FASHION & BEAUTY

Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare Review

samaya ayurveda skincare review

 

Hi guys, today’s post is an exciting one because we’ll talk about clean skincare, and it’s not just all about clean and natural skincare products, it’s also about a skincare brand based on Ayurvedic principles. Isn’t that cool? I mean, with all the different skincare items spurting every minute nowadays, I feel like it’s about time that we really take a closer look at the ingredients that we put on our skin. While it’s true that there’s a been a huge buzz of using and promoting clean and all-natural skincare ingredients, I feel like there’s this one particular brand that has put a lot of emphasis on quality ingredients when it comes to skincare. If you haven’t heard about them before, then take a closer look at this London-based skincare brand called Samaya.

 

Samaya is an all-natural skincare brand that is based on the principles of Ayurveda. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “Life Knowledge” or “Science of Life”, and this principle promotes a holistic approach when it comes to achieving a balance to our bodily system. One way of achieving that is to pay attention to our lifestyle in general. Having a sound mind and sound body requires regular exercise, nourishing diet, enough sleep, adequate relaxation and of course, proper self-care. If those things aren’t balanced, then chances are our stress levels go high and our skin will suffer. I, for one, can attest to that.

 

samaya ayurveda skincare

 

Samaya’s top quality all-natural Ayurvedic ingredients in skincare are really something that will also help us achieve healthy and balanced skin. They offer a curated approach by providing a personalized skincare range, that is, according to your skin type and skincare needs. The goal is to help you achieve your “Samadosha” or to achieve “a perfect balance in our lives” starting with your skin.

 

To achieve your Samadosha, Samaya provides an online quiz (click HERE) to determine your Dosha type. Doshas are the energies that govern each individual, kinda like their characters. There are primarily three types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

 

Vata – Energetic and creative in balance, but worried, tired and indecisive when out of balance. Often of slender build and suffers from cold hands and feet. Tends to have delicate dry skin and hair, which may need extra moisturizing and nourishment to keep it glowing and healthy.

 

Pitta – Well-proportioned and compact build, with a focused mind and a love of order. Confident and passionate, enjoying challenges. Prone to anger and impatience when out of balance. Benefits from gentle skincare as the skin can be sensitive and irritable, susceptible to wrinkles, sunburn, and inflammation.

 

Kapha – Laidback and easy-going with a stable, steady energy level. Often has a strong physical frame but can be lethargic or apathetic if out of balance. Takes a relaxed, reasonable approach to life and can be compassionate, gentle and kind. Skin is usually thick and pale, can be radiant and glowing, but with clogged pores or excess oil when out-of-balance.

 

As you can guess, my Dosha is definitely Kapha. I do have clogged pores and I tend to have excess oil on my skin. Samaya sent me two of the products from their Kapha range to try and here’s what I think…

 

Samaya Kapha Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil review

 

Kapha Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil (30 ml: £94.80) – This lightweight facial oil has a concentrated blend of Ayurvedic botanicals and it has a very relaxing earthy scent. Its key ingredients are Sandalwood oil, Frankincense oil, Vetivert Oil, Gotu Kola Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Turmeric Root, and Ashwagandha Root Extract to mention a few. It’s also free from Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, synthetic color/fragrance, mineral oils, silicones and more. I normally avoid using facial oils on my face but this particular oil actually makes my skin smooth. My skin had gone through a lot this Winter and it has some dry patches that I’ve been trying to hydrate. Luckily, with this facial oil, my face has been very moisturized and it feels really soft. It’s non-sticky and I only need one pump to cover my entire face and I massage it gently on my skin for a very relaxing feel. It has a very rejuvenating effect and it makes the face look plump and healthy. You can use this oil right after cleansing and moisturizing the face. On me, I use this as a substitute for my moisturizer.

 

Samaya Kapha Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil review

 

Kapha Renewing Exfoliant (50 ml: £70.80) – This is a very interesting enzyme exfoliant because, upon application, this doesn’t feel gritty or scratchy at all. Instead, this actually feels very creamy like a very hydrating facial mask. After washing this off, my face feels really smooth and soft, almost like baby skin. I find that the exfoliating action of this is very gentle but its effect is definitely obvious, and I did notice my skintone looking more radiant and more glowy after every use. I also like the relaxing earthy scent of this exfoliant, and it has Pineapple enzymes, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Leaf, Jojoba, Vitamin E, Avocado and powerful Ayurvedic ingredients such as Amla, Gotu Kola, Vetivert, Sandalwood, Turmeric, Neem, and Ashwagandha, etc. You can use this exfoliating cream every other day and apply this like a face mask, massage gently, and wait 20 minutes before rinsing this off. For deeper exfoliation, leave this on overnight.

