Recently Loved: Patchouli, Incense and Sandalwood

I love the warmth and density of spicy scents. Patchouli smells kind of sweet and spicy, in combination with ylang-ylang it seems almost flowery itself. Incense remains more on the cool side of spicyness, for me it is not as complex as patchouli and smells maybe a little dull. Yet I like it much! Sandalwood, as the name suggests, smells woody. Together with citrusy scents it adds volume to every composition.

In music, for me …
… patchouli would be a bariton in “Ameno“.
… sandalwood would be the cello in “Tonight“.
… incense were background choir in “Ronja Rövardotter“.

But as in music, these scents don’t go solo. They take their part in an orchestra of ingredients and essential oils blended together to create some wonderful skincare.

Franincense Essential Oil and Hydrosol

Frankincense promotes healing, fades scars, helps against acne and evens the skin tone as well as lifts the skin. It reduces the appearance of large pores, combats wrinkles and fine lines and has a calming effect on the mind.

Patchouli helps with acne and skin irritation, it is cell regenerative, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-aging. It counteraffects inflammation and promotes healing.

Sandalwood is effective for acne and eczema and reduces large pores. It is good for very dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin.

You can add 5 drops of essential oil to 30ml carrier oil for a body treatment oil or 10 drops of essential oils to 100ml carrier oil to get a face oil. Also you can use incense, patchouli and sandalwood hydrosols as face or body mist.

(I gathered these informations from all the manufacturers websites that make these and more lovely products containing incense, sandalwood and patchouli.)

Akamuti Olive & Avocado Night Cream

Akamuti Olive Avocado Night Cream

This cream is one of my most pleasant discoveries of the last months. It helps keeping my skin hydrated by preventing moisture to evaporate. The scent is calming and helps me to relax at night.
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DIY Soapnut Detergent

Have you used soapnuts so far? They are very versatile, you can wash your clothes with them, shower or wash your hair to name a few purposes. I like to have soapnuts at home, just in case. Once in a while I make a fluid soapnut cleanser and washing detergent.

DIY Soapnut Detergent
DIY Soapnut Detergent

I take 50 soapnut shells and cover them with 350 ml boiling water. I let them soak for half an hour and pour the liquid in a 1.5 litre container. Now I pour another 350 ml very hot water over the soapnuts, this time I use a blender to mix the soapnuts into the water. This will foam a lot! After another half an hour I pour liquid and foam into the container. After that I will soak the soapnut fibres in boiling water twice, 350 ml at a time.

After two hours you have nearly one and a half litre of soapnut fluid. Filter the fluid through a cotton cloth to hold back fine residue. Fill up to 1.5 litre with water.

Voilà, here you have your soapnut cleanser. You can wash your hair with it or take a shower, use it as hand soap or wash your dishes. Store it cool and use up within a week.

To make it a more powerful detergent for washing clothes, I add a tablespoon of baking soda and some essential orange oil (like 5 ml) to the fluid. Shake well to blend everything together, and also shake gently before every use. I take 150 ml for a single use, so the 1.5 litre last for about 10 machines.

Why do I take the time to boil and mix the soapnuts?
Hereby I use heat (boiling water) and physical power as well as soaking time to get the saponins out of the nut shells and into the fluid. This makes the detergency more powerful! In this way I do not have to use high temperature for the washing and can take a shorter and more gentle washing programme to get my clothes clean.

 

How do you use soapnuts? Do you have other alternatives to common cleansers and detergents?

Beauty Battle: Khadi vs. Eliah Sahil | herbal shampoo powder

I own herbal shampoo powders which do not contain any fluid. You mix them with water (on your head, in your palm, in a container) and use them like normal shampoo. Today there will be a beauty battle with the Khadi Herbal Hairwash Powder vs. Eliah Sahil Shampoo Natural Volume & Shine

For the basis of my reviews, please see my personal requirements.

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Khadi Herbal Hairwash Powder
(150g / 8,90€)

Khadi herbal Hair wash is a unique combination of herbs, fruits and flowers. All of them contribute to keeping hair & scalp clean, promote hair growth & nourish hair roots. Khadi Herbal hair wash powder cleans the scalp without stripping hair and scalp of its natural oils. Regular use will give your hair tensile strength & prevent breakage.

It is extremely mild & beneficial for those who have sensitive skin. Free from any chemicals or preservatives it is especially for those who suffer allergies from chemicals which are present in soaps & shampoos. It can also be used as a mild baby shampoo for keeping scalp clean & free from infections.

