Camay Dynamique Aqua Shower gel in Pink Grapefruit

Hello everyone!

It has been a while since I last posted on the blog..almost 3 months! I took a break due to lots of stuff happening in my day to day life 🙂 It is good to be back and thank you all for sticking around!!

If you are a 90s kid then Camay soap might have been a staple at your household…atleast it was at my place! They were nice smelling bars of soap and ads talked of how they added real french perfume to the soaps. On a recent trip to the middle east I came across a Camay Shower gel display and was super excited and got all nostalgic seeing the name Camay.

They had it only in the Grapefruit Scent which would not have been my first choice had they had more options.

Camay Dynamique Aqua Shower Gel in Pink grapefruit

I have to admit that I picked this up purely for nostalgia..this also led me to have high expectations! Like I mentioned earlier, Camay soaps used to smell awesome! They would scent up the whole bathroom and it was a sophisticated smell…not a run off the mill soapy scent. Unfortunately, the shower gel didn’t really wow me in scent department.

As a shower gel, it was okay. It suds up nicely on a wet loofah and has a really mild scent.

I really wish the old Camay soaps would come back into the market..I miss the smell and of course it reminds me of my childhood, my house and bathroom growing up 😛

This post was all about Nostalgia! I’ll get down to the business of real reviews from my next post onwards!

Until next time…ciao!!!

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Grace Cole Passion Fruit and Guava Body Scrub

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Today I am going to share my thoughts on yet another product I got to try when I was visiting my parents. I have not seen or heard of the brand Grace Cole, and so this is the first product I have tried from their brand. So, a body scrub usually last a long time for me..simply because I forget to use it 😀 Recently I have started trying to use body scrubs a bit more frequently and decided to try the Grace Cole Passion Fruit and Guava Body Scrub.

Grace Cole Passion Fruit and Guava Body Scrub

Grace Cole Passion Fruit and Guava Body Scrub

Straight out of the tube this does smell like a good blend of passion fruit and guava but, unfortunately the smell does not last once you apply this onto your skin. The body scrub is a very watery gel with tiny scrub particles suspended in it. I am a big fan of body scrubs that work as a shower gel in addition to being just a scrub. Unfortunately, this one was a failure for me simply because it does not lather up. On the plus side, it is not drying on the skin due to its non lathering nature. When using this scrub I am forced to use my shower gel in addition to this. Bath time becomes a complicated 2 step process 😛  I also found the scrub a bit too gentle. It would have been great if there were more scrub particles in the gel.

Overall, I am not a big fan of this and probably won’t purchase this again. I am open to trying other products from the brand though. What are your favorite items from the brand Grace Cole?

Until next time…ciao!!

Baylis and Harding Rose and Honeysuckle Luxury Hand Lotion

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As I mentioned a couple of weeks back I got a chance to try out new beauty brands during my visit home. I found the Baylis and Harding Luxury Hand lotion in my mom’s cabinet. I have not heard of the brand before but a little online research and from the bottle, I understand that the brand is British.

Baylis and Harding Rose and Honeysuckle Luxury hand lotion

Baylis and Harding Rose and Honeysuckle Luxury hand lotion

I like the packaging and you do get a whooping 500ml of hand lotion. The lotion smells like real roses, no chemical or synthetic smells. However, the smell does not last. The smell hits you just after dispensing the lotion onto your hand, but once you rub it in, the smell is pretty much gone. I like scented body and hand lotions not just for the moisturization but also for the scent so I was a bit bummed that this did not make my hands smell of roses for a while after application.

The second issue I had with this lotion is the thin milk like consistency of the lotion. You have to be careful when you pump, since you can dispense too much and have it dripping from your hands. Initially, I could not wrap my head around the fact that a luxury hand lotion can be so thin in consistency but I do have to give it credit for doing a good job moisturizing my hands.