 

Samaya Kapha Renewing Exfoliant review

 

Bottom line, I highly recommend this brand and for those of my readers who live in the UK, you guys should check out Samaya’s all-natural Ayurvedic ingredients in skincare. I love their holistic approach to taking care of the skin and the fact that they tailor their products according to your specific skincare needs. Because, after all, if the mind, body, and soul are in perfect harmony then our skin will reflect that from within.

 

Samaya Ayurveda

 

For more information and to order these products online, you can check out

samayaayurveda.com. They currently ship only to countries in the European Union and to the U.S.

 

Product samples provided by Samaya. The reviews, photos, and opinions herein are solely mine.

 

Have you tried these before? What’s your Dosha?

 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray Review

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Curious about Mario Badescu Facial Sprays? I am and had been for some time. Actually, I was on the lookout for some good facial sprays and this brand caught my eye. There seem to be a lot of raves about their Green Tea, Lavender and especially their Rosewater face mists. So, I couldn’t help but try them for myself. For starters, I kinda like the ingredients of these facial sprays and they seem to be light on the skin. Since I’m actually not a fan of thick, heavy, and oil-based face sprays because they’ll just emphasize the shine on my skin, I felt like these Mario Badescu mists seem like the perfect fit.

 

There are a couple of things I noticed about these facial sprays. First, they’re really quite versatile to use. They’re not just simple facial sprays, they can also be used as a toner or as a complement to your favorite moisturizer since these sprays add extra moisture to the skin and soften the dry patches of the face. So, in general, these mists are perfect for layering under makeup. Second thing is that these are perfect for spraying on our favorite facial sponge of the world – the beautyblender. Speaking of that, oh my, I do that quite a lot. I like the convenience of having a facial spray nearby so I could moisten my beautyblender with it on the spot. I tend to get lazy in wetting my beautyblender especially when I may not have access to the nearest faucet and I have to apply my makeup fast. I actually like the feel of my beautyblender that way as opposed to wetting it with water, because it sorta retains a firm texture which makes it easier for me to control my makeup application. Moistening it all over could make the sponge too soft. I love to smack that beautyblender on my face so I could have a more even, natural, and less cakey foundation on the skin. Lastly, as a facial spray, these really add moisture to dry skin, and they’re great as a finishing spray since they make the foundation look less harsh and more even. Also, these provide for a nice facial refresher during the day.

 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater review

 

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater (4 oz: $7, 8 oz: $12) – This face mist is great for all skin types, but actually all Mario Badescu Face Sprays are. This one, in particular, has a nice rose scent and it’s meant to rehydrate, clarify, even the complexion, and add a glow to the skin. For me, I didn’t notice the glow part at all, but I guess because my skin is already glowing in oil anyway, LOL. This facial spray actually did quite the opposite. It did kinda control the excess oiliness of my skin even though the effect is very subtle. This spray also moisturizes the skin and it feels light, non-sticky, and it didn’t give me any breakouts. So this is really nice for those with oily-prone or with problematic acne skin. Also, there are no harsh ingredients in this, like Sulfates, SLES, Parabens, etc.

 

mario badescu facial spray with aloe cucumber and green tea review

 

Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea (4 oz: $7, 8 oz: $12) – Smells fresh just like Cucumber and Green Tea, I like leaving this face mist inside my refrigerator, and I use this to hydrate my skin throughout the day. Try it, you’ll love it. This spray is also great for all skin types and I believe, apart from delivering extra moisture to the skin, this pretty much adds an invigorating effect, the type that wakes up the senses.

 

mario badescu facial spray with aloe chamomile and lavender review

 

Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile, and Lavender (4 oz: $7, 8 oz: $12) – Talking about relaxing and soothing face mists, well, this is the one. Just like the calming effect of Lavender, I love using this spray at night especially before going to bed. My face tends to get dry at night so this spray helps a lot. I find this to be quite comforting and surprisingly very hydrating, probably even more hydrating than the Rosewater one above. This is also great for all skin types and free of any harsh ingredients.

