Category: Makeup & Beauty

can I give my baby a made-in-India chemical-free product??

When my new-born toiletries had to be purchased,my husband knowing of my ‘Made in India’ madness brought me a gift pack of Himalaya Babycare. I was actually very happy. Its herbal too. I never wanted the traditional Johnsons & Johnsons (Though I love their smell). it was too much chemicals for my baby to handle I thought. Himalaya massage oil, bubble soap, shampoo, diaper cream, powder everything suited my baby pretty well. ‘Any cream is too much chemicals’ my 1 year old mommy cousin told me and I happily used the baby cream on my face 😉

When my baby had the usual baby rash – milia, I was worried though I needn’t be.

Then one day I saw a paraben-free Himalaya shampoo I checked the other products, and I was surprised to find the rest of them hoarded with chemicals.

It struck me HERBAL PRODUCTS NEED NOT BE PARABEN FREE. I hurriedly checked the baby product ingredients and was shocked to see they are NOT PARABEN FREE. I felt seriously let down by Himalaya Baby Care.

I mean if you can thinking of giving a shampoo paraben free, what about the gentle baby care??!

I quickly browsed through and settled down to Chicoo and Pigeon which do have natural ingredients and are paraben free, but hell yeah not chemical free.

I was still happy with the Himalaya powder which seems chemical free and actually helped me overcome mild-severe diaper rashes.

And then as I was searching for chemical free products, I came accross the Miss B page on Biotique .. Ah Someone Who thinks like me and actually did something about it and its BIG!

India or Bharat has ancient wisdom which is wasted because its too tedious .. Well better say We have become lazy!! Biotique tries its hand in capturing that ancient wisdom in packaged bottles and have to say it does the job pretty well. Not once did their products broke me out .. They either work or don’t!!

So my baby’s products will be from Baby Biotique.. – Made in India and I so love their smell 🙂 and their products ..

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IMBB

I came across this blog Indian Makeup and Beauty Blog when I was searching for an Indian blog for makeup last year and I was hooked 🙂 There is not a single day I don’t check the blog after that.

This blog holds accumulated review posts from various readers. There are at least 8 blog posts/contributions from various readers all over the globe everyday.

Not many products are left non-reviewed by the IMBB fanfare 😉 Whenever I want to try a new product, I read the review first. The best part is the reviews are from all the normal Jane’s out there like me and not some high-end makeup artists or PR people. So they are all honest and a perspective I can relate to completely.

Rati and Sanjeev are the owners of the blog. IMBB is one of the many successful blogs that they run. I didn’t know they were a couple and in one of comments Sanjeev was lashing out at a rude comment on his biwi. And I was completely clueless what was he doing here at a makeup blog. Then at another instance he was talking about bringing back emoticons and I thought he was the technical guy in the team 😉 Only when Jomol wished Rati and Sanjeev on their anniversary, I could figure out .. I know Silly ME ;P

I really love the blog not only for the frank reviews, I also love it for the bonding developed among the readers and the efforts the owners take to better the experience 🙂

Rati talks about high-end makeup products giving due credit to the local brands too. Sanjeev doesn’t post much, but when he does they are very insightful and witty.

They actually made blogging very glamorous 😉 A lot of the readers inspired by IMBB started their own blogs but continue to write for IMBB 🙂

I love the ownership and feel-good atmosphere there.

Rati and Sanjeev Thank you for inspiring and giving us such a wonderful blog 🙂

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Brands(Made in BHARAT) – Indian Beauty Products

When we import products, it seriously affects the already effected economy.

No wonder our first PM  Jawaharlal Nehru requested the Tata’s to manufacture the cosmetics right in India as he was concerned the Indian women were spending too much in foreign exchange for the cosmetics 😉 Lakme was thus born. But it is a part of Unilever now losing the whole reason for its launch is a different story. 

So in a drive to use only Indian made products, I was on search for products/brands that work and that too effectively. Can’t ruin my skin for the sake of the drive right 😉

So listing a few brands that I have tried and rely upon. There might be many others but not posting which I haven’t tried.

Also most of the Indian brands have natural ingredients and that’s a bonus any day!!

  • Himalaya Products – one of the foremost products I depend upon, They have the best face washes 🙂
  • Lotus Herbals – My most favorite brand, Their cosmetics along with the beauty products are great too. Greater than value for money products actually. Their lipsticks, nail polishes are the better than many high-end brand products actually
  • Banjaras Products – Their face packs and hair packs are the next best to the natural products used directly.
  • Ayur – Their astringent along with lacto calamine helped me get rid of my teen pimples 🙂
  • Biotique – Their products are very gentle on the skin. A few duds sometimes but very soft and works most of the time
  • Patanjali – Every product is amazing, gentle and works with the treasure of ancient wisdom. Jai Ho RamDev Baba 😀
  • Khadi Natural – Their products are all natural. Though mentioning the chemicals too in the ingredients list would make them feel more authentic
  • Fab India – Their personal range products are worth every penny.
  • Devicas – Their shampoos are simply awesome .. Can try out the other beauty products too .. Rose water my favorite.
  • Mayur Khadi –  This is a part of the Karnataka Government’s khadi initiatives .. I personally love their shampoo .. Availability is a huge blow though .. I could only find it in local stores.

This list may be updated as I use the other products available and like them 🙂

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