Finding the right skincare products for all your issues isn’t easy, if you trust only natural products to do the job. I’m delighted to introduce 100% natural natural, ayurveda based products by The Ancient Beauty.
These products can really do wonders for your skin. They are inspired from various cultures and hundreds of ancient beauty recipes.
The kit I received claims to be perfect for dry skin type, and caters to all the skin care needs – from exfoliation to cleansing and moisturizing! The packs have very distinct fragrance of various spices amazing for the skin. Also, it came in the most beautiful package I’ve ever received, and some self-care tips!
The products in the kit were: The Ancient Japanese Scrub, The Ancient Face Wash, The Ancient Illuminator, The Ancient Dew, The Ancient Massage Powder, The Ancient Body Scrub
I have been using the products for one month now and tried all the products. It was a wonderful experience using these natural and unique mix of wonderful ingredients. I’ll share my feedback of individual products with you:
The Ancient Japanese Scrub –
It’s a grainy scrub that exfoliates skin wonderfully. It is supposed to be mixed in water, though I use milk for most of my face packs and scrubs since I have extremely dry skin. The scrub removes impurities, which is very evident in the post effect! I light moisturizer post scrubbing is always advisable, more so if you have dry skin.
The Ancient Face Wash –
I use it very regularly in the mornings, for a fresh and clean look. I have made it a part of my daily skincare routine. It cleanses well and doesn’t unnecessarily dry out the skin. I slightly rub it on my face and leave it for 5-10 mins. The face wash is slightly granular too and needs to be rubbed very lightly.
The Ancient Illuminator –
This is true to its name and brings instant glow. I have been using it before going for outings and got compliments 😉 The ingredients in this pack enhance the blood circulation under skin due to which the skin glows!
The Ancient Dew –
A face pack for deep cleansing. Use it with a few drops of oil (I prefer coconut oil or Vitamin E oil) for moisturizing treat to the skin!
The Ancient Massage Powder –
The favourite most of the pack, it’s a moisturizes with tiny, soft granules. I love to use it as a creamy moisturizing scrub to cleanse all the impurities as well as moisturizing the skin, making it soft and supple. Absolutely no need for a moisturizer post this blissfully smelling lotion. The fragrance of roses with rose petals calms the skin and the senses, a must have!
Ancient Satin Body Scrub –
Smells amazing with strong fragrance of coffee and cinnamon. It’s a wonderful body scrub. It’s use of face should be avoided, as it can be a bit harsh for sensitive skin, but exfoliates the dead skin from body very well and makes it shine!
Though, I felt all the packs are slightly granular, I love how effective they are, catering to all our skincare needs, and keeping up with the claims that they make! Go grab yours soon!
We complete 3 years together today. 3 years of loving and being loved by a teeny tiny baby, with hundreds of sloppy kisses, tight hugs and tantrums galore, 3 years of motherhood! 3 years ago I never thought I could love and care for a little minion as much. After having you, I have become 100 times more careful about the surroundings, the food we eat, the environment. My life revolves around you. From the time I wake up in the morning, till the time I sleep (or pass out at 2 am due to exertion), you are the center of my world.
I was always a very self-centered person: living in my own cocoon and extremely anti-social (including my own family ;)). Now thanks to you, I know more people than I have ever known in my whole life. People know me as Sarah’s mom, courtesy my extra-social daughter 🙂
The love has only increased, despite sleepless nights, terrible tantrums and all the mental torture (no kidding!) you make me go through while crying and shouting. Not a very patient person that I was, I happily sail through a day of tantrums, shrieking and screaming (well, not so happily, but we manage)
I used to hate cooking! But I love experimenting with healthy food for you, and it makes me happy if you approve it too J I love seeing that content look on your face when I cook something for you, and demand more of it!
I used to live in a mess! And love it too! The situation hasn’t changed much here though – ask your Papa 😀 But at least for your stuff, I try and keep it a little organized and in place, and make the surroundings better for you!
“Every breath you take, every move you make” – I’ll be watching you, loving you – this Eagle’s song summarizes our bond and my love for you!
This blog is a pat of the Blog Train “How Motherhood has Changed Me”, hosted by Pooja Kawatra of Mums & Babies.
Welcome Harshala I the Motherhood Blog Train. Harshala is a 23 y/o, unmarried mommy, a Film making & new media production graduate, a blog & biz coach with focus on motivation, Meraki and marketing at www.missharshala.com . She is also a lifestyle blogger at www.aweekinlife.com .
The festive season is here and the wedding season is about start too. It is that time of the year when you are looking for a dress for all occasions. For some, this could be an exciting exercise and for others getting your favorite look or the lehenga and style could be quite hassle – what to buy, where to buy, how to accessorize it. All in all, the next 150 days present an opportunity to make your mark on the circuit by stepping out in your best ensembles.
