Four bottles of products from Ranavat Botanics in front of roses

review: ranavat botanics

It’s been a while since I’ve been floored by a brand, and I have to say, Ranavat Botanics might be one of my 2018 favorites! Borne out of a love for sharing ancient family traditions, Ranavat Botanics founder, Michelle Ranavat, does an inspiring job of incorporating traditional Ayurvedic ingredients into her refreshingly modern formulations. Michelle takes…

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moringa

Moringa oil is all the rage in green beauty lately, and that brings a smile to my face. Why? Because it reminds me of the beautiful Moringa tree that grew in my grandmother’s backyard in India. Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, Moringa is fantastic for healthy skin and hair. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse, containing…

Khus Khus body wax and face serum

review: beauty heroes and khus + khus bleu body wax and sans age face serum

Truth be told, I've always been a bit skeptical of subscription boxes — most of them seem underwhelming. I can safely say that is NOT the case with Beauty Heroes. After watching and reading reviews about this service for over a year, I finally took the plunge and purchased a 3 month subscription. Yes, it’s…

peppercorns in wooden spoon

black peppercorn and ginger tea

Tired of combatting a sore throat with unpleasant tasting cough syrup and who-knows-what-these-ingredients-are cough drops? Looking for an all-natural throat soothing tea? Well, you stumbled upon the right blog, frannnnd. This generations-old Ayurvedic (a 5000+ year-old system of natural healing with roots in India) tea hits the spot, and it’s easy to make! Black peppercorns –…

auromere tulsi spice shampoo bar

review: auromere tulsi spice shampoo bar

Peeps – I think I’ve found my new favorite clarifying shampoo! This Ayurvedic shampoo bar from Auromere is fantastic for soooooo many reasons. With wonderfully nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, sunflower oil, neem oil, and tulsi oil, it cleans your hair without stripping it. I also love the shampoo’s soothing herbal scent, which is both…

jiya beauty nourising body oil (formerly Kumari Luxury)

review: jiya beauty (formerly kumari luxury) nourishing body oil

Jiya Beauty’s (formerly Kumari Luxury) nourishing body oil is just the bomb.com! I only share products that I absolutely love, and this one has earned its spot on my top shelf. I’m on my second bottle of this body oil, and currently, it’s the lone moisturizer on my vanity. This product incorporates the cleanest, greenest,…

Carom Spilling From Silver Cup

carom

Ever indulged in all the delicious foods only to feel like this afterwards? via GIPHY Yup. Me too. However, my panacea for ailments related to the stomach is not a bottle of pink shtuff; it's carom! Originating from India, carom (also known as bishop’s weed or Ajwain) has a look similar to cumin, a taste similar…

coriander seeds

roasted coriander seed tea

Don't you just hate it when PMS cramps your style?! via GIPHY I hear you, queen. Thankfully, my mother, and her mother before her, shared a little secret with me to help keep those pesky symptoms at bay: coriander seeds! Coriander, also called cilantro, provides a great source of dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, vitamin c,…

neem oil

Neem oil! What the who? Derived from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree, a plant indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, neem oil is a long-kept Indian beauty/health secret. I remember my grandmother's neem tree and how often she'd use its leaves/oil for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Neem is jam-packed with fatty acids,…

turmeric and besan

gram flour, turmeric, and milk mask

Growing up in an Indian household provided a treasure trove of natural beauty and skincare solutions. Not to mention delicious food, beautiful saris, yoga, and Ayurveda (a system of holistic medicine)...but that's a story for another day... via Pinterest Now that we've all been captivated by Aishwarya Rai, let's get back to business. Growing up,…