New Member to My Skin & Hair Care Routine – Hydrosol

Last year while the world witnessed a lot of ‘New Normals’, lot of things changed in beauty industry as well. More people started leaning towards skincare and less on cosmetics or makeup products. While trying to know and try some chemical free natural skincare products, I came across this holy grail called – Hydrosol.

Let’s know what is product is all about. Shall we??

First and foremost let’s see what is Hydrosol?

Hydrosol is magical water ( I mean water based product with benefits which can work like magic) made from the distillation of fresh flowers, leaves, fruits and other plant material. Doesn’t that sound wow..!

So, there are multiple types of Hydrosol available right?

Yes. There are Hydrosol made of different flowers (my favourite is Rose), many leaves are used to make Hydrosol ( I liked curry leaves one so far!!) etc.

How is the consistency?

When I said it’s magical water, like literally. When it comes to consistency, it is as light as water.

What about fragrance? Are they strong smelling one??

They have more subtle scent mostly. Again depends on the variant. For example Rose Hydrosol is more soothing fragrant (if you like fragrance of Rose), curry leaves one is kind of moderate, Lavender one can fall on slightly stronger note.

Is it similar to essential oil? If not, how are they different from essential oils?

They have a lot in common with essential oil as Hydrosols are byproduct of essential oil manufacturing process.! What makes Hydrosol different is that they are way less concentrated as compared to essential oils.

Are they supposed to be used only for skin?

No. They can be used for both skin and hair.

How to use Hydrosol?

You can spritz Hydrosol on face like toner. Can be sprayed on scalp for the betterment of scalp and hair health. It can also be used as a base for your skin care and hair care DIYs (That’s more like my deal. I love DIYs. Don’t you?? ) Plus, some Hydrosol with slightly stronger smell can be used as body mist.!

Let’s talk about most important point – What are the benefits of Hydrosol?

Hydrosol can cleanse your skin, maintain pH level and calm your skin. If you have itchy scalp, Hydrosol can help you get healthy scalp. Some are even used for hair growth as well..! Hydrosol can also be used for relaxation..!

Things to take care of before using Hydrosol.

Even though studies have proved that Hydrosol doesn’t really have any side effects, I would still ask you to do a patch test before using it. That’s because our skin reacts differently to different products, even if it natural/ chemical free one..!

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Recipe of Hair Tea for Healthy Hair and Scalp

Tea is a soul drink for most of Indians out there. Just like how tea refreshes body and soul, I will share a tea recipe which will refresh your hair and scalp..!

Let’s prepare..!

Ingredients:

We need three ingredients to prepare this magical potion.

  1. Tea Powder
  2. Rosemary Leaves
  3. Nettle Leaves

This Video Will Help You Know the Benefits of using these ingredients.

Preparation Steps:

Take all the ingredients in the quantity that is required. Mix them in a bowl and pour hot water to it. Place this mixture overnight to let the water become infused with all goodness of the ingredients.

How to Use:

Post washing your hair with regular cleanser of your choice, use the tea we prepared above for a final rinse. You do not have to use water post that. Let the tea be on your scalp and hair to do the magic.

Do try and share your views in the comment section below. 🙂

Review of Hibiscus Gel By Puremie

Since the lockdown, most of us are spending time and money on skin care than any makeup product. For taking care of skin, homemade DIY stuffs are something that is keeping us occupied and skincare game interesting.!

Last year while browsing through Instagram, I came across this brand called Puremie. This brand offers clean and raw DIY stuffs that can be used in our skin care or hair care DIYs. 

I have bought some of their gels and masking materials. Today reviewing one of those products. 

They have 5 different gels that are their best sellers. Bought Aloe Vera Gel and Hibiscus gel out of those 5. Here is the detailed review of Hibiscus gel.

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Price : 350 INR for 100 gms

Shelf Life : 6 Months

Ingredients: 

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Whole ingredient list is displayed. There are couple of chemicals in it but I have found out that these are used in skin care products and they are safe to be used. 

Packing:

It comes in a glass jar packing. Transparent packing makes it easier to keep an eye on the product inside the jar. 

All the details are printed on the sticker. 

Screw lid is convenient to use. 

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Color:

It looks like fire. Isn’t it?

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Fragrance: 

Fresh fragrance with aqua based note. Not at all strong. 

Consistency: 

Non sticky, non greasy formula. 

My experience:

I used it directly on my hair and face. Application is easy. It is not at all messy. Once applied, doesn’t feel heavy. Washing it off was also easy. I didn’t have to wash it multiple times to clean it fully. One wash was enough. That’s something cool especially if you have long hair. Post using it, it made my hair super soft and silky. Best thing is it reduces scalp’s oiliness. 

