Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Kama – Ayurveda: Spa kinda feel

If you can’t stop thinking about it…. Buy it!”
I am that kind of a girl who has used kitchen ingredients as cleanser, masks, purifier etc.. and then laziness and convenience took over. Off the shelf products are easy peasy. I had read about this brand from some reviews online and had decided that this should be a gift to my mom when she visits me “Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Ayurvedic Night Serum” from Kama Ayurveda. She, like me has an extremely dry skin and with growing age has impression of lines that are thickening. She has always taken her skin very seriously and from her I know the importance of cleansing-toning-moisturizing.
One visit to the gorgeous store which smelled of saffron, rose, honey, lavender, vanilla, turmeric and all the exotic in the world. I picked up the night serum, few samples to try on and a pressed coconut Natural Khus soap. The staff was warm and aware and explained each product with passion. While my mother relished her gift and experienced joy every morning for the supple and radiant skin, I used up my samples and made a list of Kama Ayurveda picks.
This is the background to the new products that I have in my skincare/haircare kitty. Logged on to and with the newly introduced Kama Ayurveda products to their website life for me got simple. I ordered for the following and will give you my first feel experience with each one of them.

Lavender Patchouli Hair Cleanser
Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment oil
Eladi Hydrating Ayurvedic Face Cream
Lavanya Natural Plant Mask
Pure Rose Water

Lavender Patchouli Hair Cleanser

Smells divine, infused with essential oil this cleanser gave me a squeaky-clean feel on my hair. I am not a fan of that effect as my hair is colored and I feel (in my mind) that this squeaky-clean feel would have stripped off the natural oil from my hair. Well, that is just how I feel.
The after wash feel was very soothing for the lavender. Off late my scalp has turned very sensitive. Hence this mild cleanser.
The herbal product talks about its protective properties while cleansing.  

Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment oil

It is a treatment oil. I wanted to treat my sensitive scalp. I am a fan of oil. Coconut oil is my all-time go-to product but that oil feels heavy on my hair. It feels heavy on my hair in comparison to Bringadi. Perfect lightweight hair oil. I love it as it leaves the hair feeling conditioned before even it is even washed. It smells of herbs. It smells, otherwise I would have used it as leave-in.
The product claims of prevention of hair loss and promotion of hair growth. Anti-fungal and prevents scalp infection. Try it if you stay in a humidity high place.

Eladi Hydrating Ayurvedic Face Cream

Extremely dry skin and creamy texture face hydration is the right option for me. The texture is matt creamy. Does not leave the oily tint post application. I use this after I have sprayed some Pure Rose Water on my skin.
Highly recommended for people with dry skin. The ingredients are mixed in sesame oil (one of the oils) which helps penetrates the skin well.

 Lavanya Natural Plant Mask

Twice a weak, I have used it twice after I have bought it. The package is cult with the wooden spatula. I was advised to use it with milk for moisture and rose water if I need it dry. Leaves my skin bright, glowy and refreshed. Cannot wait to go back home and use it today.

 Pure Rose Water

Anything complimentary is extra special. Hehe. had an offer the other day. A purchase of Rs 2500/- and above will get a Pure Rose Water spray bottle. I jumped on the opportunity. Rose Water is the best toner ever and this one is from Kama Ayurveda.

 This is my review on the haul that I did from and my first-hand experience. I am looking forward to great results and would love to share them here again in some months. Do you use any of there products? Let me know.

By the way, these products are a good option as gifts. The soaps are an experience in itself. You will want to keep replenishing it. Totally worth it !!

Love always

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

December bells

December demands a nip in the air wherever in the world. The AC in tropical climatic city takes a backstage and the windows of the house gets open wide. I stay in Mumbai, hottest place in the face of India. Even here, people start taking out their light shrugs, greys and taupe colored clothes. Knit wears which somewhere look-a-like sweaters. I make believe winter in Mumbai. I have had discussions on this topic each year and I know a lot of you do too.
The temperature and the climate are getting very unpredictable this year. The temperature dips lowest to 25 degrees at night. Afternoons are hard hitting at 35.
December demands feeling festive for the Christmas and jingle bells and for the new year eve planning and partying. If you are the one who makes boozey cakes at home then this is the time to soak-in.
December for me demands bringing all the wedding pictures out, smile, and grin looking at them. Remembering the days before and after the wedding and the journey from there on. First of December always demands something special so that we remember it fondly in years to come. It’s like adding a bling bell to the string of bells already glowing.
We rejoiced in some stereotypical things of getting flowers, raising a toast, eating out and ofcourse dressing up. I have been under the weather lately but the energy of this day did not stop me from creating a look for the morning and another for the evening. Here are some pictures.
I selected a pastel pink crochet maxi dress and a denim shirt for the morning. We invited my folks to join us for breakfast in Candies. This is quaint cafe in the reclamation land of Mumbai. It was just a busiest lane with the most delicious chops and croquettes sometime back. I was so elated to see the renovation. We soaked in some Goan feel with its etched glass windows, tiled walls and vintage tables and chairs. Some good music to lean on. Double shot cappuccino along with fresh oven baked toast and masala omelet livened our senses. Mutton chop and quiche were surprising added bursts of flavor. If in Mumbai, plan a visit soon.

My evening look was darker. A short blue dress with a belt. I wore a short black jacket to make it more formal. But the heat! Teamed it up with high, tie-up wedges.

We are a fan of Vietnamese food, Thai preparations, Cambodian flavors. Just about anything, Pan Asian. Have you tried Busaba in south Mumbai? We experimented with this place for 2 reasons. 1) Pan Asian cuisine 2) Awesome reviews about the food. This place also needs a feature in your ‘to-be-visited’ restaurant.
A self-proclaimed foodie that I am, a sumptuous meal ends the celebrations on a high note. A worth-it moment was sealed.

Outfit details:
Pink Maxi dress from Prague main market shops | Shirt is a tich button washed denim from American Eagle.
Blue dress is from one of the shops in Bandra, Mumbai | Short black jacket from Veromoda