 

In general, though the effects of these face sprays are very subtle and there’s really not that much difference among them, the important thing is we hydrate our skin and these deliver. So I highly recommend these facial mists. I like that they help to invigorate our senses, they’re mild on the skin, and that they’re pretty much affordable. The bottles are large enough for daily use and they could last for some time. The spray nozzles could use some improvement, but I’m cool with that.

 

mario badescu facial spray review

 

The Mario Badescu Facial Sprays are currently available at Sephora, Ulta, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth, Urban Outfitters and Amazon

 

Are you a fan of these? What’s your favorite Face Mist?

 

Klorane Dry Shampoo Review

best klorane dry shampoo

 

Happy Tuesday to each and every one. Hope your week is up to a good start. A few weeks ago, I did a roundup of my favorite dry shampoos which you can check out HERE. In that post, I promised to tell you more about my favorite Klorane Dry Shampoos which I also love and use even to these days. In fact, it’s Klorane that made me like and explore dry shampoos even more. So, without further ado, here’s my take of this brand’s dry shampoos and read what I like about each of them.

 

klorane oat milk dry shampoo

 

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (mini/1 oz: $10, 3.2 oz: $20) – This is the first Klorane Dry Shampoo I’ve tried and I fell in love with this immediately right after the first spray. It contains corn and rice starch with organic oat milk which really works wonders on the hair and it’s gentle on the scalp and strands. The scent has green notes but it’s not crazy overpowering like most dry shampoos out there. What I love the most about this original Klorane Dry Shampoo is that it really makes the hair look clean, volumized, and refreshed. It’s not meant for super oily hair but it eliminates excess oil off my hair which already has a tendency to get oily pretty easily. Also, this Allure Best of Beauty winner is perfect for color-treated hair and for any hair types. It does not contain any Parabens, SLES, Sulfates, and even Formaldehydes. Additionally, I find that this product doesn’t really leave any visible whitish or chalky residue on my jet black hair which is a huge plus for me because sometimes dealing with these residues can take some time.

 

klorane dry shampoo with oat milk natural tint review

 

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Natural Tint (mini/1 oz: $10, 3.2 oz: $20) – This has the same ingredients and scent as the original Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo above, only except this version contains beige powder (instead of white) and it’s meant to blend naturally with dark hair. To be honest, the natural beige tint of this dry shampoo is a nice bonus, but as what I’ve said before, the original Klorane Dry Shampoo above, with its whitish powder, doesn’t really leave any visible chalky residue on the hair. So, if you already have the original Klorane dry shampoo above, then you can pretty much skip this tinted one or vice versa. But if you’re like me and you wanna be safe, you can buy a mini size of this dry shampoo and keep it in your purse for emergencies.

 

klorane dry shampoo with nettle oil control review

 

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle Oil Control (mini/1 oz: $10, 3.2 oz: $20) – I got this out of curiosity just to see if this really works as promised. Also, I wanted to test if this could actually deal with my tendency-to-get-really-greasy hair. 🙂 With ingredients like the two Klorane Dry Shampoos above plus Nettle Extract which promotes hair growth and hair health, I do believe this works like a charm in controlling excess hair oil even after two days of having an unwashed hair, and it does add volume as well. I would have loved this a lot, but this does leave some whitish residue on the hair right after spraying. However, the chalky residue goes away pretty easily, you just gotta let it settle on your hair for a few seconds and then massage lightly onto scalp, then blend and brush your hair. Lately, I noticed that there’s a newer version of this dry shampoo and it’s meant for dark hair, you can see it HERE. So, when I’m done with this, I’m definitely getting that version for sure. Just like with the two Klorane Dry Shampoos above, this Nettle Oil Control Dry Shampoo is also great for color-treated hair and it’s free of Sulfates, SLES, Parabens, Formaldehyde, etc.

 

klorane dry shampoo review

 

Bottom line, I really like using these Klorane Dry Shampoos not only because they truly make the hair look clean and renewed, but also because they just feel light in terms of their scent and the way they feel on my hair. I just wish their bottles could get a little bit bigger so I could get more use out of them.

 

What are your favorite dry shampoos? Are you a fan of Klorane?

 

The Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (Tinted/Untinted) and the Klorane Dry Shampoo Nettle Oil Control can be found at Sephora, UltaRevolve, and Amazon

 

* Hair Dryer is from Harry Josh, available HERE

* Straw Hat can be found HERE

 

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