For skin, it moisturised my skin. Did not cause any breakouts.

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Pros:

  1. Eco friendly packing.
  2. Non greasy formula.
  3. Doesn’t feel heavy.
  4. Ingredient list is safe.
  5. Makes hair soft and silky.
  6. Reduces scalp oiliness. 
  7. Moisturises skin.

Cons:

  1. Jar packing is not hygienic. Since it is a DIY product, workaround would be to transfer the gel in the required quantity to other container/ plate to use.! 

Mygirlypedia Rating: 4.9/5  

Final Verdict: 

This jar is my third purchase. With the price, quantity and most importantly, the results are enough to buy this jar again and again.

Even though it is a chemical free product, I would suggest you to try out patch test first before using it on entire face. Because some are allergic to natural ingredients.

Puremie does not have website. They operate via Instagram DMs. Here is the link to their page, where you can checkout their products/ reviews/ shop. : https://instagram.com/puremieskincare?igshid=12yu7fuloen9a 

How to and Why to Use Microfibre Head Wrap

Hair when wet, is prone to breakage. Wet hair needs extra care. I had seen many people using this microfibre hair wrap to wrap wet hair. Since I had heard good reviews about it, wanted to try it out. 

Last time I had been to Decathlon, I saw a rack full of hair wraps. So bought one for myself. This post is totally dedicated to how to use and why to use a microfibre hair wrap. 

This is how hair wrap looks like. 

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It’s super soft and smaller than body towel. Big enough to cover head.! 

It has a button and a band. 

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Now take all the hair forward and with button side of the wrap should be behind your head, put the hair wrap as shown below. 

Twist a bit. 

Put the band around the button. It acts like a lock system and makes sure the wrap is in place.!

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Now that we know how to use, let’s see why to use.

  1. Microfibre wrap is very gentle to hair. 
  2. Absorption of water is faster so hair dries quickly.
  3. It does not leave your hair dry.
  4. It doesn’t damage your hair like any hot hair styling tools would. 

Homemade Hair Mask for Your Precious Crown

Hello,


Mygirlypedia can not just stress more on the fact ‘Hair is our crown’. With our current lifestyle, food habits, our hair is something that gets more affected (of course followed by overall health..!) So to care of our crown, I am sharing one more homemade, chemical free hair care recipe. 

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Just like us, our hair also needs those extra pampering sessions. Don’t you think?? Hair masks are apt for treating our hair well. Those goodness a mask adds to our hair strand and scalp makes it all worth it. 


Today’s hair mask is targeting scalp issues and our biggest nightmare – hair loss.! 


To begin with, let us see what are the ingredients that we need to make this mask.


1. Ghee

2. Aloe vera Gel

3. Hibiscus Petal Powder 

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Let us see what is the role of each ingredient.


Ghee:

It is one of the sacred ingredients when it comes to Ayurveda and all the holy rituals. It has a lot of benefits to offer when consumed or when applied. First and most important one being, moisturization. When hair is dry and brittle, that is when it is weakest. Because dry frizzy hair is more prone to breakage. List of benefits of using ghee is way too long. I have one entire video filmed to explain the benefits of ghee. You can watch it here.  


Aloe Vera Gel:

This ingredient doesn’t need a lot of introduction.! 
Major points why this is used in this particular mask are:

1. Calms itchy scalp.

2. Deep cleanses hair.

3. Repairs and strengthens hair.

4. Helps hair growth. 

If you are interested to know how to use Aloe Vera Gel for healthy eyes, lips and nail, you can read this post. 

Hibiscus Petal Powder:

This is the ingredient that adds this colour to the mask. Apart from adding the tint, it has these things to offer:

1. Makes hair stronger.

2. Conditions hair.

3. Fights hair loss.

4. Prevents premature greying. 

Mix the ingredients and apply it on to your hair. Leave it for 20-30 minutes. Wash it with regular cleanser/ shampoo.


Mygirlypedia Note:

1. Ghee is very moisturising. I did not feel the need to use conditioner post shampooing. Again, it depends on your hair needs. If you feel your hair needs more conditioning, follow shampoo with conditioner. 

2. Ghee is also greasy. You might need more cleanser to clean it thoroughly. 


Hope you find this mask useful. If you try this, please let me know your reviews too..!! 

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12 Ways You Can Use Baby Oil In your Skin Hair and Self Care Routine

When it comes to skin care or any product in general, we all love multipurpose one. I mean a product that can be used in multiple ways. Sounds so time saving and of course economic..! Isn’t it?


