Patanjali Anti Bacterial Herbal HandWash Review

Personal Recommendation:
Consider finding products without additives, otherwise this looks fine.

Personal Opinion:
+ Very nice smell
+ The soap comes off the hands easily and leaves no noticeable residue
+ Product is sold as both a pump bottle and refill sachet
– 2 synthetic preservatives, perfume, and colour

(+ good, – bad, * neutral)

Plant medicine ingredients:
+ Azadirachta indica → Neem ⇒ clears toxins, antifungal, promotes healing
+ Ocimum sanctum → Tulsi or Holy Basil ⇒ antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and wound healing
Other ingredients:
◙ Aqua → water
◙ Gel base → …just one of those unknowns chalked up to trust
– Diazolidenyl urea → synthetic preservative ⇒ mild irritation for sensitive skin types
– IPBC → synthetic preservative ⇒ gastrointestinal and liver toxin, risks to human reproduction and development, risk of skin allergy
◙ Sugandhit dravya → aromatic substance ⇒ to improve the scent
◙ Permitted colour (CI: 15985)
◙ QS either referring to the base materials as a whole or specifically to the colour. Either way, it means ‘the amount which is enough’.

Information sources: Plants For A Future (PFAF), PlanetAyurveda, TruthInAging, AnnMarrieGianni, Google, Wikipedia, PersonalCareCouncil

Triclosan-free (synthetic additive found in other cosmetic products, including handwashes)

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Vaadi Herbals Lemongrass Anti Pigmentation Spa Facial Kit Review

Like a ‘fancy box of chocolates’ version of face creams.

+ The packaging is thoughtful, with some nice grasses and individual small containers and a nice box.
+ Soft skin noticed after 1 week of daily use.
+ Can make a nice gift due to packaging and the size.
Quantity of cream is small-to-moderate (15 or 25 grams each)
Likely to last a month or two if used daily
+ The experience of lemongrass is the most prominent of all the ingredients.

– The packaging is excessive from a ‘waste point of view’.
– Two of the creams appear to be the same in terms of look, smell, and feel.
– The face scrub is a bit sticky compared to other products in the home.
– It can be time consuming to use all 4 creams (5 minutes + 5 + 30 + … )

Other notes 
Self-observations:
All four appear as the same with slight a change in colour and a very very very subtle change of smell. So subtle I’m more convinced it’s my mind telling me there is a difference rather than my senses actually detecting a difference in scent.

All textures are similar except for the scrub which has little micro beads of unknown material.

The quantity of cream is quite small. The directions say things like “apply a generous layer” or “apply a thick layer” which suggests that it will be used up over a short time.

The packaging appears to account for most of the weight of each container and the box uses a lot of packaging space for a small amount of actual product. Consider what you are actually buying here: a sample of a variety of creams.
May be useful as a gift or as a starting point and later if you like it you may wish to buy a larger version of the product if available.
We can see the reality of this packaging thing in how 3 of the containers each contain 15 grams of cream and the 4th contains 25 grams of cream, yet each container is the exact same size from the outside.

Spa Facial Kit

It’s sort of like a ‘box of fancy chocolates’ version of face creams…and all the chocolates are more or less the same except for the one with nuts…
Mostly it is the lemongrass experience that is noticed while using the product.

From Shreda:
Soft skin noticed after 1 week
Used every day
Takes time to do the full 4 of them..like an hour..