The lotion is quickly absorbed and does not leave a greasy after feel, which is great since it is meant for your hands….no one wants greasy hands 🙂

Overall, I think it is a decent lotion. I just wish the scent lasted a bit more!

Have you tried anything from the brand?

Until next time…ciao!!

Around the World via Beauty Products~ Himalaya Herbals from India!

Hello folks! As I mentioned in my last week’s blog post, I am currently chilling out at my parent’s place. They are currently based in Oman, a lovely quiet country in the middle east. You can find all the global brands here and also some interesting new items in the local beauty stores 🙂 I got a chance to try out a body moisturizer from the brand Himalaya Herbals which I picked up from the local drugstore. The cream is made in the Dubai but the original brand is from India, so I thought I should include this in the around the world via beauty products section of the blog!

Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Skin Cream

Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Skin Cream

The body cream comes packed in a tub, and with no outer box. The packaging is okay, nothing fabulous. A little online search reveals that the company Himalaya Herbals products are based on the ancient Indian system of Ayurveda, where they use plant and herb extracts in their products. This moisturizer has extracts of Aloe Vera and Winter Cherry according to the label, however there is no comprehensive ingredient list so I do not know the other ingredients in this moisturizer. This is the only major issue I have with this moisturizer.

The moisturizer has a lovely whipped light texture which is absorbed quickly and does not leave a greasy after feel, making this a pretty good moisturizer for the summer months! The best part about this moisturizer is the smell…I love it! It is a very fresh, light scent which is not too fruity nor is it too floral. It is a nice blend of fruity floral which is very spring summer appropriate in my opinion 🙂

Overall, I am enjoying this moisturizer although the lack of a comprehensive ingredient list is a bit of a let down. I would love to try their face products but again the lack of an actual ingredient list is making me really hesitant to try them.

Have you tried anything from Himalaya Herbals? Let me know what you think of them if you have 🙂

Until next time..ciao from sunny Oman!!!

The Jason Glowing Apricot Hand and Body Lotion

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Today I wanted to share with you all, my thoughts on a body lotion I picked up a few months back from the brand Jason. I was filling up my basket online at feelunique and in order to qualify for a free gift/sample I added this body lotion 😀 to my cart. I think I paid somewhere between 8-10$ for this.

Jason Glowing Apricot Hand and Body Lotion

Jason Glowing Apricot Hand and Body Lotion

As you can see from the picture of the tube, they do not use parabens, Petrolatum, artificial colors or phthalates in their products. They also have the leaping bunny certification so it is cruelty free too! The picture of the apricot (I love apricots and anything that smells like apricots) and the promise of intense moisture for extremely dry skin sucked me right in. Unfortunately, the lotion was kinda meh 😦

The smell of the lotion was not exactly what I had in mind. It did not smell fresh and light, rather it smelt like shampoo/ conditioner to me. Yes, it was an apricot scent but too chemical/synthetic for my taste. The intense moisture for extremely dry skin claim did not pan out so well either in my case. I used this in the dead of winter and it did not provide moisture that lasted more than 3 hours. The big plus about this lotion is that it is non greasy and light on the skin and I think maybe that is the reason it did not work for me in the winter.

Now that my skin is less dry and more normal, it does seem moisturizing. So I think, this works well for those with normal skin as opposed to extremely dry skin as they claim on the tube.

Ingredient List

Ingredient List

The tube also claims to brighten skin due to the addition of apricot and almond oils which again I didn’t really notice. If you take a look at the ingredients list the main moisturizing ingredients in the lotion is glycerin and glycerin derivatives. The apricot and almond oil are buried somewhere in the middle of list, which is probably why their brightening effects are not so evident when using this lotion.

Overall, to me this is an average body lotion which did not wow me. I like the non greasy feel and therefore will use it up in the coming warmer months.

Have you tried anything from the brand? Do let me know if I am missing out on anything awesome from them 🙂

Until next time…ciao!!