If you are following my BUDGET BEAUTY series on YouTube, here is one more to the list – Baby oil. 


Baby oil or if you consider baby products as a whole, they are very mild and can also be used by adults. Yes.! So baby oil is not just for a baby, it is for someone as precious as a baby, you..! 


Now let’s see how we can use it in 12 different ways in our daily skin, hair and self care. Ready?


Which one would you like to go with? Let’s go with skin care first. What’s say??


Skin Care:

  1. Face Oil:

This is again a debatable topic whether baby oil is good to be applied on face. Well the last time I checked it is quiet light weight hence most of the people do approve it. I personally find it working for my dry skin. But if you have sensitive or acne prone skin, I don’t really suggest oil for face.! 


2. Under Eye Treatment:

If you do not have budget for eye cream, baby oil can come handy. Apply a layer of baby oil on the under eye are and you can pat a tissue to absorb the extra oiliness. This will add moisture and takes care of the delicate under eye area. 


3. Makeup Remover:

We spend so much money on makeup removal products. Balm, cleanser, wipes, oil etc etc. Do you know baby oil exactly works like a makeup remover?? Plus the added moisture..! 


4. Lip Scrub:

Dry and chapped lips? Make a lip scrub at home using baby oil as a base.! You can mix it with sugar or rose petal powder to scrub away dead skin cells..! Hello soft pink lips.! 


Hair Care:

For Dry Frizzy Hair:

Na na, if you are thinking of applying baby oil directly to your hair, no, not suggested.! Then how to use it? If you have dry frizzy hair that needs instant hydration and shine, take few drops of baby oil on a tissue. Now run it through your hair.! This will make sure your hair gets adequate amount of hydration plus shine without making it look greasy.! 


Body Care:

  1. Bath Oil:

If you are a dry skin beauty yet you love long hot showers, add few drops of baby oil to your bathing water. It will make sure your skin doesn’t lose it’s moisture while you enjoy your hot water bath.

2. Body Moisturiser: 

To make your skin look and feel moisturised for long, apply few drops of baby oil on to the damp skin right after getting out of bath. This will helps to lock the moisture thus serving the purpose. 


3. Cuticle Oil:

In order to make your nail grow stronger and longer, cuticle care is important. If you are thinking of spending money on cuticle oil, hold on, instead spend it on baby oil. It is much cheaper and acts exactly like cuticle oil if applied on cuticles before going to bed every night. 


Self Care:

  1. Shaving Cream:

When we are in hurry and want to get rid of unwanted hair, we do reach out for razor. In order to make the razor glad smoothly, we need shaving cream or oil. Baby oil can be used for this purpose.! 


2. Post Waxing Aid:

Do you use wax strips for hair removal? I do.! As much as I love how clean it makes my hands and feet feel, I hate the fact that it does leave these nasty sticky patches. Getting rid of them is a whole different task all together. In those situations, baby oil comes as a great help. Just apply a layer of baby oil, massage a while and wash. Wo clean skin..! 


Makeup:

Yes baby oil can be used in daily makeup routine. How?

  1. As a Highlighter:

Highlighters are the quick fix to get that glow. Baby oil can replace highlighters.! Add few drops of baby oil to your foundation/ BB Cream/ CC cream or moisturiser and enjoy that dewy glow.! 


2. Lipstick to Lipgloss:

Wanna see magic? Let’s turn your favourite lipstick into gloss. Apply your lipstick. Now dab few drops of baby oil on top of it. Now isn’t it cool??


 Hope you find this post useful..!


In case you want free demo of all these, watch watch..! 

Chemical Free Shampoo Recipe By My Grandma

When it comes to hair care or skin care grandma’s recipes are the best. They never fail to amaze us every time we use them. Today I am going to share one of such wonderful hair care recipes from my dear grandma.

Finding a shampoo that works or us is as difficult as finding our soulmate. Even if we succeed in finding one, the fact remains the same that the shampoo does contain some chemicals that might harm our hair in the long run. So, what’s the solution then??

No wo’rries honey, I am going to share a solution. It is a DIY (Do It Yourself) Shampoo recipe. It has no chemicals only solutions for all your hair problems.!!

All you need are 3 ingredients. Lets make our shampoo. Ready?

1. Amla/Indian gooseberry:
Rich in vitamin C, amla is widely used in Ayurveda for hair & skincare. Major benefits being:
1. Reduces hair fall.
2. Makes hair strong.
3. Reduces dandruff.
4. Treats premature greying.
5. Promotes hair growth.
6. Treats scalp infections.

