Hola ladies! Or should I say Namaste Bhaktjano ;) as today I am about to review a few, very desi products!!
I hope you guys remember my Patanjali products haul at the very beginning of this year! Well, I took my own sweet time to try them out. The main reason was that, it wasn't working as I expected it to, during the winters, so I waited for the weather to change to see some different results. Was it different? Read on!
QUANTITY: 150 ml
WHAT IT CLAIMS: USEFUL IN REJUVENATING, NURISHING, BEAUTIFYING AND GLORIFYING SKIN, HELPS IN RETAINING HEALTHY SKIN.
MY EXPERIENCE: I was very keen to try out the Patanjali products as I heard a lot of good things about their range and all the products are oh-so-affordable. I thought of starting with their Aloe Vera gel. Prior to this I have never used any aloe-vera gel from any brand or in its natural form. So I had nothing to compare it to. However, I expected that an organic product won't be harmful to my skin. So I went ahead and bought it. I started using it in lieu of moisturiser for my face. But it tightened and further dried out my dry skin like anything. After a few more tries, with some resultant breakouts (yes it is sensitive too..like me :P) I thought of giving it a break and wait for the season to change. I don't blame the gel for the breakouts but the dryness it caused might have resulted in excess sebum secretion and thus the breakouts. My milia got aggravated too (I don't know if this product was the culprit) and I had to consult a doc :( However, my mom became a fan of it from first use (and she also has dry skin) and she said it really gives a good feeling on her skin and asked me to get another tube for her.
Now, that the weather has got really hot here, when I don't feel like putting heavy creams on my face as my face turns really oily, I use this before going out, but first I moisten my face with Liz Earle toner and let it settle for a few seconds and then massage in the gel. It helps to keep the oiliness and stickiness at bay for a few hours. It also brightened up my complexion to some extent (not the fairness cream claim type). But it didn't do anything for the acnes or dark spots. To sum it up,
WHAT I LIKED:
- It is quite a nice replacement for the heavy creams during summers for my dry combination skin.
- It helps to keep my skin dry to some extent.
- It brightened up my face on regular usage.
- Cost effective for the quantity.
- Effective packaging and you can see how much of the product is left.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
- Caused breakouts due to extreme dryness of skin during winters.
- Not a sole reason maybe, but my milia got aggravated post using this.
- Didn't work on acne/spots till now.
RATINGS: 3 out of 5
I would also like to give some overviews/mini reviews on the two soaps I bought along with the aloe vera gel. Though I have used them up long ago but didn't find anything extraordinary about them to write full reviews.
KANTI ALOE VERA - 75GM
SOMYA HALDI-CHANDAN -75GM
Both the soaps are mild and didn't dry out my skin. I didn't see any commendable improvement of my skin but they are quite nice, regular priced bathing soaps. As you can see from the ingredients list it is made from organic substances. However, I am not too thrilled to see Goumutra as an ingredient in the aloe vera soap (which I just noticed while uploading the pics). I know its quite a holy product in India and is used in many *pujas* for purification purposes of body and soul and such, but listing it as the ingredient is giving me the creeps!! In cases like these I would rather welcome the brands to suppress this kind of information. It's better for me to not know :P!
RATINGS: 4 out of 5
VERDICT: I must belong to some weird species for whom cosmetic/un-natural products works better than natural/organic products and this has been the case for most of the herbal/natural products I have used till date, so I am not complaining about this range. The aloe vera gel might suit oily skinned ladies better than the dry skinned ones.
Have you tried out these products? Share your experiences with me!