While some of you might head to your favourite boutique, others might find it convenient and quicker while shopping online.
Lehengas have been quite a favorite amongst the Indian women and even some firangs. A good lehenga is a dress for all occasions and with a bit of innovation and hard work, they can be the go to dress for pretty much any occasion. It’s an extremely versatile piece of clothing that can be paired with different cholis, kurtis, capes, tops and dupattas and please don’t even get me started on accessories and make-up.
Look stylish at a Diwali Party
Pair a solid coloured lehenga, maroon , black and bottle green are my favourites – with an earthy colour with some embellishments and you’re all set to rock the party. Go for light fabrics given the weather as well as durations of these Diwali parties. Throw in some non-precious metal jewellery to complete the look.
A family get together that you weren’t going to be part of
We have all been there. You weren’t going to be a part of that get-together at a relative/friend’s place and hence didn’t plan your dress for it. Well, no worries. Look through your wardrobe or even your mother’s for a pastel skirt. Pair it with a western top. A dull pink would go with practically any color. Once again the right accessories and hair-do will go long way in completing your look.
That special evening event
While this one may require investment in terms of time, you could do some online shopping on Myntra to for a quick fix. Something sequinned or with embellishments is what you need. Pair it with something in golden or silver to get that chic look.
The one for weddings
Dressing up can be very subjective. But given it’s 2017 and I have been through florals, sequins and heavy embellishments – my latest indulgence is fabrics… especially rich weaves and heavy, pure fabrics like brocades, Banarasi silks, Kanjeevarams and pure silks. It looks great for all occasions and ages, and is versatile and classy. There are no constraints in terms of fabrics you choose. Pick an absolutely pure Mysore silk and Banarasi lehenga like this amazingly regal one.
Like I said before, lehengas are versatile; they can be paired practical with different clothing items, accessories for different looks. One can dress up for fancy occasions as well as dress down for simpler gatherings. Most important – lehenga has a feminine charm that’s quite unmatched. Lehengas would generally never go waste… they are for all seasons and occasions!!
Au Naturel is my new mantra! With the ever growing awareness on the hazards of using chemical skin products, I’m getting more involved and excited with using organic skincare products for myself. It’s a common knowledge that much of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our body. Organic products are not only safe for us but for the environment as well. They focus greatly on consumer health and eco-consciousness. I personally love to indulge in skincare products that give me natural and healthy ways to nourish my skin without hidden ingredients. We are in a world where organic products are a full blown industry giving us more control of the quality and safety of the products we choose for ourselves. I owe to my skin as much as to any other body organ and I’m determined to make a wise choice. On this noble pursuit I stumbled upon CleanCoconut and I’m so glad. So here’s my journey of using CleanCoconut’s several products. I will be reviewing them gradually.
CleanCoconut claims to bring to us Natural Ingredients and No Secrets!
CLEAN COCONUT VISION:
Our vision is to create natural, organic skin-loving products with safe ingredients for all skin types. We will continue to strive with heartfelt passion to create products for those with sensitive skin types. We spend an enormous amount of time and energy researching and validating our suppliers to ensure our ingredients are the purest and safest on the market.
(INGREDIENT) PROMISE :
We will NEVER use any: Fillers, Parabens, Nanoparticles, Petrochemicals, PEG, Synthetic Fragrances, Dyes, or Phenoxyethanol. We test our products on real people (thank you family and friends) and NEVER on animals. We are made in Colorado and source the world’s purest natural and organic ingredients. If we don’t put it on our skin, it won’t be in our products.
Today I’ll review Grapeseed Oil and Virgin Organic Coconut Oil in this post.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil comes from the fruit of the coconut palm. Virgin coconut oil is extracted from the meat of a fresh coconut. It is known for its nice fragrance, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), among other things. It has a very specific chemical composition having miraculous health benefits but here we will focus on few of the benefits we have from using it externally.
CleanCoconut Claims: Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for all your beauty needs. Rich in vitamin E and fatty acids. Deeply conditions and moisturizes for smooth soft skin. Restores and strengthens over-processed hair.
Our 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil is a restorative multi-purpose oil that offers a range of nourishing benefits for the body, hair, and face. Apply on your entire body to soften and moisturize dry, rough skin. This versatile oil also acts as an ultra-hydrating conditioner for dry or damaged hair and scalp.
Fractionated Coconut Oil is excellent oil for aromatherapy and massages since it serves as a great base or carrier oil. ◦ Provides unsurpassed moisturizer for the skin ◦ Naturally rich in Vitamin E for antioxidant protection ◦ Nourishing conditioner for dry and damaged hair ◦ Multipurpose oil
Products came in an envelope corrugated fiberboard cardboard box. All my products were beautifully wrapped inside a green gift paper wrap which was further filled with cute crinkle cut crimped paper shred to give cushion to glass bottles and plastic boxes.