2. Reetha:
Ayurveda says dandruff is the real culprit when it comes to hair fall. Reetha helps in controlling hair fall by removing dandruff. It has antibacterial & anti-fungal properties which helps in fighting dandruff & hair fall. Reetha also adds moisture to scalp them making it feel healthy & supple.

3. Sheekakai:
This is a well known hair care product. Benefits of using Shekakai are:
1. Adds shine & softness to hair.
2. For stronger & thicker hair
3. Removes hair lice.
a. Removes dandruff
5. Heals infection.
6. Removes hair loss issue.
7. Nourishes hair follicles.
8. Avoids premature ageing.

How to make?
Its easy. Mix these ingredients in a bowl. Add water. Now boil the mixture.
Keep this mixture overnight so that the water gets time to absorb all the goodness of these  ingredients. Your shampoo is ready to be used the next day. Yeeaahh!!

PS: Filter out the ingredients before using for hassel free use of shampoo.

Mygirlypedia Note:

These are my learning through personal experience:
1. Make sure you never let the shampoo come in contact with your eyes. If you do, you will be left with red eyes because it burns (nothing severe but yes its’ better to avoid).

2. It leaves your hair soft. You don’t need to use conditioner post this shampoo. Thanks to Reetha and shikakai. So cool huun!

3. If you have oiled your hair, you will need more quantity of shampoo. This is the same case with any other hair cleaner!

4. If you have not filtered out the ingredients, there might be some ingredients stuck to your hair. No worries, once you are done washing, once the hair is dry, you can gently comb your hair to remove them.

Keep coming back to Mygirlypedia for such amazing recipes.

In case you wanna see the whole process of making the shampoo, do click on the video below.

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Green Mask Recipe for Healthy Hair and Scalp

Hello,

Today, I am sharing this recipe of this easy breezy hair mask that will help you get healthy, shiny hair anddd healthy scalp.

As I said it is pretty easy to prepare and use. You need 3 ingredients. Name of the mask is by its colour. Oh and yes I am the one who took the privilege of naming this mask huun..! 😉

Shall we get started with today’s hair care?

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Ingredients you need are :

  1. Bhringraj Powder
  2. Amla Powder
  3. Curry Leaves Powder
  4. Base of your choice.

Let me give you few options for the base.

  • It can be as simple as water
  • Honey
  • Curd (my favourite. I will list down the benefits of curd in the next section.)

Benefits of Each Ingredient:

Bhringraj Powder:
1. Reduces Hair fall and hair thinning 
2. Promotes Hair Growth
3. Reduces dandruff 
4. Stops premature greying of hair 

Amla Powder:
1. Conditions scalp
2. Boost volume
3. Reduce dandruff
4. Promotes healthy hair growth 

Curry Leaves Powder:
1. Reduces hair fall
2. Increases hair growth 
3. Strengthens hair follicles
4. Helps to remove dead hair follicles which can be the reason behind dandruff.

Curd:
1. Superfood for hair
2. Acts as a natural Conditioned for your Hair 
3. Cures scalp infection
4. Reduces dandruff

How to Prepare:

You must have guessed it already by the first sentence of this post. Yes, you just have to mix all four ingredients and make the paste.

How to Use:

Apply the mask to scalp. Leave for 10-15 minutes as the mask dries quite fast.

Then wash it with regular water and shampoo.

With regular use, your hair and scalp will thank you for this wonderful dose of goodness.

Hair Mask to Treat All Hair Problems

Hello,

This post is for your crown..!! Yes, hair is our crown and we should take care of it.

Other day I started trying out this hair mask which is one solution for all hair problems. Sounds interesting?

Without any further delay let’s see what are the ingredients that you need to prepare this mask. Ready? All right..!!

Ingredients:

  1. Onion Juice

2. Curd

3. Bhringraj Powder

Now we should know the role of each ingredient in this hair pack. Here are the benefits of each of them.

  1. Onion Juice

This is a magical potion. Onion juice has lot of benefits to offer for your hair. I have a whole separate video shot to list down the benefits of it.

Please do watch to know benefits along with how to squeeze out the juice, how to apply and of course my experience.

2. Curd:

Hair fall:

While there are multiple reasons that cause hair fall. Including improper diet/ lifestyle, stress, hormonal changes, pollution, chemicals etc. One of the major reason can be hair follicles not receiving proper nutrition.

Curd is rich in calcium and protein. Our biggest nightmare, hair fall. Hair fall can be treated by using curd on our hair.

Hair conditioning :

Curd acts as a natural conditioner. If you have dry damaged hair, applying curd will do the job of a conditioner.