Did you find a difference among 1,3,4?
1 and 3 are the same
2 is a face pack and is wiped off after 30 mins

Do you prefer 2 or the papaya cream?
Papaya cream. 2 is a little bit sticky

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Roop Mantra Ayurvedic Face Cream Review

I thought it might be useful to make clear which of the latin names correspond to the common language name in English, as only some were listed on the product, and the website does not contain this information in explicit form.
Also I’ve included a key medicinal action or a target condition for each plant medicine, in this way you can better know the allies you are working with to heal:

Dr. Juneja’s Roop Mantra

Latin name → Common English name ⇒ one possible medicinal action or target

Aloe vera → …latin name is the common name! :- O ⇒ speeds up healing
Ocimum sanctum → Tulsi or Holy Basil ⇒ treats dryness and pimples
Curcuma longa → Turmeric ⇒ treat acne and psoriasis (dry itchy skin)
Daucus carota → Wild carrot, Queen Anne’s Lace ⇒ anti-wrinkle
Pyrus malus → Paradise Apple, common apple ⇒ exfoliant (remove deal cells)
Citrus lemon or limon → Lemon ⇒ exfoliant
Cucumis sativus → Garden Cucumber ⇒ softens the skin
Prunus amygdalus → Almond ⇒ prevents wrinkles, pimples, and dry skin
Vitis vinefera → Common Grape ⇒ helps other ingredients to penetrate the skin
Glycyrrhiza glabra → Licorice ⇒ treatment of eczema
Azadirachta indica → Neem ⇒ a vehicle for other active ingredients
Santalum album → Indian Sandalwood ⇒ relief of acne and pimples

* Most of the above names and chosen attributes came from Plants For A Future (PFAF).
Other online sources included: PlanetAyurveda, HealWithFood, AstridaNaturals, HimayalaWellness, PaulasChoice, TruthInAging, and AlwaysAyurveda.

Ayurvedic Medicinal Cream

    • My opinion and experience (+ good, – bad, * neutral):
      Upon opening there are multiple recommendations to first wash with Roop Mantra Herbal Face Wash
    • Listed ingredients account for 15% of the contents…what’s the other 85%?

○ Q.S. = Quantum satis → “the amount which is enough”
○ Cream Base: Q.S. in this cases means 85% cream base
○ We aren’t told what is in the cream base…

+ There is a subtle scent that is quite nice
– Strong smells reminiscent of a chemical factory..or the bathroom section in a store
– The smell of creams and bathroom supplies in general is off-putting to me, and that comes out first and strongest, although the subtle scent makes for a nice buffer.

    • When applying there are a number of different smells:

+ First it smells quite nice and feels cool
– Then it smells pharmaceutical / ‘bathroom-cream products smell’
– It feels a bit prickly and I think to myself that my body doesn’t enjoy this, so I wash it off…

+ Other members in the house think the smell is good
For a review from someone who has used this product, see this article on the blog The Mirror on My Wall (near the bottom of the review):

[http://www.themirroronmywall.com/roop-mantra-ayurvedic-cream-review/]

For a list of things to consider about ‘Why you Should or Should Not use this cream’, see this article on Cobra Post (near the end, after ingredients in red):

[http://indicivil.blogspot.in/2015/11/roop-mantra-cream-review-side-effects.html]

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Vaadi Herbals Papaya Fairness Scrub Gel Review

The ‘Key Ingredients’ are simple, and if the product was only this I would treat it as food. As suggested by the scent there are probably other ingredients, hence this won’t be becoming my new jam! 😛

Vaadi Herbals What am I talking about?
…this is a cleansing face scrub:

+ Wholesome idea to scrub with the crushed seeds of a fruit
+ Gentle face scrub
+ Nice reminder to give a self-massage to the face
+ Fresh feeling on forehead 20 minutes after use
+ For use with a beard! Effective at removing dead skin and grime 😀
+ The packaging suggests that the product may be best kept fresh and away from oxygen. That being said, the design appears quite effective in doing this.

Fairness Scrub Gel

Additional remarks:
– The product makes me feel girly inside, so first I need to face this obstacle before investing my time further into using this product for my well-being.
+ A little bit of extra product on the hands easily wipes away and doesn’t leave the hands all oily like with cream-based products.
+ The suggested scrubbing time is 5 to 7 minutes and one way to keep motivated during this time is to remember the obvious benefits of a massage for the face (and temples!)

