Vaunt: For all your summer vaunts and needs, it doesn’t get fresher than this. Launched in 2018, Vaunt’s face wash, mist, serums and face oils, limned with black feathers and fruits are rapidly turning into cabinet favourites. Here, scientifically backed products are crafted from a combination of super seed oils, botanical derivatives and natural extracts, creating daily skin solutions for men and women, particularly those with busy schedules. Our favourites: Daisy Extract + Vitamin B Face Wash; Multi-Vitamin Super Hydrator and for your purse, Watermelon + Seaweed Face Mist.
Ras: This farm-to-face beauty brand sources its ingredients from their 250-acre farmland in Chattisgarh, bottling them into gorgeously packaged plant-based oils for the face, body, hair and for your wellness. Ras’ heritage dates back a century, to a flourishing family business of oil trade in central India and in the present, their research and development lab is constantly at work. We love their Face Elixirs (try the Radiance Beauty Boosting Day face Elixir for normal to combination skin), Rose Nectar Face & Body Mist and the Lavender and Geranium Himalayan Salt Body Polish. These are vegan, cruelty free and devoid of nasties.
Organic Riot: In their quest for a nicer world for your skin, Organic Riot has created an uncompromisingly safe range of gentle products that work to restore your skin to its purest, most natural form. Hey, they had us city slickers at “Smog Block”. This product, an anti-pollution moisturizer, is meant to shield your skin from “urban trauma”. Smog-Block is loaded with Manuka extract that works to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, weakened by pollution, and also contains hyaluronic acid for softer, smoother, more hydrated skin. Organic Riot’s striped product packaging will instantly remind you of pool towels and beach balls; other potions (also cruelty free, vegan and hypo-allergenic certified) focus on zapping away break-outs and giving you even skin.
MyGlamm: It may be 35 degrees outside, but you can still wear make-up without suffering under the weight of it. Blush for MyGlamm’s featherweight products including a lightweight, long-wear lipstick; see the Manish Malhotra collaboration line of Extra Shine ones that the team describes as “decadent butter”. There’s also Lightweight Multitasking Strobing Liquid best explained as a “gentle highlighter”, for a fresh, dewy look that isn’t afraid of summer.
Neemli: Toxin-free beauty. Born in Bandra. This already seems like a double win to us. But the skills, you’ll see, keep multiplying. Neemli has grown from seed to sapling to flourishing tree that keeps in its shade a range of sustainably-sourced, 100% natural, and most importantly, effective bathing bars and serums, body oils and face toners, beard oils and body butters. Their ingredients are scientifically proven, but with an emphasis on being vegan and cruelty-free (such as Activated Charcoal, Sea Buckthorn from the Himalayas and Olive Squalane from Japan), and our favourite is the summer-friendly Hyaluronic & Vitamin C Serum, that is light, non-greasy and leaves your skin feeling dewy fresh.
Coccoon: Kakadu Plum, the superfruit of Vitamin C, goes into the making of Protective Radiance Cream – a BB + CC cream, with SPF, that gives you that “no make up, make up look,” perfect for summer. Exotic Algae, Grapefruit, White Tea, Coconut, Jasmine and Honey make up Coccoon’s other super silky paraben-free beauty products that include night creams, serums, cleansers, hair masks and mists, tailor made to restore your hair and skin to their smooth and hydrated states.
All Good Scents: These cruelty-free, vegan perfumes for men and women have their feet firmly planted in India, and their heads floating up in the French clouds. All Good Scents founder and Nose Rajiv Sheth hopes to modernize Indian perfumery, by taking ingredients like jasmine and rose to Grasse’s sophisticated perfume makers. The results can be seen…er sniffed on allgoodscents.com, where Discovery ScentboxTM, allows you to discover 2 ml versions of their fragrances, and are perfect to toss into your purse this summer. Our favourite is the jamun coloured Lolette bottle whose perfume bears a floral bouquet, but not without being sensual.
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