Dandruff:

Fungus cause dandruff. It makes scalp flaky. Which in turn result in hair fall.! Curd has anti-fungal properties that will help in saying bye bye to dandruff and also avoid it from getting further.

Shiny Hair:

Who doesn’t love healthy and shiny hair? Curd is rich in vitamins, fatty acids and essential amino acids. That’s how curd provides nutrition to hair and make them shiny and lustrous. 

3. Bhringraj Powder:

Bhringraj powder is well known for effective action on hair and scalp. Thus it is widely used in Ayurveda to treat many hair issues.

Hair Growth:

Bhringraj powder stimulates scalp cells thus helps in promoting hair growth.

Dandruff:

Bhringraj powder has anti-microbial properties. Thus makes it effective to treat dandruff and lice.

Thinning and Premature Greying of Hair:

Bhringraj powder is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. This helps in avoiding thinning of hair. With regular usage, Bhringraj powder can also restore natural colour of hair.

How to Prepare?

Mix all the ingredients to get a paste like consistency.

How Long Should I Leave the Mask to Work?

Minimum of 15 – 20 minutes. You can leave it till the mask dries out. Then wash with regular shampoo of your choice.

You can watch the demo here :p

Please note, Ayurvedic/ homemade treatments doesn’t have side effects. Some might show the immediate results and some need time to show visible results. One should be consistent in order to achieve the expected results. 🙂

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Beauty Benefits of Orange Water to Skin, Hair and Body

Hello My Beautiful Reader,

If you are not following my channel on YouTube, I have started this series called Budget Beauty. Where I list down beauty benefits of a product that you can find in your kitchen or ingredient that is in the budget.!

Today in the series, let’s talk about peel of this fruit which is loaded with vitamin C.!

Yes, I am talking about Orange peel. Next time, when you are done eating orange, instead of throwing away the peel, prepare this magical potion called orange water to get maximum benefits..!

How to prepare orange water?

Just like it’s name it’s very simple to make. You just need orange peel and water.

Take a bowl of water. Dip the peel in it. Boil the water. Once the water cools down, it’s good to be used.

How to Use it?

For Face:

As a toner or instead of regular water, use orange water to wash face.

For Body:

Mix orange water with bathing water.

For Hair:

Mix orange water with regular water that is used to wash hair.

Benefits of Using Orange Water:

Face and Body:

Aroma Therapy:

Orange water has relaxing properties. When I say relaxing, it’s not just mentally but physically as well. While yumm fresh citrus aroma relaxes your mind, content in orange water helps in relaxing muscles .

Bye Bye Dry Skin:

Dry skin beauties should give this a try. Mix orange water to your bathing water to add needed hydration to your skin.!

Exfoliation :

Exfoliation is needed in order to get soft and radiant skin. Orange water has exfoliating agents that will help you achieve those skin goals.!

Natural Toner:

Toner is the second step in the skin care mantra. If you are looking for natural and multi benefit toner, your search is over.! You can use orange water as a toner post cleansing step. Orange water purifies facial pores and helps in tightening them.

Mygirlypedia Pro Tip: I personally enjoy using orange water to wash my face instead of just a toner.

Bye Bye Acne:

Just like we had benefits mentioned for dry skin beauties, we have a benefit for sensitive skinned beauties.

If you have active acne or breakout, apply orange water. Orange water helps in drying out acne thus helping you to cure the acne.

Bye Bye Greasiness:

Orange water is not going to disappoint oily skinned beauties as it has benefit for them as well. Orange water helps in balancing the oil production. Because excess facial oil production is the cause of oiliness. When this is balanced, bye bye greasiness.!

For Skin Brightening:

If skin blemishes or discolouration is the skin issue you are facing, do try out orange water. Orange has vitamin C in it, which is a brightening agent. With regular usage, orange water is said to fade away blemishes and resulting in bright healthy skin.

As mentioned above, apart from exfoliation and adding hydration, orange water has couple of more befits to offer to your body.

Bye Bye Body Odour:

Using orange water to bath is going to help you smell fresh for long time.

Cure Body Acne:

If you have body acne, using orange water is going to dry out the acne. With regular usage, it will also help you fade away the blemishes if any.

Hair:

Healthy Scalp:

Using orange water helps in curing scalp infection. Thus making sure you have healthy scalp.

Bye Bye Dry Frizzy Hair:

Just like it adds hydration to skin, it does the same job to hair. If you have dry frizzy hair, do mix orange water to your bathing water and wash hair. Plus it will add shine to your hair..!

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