The coconut oil came in a sturdy dark amber brown color plastic box. You also get additional clear flap cover to replace with the original black lid to see your contents. These boxes are recyclable and can easily be used to store cosmetics, creams and other beauty products (DIYs). Or can be used for storing craft or office supplies etc.
Directions for use: Apply generously to skin, apply small amount to towel-dried hair, and massage in thoroughly. Rinse as needed.
Not for ingestion or cooking, for external use only. Discontinue use if skin irritation occurs.
Tips & Tricks
A little bit goes along way!
Moisturizer Apply a small amount and rub in a circular motion on skin and allow oil to absorb.
Under Eye & Face Treatment In the evening, apply oil in a light circular motion around the eyes and face.
Hair & Scalp Treatment
Use a small dime to quarter size dollop, apply to hair and scalp. Leave in for 10-20 minutes shampoo as normal.
For Split Ends/Frizz
Apply a tiny amount between fingertips and rub on the frizzy hairs or split ends.
Add a small amount to your nails to nourish cuticles while preventing peeling and cracking
TIP 1: Prevents and minimizes skin cracking on heels
TIP 2: Leave-In Conditioner: this oil can be left in overnight and should not stain your pillow. Shampoo as normal in the morning.
I’ve been using Virgin Coconut Oil as a facial and body moisturizer as long as I can remember. I have used various brands over a period of time. CleanCoconut has proven to be of consistent quality, so I decided to give it a try. It’s about a month now and it didn’t even take that long for me to see positive results. It’s cruelty-free and makes me look beautiful. All thanks to the medium-chain fatty acids that protect and heal the skin at the same time.
I noticed my skin looks smoother and radiant! It also acts as a natural moisturizing cleanser so I use it to clean off my makeup and dirt at the end of the day. In the morning my face feels feather soft and hydrated. I have also started mixing a drop or two with my day cream, and sunscreen and my skin looks amazing! My husband was resistant to the idea as his skin is more towards oily unlike mine which is dry-normal, but I used it on him and he was impressed with how well it worked out on his skin and saved him from sunburns.
I would also like to share my story of developing bumpy skin around my arms during last winter. It somewhat looked like red rashes and visually doesn’t make you look flattering in sleeveless outfits. I tried a couple of things but nothing seemed to work out, until CleanCoconut – Virgin Organic Coconut Oil. I know it sounds like an advertisement but I can’t help. My skin condition is 100% improved and also noticed a brighter-looking skin. There is a huge quality difference between store bought and from CleanCoconut. The quality encouraged me to use it in various other ways. I have been using the oil as a body cream post shower and as massage oil occasionally. As far as my hair is concerned they look healthier. Added bonus – my eyelashes have grown longer and thicker!
I also did a little experiment by adding the Virgin Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil with water in Neti Pot to do sinus rinse. It worked pretty good on me. I’m so glad to have a “drug-free” solution to it.
With all these wonderful experiences in hand I have started recommending CleanCoconut’s virgin coconut oil to everyone now because if you’re still not using it, you’re missing out a lot. For me coconut oil is fruit of youth and I urge you guys to give it a try at least once and see for yourself.
High quality coconut oil, but not a good choice for frequent users who need larger amount.
Although when you buy the huge supermarket size it can go rancid and when you keep putting your hands in the jar over time you are contaminating the product which might affect your well being. And once the jars go rancid you have to toss it bearing wastage.
Costlier in comparison to the local market but the quality justifies the price. It’s a high performing, result oriented product.
Abstinence from the local market. Expected to be floating on Amazon soon.
Grapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes, typically made as a by-product of wine-making industry. Grapeseed oil is primarily used for: cosmetics and culinary applications. This oil is not only extremely beneficial for inside consumption, but no less for external skin and hair applications. Always make sure that the oil is marked as food grade before consuming as few grapeseed oils are stabilized with chemicals for its cosmetic uses.
CleanCoconut Claims: High in omega 6 fatty acids, beta-carotene, Vitamins C, D, E, and Rich in linoleic acids which provide the moisture benefits and help reduce wrinkles and scars, High content of phytosterols which help relieve dry itchy dull skin.
Moisturize Dry, Itchy, Dull Skin
Balance Skin Tone
Improves Dark Circles
Hair & Lip Conditioner
Grapeseed Oil is an amazing lightweight oil that is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), helps restore collagen, treats acne, tightens and balances the moisture in skin. Its high levels of linoleic acid which provide skin cells with hydrating moisture and healing support. This helps improve skin tone and complexion of the skin. The all natural astringent properties allow the oil to be natural skin tightener and acne reducer.
