During one of my recent visits to to Phoenix Market City in Pune, I discovered that they have a Kama Ayurveda store. Alright, to my defense, I was at the store after almost 7-8 months, so I had no clue that a store had opened in November 2016. And needless to say that I was delighted to discover a Kama Ayurveda store in my city that would allow me to get the experiential factor with the products! This would be my first buy from Kama Ayurveda.
Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub Review
Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub comes in a bright orange packing and the product is in a sturdy, yet bulky glass container with a screw cap. Because of the weight I don’t consider this to be a a very travel friendly packing. Plus its glass, so I always have to be doubly sure that I handle it extra carefully lest I drop it and shatter the container. It comes with a tiny wooden spatula that ensures you do not dip your wet fingers into the scrub.
I love the look and the consistency of the scrub. Its a pale yellow with strands of saffron and very gentle scrub particles that help to exfoliate your skin without causing any abrasions. I guess it is the almond particles that act as a scrub to exfoliate because it leaves your skin slightly moisturised. It is a very thick and a creamy scrub that tends to dry out if you do not wet your skin consistently when you are massaging with it. I massage not more than 2-3 minutes on the skin and washed off with cool water and used a cotton towel to wipe my face dry.
It has a very mild fragrance that does not linger for long. Kumkumadi thailam has a very distinct fragrance that can cause a slight discomfort, but not this scrub. The beauty advisor at the store recommended to use it not more than twice a week and keeping that in mind the product should last easily for at least 2-3 months because you really need very less quantity of the scrub.
If you have very dry skin, you may need to use a moisturiser post this scrub and I don’t use any because my skin type (combination) does not require one after I have used it. You can give a moisturiser a pass if you have oily skin.
My take on the product
I have been using this for almost a month now and I was advised to use it not more than twice a week. That adds up to exactly 8 – 9 uses till now. And for me it is too less a time to decide if the product has suited my skin. I have to agree that it leaves my skin soft and supple after using it but getting an even skin tone and reducing the dark spots and pigmentation will take more than just 8 uses. Maybe I will need to move completely to a Kama Ayurveda skin care regime that has Kumkumadi in it for the best results and of course use it consistently too. And I am not very sure if I will end up purchasing the whole range because it is slightly expensive.
What else did I buy?
I picked up the Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub and the Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser. I got a sample of the Mridul soap free wash and the Kumkumadi Night cream with it. I have heard about the benefits of Kumkumadi for skin care and you can read more about the benefits of this skin elixir here in one of my posts.
How to use
Wet face with lukewarm water, massage a small amount of scrub gently into the skin and rinse well. Buy this from Amazon India here.
Price-Rs. 1195, with a shelf life of 2 years
About the product
Kumkumadi face scrub is specially formulated with pure Ayurvedic kumkumadi oil – a miraculous beauty fluid made with 12 precious and rare ingredients to help in illuminating the complexion, and renew skin cell growth. Our authentic Ayurveda formula is created with finest Kashmir to brighten your skin and repair pigmentation. Finely ground Sweet Almonds, rich in Vitamin E & D nourish and nurture while exfoliating pollutants and impurities for a glowing complexion.