Phytorelax Mandorla Olio Body oil

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So if you like to explore the beauty section at TJ Maxx and Marshalls, chances are you might have come across some not so familiar brands once in awhile. The phytorelax body oil was one such discovery for me. I have used up more than half the bottle and the words Mandorla and phytorelax have faded from the label due to all the love this bottle is getting from moi!

Phytorelax Mandorla Olio Body oil

Phytorelax Mandorla Olio Body oil

This is basically a perfumed sweet almond oil and I absolutely love it! The perfume added to the pure sweet almond oil is very mild and not over powering in any way in case you flinched when you saw the words perfumed oil ! 😀

The best time to use this oil is right after you step out of the shower. It has a very light consistency and hence absorbs really fast when applied on the skin. It does take a minute or 2 for it to completely absorb into the skin and after that you are well moisturized without any greasy/sticky feeling 🙂 I also like that the bottle comes with a spray pump making it easier to dispense the oil onto your palm. I do find it really relaxing working this oil into my skin and I guess this can be used a massage oil as well.

Ingredient List

Ingredient List

The ingredient list as seen above is short and simple as it should be! The main ingredient is of course the sweet almond oil. BHT and BHA are antioxidants which are commonly used to preserve oils and food.

The only negative about this product is that its not easily available. I bought this bottle at Marshalls for around 8$ which I think is a steal. Sadly, I don’t see it so often at TJ Maxx/Marshalls and might have to stock up when I see it there the next time. I did however find it on amazon for 25$ (ouch!) if you badly want to try it.

Hope you all are having a great week!

Until next time ..ciao!!

 

H20 Spa sea moss black sand scrub

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Hope your week has been going great so far! A while back I finally finished my Body Shop argan oil body scrub reviewed HERE and since that has been discontinued I was on the lookout for something new and fun to try out. The H2O spa sea moss and black sand scrub looked interesting enough; its not every day that you come across a volcanic sand scrub!

H2O black sea moss and sand scrub

H2O black sea moss and black sand body scrub

I generally like the packaging of H2o products; they are sleek and simple in design and this tube of body scrub is no different. The smell of this body scrub is very subtle and mild which I quite like. The particles in the scrub are quite course and do provide a good sloughing off of dead skin from the body. It was difficult to capture a snap of the ingredient list written on the tube so I have listed it out below in case your curious! 🙂

Water/Eau/Aqua, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyethylene, Cocamide MEA, Silicon Dioxide, Silica, Propanediol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Shell Powder, Volcanic Black Sand, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance/Parfum, Aluminum Oxides, Panthenol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Oxide, Potassium Oxide, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Oxide, Calcium Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Titanium Oxide, Iron oxide, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 33.

To be honest I was quite disappointed with the ingredient list especially since a tube of this costs something like 20 bucks at Ulta. I was hoping for some better ingredients. The sodium lauryl sulfate along with the Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Cocamide MEA  helps lather up the scrub in the bath. The volcanic sand along with the coconut shell powder act as pretty good scrubbing agents. I am guessing that the sea moss is the carrageenan extract which is a sea weed.

The scrub does make your skin soft and smooth after use. The only major issue with the scrub is that it can clog up your tub/ shower area since the sand and coconut shell particles do not dissolve in water and hence collect at the drain area. This scrub is an intensive one as well..if you have extremely delicate skin it is best not to use too much pressure or force when using this product.

Overall, I am quite impressed with the performance of the scrub. However, I am not sure if carrageenan (not a very expensive ingredient) has any benefits for your skin to justify the price tag of the product. Although the volcanic sand sounds like an exotic ingredient I wonder how exclusive of an ingredient it is. The detergent agents used are all commonly found even in much cheaper drug store body washes and scrubs. Hence although the product as such works I am not sure if the price tag justifies a repurchase.

Have you tried any of the body scrubs from the H2O brand? What do you like or don’t like about them?

Until next time…ciao!