing their Root Therapy+ Advanced Onion Oil for Hair Growth.

POSITIVE Root Therapy + Advanced Onion Oil for Hair Growth - Review

The Onion Oil for Hair Growth comes in a plastic bottle with a pump cap. The consistency is quite rich and it has a pleasant fragrance that reminds me of saunf or Anise. The pump makes it very convenient to dispense the oil and there is no spillage in case you topple the bottle over with your oily hands (yes this is a real life possibility when you are oiling your own hair).

POSITIVE Root Therapy + Advanced Onion Oil for Hair Growth - Review

This Root Therapy hair oil is a unique blend of 18 essential oils and 37 herbs!  Onion Hair Growth oil is power packed with nutrients like sulfur, amino acids and Omega 9 fatty acids known for their nourishing properties. The brand claims that regular usage of this oil helps improve the life cycle of hair and may even encourage hair growth.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

POSITIVE 3 in 1 Activated Charcoal Peel-Off Face Mask Review

Hi everyone! I'm trying to get back to product reviews slowly and the first product being reviewed this month is Positive 3-in-1 Activated Charcoal Peel Off Mask.

Positive is a brand that I'm trying out for the first time and I noticed it because of their onion hair oil. Onion hair oils are really creating a buzz these days but more on that later as I've got a review of it in my next post coming out in quick succession to this one. Back to the activated charcoal mask.

POSITIVE 3 in 1 Charcoal Deep Clean Face Mask

The mask comes in a tube with a flip cap and is ready to use straight out of the box. I love these kind of masks where I don't need to bother about mixing ingredients myself. They are easy to use and are travel friendly.

The mask is black in color and has a shiny appearance. It's thick enough to easily get applied to your skin but runny enough to come out of the tube if you open the lid and let it sit pointing down - basically you'll get a hassle free application if you use your fingers or a brush for putting it on your face. I prefer using a brush for an even application to my skin.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

What To Wear During Pregnancy - Stay Fashionable

Pregnancy brings about a lot of changes in a woman's body. I've heard that women become concsious of how they look but trust me, if this is your planned pregnancy, the joy of having a life grow inside you is beyond all looks and appearances.

What To Wear During Pregnancy - Stay Fashionable

Looking fabulous during this time only adds to your happiness and gives you confidence that this is the best phase of your life so far. So, here are some tips based on my own personal experience.

1. Be proud of your bump. The bump in most cases doesn't really start to show until the third month. Once it does, flaunt it, it's something to be proud of and not hide (unless for some reason you need to keep the news under wraps!)

2. Always wear comfortable clothes. I stopped wearing fitted clothes like jeans etc from day 1, the reason being I wanted no physical discomfort or stress on the womb. You can decide for youself what feels comfortable. Do not purchase maternity clothes in the first trimester unless you are really growing in size rapidly. As time progresses so will the size of your bump.

What To Wear During Pregnancy - Stay Fashionable

3. 2nd month onwards visit maternity stores to find out clothes that are specially made for maternity specially if you like to wear pants or leggings. I got 2 very comfortable pairs of maternity leggings from MAX stores, 1 pair of jeggings from H&M (gifted by my sis), 1 pair of jeans and a pair of leggings from H&M. I also bought 4 cotton full length dresses/kurtis. Since it was summers and hormonal changes were making me feel awfully hot, these came in very handy. Some of my old clothes like western tops and kurtis actually fit me fine right uptil the beginning of the third trimester. If you are working you definitely need more clothes because who likes to wear the same things again and again.

Maternity pants and leggings are a must have. They are amazingly comfortable and give a little bit of support to your growing belly.

3. Buy bra extenders - they will help you save a lot on lingerie. I bought 3 new pairs of bras and the rest I managed with extenders. Remember for nursing you will need separate bras and that too you need to purchase in the last month when your breasts are the right size. They will grow once you start feeding as well so invest wisely.

Bra extenders

Bra extenders

4. Underwear - I grew one size during the second trimester and another size up in the 8th month. There are special maternity underwear as well but I didn't need them personally. I prefer bikini style underwear but hipsters felt more comfortable during and after pregnancy.

5. Shrugs - all my shrugs came in very handy. While I flaunted my bump throughout my pregnancy, I did use a shrug to make my outfits look more polished for work. A shrug also works well if you are wearing an older garment that looks just a wee bit tighter than you would want it to be, yet feels comfortable to wear.

6. Shoes/slippers - in the second trimester when my feet swelled up (almost in the 6th month) I outgrew my old ballerinas and slippers overnight. One fine day I woke up and nothing seemed to fit. I had my mom send over her shoes (a pair of basic ballerinas from Sketchers) that I wore throughout the rest of my pregnancy. I had my sister pick up a pair of household slippers for me one size bigger than my existing pair and thankfully I didn't outgrow these. (The reason I wasn't shopping myself was due to limited exertion allowed as my pregnancy was high risk)

7. New socks - if you wear socks and your feet are swell up you'll need a bigger size for sure.
Depending on the season you will have to tweak the above to suit your needs.

This is about it. Go stylish as you flaunt your bump, take regular photos that will later remind you of this incredible journey, and enjoy yourself in whatever makes you feel happy! I took one pic every single day mostly in the office restroom since I wanted to capture each day in some form. They are basic mirror selfies nothing grand. If you have the time you could get professional pictures taken each week as well!

This is your time, don't listen to people telling you you're wasting too much money on clothes that would later not fit, do as your heart desires and stay fashionable, always!!