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
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.
(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:
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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Skin Deep Cosmetics Database EWG Rating
Paula’s Choice Rating
ammonium lauryl sulphate
(Used primarily as a detergent cleansing agent; considered gentle and effective. It can be derived from coconut.)
melia azadirachta leaf extract
(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 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
(Cleansing agent derived from coconut oil. It is also used to help soften hard water)
(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. )
(Vitamin E is one of the most well-known and researched antioxidants for the body and for skin.)
(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.)
(a.k.a blue 1)
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EU allergen 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.
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.
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.
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!