Ingredients (9/10)
INCI: Sapindus Mukurossi Peel Extract, Acacia Concinna, Emblica Officinalis, Adatoda Vasika, Eclipta Alba, Azadirachta Indica, Ocimum Sanctum, Trigonella Foenum-Greacum, Lawsonia Enermis, Citrus Medica Limonum, Rosa Sinensis, Syzygium Cumini, Mangifera Indica.

Really good ingredients in this one, but I do not find any information if the herbs are from organic farming. BDIH certified and vegan.

Packaging (9/10)
The powder comes in a metal container and is sealed in an extra plastic bag inside. The packaging works perfectly with the powder. There is no trial size available for this product.

Marketing and Price (7/10)
Filling quantity: 150 g which cost 8,90€ (base price per 100 g = 5,93 €)
The marketing statements are not supported and I do not know if the advertising claims have been fulfilled on me, so: no. The price is okay.

Subjectives (5/10)
When I first used the product, I liked it very much. It was the first powder shampoo I ever used, so I had nothing to compare it with. But after some time I just tried to use up the product even that I liked it: the powder is not finely ground, the application is messy, having it on my hair is messy, washing out the stuff is messy, the hair smells of the product which my husband doesn’t like. It was nice having it on my hair, but it took really long time to get my hair clean. For me, the Khadi powder is just not practical enough.

All in all: (30/40)
The Khadi Herbal Hairwash Powder has really good ingredients but is practically not usable for me. If the powder was really finely milled, that would improve the application so much.

 

Eliah Sahil Shampoo Natural Volume & Shine
(100g, 14,95€)

Highly effective herbal extracts mixed with fullers earth vitalise your scalp and strengthen your roots. The high-qualitiy soy protein glides on your hair for more volume and shine.

Ingredients (9/10)
INCI: Solum Fullonum (Fullers Earth), Acacia Concinna (Shikakai), Sapindus Mukorossi (Reetha), Emblica Officinalis (Amla), Terminalia Chebula (Harithake), Terminalia Bellirica (Bibhitake), Phyllanthus Urinaria (Bhui Amla), Soy Proteine, Camellia Oleifera, Rosa centifolia oil.

The ingredients are great, but I do not find information if the ingredients are organic.
BDIH certified and vegan.

Packaging (8/10)
The powder comes in a metal jar; there is only a small hole in the top of the container, so you could use the powder directly on your hair.
I like the packaging in the metal jar. What I personally do not like is the small hole: when I use the product, I measure with a spoon. It is not convenient to do this with this packaging as I always spill some product. Yet when you use the powder directly on your hair, this could work very well to prevent overdosage.

Marketing and Price (6/10)
The marketing statements are not supported. The price is still okay. There is no travel size available at the internet shops I know, but I have seen some in unboxing blog posts.

Subjectives (9/10)
I really, really like the products from Silvio Perpmer, the owner of Eliah Sahil and Planet Pure. When I use this powdered shampoo, I measure a sponge into a small container, fill it with water and shake gently. After that I use it absolutely the same way as I would use every other diluted shampoo. It feels nice on the scalp and gently foams in my hair, and it is very easy to wash it out. It smells softly like Indian herbs, but the scent does not stay in my hair in a bad way, more like an earthy, herbal background scent that works good with my perfume and other body products. The ingredients are good, and the price is totally okay for me. Silvio wants to create products that are both good for the environment and the consumer, and he hits the target with this powder shampoo. The only thing which I do not like is the opening in the container as mentioned before. It would be easy to refill the powder into another container, but I simply do not want to.

All in all: 31/40
Yeah. I like. Totally. All that marketing stuff is not that important for me, as I know, Silvio would never ever use something in his products that would harm anyone. The stuff cleans my hair, I have nothing at all to worry about!

 

So how went the battle?
INCI: no winner. Both products have really good ingredients.
Packaging: Khadi has one point in advantage. Both have environmentally friendly and reusable packaging, but I like the Khadi one more.
Price: Eliah Sahil costs more than twice the price of Khadi.
My personal experience: Eliah Sahil’s powder shampoo is a lot more convenient than Khadi’s.

Eliah Sahil Natural powdered shampoo
Eliah Sahil Natural powdered shampoo

My personal winner is the Eliah Sahil shampoo. I do not mind paying for it as it is a great product. In fact, I want to try more products from Eliah Sahil. They are by far underestimated in terms of ingredients and production conditions.

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