First Impressions 

The ingredients suggest that I can eat it, and by the smell I’m tempted at first. As the smell deepens I notice some similarity with other cream products and I wonder how explicit this ingredient list actually is. If I fully trusted it I think I might have some as jam with chapati ☺

Honey and Saffron

It’s quite a gentle face scrub and it reminds me how it’s nice to have a reason to give oneself a little face massage. 5 to 7 minutes? Woah..was my first reaction..then I thought about the face massage aspect and realized I’m using my time quite effectively. For me it is especially nice around the temples.

In hindsight while looking at the product I’m thinking that it’s a wholesome idea to scrub with the crushed seeds of a fruit. Who knows what other products use? Just thinking about it…plastic would scrub really well…

Next time maybe I’ll take more and work it into my beard…if it removes the oil and grime there then I’d be a big fan of it.

The packaging gets the thinking that the product is sensitive to oxygen and would maybe experience colour change if left exposed. There is a plastic piece to act as barrier between the gel and the air inside the container.

The smell makes me feel girly inside..so I need to face that obstacle to continue using the product.

A little bit of extra product on the hands easily wipes away and doesn’t leave the hands all oily like with cream.

After 20 minutes
Fresh feeling on forehead
Images of feeling bright or wide-eyed come to mind.

Now I’ve noticed the the ingredients are listed as ‘key ingredients’ so my initial assessment it probably accurate that there’s more to it which is not listed and I should not make a tasty treat of it.

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KayosNaturals Max Strength Garcinia Cambogia Review

Weight Loss Supplement and Fat Burner

From research online, the following are the attributes of Garcinia Cambogia:

  • Reduce appetite and hunger
  • Promote feeling of fullness

Listen for these signals from the body, and respond appropriately.

According to recommendations from AliveByNature.com, this product appears fine.
No warning alarms are being signalled, and it is meeting the minimum requirements of:

  • 60% HCA
  • no filler ingredients
  • and a decent pill size (500 mg)

KayosNaturals Pure Garcinia Cambogia

Other considerations:

  1. As for the cost-value, one would need to shop around for the most HCA content, and then compare prices:
    ‘mg’ times ‘HCA %’ times ‘number of pills’ equals ‘total mg of HCA’
    For KayosNatural: 500 mg * 60% * 60 pills = 18 000 mg of HCA
    One must also consider if there are additives or other fillers.
  2. It is the opinion of this writer that for the attributes of this plant to be effective, a person has to hear these signals from the body “I’m not feeling hunger” or “I feel quite full”, and then respond and follow the natural advice to then eat appropriately. If one is eating to satisfy the mind (to meet mental craving, or to provide taste stimulation, or as energy for the mind), then I wonder how this would work. Please comment as per your experiences!

Additional findings:

500 mg twice daily = 1000 mg per day

{Poor metaphor..hmm
– Imagine you have a book shelf in your home and the books are collecting dust and no one is reading them. If you start reading books, the shelf will naturally become cleaner over time. Your body can be kind of like that. There is stored fat that isn’t being used. By eating a high-fat diet the body learns to burn fat, and naturally the excess fats will also get burned.
– People may also want to look into the Ketogenic diet, and burning fat by having a high-fat diet. Think of it like this: if your body is like a house and the house is beginning to get dirty, but it is still quite liveable, yet you want it to be clean. If an event takes place and the house becomes really dirty, it will necessitate cleaning. Feed the body more fat and it will start burning fat as it’s source of energy, naturally some of the stored fats will also be burned since your body is in the process of burning fat anyway.}

[http://alivebynature.com/dont-believe-the-hype-about-garcinia-cambogia/]

  • 1200 mg shows 3 pounds weightloss over 8 weeks
  • 2400 mg shows 4-5 pounds weightloss
  • Recommended at least 60% HCA
  • Reduces hunger
  • Helps to promote feeling of fullness
  • Increase serotonin to reduce appetite
  • Blocks the production of new fats in the body
  • Given the status of Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA in the USA

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