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Sandiva’s sandalwood-infused magnificence merchandise are multitasking necessities


Textual content by Avani Thakkar. Images by Joshua Navalkar

If there’s one factor most Indian grandmothers have in widespread, it’s their secret magnificence concoctions of turmeric, besan, rose water, yogurt and different kitchen substances which can be rigorously guarded and handed down like a treasured household recipe. Sandalwood, or chandan, frequently options on this listing; actually, it’s the star element in lots of my very own grandmother’s nuskas (formulation).

Sandiva is the home-grown magnificence label giving this ingredient’s detoxifying and anti inflammatory advantages the highlight they deserve. Based earlier this yr, the Chennai-based model belongs to the home of Gokul Santol – the nation’s main producer of sandalwood talcum powder. Armed with many years of experience in procuring and processing pure sandalwood (a notable achievement in India since it’s a managed commodity), Sandiva’s emergence as a skincare model is justified – even when the market is at a saturation level.

The oldsters at Sandiva at present procure the sandalwood within the type of logs or chips from the Tamil Nadu and Kerala forest departments throughout authorities auctions of lifeless wooden harvested from reserve forests. The model’s long-term plans embrace in-house sustainable sandalwood cultivation with a small mannequin plantation positioned in Tamil Nadu. However till then, experimenting with new formulations that abound with waterproof substances resembling zinc oxide, and match into Indian ladies’s each day skincare routine is their precedence. And they’re undoubtedly making headway on this regard, as the sweetness model’s sunblock vary is game-changing.

In the case of solar safety, discovering a sunscreen that doesn’t go away white streaks will be difficult. That is the place Sandiva’s tinted sunblock, which is formulated to cater to a wide range of Indian complexions, steps as much as the plate. To not overlook their mattifying SPF top-up unfastened powder that acts as an extra protect to reinforce the ability of a “common” cream-based sunscreen.

Right here at Verve, we determined to place these two merchandise to the take a look at and gauge how nicely they fare on contrasting pores and skin sorts all through the day, come rain or shine….

Swati Sinha (31), Senior Designer, Mumbai-based digicam fanatic, at all times on the hunt for good lighting

What’s the first picture that involves thoughts once you hear the phrase “sandalwood”? I’d most likely have drawn the widespread psychological image of incense sticks and old-school face packs…till I attempted Sandiva’s magnificence merchandise. I’ve been utilizing the model’s tinted broad-spectrum SPF 35+ sunblock in shade 22 in addition to the unfastened powder as a part of my skincare routine for every week now. The powder is especially nice for setting your make-up in a scorching and humid metropolis like Mumbai.

For context, I like to begin the day early, juggling work and family chores in equal elements. On the skilled entrance, my job requires me to continuously step out within the solar on sourcing journeys and take a look at shoots. So, belief me after I say that sunscreen undoubtedly falls below the “necessities” class in my life.

The scale of the Sandiva bottle is de facto helpful, so I used to be simply in a position to carry it round wherever I went, and it additionally is available in a properly designed field with a foil-stamped brand that grabs your consideration instantly. The sunblock is distributed utilizing a pump mechanism, however I personally choose tubes in order that one can management the quantity to be utilized.

I first did a patch take a look at of the sunblock on my knees and the again of my hand. After making certain that there was no allergic response or irritation, I went forward and examined it on my face that has an oily T-zone aka the oh-so-tricky mixture pores and skin. The sunblock glided on fantastically, offering gentle, even protection to my uneven pores and skin tone (the results of Mumbai’s moody climate). The perfume is just not overpowering – the sandalwood scent could be very earthy and subdued.

The one disadvantage? The feel of the unfastened powder might not go well with these with extraordinarily dry pores and skin. However the sunblock feels mild on the pores and skin and fulfils its function of offering safety, if you happen to bear in mind to re-apply each few hours.

Avani Thakkar (23), Author, Bengaluru-based evening owl with an absence of Vitamin D

Full disclaimer: I’m prejudiced towards making use of something that’s even barely scented on my face. This private coverage activated nervousness mode after I heard I needed to check out a magnificence product that was all about sandalwood – one of the distinct scents on the market. I’d quite have a candle that emits the musky perfume than a sunblock.

However, I used to be pleasantly shocked as a result of Sandiva’s main ingredient, which I had been so cautious of initially, turned out to be soothing and understated in its olfactory influence. And as somebody with acne-prone pores and skin, I had additionally anticipated to really feel some kind of tingling or burning sensation, however there was none, a lot to my reduction. The outcome? An prompt no-make-up make-up look that forgoes the necessity for cakey basis or concealers – and that’s a win-win as a result of, aside from magnificence gurus, who actually desires to spend greater than 10 minutes prepping their pores and skin?

Nonetheless, this tinted sunblock isn’t designed to supply protection, like one would anticipate with a basis, so don’t rub it in too vigorously or construct it up with a number of coats like I did.

I attempted out shade 11, which was most undoubtedly the one and seemed like a second pores and skin; my mom couldn’t even inform that I used to be carrying a tinted sunscreen. Chances are you’ll be questioning why on earth I’m slathering on sunscreen after I spend most of my time typing away on a laptop computer within the abyss of a sunlight-scarce bed room. As each dermatologist and the web will declare: sunscreen must be a significant a part of your skin-care routine even when it’s pouring outdoors and gray clouds loom above with no single ray of solar peeping by (which is mainly a synopsis of Bengaluru’s climate proper now). Sandiva’s sunblock will guarantee most safety not simply from UVB rays but additionally UVA rays (that usually make their manner indoors by glass home windows) owing to its PA++++ ranking.

For the very best outcomes, I’d advocate utilizing Sandiva’s SPF unfastened powder to seal within the sunblock – it really works like magic to provide the right of completion. I do know an influence duo after I see one.



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