Beauty,  Product Reviews

Himalaya Neem face wash (Gel form)

A highly rated cult favorite used by, I believe, majority of all Indian girls. Simply put, I just really truly love this product. End of story. I have been using this product for nearly 10 years now, if not more.

But today, I wanted to explore the ingredients of my favorite product and see if there are any nasty ingredients in there. So lets head straight in.





Thick and gel- like


On Application:

Spreads smoothly and evenly


The product comes in a plastic tube with an attached clip on cap (So no worries of losing the cap). The tubes come in various sizes; the smaller tubes are easy to travel with even.

I have even come across really tiny travel size tubes usually they come free with the big ones. Products in some stores come with external sealed packaging whereas not all stores have this seal and that really pisses me.




Reasonable & Affordable.

How to use?

A small amount is all you need. Sometimes you may end up  taking up too much of the product unawares which in my opinion is totally not necessary. Take a coin sized amount and apply evenly over face, massage well in circles in an upward motion and wash off with cool water.


This product works amazingly on any skin type. In dry and cold places you will need to use a more moisturizing heavier kind of face wash. But this works really great for the Indian climate and environment.

I live in the middle east, it works great for me however I have to apply moisturizing lotion after, since here the air condition is kept switched on all the time and hence can dry out the skin. However in India I have never felt the need to apply moisturizer after, as this face wash leaves my skin quiet moisturized.

It removes dirt, makeup and oil build up effectively and leaves the skin refreshed, absolutely clean and glowing.


The table below shows the ingredients present in the cream as mentioned on its cover.  Along with it, I have mentioned the rating provided by Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, EWG and rating by Paula’s Choice.

(Disclosure: All information found in the table below is directly taken from the mentioned two websites)

According to the EWG Cosmetics database, the rating is as follows:

1-2 : Low Hazard

3-6 : Moderate Hazard

7-10: High Hazard

According to Paula’s choice Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary, the rating is as follows:

  1. Best
  2. Good
  3. Average
  4. Poor

In the table shown below, for those ingredients with either a moderate hazard rating by EWG or an average rating by Paula’s Choice has been highlighted yellow and for those ingredients with either a high hazard rating by EWG or a poor rating by Paula’s Choice has been highlighted with red for your easy reference. Also, kindly note, just because it is highlighted doesn’t mean you need to steer completely clear of the ingredient or the product; it is just so it helps you assess whether you approve of that particular ingredient personally in your skincare product. (for instance, I have discovered that the ingredient Dimethicone found in most creams doesn’t suit my skin as it tends to breakout and hence I have to avoid products that contain this ingredient)

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Ingredients Skin Deep Cosmetics Database EWG Rating Paula’s Choice Rating
water 1 N/A
ammonium lauryl sulphate 1


(Used primarily as a detergent cleansing agent; considered gentle and effective. It can be derived from coconut.)
melia azadirachta leaf extract 1


(Primarily from India where it has a long and storied history, neem extracts have antioxidant and skin-calming benefits and may also help reduce the population of harmful microbes on skin’s surface. Polysaccharides in neem extract can contribute to skin’s hydration level Neem stem as a water-based extract contains multiple beneficial ingredients for skin that are believed to help visibly repair its appearance and improve hydration.)
cocamidopropyl betaine


(Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it)


(Cocamidopropyl betaine may be plant-derived or synthetic, with either form considered safe for use in cosmetic products. It is considered low risk for sensitising skin, although impurities resulting from poor manufacturing can increase the risk.)
sodium cocoyl glutamate 1


(Cleansing agent derived from coconut oil. It is also used to help soften hard water)
sodium cocoyl glutamate disodium 1


(A cleansing agent derived from coconut.)


(This may be of animal or vegetable origin)
alkyl acrylate crosspolymer 1


(A synthetic ingredient used to enhance the texture of skincare and haircare products. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review has deemed it safe as it is currently used in cosmetics.)
curcuma longa 1


(has potent antioxidant properties.)
sodium hydroxide

3 -4

(Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations – Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications by CIR)


(is a highly alkaline ingredient used in small amounts in cosmetics to establish and hold the pH of a product. It’s also used as a cleansing and denaturing agent. In high concentrations, it’s a significant skin sensitizer.)


(Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)Occupational hazardsOther MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)😉


(Phenoxyethanol is a widely used synthetic preservative that has global approval for use in all cosmetic products in concentrations up to 1%.)


(represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients )


(These are often skin sensitizers because they are composed of hundreds of individual chemical components. Fragrance is a leading source of sensitivity to cosmetics.)


( is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions.)


( Introduced into cosmetics in the mid-1970s, it elicited a great number of sensitizations in consumers. This led to it not being included in cosmetics other than rinse-off products. When combined with methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone offers preservative benefit. This blend is used in many products instead of parabens, despite the fact that parabens have a better safety track record and lower incidence of causing a sensitizing reaction.)


(is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that it may be neurotoxic.)


(Preservative that’s generally recommended for use only in rinse-off products such as cleansers or shampoos. Methylisothiazolinone is known to be sensitizing when used in leave-on products. Its use in both rinse-off and leave-on cosmetics products is restricted to low amounts as a means to avoid sensitivity while maintaining its efficacy as a preservative, but even in the low amount permitted (0.01%) has raised questions about it being more sensitizing than most other preservatives. )
sodium metabisulfite


(Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)Occupational hazardsOther MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); )


(used as a preservative in formulations, and can be a skin sensitizer. However, it can also be an antioxidant.)
citric acid


( to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products. Citric acid is naturally found in citric fruits and juices, providing the characteristic acidic taste. )


(Extract derived from citrus fruits and used primarily in small amounts to adjust the pH of products to prevent them from being too alkaline. Citric acid is an AHA, and as such, in the right formula and concentration, it can exfoliate skin. )
disodium edta 1


(Used as a chelating agent in cosmetic products, meaning it prevents ingredients in a formula from binding with trace elements (mainly minerals) that can be present in water. Studies have found that EDTAs, including disodium EDTA, as used in cosmetic formulations are safe.)
tocopheryl acetate


(Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns)


(Vitamin E is one of the most well-known and researched antioxidants for the body and for skin.)
ci 19140


(a.k.a Yellow 5 is a synthetic dye produced from petroleum; this dye is FDA-approved for use in food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.) (This ingredient may be derived from animals.)
ci 42090


(a.k.a blue 1)

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Paraben free  
Sulphate free
Phthalate free
Silicone free
Alcohol free
EU allergen free
Cruelty free

Note: Though this product is not sulfate free, it only contains Ammonium Lauryl sulfate which is considered gentle and effective. But doesn’t contain the harmful sulfates like SLS or SLES. 


Based on the deduction from the above table of ingredient study, I feel this product is relatively harmless  and is carefully formulated and is much better than its other counterparts in the market though it does contain perfume which I personally don’t prefer but then again its far better than the usual ingredient list that I find in other products.


Would I buy again?

I have been using this for such a long time now and I always ensure to replace it every time it gets over. This has been a definite part of my skincare routine and yes, I will definitely keep buying it.


Do I recommend?

A 100 times yes. You really need to try this out. But again, some things work for some people and some things don’t but as far as I have seen, this works really great for quiet a lot of people. So, definitely do try it. Its not like it costs too much!






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