Anti-Aging Powers: Wrinkles and age spots are usually a result of overexposure to UV Rays. The high content of fatty acids and polyphenols in Grapeseed Oil can prevent premature aging. Vitamins E, C and D promote moisture and help protect the skin from harmful free radicals, and tighten the skin while fighting the signs of aging.
This all natural hair and scalp conditioner will leave your hair shiny with a healthy glow minus the harsh chemicals. Meanwhile it is reducing hair and scalp dryness without leaving the hair greasy.
Best part is where Wendy leaves you a small note giving you some useful tips and advice on how to use the product. You will also find information cards on the products to figure out its benefits. This personal touch made all the difference for me.
The Grapeseed Oil came in a classical 4 oz amber glass boston round bottle with glass droppers. I really appreciate the packaging as it’s a safe, secure and convenient and can be recycled. The amber color provides UV protection for light-sensitive products making it perfect to store oils, essential oils, perfume oils and other liquids. It’s quite the choice for travel as it conveniently fits in your purse.
Directions for use: You can use them straight up or create your own potion.
Tips & Tricks
A little bit goes along way! Apply a small amount and rub in a circular motion on skin and allow oil to absorb.
Under Eye & Face Treatment
In the evening, apply oil in a light circular motion around the eyes and face. Hair & Scalp Treatment
Use a small dime to quarter size dollop, apply to hair and scalp. Leave in for 10-20 minutes shampoo as normal.
TIP: if leave in overnight, wrap hair with a towel. This oil can stain a pillow case.
For Split Ends/Frizz
Apply a tiny amount between fingertips and rub on the frizzy hair or split ends.
I was on a trip a month and half back and as a souvenir I brought back acne. Using grapeseed oil has helped me lighten those acne spots in a month’s time which is super cool. It also helped me control them there itself, much like the brand claims. My skin feels better hydrated and has improved my skin tone a notch up.
You know I love curls and have chemically got perms done. So my hair acts up frizzy and dry at times. However, with the use of Grapeseed oil it doesn’t get frizzy after a day’s wash. Hair texture is better now for sure as far as I can tell.
These days I’m integrating the oil into moisturizers, creams, sunscreen, lotions, lip balms, shampoo, conditioners and an assortment of other products. I love it’s light, sweet balsamic aroma. There’s absolutely no dearth to its uses and application. Grapeseed oil is an excellent base for homemade cosmetology remedies indeed. I love CleanCoconut Grapeseed oil. Exquisite quality and well-priced!
Ideal for All Skin Types
Balances Skin Tone
Hair, Nail, & Lip Conditioner
Relief for Dry, Cracked, Itchy, Dull Skin
Beneficial in skin conditions like Acne, Dermatitis and Eczema
Incredibly Strong Antioxidant, About 50 Times Stronger than Antioxidants like, vitamin C and E
Deeply Moisturizing and Nourishing
Reduces Signs of Aging
Improves Dark Spots and Circles under eyes
Reduces Stretch Marks
Improves Hair Strength
Keeps dandruff away
Reduces hair fall
Safe for all Age Groups including Infants as it is Non-Allergic
One of the most important things to take care of during pregnancy is what you eat, what you avoid. Although, the weird cravings will be there, it is essential to make wise choices and adopt a balanced and nutritious diet, which is good for you as well as the baby. Choose a variety of fruits, vegetables as well as proteins and cereals in your diet; remember a pregnant woman needs about 200-300 extra calories per day than usual!
Once you’re pregnant, you need more calcium, iron, folic acid as well as a lot of protein to complete a healthy diet for yourself as well as provide the necessary nutrients for the baby. The nutrients that need to be included in the diet during pregnancy are:
Folic acid – It helps in increasing the production of red blood cells, and prevent birth defects in baby’s brain and spine, known as neural tube defects. Foods rich in folate are: lentils, nuts, peas, avocado, dark green vegetables, citrus fruits.
Calcium – It helps in the formation of baby’s bones and teeth. If the consumption of calcium is less, the body will extract the mineral from mother’s stored in her bones and give to the baby for building bones.
Protein — The body needs more protein to help build the organs of the baby, such as the brain and heart.
The essential food groups that should be included in your diet are explained below.
Fruits and Vegetables – Remember, ‘mother nature’ is your best friend and the gifts of nature including fruits and vegetables are the best source for necessary vitamins and folic acid.
Breads and Grains – Once you’re pregnant, you would need a lot of energy and the best source of energy are breads and grains. Whole grains ensure that you have the supply of essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin B, fibre and even some amount of protein.
Chicken, Fish and Eggs – Chicken, fish and eggs are extremely rich in vitamins and minerals. They are also a source of essential amino acids which are critical in formation of muscles during pregnancy.
Dairy Products – Dairy products including milk, cheese, curd, butter etc are a major source of calcium which helps in building strong teeth and bones, as well as ensure normal blood clotting, and muscle and nerve function.
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